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Biga on the Banks

4.8
4.8
5244 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (210) 225-0722

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bruce Auden

  • Private party facilities

    Private rooms feature floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River and access to terraces. Biga crafts exquisite events from canapes and cocktails to full-scale, four-course meals. Whatever your plans may be Biga can accommodate.

  • Private party contact

    Perny Shea: (877) 578-5967

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Market St.

  • Parking details

    Biga does have a parking option under the One Alamo Center (caddy corner from the International Center). The driveway to the One Alamo Parking Lot is on the Market St. Side of the building.Parking costs $8. Bring your ticket for validation.Go to https://biga.com/riverwalk-restaurants-san-antonio-location/ for further details and a link a map.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,244 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Antonio

    Contemporary American

  • San Antonio

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Our waiter Chris was exceptional. We wanted to recruit him to work for us. Lol! Very knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. The food was phenomenal. We will definitely be coming back next time we are in San Antonio.
  2. PM

    PinakinM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had fixed menu of 3 courses with wine pairings. Salad, entree & dessert. Close to Belabouise and Rack of lamb were very delicious. Portion size is right. The service was prompt and food was excellent. For a Monday evening the restaurant was full at 7 pm. Recommend to book the table.
  3. AG

    AbrahamG

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 30th Yr anniversary here and great choice! Great staff and food was amazing. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again!
  4. RM

    RoryM

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Always loved this place and visit whenever in town. Pandemic must have hit them hard. Service was unattentive.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  6. HJ

    HeatherJ

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful spot off a quiet part of the riverwalk. Beautiful plating, delicious food, excellent service. Ask for Chris.
  7. DJ

    DebbieJ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Biga on several occasions and this time did not disappoint. Took two new clients and they were very impressed. If anything, could expand the wine list to more familiar wines and have server be a little more knowledgeable able the wine offerings they have available. Truly was an exceptional experience. Highly recommend. Also note: No valet -
  8. DG

    DennisG

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Location, Great service, My out of town guests loved the food and location In their words" This is a repeat for sure" delicious
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Quality of food was great. But nothing special or exciting to try. Felt like I was about an 80 year old with the pairings of the dishes. Mashed potatoes and carrots. Feta through me off being with the lamb. That being said the quality and flavor of the lamb was great. Opt for the four piece lamb not two or you will leave hungry. Grateful I paired the quail with the lamb (saw it as an option for the veggie medley asked if it was an option to add it to the lamb) quail was also delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Dining experience I have had in San Antonio. Food was incredible and the Service spot on!
  11. L

    Lily

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Menu changes constantly, we dine French inspired food. The sticky pudding is a most
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Underwhelming meal for a lot of money. Server forgot part of our order, never checked in on us throughout the meal, never offered us other drinks. Just feel like we spent a lot of money for mediocre food and bad service. Won’t be coming back.
  13. BG

    BrandonG

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with friends and kids. Gabriel was our waiter and he was outstanding and the food was great. Our 2 children wrote him a personal letter thanking Gabriel for his excellent service and attention in making the birthday experience for their mother the best possible. We like to try different nice restaurants however our next time in San Antonio we will only come here and we will request Gabriel.
  14. LE

    Live2Eat

    Los Angeles

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met all of the high expectations. Delicious meal. Well prepared with highly professional and competent design and execution. Great mocktails. Antelope was tender, not gamey and perfectly prepared. As werethe lamb and beef. Onion soup and Niçoise salad delicious. Veggie entree was tasty. Dessert puffs with pistachio cream were exceptional. So was the chocolate pot au feu. Server Nick was kind, friendly attentive and efficient. 5 star meal.
  15. WF

    WillF

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Food was great but the ambiance was lacking. No draft beer.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful evening. Melanie was an amazing server.
  17. RC

    RobertC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best high end restaurant on the riverwalk and downtown area. Excellent food with tons of flavor for every dish. I love how the menu is always changing
  18. v

    victoriay

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh creative cuisine. The Jerk Scallops and Thai salad personal favorites.
  19. R

    Robert

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Birthday. Very little food for the price. Short ribs were mostly fat.
  20. DM

    DianaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience for our 2nd anniversary. Chris was amazing!!
  21. GS

    GerardS

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely will be coming back here. One of the best experiences I've had in SA.
  22. S

