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Biga on the Banks

203 South Saint Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78205 (Downtown)
(210) 225-0722
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Ranked #7 of 4,100 restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Market St.
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.
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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87% Recommend
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Fresno, California, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We booked a reservation on Open Table and took a water taxi to this restaurant after so many great recommendations and Trip Advisor reviews... Most amazing mouth orgasmic meal in a very very long time. The service was top notch and I hope someone kissed the chef for us, because all of the food was amazing. Spend the $$. You'll... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I was here for a customer user group about a year ago. The service was great, the food/drink was excellent and everyone had a great time. I would return personally.

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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

To celebrate our anniversary, I reserved a Saturday night evening dinner. The food was wonderful and a particular joy was being able to order a half entree available on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

You've gotta go here! My fiance took me to this beautiful restaurant during a surprise weekend to San Antonio, and I will never forget it! The staff gave my fiance a private little area for us to eat our dinner at, which was so romantic. The food was just incredible! Hands down the best restaurant in all of SA!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were visiting SA and wanted a special restaurant for a birthday. Found Biga on Yelp and dined there. Nice menu and while not cheap this is value for money; when you take in all the factors. We have to agree with a previous reviewers comment on the food specifically. It's presentation is awesome but the flavor and tastes need... More

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Guadalajara, Mexico
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I never missed Biga's because I adored the atmosphere! I can still see what I could not see! What a perfect setting for a great escape with a robust menu. The mood is ripe for devout vegetarians!

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We dined here a year ago and had wanted to return. Though we had a later reservation, we showed up early (as in, not quite 5:30), as we had hardly eaten all day and were really hungry. We sat outside and probably due to both the early hour and the heat, were by ourselves--at least, I don't remember anyone else!... More

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Spring, Texas, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The chef sources fresh ingredients daily and the menu reflects this. Had the antelope and quail, which was superb. The antelope was lightly seasoned to let the flavor, which was not gamey, come through. The quail was smokey and just a bit spicy. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and the wine list was extensive. We sat outside overlooking the Riverwalk, the... More

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Austin, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Loved my grapefruit martini, romaine salad & close to Boulliabase!!!! Excellent meal, great setting. We all enjoyed our meal very much!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed my meal at Biga. I just don't think it's quite as good as many of these reviews might indicate. The bread basket was great (delicious cornbread), appetizers were mostly solid (though the "expensive mushrooms" were bland and desperately needed salt). My bouillabaisse was just ok - good quality seafood but middling broth and... More

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