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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.
+1 210-225-0722
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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  • 61
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  • 21
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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 food and service

Ate as part of a large company event. Our menu was pre-determined (crusted fish, antelope), and all was excellent. During the happy hour in a private section of the restaurant, they service a special jalapeno (?) prinkly pear drink that was very good. Service during our event was top notch. We'd... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
EricAustin_TX
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Austin, TX
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Austin, TX
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116 reviews 116 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Ate as part of a large company event. Our menu was pre-determined (crusted fish, antelope), and all was excellent. During the happy hour in a private section of the restaurant, they service a special jalapeno (?) prinkly pear drink that was very good. Service during our event was top notch. We'd go again as a couple and recommend the location/food/service.

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Austin Tx
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best restaurants I've even been to. Food , Staff & over all atmosphere were GREAT.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice restaurant in San Antonio. The staff was very nice and the food was wonderfully prepared. It was pricy so expect that , but also expect to enjoy your time there. We asked for a recommendation on a sweet red wine and the one we were suggested was excellent .

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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162 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I had the lamb chops and my wife had a 3 course fish dinner that was excellent. It is on the river walk so you can go for a stroll after eating so much food.

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San Antonio, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

...because the fish I ordered came out overcooked and dry. This was our second meal at Biga's, and probably our last. Our first meal, about a month ago, was notable because they served me on a plate that wobbled so badly that our server gave me a napkin to stabilize it. I must admit the desserts were nice, but still...we... More 

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

We're sorry to hear that your fish was overcooked. We'll share your feedback to the kitchen hoping we can avoid this problem for our guests in the future. We'll also be on the look out for the plate that wobbled. That must have been a frustrating distraction on your first visit. Bistro Vatel is a great place but if you... More 

Lubbock, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a treat Biga on the Banks was! My wife and our close friends traveled to San Antonio for a long weekend getaway. We were lucky to make plans to dine at Biga. From the start the cheese board for the table was unique and very good. The waitress was very helpful in suggesting entrées and how to best experience... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We came to Biga's for my husband's birthday dinner. The service was nice. Our waiter was very friend. But I just found the food so so along with the decor. I also found it odd that the restaurant is in what seemed like a office building lobby and had a seedy bus stop right out the front door. I would... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

this restaurant is my favourite in san antonio, the food is just too good the service is perfect. steaks are the real deal here a must if you are in san antonio.

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Encinitas, California, United States
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177 reviews 177 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The grapefruit salad and spinach salads were wonderful, as was the lamb rack! the potstickers, ribeye, cheese plate and desserts were good, but the service was a bit lacking. there were 4 of us and the bill came to $250 with a bottle of ok champagne. I would have expected better service for the price.

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

I'm sorry to see that service was lacking on your visit and I agree, Biga is on the pricy side and the service should be attentive. If you would be willing to share some more information about your server we might be able to guide him/her in a better direction when taking care of our guests. I can be reached... More 

Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Complete perfection in every way! I would visit again and again. Thank you for an outstanding and amazing dining experience.

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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: +1 210-225-0722

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?