Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.5
3578 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3578 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMandy
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating Father’s Day and had a wonderful evening. The ambiance was perfect, the food was delicious and the service too-notch. We will definitely dine here again!

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VincentE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Banks Seafood is always outstanding! We go on a quarterly basis, as a special treat. Everything on the menu is very tasty and always well prepared. You get what you pay for-fresh items, awesome oysters, seafood, and light fare. I highly recommend.
We got seated in the bar area, by our own choice, and the service was a little bit slower than would have liked, but we had a nice view of the river and all of the food we ordered was worth the wait. See you again in a couple of months!

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SkeeWee1976
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed having lunch at Banks with a friend. The food was prepared well and delicious and the atmosphere was great for friends catching up!

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SallyB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I ordered the scallops. When I ordered them, the waiter asked if I wanted them medium rare, which is what the chef recommended. I had never heard of scallops being served medium rare, so I asked for medium, and they were delicious.

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SherrieM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

AWESOME Seafood Nachos...I would drive back just to have them again! Perfectly cooked swordfish and maple glazed brussel sprouts.

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vipanonymous
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ere there for a business meeting and our server did a superb job of taking care of us seeing that all of our needs were tended to.

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vipJeanneC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Tyler, someone we had not experienced before. He was professional, polite, thorough and a perfect balance of being there when needed vs being there too much. Good find Banks!!

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likestodineout
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio dining for special occasion was a must. Enjoyed the experience and food

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ErnestW
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Average service and food.
Our only other visit almost 2 years ago left a MUCH better impression. Maybe its the COVID sag!

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance we were sitting ---very nice ---would just removing all plastics on sides for more air

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CarlaW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Stopped by for a late lunch on our way back from the flower show in Philadelphia. So glad we did. The clams from the raw bar were outstanding! I had the crab cake on top of salad, yummy, the tomatoes were so fresh and the crab cake was meaty. My friend enjoyed the scallops. I will absolutely be back! Thank you!

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vipKeithK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I went for her birthday and the service was exceptional. Morgan was attentive to our questions and made excellent suggestions on appetizers and dinner. The food was delicious and the portions were perfect. Definitely worth a return trip in the future….

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vipoctraveler
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Most items are over-priced. Entries are a la carte
and don't include a potato or vegetable.

We didn't care for the so called "micro salads" that
accompany the entrees.

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DeniseS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food had to order separate for additional cost 👎

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CherylP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Varied menu with lots of seafood choices. Excellent server. Great view of the water. We ate lunch outside and it got warm when the sun came out and warmed the roof over the eating area. We'd go back there any time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We generally enjoy Banks. The atmosphere is lively and the food is well made. On this occasion, however, our server seemed to be in a hurry. Our food came out all at once and out of order, which was frustrating. We wanted to sit and enjoy a relaxing meal; instead, we had to rush through so the warm dishes wouldn’t get cold. It was all good but the experience was hurried and less than ideal.

For example, we ordered oysters, fried, calamari, 2 ceviches, and a hot entree. Bizarrely, the calamari hit our table shortly ahead of the oysters. Then, the two ceviches AND the hot entree arrived all at the same time. Were we expected to eat the scallops entree before the ceviches? That just makes no sense.

Again, we generally enjoy our experiences at Banks. Not sure if the server was distracted, if communication broke down in the kitchen or what. It was not a busy night though, so it’s very odd.

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vipRogerR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

While the food was tasty (and undoubtedly fresh), it had a tired look and feel about it as if the restaurant had been making these same dishes forever, The service was inattentive and the prices are higher than any comparable cuisine in the area: Oysters, 3.50 each/...really? The ambience can only be described as "stark." THere was nothing to soften or enliven the bare tables, bare floors, bare walls.

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JuneG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service. Fresh Fresh Fresh!!! Soft shell crab, crab cake salad and Calamari. Magnificent!!!

