Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

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3090 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an opportunity to celebrate our family with both my parents and our adult children. Every aspect of the dinner from appetizers to entrees was exceptional and our server could not have been nicer. The fish was perfectly cooked and the portions were generous. We will definitely be coming again.

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DD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Noise level was pretty high inside, but we ate outside on the patio and it was very nice and quite out there. Food was very good, but slightly overpriced in my opinion. We had the Crabcakes and they were very good.

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

Exquisite swordfish and buttermilk battered soft shelled crabs. Ahi tuna crisps and Thai mushroom and crab soup as appetizers. Ending with the cheeseplate and drinks. Perfect anniversary dinner.

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

Alexia Waters’s made our experience 5 stat

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TS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing! So ashamed I can’t remember her name:-(

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FM
Philadelphia
382 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch was luscious.

My friend & I had a 2 course meal

Cherries w/cheese on flat bread that was like a dessert
Never had anything so delicious & sweet

Shrimp w/a thin noodle very good....$15

A drink rounded out this wonderful lunch
Always enjoy BANKS best seafood.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My three friends and I frequent Banks with other friends and family and have always had great food and service. It’ s the best place for lunch and special occasion dinners

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! I recommend the naked lobster tails and Oprah fish!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lobster was excellent and our service from Marvin exceptional as always. Highly recommend.

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LP
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I stopped in for lunch Saturday & had a delightful meal. I had the lobster roll and my husband had the salmon. Both were delicious!

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n
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food as usual. July 4th. They were busy and service was slow. We didn't get 2nd drink ..took too long.

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D
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Great location
Busy night
Food was ok
Fish dishes were good
Sides/ veggies/salads were subpar
Waiter was terrible
He was either high or slightly drunk
Staff needs more training

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Banks very much. Service at the beginning was spectacular (our reservation was for 6 pm); but as the evening wore on and it became more crowded, the service suffered quite a bit. We would still recommend Banks.

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I would recommend Banks with the reservation that while the food is fresh and well prepared much of the menu is devoted to Cherviche and Raw Seafood. My dinner companions made out very well but I needed to eat light so I had difficulty making choices. I enjoy seafood very much but there are few light, simple offerings unless you like yours uncooked other than in citrus juice.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

service a little slow. longer than need be for cocktails.

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TW
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Soft shell crab entree was excellent, as was the tile fish. The entree’s were served with excellent sides. Waiter provided excellent service.

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MH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

waitress was exceptionally warm and thoughtful. We were first seated outside but the bugs were bad and we moved inside. Service was very good.

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A
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

More of a sports bar, large group eatery than a restaurant. The food (largely shellfish) was okay, nothing special. It feels more like a chain restaurant than an independent dining place where the chef and/or owner oversee quality and delivery. Very disappointing.

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G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining out experiences I have had, period.

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j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I rated service low because the hostess was EXTREMELY rude, refusing to seat us outside for our anniversary dinner as requested. The waiter was great.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Wonderful oysters and seafood. Everything came quickly. Our waiter was amazing. Definitely a high recommendation

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fathers day

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fathers day

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D
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This has always been my favorite restaurant for the past 13 years. It changed hands somewhat recently. We have gone there for almost every special occasion, business dinners and family affairs. The service today really let what was once a great restaurant down. Place was not even half full, and that is shocking for Fathers Day. Disappointed.

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server was fun, personable and knowledgeable. One of the best meals I’ve ever had.

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JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was really good and fresh. The location on the waterfront was nice. I thought it was a little pricey though.

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TT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I got a birthday dessert from Barns. Very nice

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JB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Perfect!

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LB
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Haven't been there for a while. It was a nice treat for our anniversary and my birthday.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s NEVER a disappointment! Consistently good food in a great atmosphere. One of our “go to” places.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good. Had to remind waiter for forks and other silverware. Loud, possibly inebriated, customer telling stories and cursing at table next to us. Very obnoxious! Hard for us to hear each other.

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B
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Bank's for lunch. Blackened scallop cobb salad was an excellent selection. The scallops were perfectly grilled - grilled to the proper texture on the outside but still warm and moist interior. Salad was also nicely balanced - normally I ask for dressing on the side but decided to let them prepare and was not disappointed. Dressing was a complement and did not overwhelm the salad. Liked the selection of wines and the prices are as expected for a fine restaurant. Was worried when Harry's left but this is an upgrade as a replacement.

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and staff excellant Noise level horific

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c
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing! Even my non-seafood eaters loved t!heir meals. The outdoor deck is especially nice on a sunny day and great for a special occasion .

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b
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor dining by the Christiana River. The food was excellent. Had a late lunch there on a Saturday.
Great lobster roll and trout entree.
Also loved the beet salad with marcona almond/basil pesto and lemon ricotta cheese.
Would definitely return for dinner.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except that my raw clams needed a lot of lemon juice to counter the slightly metallic taste.

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T
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Bank's Seafood Kitchen. There was another couple with us and we sat outside on a delightful evening. The service was excellent, the food was fresh and tasty, and the atmosphere was relaxed. It was a perfect Friday evening dinner. I would highly recommend eating at Bank's.

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GP
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

While the menu was a bit hard to process, and the prices were quite high, the food was delicious. We get to enjoy fresh seafood all the time and Banks delivered on that as we expected, but their prices were substantially higher than expected.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar tender and wait staff.

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