We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Reserve a table
2
Fri, 10/7
8:00 PM
About
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.
PRICE RANGE
$41 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, International
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
Reviews (1,604)
Filter reviews
1,577 results
Traveler rating
1,125
289
113
35
15
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveler rating
1,125
289
113
35
15
Show reviews that mention
All reviews venison sticky toffee pudding beef tips red snapper cheese grits salad bread seafood our waiter the river dining experience wonderful meal service was impeccable the wait staff an appetizer antelope chef
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptional meal. Flavors will dance on your tongue. The menu is global fusion prepared by a British chef. He does a remarkable job. The prices aren't too bad. They even offer a three course option. We had a selection of appetizers (5) and a full...order of their red snapper dish. All were delicious with the jalapeno scallops and red snapper being the best. We shared a dessert sampler of sticky toffee, berry crumble and a chocolate mousse which could have been more generous in portion but no big deal. The service was above average with our waiter Gabriel giving a history of the restaurant and the different dishes and the most popular selections. My only recommendation is for the bar staff to refrain from carrying on personal conversations as their voices carry over to the customers. Also the wait team is overzealous in removing plates - we were not quite finished eating when they asked if they can remove our plates. This happened too frequently. Overall this is a must visit restaurant for the discerning palateMore

Date of visit: September 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed August 24, 2022

This place is beyond expectations in food, service, atmosphere. It was an intimate place and although it was normal level of noise it was designed so you could whisper and hear the other person perfectly. Staff was very attentive without being intrusive. Now the food,...all I can say is OMG! It was fast, perfect portions and cooked to complete perfection. We will be returning. Ask for Jose to be your waiter.More

Date of visit: August 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed August 13, 2022

Biga on the Banks is definitely one special restaurant. From beginning to end, the quality of service that you get from each person is great. In addition, food options are numerous and diverse. During our experience, we were able to enjoy a three-course menu for...$49 each and definitely was worth the experience. The poblano soup was amazing and desserts were top notch. I would definitely recommend this place due to its closeness to the riverwalk, and for the service provided. I will definitely make sure to come back in the near future.More

Date of visit: August 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 26, 2022

Awesome!!! The atmosphere is very nice, food amazing and our server Gabriel was perfect! The salmon chalupas (appetizer) is fresh and so worth getting. Got the Old Fashioned and it was so good. The French onion soup was super good. Not too oniony and it...was a thicker brown soup. The lamb rack, cooked medium rare, is to die for. What to wear? I'd say business casual is best. You could definitely dress more fancy or a tad bit less casual. Business casual is best, especially for dinner.More

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 16, 2022 via mobile

Blending San Antonio style with French cuisine mellowed them together to create an elegant, interesting and very successful menu. I especially like that you can order half portions to allow for more tasting options. A prix fix three course dinner is also an option. The...Bouillabaisse was outstanding and the server chose an excellent pairing of wine from their extensive list. Dessert was to hard to decide from the many choices. My poached pear atop an almond tart with almond toffee finished with plenty of chocolate and a dollop of French ice cream will send me back for more.More

Date of visit: July 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 10, 2022 via mobile

The food, the cocktails and the atmosphere were all 5 star!!! I cannot recommend this place enough! Probably a good thing I don’t live anywhere near San Antonio!!

Date of visit: June 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 4, 2022 via mobile

The food and service were impeccable. It was a very enjoyable experience. We went after seeing an afternoon show and the Majestic and it really capped off the day.

Date of visit: June 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed July 1, 2022 via mobile

We had a fantastic experience. Our waitstaff was amazing and professional. The food was exceptional - absolutely delicious.

Date of visit: June 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed June 25, 2022 via mobile

We dined here for our 16th anniversary. This was presented as upscale/fine dining, but I would disagree. It's on the Riverwalk, but it's hardly visible. The food was fine, but not upscale in my opinion. We opted for the pre-fixe with wine pairing. Our waiter...brought us a complimentary bread service, which was a AMAZING. The cornbread alone is worth raving about. We enjoyed our evening, but not worth the price for my return.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed May 11, 2022

WOW! The food was perfection. And a special thank you to the manager who did such a lovely job of getting back with me about a credit card mix up. He was so helpful and friendly. I HIGHLY recommend this place!

