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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 #6 of 4,104 restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
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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86% Recommend
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Bath, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

While this is by no stretch an inexpensive restaurant (worked out to around $90 per person including tip), it is worth every penny. The food and service were outstanding, and it has a lovely view of the Riverwalk. Great place to go for a special occasion.

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Corinth, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We ate here to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Top notch food; we ate Axis Deer Venison and Roasted Quail. Excellent. Our server, Warren, was great as well. Very professional and funny and knew about wine selections etc. Can't wait to eat there on our next trip to San Antonio.

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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Ordered the bouillabaisse. Looked nothing like the photo. Tiny serving. The seafood was so over cooked that they tasted like rubber. After the meal I ordered decaf coffee. By the time I got home I realized that I was served regular coffee. Could not fall asleep until 5 am. Not happy when I had to wake at 7:30 for a... More

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

We're so sorry to hear that your night with us was not enjoyable. Usually our first response to hearing that a guest is not enjoying their meal is to make the dish again, more to their liking. As this did not happen with your overcooked entree we'd be happy to refund that amount to you. Please contact me by phone... More

Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The ambience is great. The staff is professional, knowledgeable, well organized and attentive. I typically don't like high priced restaurants with more decor on the plate than food but I must confess theportion sizes were good and my entree( Beef Tips w/Corn pudding) was great. The beef was tender and the meal was a perfect balance of sweet & savory.

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had a short trip to San Antonio and booked a table here for our first night. This was a really good meal which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had a table inside as it was August in Texas and the humidity was high. The interior is dark, too dark as the sun went down, in fact. When we needed a... More

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Clermont,Florida (West of Orlando)
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I thought the restaurant was a bit tired looking. Although we had made reservations well in advance, we were offered an inferior table. No tknowing the layout in advance, I requested a table with a river view upon arrival. They claimed there were none available and I suspect those tables ere reserved for locals. I don't doubt that our seating... More

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Bismarck, North Dakota
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I was here for a business and it was a great experience. The appetizers are a little small, for anyone. I had the lamb, which was excellent and my wife was with and I had some of her chicken, also delicious. Our appetizer, salmon nachos, which were delicious but there were 8 single nachos with a salmon on each one.... More

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Allen, Texas
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We stayed at Omni's Mokara Hotel and wanted to eat at as many River Walk restaurants as we could in the four days we were there. Friends drove down from Ft. Worth and stayed in another room at Mokara so we could go adventure-eating + touring together. On the evening of Sun. July 27th, the food at Biga on the... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Started the meal with a carrot soup that frankly was a little boring. Definitely needed some more spices as I found it rather bland. Both my wife and I had the Bouillabaisse and was pleased. Was it good, yes, but not blown away by it. Service was good and the location is great on the river. After spending $200 for... More

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Fresno, California, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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