About BICE - San Diego
Ideally located in the heart of San Diego's downtown Gaslamp Quarter, BiCE San Diego offers a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine prepared with the best seasonal ingredients. As recipients of the 2015 Wine List Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, we boast a temperature controlled wine cellar as well as an award-winning, full-service Italian cheese bar, which offers a constantly rotating selection of formaggi. The BiCE menu includes both classic and trend-driven Italian dishes, with standouts including homemade pastas, unique meat and seafood dishes, and decadent desserts. BiCE was recently recognized by the renowned James Beard Kitchen, where Chefs Mario Cassineri and Francesca Penoncelli were invited to share their Italian creations with some of New York City's greatest culinary minds. Awarded the 2015 ZAGAT RATED Extraordinary to Perfection for food, combined with our warm and inviting atmosphere, BiCE is guaranteed to impress.
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 2:00 pm; Sunday & Monday closed.
Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$31 to $50
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We offer catering at events both at BiCE and events located elsewhere. Restaurant buyout is available, as well as private and semi-private reservations. For more information, please refer to our website, bicesandiego.com, or email Fabrizio Donato at email@example.com.
Street or valet parking available.
Bus Stop at Market and 4th ave. San Diego Trolley at Harbor and 5th ave.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Free Corkage: Sundays, All Day
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Bice restaurant offers a skillful mix of classic and modern trends in Italian Cuisine, combining local and seasonal ingredients, bold spices and European sauces. From our homemade pasta dishes and tempting desserts to our award winning “Cheese & Salumi bar and authentic Italian wine selection.
BICE - San Diego Ratings and Reviews
I read about Bice somewhere, because it ...
I read about Bice somewhere, because it was on my list of restaurants to try the next time I was in San Diego. The food and ambiance were wonderful. We had no trouble hearing each other talk. It would be a good place for a romantic evening, even though we were there for dinner with a friend/a quasi-business meeting on the last night of Comic-con. An added plus was its convenient location about two blocks from our hotel. I ordered the branzino, a plank-grilled filleted whole fish, and all three of the men I was with ordered the lasagna. We were equally happy with our choices. My son ordered the gnocchi as an appetizer, and they were light and fluffy in a pesto sauce. I had the heirloom tomato caprese with burrata, which was heavenly. They also served burrata with the amazing selection of breads that came to the table. I will definitely eat there again when I am next in San Diego.
We had a table of 8 for 8 which took a w ...
We had a table of 8 for 8 which took a while to gather together during a very hectic Comic-Con. But the space allocated was great and they were very patient, allowing time for everyone to arrive before taking our orders. The food was of a high quality and served with grace and good humour. Did not feel rushed at any time which is important when out with clients. Just the acoustics tainted the evening slightly, somewhat echoey. Otherwise great and I will definitely go again next year as will my colleagues around the table. Thanks BICE
BICE has been a long-standing (2+ years) ...
BICE has been a long-standing (2+ years), favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego! GREAT food selection, GREAT wine selection and KNOWLEDGEABLE and FRIENDLY wait staff. Highly recommend BICE to all my friends (local friends, business associates and out-of-towners) to make sure BICE is on their "must eat" places in San Diego. My wife, an ardent Italian foody, joined me at BICE and well, she now has become a BICE-follower! GREAT job my all, keep up the GREAT work.....
We went for a birthday early dinner and ...
We went for a birthday early dinner and had a great cheese board experience. We enjoyed a very nice Tuscan white and went on to an excellent dinner. Two had the specials and one from the menu. Please eat here you will not regret it.
second time at this restaurant and no de ...
second time at this restaurant and no deception. Everything we ordered was wll cooked, nice presentation on the plates and we had no problem sharing our plates. Service was nice and friendly, recommendation for the wine was a hit.
Well we had a 5 pm reservation for dinne ...
Well we had a 5 pm reservation for dinner for the 8 pmvBilly Joel concert. Because the service was so slow and inattentive, I bet we will miss the first 1/2 hour of the concert. The food was ok but the service was slow and pretty bad. This was s birthday celebration and it is really too bad that the restaurants slow service will put a damper on what should be a terrific night. Thanks so much😔
The detail is on the small detail
I was celebrating my birthday with my wife and it was our first time there. I asked for a quite area with a view but were given neither. The food was good but for the price it should have been better than good. The service was ok, like the food, nothing to write home about. A dessert was offered complimentary because it was my wife's birthday...no, it was actually mine. Again, pay attention to the details--guests/clients will often tell you what they want, don't make it harder than that.
Excellent, elegant meal and a great atmosphere.
