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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Biba Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
To us Biba's is a classic, understated p ...
To us Biba's is a classic, understated place to dine. The service, white linens and style are
a welcome from the ordinary. The food always has been creative and delicious. It's our
"go to" place for family celebrations.
We chose to celebrate our anniversary at ...
We chose to celebrate our anniversary at Biba’s and were left thinking “what a great choice!”
We arrived a bit early of our reservation and were seated immediately. We landed at a quiet table for two that proved perfect for our occasion – sort of isolated but still located where we could experience the energy in the room. Our server was wonderful. She knew the menu, made suggestions, and offered some help with wine selection – a great service when there are so many wonderful choices.
The Calamari Fritti was light and crispy, the Ziti al Forno was very flavorful and had plenty of sauce for those of us that enjoy dipping our bread in sauce as we eat, and the Scaloppine di Vitello was tender and had a great wine sauce that added to the flavor of the mashed potatos and steamed vegetables. A constant favorite, the Insalata di Barbabietole had a great olive oil and vinegar dressing that was not overpowering and let you taste all of the ingredients.
We had a great evening punctuated with wonderful wine and great service. As often is the case, Biba said hello, her own touch that feels as if our personal chef was checking in to see how the meal was.
Don't get me wrong, the food was tasty. ...
Don't get me wrong, the food was tasty. It definitely was not gross or anything. But it wasn't really all that special. It didn't "wow" me. For a $22 lasagna, I expected something above and beyond but what I received as simply average. It's obvious the lasagna noodles were hand made - a great plus, but in terms of the overall flavor, I can get a lasagna for less than half the price at Macaroni grill and it would taste just as good as the Biba Lasagna. I think that says a lot. Biba really needs to kick it up a few notches to convince me to ever pay $22 for their lasagna again.
Additionally, we had to pay for our bread basket. What? It was a mere $1.50 on the menu, but seriously? Just take it off the menu, and make it a staple included with every meal. This just seems greedy.
The ambiance in the dining hall wasn't terrible, but I think it could use an upgrade.
The waitstaff was very kind and attentive.
Biba has been mainstay in Sac for at lea ...
Biba has been mainstay in Sac for at least 20 years. Biba herself often greets you at the door. The physical space is elegant and classy. A perfect location for a business or romantic meal. The service is always top-notch and attentive.
The food has remained consistently good over the years. The pastas are made onsite and they are perfectly prepared with a variety of different and yummy toppings--smoked salmon, duck ragu, carbonara sauce, pretty much anything you might like. The fish and beef entrees are of the finest quality and beautifully made and presented. Everything is really a classic and always prepared with the best ingredients. The wine list (domestic as well as imported) is impressive. Deserts could use a little sprucing up. They are not quite as interesting a selection as one would like.
I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
Having been to Biba's before we were a t ...
Having been to Biba's before we were a tad disappointed in the menu changes as well as the entrees. They missed the mark on the previous wow factor. Service was excellent, the food was ok. Will probably not go there again anytime soon. There are other restaurants in the area that have the wow factor for the same price point.
What of the best experiences ever. Food ...
What of the best experiences ever. Food perfect, service perfect, meeting Biba Fantastic. I watched her on TV when I was young, I think that is why I became a chef myself. Thank you Biba it has been a great 25 year career so far for me with more to come. Everyone must eat at her restaurant.
My wife and I were looking forward to co ...
My wife and I were looking forward to coming and eating the famed lasagna. We came away disappointed. Although my wife greatly appreciated the very refreshing take on the "new" style of lasagna noodles, it very much lacked in presentation, seasoning, and flavor. We did, however, enjoy the service and restaurant decor.
One of the best Italian restaurants outs ...
One of the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy. The food is wonderful. Pasta's and sauces are light - never thick or heavy. The food is made with care. Serving size is just right -- never too much, nor too little-- just enough. We always enjoy one of Biba's fresh made delicious desserts .
We drive 80 miles roundtrip to enjoy a meal here and it is worth the time and drive.
As always, lasagna was excellent, servic ...
As always, lasagna was excellent, service was great and we enjoyed a wonderful Rombauer new release of Sauvignon Blanc, their first ever of this delightful wine. My friend loved her gnocci day's special. It is so nice to enjoy a meal in a restaurant where we can hear our conversation without having to raise our voices, and Biba was as busy as always on Friday for lunch. At one point I think every table was occupied. I love the fine dining experience and the service is far above average. Almost forgot to mention the bread sticks which are to die for. I always order those. They are especially great with wine and are a nice palate cleanser between courses. I am never disappointed when I come here for lunch or dinner.
Enjoy a wonderful dining experience ever ...
Enjoy a wonderful dining experience every time with a varied menu. One of Sacramento's best restaurants. Have been coming here since their opening in 1986. Love it. It is fun to chat with the friendly wait staff and even Biba herself!
My boyfriend and I went to Biba on a whi ...
My boyfriend and I went to Biba on a whim and it was fantastic! We walked in and someone was playing the piano, we got sat and our server was fantastic! Very knowledgeable! We loved it so much, my boyfriend went back the next day.
We have been going to Biba for many year ...
We have been going to Biba for many years and it remains one of our favorite restaurants. But the last two times we have been there the service has been exceedingly below tradition. Last evening when we were there empty plates sat on our table for 15 minutes, wine glasses remained unfilled and even trying to get water was a real challenge. I think that something is going on at this fine traditional Sacramento fine dining landmark. Our food was not to par. This is the second time at Biba over the last month when service was very much lacking. We will question whether or not this is our restaurant of first choice next time we have guests in town. The service was so poor I was embarrassed to be hosting our dinner party.
Even though I have lived in the Sacramen ...
Even though I have lived in the Sacramento are for 50 years I had never been to Bibas. I had heard and read good things but that was it. It did not disappoint. The food and service were everything that I would expect from a restaurant of this quality. I have a hearing defect and the room was fairly full and with all of the conversation it was difficult to hear my lunch companions. I/we live in the Roseville area which makes it a 30 minute drive. It was worth it but it is not something I would do frequently.
In truth I was a little disappointed with myself for not coming on a Thursday when the Lasanga is served. I had read that it is exceptional.
Excellent! We had not been back to Bibba ...
Excellent! We had not been back to Bibbas in a few years. We were happy that their great service food and ambiance had not diminished.
This was our 47 anniversary and Bibba was gracious to come by our table to chat.
Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my ...
Had a wonderful birthday dinner with my husband & kids. The food was excellent. Our waiter, George was great. Very energetic & knowledgeable about the menu. He also sang, Happy Birthday to me in Italian! We also met Biba! What a privilege. Everything tasted delicious!
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