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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
My friend, who currently lives in Siena Italy, was visiting and we remembered wanting to try Biba's over ten years ago when we both lived in San Francisco. After we both retired I moved to Wilton and she moved to Siena to be near her family. We finally decided now that she's in town that it was time so we did lunch at Biba's. We split the signature lasagne verdi alla Bolognese and we split the fegato alla veneziana. The service was excellent, the food was fine but there several small disappointments. The menu was "Americanized" and described the fegato as coming with "bacon". I had to verify with the waiter that the "bacon" was, in fact, pancetta before ordering it. For dessert I ordered the "house-made lemon gelato". What arrived was something that looked and tasted more like ice cream than gelato. My Italian dining partner agreed. Finally, the espresso I ordered was quit bitter. The waiter gave me the name of the supplier but I didn't recognize the name. He said that he usually describes it as similar to Illy Dark Roast. Illy Dark Roast is what I drink every morning at home and the espresso served was significantly different. Perhaps the machine was run a bit too long resulting in extraction of the bitter oils that arrive following the first ounce?
We were celebrating a friend's retirement and absolutely enjoyed every minute at Biba's. The service was excellent, the food beyond compare, and Biba herself welcomed us and even shared a photo with us. The atmosphere was sunny & light, just what we needed to share good conversation.
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 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 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 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. 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 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!!"
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 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. 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.
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