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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4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
Romantic (56)
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Good for a Date (53)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Scenic View (35)
Notable Wine List (33)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Waterfront (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Business Meals (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Tasting Menu (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Authentic (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Seasonal (10)
Bar Seating (7)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

It gave us strong belly aches! We both had different dishes and came home with stomach cramps!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a perfect evening. We were with Friends from out of town and the food was outstanding as always.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful service!

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 (Central Texas)·Dined 7 days ago

Very romantic with excellent meals

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

Food and location was great! Our server, Chris, was outstanding and made the experience at Biga on the Banks very enjoyable.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

like always an excellent and great experience with great food and service

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

First time at the restaurant, food was great and service was very good..

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s Day it was busy but not ridiculous. The steaks we got were slightly over cooked but for a last minute reservation in a crowded upscale restaurant still 4.5 stars out of five. Service was AWESOME and entertaining.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My husband and I were ther for our monthly date. The service was absolutely amazing. He was knowlegable about the menu. I have an allergy to red dye and I was able to get clarifications on menu items that might have been a trigger for me. I appreciated the extra time it took. Thank you for a wonderful time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We took the family here for my husbands birthday dinner, food was good they did have a kids menu whichI I was curious about. Very nice upscale restraunt, would be great for a date night. I will definatly reccomend this place to family and friends visiting the area.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service was outstanding!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious food, been there 4 times, never disappointed, excellent service, prime location.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was incredible and the service was very good. Expensive but worth it!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love Biga. We eat here before shows at the Majestic a few times a year. The food is always delicious, and the service is always amazing. Favorites include the habenero scallops, the venison, and the grand marnier soufflé. Great wine list, great cocktail list. It’s pricey, but worth every penny. If you valet your car, you can leave it until after the show. It’s a short walk to the theater.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food, ambiance - highly recommend

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We heard it was the best so we went there expecting that. We wanted a romantic evening in San Antonio on the River walk. All was well until they had a major blunder they had a party and they mic was not just on in that room it was blaring over all the other dinner guests. The ambiance went from pleasant to obnoxious. Very loud idiot on the microphone. After quite a few minutes they finally figured out how to cut it off from the main diners. After that we enjoyed dinner again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great staff, service and delicious dinner!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing as always
Chris our waiter great as always

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Outstanding service and great food! I made a reservation for my wife and my 10 yr anniversary. We couldn’t have asked for better service as everyone made sure we had a great experience and celebration. The food was amazing and enjoyed the 11-spice axis and quail. Top-notch all around, Biga Staff!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Waiter was professional and knowledgeable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to Biga 2 years ago on Valentine’s Day and fell in love with it! We couldn’t wait to come back this weekend...but maybe our memories were overinflated. The food was good (but not great) and the atmosphere is nice. But the portions were amazingly small...especially for the price. After a $200 meal, I sorta expect to be full! Not certain if we will go back a 3rd time. If we do, it might just be for drinks and dessert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A wonderful restaurant to relax and enjoy the atmosphere, as well as, the unique menu. Perfect for a date night.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great paring menu - delightful! Surprised at how the courses complimented the wine so well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were visiting San Antonio on restaurant week and decided to try Biga. I would definitely recommend going here for amazing food and superb service!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Biga is one of our favorite restaurants and once again the food and service were wonderful.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 24, 2018

A fantastic restaurant and an unbelievable bar with an amazing selection of the finest spirits with the most knowledgeable bartender on the planet.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food was good but not spectacular. The service was mediocre at best and the white wine selection was very limited. We won’t be back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food and service were amazing. Restaurant week provided a good deal including wine pairing. A must do if in San Antonio!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The service was delayed when we got there. Pasta was bland and it was not the best dining experience for what we paid for. I was disappointed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife and I travel from Katy to San Antonio for a long weekend retreat. Biga is one of our favorite places to eat on the river. We had a reservation but arrived about 30 minutes early and were graciously greeted and then seated early. This was Restaurant Week, so we had a 3-course meal with wine pairings that were excellent. I had beef filet, my wife had tuna and both were excellent. Chris, our waiter, was informative, attentive and very professional. This was probably our fourth or fifth time to return, and we've never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Surprisingly good. I am a chef, so I am pretty tough on restaurants.
My favorites were the Blackberry steamed pudding with Crème anglaise. You don't see it much because it's a classically trained dessert you learn in pastry school. I also enjoyed the Seafood Bouillabaise, the broth was well developed and one where you enjoy every last drop.
So in my opinion, I'll go again and I hope it will delight again in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food. Great service.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We were visiting San Antonio last week and decided to try this restaurant for Restaurant Week. I had the Mahi Mahi fish. It was the best that I have ever had. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for an adult evening out.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Over priced and food was over cooked. Service was nothing great either... meh I’d pass

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I have been a fan of Bruce Auden since he first arrived in San Antonio. Had not been to Biga in a long time but it exceeded expectations. Still love the fried oyster appetizer. All entrees were good but venison and quail was the show stoppers. All desserts were great. Service was attentive but casual--my favorite. Asked myself why we Locals don't venture down to the river more often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Love this place. The food is great. Servers are attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Biga on the Banks never disappoints. Menus changed frequently with unique features. Excellent wine list and the ambiance is great, For a special occasion, consider a private curtained table for 2. Great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent once again in every category. A San antonio gem. Ask for Gabriel.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent service, food is very good and the desserts were FANTASTIC. I highly recommend this place.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good wine list, excellent wait staff, nice ambience indoor or patio dining. Large portions so we shared, welcome with a small charge. Filet was cooked perfectly, sides were large, bread is delish.
This is a lovely restaurant for couples with an interesting menu, ie antelope and quail as well as typical offerings.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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