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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4.7

service

4.7

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4.7

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4.4

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (67)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Romantic (55)
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Good for a Date (54)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Scenic View (41)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Notable Wine List (36)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Waterfront (31)
Business Meals (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Seasonal (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Authentic (15)
Cozy (14)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Healthy (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Casual (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Organic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Vegan (3)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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 (West Virginia)·Dined 2 days ago

My mother and I were in San Antonio for business/vacation and our flight was delayed so we decided to stay an extra night! We wanted a place to relax and have some great food!
Biga on the Banks was a great choice. The menu is a little adventurous which I loved! I have the 11-spiced Texas antelope and Quail. It was one of the chefs specialties and it did not disappoint.
My mom had their homemade eggnog. Which was amazing! We were very happy with our food and drinks. I will say it was a little pricey just for a dinner out. Definitely worth a trip for a special occasion!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous meal! A friend for almost 50 years was visiting from Dallas and we decided to take her to the best restaurant in town. Biga did not disappoint! Our friend said it was of the best meals she has ever had! A great memory for all of us!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was wonderful. The soup was light and full of flavor and not too salty. The beef tips and potatoes were perfect. The sticky toffee pudding in custard was delightful. The wine list was great too. The service was really great--everyone was friendly and attentive. It's always fun to dine on the River Walk, especially when it's decorated for the holidays.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at Biga on the Banks last night. Our waiter, Ceasar, was outstanding. The food was delicious, the ambiance was romantic and the San Antonio Riverwalk was magical. My compliments to the entire staff of Biga on the Banks for making our anniversary a truly memorable event.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 6 days ago

Location was good and parking easy with valet. Price point and overall value were questionable. Had eaten there few years ago and no issue but this weekend not their best.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Chris is such a great waiter, takes his time explaining everything I’ve requested him both times we come for our anniversary

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

We had an amazing time. The entire experience was fantastic. Our waiter, Chris was full of knowledge, made our dining experience even better. His recommendations were all on point. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Creative, seasonal menu. Relaxing and trendy ambiance, this space is perfect for small groups. I took a client here for dinner, we are both foodies and we both really enjoyed our whole experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 4, 2017

First, I will say that the service was outstanding, absolutely no issues whatsoever with the staff. However, the food was good but not great like most dining options on the Riverwalk. I've been spoiled by stellar meals around the globe and had very high hopes for Biga. I really wish I could give it a glowing review all around but nothing about my meal aside from the service that came along with it was all that impressive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

great food & service, but extremely expensive.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food and service really enjoyed our night out.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was superior! The lamb & salmon was flavorable and delicious. 3-4 course meal is good choice. Multigrain bread was perfect. Glasses of complimentary champagne to celebrate our anniversary & personalized dessert was a lovely touch. Only wish portions were larger! A stroll along the Riverwalk completed a lovely experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner was an amazing fusion of flavors. Great food prepared with just the right seasoning. We’ve dined on the river walk three nights now and this was the very best! In a class of its own. Kudos.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Awesome service, great relaxing yet elegant environment, and overall great experience.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner, food was excellent, and our server was amazing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our server Chris was excellent. Took great care of us to help us celebrate my wife’s birthday celebration. The food was awesome.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went for our Anniversary. The service was excellent and the food was great! A little pricey but it is a finer restaurant. We would definitely come back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Booked for a special getaway with my wife and had a great experience.
To our surprise, we were awarded the best table in the restaurant.
Tom was our waiter. He was a pleasure to talk to.
He was also very knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant and food offerings.
The wait staff is very attentive but not overly so.
She had the tasting menu and I had the lamb chops.
Bother we’re great and by the time desert came, hers was enough for both of us.

Thank you for a great meal and experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Bruce Auden is a former James Beard award winner and with good reason. He is a creative and talented chef; always has some original ideas on the menu. There are not a lot of vegetarian options but you will always find at least one entree here that is very thoughtfully prepared--not just a bunch of vegetables that were sides for other offerings. Pricing is reasonable for a restaurant of this quality, and you have seating right on the Riverwalk, but not on an overly busy or noisy stretch. And the service is consistently gracious and friendly.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

In town on business and this place was suggested by son
Wife and I tried it for dinner and were very pleased on food and service
Wife’s favorite starter fois gras was excellent and she has the French seafood dish while I had the set menu with turkey soup starter, seared halibut entree and sticky toffee pudding dessert 🍮 all were delicious and very well presented👍

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Started with cheese plate, very delicious and we'll balanced. I had the antelope and quail. It was very good, the antelope was cooked perfect. My husband had the ahi, which he said was a little more salted than what he would prefer but it was still very good. He loved his sticky toffee pudding and I enjoyed the chocolate tart.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our first Biga experience was incredible! When reserving a table, we indicated 41st anniversary, which many of the staff had been advised and they greeted us warmly. Biga gave us the best table in the house – two seats in a private corner overlooking the river. Food was fabulous! Portions were perfectly sized so we could sample various items. Scallops, smoked beets, halibut, lamb, pozole, and English custard were spectacular! Couldn’t have had better service than our server, Gabriel, provided. Our dessert dish came with an anniversary wish hand-inscribed in dark chocolate. Wine list has something for everyone, and they have a superb selection of spirits. This might have been the best-tasting meal and dining experience we’ve ever had – can't recall anything that beats this. I'm virtually drooling as I recall the experience – can't wait to make an excuse to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Beau (sp) is an amazing server! The food speaks for itself, but he really made our experience enjoyable!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our waiter was top notch. The food choices were great I had lamb chops my hubby had the rib eye. We also enjoyed a chocolate tart. We sat at a table by a window and the river was lit up for Christmas. It was wonderful I will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lamb Cjops were excellent really exceptional only to be in complimented by cheese grits that were awful. Our trumpet mushrooms never made it to our table. Caesar salad was so so. All else exceptional.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had an excellent meal with great service, both the chicken and the pork were amazing as was the recommended bottle of wine which also went with the trio of deserts beautifully

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 26, 2017

What an amazing dinner from start to finish. Chef Auden works magic with food! The Red Snapper was the most incredible serving of fish I've ever enjoyed! The warm spinach salad with Brie and apples, oh yum! The 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed every appetizer, entree and dessert! Service is impeccable! The view of the riverwalk lights was just an added perk.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely location and superb service, conveniently located next to Riverwalk

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a wonderful meal and great service after the Christmas Boat Parade!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Organic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

disappointing Thanksgiving buffet, nothing special for a special day

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Biga on the Bank was the best restuarant that I had tbe pleasure to eat at during my recent trip to San Antonio. The service was surpurb. The timing of the cources ordered was spot on. All entries exceed our expections. The price of of the meal while high was a great value considering the quality of the food and the service.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our dining experience here was amazing. Wait staff was very attentive, food was incredible. We did the tasting menu, and the portions were Texas-sized, so didn't feel like a tasting. The timing was perfect and the flavors were creative and explosive. Couldn't recommend this place more. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it!

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful Restaurant - Chef Auden and his colleagues simply make the food and atmosphere the best you’ll find in San Antonio!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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