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vipWellFed
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great and the food tasted fresh. Haven't been there in some time but was delicious. Had the ahi tuna tacos and they were great. So was the chicken sesame salad.

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GwenethP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Always a pleasant experience to have lunch here.

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vipMattie
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best. Food was outstanding - from starters to desert. Claims casino was the best ever. I have never had a bad meal here - lunch or dinner. I have been coming for years. We sat on the patio and had an attentive server, Ryan. Jim did come in to pour our bottle of wine and check on us. Don’t miss this one.

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vipJeanneC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda was our server, she was very busy but never missed an opportunity to check-in with us, take away a plate/glass/silverware or refill our water glass. Very pleasant and very thorough

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Diana
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great location but average food. Good choice if at the train station or meeting friends without going into the city.

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BrandonG
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, quick service, pricy but worth it. Scallops were fanatastic

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Ladydiane730
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable dinner but everything is ala carte. The seafood was fresh, no doubt! Pricey considering no sides were included. Service was exceptional! We arrived early for our reservation and were able to be seated. The restaurant setting is welcoming and on the river (although we did not eat outside). Good spot for fresh seafood options but be prepared to pay.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not have asked for a better experience after not dining in the restaurant for a very long time. The hostesses understood my concerns, restaurant was very clean, staff masked, wonderful waitress & delicious food. Also, the hidden gem is homemade chocolate truffles.

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SandraS
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Service was very good

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KerryK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every department! Will recommend to friends

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vipMaryjoe5
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress Sarah! Great wine list

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JustinB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, chef came out and greeted while waiting on food. Service was fast and easy.

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LewisS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Oysters were terrible, too small and no body.
Clams casino - too much bacon and not chopped fine enough

Ahi tuna tartare - no flavor at all

Beer was cold

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Hard2Pleez
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My guests enjoyed all aspects of the experience. For people who can't consume seafood like me, the food offerings are just OK. The service was great so... I can continue guests here with confidence.

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JuneG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banks has maintained the highest quality and level of food, ambiance and service in spite of the pandemic. We enjoyed a delicious crab salad and soft shell crab lunch. The presentation was wonderful, the crab was fresh and scrumptious, the service was exceptional, friendly appropriately managing service with Covid safety guidelines. In fact, we were lucky to run into several acquaintances also enjoying an afternoon lunch. Great job! I recommend highly. If you have not been out lately due to Covid, make Banks your first stop to celebrate freedom! Thanks Banks!!!!❤️

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Barry
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Most everything was delicious, especially the fried oysters. The cornmeal crusted rainbow trout was a really big disappointment. It was basically flavorless except there was a slightly spoiled taste, like it had passed it's "cook by" date. I mentioned it to the waitress but she just shrugged her shoulders and moved away. The spinach also had a strange taste to me that I could not figure out. It just did not taste like spinach. Whatever the seasonings were overruled the flavor of spinach instead of enhancing it. The mashed potatoes with lobster were too thick and heavy and needed to be creamier.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I used to love coming to this restaurant when Harry's owned it. Unfortunately now that it is Banks seafood I most likely will not be coming back again after my experience yesterday. My husband and I both ordered branzino not realizing it would come out as a whole fish not fileted (which our server did not bother to educate us about when we ordered). When we asked to send it back to the kitchen to have it fileted we were told it would be hard because it was already cooked, which is understandable. The manager delivered the fish to us when it was ready and gave us an attitude when we told him that the servers should be letting the customers know ahead of time that it is not coming to the table fileted and that they would need to do so themselves. For the price I was not impressed with the general attitude of our server or the management. There are plenty of other restaurants to go to for great seafood, Banks needs a lesson on customer service.

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JohnM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice seafood dining experience! Waitstaff very courteous and helpful overall - we will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!!

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BertD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great seafood, great wine, nice riverfront outdoor porch.

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AprilT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a wonderful setting! Would definitey go back.

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MatiaS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband has the crab cake sandwich and I had the crab & avocado toast. I was excellent. The desserts were also excellent

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 3578 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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