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Biga on the Banks

4.8
4.8
5204 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (210) 225-0722

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bruce Auden

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Perny Shea: (877) 578-5967

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Market St.

  • Parking details

    Biga does have a parking option under the One Alamo Center (caddy corner from the International Center). The driveway to the One Alamo Parking Lot is on the Market St. Side of the building.Parking costs $8. Bring your ticket for validation.Go to https://biga.com/riverwalk-restaurants-san-antonio-location/ for further details and a link a map.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,204 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Antonio

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Antonio

    Contemporary American

  • San Antonio

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  1. AS

    AlSanCif

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Great wine selection. Excellent service. Our server Ray V was fantastic. Thank you for a beautiful night.

  2. ID

    IDCS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect special occasion restaurant. Our server Chris was awesome.

  3. D

    Dano

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a great place for a special dinner with my wife - right on the River Walk. It was somewhat expensive, but the food was extremely good, and it was worth the splurge. They do half orders and prix fixe menus, too, for reasonable prices based on the quality of the food.

  4. k

    katea12

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service. Every course was full of flavor. Loved touring Brazil!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service from tucker our waiter. Great food from appetizers all the way to the desserts

  6. TR

    TonyR

    San Antonio

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fabulous meal and service. Biga is always consistently geeat.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day and a birthday

  8. GR

    GastonR

    San Antonio

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We come infrequently to San Antonio, but when we do, we always plan a meal at Biga! Again, we were well satisfied by our experience. The menu is always interesting, and the service professional and friendly…this time with Tucker. Thanks once again for a great meal!

  9. SE

    SusanE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Other than an overdressed salad, the food was excellent. I highly recommend them for making a special occasion truly special.

  10. ME

    ManiEh

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly Recommond. Perfect for date nights or intimate gatherings

  11. D

    Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing dinner and perfect location on the San Antonio Riverwalk!

  12. CC

    ClaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service. The antelope+quail and the veal are to die for.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food experience that I have had in a while. My compliments to the chef for the amazing food that served to us. We also did the wine pairing with our meal and every course was perfectly matched. Great service from friendly and helpful staff. Great evening at Biga!

  14. MC

    MissyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first visit to Biga on the Banks, and although going through some renovations around the building, and a bit hard to access, it was worth the inconvenience. Very friendly staff, both Anna & the other female bartender (can't remember her name, unfortunately) were very friendly & knowledgeable about the menus, great with suggestions on what to try. We did not have an entree, but instead chose 3 appetizer plates to share for 2 people. Cheese board, Escargot & Fried Oysters were all very good. Nice wine selection & signature cocktails including something for the country of the month, Brazil. We will plan to go back again soon!

  15. t

    table42

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, drinks, and service.

  16. L

    Liz1

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service! Definitely recommend!

  17. EM

    ErnestoM

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ordered the antelope and quail. Both the presentation and quality were excellent! Nicholas, our waiter, provided excellent service ,answered all our questions and made excellent recommendations concerning the menu.

  18. JP

    JerryP

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another outstanding dining experience at Biga! We alway do dinner at Biga when visiting The San Antonio Riverwalk and this one did not disappoint. Food was incredible and the service was perfect. Thank you Biga!!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delicious dinner. The food was great, the atmosphere was great, the staff was great!!

  20. A

    Anonymous

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful menu, good and service. I will make a point to go to to Biga’s again next time I’m in San Antonio.

  21. AD

    ADRIENNEC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I believe as soon as you sit in a restaurant chair you know what you’re in for. Uncomfortable chairs mean eat and get out. Comfy chairs mean you’re going to dine. Biga is a true dining experience. Chris was our outstanding server, A long time employee, exceptionally knowledgeable and very friendly. I was a little hesitant when I read the menu having a picky eater in our group. Everything was absolutely delicious from apps to entrées to dessert. The wine list is nice although pricey. I spent more than I normally would, but when everything is delicious it’s worth it to me. If I’m ever back in San Antonio this will be my first stop. Thank you!

  22. m

    mountainmick

    Denver

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Good atmosphere for date night. Attentive wait person.

  23. C

    Coolhanduk

    Houston

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Great food, worth the wait, but boy did we have to wait, food arrived 1 hour after being seated

  24. SB

    SusanB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Had a really wonderful meal here! Our server was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations! Will definitely come again

  25. RE

    RobertE

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Chris was absolutely amazing. His service was impeccable and knowledge of the menu and wine selection was top notch. The food was on point. Basically from when we walked in to when we left everything was top shelf. We will put this on the rotation list for sure

  26. D

    Dave

    San Antonio

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service and food. The 3 course pre-fix dinner was great. We each had different dishes which were great at a reasonable price for expensive restaurant.

  27. BL

    BruceL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Dissapointing. Small portions. Not innovative... and not necessarily prepared well at this level of fine dinning. The foie gras had not been cleaned properly a was full of veins. The antelope, medium rare, was very tuff, and some of it we could not chew through. Please understand, we have enjoyed all manner of game and bird, and know that very lean game meats cook and eat differenlty than corn-feed tenderloins. But it was suprising how very difficult to chew. And the server was unable to confirm if we were eating antelope or venison (antelope on the menu, refered to both at different times by the server, and quoted as venesin by the runner). Very confusing for a $60 plate. The server did a good job, but it was obvious that the Chef had trained the staff to talk about how great the Chef is, how famous the restaurant is, and how the Chef is known for blending Tex-Mex with asian cuisines. The foie gras was classic new american - grilled foie gras, fruit compote and brioche. The antelope... or venison... had sliced chestnuts in with the brussel sprouts. I guess they were the asian twist??? The food was good, but it appears the Chef has traded past fame and recognition for innovation. Nothing we ate was "awesome" or "wow" or even surprising. It was good, but for the price, we will not be back.

  28. AE

    AnthonyE

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome evening and the best treatment for our anniversary.

  29. HB

    HBDiner

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding in every way and in every course from chicken fried oysters and foie gras to beet salad, beef tenderloin and mustard crusted lamb to dessert. Good selection of wine. Excellent service. Highly recommended!

  30. L

    Licentius

    Houston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good food and excellent service. A little bit pricey but not too bad.

  31. CL

    CharlesL

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food and service were excellent. Menu was innovative and delicious. Ambiance was a little industrial but the food quickly made you look past the decor.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelente servicio y atención. Comida y tragos espectaculares

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A San Antonio classic at this point where you can reliably find a high quality meal that does not break the bank. We had great appetizers, entrees, and dessert. The only think that we did not enjoy were the cocktails. They seemed to lack the same attention to detail that the food received. I would still highly recommend, maybe get a wine instead.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Absolutely below par .. the food was barely above Cheesecake Factory in value. The location was in a weird office building and the decor was an 80s Tex mex. I have no idea how this place has gotten the reputation it has but it is AWFUL. Off the beaten path and do not out your credit card down ! Stay away …

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, food choices outstanding and quiet for our wedding anniversary.

  36. KB

    KristiB

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4

    Hard to get to so it’s really not accessible from the Riverwalk. Was told how awesome the chef is but we ordered for a family of six & one meal didn’t show up so my whole family finished before we ever got the last entree. I was told the salmon was over cooked & they had to prepare again. Seems to me they had to go down to the river & catch another…some great chef?

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic!

  38. W

    Winedaddysr

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Birthday celebration for our dear friend was very special at Biga! Everything is excellent starting with the three breads. Lamb brochette and shellfish appetizer similar to a ceviche were both very good. They offer 1/2 entree options which is nice and allows for trying multi courses. The pastry chef is excellent and her sticky toffee dessert and sorbet assortment were a wonderful way to end our experience. Arianna is an excellent server: knowledgeable, friendly, and professional!

  39. LT

    LickThePlate

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just INCREDIBLE! Don’t pass up going here. You will not be disappointed!

  40. E

    Ember

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was excellent service, food and atmosphere. I will definitely recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Biga on the Banks offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 225-0722.

Biga on the Banks is rated 4.8 stars by 5204 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Biga on the Banks

203 S. St. Mary's St. San Antonio, TX 78205

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Biga does have a parking option under the One Alamo Center (caddy corner from the International Center). The driveway to the One Alamo Parking Lot is on the Market St. Side of the building.Parking costs $8. Bring your ticket for validation.Go to https://biga.com/riverwalk-restaurants-san-antonio-location/ for further details and a link a map.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bruce Auden

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (210) 225-0722

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Perny Shea: (877) 578-5967

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