Biga on the Banks

4.8
4910 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
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Sade
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great! Nothing was under/ over seasoned, flavors were awesome and our server was great ( not too intrusive) Would definitely recommend and come back.

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RoxanaN
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yummy!! This restaurant has stood the test of time. Go now!

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vipBetsyR
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The salmon was the best we have had at any restaurant. This recipe was a little different than the one six months ago and I believe an improvement. Think about chopping up the romance lettuce in the salad. Your wine list is still tops. We have recommended Biga for a long time.

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Miadl75
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, knowledgeable wait staff, great food and whiskey selection out of this world.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal

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LuisZ
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food. Service is attentive if not impersonal. Price is approximately $$$ out of $$$$. Ambiance is swanky and trendy. Nice couples night out place.

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BCos
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

First time to Biga, great time to experience the restaurant during Cullinaria, Three course menu was just ok, nothing to bring me back to taste the full menu.

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LauraB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biga on the Banks has spectacular food, a nice atmosphere, a wonderful wine list, and impeccable service.

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davida
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Has been a few years to visit Biga, but it was well worth the return. Did not disappoint. Food remains spot on, but what makes Biga so special is a wait staff that is unrivaled, an Owner Chef on site, a multi year history to depend on, great history which is dependable when you have so many more choices in San Antonio for Fine dining. Cannot say enough about how special they made us feel for my Wife's birthday. Chef Bruce came out to say hello, our server Chris could not have been more attentive, and the unnecessary but most welcomed mid course free palate cleansers, the over and above dessert plate, (sticky toffee pudding of course) and the desire to get back as soon as we can was a testament to this jewel on the Riverwalk. Run don't walk to your next fine dining experience at Biga on the Banks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Anniversary. Waiter spoke fast, very short but was nice to other guests it seemed

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SATpilot
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very well prepared, interesting plates, complimentary sauces and sides for main plates.
The service was courteous, friendly and professional.
This eatery continues to maintain its high standards. Cheers

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vipFirsttimers
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of this world!
We always have great dining experiences with the crew at Biga and this time was even more so. Took my mom with small group of immediate family for her birthday. Asked for a good space for us and presents and had a great location and even better server. Took great care of us with every course timed perfectly. The food was fabulous as always and our drinks and desserts even better. Thank you all for making a special night even more special. So appreciate it and will be back for more great food, great service and great ambiance.

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vipErikkaS
San Antonio
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time at Biga on the Banks and, just like the first and second, it was exquisite from start to finish! Our food, server (Jose), and the ambiance was exceptional!! We look forward to returning and recommending to our friends!!

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CarciaB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with extraordinary customer service. Our server went out of his way to make recommendations and make sure we were pleased with our selections.

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pete
San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff handled all covid protocols for restaurants. We felt very safe. This is our favorite restaurant in San Antonio. Great food and the best service. A true gem on the riverwalk.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing,lamb was to die for.

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Shargrove
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I've ever had, the food and service was incredible. Love that we gave this seven-time James Beard finalist a try, sooo worth it! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience on the river!

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vipAshleyH
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance were wonderful. One of the best meals we’ve had in awhile.

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Courtney
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose provided my group and I with the best dine in experience. He truly made us feel as if we were the only table in the restaurant. The food was incredible and the bartender does a great job with the cocktails. I highly highly recommend this restaurant.

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JOHN
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

An odd place with great wine, mostly good food, spectacular service and tacky ambiance that looks like it hasn't been updated since the mid 90s. I'll go through each point in detail below. Overall somewhat disappointing for the money and hype.

The wine: the wine selection is incredible and the staff very knowledgeable of its contents. Many wines only available as full bottles but not a problem if you have some friends. Many wines are more reasonably priced too.