The food was excellent, service was great and the waitress was very helpful with the meals selection and answering questions as well as very helpful with the wine selection.
The cheese were amazing and the waiter in charge was very knowledgeable and helpful.
We wanted our cheeses for desert.
BICE is NICE!
We were looking for an Italian fine dining experience and we were not disappointed with anything at BICE. Fantastic service, atmosphere and ambiance, but even better was the food. Prepared with great attention to details and beautifully presented. Everything was spot on and perfect.
Felt very special
The food was incredibly authentic. I will be going back. The bread was divine and the man serving it was so knowledgable and he cared. The wait staff scraped our crumbs off the table in between courses, and always had one hand behind their back. The food was art. The look and the taste.
Just was not impressed. Took my clients ...
Just was not impressed. Took my clients here for dinner, service was SO SLOW. OVER 3 hours to get full dinner service. Everything took forever, including the food. Could never get waiter to come (because he was so busy) entire place CLEARLY UNDERSTAFFED. My dish was also- horrible!
Expected so much more for a $300 dinner considering I canceled my McCormick's Steakhouse reservation to give this place a try. Big mistake, especially when I had important clients with me. SO DISAPPOINTED.
Food was delicious and service was superb.
Food was delicious and service was superb. We ordered Lobster Pizza, Blue Cheese Cotton Candy, Calamari, Spinach Gnocchi, and 7 cheese plate with honey and marmalade. Everything was heaven in our mouth. We love the lobster pizza and blue cheese cotton candy. Also, the cheeses. Love our server. She made us feel welcome and she never forgets to ask if we want more drinks or if there is anything we need. Will come back for sure. Probably one of the best happy hour food in SD.
Amazing Cheese and Charcuterie
We heard Bice got good reviews, and we planned on ordering some nice pasta dishes, but then we saw the cheese bar!
Amazing, high quality cheeses. We ordered 7 cheeses, plus the de luxe charcuterie plate. It turned into an amazing meal. Can't miss. Highly recommended!
Portions very small. Absolutely Overpriced.
I am Italian and I did not like the food. The portions were so small that we had to eat when back home. My husband ordered tortellini pasta and he got six pieces of pasta in his plate. I ordered a lamb dish and I got three small pieces of meat (that I doubt was lamb because very hard) . On top of that I did not like the taste. In my dish there were tangy nectarines and sweet figs. I didn't like it but this is purely personal and should not influence the reader. The initial starters (bruschetta and prosciutto with burrata) were really small. The bruschetta plate is just a slice of bread loaf cut into three small pieces. Prosciutto was good. The dessert was also good but at the end of the dinner we paid 700$ (total) and we were all still hungry. The ambiance is good and fine. The place is not noisy and kid-friendly. The waitresses are very nice.
Dinner at Bice
The atmosphere was soft and pleasant. We had a group of 7 with discussion occurring for business as well as personal topics. The noise level was such that we didn't have to strain to hear over background noise, and we did not feel inhibited in our discussion. Food and service were very good. Value was good and while I thought the price was a bit high, it was not out of line for a restaurant in a convention area. Overall, a very good value.
BiCE the Best!
Thanks again for an outstanding dining experience. We received excellent service and the food was superb. We enjoyed the cheese platter, the lamb shank and the wine. All was served in a friendly, gracious manner. We dined not ate our food and the deserts were wonderful. Thanks again for making our experience super.
Bice is Nice!
The sommelier assisted my wife and I with a modest priced bottle to go with our salad and entrees. The wait staff was very attentive, yet not intrusive. Even though the tables were a bit close together along the banquette, we had a wonderful time. We will be back!
We started with a three cheese plate from the wide variety of cheeses.
I had a simple salad and added chicken. Very tasty.
My wife had the risotto style barley with Maine lobster. The flavor was amazing. It could have a little more lobster meat in it to really impress.
The wine list has enough by the glass, half-bottle and bottle for all price ranges.
PS- the "beer-aminu" is clever but lacks in execution. Go for the pistachio cake dessert instead.
The manager was extremely rude. He came ...
The manager was extremely rude. He came off as patronizing and a know it all. Never going back again nor would I recommend it to a friend. The food was nothing worth getting excited about. However, the service was good.
We were first turned off by the call from the hostess saying if we didn't show up we would be charged for 6 meals. This is the only restaurant we know of that requires a credit card to hold the reservation. The food was OK, not great. They totally screwed up the billing and had to re run our cards 3 times. They had excuses for everything.
It is certainly not worth the hassle as there are PLENTY of great places nearby.
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