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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 #4 of 4,110 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went for our 12th anniversary, staff and food were Superb. Gave us complimentary champagne to celebrate. Guaranteed that if food wasn't good, we could exchange for another dish. Herb crusted salmon was. Excellent along with a blackberry martini. Will come back again soon. Travelled here from Chicao.

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Houston, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Service was so attentive that we almost felt undeserving, but it wasn't obsequious. The food is always fresh and mostly locally sourced. Our dinner was excellent, although my snapper arrived oversalted in its first iteration. Overall, though, a really nice experience.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Was invited for a business dinner and wow what a delicious, tender juicy steak. I can't wait to go back. Staff was excellent and friendly. If you live steak you need to try it.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

My sister and I were able to make an early dinner reservation and never felt rushed through our entire experience. The waiter was knowledgable about the meanie and he was attentive without being intrusive. The recommendations and entree descriptions were spot on. The food was perfectly prepared. The scallops were perfect and my venison and quail were just the right... More

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Walton, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Service was superb. Every dish was prepared with a flair for flavor and presentation. I had the lamb and grits and it was heavenly. Don't miss this spot in your trip to San Antonio.

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Temple, Texas
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146 reviews 146 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My husband and I love dining at Biga on the Banks when we're in San Antonio. Our last visit was no exception. Our server, Abel, was terrific--as was the food! My husband had the "almost bouillabaisse", and I had the rack of lamb. Both dishes were outstanding! We split the sticky pudding dessert--a must have! You can't go wrong here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Incredible experience. We will definitely return. The chefs tasting was one of the most special experiences I have had.

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Seymour, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Food here is very good albiet somewhat expensive. The restuarant over looks the Riverwalk that adds to the romantic atmosphere. The best asset of this place is that you are able to hold a normal conversation without needing to shout to be heard.Reservations are highly recommended.

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Just walking in the door of this restaurant is a memorable experience. The space is beautiful and the staff welcoming and knowledgeable. For this visit I sat at the bar and enjoyed several of the appetizers. I highly recommend the scallops which were perfectly browned, plump, and delicious or the venison lettuce wraps. It is evident that only the highest... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The only request we made when we made our reservation at this wonderful place was a quieter table. We were offered a lovely, corner table in its own snug. We could enjoy a quiet conversation, but we could also see the river. Our server, Danny, was very good at his job. He made just a few suggestions that contributed much... More

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