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
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.
We've always had a superb dining experie ...
We've always had a superb dining experience at Biba, and this time was no exception. We are always made to feel special, including being greeted at the door by Biba herself. Such a gracious lady. Since it was a Thursday, we had to have the delicious lasagna, but the gnocchi and beet ravioli were also treats. In addition, the waiter's recommendations for wine and starters were spot on. A lovely day.
This is one of my favorite restaurants.. ...
This is one of my favorite restaurants... I live 3 hours away and always look for a reason to stop in.....I took my parents to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary. They did not want to make a big deal about it...so no one knew... We had the best service (George was our waiter).. and the food as always is as good as it gets..it's not cheap but the food is well worth the price..
We must have caught Biba on a bad night. ...
We must have caught Biba on a bad night. Been the 10 times easily, but never have such a ho hum experience. The gal who was serving us seemed out of sorts or confused and disorganized. When we did finally get our food (45 Min) it was okay, but not up to the Biba standard we know. We likely try again some time, but we are not in a hurry to do so. Too many great competing restaurants to return to okay right now.
The food was delicious! We loved the bee ...
The food was delicious! We loved the beet salad, the house made raviolis, the halibut, the veal scallopini, and the cheesecake. The meal was paced nicely, and while the bus staff were very attentive clearing and keeping water filled, the server seemed somewhat preoccupied. However, it was not enough to detract from a delightful meal.
Outstanding as always!
I have been going to Biba since they first opened, and always, always have had a wonderful meal! The veal ravioli was outstanding, and the halibut on fresh peas was insanely fresh and delicious . Biba was there as usual, greeting and mingling, assuring that her diners are feeling great in her home. Recommended without reservation!
My first time, not my wife's first time, ...
My first time, not my wife's first time, she's a native to Sac. The ambiance is classic, and the wife said it has not changed in 30 years. With that in mind, the upkeep is immaculate. Our waitress was nothing exceptional, but she was attentive and they did read my notes I made with the reservation and we're aware of food allergies and made adjustments to our dinning to suite. She had the King Salmon special and I the Lamb 2 ways. Both were delicious, the fish was absolutely perfect! A wonderful 50th birthday gift for my wife.
I have read many reviews here about this establishment, and really do not understand each any of the sub par ratings....
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