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Biga on the Banks

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Downtown
American, Eclectic, International
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203 South Saint Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78205 (Market St.)
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.
(210) 225-0722
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Overlooking a quiet bend of the San Antonio Riverwalk, but within walking...
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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  • 451
    Excellent
  • 135
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wow

Everything I ordered was absolutely delicious....The scallop appetizer, warm spinach salad, duck, and lamb entrées, we're the best I have ever had....now can you open a restaurant in Orlando?

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
Rosalie P
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Everything I ordered was absolutely delicious....The scallop appetizer, warm spinach salad, duck, and lamb entrées, we're the best I have ever had....now can you open a restaurant in Orlando?

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Warren, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Biga on the Banks is another San Antonio Riverwalk restaurant that I visit whenever I am in San Antonio. The menu is always different but consistently the food and service are superb.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The service and food was questionable for the caliber of restaurant. The food came out very slow and cold. Ordered the boullibaise that came out slow, cold and lacked flavor in my opinion. I felt in general for what was on the menu and what arrived at the table was not worth the price.

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Biga o, General Manager at Biga on the Banks, responded to this review

We are sorry to see you didn't enjoy the Close-to-Bouillabaisse. I'll be sure to share your comments with the chefs and hope that both the temperature and the flavor are correct in the future. Because you were not happy with this entree we would like to offer a refund. Before a refund can be arranged, I will need a little... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is hands-down one of the best meals I have ever had in my life, if not THE best. The venison and quail are to die for, and the person I was with (who has vast experience with fine dining all over the world) said that the bouillabaise was the best she had ever had in her life. The service... More 

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Galesburg, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We dined at Biga on the Banks on January 9, 2015, celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary. I had the Close-to-Bouillabaise and it was literally orgasmic. The flavors were ridiculous and each morsel of seafood was cooked to perfection. My husband had the tenderloin and loved every belt as it melted in his mouth. Our waiter, Apel, was 5-star and he... More 

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Greenville, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Loved our experience at Biga. I had the Close-to Bouillabaise - hence the title of this review. It was fabulous. I got the 1/2 portion - which was very sufficient. The flavor of saffron and fennel in the broth was so memorable. My husband loved his rack of lamb - full portion - which were 4,nice sized chops. I also... More 

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104 reviews 104 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great food and lovely ambiance. The restaurant is very tastefully decorated. The wine was a perfect match for the food and the service was excellent.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Biga on the Banks has a wonderful ambience, professional, efficient and friendly wait staf, excellent food and an incredible view. We have celebrated several special occasions there and have never been disappointed, but rather very satisfied.

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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Great food and wine recommended by Rudy. The Veal was superb and the Seafood exceptional but the attention and service by a long term professional made the day! Thank Rudy see you next trip

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary in San Antonio and one of the highlights was our dinner at Biga. We both started out with a Foie gras that literally melted in our mouths. I had the bouillabaisse for a main course and my wife had the Ahi tuna. Both were fantastic. Our waiter, Robby, made the experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 203 South Saint Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78205
    (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
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (210) 225-0722

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Eclectic, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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