The food: all meats were cooked to perfection. The fish was incredibly flavorful and was wonderfully paired with its sauce and vegetables. The beef was wonderful on all accounts except was far fattier than one would expect it to be at the price (as at this establishment). Side dishes were more hit and miss. The pommes frites and soup were very tasty, but the curry rice and collard greens were just ok. They felt out of place next to all the other very fancy and well cooked dishes. Dessert was good too, but very sweet. Perhaps too sweet for one person, yet there's a 4$ split charge for dessert, so you might as well get a whole one yourself that you wont finish.

The service: great on all accounts. Waiter was quick, knowledgeable about the food and drink menus and all around very thoughtful and friendly. Dropped forks were hastily replaced and completed dishes were quickly taken away. No complaints all around.

Ambiance: the inside looked like a generic hotel with mid 90s generic decorations. Very bland restaurant to be in. I'm not sure if the intent was to make one focus on the food rather than the surroundings or if the ambiance was to say "we only care about the food here" but in any case I think that one should have a decent ambiance when spending $75-$100 per person.

An odd place. Experience it for yourself if you're a big fan of European-style cooked meats in a totally forgettable environment or just go for desserts and drinks after its dark when you cant see any of it anyway.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service..wait staff was very friendly and helpful

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RandyB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. I would go so far as to say some was the perfect bite.

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TraceyC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW, just WOW-what a fantastic restaurant!

We were a party of 6 from out of town and I am so glad I found this restaurant online. Our waiter, Thomas was fantastic and made our dinner experience outstanding.

I ordered the $35 Prix Fixe menu and it was fantastic. I wanted to keep eating, but was so full. I took my leftovers and ate them for breakfast the next morning and they were still outstanding.

Thomas never missed a beat, you can tell he loves his job and is an outstanding waiter. Everyone in our party raved about how fantastic their food was. We closed the restaurant down, but never felt rushed like the staff was pushing us out the door.

Thank you Biga for such a fantastic dinner and experience, the next time we are in San Antonio, we will definitely be back!

Do yourself a favor and make a reservation for Biga when you are in the Riverwalk area of San Antonio; you will not be disappointed.

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BillC
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always EXCELLENT! Great service and menu. It is a must try when on the Riverwalk!

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vipUghhhhh
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing from top to bottom. Wow.

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MarianneW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing evening there this weekend. The food was amazing from start to finish, and I just adored our waiter, Gabriel.

My husband had the venison and quail and it was to die for!

Not an everyday type of meal for us, but a special treat. Worth every penny.

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with excellent staff. We enjoy the ambiance, the food and the view of the river. We take our friends here when they are in town. I recommended it to any one who visits.

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vipNjaa
San Antonio
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Biga’s but Christmas Eve was just spectacular. Family of 5 enjoyed the evening with top-notch service and even better food. We all had a different entree — all beautiful and delicious

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vipMichael
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service.. loved that we had a small out of the way table. Made for a very intimate night. Thank you Biga. You never disappoint

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LynnW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year this is our special anniversary dinner. Food, service and ambiance are 5 star.

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PhilH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Over rated and overpriced. Food was moderately good, but not what I would expect for restaurant supposedly in the top five of San Antonio. Boudro's is way better--but more cramped.

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vipDallasfoodie
Dallas
92 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to have dinner at Biga on the banks every time we are in San Antonio. The food is second to none!! And their three course meal is superb!! The chef is talented, and our waiter was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and everything was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was fantastic from the food to the service!! We will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biga on the Banks never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service, food and wine were all excellent. Our waiter let us try the two wines we were deciding between to help us make a decision. We had a table by the window and they wrote happy birthday on the desert we ordered. Very impressed with everything and excellent price point. Highly recommend.

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AngeliqueD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went here for a birthday and it definitely surprised my family in the best way. When we entered we were led to a private room that I didn’t expect; it made our dinner just a bit more intimate. The food was very delicious and had so much flavour that are family loved it but it was quite greasy.

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MisterUgly
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is clearly the best restaurant in San Antonio. Everything was outstanding. The Chef should given an award for their attention to detail and a perfectly prepared lamb chop. I highly recommend Biga On The Banks to anyone who wants a superb dining experience.

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