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About Biba Restaurant
Located in the historic Old Tavern Building, just minutes from the State Capitol, Biba Caggiano, celebrated chef, cookbook author, and TV personality, brings a bit of Italy to Sacramento. Savor the flavors of Biba's award winning authentic Italian cuisine in a friendly but refined ambiance, with attentive service that will make you feel instantly welcome. Enjoy spuntini with a cocktail or glass of wine in the lounge area, kick back and listen to piano music, or order a full meal at the bar or in the dining room. Only the finest and freshest ingredients are used and the food is truly Italian...house made lasagne Bolognese on Thursday and Friday and a different stuffed pasta dish every day. Osso bucco alla Milanese (veal shanks) or stinco di agnello (lamb shanks) are just some of the entrees you may expect to find. California and Italian wines are available to complement the food. And don't skip the dessert. The Tiramisu is to die for!
Sacramento, CA 95816
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
28th & Capitol Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Piano in lounge Wed-Sat from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Public parking garage accepting only credit cards available just a half block away at 28th and N St. Valet parking also available for lunch and dinner.
Bus stops on Capitol Avenue in either direction just a few yards away.
Private Party Facilities:
Available only on special request.
Private Party Contact:
Karen Hand: (916) 455-2422
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Biba Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I made a reservation well in advance, so I was excited to try this place out. It was my husband's birthday and our 12 year anniversary was a few days prior. In the reservation notes I requested a booth or window seat. We were seated by a window so that was nice. Things started off well but then the service rapidly declined. The portions are small and bland and they charge you $1.50 for a few pieces of bread and a couple bread sticks. When I asked for more butter it never came. It got to a point anytime we asked for anything our server acted as if we were bothering him. There was a time where we had no food and our server didn't talk to us for 20 minutes, he just walked by and avoided eye contact. I feel like if you are a regular here you are treated very well but if you look young and it's your first time here they don't want to bother giving you decent service. Needless to say we won't be back...
Biba's is always wonderful. The food is simply outstanding and creatively presented. We were there for lunch and Biba was there and greeted us, which was an added bonus. The wait staff is second to none and incredibly accommodating to our special requests, such as providing half salads. The wine list is very good as well. We can't say enough about the ambiance. We just love Biba's.
The decor is very nice, bright, and somewhat elegant. Using the valet service is worth the $13 ($7 to park plus two $3 tips for each of the two attendants). We had heard great things about this restaurant and therefore were surprised that their 10 layer lasagne (served only on Thursday and Friday) was mushy, flat, and slid off to the side of the dish - looking nothing like the photographs we had seen on yelp or their webpage. The red snapper special was nicely presented with multiple textures and flavors. The Zinfandel (Robert Biale 2015 Black Chicken) was well worth the $17 per glass. Our overall experience was enjoyable and we will be going back.
Although we had reservations, they seated us at the end of a longer table, no privacy. Didn't bring bread with the wine. Find out it is extra! My special of the day, while tasty, was very small portion--and, might add, I am not a big eater. The waiter and bus people were attentive, but this was not enough to make up for the deficiencies. Was really glad we had a $50 gift certificate so it meal ended up costing us about what it was worth.
Birthday celebration for my mom and dad. We have gone to Biba's for years but not as often in the last few years. It is one of my dads favorite places which is why we chose Biba's. It never disappoints. The service is exceptional, food always a taste treat. Each of us was very happy with our meals, pork tenderloin, taggliano pasta with wild boar, pasta with cabbage and potatoes, ravioli that melt in your mouth and a yummy lemon tat. Then you add a visit from Biba herself and it makes for a very nice evening.
My friend, who currently lives in Siena Italy, was visiting and we remembered wanting to try Biba's over ten years ago when we both lived in San Francisco. After we both retired I moved to Wilton and she moved to Siena to be near her family. We finally decided now that she's in town that it was time so we did lunch at Biba's. We split the signature lasagne verdi alla Bolognese and we split the fegato alla veneziana. The service was excellent, the food was fine but there several small disappointments. The menu was "Americanized" and described the fegato as coming with "bacon". I had to verify with the waiter that the "bacon" was, in fact, pancetta before ordering it. For dessert I ordered the "house-made lemon gelato". What arrived was something that looked and tasted more like ice cream than gelato. My Italian dining partner agreed. Finally, the espresso I ordered was quit bitter. The waiter gave me the name of the supplier but I didn't recognize the name. He said that he usually describes it as similar to Illy Dark Roast. Illy Dark Roast is what I drink every morning at home and the espresso served was significantly different. Perhaps the machine was run a bit too long resulting in extraction of the bitter oils that arrive following the first ounce?
We were celebrating a friend's retirement and absolutely enjoyed every minute at Biba's. The service was excellent, the food beyond compare, and Biba herself welcomed us and even shared a photo with us. The atmosphere was sunny & light, just what we needed to share good conversation.
Biba's has delicious Italian cuisine; fresh pasta cooked absolutely perfectly al dente. We had the ravioli with cheese and black truffle. Their signature Biba's Negroni starts the meal off with a perfect balance of vodka and campari. The bib lettuce salad had a lovely combination of sweet and savory with sliced almonds, apple and a perfectly balanced gorgonzola dressing. The chocolate mousse for dessert was a great way to celebrate the birthday occasion. The waiters are always colorful and very knowledgeable about the food and wine. We were on the late side of dinner with a reservation at 8:15 so the staff seemed a bit busy finishing up, but it didn't detract from the delicious food and relaxed eating atmosphere.
What can I say about Biba? Saying that it's fantastic even seems to fall short. Biba herself is a true Sacramento treasure. My wife and I dine here regularly and for special occasions. The menu is vibrant, seasonal, fresh (not many places serve a great lamb like Biba!). The service has been on again, off again, but for the most part is excellent, professional and helpful. Example, my wife and I could not decide on an appetizer, so our server brought us a "combo" split plate so we could enjoy both items! My wife loves the beet salad. Where can you get a beet salad these days. We drive 40 miles to come here and honestly I think my wife would come just for the beet salad...lol. Seeing Biba walk around the restaurant, you can see she cares about how people enjoy her food. For us, it's our "go to" favorite.
The food, service and ambiance are always top notch at Biba's. It was great to be there for lunch, because it was not crowded and it felt quite relaxed - this restaurant is usually quite crowded for dinner, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, but not so at lunch.
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