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
Biba's has delicious Italian cuisine; fr ...
Biba's has delicious Italian cuisine; fresh pasta cooked absolutely perfectly al dente. We had the ravioli with cheese and black truffle. Their signature Biba's Negroni starts the meal off with a perfect balance of vodka and campari. The bib lettuce salad had a lovely combination of sweet and savory with sliced almonds, apple and a perfectly balanced gorgonzola dressing. The chocolate mousse for dessert was a great way to celebrate the birthday occasion. The waiters are always colorful and very knowledgeable about the food and wine. We were on the late side of dinner with a reservation at 8:15 so the staff seemed a bit busy finishing up, but it didn't detract from the delicious food and relaxed eating atmosphere.
What can I say about Biba? Saying that ...
What can I say about Biba? Saying that it's fantastic even seems to fall short. Biba herself is a true Sacramento treasure. My wife and I dine here regularly and for special occasions. The menu is vibrant, seasonal, fresh (not many places serve a great lamb like Biba!). The service has been on again, off again, but for the most part is excellent, professional and helpful. Example, my wife and I could not decide on an appetizer, so our server brought us a "combo" split plate so we could enjoy both items! My wife loves the beet salad. Where can you get a beet salad these days. We drive 40 miles to come here and honestly I think my wife would come just for the beet salad...lol. Seeing Biba walk around the restaurant, you can see she cares about how people enjoy her food. For us, it's our "go to" favorite.
The food, service and ambiance are alway ...
The food, service and ambiance are always top notch at Biba's. It was great to be there for lunch, because it was not crowded and it felt quite relaxed - this restaurant is usually quite crowded for dinner, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, but not so at lunch.
The food was very good. I regrettably or ...
The food was very good. I regrettably ordered a rather boring dish, but it was very well prepared. Biba herself hasn't aged for 30 years. I am sort of convinced that she has been cloned. She was at the hostess desk as we left and she looked amazing. I kind of felt like I was in the presence of a rock star. The service was superb. I would go again and I'd recommend it to others.
Biba's always satisfies in every way. G ...
Biba's always satisfies in every way. Great bar keeper, great Italian food and a lovely dining room visually. The fact that the owner herself seems to come in and keep an eye on things, at least almost every time I've been there, is undoubtedly what keeps the quality up where it is.
The food was awesome. The service was v ...
The food was awesome. The service was very attentive. This is the second time I have celebrated a special occasion here. Because I am a pastry chef, my family and friends all prefer my creations. The staff here is always so gracious to store and serve my dessert and I am happy to share with the staff. This time I brought a Andes Mint Cheesecake. The staff was so kind to praise my work and even asked for my calling card. Anyone in the food industry knows the value of "compliments to the chef"!! Well for braised lamb and Swiss chard ravioli, "My compliments to your chef!!"
Biba's was excellent as always. Ordered ...
Biba's was excellent as always. Ordered some new dishes and some traditional ones as well. Everything was well prepared with fresh ingredients. Too full for dessert but ordered it anyway. Glad I did because it was delicious.
I go to Biba's often. The food is always ...
I go to Biba's often. The food is always quite good if you love italian cooking but in a less caloric fashion. Great fresh salad choices. Gorgonzola gnocchi is my absolute favorite. Lasagna is extraordinary but only on a couple of days a week. Calves liver I adore but it's generally only on the lunch menu.
Unfortunately on Tuesday evening our service was very poor. We waited for almost a half hour to get a drink. The food service was quite slow. It was really quite disappointing since I brought a business associate as a special treat. This is not typically the case but I wanted them to know in case this was a trend.
The mozzarella di buffala was a wonderfu ...
The mozzarella di buffala was a wonderful starter. Sea bass special was slightly overdone, but still delicious, but the real star was the brodetto - a seafood stew with generous portions of shrimp, mussels, clams and white fish in an incredible tomato fish broth. Heavenly.
Authentic and well-presented dinner. Wai ...
Authentic and well-presented dinner. Waitperson was suggesting options but not intrusive. I especially liked the pork combination. The Pinot Noir was by the glass, a great suggestion by the waitperson and a good value. Finished the meal with an excellent buttered pecan gelato. A great meal experience.
Always a fabulous place to go with other ...
Always a fabulous place to go with others or just the two of us. The service is impeccable. Jeanene is soo welcoming as well as Beth and Gigi! John at the Bar is unsurpassed. We love it there. The food is fantastic.
Great Chef, great ambience, great wine & ...
Great Chef, great ambience, great wine & great service.
We enjoyed the sweet meats appetizer, La Sagretta Wine, the endive Salad, the butternut squash soup, The day boat scallops and the lamb shank. What a wonderful experience.
I have lived in Northern Italy, and love ...
I have lived in Northern Italy, and love the flavors, the style, and the traditions of classic Italian cuisine. Biba's reminds me of all the fabulous dining I enjoyed in Italy, in private homes and wonderful restaurants.
We arrived late for our reservation due ...
We arrived late for our reservation due to a winter storm and horrible traffic. We also had a hard time that we needed to leave due to an event at the Sacramento Convention Center. They went out of there way to accommodate us. The food and service were amazing especially the gnocchi. Can't wait to go back!
