Biga on the Banks
Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks

  • 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: 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
213 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (161)fit for foodies (146)romantic (127)notable wine list (102)scenic view (85)good for groups (46)great for outdoor dining (43)hot spot (32)neighborhood gem (31)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • little hard to find but worth it
    nanadoo
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Had a fantastic meal with excellent service. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Biga never disappoints! The wait staff are knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. I follow a strict diet and they are always willing to make adjustments or create something off menu for me. Love the food, love the service!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner before show
    MartaZ
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Very interesting menu, great food, wonderful, attentive service. When we told our server that we needed to catch a show after dinner, he made sure that our orders went in on time and we got out with plenty of time to arrive for our show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Excellent food and service. Will not hesitate to return when next in San Antonio.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not meet expectations
    TXNavy
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Used prior reviews as gauge. Felt that this may be a good place for our 25th anniversary dinner. It did not meet our expectations. The best thing was the service. Attentive and on top of everything. That is the best of it. The food was on par for a neighborhood franchise establishment. My wife's Tuna was good, only good. My steak, although cooked perfectly was flavorless and tough. Not to be expected from a $43 Ribeye. The manager did take the steak off the bill, but I am obligated to be honest when reviewing any restaurant. Also they advertise a romantic view of the Riverwalk. I cannot see there ever being a romantic view of this area of the Riverwalk, and San Antonio's improvement construction has taken almost all the view of the river, romantic or not. I don't think we will be going there again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was excellent. And our server, Christopher Sanders, was the best. We've been to Biga now three times and have always left there with smiles on our faces. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but extremely overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was amazing (except the soufflé) and service was good. However, the prices were way too much. The wine we enjoyed cost as much as a bottle of the same at Spec's. The cost of the meals were not what were advertised on the Biga website. How shocked were we when out entrees were more than 2x that listed on the website. I am glad we tried Biga, but would never recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, but noisy
    Good
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Upon the recommendation of my boss, I took my wife out to Biga for her birthday dinner. It was quite loud in the restaurant, and the table where we were seated was packed pretty closely on either side with other tables. The waitress serving one adjacent table spilled a dessert of some sort on the ground which splattered on my pants and shoes. Interestingly enough, she did not say a single word to me, but apologized profusely to the patrons seated at the table for whom the dessert was intended. Later, the manager came by and again apologized to them...and not a single word to me, even though the dessert was sitting under my table, right next to my feet, with splatters on my pants. So...that was weird. Fortunately, I don't really care about that stuff so no points taken off for that. FOOD: We ordered the habanero scallops as an appetizer. They were quite delicious, seasoned perfectly, and came with pineapple chunks. My only complaint - there were only two. I could've eaten at least five...but I had to settle for one. My wife ordered the antelope and quail, I chose the duck, and we also shared a side of Israeli cous cous with bacon. Everything was delicious - the duck was juicy and tender, the quail had some amazing seasoning on it, and the antelope was fantastic. No complaints. Some Indian fried bread came with my duck, and some sort of sauce, and it was pretty dang tasty. DESSERT: We didn't order any, but as it was my wife's birthday, our server (he had been there 15 years and did an excellent job) brought her a small fruit crumble that was nice (obviously we're fancy folks because we turned down dessert so we could go eat a fruity pebble ice cream cake I had made...yeah...). DRINKS: We don't really care for wine, but they had a huge wine list. Instead, I went with a lemon drop martini which was good, and later a glass of Pappy Van Winkle, which is always delicious, especially because it's nigh impossible to find such good bourbon down here.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good unique
    LisajaneVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great service, great menu, not your typical restaurant, chef excellent and creative
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biga on the Banks is the Best!
    LostAnthonyinSanAntonio
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We were entertaining a group of 8. The staff seated us at a perfect table, it was an elongated oval and this allowed all of us to see and hear each other. The Wait Staff was "AWESOME," really attentive, helpful, just wonderful. Service was quick, food was incredible! It was a very special evening and I highly recommend Biga on the Banks for a large or more intimate dinner. I would come back to San Antonio just to eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great weekend
    Peete
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We took our friends, Oniksha and Paul, there for Oniksha birthday. We enjoyed the atmosphere, drinks and food. Also, we had an outstanding waiter, Robbie. We had a play to attended afterwards, they ensured us that we will make it on time. We did. It was no rush. The restaurant was a great start to a wonderful weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine list
    Agsmac
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I have enjoyed this restaurant on a number of occasions. Great food and great wine list. One of the most knowledgeable sommelier's I have ever encountered. Thanks Michael!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Biga is a very good upscale restaurant. The food, the service, and the ambiance are always good. They have never disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biga nicest place along riverwalk
    oaktowndiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    As a first-time visitor to San Antonio, Biga was our best dining experience. Warm welcoming atmosphere, attentive service, broad menu choices, delicious food. Hard to find the entrance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bentleyeater
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our first time we loved the place. The service was amazing at first they over cooked a very expensive steak but they did everythin in their power to make it right. I give kudos to the manager for handling the situation...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • redhead
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had dinner at the Chef table. Very interesting and very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Winner Again
    TeksizVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was my third time at Biga, and it was great as usual. I took some friends who had never been to San Antonio before, and they were impressed--pictured a lot of Mexican and BBQ, I guess. I had a steak, the expensive one that was aged 45 days or something, and it was yuuuuummmmy. Everything was really top-notch. We sat inside because it was a little chilly, but dining outside is a treat in nice fall or spring weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good but a Little Overpriced
    AltGirlTX
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is the second time I've dined at Biga on the Banks, and it is definitely a very good restaurant overall - ambiance, service, food, cocktail and wine lists. It is much less touristy than many downtown spots, so being local I enjoy it for nice dinners with friends and out-of-town guests. The chef is a multiple James Beard nominee, and the creativity of the menu reflects that, but it still has the variety that many acclaimed chefs eschew. On this visit, my black pepper seared Ahi with Brussel Sprouts, beets, and butternut squash puree was very good, if the necessity of a rare fish meant the vegetables and puree weren't very warm. However, my friend ordered a rare steak and said it was a tad overcooked but an excellent cut.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Biga is the screaming nuts!
    Possum
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Biga consistently provides the best meals I've ever had each and every time. Everything they serve is perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was Perfect
    JTSledge
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went to Biga's for our 2nd anniversary and everything was perfect as usual. The food and service were excellent, a perfect place for a romantic dinner. Will remain one of our favorite restaurants in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    IndyFoodie
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Biga was great in all areas! Our server was great and engaging. Food options were of the kind you might only find at a high end restaurant in Vegas. Outstanding!! I will be going back to Biga next time I'm in San Antonio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem on the River
    Helga
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Have dined at Biga on the Banks for many years. Food and service is always superb. Thank you Chris, our server, who was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must wnen in San Antonio
    Zorro47VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were pleased with Biga's food, ambiance and service. The fried oysters on black linguini were superb and the main courses delicious and beautifully presented. A good place to go with your spouse or date. Take your friend to introduce them to San Antonio "Good Cuisine"
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Wonderful food! We dined outside overlooking Riverwalk , our party of four has diverse tastes and everyone loved it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    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!
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    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
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    • 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!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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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!
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    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.
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    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.