Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.6
3429 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 3429 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FoodieG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always outstanding food and service!

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vipAlan
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently great food & service! One of my favorite spots!!

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vipDelawarefoodie
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The meal, as always, was excellent. There were very few diners due to Covid. It remains my favorite restaurant.

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marika
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

We had 730 reservations and we arrived on time we were told there was a wait after 15 minutes we were seated at a table by the door. It’s cold out, meanwhile people that came in after us were promptly seated at a booth and waited on, we had to flag dow the hostess to get a waitress, we almost just got ready to leave.

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BenjaminD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Waitress was attentive once we were seated for a while. I would have liked quicker service to get the appetizers and drinks while we decided on our menu choices. My food was mediocre at best. Each other restaurant describes my meal as Ahi Tuna. Banks has it as One Eye Tuna on their menu. I thought I was trying something different. Many other restaurants represent the dish better.
My three dining companions were extremely happy with their meals.
$100+ per person after tip. Includes one bottle of wine.

JB
JessicaB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious from appetizer to desserts. We felt very taken care of and comfortable! What a wonderful lunch date. Chef Banks puts all of his passion into his food and you can taste it with each bite.

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vipJacks1428
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was good. Had some fish dishes and oysters. Would like to know how the other dishes were.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was just wonderful as always

MM
vipMomMom
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Banks is the best for fresh seafood! Sushi, sashimi, oysters the BEST! Our go to local restaurant for seafood

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vipforesthilljerry
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Restaurant was very quiet due to the limited number of customers. Would recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Really bad service took for ever for everything.
Also food is not good for the price u paying !

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vipJustfair1
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday lunch, we sat out on the open patio facing river, lovely and the food and service were great!!

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y22ksuperdon
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service from the moment we walked in, add to that superb cuisine and a wonderful ambience. That sums up our first experience at Banks’ Seafood kitchen. They have a generous product offering and it’s prepared excellently. I recommend their lobster mashed potatoes, they are out of this world!!

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DonnaC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was good, but pricey. The seafood nachos were massive and yummy. We had wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good!

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TamiaM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. The only downfall is that they were cleaning the floor while we were eating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Superior seafood, great cocktails in a beautiful building. A great find, we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas Eve! Wonderful food and service!

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wlm1
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Oyster Pan Roast - low on flavor; the oysters in the broth were the only clue that is was oyster preparation.
New England Clam Chowder - hard to tell it was clam chowder; bacon was the predominate flavor; mostly potatoes.
Bronzino and Rock Fish entrees were excellent; fresh and prepared impeccably.
Toasted Garlic New Potatoes - not sure what toasted means; boiled potatoes sprinkled with dehydrated, minced garlic.
Apple Crisp under cooked; topping was soggy and the apples were not softened as you would expect in a pie.
Truffles offered to new (and last time customers) are excellent.

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vipwwwarihay
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time back since COVID and it was a really nice evening. Will be back soon!

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ChristineB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a delicious lunch this week at Banks. Their side dish, brussel sprouts with maple bacon butter, is the bomb. Waitress was very good. She knew all about the different menu items and was attentive. Informed me that Banks also has "to go" items from the Commisary. I have ordered and am looking forward to enjoying in my own home. Will also be happy to go back at any time.

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vipDrRon
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Same great menu and service despite the challenges of Covid. They did a wonderful job with social distance.

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KathyO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about it was awesome! Food was outstanding

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vipjkky
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food was terrific. The server was really good and the bartender made delicious drinks.

I can’t want to go back

MA
MichaelA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a delicious meal, fresh seafood, knowledgeable staff.

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vipAndy
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Soups were cold. Service not up to previous visits. Not crowded so no excuses. Cioppino expensive but light on quantity of shellfish. I don’t think I will return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Clams casino was out of this world. Overall, food was great. Just didn’t like that everything was a la carte, didn’t even get a salad and no sides included.

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WesleyC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Seafood was fresh, we had Scallops, Grouper and Trout. Wonderful as usual.

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vipTWhit
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Banks has a great location with great food served by great people.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Social distancing wasn’t an issue. Staff was very attentive & the food fabulous!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening!

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KellyDianne
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding! Best Grilled Octopus I have had in a very long time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date with the wife. Food was fantastic

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ChristineR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Overpriced, overcooked, over salted. They did abide by Covid precautions, but overall disappointing.

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vipPancho
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Banks is hands down our favorite dining spot in the Wilmington area The patio along side of the riverwalk is now enclosed in plastic and has several heaters making it warm enough to enjoy in this chilly weather.
As per always the food was superb- the best fried calamari in Wilmington, excellent grilled black bass from Maryland, outstanding large, fresh and tender oysters and clams on the half shell, perfectly grilled blackened scallops.
The service is wonderful, attentive and there when needed
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JP
vipJustinP
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

We had a really excellent server, Brooke. She was very attentive, personable. Will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cancun
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately the food has gone down hill. The portions are small and the preparation and flavors do not mesh. This could be because of COVID and lack of funds to keep the restaurant run properly. It’s is a shame for all of the restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service as always! We had the Blue Point oysters that were freshly shucked , perfectly chilled! They are so tasty and my favorite. We also had the revised ahi tuna crisps that are now spicy that were amazing! Banks never disappoints

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SamiraS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was tasteless, lobster was mushy in some parts and not very flavorful I asked the waiter when placing the order to clarify the menu items so I could know what comes with the entrée.

When I asked him to clarify an item, he stated that it was just a sauce so I ordered a side dish thinking I needed a vegetable, to my surprise my entrée came with a vegetable and I ended up paying for additional items. I wish the server had been more knowledgeable about the menu items.

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lizd
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I was disappointed with the food. I have been here many times and expect to spend above average for food here. I didn’t feel it was worth it this time.

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 4.6 stars by 3429 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 reservations at the moment.

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