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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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing food! Great Service! Bummer that there was construction going on by the river, but that's just bad luck. I little on the pricey side, but worth the experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The reviews were right, the signature sticky toffe' desert was to die for. My husband and I did the 3 course meal. The soup was great and our entrees (salmon, w corn and whipped potatoes and pork tenderloin w tempura asparagus) was great. After tasting his meal, I liked mine (the salmon better) The restaurant staff was efficient and cordial. I hate having to look for a server....so, they always seemed to come around right on time!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very friendly and attentive staff. Food isn't 5 star but overall experience was great!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "totally awesome dinner with outstanding service!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "So many great choices! Scallops with cheese grits, chicken fried oysters over squid ink linguine or Axis venison with grilled quail. The unlimited wine list along with the great service keeps us coming back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Disappointed with food at Biga. Tough steak (they did take off the bill) and very salty potatoes and pork tenderloin. Scallops were under cooked. We assumed the chef was off for the 4th of July weekend:) We have eaten at some amazing places and wanted to try Biga on the Banks for a year or two. We decided on Biga for a big celebration but it was the worst meal of weekend. Sorry wouldn't go back too many other great choices in SA."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything. Pretty much the best we found in San Antonio. Beautiful window table and very nice waiter."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were in town for a conference and wanted to have a unique and memorable meal. It was both! The Eleven spice Antelope with Quail was one of the better meals I've had in recent memory. All of the flavors worked. I will definitely return next time I'm in San Antonio!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was excellent. We had the lamb (WONDERFUL), quail and duck, squid pasta and oysters. Really enjoyed it. The breads were yummy and the spinach salad had wonderful flavors although overdressed I thought. Just really surprised by the prices for an upscale casual River Walk eatery. There were almost no options for entries in the $20 range. I think that explains why the restaurant was not crowded at all. Biga would have to go on my special occasion only list. Not a regular favorite when visiting San Antonio."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Biga on the Banks has been a special occasion restaurant for us for many years but our visit on Monday evening was disappointing. The service was very good and we enjoyed a great bottle of Turley Rattlesnake Ridge wine. The salads were ordinary and our very expensive steak and pork tenderloin were both overcooked and tasteless. Maybe the "B" team is in the kitchen on Mondays but we expected much better based on cost and past experiences."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Biga on the Banks is always terrific! The food was delicious. We had the special summer fare selection and all of the courses were delicious. Then we had the soufflé which was so light in texture and wonderful. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The chef does a fantastic job of having a menu that not only has unique dishes, but he rotates a new menu in daily. I had the rack of lamb and my wife had the antelope and both plates were nothing short of stellar."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was our first time to Biga, but it won't be our last. The whole experience was first rate; we were there for a special occasion, and the table they'd reserved was perfect - secluded in the corner with a great view of the restaurant and river. We had the rack of lamb and the scallops and both were perfect. The menu was inventive without being pretentious, the wine list was varied and had reasonable options, and the staff was friendly and attentive. We will be looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our waiter, Chris, was outstanding. The food was excellent as always plus atmosphere and outstanding service. Biga never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "When we arrived we felt so welcomed. The food was truly amazing. The pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked & the soup was so fresh and delicious. The dessert was like non other. It was a bit pricy but it was worth the price. I cannot wait to go again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding! A fabulous restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Everything was perfect from the food to the service. The best restaurant in San Antonio. Nothing compares."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I was very pleased with the quality of the food offered at Biga. Prior to going to there I didn't realize the food is daily fresh catch, locally grown and organic - 3 things I support wholeheartedly. The service was perfect. Our waiter was well-versed on the menu and very attentive. He was able to recommend appetizers as well as one of the specialty cocktails. I will definitely return to Biga and will recommend it to my friends."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I had been wanting to try Biga for sometime and since it was my bday dinner I decided to go. The choice was easily made based from coworkers who had gone. Our waiter Chris has been there since they opened 15 years ago and he was what a waiter should be. He was exceptionally friendly and he had a vast knowledge of the menu, the background of the restaurant and didnt give TMI. The ambiance was so casual and light especially for a friday evening. We had the Salmon Nachos to start. They were AMAZING! My main course was a 1/2 chicken (even though I think it was a whole) that was delicious. One thing I particually liked is they give you an option to purchase a half plate in case you want to share. I am definitely going back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Craving seafood and steak, we decided on Biga based on the diverse menu offerings. From the succulent scallops starter to the sticky toffee pudding dessert, we were treated to sublime. My daughter's steak was so tender, she almost didn't need a knife. And the broth of the bouillabaisse had so much depth of flavor, I can't do it justice with words. Service was seamless, professional, courteous, and warm. Chris was a great ambassador for Biga on the Banks."