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Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

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$31 to $50
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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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3381 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRickV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The dining area is loud and not very cozy for the price of the food. Also the tuna with soba noodles I ordered was full of connective tissue, chewy, and pretty inedible. I had to literally scrape out the good meat from the tough tissue and eventually just gave up. I’ve never had bluefin before so I didn’t make a complaint but speaking with friends and showing them a picture of my plate, they said it shouldn’t have been served like that.
Conversely, Ryan was an awesome server and everything else besides the tuna was amazing.

JP
vipJillyeatsPhilly
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GO!!!! Great atmosphere, excellent fresh fish and seafood (along with many other options). Cool bar, water front lunch and dining options. Superb service. No reason not to GO!!!!

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vipIdalucia
Philadelphia
156 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We ordered the Seafood Nachos, but I don’t think that some of the fish, specifically the tuna, was too fresh. I had a terrible allergic reaction to it.

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RogerH
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh food with creative recipes, complex flavors and appealing presentations

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lauriejb
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful restaurant on the Christina River. Fabulous view, great outdoor space with covering in case it rains. Food was outstanding. Menu is extensive. We will go back!

JK
JeanK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We had to ask for bread and service was a little slow considering we came early.

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DaveB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first time at Banks and we will good back again. Excellent seafood with a
little different menu. Great service and generous drinks.

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LouK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a very high-quality seafood restaurant. The best time to go is Sunday night. On Friday and Saturday, it's fairly busy and that detracts in my view from the dining experience. In good weather, they have very nice outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

So the first time I ate at Banks the service and was great and the food was good also. This time, they must have been short staffed because I believe management was trying to help with taking orders. However, communication among staff wasn’t great as more than one person waited our table and info needed to be repeated, our check was not separated as requested, and it took forever to get the check and I had to remind the server 2xs for my to-go box. Worst experience I’ve had in a long time. I will go back once more to see if I have a good experience again. If not, I wont go back a 4th time.

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vipBob06
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regularly visit for lunch and never disappointed. Excellent selection of wines by the glass, revamped menu emphasizes quality over quantity, great seating outside by the river and always friendly service. Was not disappointed on this visit.

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vipweRfoodies
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a wonderful find in downtown Wilmington! we'll be back!

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alucke
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We dined here on a Monday evening. There were not many people here at the time so we may have possibly received extra special attention from our server who was very attentive and cheerful. In any event, we appreciated that. The food was great including the appetizers. It was kind of pricey but we've come to expect that from the better restaurants. This was the second time I've dined here and there will definitely be a third time.

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vipCWMfromPA
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favs! Love everything about Banks. Strongly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely
Cool
Fun

KY
KarenY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Service! Would recommend highly!

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MelanieS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were the best ever! Felt very safe with all of the precautions taken and we had a fabulous time! We will be back from very soon.

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vipDEdiner
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lunch with a friend with a view of the river. We could talk about the world and have a wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Extremely disappointing experience on 9/22 at Bank’s Seafood. Server took a while to come to table and had to ask hostess if we had one or if we were supposed to go to the bar since we were seated at a booth in the bar. We got our appetizer fairly quickly and received our entrees a short time later, however that is where the night changed. Throughout or meal we noticed many people walking around without masks on. There seemed to constantly be someone walking right past our table without a mask on. Not one staff member said anything to these customers about the current regulations which require masks to be worn unless you are seated at your table. My husband and I said something to a few of the customers who basically laughed at us. I felt so uncomfortable I didn’t even want to eat my meal after one of the unmasked individuals walked past our table and let out a cough. I sent my meal back basically untouched and spoke with the manager who finally said something to the customers who were not wearing masks but at this point it was too late. We got our check and I left hungry. No discount was taken off the check either. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and a nice night out without our son and were unable to do that. Not to mention how dirty the restaurant was. We sat at a booth in the bar and at one point looked up to find the ledge above our table absolutely covered in spider webs and dust. Absolutely disgusting to eat under.
It’s a shame because I come just for the Cioppino which is always delicious, and I wasn’t even able to enjoy it.
Extremely disappointed in Bank’s after that experience, especially when we have heard good things about their social distancing precautions, apparently not when we were there though.

JM
JenM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, food was beyond exceptional, a little pricey but worth it

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JILLQ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was very clean, the staff very friendly. We had an excellent server who was quick and very informative. The food was delicious and the creme brulee was amazing. Overall we had a wonderful experience. The food was pricey but we felt it was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall... great! Have never had a bad meal yet. However since the reopening from the pandemic, the meal felt rushed. We were out in under an hour.

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vipDebdelaware
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices; beautiful outdoor setting on the river - great salads and fresh fish - delicious desserts!! A must if you are in the area

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Eema
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a awesome time, I'll definitely be back 😘😘

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PaulP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Hostess accommodated our desire to have social distancing between me and my friend using two tables. That was entirely possible since it was a slow lunch outside. The Brussel Sprouts were excellent and the Fish and Chips were also good but I could have had more fish and less french fries

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vipTooBlue
Philadelphia
200 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistent, we are regulars. Happy to find soft shell crabs on the menu this late in the season

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LamarF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place good food , perfect date night place!

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JimS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood restaurant with plenty of scenic outdoor dining

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Arlene
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Drinks are overpriced. Food also a little pricey. Not sure you get the value for your money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I noted it was for a birthday, yet no dessert was given. According to the server, the lights outside didn’t work and the speakers outside didn’t work (and never has since she’s worked there).

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Love the drinks as well.

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BobN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back to one of my all time favorites post Covid. Lots of outdoor seating with a view. Chef Banks and his team go to great lengths to ensure a safe and delicious experience.

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vipRichF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had riverside outdoor table on sunny evening. Great setting for fun meal! Superb attentive service. Appetizers, cocktails, wine, and entrees were delicious. Anxious to return to Chef Bank’s Seafood Kitchen for perfectly prepared dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were there for lunch on a Friday. It took awhile for a server to come at first. The hostess did jump in to get our drinks. The food was excellent. We will be back.

JB
JamesB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

21 year Anniversary

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DianeN
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both could not decide between the scallops or the crab cakes so we decided that each would order one and we would share. Our meals were plated beautifully!!! Our server, James, asked the kitchen to do the splitting for us and it was very much appreciated! No need to share across the table! The food was amazing as was the wine list. If you haven't tried Banks, you're cheating yourself out of a great dining experience.

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CherylA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt safe eating indoors. I will definitely go again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience4

Service was good but we ordered 9 oysters and 6 were bad/spoiled.

TF
TrueFood
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was average at best. Had food half the price that was much better!!!!

MB
vipMaryB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cake was amazing. Scallops were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Lovely setting, sat outdoors.

FAQs

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

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 3381 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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