BIGA

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Biga is more than a pizzeria, serving an Italian-influenced breakfast, plus focaccia sandwiches, salads, bruschettas and wood-fired dishes such as Fried Polenta and local, pasture-raised Porchetta for lunch and dinner. Our menu is ever-changing, based on what’s in season and available from local farms and purveyors. The integrity of ingredients we use is paramount, with no canned sauce or frozen ingredients used in any of our dishes. Sausages and desserts are made and handcrafted under our roof. We also feature artisanal gelatos and a coffee bar fueled with locally roasted beans, ground on our state-of-the-art Italian espresso machine that puts out some of the best coffee drinks in San Diego… All at an affordable price.
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CG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing! Definitely recommend the meat and cheese board. The pasta was very yummy and the salad was fresh and enjoyable. I’m glad we were able to stop in and highly recommend a visit.

KH
San Diego
72 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the pizza and ambience at Biga. We eat there frequently.

TB
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I read that BIGA is the best restaurant in the Gaslight Quarter of San Diego. If true...it doesn't bode well for the district. I was surprised by their extremely strict reservation policy that threatened to charge $20 per person for a no show...very unusual. Perhaps that is why there were relatively few people in the restaurant on a Thursday evening with an important concert nearby. My wife and I went with the "special" which may have been a mistake. It was a lasagna with salad and a glass of wine for $30. A good value but I suspect there were much better things on the menu. Our server was fine and the place was OK. I just wouldn't recommend it as I can't point to anything that was particularly noteworthy.

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very special - not the standard run of the mill and very tasty.

j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food!

EC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wine selection. Chicken Four Ways was delicious and all locally sourced specifically for their restaurant. Friendly staff. Large bar and open kitchen. Highly recommend.

TM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at BIGA and enjoyed it. Our waiter was nice and attentive, and the food was delicious. Would definitely go back if I am in the neighborhood.

M
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Way overpriced. For gnocchi and carbonara to cost nearly $30 apiece is over the top. Carbornara was way too wet. Gnocchi seemed rubbery. Roasted carrots were excellent. Flatbread with gnocchi very good. Wine by glass also pricey. Nice wait person. Don’t think we’d return.

TG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It felt more like a coffee shop (with bright lights) than a restaurant with typical mid to high prices. We sat next to a four by four foot pot of dirt that apparently used to have a tree in it. They should have it covered. The staff is very nice which helped make it pleasant. We were there on a Saturday night, 6 people. Food was good but not great.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was really craving Italian and read glowing reviews of Biga. I just wasn’t blown away especially for the price. The food was all good but nothing spectacular.

FA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such delicious food, ambiance, and wine! I would recommend the gnocchi to anyone that goes.

PB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the evening but the restaurant was not a major reason. Service was friendly and personal but I had to ask our waiter's name. The food isn't bad but it's very expensive for what you get. Our dinner for four with not that much liquor (only beer and wine are served) was well over $300 before tip.
The place was almost empty, although we were there from 6:30 to after 9. They also ask for a credit card to make a reservation, odd since they had so few diners. Don't expect this place to be around for long with the competition in Gaslamp.

JT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will be back the next time I’m in San Diego. Outstanding.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Our server was probably high. He put cheese on everything even though we emphasized numerous times that someone in our party was deathly allergic. It was either him or the cook but he definitely seems high. I’m all for getting in a good mental space but not at the cost of everyone else’s experience...

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best meal during our 1st anniversary trip.

K
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Very lovely restaurant , pizzas were great ! Very disappointed by our server who tried to charge us a extra bottle of wine. The place was empty therefore no excuse to make this kind of mistake . Also , the server did not know well is menu and was unfortunately struggling to answer our question. Would not recommended this place for those reasons

d
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything was either over cooked, or undercooked. Good flavors though. I thought it was quite rude that they require a credit card to make a reservation.
I thought the place would be 5 stars and crowded. IT was neither 5 stars nor was it crowded.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has it all. The food is extraordinary

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fab place!!! Best food ever!!!

