Biga on the Banks
Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biga.com/
  • Phone: 2102250722
  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Biga on the Banks reviews from OpenTable diners
210 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (159)fit for foodies (142)romantic (125)notable wine list (99)scenic view (89)good for groups (44)great for outdoor dining (41)hot spot (32)neighborhood gem (32)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (10)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • A+ all around!
    Fitt2BafoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We came here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We sat on the patio overlooking the river. Our server Tucker was fantastic! Prompt service, great recommendations. The fios gras was beautifully presented (we've had this a five star restsurants in NYC and LA and this was the best presentation by far) my husband had the Quail and antelope with roasted chestnuts and brussles sprouts with a goat cheese torte every bite was decadent. I had beef tips with corn pudding, poblanos and a rich Demi glaze. The gran mariner soufflé was divine! They even bought us champagne for a special toast. This spot is an A+ if your in San Antonio you must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    BostonSoxFan
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent service including wine director reviewing specific wines and helping with the selection. He returned to table many times to check in on us and gave us a tasting of a rare Malbec at end of dinner. Food was excellent and cooked to order. Best dinner in San Antonio over a 6 night stay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining at it's Best
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Visiting San Antonio for the first time and heard about Biga. Was pleasantly surprised to find a unique menu that the chef changes daily. Food was excellent and very flavourfull without being heavy or over the top with seasoning and or butter. All organic foods are used and server explains each dish quite competently. Food and wine priced appropriately - service was impeccable. Many private dining rooms available
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not at all what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The meals were not as we expected. The Mahi Mahi was a beautiful piece of fish, with just the lobster sauce and some basic potatoes or something would have been fine but the polenta with chirizo was awful. The game packets, you didn't even know it was game in there, very strange. The fois gras was nicely done and the quail was tasty. The venison again, too many spices and you weren't sure it was venison. Disappointing. The service was off, flashlights in the face, shaking hands, all a bit strange.
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  • Nice evening
    Fleamom
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Warren our server was great and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Celebration Dinner!
    DVH47
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed a spectacular dinner at Biga on the Banks as we celebrated my wife's birthday. The service was really first rate and the food was delicious! I had the pork loin and my wife tried the chicken. Both dishes were beautifully prepared and presented. The wine list was extensive and we enjoyed a wonderful cabernet (Shafer One Point Five) with our meal. We were especially impressed with the wait staff ... the service was simply excellent. One slightly sour note was that our table was in a rather tight space next to a rack of gourds, and even though we were next to the window, the patio tables made it difficult to validate that we were actually "on the banks" of the River Walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    redroC
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We arrived way too early, but were seated immediately. The service was incredible and the food was even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS
    jerseyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My friend and I had the 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing and were both blown away! The bouillabaisse...best I ever had! Crab cake...best I ever had! Sticky toffee pudding...best I ever had!. That does not even mean that these were my favorite dishes...as the spring roll, lamb, and venison were all outstanding as well. I cannot put in one review how excellent everything was because I do not have enough characters to do so. All I can say is...GET TO THIS PLACE AS SOON AS YOU CAN!!! Our service was also excellent. Tucker was attentive, knowledgeable, and had an incredible personality. He knew when to step in and attend us and when to walk away. Hats off to the chef-owner above all...his glowing reputation still does not do him justice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Rich
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is slightly off the beaten path on the Riverwalk, which is a good thing if you want to get away from the "bar scene" vibe that the river walk has become. Food was exceptional (we had sushi grade salmon for an appetizer, and of course seared tuna...), although not exactly cheap. Definitely try the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC
    ACDC
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    BIGA has to be the most amazing place I have ever been to. The while experience was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill73
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Most of the food was great, but the lamb rack was just OK. We were seated outside at first, at night, but could not read the menu or see the food. They moved us inside but it was still too dark. Waiter forgot our souffle order. Expected better for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice romantic spot
    Saltnpepper
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Waiter was very helpful. Nice atmosphere. Good libatiations and food. Lettuce wraps with venison were especially good for appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lisa
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food was really good, it was a bit dark outside. service was nice and we got to greet the chef!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I was traveling here for work and went with a co-worker for dinner! We loved the warm spinach salad, both of us thought our meals were fantastic. The service was excellent as well, we even considered going back another night! Easily my best meal during my 5 day stay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday at Biga
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our kids gave us a gift certificate for dinner at Biga to celebrate our 65th birthdays and a return visit to San Antonio. It did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the manager stopped by to make sure everything was okay. Our waiter was excellent - just the right blend of attentive without being intrusive. Only small quibble was the sun was in my eyes for a short while and there are no blinds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    WillyO
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I have not been in San Antonio in a few years, so I relied on Open Table, as I usually do. I read the reviews for Biga on the Banks and reviewed the menu and customer reviews, and was not disappointed. I dined outdoors over the Bank of the River Walk and it was peaceful and serene. The staff was extremely attentive and did not "hover" as many do. I began with the Spinach Salad, which can be...OK. It was terrific! I then ordered the Pork Tenderloin, which was probably the best I have ever had. Overall, my experience was very impressive and I will be back again before my time in San Antonio is over. Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic, special dinner
    Mexglx
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Wife and I were visiting from out of town and I asked about upscale and GOOD place to eat. We were recommended Biga and we really enjoyed it. We used to enjoy high end, chef owned restaurants before our child was born and we really enjoyed this evening while the grandparents baby sat for us. Yes it was pricey. The menu was very creative. I enjoyed the Axxis deer steak tremendously!! My wife thought I hit a homerun with this choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    Jencat
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    A friend and I were in town for work and checked out the restaurants on Open Table in the Fit for Foodies category. She had heard of Biga on the Banks and the menu on the web site looked intriguing, so we thought we'd give it a try. The first thing that impressed us is that our waiter had been there for 15 years and was really passionate about the chef and the food. I'm impressed by any place that inspires that kind of loyalty and passion. We went with his recommendations for the lamb and bouillabaisse and LOVED our meals! He also gave us perfect wine recommendations. Oh, and don't ignore the bread basket. The corn bread and focaccia are really good. If you can, save room for dessert. The sampler I had was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Sunny2
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service was friendly but neglectful. Entrees took over an hour to arrive and were unimpressive. Previous positive reviews were misleading.