Very disorienting. The mirrors, lighting ...
Very disorienting. The mirrors, lighting, carpet, and décor transported our dining experience back to the 1980s. And then the food. If blindfolded I would've assumed the fare was from Olive Garden. Not necessarily bad, just uninspired. And bland. Will not be back and will not recommend.
Made our maiden voyage to Biba for part ...
Made our maiden voyage to Biba for part of the Dine Downtown promotion. Reviews looked stellar so we decided to give it a try. It appears to be in a historic building, date on the front went back to the 1800's! Decor is bright, modern but also had a distinctive 1960's feel to it.
Bar area is small but inviting. Bathrooms, bar and restaurant were all well lit and very clean. Dining room lighting could stand to be dimmer for a more intimate feeling. There were only about 3 tables seated when we got there. It was full by the time we left. Very loud acoustics in the dining room. We were sitting just across the table from each other and had to give up on conversation about half-way through the meal.
Service was a little different than what we are used to. The last couple of places we've tried the service was much more proactive and assertive. This is much more laid back and some patience is required if you have a time constraint. Had to ask for water, refills...
Of all things, the complimentary bread sticks were fantastic! Must be homemade as they were light, crispy and spiced perfectly. Bread bowl was standard fare. Salad was light, fresh and was dressed with a bleu cheese vinaigrette that was very flavorful but not overly pungent.
Butternut squash soup was perfect! Full of flavor and a nice, smooth consistency.
Pasta course was a perfect al dente, sauce was bright and fresh.
Salmon dish was cooked nicely as was the beef shoulder. Sauces were tasty and did not overpower the dishes. Biba seems to let the main ingredient stand for itself without overpowering seasonings or sauces.
All in all, decent bang for the buck. I'd say the menu is geared towards guests that prefer more old school type dishes. We're currently in a phase where we prefer dishes that really pop, a more fusion approach.
This was very good. B for the food, A for cleanliness, C for service, D for noise. Parking was a little challenging.
I give Bibas two stars because when you' ...
I give Bibas two stars because when you're paying for the cost of a meal at this place you deserve and expect a certain level of service and quality of food. This did not happen.
First, the decor is ancient. Modernize!
Second, when you bring me my food don't drop off my plate then serve the next table. Stay and offer me cheese/pepper first then go check on the next table.
Don't bring me spoons for dessert when we said no thank you, put them on our table, then realize we don't need them, take them back and take them to the next table. Those spoons are now dirty!
My wife's soup wasn't garnished correctly. You forgot the toppings.
First course was delicious. Bread fantastic. Salad and soup were good. Again, soup wasn't garnished correctly.
Pasta course. Are you kidding. Not worth it. I am attending dinner at a high priced Italian restaurant. My pasta was over cooked, rabbit meat shredded to bits and over sauced. Oh and the sauce was watery. I had water at the bottom of my dish. Come on!!!!
Wife's was weird. You boiled the scallops? What? Then barely seared one side. They were chopped up and thrown in with her over done, strongly seasoned pasta. Ugh!
Finally, and this should have been our warning to get out. When we got to our table it wasn't set. The salt and pepper shakers were in the middle of the table. There it is. The fact that you put salt and pepper shakers on the table is horrible. You are supposed to be a high class, expensive, nice meal. Stand by your food and cooking abilities to season correctly. I should never see salt and pepper shakers on the table at a place like this.
You're lucky you get two stars!!!!
I hadn't been to Biba, in close to four ...
I hadn't been to Biba, in close to four years to be honest. On Christmas Eve, my mom and I were talking to a family friend, who owns a restaurant, and so I asked him who is a recent bay area transplant where his favorite meal was in Sacramento. Well two weeks later, we were there to celebrate my mothers birthday. The staff is truly a class act, who I believe either there parents raised them right, or they all read Emily Posts book, "Etiquette". Honestly, everybody had a sincere warmth, they made you forget it had been four years from the last time I was there.
If the valet is that friendly, you know that it is only going uphill from there. Speaking on behalf of the Anzelone family, thank you so very much for the amazing food, and hospitality. See you soon.
Sleepy restaurant with older geriatrics. ...
Sleepy restaurant with older geriatrics. We were looking for the defibrillator just in case. Bar looks like the lounge on SNL with Bill Murray performing as"Nick The Lounge Singer". Server was pleasant, but long gaps between, and difficult to get their attention. The lighting was overly bright - this restaurant needs a serious makeover. However, the foundational bones of Biba remain intact, and the food delivers. House made Pappardelle with the rabbit sugo top notch. Veal Marsala above average. $1.50 for table bread. Really? Reasonable values on the wine list, though would have liked to see broader representation of the Italian reds.
Our meal was fantastic from beginning to ...
Our meal was fantastic from beginning to end as always. We started our new tradition of dinner out the night before New Year's Eve. The smoked salmon appetizer was a nice change, short rib and the special double pork chop entrees were fantastic - deeply developed flavors that weren't overpowered by any one spice profile.
Service a good pace, the place was full!
Best part ofour evening was seeing Biba, and wishing her a Happy New Year!!!
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