BIGA

4.3
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130 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The ambiance was that of a food court cafeteria. Food was bland, uninspiring and under cooked. Al dente = rubbery consistency. They ran out of lamb and the chicken before 730 PM and I was stuck with what was left which were pasta dishes. $30 for a plate of pasta that I could have made myself and better. The service was at least very good. Our server was very attentive and diligent. This venue was rated 4+ stars. That was either a mistake or the owner made all his friends write great reviews to receive such a high rating. These high reviews are starting to look like participation trophies. Quality has officially taken a back seat at this restaurant .

NM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Could have been great but wasn’t. Multi course order all came out in random order like sides ready before apps and mains were stone cold as they held them back for likely more than 20 mins. Some items never came out and still appeared on bill. Would like to give them another try as food quality was high and vibe was great. Need better wait staff or better Comms between front and back of house.

NH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have been here once before and thought it was excellent. This time the food was just ok. Arugula salad was great and the best part of the meal. Burrata should be served at room temp but was cold and the tiny crostini’s tasted stale and was not enough bread for the portion. The mushroom pizza was soggy and left something to be desired. All in all expensive for what it was. If they put a little more care in the food it would be worth the price. The service was great!

L
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Did this place get its 4+ star rating the same way bad products do on Amazon? The food was OK, but the papardelle in particular had a tiny portion not at all worth the price. The casarecce with braised oxtail had a nice sauce, but the oxtail pieces were mostly sharp pieces of bone and big globs of fat. The restaurant also plays exclusively late 90s/early 2000s pop, which is a weird choice. Crazy in Love and Are You That Somebody are cool tracks, but they don't really mesh with the authentic-but-new-Italian vibe they're going for. This restaurant was created by an algorithm.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All first experiences should be like this. The service was great from the very first moment and did not disappoint throughout. Our server, Jeremy, provided a great experience including recommendations that were all backed by unique and delicious dishes. We’d never been before but will definitely be back again.

D
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good! The gluten free pizza was excellent and we both enjoyed our meals. Service was good. I was expecting a slightly more upscale dining experience based on the reservation policy, but it was very casual. We would absolutely go again and recommended it to friends who live in the area.

CR
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my new favorites. Looked for a restaurant close to Symphony Hall and was reluctant based on a few prior reviews. However, my experience was exceptional. The lobster and smoked clam risotto was outstanding (don't expect tons of lobster or creamy texture, but expect amazing and complex flavors and textures). Server recommended and let me sample a couple of wines, both of which paired very nicely. The bread is phenomenal. The caprese salad was not traditional and very uniquely prepared, but it was nothing less than extraordinary. Service was prompt, and the server was attentive, very kind, and always available. The prices were no different than comparable restaurants downtown. I'm definitely going back.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Everything was good but certainly overpriced. Service was pretty fantastic.

AQ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious but pasta was a small portion and very expensive ($30 carbonara). The wait staff was more interested in hanging with talking to each other than serving tables. Our party of 2 felt invisible. We had to make the first move - from ordering our first drink (15 minute wait even though we were seated) to ordering our food to ordering a second round and then having to ask for the check. No one ever came over to see how the food was or if we wanted dessert. Terrible service which would keep me from returning.

QG
Singapore
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great italian food, excellent service, great ambiance. Only downgraded slightly because kitchen closed at 9pm, which seems a bit early to me for a downtown restaurant. So long as you go early, you won't be disappointed!

JT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Server was awesome! Didn’t know which wine to choose and he brought a selection to taste. He was excited to do his job, and that’s what made him a genuinely good server. Food was on the lower end of “ok”. Gluten free noodles were far overcooked, bone marrow was quite small and didn’t have flavor.

JF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent pizza's (Eggplant and Fungi), delicious Burrata and Prosciutto, decadent Gnocchi, and very good Brussel Sprout's. Nice ambiance. Good service. Great location for evenings out downtown.

MD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a good experience! Food was nice and the waiter was really friendly. All the recommended dishes were excellent. My only complain is none of the secondi were available when we went.. so that was a bit disappointing. Food/drinks are on the pricier side but decent quality.

K
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner here after a Sunday matinee at SD City Ballet. We usually come here on these occasions. At that time, the restaurant is not noisy (I don’t know how it gets later in the evening or on other nights). The food is good — the pizza dough is particularly good — and the service was very attentive and prompt. The interior is stylish in an “industrial chic” kind of way, and comfortable. Good vibe. We will return.

RI
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Way over priced pasta dishes and meager portions combine for a feeling of being ripped off.

CS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The stone fruit salad is a must!

EG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food was mediocre at best. Rock music in an Italian restaurant while wait staff observed dancing near kitchen seemed out of place. Had to seek waiter twice to get his attention. One and done. Food is clearly not a priority.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! After we showed an interest, Chef Carlos hooked us up with some of the delicious pickles and fermentations he's been working on lately. The pizza was top notch and the service was too. We can't wait to come back.

BW
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Definitely recommend!

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Good for pizza and some pasta. Cafeteria style place, not great.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bread here is phenomenal

CG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
79 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

TB
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!

EC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

PB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our best meal during our 1st anniversary trip.

K
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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
80 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has it all. The food is extraordinary

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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