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Biga on the Banks

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Downtown
American, International, Eclectic
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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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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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 481
    Excellent
  • 149
    Very good
  • 58
    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
Great dining on the Canal

When the head chef has been nominated for 7 James Beard awards, you expect a great meal, and Biga on the Banks lived up to expectations. We had 2 appetizers and 2 entrees and shared a dessert and all 5 dishes were exceptional. We had salmon nachos that were subtle and delicious. We also shared a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Steve C
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Norman, Oklahoma
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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Norman, Oklahoma
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

When the head chef has been nominated for 7 James Beard awards, you expect a great meal, and Biga on the Banks lived up to expectations. We had 2 appetizers and 2 entrees and shared a dessert and all 5 dishes were exceptional. We had salmon nachos that were subtle and delicious. We also shared a scallop appetizer that was... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was amazing. It serves New American cuisine and has an extensive wine list. I had the 8oz steak with plantain , corn pudding and chimichurri . The waiter was well informed and knew the ingredients of the glaze which contained mushroom so was off limits for me. The chef then made a special batch of non mushroom stock... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We were hosting a client dinner. The food was fantastic and the service was great! Highly recommend it!

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Toronto, ON
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84 reviews 84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Due to a late lunch, only ordered a bunch of appetizers here. Tried Chicken fried oysters, game packets, jerk scallops, and one other dish that I can't recall. Everything was good, but the game packets were really salty. Waiter was efficient but either seemed to be having a bad day or just not so sociable. Patio is small, but nice... More 

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

By far the BEST meal we enjoyed in our week of eating our way around San Antonio & the Hill Country! The quail was amazing! The scallops were melt in your mouth delicious!

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Greensboro
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252 reviews 252 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

A great river walk dining experience with outstanding food and atmosphere. The service was outstanding, excellent wine list, and a diverse menu with everything well prepared. Our waiter made some excellent recommendations and was very attentive without making us feel hurried.,

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Highly recommended! The vast array of food is amazing. You have a choice of several main courses and then a buffet of appetizers, and desserts. Great service and delicious food. Far better Han any of the hotel downtown hotels.

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Burlington, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I had the pleasure of dining at Biga; It is in a great location overlooking the River walk. the wait staff at the reception were wonderful just like the appetizers... breaded shrimp on a stick, mini Yorkshire pudding with the tenderest of roast beef inside. Dinner consisted of fresh greens salad with cranberries, mains was a choice of salmon or... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Delicious quail & venison dish! Will definitely have it again when in SAT. Great wine selection and excellent service at this nice, charming restaurant. Recommended both for couples as well as business travelers.

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Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

drinks were very good, we started with foie gras and the smoked salmon both were very nice. Sirus had the lamb rack it was truly a good dish. I had the Mahdi Mahdi amazing. Sides were Brussels sprouts and Israeli couscous. The Brussels sports were ok but the couscous was a wow moment and so was the soufflé. Casey our... 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, International, Eclectic

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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