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Permanently Closed - BICE - San Diego

1486 reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Ideally located in the heart of San Diego's downtown Gaslamp Quarter, BiCE San Diego offers a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine prepared with the best seasonal ingredients. As recipients of the 2015 Wine List Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, we boast a temperature controlled wine cellar as well as an award-winning, full-service Italian cheese bar, which offers a constantly rotating selection of formaggi. The BiCE menu includes both classic and trend-driven Italian dishes, with standouts including homemade pastas, unique meat and seafood dishes, and decadent desserts. BiCE was recently recognized by the renowned James Beard Kitchen, where Chefs Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli were invited to share their Italian creations with some of New York City's greatest culinary minds. Awarded the 2015 ZAGAT RATED Extraordinary to Perfection for food, combined with our warm and inviting atmosphere, BiCE is guaranteed to impress.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Contemporary Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 2:00 pm; Sunday & Monday closed.
Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 239-2423
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mario Cassineri
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Private party facilities
Bice restaurant offers a skillful mix of classic and modern trends in Italian Cuisine, combining local and seasonal ingredients, bold spices and European sauces. From our homemade pasta dishes and tempting desserts to our award winning “Cheese & Salumi bar and authentic Italian wine selection.
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Private party contact
Fabrizio Donato: (877) 625-0944
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We offer catering at events both at BiCE and events located elsewhere. Restaurant buyout is available, as well as private and semi-private reservations. For more information, please refer to our website,, or email Fabrizio Donato at
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
Street or valet parking available.
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Public transit
Bus Stop at Market and 4th ave. San Diego Trolley at Harbor and 5th ave.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm-Close
Free Corkage: Sundays, All Day
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

This was their last open day before they closed shop and we had not been warned of that. We were showed up there, we were told they did not have enough food to accommodate us. This very frustrating and disrespectful. If our experience is a reflection of what this restaurant was, I understand why they had to close.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Gorgeous restaurant with exceptional food. Outstanding prezentation.

vipclau67 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Dissapointed at the menu selections and quality of food. Have been to other BICE locations where the food has been way better.

churchill (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

We had a great meal at Bice! Amazing service and favorite is the gnocchi but the lasagna and cheese plates were outstanding as well. My favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego!

vipRiddler51 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Great as always. Menu choices for dinner, quality of prepared dishes, ambiance and service impeccable! Highly recommend trying their Happy Hour...also amazing.

vipJaimi (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Fabulous round table for party of 12. Wonderful food. Recommend for large parties

Disappointed (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

We made reservations because we had read reviews in a tourism magazine which must have been paid. The food was bland and very mediocre for the price. When our Server asked how the Appetizer was, we said "okay" and gestured to that effect. She didnt respond or inquire further about the other dishes. It was sad, because we love Italian food and we're looking forward to trying a new restaurant. We will not return.

vipStarvinginVegas (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

Been to Bice many many times. My favorite in San Diego. The cheese bar is awesome to try cheeses from around the world.

When in San Diego this is a MUST!

vipmark (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

My wife and I have dined at Bice often and have never been disappointed in the cuisine and service. The location is fabulous for before the theaters in/near the Gaslamp district. This particular evening we had dinner before going to the Horton Grand Theater which is just across the street!

The pork chop I had was the best I have ever had...a thick chop just very lightly breaded with a bit of seasoning that tasted amazing. My wife had a wonderful salmon. once again, a wonderful meal.

of noe also is that the bar seating has an interesting happy hour drinks and menu that is perfect for a light evening meal.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Was not disappointed, service was a bit slow but it was a busy night. Food was delicious, great flavor and very filling.

vipParisjetamine (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Really good food, upscale setting. However service was slow

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

I had a hard time giving more than 3 stars because the service was not very good at all. Our water glasses went empty for long periods of time. We waited a long time for our entrées and then waited even longer after they took our plates. Very disappointed in the service. We ordered calamari and was very disappointed in the result. beware before you buy it. If you like wine with your dinner be prepared to pay a steep price. Our entrees were excellent, 4 stars for those.

drleo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 15, 2017

Pleasantly refined spot amid craziness of Gaslamp district. Interesting menu, just the right number of appetizers, salads, and mains. Very interesting and not overwhelming wine list, although wines by the glass choices were modest. Excellent selection of cheeses (19!!!) and very knowledgable cheese monger. Service was very attentive. Refined modern clean decor, glass walls at street facing corner, so openness. Could be noisy if busy. Bar at entrance separate from restaurant. Maybe 15 tables, with several small tables against back wall banquette. Also a few seats at the cheese bar.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

great food

den711 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 6, 2017

The food was fabulous. Our waiter was friendly and offered good selection ideas. An amazing smoked cocktail. Great ambiance.