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Biga on the Banks
Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biga.com
  • Email: reservations@biga.com
  • Phone: (210) 225-0722
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Bruce Auden
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market St.
  • Public Transit: Biga is located in the center of downtown San Antonio. Though we are walking distance from most downtown hotels, we are also conveniently located for any who wish to use the city's public transportation.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available in front of the "INTERNATIONAL CENTER" 203 South St. Mary's Street at the corner of Market St. Guests are asked to pay for parking upon arrival.
A word from Biga on the Banks
Bruce Auden's award-winning BIGA ON THE BANKS is located in a spectacular setting in downtown San Antonio's modern International Center. Overlooking a romantic tree-canopied bend in the river, the historic and the new find common ground in Biga's dynamic re-emergence with ultra contemporary cuisine propelling San Antonio's recent ascent to a new level of River Walk dining. Gourmet Magazine named Biga one of the five best restaurants in Texas. Fine dining has never meant "fussy" to Chef Auden. Biga's ambiance is casual and relaxed - San Antonio style. Auden's celebrated culinary background, coupled with creative and energetic design, has marked Biga on the Banks as one of Texas' truly outstanding restaurants.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I wanted to try a local place on our weekend in San Antonio and this establishment and it did not disappoint. The only negative was the time between appetizers and the main course was a little longer than I would have liked, but definitely not something to worry about as the rest of the service was very good and attentive. Other than this small snag, it was great. You pretty much can't go wrong with anything you order as everyone at the table loved their dishes. I had the lamb and it was excellent. If you want to skip the typical higher-end chains and try something local this is an excellent alternative."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Service and food were excellent. Upscale and fit for foodies."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went to Biga for 15th wedding anniversary. Requested a table for 2 by the window a week in advance. Seated at a 4-person table nowhere near a window. Water promptly filled after we were seated. The server explained some of the menu's features & favorites. We read the wine list (really great selections), and ordered wine & our meal. The sommelier stopped after we ordered wine, but was cordial. Biga has an interesting device that allows a glass to be poured from a highly rated vintage without actually uncorking the bottle, and the sommelier explained it to us. Very interesting. I had seared duck, and my husband had Axis venison & quail. Both were delicious. The staff was courteous, the decor was pleasant, & the food was great. I'd go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Biga on the Banks while visiting Texas for a week-long conference/stay. We ate at many places but this by far was our favorite meal. I had the lamb and he had the venison and quail. both delicious with creative side dishes. Seek this place out for a fine dining experience. I found it as part of the Fork in the River food tour, which was also a delightful adventure."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were in San Antonio for 4 nights and this was by far the best supper we enjoyed. The waiter was attentive and helpful, food deliciously prepared and beautifully served, and bottle of wine chosen was nice complement to the meal. Compared to most of the restaurants on the Riverwalk, Biga on the Banks stood out as a star. This was a great place to celebrate my wife's 52nd birthday."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Creative chef provides great cuisine and offers good selection of wines. Reasonable prices."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We were seated and 30 minutes later had to ask about our waiter...seems mixup in who was taking care of us. Food and service then lived up to the Biga's we expect. Our out of town friends enjoyed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I brought my wife here for an anniversary dinner several years ago while staying in town so while on business this last week tried it again with some colleagues. I have yet to be even slightly disappointed...the food is amazing and the service is great. Keep up the attention to quality and detail and people will be eating here for years"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I had expected a very special menu from the web page and was not disappointed. The Waite staff Beau did a fine job of explaining the food and had recommendations that proved to be top notch. The Lamb was exquisite !! One of the finest establishments I found in the city."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "James Beard awarded Chef Went for a special occasion with my family. Kindly greeted at the door and given a very nice table by the window. Great menu, changed daily. Had the tenderloin special and it melted in your mouth. Cocktail very good . Had the Rum & Ginger beer. Server very attentive and knowledgable. Will definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Dinner there with my spouse on a convention. Although it is "on the river", it is not a typical tourist river walk restaurant. Romantic and quiet, with excellent food, wine, and deserts. Small outdoor patio overlooks the river, but be aware that the views from inside are really not of the river walk itself...more of downtown San Antonio. That being said, it still manages wonderful atmosphere. Not really a kid-friendly environment, but more of a romantic quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the river walk."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Thank you for making my parent's 50th wedding anniversary perfect!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful meal. Loved the chicken fried oysters and venison. Service was excellent, waiter was well informed on food prep and ingredients. He was friendly and just the right amount of attentiveness. Really good range of menu choices and broad variety of ingredients. Extensive wine list. There was not a single miss on what we ordered, everything was excellent. Sitcky Toffee Pudding and Lemon Posset were irresistible and did not disappoint. Would happily return again and again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a great meal here, the food was excellent. Only issue was the service being a little slow."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food is always very good. Everything tastes fresh and has just the right seasoning. Warm spinach salad is great and their fish is so fresh....always order the tuna rare as it is like sashimi. We keep coming here every year as the food and service never disappoint."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food was amazing and so was the service; however, when I called to make reservations the lady told me there were no tables available but I had the online reservation open on my computer and there was reservations..."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I am so glad that our group of six decided to go to Biga on the Banks before walking to our show at the Majestic. Our waiter, Chris, was absolutely phenomenal. He was very knowledgeable about the menus and all of his recommendations where outstanding. We all had different dishes but the venison, lamb, and red snapper were the biggest hits. OH and the spring roll appetizer was to die for! Biga does offer half portion entrees including their salads which ended up being plenty of food. For three bottles of wine, six entrees, three salads, two extra side dishes, and four mixed drinks, our total was $460.00 with gratuity included (about $150/couple). We will for sure be back again next time we are out in San Antonio for a nice evening!