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  • Perfect evening
    valgaltx
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    What a treat! We had exceptional service from Chris; the food was so delicious; the tables were intimate and romantic; the overall feel was that we had gone out for a very special event and it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River walk delight
    Datenight
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Visited the location for my anniversary. Ambiance was good, nice selection of wine and a good assortment of meals to choose from. Would recommend if you were there for personal or business
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Meredith
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had the axis, quail and salmon. They were all divine and would recommend to anyone. The bread offered in the beginning was heavenly. We even snuck in a few drinks. Our whole experience was delightful and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biga is one of SA's best!
    DateNightVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Fantastic dining experience. Highest possible recommendation - you will not be disappointed. Ask to be served by Chris - best of the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    Maine
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Went here for my husband's birthday. I asked for a nice table through Open Table and they really came through. We had a nice secluded table that made the night extra special. Food was outstanding. Service was very pleasant. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert is a must,
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm martini's.
    drrfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall a very good restaraunt but can't figure out why when you specifically ask for a extra cold martini they bring you a luke warm one?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little dry
    Winnerwinnerchickendinner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The pork tenderloin was dry and the cauliflower lacked flavor. The bread was good. The corn pudding is also a great choice for a side.
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    special occasion
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  • Great Food-average service
    SAtravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I hadn't been to Biga in a few years and I was pleased to see the focus on the food remains. We had the potsticker app followed by the tortilla soup and split the beef ending with the soufle. The soup was on the lukewarm side but otherwise good. The rest of the meal was excellent in regard to taste. Service was another matter, the waiter did not appear to be happy to be there. He would vanish for stretches (not what we expect in this level restaurant) and I suspect the soup was lukewarm because it sat in the window. When our beef came out the server/runner (not the same person) did not know it was to be split, so we waited once again. I will go back but I will be watching the service carefully to see if its a trend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Special
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I recently dined at Biga on the Banks for our anniversary and had a fabulous experience! The food was excellent and the staff was attentive without being over present. They even added a special touch to help us celebrate. I would recommend this place to any couple looking for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional experience
    Stefasita
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We expected good things, but our expectations were exceeded. The service in particular was outstanding. We loved EVERY bit of food we had. Their homemade breads offered at the beginning of dinner was one of my favorite things we had. From start to finish we were impressed. We WILLA be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liketoeat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The place is first class but the food was not as good as I expected.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-Symphony Dining
    TexasTerriers
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had the prix fixe menu before going to the Symphony. The food and service were not quite up to their usual standards (my salmon was overcooked, and there was an error with one of the orders that another waiter had to fix since ours had disappeared), but I imagine that's because the place was packed. Service is always courteous, and the food is inventive and nicely presented. I would highly recommend this place on a night when there's not a major event at the Tobin Center, because you'll probably have a better experience. Ask for a table toward the back, away from the noisy bar. The tables in the back have a nice view over the River Walk as well. Still one of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not Disappoint
    familyfun
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Biga on the Banks lived up to its reputation and then some. We were looking for a special place to celebrate a 75th birthday. The serving staff and chef made the whole evening everything we could have wanted. The food, wine and attention to detail by our server were all exceptional.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have been eating at Biga since they were located in a little house on McCullough St. Bruce Auden consistently delivers food with outstanding flavors and uniquely creative touches.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Bbrfk74VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Christopher made this first time visit truly special. He was very informative yet not intrusive. Very knowledgeable about the chef and restaurant history. The food was amazing. My husband & I tried the dishes that were different than we would normally try. Will go again the next time we're in San Antonio. Note: the reason the ambiance wasn't "outstanding" this time is we were seated at a table for two by the window looking out on the river walk which of course sounds perfect, but there was a lot of unfinished construction...but then of course that's temporary - next time everythin will be rated "outstanding".
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Most
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I was on vacation in San Amtonio and was looking for a couple of fine dining resturants. Biga was one listed. Food and atmosphere was great. I had the filet mignon with corn pudding. Dessert was the fabulous too. The English pudding was to die for! I highly recommend this place!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the rice
    jtav223
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The meal was one of the best I have had and I am a Foodie.Whenever I travel I look for a great restaurant but am often dissapointed. The price fix was perfect,the portions were larger then expected for a top end restaurant, the drinks were large and more reasonable then on the river walk. My wife and I had different appetizers,man course and desert and shared each. We loved all 6 selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Foodbacca
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, great staff, great views of the Riverwalk. If you can, get a seat next to the window. Prices are a little high but to be expected for fine dining. The wife and I got a couple cocktails and food for right around $125, but you could easily spend more. Perfect for a special occasion. Even better, you can wear jeans! You can't get much better than this in San Antonio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A river-walk DON'T MISS!!!
    MrWunderful
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a party of (8) and all diners enjoyed the menu choices as well as their meals. The venison was a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could not have been better!
    2forfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Biga on the Banks is an outstanding restaurant that surpassed our expectations. We were treated like royalty by our server GiGi and all the other employees. If you truly appreciate great food, this is the place for you!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our server was awesome. He made our evening wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate