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Biga on the Banks

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203 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2714 (Market St.)
+1 210-225-0722
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17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,468 reviews
576 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

And he's in residence and runs the kitchen. These days that is not usual. We had a great meal with friendly service. We choose the pre-theater three course dinner. It's from 5:30 to 6:30 for ordering it but they told us ahead they had a grace period of 10-15 minutes. So our reservations were for 6:30 and told them we... More 

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Sun City West, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I dined here with another couple. We sat inside. The limited outdoor seating is elevated from the crowded pedestrian flow on the Riverwalk. We started with a delicious breaded oyster appetizer. (The concierge at Hotel Contessa had given us a coupon for a free appetizer at any of the hotel's recommended restaurants, and this restaurant was one... More 

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Dallas, TX
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Bruce Auden has been my favorite chef since his days at Ruggles Grill in Houston in the 1990s. He is still fantastic. The restaurant was lovely and service was outstanding! The foie gras appetizer was delicious and so was the Peruvian style ceviche. I had the deer & quail grill with a cheese tart and brussel sprouts. The venison was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An exceptional meal. Salmon tacos and onion ring appetizers were very good. The veal and quail entree was the best. Very good drink menu and desserts were super. The ambiance is wonderfully created. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Thank cway
Jon B, Manager at Biga on the Banks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Salmon Tacos, Onion Ring Appetizer, Veal/Quail entree and more! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon. More 

Freeport, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a group of about 50 for a business dinner. They setup a separate area with private bar and offered a limited food menu. The food was still very good and service attentive. The large mixing bowls of guacamole were eye popping.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great San Antonio experience! We had a regional group meal with a prearranged menu. I must commend the staff from the hostess, bar tender, wait staff, kitchen and chef. Al course where expertly prepared, timing on point, and interesting preparations. The rack of lamb in particular was the best I've ever had! I will be back!

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Thank Elmwoodfoodie
Jon B, Manager at Biga on the Banks, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing your group to Biga on the Banks and taking the time to review us! We couldn't be happier to hear that you enjoyed the service you received and your entire meal. We agree, the lamb is delicious! We hope to serve you again soon! More 

Amarillo, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was not a good experience. We went with a tour group for dinner. The food choices were not good. My vegetarian option was awful. I can't even tell you exactly what it was- some sort of vegetable stack. The sticky toffee pudding was delicious though.

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Jon B, Manager at Biga on the Banks, responded to this review

Although we're disappointed to hear that your recent experience at Biga on the Banks missed the mark, we sincerely thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We strive to offer a wide variety of dishes that are sure to please even the pickiest of palates, and are very sorry you weren't able to find something... More 

Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Biga on the banks had amazing food and great service! The menu changes everyday so you will always have many options to choose from. Our waiter was very energetic and knowledgeable about the restaurant as well as the food. I would recommend eating outside, the scenery is very pretty and sits off the riverwalk. The Salmon nachos are a must... More 

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Jon B, Manager at Biga on the Banks, responded to this review

We loved reading your review, Bryant! Thank you so much for the kind words. We aim to provide the best food and service in San Antonio so we couldn't be happier to hear that you enjoyed your meal. We hope to serve you again soon! More 

Clarksburg, Maryland
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time traveling to SA, just picked up phone and called Biga. To my surprise this is a fabulous place. Lots of history and next to the river. Great experience, the wait staff is very knowledgeable.

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Milam, Texas
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was so good here, we went back a second time during our stay at the Riverwalk. Rob, our waiter, was superb -- a true professional. Food was outstanding, and prices were reasonable for the Riverwalk. I had the Nilgai and Quail and loved it.

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Jon B, Manager at Biga on the Banks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, Lisle! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal and ended up dining with us twice during your stay! We will be sure to pass your kind words along to Rob and we hope to serve you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 41 - US$ 80
Cuisine
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 23:00
Saturday
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2714
    (Market St.)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-0722
Description
Overlooking a quiet bend of the San Antonio Riverwalk, but within walking distance of all Downtown hotels and the Convention Center, Biga on the Banks highlights the daily changing menu of Chef Bruce Auden, the most frequently James Beard nominated Chef in San Antonio. Menu features seafood, steaks, lamb and wildgame with a preference for local and sustainable product, but do leave room for the Sticky Toffee Pudding.With high Zagat ratings Biga is an ideal venue for a romantic dinner for 2 or has impressive private dining rooms to entertain clients.

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