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

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (69)
Good for Anniversaries (64)
Romantic (62)
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Good for a Date (60)
Creative Cuisine (50)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Notable Wine List (40)
Scenic View (40)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Waterfront (33)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Local Ingredients (20)
Cozy (17)
Seasonal (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Authentic (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Healthy (8)
Casual (6)
Organic (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Great food. Great service.

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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 14, 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 8, 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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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Tucker was a fabulous waiter. Very professional. He guided us through the menu. And let us sample the wine and beer before ordering a bottle.
I had the Pre Fixe dinner. Red Snapper was superb. The Hubs had the Antelope & Quail. Quite unique & delicious. Sticky Toffee pudding was to die for. We had a table by the window, overlooking the River Walk. It was a perfect dinner.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our server forgot two side dishes, which was disappointing. The hostess was very accommodating and the bar drinks were excellent. The fish dish was good but nothing special. Wet also had a very nice quinoa dish with sweet potatoes. The layers of flavours were very good. Thank you for the vegan options.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Delicious food, with a very creative flair. Excellent service and nice ambiance. Love the half order sizes offered on Friday and Saturdays as it lets you try both of the dishes that you could not decide between!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Casual, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our waiter Chris was wonderful! The lamb and the red snapper were perfect!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Staff is amazing. Food is amazing. Always get more than you paid for. We had a rehearsal dinner there back in October and Rudy was in charge of our party. He did an excellent job! We had to come back for New Years Eve. Rudy just happened to be there so he came over to our table to say hello. He remembered us!!! We will definitely make your restaurant a more frequent stop.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this restaurant. Our server, Patrick , is really knowledgeable about the menu and very friendly. The food was excellent. Really like the ambiance .... Will come back next time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We stopped in for desert and coffee because we wanted to try they Sticky Toffee Pudding. Needless to say the Sticky-Toff at Bigga is among the top 5 I have had (it is the best in the US). The Creme Brulee was also very good.

The staff was very accommodating even though we were a short turn table. They understood what we came for and provided excellent service to that end.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful experience. Brought my sister visiting from Florida and friends to see the lights and boats and enjoy a good meal. We had a wonderful private table that was great for visiting and after the meal went outside on the balcony to see the lights. It was great but the best part was excellent service and a superb meal. We were all delighted with the food and service and know we will be back to enjoy this again! Thank you!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

So wonderful to see Chef Bruce Auden again. Food, waitstaff, and wine selection was wonderful. Incredibly romantic dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I've got to say Biga on the Banks was welcoming from the very start. The door was opened for us as we walked in, hostess was friendly and courteous, wait staff was attentive but not hovering. We were celebrating our 23rd anniversary and we certainly made the right choice. Next time we'll ask for a table by the window but our table was nice and quiet so no complaints from me. We each started off with a glass of wine (they have an extensive selection) while looking over the menu. We both ordered from the autumn fare and chose the 4 course menu. We started w the chickpea w shredded cabbage soup. Followed by a crisp heart of romaine salad w homemade croutons & a nice tangy dressing. Main course was melt in your moth tender beef tips cooked perfectly served with fresh greens and fingerling potatoes. Dessert. Oh my favorite part!! I ordered Creme brûlée. Just heavenly. So rich a delicious. Incredible flavor of vanilla. (Pretty sure I saw flecks in the vanilla bean in the custard!! Yum!) This was served w a few berries on the side. My husband enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding w vanilla cream sauce. Of course I had to try his too. Deep molasses flavor that was warming on the cool December evening. Both were beautiful plated and they even wrote happy anniversary on our plates. Nice touch!! It was a memorable was to celebrate. Thank you Biga on the Banks!! Well tell our family and friends and will definitely be returning.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Another excellent meal, excellent service as well!
Always our stop when we are in town. Very accommodating with food allergies.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We visited Biga to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was top tier. We had a corner table with a view of the River and Christmas lights. Service was up to a Continental standard, and the food was excellent. My sole was perfectly done and nicely presented. We'd come back in a minute. A photo of my vegetable cake dessert is included. It was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 27, 2017

In a much more quiet area in the Riverwalk area. Very civilized. Absolutely excellent service with good Wine knowledge . Food very tasty . Would go back again for sure.
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We went to Biga’s on the first night of a mini vacation in San Antonio. What an absolute gem! The food is simply amazing. Our four person party spanned the gamut from low cholesterol, nearly vegan, to a big time lover of game meats. Veggie’s, salmon, lamb, and the antelope/quail dish were superb. We all came away thrilled! The service was as enjoyable as the food. We will be back. Often!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great place for any occasion. Wonderful creative food. Excellent staff very friendly

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Server was great. As was the bar tender

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband had the roasted smoked chicken and it was excellent. I had the sole and it was very good and I especially liked being able to get a half portion after ordering the appetizer. We were visiting S.A. over Christmas and were concerned about our casual dress.... not a problem. Casual elegant includes jeans!

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great dinner with the parents as Christmas celebration, Monica, our server was very nice and provided such great service for us!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Really yummy unusual dishes and drinks! Only slight drawback was small portions for the price. Definitely quality vs quantity which is good. However, many main courses are 30-40 dollars. Waitstaff are really nice! Beautiful location.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

My family and I were very much looking forward to our evening at Biga. We have been there several times and enjoy the view of the river walk and so forth. This visit however, turned out to be problematic. Apparently the waiter thought were the biggest rubes in the place. He proceeded to tell us all about himself and his tenure with Biga, and all about Chef Auden as if we couldn't possibly have known. He then proceeded to commit a real faux pas. He failed to notice the name on the credit card, and presented the check to my brother in law, assuming he was paying the bill. The tip was commensurate with his attitude. The food: good but not great. I ordered the beef tips, they were mushy and the gravy was salty. I

Tags: People Watching, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We eat out three times/week and try a variety of cuisines. We selected this restaurant from the list on opentable and was expecting great things. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. The dishes looked appealing but lacked taste. Both of us used "bland" to describe our meals.
Overall, the restaurant is overpriced and overrated.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Took my girlfriend here to propose to her. Michael, our server, helped me orchestrate the surprise. That special occasion aside, Michael was very knowledgeable. Definitely one of the finest dining experiences downtown has to offer. If you're like me and don't have a "refined" palette, you'll still be able to appreciate the dishes, even if you are left a bit confused as to what you are actually tasting.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Considering this was my 40th anniversary, the free glass of Champaign didn’t satisfy my wife or I.

I made the reservation days in advance and they still stuck us in the dining area on a large table with no ambience.

The steak was overpriced and not the best cut or preparation.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Absolutely delicious--everything! We went before going to the Majestic Theater and all ordered from the prix fixe menu. Between the 3 of us, we tried all the choices. The portions were generous...we had PLENTY to eat! I treated my daughters to the evening & they LOVED it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Awesome, local, seasonal menu, very knowledgeable staff, friendly, it was the perfect choice for an adult, romantic birthday dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always great food! On our current visit the elk, quail and duck were all outstanding. Innovative and tasty. Nice wine list and attentive service. One of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wow. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Great food, great service. Pricey but worth every penny.

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