Biga on the Banks

4.7
4185 reviews
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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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Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a good restaurant, though a bit too pricey for what is delivered. Still, the food is good and, for a special occasion, I would go back.

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular. Our waiter was amazing and knowledgeable. He treated us like royalty and his recommendations were spot on.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated an anniversary dinner and the experience could not be any better. The food was outstanding and the chef even wrote happy anniversary on our dessert plates. Outstanding food and outstanding service. Highly recommend this restaurant !

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SO
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A little hard to find the location since it is kind of hidden, but the atmosphere was great and the riverwalk view was a plus. The food was amazing and delicious.

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GN
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Also worth commenting on the beautiful decor that sets a romantic ambiance! Worth recommending!

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SD
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is good as was the service, but overall the menu is limited and we felt a little over-rated and over-priced. The decor is a bit dated, but overall the ambience is relaxing, clean and modern.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our first anniversary there and the staff were wonderful as well as the food and we loved having a semi-private table.

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CA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Perfectly prepared and delicious. I would have given this restaurant five stars had it not been for our server. He interrupted my guests multiple times, contradicted them after listening to our conversation, and then argued about our menu selections. We wanted the souffle for desert which takes about 20 minutes to prepare. We ordered early and he insisted we review the other selections. We chose two and loved the souffle. After arguing with my guests he then ignored us for the rest of the evening and we poured our own wine from the bottle. lol!!! After a while, we just laughed at how ridiculous the situation was, but this is not what I wanted for my guests. This was supposed to be a lovely evening, my treat. Evening would have been perfect if not for our server...

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KC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Value was poor. Portions were small and prices were not. Service was very good. Their rating on many sites is overstated.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris our waiter was outstanding! The food was delicious, they have an extensive wine list, and you must try the sticky toffee pudding. A lovely evening!

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JS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a great experience for us. That’s why we keep coming back. Our waiter that we enjoy Casey is always friendly and on point with suggestions. The back room had a big table going on and at times got a little loud but it didn’t ruin our night out. The food is always delicious and fresh.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious, and our server Chris was attentive, knowledgeable and ensured our meal was enjoyable.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tenderloin for kids with side and desert at $14 was outstanding food and price!!! What a great thing to feed kids so we’ll for such a low price! Tenderloin for adult more expensive but still outstanding food and worth the high price with excellent tasty side vegetables. Mahi-Mahi looked small for price but was outstanding and it was enough. The stuff underneath should be changed to something better (maybe garlic mash potatoes to improve.). I should have passed on the mushroom/asparagus side (taste was too plain.) The kid’s pasta was okay, but should have gone for another kid’s tenderloin. (Wish I was a kid, I’d order that kid’s tenderloin and desert all year long!). All-in-all high price but worth it. Glad we went, especially with the kids.

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San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, food...service! A combination not often found in dining! This old favorite still shines! A gem on the river walk!

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BB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place for upscale meal away from the crowded walkway.

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M
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation and the noise level was minimal. At the approach of the end of the dinner, it got louder, but not overly so. Food and service were exceptional and it will be ne of the recommended eateries for San Antonio visits.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was an amazing find on the beautiful Riverwalk. Price fix menu was a choice of excellent options. Food was wonderful and the service outstanding. The best mojito I have ever had.

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GO
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful location. Will go there again when in San Antonio.

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AS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel this was one of the best experiences I’ve had dining out. I was reminded of the dinners I’ve had at Windows on the World, and the Rainbow Room. The service, provided by Gabriel, was top notch! Gabriel really made the dining experience that much more memorable. The meal was extraordinary from the appetizers, (Bibb and radicchio game packets) the entré, (11-spiced Texas Axis venison and grilled Bandera quail) and the dessert (Grand Marnier Soufflé with orange anglaise). I will go back to Biga on the Banks, no questions asked, no hesitation. (No, the venison was not gamey. It was perfectly prepared and filet minion tender.)

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was extremely welcoming and very thoughtful. They truly allow you to have a very great experience!

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect. Highly recommend it

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D
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Rob was the BEST!!! Commentary glass of champagne and great recommends! The entire staff was amazing and the food was to die for!!! Anytime in San Antonio you got to stop by and treat yourself to this place. Fine dining that won't leave a hole in your pockets!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, great service

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LB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my mother's birthday dinner at one of her favorite restaurants. All five of us had a half portion (really the prefect amount of food - such a good idea) plus shared a range of side dishes. The lamb and the venison/quail were outstanding, perfectly cooked and seasoned. We also always love the salmon nachos! Wine was delicious and affordably priced. Service was impeccable - every questioned answered. Biga made sure to make us feel special with a window table, and a special dessert presentation. Wonderful night!

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Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We arrived at 7pm and right away were seated, given drinks, ordered. We received our first course very timely. However we waited 70 minutes between the salad and the main course. I’m not sure what happened. But both tables on either side of us were seated after us and received their food. One table actually finished their meal before we ever received ours. The waiter was very gracious/apologetic. The general manager did give us a discount off the main course, which was appreciated given the circumstances. However he was very smug and wore a smirk on his face the entire time we spoke to him. We were not rude, just sharing our experience. He didn’t really seem to be to concerned and blamed it in the waiter. I shared that I was not looking to place blame rather share the disappointment so this doesn’t happen again. I’m very glad the food was delicious, that was the saving grace of our experience.

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K
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food and great service... a big thanks to Chris Sanders

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BW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food we’ve had in Adam Antonio and service was exceptional!

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CF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great. Loved it. Will come again. Beef tips terrific!

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MH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service!

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BM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was out waiter, and he was fabulous! Great value - 3 course meal for $39 if you eat from 5:30-6:30.

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LB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was divine! Ribeye melted in your mouth. The venison and the quail was the best I've ever eaten.

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biga is a great place to dine. The food and service were perfect and you can’t beat the location.

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SF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had in San Antonio! Beau was a superb waiter.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very elegant restaurant with amazing staff! Only complaint was the soup.. sorry it was very bland! Other than that we enjoyed our dinner and will return when we are able to get away❤️

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W
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biga never disappoints. Menu always changing and the food is fabulous. Top notch restaurant!

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JH
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Axis and Quail were excellent. A cold Coors Light would have been nice to have but they don't carry it.

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TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Get the tasting menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love coming to Biga on the Banks. The staff is always knowledgeable and friendly and the food is always amazing and delicious.

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AI
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was not good! I definitely would not recommend.

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N
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy, great for dates. Food quality is good too.

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