Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

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Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar is a casual, upscale seafood eatery & hot spot on the river. Adjacent to the Riverwalk, Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar has become THE place for lunch, dinner, cocktails, and late night in the City of Wilmington. The chic atmosphere, fresh raw bar, award-winning crab cakes, outstanding lobsters, and other imaginatively prepared seafood, great martinis, and 50 wines by the glass are some of the keys to an exciting experience.
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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had chosen Banks for our dinner location right after getting engaged at the Wilmington Riverfront. I called the restaurant to make some special arrangements for our experience and they were more than accommodating. A HUGE shoutout to our server Alexis and everyone else who made our special day that much better by treating us like Royalty. Oh and as expected, our food was absolutely delicious!!!

GS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday and meeting of family from abroad

c
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were a large group (11) but our server seemed unfazed by our number and kept all of our orders straight while engaging everyone with light conversation. The food, as always, was delicious. The seared tuna was perfectly rare and the bronzino an adventure - whole, grilled fish served on a baking stone.

LP
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a delightful lunch here. My husband had one of the Ceviches which he thoroughly enjoyed. I had the crab cakes which were very good.

JE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch was delicious and the views wonderful.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great!

D
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Brooke was delightful. Very knowledgeable about wines and the menu. We had a great time

BK
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I recently had our first dinner at Bank's Seafood Kitchen. We were not totally sure what to expect, but our server Cheyenne was terrific and making suggestions. I had the sea scallop entree and it was really stunning. My wife had the large grilled shrimp entree and was totally impressed with the amount and quality of the shrimp and side dishes. We recommend Bank's to anyone who enjoys really great seafood. Ask for Cheyenne's because she is the best server we have experienced in several years. Also Bank's deserts are really great too.

s
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Banks gets it right. We visit this restaurant once a month and this time was really great food and service.

EJ
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and presentation. Very accommodating to a fussy teenager's menu. Monk Hong fish was wonderful as well as Scallops.

JW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I bring my friends here once a month for lunch and the food is outstanding each time! For the most part, the wait staff is good and we get served quickly and they are friendly. We look forward to our monthly excursions to Banks!

NF
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there.
Great view, food, service.

VK
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Server never came back after the first few bites of our appetizers. I had to get up and flag someone down to get more bread. Then I had to go find a manger so we could pay. The manager did not do anything to address the issue except find our server to run my credit card. Food was very good and the patio was nice. Too bad that we will never go back.

LM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Timing and arrival of food very good also!

CL
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiter brought the wrong item. But, all of the food was well prepared.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Not nearly as good as it was before changing over to Banks. The food was mediocre. Setting is still great though.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 2 courses lunch menu is great value and delicious!

GM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Took the family to celebrate a birthday.
First - we had a reservation, the place was pretty empty and they didn’t have our table set up.
Service was slow (it seemed like there was only one waitress and we frequently saw her running all around the restaurant).

We’ve been to the restaurant before however this time the food - all of it - was just average and definitely not “renowned”. I’d recommend going for drinks and apps at the bar - skip the meal bc it’s expensive and doesn’t deliver at its price point.

BF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the setting very comfortable. The food was quite visually appealing and appeared in a timely manner. Overall, it was a great experience for my mother-in-law's 95th birthday!!

j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I have a sad feeling that quality is slipping a bit here. The soup wasn't hot, the shrimp wasn't that good, and the lobster salad was lobster on iceberg and not bib. I would go back as this is the perfect place to be before the theatre, but wouldn't order those items again.

D
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bank’s has become my favorite restaurant again. Everything went well and the food was excellent.

MH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Banks did a lovely job with dinner on the waterfront once again. All three seafood main courses were excellent, as was the steamed clams appetizer. We shared 2 desserts and our birthday girlfriend walked away with a really nice little box of truffles. While their regular menu items of lobster, crabcakes, mahi mahi, salmon are anything but STANDARD fare, I definitely like to try one of the special fish dishes of the day and I've never been disappointed. Server Ryan was superb, attentive and engaging without being overly present. We enjoyed being out on the patio on a beautiful evening and their set up is terrific. Taking in a performance at DTC? Do not hesitate to enjoy a meal before or after the show at this gem of an eatery just behind the theater parking lot.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Great food. Oysters excellent, calamari was great and my sword fish and scallops melted in my mouth. Excellent dinner.

R
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinners. The crab cakes rival any at the beach. Our server was exceptional and made sure that we made it to the theater in plenty of time. We return many times and are never disappointed.

JB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Formerly Harry's Seafood, Banks' Seafood is version 2.0 and really fantastic. Mr. Banks was the executive chef previously and now 100% owner and Chef. The food was very nicely prepared and presented: Started with a half-dozen clams which were fresh and tasty, and the Ceviche Sampler; also very tasty, just the right balance of citrus. For dinner, Lobster Cioppino which was excellent, but not very filling and pricey. Would have preferred just a more in pot.
Nice moderate wine list.
I will definitely go back.

MK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated outside before the evening rush and had an excellent meal, great service, and a wonderful view.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Sat outside ….beautiful water view....nice evening. Waiter was fantastic......very enjoyable evening. Thanks for a great experience.

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D
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to Banks. The food was outstanding — creative and unusual combinations of foods/flavors. Very fresh. The service was a bit slow and spotty. We had to ask multiple times for drink orders. It was hard to find him at other times. There was a long wait for the main course, but the food was well worth the wait. We didn’t mind spending the time because we were enjoying time with our guest. Tasty dinner!

LG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Ashley was amazing!!!! Thank you!

RW
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific seafood restaurant

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LS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Not a big selection in options of food. Food is high priced with sides being extra.. Very bland and not worth what you pay

S
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great day for sitting by the river...service and ambiance were great, as was oyster selection, sandwiches were just OK.

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is terrific. Never a bad meal. Great service. Wonderful spot to celebrate a special occasion.

OT
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

there's a reason Bank's is rated #1 seafood restaurant in DE...

DB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We sat outside along the river away from other diners. It was amazing for our anniversary. The scallops I had were outstanding and my wife’s fish was delicious. As we were leaving the hostess, one who we had not met, brought a small box of chocolates for us as a gift for our anniversary. So sweet. We will be back!

NP
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Good shrimp cocktail, dry oysters. Crab cakes lacked flavor and were overdone and cold. Server rarely stopped by. Not a good experience.

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location and great seafood with a variety of fish choices.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to dine . Our Go to for a special night out . Great food and great service with a nice ambiance.

JB
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server (Marvin) was excellent; shrimp cocktail, MD Crab soup, scallops and cioppino were excellent; calamari was just good, although it was a nice touch that they offered to include the jalapeno in the calamari "on the side".

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