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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
As usual, the Biba experience is one that is a fetching combination of excellent food and superb service. My petrale sole was done to perfection and my colleauges' meals also merited high praise. The wine list allowed me to pick a 2015 Bolletto Pinot Noir from the Russian River which we all thoroughly enjoyed. For the discerning diner, Biba is an absolute treasure. And if you love Bologna, you will also love Biba.
Very knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly server. Delicious pasta paired perfectly with our wine that was recommended by our server. When we ordered our dessert, our waiter put a small candle for my partner’s birthday (we mentioned that he was celebrating his birthday that evening) - a nice pleasant surprise. We’ll definitely be back.
My husband and I went here for our anniversary. We took advantage of the valet parking, a plus for any dining experience in Sacramento. We were seated on time, at a table near the window, out of the way (thank you for that!). Our waiter promptly appeared with menus, a list of specials, and took drink orders. Drinks arrived promptly (although he apologized for the delay!). We asked for the bread basket (worth the $1.50). My husband ordered the prosciutto appetizer, and I ordered the baby gems salad. The gorgonzola vinaigrette was just right, and the toasted pine nuts provided a great contrast overall. We both love fresh pasta, so my husband ordered the ravioli and I ordered the lasagna (served on Thursday and Friday only). Both dishes were simple, yet flavorful. The bolognese sauce on the lasagna had a great texture, with just enough meat to satisfy. Portions were just right, the presentation simple, yet elegant -- nothing over the top, (but food art can be so overrated.) Pacing slowed a bit between the first course and the second, but the restaurant was quite full, and I understand a busy kitchen. We had ordered the bread, and that and conversation kept us busy enough. The wine list features a number of local wines, and the prices were quite reasonable. We enjoyed a very nice evening, with fine food and good service. We recommend Biba and will definitely return.
Bibis restaurant has a great environment, fresh, crisp tablecloths,very inviting. The service is impeccable and and attentive. The food is outstanding....every time consistently great. And every time we are there Bibi always comes to our table checking to say hello, was everything ok and do you need anything else.
We traveled 150 miles to dine there , I've been wanting to try it since the early 1990's, and it exceeded my expectations and was worth the drive. It is a great value for the quality of the food and was worth my long wait to dine there! We will definitely go back! Five Stars in every way!
My wife and I went here on our anniversary before going to the theater. We were under somewhat of a time constraint and they accommodated us so we could get to the theater in time. Our waiter(Marcus) provided exceptional service. His recommendations were outstanding. My wife and I split a meal and the splits were extremely generous. And the dessert that Marcus recommended was sooo good. It was a perfect place to go for our anniversary and Marcus made it even better.
As always, excellent meal, excellent service. Still my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. Even everyday dining feels special. The halibut special was amazing. And I always love the gnocchi, this time with a tomato sauce and eggplant. And the ravioli special was a big hit, in a corn cream sauce.
It was our wedding anniversary and on a Tues, so the restaurant wasn't as busy as a week-end. This allowed us to have a conversation without distractions of other diners which we could then enjoy one another much more. Our server was pleasant and attentive and the food was delicious! Even met Biba, our gracious hostess and chef extraordinaire!
Our experience was disappointing from what we expected from a restaurant of this reputation. The four of us were celebrating my wife's birthday and felt the food was average overall, from the appetizer to the salads to the special entrees to the desserts. For the prices, only slightly better than Olive Garden. The service was fine but nothing exceptional. The ambiance and decor were old and tired, with obviously no reinvestment in years. Had mentioned my wife's birthday when I made the reservation on-line and was impressed the hostess as well as the waiter acknowledged it. Not that I necessarily expected a free dessert for her, but we were definitely taken back when the dessert she did order and paid for, arrived with a free candle on top. Pretty tacky we all agreed. Based on our experience and the $200 bill that night, we don't plan to return.
Made reservations for my wife's b-day. Biba's food is a good as anything we've hadin Boston, New York, or Itally. The food this night did not disappoint and the service was terrific. We shared the gnocchi, stuffed pasta, and the lasagna. We requested the fennel sausage and pesto sauce on the gnocchi to mix up our menu a bit. We loved it and will proba bbc.co my take others back for the same.
The lasagna was amazing, and the gnocchi was stellar. The raviolis were undercooked, but otherwise just good, not great. Excellent tiramisu.
The portions were so small we thought they were kidding. 8 gnocchi and 4 ravioli for the split plate (So you would get double that of you got a full plate of either one.) The lasagna was actually smaller than the tiramisu. And it was $21! It also is just an irritant to have to order bread and butter separately, and seriously $1.50? The bread was good and definitely worth it, but it just feels like you're being nickled and dimed when you're already paying an arm and a leg.
Finally, the ambiance was NOT romantic, a lot of reviews said it was romantic, they are wrong. Very loud, large tables, too close together. There is a front room where you enter that has the bar, a few tables, and a piano player, maybe that is more romantic, but you have people walking through constantly to get to the back rooms where the seating is.
Overall, it wad a fine dinner because the food was good to excellent, but all the negatives outweigh the positives and we will not be back.
We would NEVER ecommend this restruant and we will never go back. We were a group of only gfour and all very disappointed. When we were arrived we were one of three tables. The restaurant filled up and we still had not been served . We observe tables that came in 35 tminutes after us receiving their entrées when we haven't even received our hors d'oeuvres. It was difficult to catch the attention of any waiters.
Their signature lasagna that's only available on Thursdays and Fridays can only be described as completely blah . The other dishes of halibut and Pasta were just okay, but not at all what I expected from what is supposed to be a great reputation, and definitely not worth the price . Their antipasto was good. We were completely unimpressed and very disappointed. We had invited our friends out for the special occasion and this experience was embarrassing .
Went to Biba's for my birthday. I've always wanted to go there. Four in our party. We had veal, New York steak, lamb shank, and some sort of fish soup. Every dish was amazing! The service was excellent. Scallop appetizers and can press salad were off the charts delicious. We will definitely return for another meal.
Our waiter was the most arrogant waiter we have encountered in the Sacramento area. He was very direct that when I asked him about the evening's specials, that he would tell me, essentially, when it was the appropriate time. He corrected us when we mispronounced the names of a few menu items. Ironically, we noticed the table of four behind us whispering and making wild gestures with each other. One of the men, scooted over to our table and asked us if we were having issues with the waiter as well. They, like us, could not believe his arrogance. Between the six of us, we probably dropped $600 easily--which is probably not a lot for the average Biba customer. But I can tell you this, you probably won't be seeing them... or us... again.
Everyone had a great time. Biba, herself came by the table and was very pleasant. I had purchased Biba's cookbook and she personalized it for my wife, nice birthday touch. The staff was excellent and service was attentive. The food was outstanding. My wife had the lasagna and it was outstanding. We all had desert and it was a perfect ending to a great meal.
My only minor critique will be the Cotolette alla Milanese, veal cutlets. They were cooked perfectly but one of Biba's incredible sauces would have made the dish complete.
With this experience we will be back and we will not wait for a special occasion but go when we want an excellent dinner.
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