Founded in 1986 and located in Sacramento, Calif., Biba is a restaurant offering Italian cuisine, including appetizers, entrees, salads, and wine and ... More
Founded in 1986 and located in Sacramento, Calif., Biba is a restaurant offering Italian cuisine, including appetizers, entrees, salads, and wine and beverages. Its menu includes beef carpaccio with roasted cherry tomatoes, honey glazed, grilled chicken with black pepper, and garganelli with ham and peas. Its menu also includes stuffed pasta, linguine with tomatoes, pan-fried New York steak, skewers of grilled prawns, grilled chicken breasts and roasted baby sheets with arugula. The restaurant has received reviews from Gourmet Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Conde' Nast Travelers and the Wine Spectator. Biba also offers a large selection of fine red, white and sparkling wines.
I had dinner with my family at Biba in December. The food was unadulterated, delicious, and plentiful. The quality and presentation matched that of a five star restaurant in Boston that charges twice the price. The wait staff was impeccable. It was truly a special experience.
I often go to Biba for lunch. I've tried different Italian restaurants in Sacramento, and I must say so far Biba is still the best in Sac. However, the quality is not quite stable. I've encountered a few times of disappointments, but not too disappointed though. Best tiramisu too!!
So in Sacramento, we have this restaurant called Biba.
It is supposedly rated the best restaurant in Sacramento years and years going. Here is my personal experience with the place, from 8/5/05.
I went to Biba for the first time on 8/5/05.
Upon arrival, I was happy to see there was a piano bar in the front, that's classy. And the area seemed so small, I thought, no wonder it's so exclusive, there are only 4 tables...silly me. The main dining room was off to the left.
Walking into the main dining room, my first thought was, California Pizza Kitchen pre-remodel. Mirrors? Gold tone sconces? Come on......let's step into the 2000's please. And air conditioner vents at face level while sitting....personally I don't like air blowing on me when I'm eating.
We sat down, and my napkin was dirty...there were black streaks on the very top of it, completely visible to anyone looking. How difficult would it have been to walk to the kitchen, get a new napkin, and throw the dirty one away?
The folks we went with brought a bottle of wine, so the waitree brought four wine glasses for us to use. The wine glass that was brought for me was dirty. There was a piece of food stuck to the side of it...do waiters look at these things before they set them down in front of you? So we sent the glass back for a new one.
Food, mediocre. Absolutely nothing to write home about...bland flavours, not special at all. (I had the duck...which was a bit undercooked, and only tasted good when paired with the dried fruit that was also on the plate) - The grilled vegetables that were also on the plate were just that, grilled. No spices on them, no flavour, just grill/carbon.
David had the lamb, which tasted game-y, with vegetables tasting of lard. Useless.
I would not go back to this restaurant. It was absolutely un-special for all the press it gets. It was very loud, and we had to speak loudly just to be heard at our own table.
Biba may be a great cook in her own right, but her chefs need to pick it up if they want to cater to a crowd younger than 60.
Biba has historically had the best italian food in sacramento. But over the last few years, service has plummeted to levels that are inexcusable for a restaurant in this price range. Expect long waits to be seated. Long waits to see your waiter or get bread and water. Pretty much, expect a lot of waiting. We have had 3 dreadful experiences in a row here and we no longer go back.