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!
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: 9164552422
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Biba Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The service was excellent. The specials ...
The service was excellent. The specials for the day were very good, but rather sparse in quantity for the price charged. The limited parking in the area requires you use their Valet service, unless one desires a long walk after parking in the mid-town area + a long walk back to the restaurant. However, this month the Valet service was offered at no charge. The $130.00 cost for four lunches with 1 beer, a mixed drink and 2 desserts before tip seems excessive.
Fabulously attentive servers and quite s ...
Fabulously attentive servers and quite spectacular entrees. We had the halibut and the pasta special of the day, both perfectly prepared. Biba greeted her diners individually during the meal. Such a gracious and gifted woman. Always a memorable dining experience.
Our lunch was wonderful. Excellent serv ...
Our lunch was wonderful. Excellent service, great food and a nice ambiance. The braised lamb shoulder was just wonderful as was the grilled halibut. As usual the service was perfect, attentive but not over bearing.
Food and service were excellent, as alwa ...
Food and service were excellent, as always. I do not like the on-line reservation service for two reasons: It's cumbersome and not user friendly; My notice that this was my wife's birthday was not honored. The confirmation you sent did not acknowledge my note, and only did so when I followed up on my own initiative. This was apparently not forwarded to the restaurant staff as there was no acknowledgement of the occasion. A nearby table had their birthday diner acknowledged. This oversight never happened before you took over the reservation service.
I ask that you send this note directly to Biba personally, as I will be checking with her myself. We have been her customers from the time she first opened the restaurant.
Previous reviews raved about this restau ...
Previous reviews raved about this restaurant, so I was very much looking forward to it. The food was good, service was good, but neither was exceptional as I expected. Both were solid and nothing to complain about, just not a rave worthy place and not a destination restaurant.
Biba's is always wonderful. We go for m ...
Biba's is always wonderful. We go for my husband's birthday every year and often other times during the year. I've probably reviewed it 20 times - don't think I should still be doing it every time we visit, but I'm always glad to say how much we love it.
The butter lettuce salad was superb! I a ...
The butter lettuce salad was superb! I also ordered the sea bass special because I like sea bass and because there was an heirloom tomato sauce. The fish was dry and crusty on the outside and the inside was overcooked, and there was no taste of tomato in the sauce. Our server was inattentive and we had to practically tackle him to get him to stop at our table so my colleague could order a second glass of wine. There was no excuse for his inattentiveness as the restaurant was sparsely seated. Sorry, this was not a shining star of a meal.
Our server was friendly and attentive wi ...
Our server was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. She had an extensive knowledge of the menu including preparation and ingredients. The food was spectacular from start to finish. To top it off we met the lovely Biba herself on our way out!
Three of us ordered different entrees; a ...
Three of us ordered different entrees; all were excellent, well prepared and tasty. Even though we were too full for dessert, I'm still disappointed that tiramisu is no longer on the menu. Hopeful that it will return one day.
Two of us ordered coffee at the end of the meal. My only disappointment was that the waitress never returned to ask if we wanted more coffee.
Other than that, everything was excellent--as usual. Thank you.
Biba remains one of the finest restauran ...
Biba remains one of the finest restaurants in Sacramento. I have been dining there for over 30 years and have never been disappointed. It is neither hip nor trendy like many of the midtown restaurants (to be fair, many of them are superb as well). Biba is old-school Northen Italian, and having spent a lot of time in Italy myself, I can testify that it is genuine and true to the Italian art of cooking and service.
This particular evening, there were two ...
This particular evening, there were two big groups in the dining room, so it was incredibly noisy, and service was slow because of it. There was an hour time lapse between being seated and our entree's. (We had cocktails in between.) This was by no means our server's fault. We've been seated with her many times before, and she was her usual gracious self. I think the kitchen just couldn't keep up. It should be noted that our meals were top notch, as always, hot, and perfectly prepared. Had we been smarter, when we were seated and realized the exuberance at the largest table adjacent to us, (at least 20 folks there, maybe more), we should have gone into the bar to eat. Even if service was slower than usual, it would have been quiet. Biba was wandering around during this time: it would have been appropriate for her to have made this suggestion.
I really wanted to go there to try the l ...
I really wanted to go there to try the lasagna that I have read so many good reviews about. As for my boyfriend and me, we both thought it was just okay. Yes, there were many layers, yes, it was great to have homemade noodles. The cons: there wasn't much boglanese sauce or cheese to taste. The entire lasagna was just bland, very disappointing. Other people at the table had the ravioles and the arctic char fish. The preserved lemons in the ravioli sauce gave it a nice touch and fresh taste. The cream of swiss char and the fingerling potatoes that came with the arctic char were to die for. We couldn't stop eating off the other plates. The server was excellent. He checked on us periodically and was very informative and friendly to all of his tables.
This place is 5-star all around. I love ...
This place is 5-star all around. I love that Biba, a local celebrity, always comes out to greet her customers. My only negative comment would be that the main dining room was a bit warm, I'm guessing between 78 and 80°. I've never experienced that there before. Then again, it was over 100° outside that evening.
The waitress was extremely helpful. My 1 ...
The waitress was extremely helpful. My 15 year old niece has never been to a fine dining restaurant before, and was uncomfortable. The waitress noticed this, took extra time explaining the menu options, made thoughtful recommendations and generally put her at ease. The food was amazing, and we even got a visit from the owner.
When we want a special meal with service ...
When we want a special meal with service to match, we go to Biba's. Tonight we had the veal cutlet and the pork chop, both entree's cooked to perfection. Service is always excellent, cocktails and wine list the same. Never disappointing.
The atmosphere was fantastic, was easy t ...
The atmosphere was fantastic, was easy to find and valet was directly outside the door. Lasagna was unbelievably good (Thurs and Fri only) our waitress was fantastic and I am definitely coming back for my birthday
This was the most unpleasant dinner expe ...
This was the most unpleasant dinner experience. We did not receive the entrees we ordered. The waiter was rude and made the experience even more unpleasant. When i sent my entree back it came back 20 minutes later and still wrong. My guests ordered dessert and it was terrible.
when my guest were asked if they wanted to buy a cookbook on the way out of the restaurant that was to much. I wont be going back
I thought it was a good idea to have the ...
I thought it was a good idea to have the ad in the Sacramento Bee, I think about going to Biba's but the deal saver came up the day I wanted to go so was a "bonus". Going once is not enough and look forward to many more business luncheons. The best part was as we were leaving, we got to say hello to Biba, she was having lunch at the bar. Such an inspirational person, I too am a breast cancer survivor, Biba, you are looking great, keep it up as we all face this cancer with courage and a joyful heart, we will be back more often, Susan Crane/Owner/The Party Concierge Inc.
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