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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 4,107 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
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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
Guadalajara, Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I loved spending the evening with my husband and child at Biga's! The room was full of ambiance and seemed to echo the secrecy of the Mexican revolution! The food was robust and filling! The riverboat taxi called our names as we finished our meal and went outside to enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.

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Harlingen, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Location is on the street level of a contemporary office building and faces a quiet portion of he River Walk with floor to ceiling glass and contemporary overall design. It serves an innovative mix of New American and Southwest fare from chef-owner Bruce Auden. Generally, open design and alive with atmosphere including a chic styled bar area. They have one... More

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Burnet, Texas, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This restaurant made me feel like I had gone back in time to the "Mad Men" era! The decor was retro awesome, and the staff was super. We had some of the best fish we've ever eaten-we had the seared tuna, which was to-die for, and the pan-seared snapper. All of the accompaniments were awesome...purple carrots (grown at A& M,... More

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Northern California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Choosing a restaurant from ratings sometimes provides a positive experience. This recommendation of Biga on the Banks hit it out of the park! Anniversary dinner that was unparallelled in every aspect; food, service, and ambiance. On the quiet side of the river a little difficult to find but worth the enjoyable stroll. You'll be rewarded with food choices that are... More

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

This place was delicious! We had gone there not knowing that it was restaurant week but we were pleasantly surprised when they told us it was. So hubby did a menu off the restaurant week and I decided to enjoy the bouillabaisse which was not on the restaurant week menu. He decided to do a crab croquet for the appetizer,... More

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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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