Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.5
3604 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3604 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBobh
Tampa
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Service was crisp. Crab and artichoke dip was vg. Crab bisque vg. Cioppino was excellent as were crab cakes.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place, good food, good service but be ready to pay for both

j
vipjoanne
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noticeably short on staff but our server was very good.

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vipNancyB
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent...as always! One of my very favorites!

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TarySymz
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service, presentation, and ambiance but the food varied between mediocre to good; disappointing for a high-end, expensive restaurant like Banks.

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EdwardH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was very disappointed with the oyster stew I was expecting a rich creamy broth but I found it to be very watered down and not much flavor

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MattR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was great! We did sit outside and had a great view on the water. Would come back again for sure.

JC
vipJeanneC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tyler was our server - he was efficient, friendly without being overwhelming. He made suggestions and offered time for us to make our choices. Excellent server!

MD
MichelleD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. We had a question on the ahi tuna on the raw bar section. Our waiter was amazing. Gave details. Down to earth waitor. Just awesome service all around

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EileenS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, including fantastic raw oysters, from a smallish menu. Love the open-air setting on the riverfront. Service was friendly but not especially attentive. Water glasses weren't refilled and we had to ask for bread.

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darleneo
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view of water
Clams casino great
The talked into the “in the nude” was not a good idea. - will do it myself next time
The big eye tuna was very bland
Shaved Brussels sprouts salad was delish
Deserts were great

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ThomasE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve often go on there and always have pleasant time. We ate outside on a beautiful day good my wife son and daughter-in-law.

A bit pricey but worth every penny.

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vipPhil
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the Wilmington Riverwalk on a recent get away from Pittsburgh. We enjoyed our dinner at Banks Seafood. Our table was ready when we arrived. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. We sat on the patio with great views of the river. I had crab cake and my wife had scallops. Both were delicious! We would dine at Banks again.

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DianneW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Our dinner was delicious. I had the lobster, clams, shrimp, and mussels in tomato broth--superb! Service was slow. Our server had tables inside and outside and had a distance between tables to cover. I know that restaurants are challenged with not having enough staff. Banks is the best seafood restaurant in Delaware!

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Claire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I had an incredibly disappointing experience at Banks. Went there for a late lunch with my 23 year old daughter. The Maryland crab soup ($12) was OK, not particularly good. They charged $4 a shrimp for an appetizer, describing them as Jumbo shrimp. The shrimp were not especially large - way overpriced! The top 2/3rds of the grilled salmon was cooked fine but the bottom was uncooked. When I mentioned this to the waitress she completely blew me off and said that that's just how they make it. I know the difference between slightly undercooked salmon (which can be juicy, fine) and uncooked salmon which is inedible. I had so been looking forward to eating at Banks. It's a very pretty restaurant. But will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was impeccable and the food was amazing. Kudos to the chef and staff. We had a wonderful date night!!

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CraigR
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice leisurely meal at the covered outdoor patio.

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vipchick
Philadelphia
153 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cold well shucked oysters, good cocktails, very good lobster roll and very good trout for a nice lunch. Ended with excellent gelato. Service was very good.

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noway
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very tasty but a bit pricey. Staff seemed indifferent to customers. Easy parking and nice stroll along the river.

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vipchester
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress, good food, glad to see they were busy

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Kate
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food and drinks were great.

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Lawyersx2
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was a birthday dinner for my girlfriend and I. We were seated promptly on arrival. Restaurant was perhaps half full. Kitchen and serving crew clearly under-staffed. Our server was not very courteous; not openly hostile but sarcastic and indifferent. No small plates provided with large platter of (expensive) oysters. Young busboy slammed dishes around making for a decidedly unrelaxed atmosphere. Party seated in adjoining booth included a young child that insisted on watching cartoons on one of the adult's iPhone throughout the entire meal (why would you bring a child here? - they don't even offer a children's menu). Very inconsiderate and annoying. Food was excellent however. Total bill was two hundred for 2 with drinks and shared app but no wine and no dessert. There are better options in Wilmington (Tonic, for one). Unlikely to go back.

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vipBillS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy Banks. The food is always great. The service is usually excellent - sometimes outstanding - like this time.

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vipPerfect
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. The food is always fresh and beautifully presented.

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and perfectly seasoned and prepared.

JK
JustynaK
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, happy I asked a friend for reconnections. Definitely coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking forward to dining again…

MR
MartinR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best restaurant in town

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Joeydeluxed
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant. The food and service were excellent. My friend and I agreed that we would go back and I’d have no problem recommending it to friends. Just an all around great place to dine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

If I can leave a review in two words “not enough.” All filler, no meat. Spent $100 and left hungry. Ridiculously overpriced.

JM
JeffM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service were very good. As with all restaurants post Covid, staff shortages but overall very good.

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Nutsforfood
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Menu was different from other restaurants in the area, and everything tasted fresh. Desserts were to die for. Very nice waterfront setting. We will definitely return.

TJ
TJJ01
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I chose this Restaurant to celebrate my Hubby's Birthday because I have always been impressed with the Chef 's Culinary talents! It was a good experience..but I did expect a bit better! We dined outside & my initial impression was one of surprise as the Furniture appeared worn & lackluster! Wrought iron with no padding can be uncomfortable for some patrons! My husband ordered the Whole Branzino...but usually it is Filleted TABLESIDE so that one doesn't have to pick through bones!🤬 The Cornbread Crusted Rainbow Trout was EXCELLENT! A GREAT CHOICE!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent,friendly service.Good seafood for the price. Will definetely go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service wasn’t great. Finished plates left on table. Server in corner texting on phone.

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MissGwen
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and i are foodies from Philadelphia. We absolutely fell in love with Banks. We actually found it while getting lost looking for a different restaurant and we are so glad we did. The food have been fantastically consistent every time we visit. On one visit we were unable to get a seat so we ate at another restaurant but still ordered food to go from Banks to take home and let me tell you the food never made it back to Philly. This is our go to place for great food and warm atmosphere. The only bad thing i would say is i wish the beer menu was better. They need beer choices in their IPA's selection. Unfortunately we end up getting beer from iron hill when we're done with our meal but that is definitely a minor thing and that definitely wont deter us from coming back. I absolutely fell in love with their clam casinos and fried oysters. Absolutely delicious.

TB
vipTooBlue
Philadelphia
214 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We always love Banks, seating outside was nice. Food ok this time

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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mizzlisabee
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with friends, seated outside; view of water and a nice breeze. Great cocktails and tasty satisfying apps and mains. Pleasant waitstaff.

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vipWalt
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside…nice ambiance. Some slight discomfort due to heat radiating from the roof covering in outdoor area. Food was good, service was good…all in all a nice lunch dining experience!

FAQs

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 777-1500.

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 3604 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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