Date of visit: May 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 26, 2022

The whole experience was very pleasant - lots of choices, good food, great service - highly recommended. Friendly atmosphere and an informed server too!

Date of visit: April 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 21, 2022 via mobile

Ok. Nothing special. I ordered a seafood campechana, very nice. I had the prix fixe menu of tortilla soup (a bit bland), roast lamb (tough and tasteless) and sticky toffee pudding with custard (excellent). 2 glasses of wine. $104. Service okay. A casual place trying...to serve upscale food. Did not work for me.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 17, 2022

My wife and I were visiting San Antonio for an event. We were staying at a nearby hotel so looked for a nice restaurant within walking distance and off the crowded riverwalk. I am so glad we found Biga. The total dining experience far exceeded...our expectations. Our server greeted us immediately, asking if we had dined with them before. Since we have not, he warmly welcomed us and shared some of the history of the restaurant, the chef, and the awards they have earned. We had lots of questions about the menu and he patiently explained every dish we asked about and made some outstanding recommendations. We had a four course meal (app, salad, main, dessert) and our sever paced each course perfectly. Not rushed at all, but not left waiting either. He knew exactly how to serve a meal. And the food....wow. Hard to put into words how exceptional everything was. The talent of the chef was evident in the mixture of textures and flavors with each course. Outstanding. We will definitely be visiting Biga again on our next trip.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 9, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant is perfectly located on the river. We arrived and were greeted by Ms. Martínez who gave us a perfect table outside with the river view. Our server Nick was absolutely amazing. He made wonderful recommendations. We had the veggie salad with Asian dressing....It was absolutely delicious. For our main course he recommended the lamb chops. They were perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth. We ordered wine pairings that he recommended. It was a perfect balance. We finished our meal with the dessert sampler. It was a perfect finish to an amazing meal and evening. My compliments to the chef and the entire staff for their hospitality. This restaurant should not be missed when in San Antonio.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed April 1, 2022

The food was innovative and delicious. The wait staff was great and personable. The ambiance was wonderful. We talked to the chef and he recommended our next night's dining and that was spectacular too !

Date of visit: March 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Antonio-Riverwalk/Downtown
1,707 reviews
.04 miles away
Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk
3,696 reviews
.05 miles away
Riverwalk Plaza Hotel
857 reviews
.08 miles away
The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio
4,735 reviews
.09 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Domingo Restaurant
353 reviews
.09 miles away
Zocca Cuisine D'Italia
1,855 reviews
.09 miles away
Ostra at Mokara Hotel and Spa
1,102 reviews
.14 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral
2,068 reviews
.12 miles away
Briscoe Western Art Museum
850 reviews
.19 miles away
Majestic & Empire Theatres
1,293 reviews
.19 miles away
Main Plaza
604 reviews
.11 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
travellinjenna
February 17, 2019|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Alabamatripcreator | Reviewed this property |
I was there first of Feb on a Friday night and they had a fixed price menu. We did order from it, but you don't have to do so. You can order from regular menu.
1
Vote
bobmG7878VP
February 7, 2019|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from donovanw870 | Reviewed this property |
We shared everything - Scallops, Burger and Thai Salad. No problems and they split it all for us without us asking. In fact they pointed out the size of the burger as being full size even though it was on the Starter menu... More
0
Votes
sarah h
July 28, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Travelforfuntoday22 | Reviewed this property |
You could probably wear a nice pair of shorts and polo shirt. However, as it is a restaurant in the middle of a huge tourist area, I feel that it would be appropriate.
2
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

BIGA ON THE BANKS, San Antonio - Downtown - Menu, Prices, Restaurant Reviews & Reservations - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Biga on the Banks

Biga on the Banks is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5