    Shelley

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have dined at many fine restaurants. This was definitely in our top 3! The escargot was amazing , you must get the bread service with it for dipping! I had the red snapper and my husband had the antelope and quail. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert. It is located on the Riverwalk so you have a great view. We had a really good bottle of wine to pair it all together.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Bigas is a nice place along the river. Menu changes often and has many unique options if you are adventurous. Make reservations because they are usually pretty busy. The sticky toffee pudding is a must.
  24. l

    lisap

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time at Biga on the Banks!! Everything that our large group had from crafted cocktails to dessert was excellent! I can certainly see why it is a James Beard Award Winner!! Some of our favorites though were definitely the Cheese plate, the Mahi Mahi, The Beef Denver and the Lamb chops!! We will definitely return!!
  25. AU

    AskUncleDave

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food! Biga is the best in San Antonio! All dishes superb!
  26. ML

    MichaelL

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. My new favorite restaurant in San Antonio.
  27. T

    Terlingua

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Blending San Antonio style with French cuisine mellowed them together to create an elegant, interesting and very successful menu. I especially like that you can order half portions to allow for more tasting options. A prix fix three course dinner is also an option. The Bouillabaisse was outstanding and the server chose an excellent pairing of wine from their extensive list. Dessert was to hard to decide from the many choices. My poached pear atop an almond tart with almond toffee finished with plenty of chocolate and a dollop of French ice cream will send me back for more.
  28. BK

    BradleyK

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was good, but the atmosphere just brings the experience down. Somewhat dated interior and waiter seemed a bit indifferent. Would have loved to try it in the early 2000’s when it appeared to be at its peak.
  29. S

    Sophia

    San Antonio

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic meal and fun night at our favorite restaurant. This months French menu is a must try.
  30. LM

    LatriciaM

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early for our reservation and were warmly welcomed. As soon as we were seated, Gabriel our server, offered continuous professional, friendly, knowledgeable service throughout the evening. He clearly enjoyed his work and made the evening even more enjoyable for us. I would highly recommend Biga for any special event—the food, service, ambience all were excellent.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was AMAZING, highly recommend!
  32. GM

    GayM

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for our anniversary and were not disappointed. The food was wonderful our waiter was fantastic. A fabulous way to celebrate our special day. Thank you Biga for ensuring our anniversary was a special day.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!! Every time we eat at Biga is another meal in our top ten best meals of our lives.
  34. SS

    SteveS

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is very good. The service was excellent. It has a very nice view of the river walk.
  35. DM

    DeanM

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was Great and the customer service was outstanding!! The value is right on for this.
  36. SJ

    ShawnJ

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dining experience. Even though the menu was somewhat limited, there was enough choices with appetizers, soup and salads, entrees, and desserts to entice one’s palate. Remember that most upscale restaurants have somewhat limited menus in relation to today’s economic environment. The Bibb Radicchio Game Packet appetizer was a fabulous introduction to the meal. It was spicy enough to tantalize the senses. However, was not overwhelming, which allows the eater to enjoy the meal. The Texas 1015 Onion Soup was a complimentary start to the meal by providing a flavorful but subdued onion flavor that allows the eater to enjoy the rest of the meal. The Mustard Crusted Australian Lamb Rack, was cooked to medium rare had great mix of flavor. The mustard is a wonderful compliment to the lamb that was an exquisite entree. The waitstaff were present and available with a pro customer service attitude. This is something that is becoming more rare in society. My water glass never ran dry.
  37. B

    Becks

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It’s been a few years since I’ve eaten here. I was disappointed. Outdated. Mediocre food. Not likely to return.
  38. SW

    ScottW

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delightful meal. The bread is worth the visit on its own! Grilled beet salad was fresh and tangy. Crusted lamb chops were perfectly prepared. And the sticky pudding was a delight. Service was excellent and made me feel very welcome
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Overall experience was really slow. 30 minutes to take drink order... 1+ hours for food to come out. On the flip side the beef tenderloin steak was amazing.
  40. BC

    BradC

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect combination of elegant fine dining and a casual atmosphere. Staff was very attentive and fun. Cocktails were all well made and tasty, and the wine by the glass selection was great. All of our meals were wonderful, and the chocolate desserts were not too sweet and disappeared quickly. Couldn’t have asked for a better special night out experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Biga on the Banks offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 225-0722.

Biga on the Banks is rated 4.8 stars by 5244 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Biga on the Banks

203 S. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Biga does have a parking option under the One Alamo Center (caddy corner from the International Center). The driveway to the One Alamo Parking Lot is on the Market St. Side of the building.Parking costs $8. Bring your ticket for validation.Go to https://biga.com/riverwalk-restaurants-san-antonio-location/ for further details and a link a map.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bruce Auden

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (210) 225-0722

  • Private party facilities

    Private rooms feature floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River and access to terraces. Biga crafts exquisite events from canapes and cocktails to full-scale, four-course meals. Whatever your plans may be Biga can accommodate.

  • Private party contact

    Perny Shea: (877) 578-5967

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