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Biga for the first time this past Friday night and immediately were impressed. The décor along with the great views of the River Walk made it an instant hit with us. Our meals were amazing! The axis and quale entrée combination will make it very difficult for me to try anything else the next time go as it was that good and she felt the same way. We also tried numerous appetizer's and found each would make a great entrée on their own. For this and many other reasons we believe this to now be our favorite restaurant in all of San Antonio as well as Austin and everywhere in between as we frequent both equally. We are already planning a return trip with good friends in the immediate future!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The restaurant is above the river, but not really visible from your table."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We all know that special occasions call for a special place. Biga is that place. From the valet person who takes your car, to the greeting as you enter, from the courteous knowledgeable staff it's first class. The chef works his magic, delivering flavors that delight. On the river and in the Heart of San Antonio this place is special."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The chef is innovative and the ingredients are fresh. The decor is quite modern and lends itself to an energetic atmosphere. Service was prompt and the staff was well trained."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Excessively Loud and excessively expensive, but the food was good."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Biga on the a Banks for our one year wedding anniversary this weekend. Cannot say enough good things about this restaurant! The service was beyond wonderful, the food was absolutely delicious, and they made sure to reserve a table at the window so we would have a nice view for our special dinner. They even gave us each a glass of champagne on the house for our anniversary and a little dessert on a decorated plate at the end. Wonderful all around!! We will definitely be back for another special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Of all our San Antonio dining experiences Biga was by far superior. Quality food beautifully prepared and presented and attentive, intelligent service. Will not return to Citrus. Will return here."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We took a friend downtown to have dinner at Biga. He was very pleased with the meal and the service, especially the fried oyster appetizer. We had a table next to the windows, overlooking the balcony and the river walk. What a great night and wonderful food!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We were in San Antonio for just one night and wanted a good dinner. Had that been all we wanted, we would have been disappointed as this was an *exquisite* dinner. Every aspect of the meal was flawlessly executed; I forgot how flavorful food could really be. The venison and quail dish had so much going on, it felt like a journey that you didn't want to end. I think I'll remember this plate, and the cornbread, for a very long time."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at. Outstanding service. Creative menu and presentation. Fascinating wine list. If you are in San Antonio you MUST eat at Biga!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "unique menu and special wine list. A real fine for this californian in San Antonio"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We are coming back sometime. It was quite a splurge for our little family, but worth every penny. The service was fast and attentive. The restaurant was just fancy enough to make us feel like we were special, but down to earth enough to still feel like the food was a fun adventure (in other words, exciting, not snobbish). My mouth still waters at the thought of that Sticky Toffee Pudding and the yummy Axis and quail."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great food & service, but a bit expensive for the area."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to San Antonio for a romantic getaway vacation and Biga On The Banks is definitely the best place we'd eaten in our entire time there. The food is undeniably delicious. 100% yum! Crab cake appetizer was tangy, very expressive with many layers of flavors, and really made our mouths water for the entrees. She had a smoked chicken over garlic mashes and an additional side of corn pudding. Nothing fell short of expectations, and she was very happy with her experience. The bites I stole were very pleasing to me too. I had no order envy though, for I prefer my more robust venison and quail plate with the goat cheese tart and an additional side of Spinach (tasted just like mother made :D ). Brulee was okay. Waiter = meh."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We had a great time at Biga. The food was amongst the best we've ever had and the service was impeccable."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We have never had a bad experience at Biga's! The service and the food are always top notch !"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We returned to Biga after a couple of years (we are locals). It was extremely disappointing. Excellent service from an accommodating server. But the food was from Sysco. We ordered a cheese plate (excellent), corn chowder, duck and chicken. The corn chowder was like Campbell soup with canned corn in it. The duck and the chicken were both tough and flavorless. We were shocked at being service what was obviously pre-prepared food at a place with Bruce Auden's reputation. If it was not Sysco pre-prepared then the kitchen made it that way. We kept thinking, Boy we should have gone back to Bliss."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were told not to miss Biga on the Banks and were happy that we didn't. The food, starting with the fried oysters, was excellent and well presented."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "this is a great restaurant! The food, service, and setting were wonderful. Our waiter was great and really knew what he was doing. The presentation of the different courses was exceptional. If you are in SA, eat here!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Biga never disappoints! Upon our arrival they seated us immediately, but it was extremely busy and I wanted to be outside for a more romantic feel. It was just a matter of minutes and we were reseated on their patio overlooking the river. We started with the foie gras on french toast and it was the perfect mix of sweet and salty. It's seared and not pate - great for a first timer. For my entree I had the mustard crusted lamb chops were amazing! Served on a bed of cheesy grits and I paired them with brussel sprouts. It wasn't heavy like most lamb I've had other places. Our waiter was Kasey and he was attentive, friendly and informative. Thank you for the best meal I had on my vacation!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Impeccable service. Friendly, attentive. Quality and presentation of food excellent."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Best restaurant that I've found on the Riverwalk. Everyone was phenomenal, food was prepared perfectly and the menu had some unique and intriguing items. Wine list was extensive and the sommelier recommended one we'd never tried before. We were hesitant but turned out to be fabulous. Wait staff was fun and friendly but not overbearing or intrusive. Can't say enough good things, will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Biga On The Banks is a wonderful dining experience! The staff is very attentive, knowledgeable and experienced and truly complements the main attraction of the restaurant which is the excellent food."
    Dined on 3/8/2014