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
We love the restaurant. The ambience, th ...
We love the restaurant. The ambience, the food is excellent! We had a great time Thank you so much! 😊
Can't say enough good things. I'm defini ...
Can't say enough good things. I'm definitely going back when I'm next in San Diego. Special mention to the bar staff and the staff at the cheese bar (unfortunately I don't remember names).
I always appreciate the pasta preparatio ...
I always appreciate the pasta preparation at Bice, and tonight was no exception! Flavorful fillings, a nice appetizer and great selection of cheeses!
Cheese bar was amazing Food was amazing ...
Cheese bar was amazing Food was amazing Service was amazing All aspect of Bice was authentic Italian
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.
super spot, GREAT cheese "bar" great win ...
super spot, GREAT cheese "bar" great wine list, as bottle and by glass wonderful authentic service
Second time in the same week at Bice. T ...
Second time in the same week at Bice. The food was great, we tried aubergines a la parmagiana, salad and lamb perfectly cooked. We don't eat much and had no problem sharing our plates.
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😔
Lovely dinner to celebrate my wife's bir ...
Lovely dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. Wine recommendation was perfect.
Worth experiencing just for the cheese. ...
Worth experiencing just for the cheese. Our server Ryan was fabulous - Knowledgeable, let us order and dine at our own pace. The cod special delicious. We absolutely enjoyed.
Went with friends and it was amazing! T ...
Went with friends and it was amazing! The food and the service...we couldn't have asked for a better evening!
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.
Great food , not enough choices
While the food was delicious , I never think food is worth such high prices, but it was delicious. Would have liked to seen a somewhat normal salad, for some of our guests... And would have liked some soup offered.
Probably the best service I've had anywh ...
Probably the best service I've had anywhere in San Diego in 5 years.
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!
Poor service - slow kitchen
Only 3 out of 4 meals came out - we all waited 15 minutes for ten 4 th meal to come out - very inconvenient and awkward on a business lunch.
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.
The overall experience was good, the food however
The overall experience was good, the food however wasn't that good I tried a few of the plates and the only one that caught my attention was the gnocchi I order the fruti di mare and the pasta was too dry
The cheese and dueling prosciutto is ama ...
The cheese and dueling prosciutto is amazing. I was even turned on to Italian wines. I'll be coming back for sure.
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.
Best veal salad in town. Extensive vino ...
Best veal salad in town. Extensive vino list Awesome service
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.
Food well presented and very tasty. Port ...
Food well presented and very tasty. Portions a bit small. Service was excellent!
The ambience was very upscale, nice surroundings, very intimate. The menu looked and sounded delicious, the presentation was excellent. However the flavor of the food was very disappointing, overpriced and not as gourmet as they had previously indicated. We won't be returning.
Great Pre-Race Meal
Bice was very good for what we needed when we needed it. The Service was outstanding, and they treated everyone in the restaurant very well. The cheese course was absolutely divine. I would go back to eat at the cheese bar alone. They know what they are doing and how to do it. The waiters and staff are attentive and work well as a team. We were specifically looking for Pasta that night to carbo -load for a race the next morning. Bice had a great selection that we could pick from and still stay in the healthy category. We left feeling full but not stuffed. I had the special lasagna with a meat sauce. My girlfriend had the seafood spaghetti. Both were perfectly cook and prefect. The waiter suggested a white win for my girlfriend and she enjoyed it with her dinner. It was a perfect choice. We will be back (Hopefully sooner than later).
Salt,salt and let's add some more salt. ...
Salt,salt and let's add some more salt. We could not taste the fennel in the salad it was so salty. Our Dover sole tasted like a counterfeit. I know Dover sole and that was no Dover sole. The bread service was delicious as were the cookies at the end. Sadly everything in between failed miserably. We have eaten here before and enjoyed it but don't know what happened this evening.
I was told this would be a romantic experience with a certain formality to it - great for a special birthday for 2. But it's as if the restaurant was neither here nor there: neither terrible nor great by any measure. Feel of the place: Both a formality and a "corporate" feel to this restaurant, but not really caring about you. Food wise: One of our two dishes was notably unique and well done (rabbit ravioli) and the lamb parppadelle was nothing special. Our waiter had zero finesse, and while delivering what we needed, he did so in an interrupting way (even while my husband was romantically feeding me bites!) He was "all about his need to get things done". I expect a dinner for 2 at ~$125 to excel on both food and service. On balance mediocre on all counts.
Disappointing food portion
I received 5--that's right--5 small raviolis as my dinner portion. You could barely see them on the plate! For a $25 meal, I paid $5 per ravioli. And the ravioli was okay. Edible and that's about it (maybe because I was so hungry?). My husband got the seafood spaghetti and that was much better (I ate half his meal). The bread was an assorted selection, and it was good. The prosciutto appetizer was also a winner. The restaurant was empty on a Friday night in downtown San Diego. Speaks volumes to me on what the locals think.
Bice was recommended to me because they' ...
Bice was recommended to me because they're consistent. I brought a friend there for a birthday dinner because she adores fine Italian food and wine. I am very particular about ambiance and service for special occasions like this. Well kudos to Bice for hitting the mark in every respect. The spacious seating, high ceilings, and modern decor set a lovely tone and expectation for the meal to come. The cheese and wine variety were delicious, many of which aren't commonly found in this area. We had pasta and veal for our main courses and they were perfectly prepared. The service was excellent. They were attentive but not invasive and gave us all the space we enjoy lingering over drinks and dessert to chat long after the meal is cleared. Both my friend and I enjoyed ever aspect of our dining experience here, a delightful evening without compromise.
for how great the reviews were on this r ...
for how great the reviews were on this restaurant, I was very disappointed. I had one night for a nice dinner in San Diego, and picked Bice: I am sad that I did. While the bruschetta and fish were fantastic, the pasta was a let down, very bland. The sommelier was wonderful, but our server was horrendous, never around, barely stopped by, we had to ask for help several times for basic things. Not quite what I would expect at this type of restaurant, and ultimately what made the evening such a disappointment.
They had me at cheese bar. Excellent selections for a cheese course. Wonderful dinner menu with fantastic northern Italian dishes. Order whatever is on the nightly chef specials. You will not be disappointed! Good service with wait staff from Italy. You will feel like you are on vacation. Can't wait to go back.
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