About 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.

203 S. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Market St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(210) 225-0722

Website:
http://www.biga.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Bruce Auden

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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.

Biga on the Banks Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (68)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
Romantic (60)
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Good for a Date (53)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Fit for Foodies (48)
Scenic View (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Notable Wine List (33)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Waterfront (32)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Business Meals (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Authentic (17)
Seasonal (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Cozy (13)
Healthy (12)
Good for Groups (8)
Casual (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
People Watching (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Organic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 4 hours ago

The best. Fabulous wine list with 100pt wines from Parker, selections by Heidi Barrett, Chateau Haut Brion, etc... just really suited for the oenophile. Antelope and quail entree was excellent. Artistry. If you love food, this is the place. The old fashioned is also delicious. 5 stars and not outrageously priced by any means for the quality.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service. We had a great dinner. Highly recommended!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent! Incredible! The service was okay, not what you’d expect from a restaurant of this caliber. Go for the food not the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for our anniversary dinner. We were given a great table and wonderful welcome. Service was fantastic and the meal was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a nice meal on the riverwalk.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I dined at Biga’s for our date night in San Antonio after reviewing several choices along the river walk in the downtown area within walking distance of the Marriott Riverwalk. We had an early evening seating and had a quiet table for two by the window overlooking the SA river. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable regarding all aspects of the menu, and based on our comments actually suggested the fixed price menu for early diners which provided choices of either three or four courses. We both chose the three course option, and found the food to be outstanding. My wife enjoyed the hearts of romaine salad, beef tips, and a toffee tart and I selected the potato leek soup, pan seared redfish, and a chocolate mousse. It was more than enough food and did not break the bank; an excellent value. We will return if we are in the San Antonio area again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Romantic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 5 days ago

Our food was very good. Our waiter wasn't as attentive as he needed to be. Had to ask twice for bread and he forgot to put in our soufflé order. Good wine list and we have never been disappointed in the food when we have gone to Big.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great service, great food and interesting mixed drinks (espresso infused rye) if you are into that, which I am.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This was our second time dining at Biga and just as good as it ever was. Service, presentation, and execution were all spot on which, admittedly should be expected at this price point. Very nice wine list as well with generous BTG pours.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Our go to for anniversary dinner. 20 years in a row!!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Overall, it was great. I did not give 5 stars for two reasons. One, our appetizers were delicious but cold. Second, the appetizers were served before our wine. Other than that it was excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was our second time to Biga, and we knew we wouldn't be disappointing. The food here cannot be beat. The fact that the chef offered southern Texas antelope that night was a particular highlight for us, as my fiance and I love exotic meats. In addition, we also had scallops with a vanilla pineapple chutney, BBQ ahi-tuna, quail, and chocolate mousse with raspberries for dessert, all of which were outstanding. The only thing of note was that the service was not quite as personal as I'd remembered it, which was a shame. Our first time there, the server asked if we'd been there before, went over the history of the restaurant, how everything worked, and inquired about our occasion. While there was nothing wrong with the service this visit, I did kind of miss the conversation aspect we'd had before, which made us feel less like just another customer. Either way, if we ever do another weekend getaway and have enough saved, Biga will definitely be on the menu!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Seasonal, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great night. Incredible service and special touches all night long. Thanks.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were seated immediately and our waiter was amazing. The food was outstanding! Seared scallops over cheese grits for a starter Is a must. The cornbread is perfect. We had the seafood dish and the fillet. Both were perfect. Absolute must return to sample more of their menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic courses all around. The Seared Foi Gras appetizer was fantastic, as was the Antelope and Quail.

Great dining!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Cozy, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent all-around ... food, service, ambiance, wine

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great evening! Wonderful food and drink. Service was excellent. Really appreciate the personal touch. Our server went the extra mile to take good care of us.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Lovely restaurant with an amazing menu and service.

Tags: Business Meals, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food and drink quality met the price mark. Service exceeded the price mark, atmosphere and ambiance fell short. A good solid 4 of 5. A save bet for a date or important gathering.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I went here excited to get some interesting food but it was quite average. I got the feeling they were resting in their laurels. The menu seemed a bit tired and I’m almost positive they microwaved their ‘famous’ toffee pudding.
Service was good and the staff is friendly.
The outside seating is pleasant

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Superb upscale casual restaurant with outstanding food, great drinks, wonderful service, and friendly ambiance. The antelope entree was expertly prepared and nicely presented. Definitely a restaurant to visit when in downtown San Antonio.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent service, ambiance and food creativity and quality.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a very nice place. All staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is very good. This is a place to take your time and enjoy the whole dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Servers are extremely attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Restaurant very accommodating to our special occasion. Food well prepared.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent service and food. Cesar was our waiter and was outstanding. Overlooks the river walk and recommend sitting outside if you can. No faults!

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Biga on the Banks is fabulous! The one thing that my friends and I always do when we go to San Antonio is go to Biga. The service is fabulous and the food is to die for. Even better, they have wonderful gluten free options!

Tags: Organic, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and excellent professional service. Server suggested wine pairings and it was an amazing evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Biga on the Banks. Service was excellent; the waiter was very knowledgeable about the entire menu, and explained each item we asked about in detail. He was observant of our pace, and each course arrived timely, not too early and not too late. Food was exceptional! Fresh ingredients, well prepared, and tasty. My wife's salmon dish was beautiful and was prepared perfectly to her liking. My Bouillabaisse was filled with fresh fish, mussels and clams, and even included lobster. It was exceptional. The menu is filled with favorites, but also has some unusual choices for those who are adventurous. The Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert topped everything off in fine manner. Such a wonderful evening! Recommended for anyone who enjoys fine dining experiences.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of the very few better fine dining places on riverwalk. Will definitely dine there again!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good was outstanding. Service was excellent.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Mr. Chris is the best server for us.
Because he recommended the best selection and separated the individual appetizer, salada and entree. I am very appreciated with his thoughtfulness.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Fantastic meal with a great bourbon selection. Highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

In town for business and i wanted something good to eat near hotel. Scored big with Biga on the Banks, everything was excellent. Looking for a nice spot for great food come here!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wife and I came here for our 17th wedding anniversary. Our server was amazing and the food was spot on! The atmosphere was very nice for the two of us to have conversation without feeling like anyone else was there. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We loved being able to order smaller portions of entrees.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is the best dinner date location in san antonio. The food is always perfect and the wait staff is so attentive. We love this place. Ask for Gabriel.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Out greeting was very warm and after that we were taken care of by 3 servers.....we never wanted for anything as our wine never was empty! I would come back every time we are here.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good food and good service. A bit noisy for those with hearing devices.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Chris Sanders is the absolute best, consistent outstanding experience every time! Highly recommend requesting his section.
Chicken fried oysters and the lamb cannot be beat, great wine selection as well.

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 (London)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Very good food. Service was very good.
Would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent food and service inside the restaurant. We were celebrating our friend's wedding anniversary and enjoyed the evening. The valet parking was the only problem as they had only 1 person working it and we had to wait upon our arrival and after the meal.

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