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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Street or valet parking available.
Bus Stop at Market and 4th ave. San Diego Trolley at Harbor and 5th ave.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
Long wait, no waitresses around to ask s ...
Long wait, no waitresses around to ask something even the check was late.
Food was delicious but pasta was a little undercooked, the cheeses that the chef picked for us were amazing and the busser was nice to explain what he was giving us.
They were out of 3 food items and 2 cock ...
They were out of 3 food items and 2 cocktails we ordered. We were advised they had a busy Saturday night and supplies are delivered on Monday. Unfortunately we went on a Sunday night. The manager and waitress were very apologetic and bought us a drink for the lack of inventory. The topper was when a fruit fly landed in my water and I pointed it out to waitress and was told "That's ok, I have them at my house." At that point, I ordered a Cognac, drank it and left. Menu looks great, but they need to be better prepared to have food to serve
Terribly loud noisy party of around 20 p ...
Terribly loud noisy party of around 20 people were seated directly behind us around half way through our meal. Ruined the ambiance of the restaurant. They should have been placed in a private room away from all the couple diners trying hard to enjoy their meal and food. Shame on the Manager for not realizing how disruptive this large party would be in such an otherwise intimate setting.
Visiting San Diego for a Giants baseball ...
Visiting San Diego for a Giants baseball weekend and found this place across the street from our hotel. Wow, glad I found it. Food was amazing. Authentic Italian cuisine using the freshest ingredients. My rabbit ravioli was amazing and the flavors jumped off the plate. Next time I am in San Diego, I will definitely go to Bice.
Were ignored for the first 15 minutes. H ...
Were ignored for the first 15 minutes. Had to go to the front desk to complains I that someone could take our cocktail order. Service was spotty. Trying too hard to be innovative with their food and they missed it. The best part of the dinner was the cheese course.
We celebrated our 47th Wedding anniversa ...
We celebrated our 47th Wedding anniversary at Bice and were so pleased with the experience – the service, drinks and food were all superb. Our server – Indira – was outstanding, taking care of not only our table for 2 but a rather large group next to us. We were very appreciative of the celebratory sparkling wine at the beginning of our dining experience as well as the surprise sweet at the end. Everything in between was exceptional and the food divine. The kitchen really delivered! This is a well run operation yet you are made welcome and not rushed. We will definitely be back.
Menu seems to have changed; bred and che ...
Menu seems to have changed; bred and cheese offering always great. Food good but not outstanding. What WAS outstanding was our server, Linda...even on a busy Sat evening, she had to among the most helpful, fun, and friendly servers I have ever had at a fine dining restaurant.
Actually we never got to eat there. The ...
Actually we never got to eat there. There were several large tables and the restaurant has not been designed with acoustics in mind. As a result, we could not even hear the waitress explain the menu to us so ended up leaving without eating anything. A real pity as the menu looked exciting.
At first I was afraid this place was goi ...
At first I was afraid this place was going to be snooty, but the wait staff turned out to be friendly and approachable. Mainly, though, it's the food that would bring me back. Simply outstanding. I highly recommend Bice Ristorante.
Our overall experience was quite pleasan ...
Our overall experience was quite pleasant. The service staff is very attentive. I had the Lasagna which I enjoyed very much. My husband ordered the swordfish which was prepared with very little seasoning so that was a bit disappointing . We will not let that stop us from enjoying the delicious food and ambience of this wonderful restaurant.
We had been to Bice before and we will dine there again.
Fantastic! Large selection of Italian bu ...
Fantastic! Large selection of Italian but creative dishes in a tantalizingly wide menu. The assortment of cheeses is magnificent, the choices of starters has everyone covered. We had several flavorful dishes that would highly recommend, such as: burrata bruschetta, grilled octopus and arugula, the unbelievable fritto misto di pesce e cavolfiore (see picture!), and the mouth watering beet and ricotta ravioli, a perfectly balanced mixture of flavors and colors. And don't forget the lasagna. melting in your mouth for your Epicurean pleasure! To finish it off, please please do get the out of this world gelato with pistacchio tortino! Great, though not cheap, selection of mostly Italian wines. including stellar ones like Barbaresco, Brunello, Ornellaia, etc. You simply must eat there if in San Diego!
Fantastic. Al four of us loved our dinn ...
Fantastic. Al four of us loved our dinner. The wine list was great. Our waiter was very attentive. They did a special little dessert for the birthday boy at the table. And yes, he was 29!
This is the second time we have dined at ...
This is the second time we have dined at BICE, and both times have been wonderful. Nice ambiance, excellent food and superb service.
Our group purposely ordered four different meals to taste various items, and all were wonderful. I am a fan of good Lasagna, and their meat lasagna is the best I have tasted.
We use the Passport Dining card, and BICE accepts the card, which saves us money each meal.
We have found a real gem, and will be eating there more often.
Will go back, but definitely my first ex ...
Will go back, but definitely my first experience was better. Must have been understaffed or had an inexperienced waiter...long wait times for drinks, food and no on checked back in on us. And the restaurant was empty. Will try it one more time.
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.....
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