KF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food that was flavorful and just a bit of a different take on traditional Italian meals. High quality food and service!

SC
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place. Great bread. Will be back to try lunch.

OE
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food and wine were both very great. Ambiance is a bit casual for the price and quality of food they were serving. Service just kept missing the mark.

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Some great food options in the gnocchi and wood fired pizza. However, we felt it was overpriced for the offering. Wine was inexpensive by the bottle, certainly a plus.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Only dined here once. The service was mediocre. Food was mediocre.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Pesimo servicio y mala comida

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c
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Our banana dessert was both burnt and undercooked, a terrible way to end the meal.

KS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Far too long of a wait for our food and the portions were very small for the price. Waiter was very nice and checked on us several times and the wine was fabulous!

AA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nos dieron una reservacion fuera de horario (ya estaban por cerrar) y eso nos pareció un buen gesto, la pizza estuvo rica pero el wagyu no nos gustó para nada. Como éramos la única y última mesa el personal ya estaba limpiando y guardando todo, tomando cerveza y comiendo, en algún punto uno de ellos dio un gran erupto, que se me hizo una grosería terrible.
En general, no regresaría, no fue una grata experiencia.

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BIGA was one of the most wonderful dining experience my husband and I have ever had. The food, the service, the music, all of it, absolutely excellent! Our server, Brandon, was incredibly genuine and helped to make our evening so special. Also, possibly the best pizza I’ve ever eaten!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

WL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great, but not the best I've ever had.
The service was friendly, but didn't blow me away (the server didn't have much to offer when I asked for recommendations)
The atmosphere was cool and clean, but not unique.
The locally sourced ingredients is great, but it could have been presented more. I could have gone through the whole experience without even noticing this great selling point. The server could have done more to explain and describe the source of the ingredients.
The value was fine. As with many "nicer" places you get pretty small portions, but to be fair, the pricing isn't exorbitant, so it's forgivable.
Overall, yeah, I would tell someone to check it out if they were interested, but would not necessarily go out of my way to say "you gotta go!"

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice people, very central downtown location

c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner at BIGA. Our server was very knowledgeable about each of the dishes - the menu was changing but our server was well versed on the way some of the dishes may be different. The arugula salad was light and perfectly dressed. I had the Carbonara with egg white "foam". This was a very delightful and unique version of carbonara The pasta was perfectly cooked and the dish was beautifully presented.

M
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We went to BIGA on a tuesday night. We had a fair service and meal. What a surprise when we received the bill... Tuesday night is a special event night - all beer and wine @ 50%! Not for tourist I guess... Waiter seemed confused when we requested the discount as if he was not knowing about this promotion. If you put a promotion online, you should be able to offer it to every client.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Our waiter Brandon wasn’t very attentive. We had sat down and it was about 15 minutes before he had come to greet us and get our drinks. The owner had taken over and served us the rest of the night. The food was good we started with the bread plate, pear salad which was stellar, Cesar salad, bolognese, camila pizza were all good.

TA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the best in town. we love the place
incredible pizza

BM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. We had a party of 5 so we were able to taste many menu offerings. The risotto and pizzas were our favorites. We started with the bread sampler. Olive tapenade was just a delight for the senses. We tried the gelato for dessert. Salted caramel was heavenly. Can’t wait to go back to Biga.

KS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passion and pride in the food and wine that is served is plainly evident at Biga. Go there to enjoy Italian food par excellence.

WP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre - Symphony bites and a free glass of wine. Outstanding service. A little warm ... perhaps a fan or higher AC.

ME
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Italian food. The pasta is so fresh, the pizzas are heavenly and the burrata - wow! I had the potato-crusted seabass which was also very good. It was my daughter's 20th birthday and they brought her a bananas flambe. It was very dramatic when they set it ablaze and our wonderful server sang "Happy Birthday!" Such a great dining experience!

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