Very New American Cuisine on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Very New American Cuisine on the San Antonio Riverwalk

Welcome to Fine Dining on the San Antonio Riverwalk

203 S. St. Mary’s Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Open for dinner five nights a week.
Reservations recommended.

The Dining Room is Open        Tue-Sun at 5pm!

Wednesday-Thursday & Sunday  5pm-8:30pm
Friday-Saturday 5pm-9:30pm

Closed Monday/Tuesday

To Go/Delivery Available Wed-Sun 4pm-8pm 

“Biga is a must for visiting and local foodies alike...”
Texas Monthly

About Chef Bruce Auden


Bruce Auden

Chef/Owner, Biga on the Banks
James Beard Award Nominee for “Best Chef | Southwest” 2000 – 2011

Bruce Auden, a native North Londoner, is well known for his adventuresome, original and creative menus. Recognized early in his career as one to watch among the new rising stars of regional cuisine, Auden brought a worldly fusion of influences to his brand of nouvelle American cuisine. One reviewer declared Auden’s dishes “extraordinary creations that play havoc with tradition.” His pitch-perfect style brings a lighthearted touch to serious gastronomy, earning his restaurants a loyal fan base of foodies and non-foodies alike for over twenty-five years.

Biga on the Banks

When Biga’s enthusiastic audience finally outgrew its limited table space, Auden teamed with business partners Peter Selig, Perny Shea, and Don Thomas to open the premiere contemporary-regional fine dining restaurant on the River Walk.

Since launching to rave reviews in 2000, accolades for Chef Auden and Biga on the Banks have consistently emanated from tastemakers such as Texas Monthly, Gourmet, and other high profile publications. Biga maintains the highest Zagat rating of any fine dining restaurant on the River Walk. And, Chef Auden has been honored with multiple nominations to the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef / Southwest Award, including the most recent in 2011.

“Old” Biga and LocuStreet Bakery

In 1991, Auden opened his first chef-owned restaurant, Restaurant Biga. Wife and artisan bread baker Debra Auden launched LocuStreet Bakery in the same cozy location, contributing to a happy culinary marriage of the high-toned and the rustic. In its first year, Biga earned a spot on Esquire’s “Best Bars and Restaurants” list. Nation’s Restaurant News named Biga to its“Fine Dining Hall of Fame,” 1996. At the peak of its popularity, luminaries of the cooking world Emeril Lagasse, Julia Child and others were guests.

Polo’s at the Fairmount

In 1985, Auden moved from Houston to the San Antonio market and promptly put the Fairmont Hotel’s restaurant, Polo’s, on the culinary map, serving “the most provocative food in the city” (Texas Monthly, 1987). Honors and awards for the ambitious new restaurant kept coming, including a spot on Esquire Magazine’s “Best Bars and Restaurants” list in 1991.

Still “six foot one and whippet-thin,” as pegged by Patricia Sharpe of Texas Monthly in 1987, Chef Auden maintains his chops (and his fighting weight) by pouring his creative energy into Biga on the Banks. Chef Auden and wife Debra have four beautiful children and live, garden, and raise various pets at the edge of the Hill Country in Fischer, Texas.

Opened in 2000, Biga on the Banks is the premiere contemporary-regional fine dining restaurant on the San Antonio River Walk. Perfectly situated near downtown’s upscale hotels and entertainment venues, Biga offers patrons sweeping views of a quiet, cypress-shaded bend in the River. Contemporary chic interiors offer a relaxed ambience, the perfect showcase for Chef/Owner Bruce Auden’s award-winning New American cuisine.

Chef Auden is joined on the management team by Biga partner Perny Shea. Ms. Shea is Director of Special Events, and leads Biga’s private dining team. She brings her warm personal style and strong management expertise to the party, helping to make Biga the preferred private dining destination on the River Walk for corporate events, wedding celebrations, and special occasions.

Biga Culinary Team

Bruce Auden, Chef/Owner
Martin Stembera, Chef de Cuisine, Partner
Brandon Waddell, Executive Sous Chef, Partner
Amy Delbridge, Pastry Chef

We’re looking for motivated culinary talent to join our team.  Send your resume to .

Biga Hospitality Team

Perny Shea, Special Events Director, Partner
Teresa O’Rourke Ardid, Special Events, Partner
Jon Baumgartner, General Manager, Partner

Kim Romo, Wine/Beverage Director, Bar Manager
Rudy Beristain, Special Events Manager
Alyssa Quiroz, Reservations Manager

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partn1Highest Zagat restaurant rating on the San Antonio Riverwalk. 


Biga on the Banks has enjoyed Diner’s Choice honors since 2009.


A coveted star rating and high praise for Chef Owner Bruce Auden.

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“Excellent service...” Raves and reviews from over 500 Biga guests.

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