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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
A great meal as always! A special thank you to our charming, attentive & interesting waiter Jorge. Some great conversation about Spain (the birthday girls homeland) and happy birthday sung to her in Spanish for her 89th.
Muchas gracias Jorge!!!
I have been going to Biba's since the 1990s and it still to me is -- along with The Kitchen, Ella's and the Firehouse-- the best restaurant in Sacramento. It is elegant northern Italian cuisine at its best with Biba herself still there to greet you at the door and roaming the restaurant talking with the guests. But, go there on a Thursday or Friday because those are the only days her famous Lasagna Verdi is served. Fantastic restaurant and a real Sacramento gem!
If Sacramento is on your Travel List, then do yourself a favor and go to Biba's. She is there most every night greeting guests. She is an incredible chef, published author and even had her own television show. She specializes in northern Italian cuisine. There is valet parking in front. The servers are very friendly and very professional. There is alway a surprise like homemade vanilla gelato with homemade butterscotch sauce with a single candle for my wife's 76 birthday. I have been there at least 20 times over the last 10 years. Biba's never fails me.
I've been to Bibas several time and have never been disappointed. The food is consistently fantastic and the service is always wonderful. I brought two friends that are retiring because I knew I could count on the restaurant. I brought in two flower arrangements to give the retirees and staff was so helpful bringing them in and setting them aside while we ate. Bibas is my go to restaurant!
This restaurant is slipping. The gnocchi was not tender and melt in your mouth like they usually are - they were hard and dry. The Veal which is normally very tasty simply prepared Piccata style was smothered in a heavy mustard sauce which was way too strong a flavor for this delicate cut of meat and no one liked it. And lastly they were out of their traditional bread sticks- a small thing but one that was noticed.
Resting on past performance. The interior is dated and needs refreshing. The food was good, but not exceptional given the food trend in Sacramento. With a little bit of love and effort, Biba could rise again to its prior performance.
I have never been disappointed after leaving Biba's however if you do not know how to enjoy food, eat properly (i.e. how to choose properly off a menu, and are not a ridiculous picky eater, not willing to venture out of your comfort zone, this place is not for you. This is a foodie's restaurant, it is old school with class, not a young person's hot spot, for meeting friends.
We moved to the Sacramento area about three years ago and have been trying many local restaurants. We attend many theater performances nearby, and of all the restaurants we've been to Biba is our favorite. Of course, the Lasagna is probably the best in the world, but other menu items we've tried have never disappointed. Simply outstanding cuisine! Biba is a treat every time. Highly recommended!
This was our wedding anniversary. Could not have had a better experience. Seated on time. House drinks nice taste. We decided on item's on the menu, but our server told us of the specials and we picked two from the selection. The Veal Ravioli was awesome and also the Gnocchi was way above the standard restaurant fare. Service was spot on also.
The dinner was most disappointing. The pasta with a lamb bolognese sauce was mushy and unappetizing in presentation; furthermore, one could hardly find traces of lamb (was this sauce slow cooked? I think not). The cheese was bright white and not pleasing. The soup was thin and greenish and I could not determine much flavor of split pea---it was watery and bland.
Overall, this Italian food left much to be desired. The waitress did attempt to bring us a substitute dish after we had almost finished the unappealing food......but that effort was very much "after the fact." We were not wanting for more.......we were wanting for a delicious Italian dinner. Perhaps she should have offered a dessert if she wants to comp a client.
I wonder if Biba was made aware of our poor dinner experience---she might not have been. But we doubt we will ever return to this ristorante.
I love Biba, even if she can't win them all. I did not like the scallop carpaccio appetizer. I didn't care much for the flavor of the scallop slices themselves, and there was a flavor note in the topping I found downright ghastly. First dish EVER id didn't enjoy at Biba. Fortunately, the beet salad came next, with crumbled pistachios on top - an unexpected and brilliant addition. For the main course, the halibut was truly wonderful, served on a bed of chard, tomatoes and new potatoes. Pure heaven. So the meal got off to a shaky start, but by the time the meal got to the finish line, it was still a winner.
Our server Janeen did an amazing job. She's great at her job. Made it a special night. And then there was the food! Melt in your mouth, Devine. We both loved what we had. I had the halibut, he had the veal. I would go back every week if we lived here. Of a the places we've been in Sacramento this is the standout.
The food was excellent. The service was annoying. waitress kept interrupting us. The food is always pricey but this time it was over the top. Even have to pay for bread on the table now. That is ridiculous given the overall cost of the food. No alcohol, only iced tea with our meals. Total was $117 for lunch for 4. That's Bibas for ya. We would go more often except for the expense.
This was the first time in 20 years of going to Biba's that the service was only fair and the food was good but not great. The waitress seemed stressed out and forgot about us. The butter leaf salad was overdressed and the sauce for the veal medallions was way too thick. Sorry Biba. I know you strive for excellence. We'll try again but not soon.
Biba never disappoints. Our burrata appetizer with fresh snap peas, pea purée, pickled shallots, roasted Roma tomato, and lemon-infused olive oil was a bite of springtime, one of the very best appetizers we've ever had. Our pastas--ravioli with wild mushrooms and cavatelli with slow-braised octopus--were also delicious.
The excellent service and the delicious food are what you would expect of "fine dining" in a high end restaurant.
John the bartender is always courteous and attentive. Jeannine makes suggestions and makes modifications to enable us to taste many of the delicious foods. Franco makes sure our table is tidy and our beverages filled.
The experience is like dining on an excellent cruise ship.
This was my first visit to Biba's and overall, it was a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. I found the menu quite interesting as it offered some out of the ordinary entrees. Unfortunately, we did not visit on a lasagne day, or I am sure I would have had that! 2 of us ordered the pre fixe option and both were very good. I had the penne with vodka sauce; the other guest ordered the lamb and ricotta crepes. Unusual and very tasty. The other person in our party ordered seared scallops and said they were delicious. They looked great! We all enjoyed our dining experience.
We went to Biba for my birthday lunch and it was everything I hoped for! My beverage of choice was the perfect Pico Sour and lunch consisted of a shared beet salad (the perfect size!) and a scallop/mushroom/carrot/asparagus lunch special. My son savored every morsel of his calf's liver and polenta, and my mom enjoyed her lamb crepes, which were like Greek comfort food! Our server was delightful! All in all, an outright fabulous meal.
Celebrating a milestone birthday lunch. Told that Biba only offered a candle on your purchased dessert. It would be nice to offer even 1 scoop of gelato for special occasions as other places do. We also purchased desserts.
I ordered the penne with scallops. I expected to se a couple of whole scallops-instead the scallops were ground up and in the sauce. -very disappointed
We have heard about Biba's for years, and finally went for a birthday celebration. The Lasagna (served only on some evenings) was amazing, and so was the asparagus appetizer. We will definitely go again. The next time, we will ask to split a pasta course, so that we have room for both the pasta course and a main course.
I usually love Biba's lasagna, but Friday night it was too dry and had a hard charred crust on top. It was not plated very well as the whole piece fell over before it got to the table. My husband 's piece looked much better than mine.
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