Biga on the Banks

4.7
4344 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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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a very nice family dinner. The food was yummy, but the space could use a bit of an update.

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starting with calling in a special request (for our anniversary) to the hospitality before, during, and after our gorgeous meal, Biga's superior staff did not disappoint! Our sever Chris was as charming as he was patient and and knowledgeable a true professional who made us feel pampered and at yet still at home. Also the bartender Roy and his vast knowledge of Texas whiskeys, helped to navigate Biga's massive cocktail and whiskey lists. We couldnt imagine a better staff to host the preposterously sumptuous food. From the genius touch of squid ink pasta nests under the texas fried oysters, to the tempura okra that accompanied the seared magnificence they call a ribeye... it was all amazing. THANK YOU!

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CJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beaux was a great server. He explained all the foods to me and was courteous.I had the venison and quail for the first time and it was delicious!!! I also ordered the soufflé which wasn’t good; it was my first time. I ordered the Jade Martini which seemed to lack alcohol.I plan to go back by the end of the summer.-Corey

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D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant for a fine dining experience in Downtown San Antonio. Kudos to the chef and staff for a wonderful meal and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Girls Weekend in San Antonio. Great foot and exceptional service.

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Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family loves Biga. We eat hear two or three times a year for the past 10 years. It’s always great . Food temperature and seasoning is perfect. Staff is fantastic .

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KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails! The English toffee pudding is a must!

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TW
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great server in Chris.
Dropping valet service was big mistake. Makes us less likely to return.

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SF
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. All food came out fast and hot. Venison, quail and rack of lamb all highly recommended. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING THE STICKY TOFFEE. That desert is life changing. Would recommend.

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BF
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 40th anniversary and had a scrumptious dinner. Great value with the spring special. Service was superb! They gave us a beautiful dessert decorated for our anniversary.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must try for fine dining experience! Thanks for the memories.

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GC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience, great menu, highly recommend

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TS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I normally recommend this place because of the food, but warn friends that the wait staff isn't always friendly. I was pleasantly surprised by Thomas. I have never had the staff there be so friendly and helpful. Appreciate him making sure that my husband enjoyed his Father's day meal!

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NB
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biga is one of the best restaurants in town. Our table was ready upon arrival. We had some cocktails and appetizers which were out of this world. The scallops and octopus were perfect for a summer night. We had a chickpea soup which was outstanding as well as the beet salad. The lamb chops are everyone’s favorites and the venison and quail are worth every bite... overall, an outstanding experience. Biga continues to be a favorite for food, service and value.

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Waiting staff and cleaning staff were absolutely fabulous. Food was well presented and cooked as per our liking. Pity that on arrival the young lady who showed us to our table just pointed it out and dropped the menu on the table and went off.................no introduction to the restaurant, no introduction to who would be our waiter/waitress. In fact I consider this extremely rude.

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RF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, one of the best meals we’ve ever had. The service was excellent, the server made perfect recommendations on the food and the wine, to help us enjoy the restaurant. It was a very special night!

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KG
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner prior to a show at the Empire Theater. Our server Chris and his assistant were knowledgeable, professional and attentive without being intrusive. We shared the Chicken Fried Oysters, they were nice especially with the mustard based hollandaise sauce they were served with. My wife had the Close to Boullibaise and liked it very much. I had the 8oz, sirloin and it was done to perfection. We both had dessert, she had the apple cobbler and I had the Toffee Truffle Cake, both of us liked the desserts.

The dress is business casual to classy.

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KA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue for a gathering of family and friends.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with my wife. Visiting from Illinois for a 5-day conference. Day 3. Best of 3 fine dining restaurants. Unusual and unique with an accent on keeping it Texas. Superb service, cocktails and food. Highly recommend this for a treat to your senses.

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Usually we love it but my soft shell crab was under cooked and not edible. And then waiter had attitude. He should of been great about instead of defensive

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DS
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot rave enough about this restaurant. My husband and I were out for a romantic dinner away from the kids, and they sat us in a beautiful seating remote from the main dining area. The chef put together the most amazing tasting menu for us at the last minute and the service was impeccable! We will continue to place this in our regular rotation of restaurants while in town!!!

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WT
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ronan - one of the food runners- was exceptional. Jose also proved to be a good waiter. The Romaine salad was nice - not too fond of the acidic dressing and the cheese conceit was slightly too thick and a little too stale, but adding the chicken-fried oysters made the salad a solid deal. The bread, as always was exceptional. The flight of rosé paired nicely with seafood. The seafood stew was marvelous - highlighted Texan seafood very well. The creme brûlée was also nice - competing well with the fingerprint cookie garnish. Overall a very good meal.

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M
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Reviewed on yelp. Great service. Terrible food. Ribeye meat tasted bad / old. Interior decor needs refreshing. Great wine list. Dessert was terrible and tasted cheap.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Prompt service, excellent food. Beautiful view.

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W
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Biga on the Banks and it did not disappoint. In fact it was even better than I had remembered. I was there for a business dinner and it was the perfect place to dine between the food quality, ambiance, and quiet atmosphere. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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WT
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foie Gras was nicely paired with a sparkling rose, the bread basket was delightful, the quail and venison were perfectly cooked and seasoned eaten with the suggested Rhone pairing, and the Sticky Toffee Pudding w/ Caffè Americano was a happy ending. The food and atmosphere made for a great dining experience, but all paled in comparison to the extraordinary team work of the waitstaff, Thomas and Rodger et al - good job guys! - tonight was the antithesis of the dismal dining experience at 1718 Steakhouse across from the Alamo last night.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice dinner and wine in a beautiful restaurant. Each course was perfectly prepared and served. We especially enjoyed the Pinot Noir, the quail and venison, and the trio of deserts. Highly recommend Biga on the Banks for a special evening.

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IM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Industry couple having a late date night, Ben was our server and did a great job! We tried the soft shell crab special, seared foie, rack of lamb and soufflé. Everything was exceptional. Courses were timed well, service was well paced and overall we left very happy. Looking forward to the next time!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service! Food was delicious

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AU
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday this past weekend at your fabulous restaurant and was treated like family. The Staff was very attentive and our waiter Chris was very knowledgeable and charming. The food was so delicious and felt very honored to have Chef Auden personally wish me a Happy Birthday. A special thank you to my grandaughter Robyn for making my Birthday a night I'll never forget!

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Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & delicious, unique food!

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Z
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Imaginative menu, elegant presentation, attentive but not obtrusive service make this a stellar restaurant every time. A memorable occasion!

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the axis quail dish,,,foie gras was stellar,,waiter Cesar made excellent wine and meal recommendations. Will return!!

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MC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - highly recommend.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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BW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was professional, friendly and knew when to appear to refill the water glass or remove an empty dish without being intrusive. Have always enjoyed the ambiance and value for an excellent evening of being pampered. Would recommend to anyone with a desire for truly remarkable food, service and setting.

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d
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary and my wife was so surprised when we were greeted by all members of the staff as they all wished us a Happy Anniversary. What a special touch! The food was absolutely delightful! We'll come again!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! I had the lamb that was done perfectly, the service was impeccable, the staff was so helpful and attentive and the view onto the water was great. The dessert sampler is also a must, as all 3 were great options for dessert! I would highly recommend this restaurant and would definitely come back next time I’m in town!

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great we loved the restaurant. Food wonderful....

The Orange Soufflé was out of this world.

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ND
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose our was our server and he did an excellent job.

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