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were there recently for a girl's night. Great service: staff was knowledgable and patient. I had the romaine salad to open which was simple but excellent. For main course, I had the close to boulliabase. It was perfect! Such subtle flavor and perfectly balanced. My friend commented that the lamb was excellent. Great cocktails and atmosphere. Will definitely return and recommend to others."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I had an overall great dining experience at Biga. I was very impressed with the creative and flavorful menu. The ambiance was equally fantastic. The flavor of my ribeye was spot-on and one of the better steaks I've had. My only complaint is that everything was a bit 'heavy handed'. It could have been because it was a Wednesday evening...but the finishes on the dishes were all clumsy (too much butter/oil on the green beans and mashed potatoes, scallops under done, dessert overcooked and the "English cream" basically coming out as warm milk, dishes coming out WAY too fast between courses, etc). With a little refinement and a little extra time spent on each dish I think this place would be fantastic and I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The quality of the food was good, however, the service was not what I would expect from a top restaurant. The food server never asked us if we wanted a second cup of coffee, nor did he seem interested in our dining experience. I did request a birthday cake for my wife and that was handled perfectly."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food always excellent. People friendly. Service very good Grand marnier soufflé great Best restaurant in San Antonio"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Really good food with great wine list. Michael, the sommelier, was fantastic. Very knowledge about wines and the right pairings."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Had been to Biga once while in town for convention May '13, & was very impressed, therefore anxious to return so my husband could experience the gourmet fare. I ordered the pork tenderloin, which was absolutely delicious. But the rice was a gummy texture with little flavor & the broccoli spears were fried (supposedly similar to okra). It was not appealing at all to my taste. And the spinach salad was just ok-it was somewhat "dry", & would've been much better with more dressing. It was a busy Friday night & perhaps the chefs were overloaded, but we will most likely not be returning."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We visit San Antonio once a year and always dine at Biga on the Banks. I would highly recommend this restaurant, and we plan to eat here again next year! Go Spurs!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Elevated balcony seating next to river walk was great. Unfortunately, it had rained quite heavily the night before. We ate at 7 pm and all started well until I sat down. My seat cushion was like a sponge filled with water. So even though it was a great meal with good service, a wet bottom is to say the least distracting! Having said that, the food was great. One particular appealing point was the choice of a half serving for about half price of regular serving. This allowed us to order both meat and fish. Highly recommend to others, but not if you want cheap fast food on the water."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The experience was perfect! (And I don't say that often!) A warm, friendly greeting by the host, prompt curtious service at the table, exquisite food and a great atmosphere made for a lovely evening! You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our server was excellent as she shared how the chef keeps a high standard for his selected menu items on a daily basis plus she was very helpful in guiding us through the menu items....all of us raved about the appetizer items which included oyster nachos and a type of lettuce wrap dish...i enjoyed the ahi tuna while others enjoyed the rib eye...the sticky toffee dessert was also very good....overall a great experience for our client and me plus it was scenic as it was on the bank of the river walk. Highly recommend for entertaining clients!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great food and outstanding service! We had asked for a special table and they gave us a perfect table in the back - secluded and next to the window. Service was prompt, the waiter who had worked there for 15 years, was very knowledgeable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "While the tomato basil soup lacked flavor and was oddly prepared, the mustard lamb chops were to die for. Great spinach salad, as well."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is AMAZING! I've been to a lot of fancy restaurants in Dallas, but none of them top this one because of the excellent service first and foremost and delectable food! You MUST TRY the Sticky Toffee Pudding! It is TO DIE FOR!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We ate at Biga twice during our 4 day stay in San Antonio. It was hands down the best dining experience (both times) that we've had in years. I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is in search of a great meal while in San Antonio!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great location for delicious food, attentive service and a quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary at Biga on the Banks. Great food combined with exceptional service from Tucker and Edwin delivered an outstanding customer experience. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Could not have had a more romantic start to our anniversary evening."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time with my wife, we were there on our anniversary. Our server was knowledgeable on the menu and was personable. You could really tell he was trying to make our dining experience as special as possible. The food was excellent as well. Overall, wonderful experience!!!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very good food and service without being snobby. We had venison and ahi. Both were prepared perfectly and the sauces and seasonings were great matches. Presentation was great and portions were not huge. We left satisfied, but not stuffed. Menu changes daily which is unusual and makes it likely we will go again before we leave San Antonio."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30th anniversary here and had a great experience. The "almost bouillabaisse" was as well developed as our favorite restaurant in Brussells; and he venison was perfectly cooked on the level of a great restaurant in Norway. They even had a gluten free sticky toffee pudding dessert that caused us to scrape the plate clean. I set it up in advance that this was a special evening but had no idea that they have very private areas where a couple can enjoy the dinner and special event until they seated us...what a great evening it turned out to be. The service was outstanding too. We will be back for another dinner, and hopefully soon!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014