Biga on the Banks

4.7
5155 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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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Ktowngirl
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was fantastic. Food delivery was paced; we were not rushed. Perfect dining experience from start to finish. Will definitely return.

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DannaP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Our waiter Chris was awesome, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was over the top wonderful. Hubby and I had the snapper...so so good. Son had antelope and quail. He loved it! And the desserts! Oh my! We all got different and they were delicious!
Whenever we are in San Antonio, Biga is our go to!

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vipDinaL
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Still a gem. Excellent service, we had the lamb and denver beef absolutely delicious. The bread pudding was great with cherries and a fantastic ice cream. Only miss was the Caesar salad not great lettuce bit rubbery and dressing not classic Caesar. Still would go back as have had before and usually fantastic.

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monicat
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a good dining experience at Biga. It wasn’t super special in terms of the food, but it was worthwhile.

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ComingBack
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and bar beverages. menu options were well thought out and creative

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KathyL
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a great experience dining at Biga. Chris worked there since they open, full of knowledge and he pays attention to detail. I wore black, he immediately brought me a black napkins to use for dinner. He is ver attentive, but not pushy at all. Did not try to rush us to order so we had time to enjoy our appetizer and wine, and then we ordered dinner. Hopefully you are lucky enough to have Chris as your waiter.
The food was good, the restaurant was well decorated, the bathroom is very clean. It was a great experience dining there.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Texas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tucker was our server and he took excellent care of us. He explained the menu and once we made our selections and he brought it to our table he explained exactly what the chef made in detail for us. He even said the baby carrots were grown organically in Fredericksburg Texas. Everyone from the hostess to the bartender to our server to the service folks were smiling and welcoming. They ALL seemed to be happy to work there. It was quite refreshing.
The food in one word was amazing. We’ll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting San Antonio & wanted a premier chef level dining experience. Biga’s did not disappoint. Everything from the ambience to the service to the food was excellent. This is Top Chef style dining & exactly what we wanted. Go & try something outside the norm with Chef Auden’s changing menu.

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Eric
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biga is definitely one of or the best restaurants in San Antonio. We've been fortunate to eat here on several occasions and we always have a fantastic meal, exquisite service and the best desert anywhere, Sticky Toffee Pudding!! If you're considering eating here don't hesitate, you'll enjoy and keep going back too!

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ShannaH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening at Biga. The ambience was lovely, the service impeccable, and the food amazing. We will definitely be back and highly recommend to anyone looking for a special evening out along the river walk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We lucked out with a very nice table for two behind a curtain for privacy. The food was outstanding! We sampled 4 appetizers to try different things instead of opting for an entree. Everything was delicious, and the service was remarkable. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris our server was amazing

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KevinH
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. Sat outside with a river view. Had a beautiful time.

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DeweyUT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Th e food was so amazing I wish I had room to have ordered another plate! You'll experience the professionalism expected from waitstaff of a restaurant of this caliber. It was a little louder than expected but that was due to a huge party with a crying baby but that's not the restaurant's fault...baby's cry. Large parties are seated up front, behind the bar so just ask for something further away and the noise level should be fine.

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JasonD
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Bruce outdid himself once again. Amazing food! Chris was an excellent server and made sure we were taken care of. I will continue to celebrate my special occasions here. They really make me feel like part of the family.

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vipATLEd
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not to be missed when in San Antonio. Our waiter has been there 22 years and that tells you something. Outstanding! sophisticated but unfussy. Great atmosphere. I had the beef and onion soup and rack of lamb (best I’ve ever had).

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ChrisM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In town for a conference, also my wife’s birthday. Bugs was recommended, and did not disappoint

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Nickolaus
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outstanding service from Chris made us feel special. The food was divine. Every morsel from each couse had us wanting more. Thank you for a wonderful meal and dining experience!!

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to Royal, who was a great server and helped to make the overall experience very enjoyable!

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JoeB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunningly good! We had a couple of appetizers (fried oysters and lettuce wraps with wild turkey, bison, and another wild meat. Insanely delicious! Then main courses of Axis venison & Lockhart Quail and a rack of Australian lamb. Unbelievable! The #1 best game dish I have ever had (both the venison and the quail). My wife's rack of lamb was perfection. All accompanying sides were so good. Service by Royal (yes that is his real name) was just the right amount of interaction, advice, and attentiveness. I would rate this as one of the best meals I've ever enjoyed. AND when the bill came it was so reasonable for this meal that I tipped the waiter the extra I "thought" the bill was going to be. Perfection, highly highly recommended!

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vipNASHVILLENATIVEFOODIE
Nashville
115 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this dining experience was 5 star! We had a lovely very private table by the window overlooking the river and the food and service were both outstanding. We chose the $49 three course dinner but upgraded several of the items to make the meal even more special. Our server was friendly, helpful, and attentive while also being respectful of our privacy. The price was relatively high but we considered it an investment in an exceptional dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Birthday celebration. All our courses were a delicious experience for our palates. Service was professional with a good amount of friendliness. What a wonderful night

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my father’s birthday celebration. He had the mustard crusted rack of lamb. According to him, it was the best rack of lamb that he had tasted in the past 60 years. Great service and wonderful menu selection.

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JanieV
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and the restaurant was perfect to celebrate a birthday! We will certainly return to this special restaurant. The staff were all excellent.

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Talray
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding in every way. Attentive and generous service and excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a 45th Wedding Anniversary & 74th birthday for my parents. The food was exceptional exquisite flavor. Absolutely enjoyed our 3 course meal ! Gabriel our waiter was awesome especially when it came to the small details that make it memorable! Thank you Chef & Gabriel !

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AlisaB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most fantastic meal ever! We loved every bite - my husband is the pickiest man ever and said it was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve Dinner Date! Outstanding place all around!

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RickS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. Popular items held over from year to year so that memories can be fulfilled. Service was good, but not superior this year. Recommend valet parking.

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent new years eve menu! Service was attentive. Food expertly prepared!

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CharlesB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding meal. It was a superb dining experience. Looking forward to dining there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very informative and helpful! The food was great. Always fun to eat at a chef owned restaurant. The dishes were creative and full of flavor.

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SamN
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best chef in San Antonio! Was very pleased with the lamb.

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RyanP
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pretty space and reasonable priced for the location. The menu also had a good amount of unique options. Definitely recommend the bread basket and the sticky toffee pudding!

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BillC
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to eat! We love coming here!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biga never disappoints. We had a reservation & were seated right away. Our server seemed to be new but he was very professional & attentive & did not hesitate to get prompt answers for any questions we had. The food & drinks were absolutely fantastic as always. My husband & I love coming here & always recommend it to others.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dinner and as always the service was awesome

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vipGigiS
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and the food was outstanding, as usual! The game packets were exceptional and the foie gras, amazing as well as the venison & quail!! They also delighted us with a small chocolate pot d'creme which was divine! BOTB never ceases to amaze and delight the taste buds!!!

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Nancy
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was impeccable, and the outside dining was an added bonus!

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Erin
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I got the 3 course meal. It was delicious. The lamb rack was great along with the apple cake