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Raw Bar - Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar, Wilmington, DE

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.4
4.4
3580 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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Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 777-1500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Parking details

    Parking garage also available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 3,580 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Great for Lunch

  • Delaware

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. K

    Kelly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Love the fried oysters and outdoor seating. The service was terrible but it may be they were short staffed. Was seated for 20 min before our drinks were served. And we weren’t able to get a second glass of wine at all. We wanted dessert too but it took so long to get the dessert menu we figured it would also take forever to have it delivered.

  2. KP

    KarenP

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The waterside table, soft tropical resort music and delicious raw oysters and seafood entrees made it the perfect night out!

  3. D

    delightedDelawarean

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and drink were delicious

  4. LT

    LoganT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great waiter! The tuna tartare and oysters were amazing and drinks even better.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience! First, the food. Top notch oysters to an amazing lobster in the nude! Terrific service from Patrick! Ask for him! Meet Chef David Banks! Well worth the price!

  6. DW

    DontWantMyNameSeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and good service. We enjoyed our experience.

  7. DB

    DianeB

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    I've been coming to this restaurant for years (and it's previous iteration, Harry's). I haven't been in a few years due to the pandemic but noticed a few things changed. The portion size has definitely gotten smaller. We got the calamari appetizer and it was barely enough for 3 of us. I ordered the crabcake sandwich which was very good. The service was a little slow and it wasn't very crowded, but as with everything now, they may have been short staffed. We'll definitely come back here again in the future though and try again.

  8. S

    Smf1036

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Prices seemed extremely high for the quality of food and portions. For example, I ordered the New England Clam Chowder and have had better from a can. It was totally tasteless and had virtually no clams in it. I also had the softshell crabs which came 2 crabs per the dinner. No sides, just the crabs. At $22/piece, it seemed like you should get much more for your money than two, very small crabs. Needless to say a very disappointing Mother's Day experience for my wife and family.

  9. C

    Carol

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent and service by our waiter Patrick was excellent.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2

    Unfortunately

  11. PP

    PopPop

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food during our Mother's Day dinner was excellent. Service was prompt and attentive, notwithstanding a very busy day at the restaurant. Among the 3 of us, we had raw oysters, fried oysters, lobster, scallops and ahi tuna--clearly the freshest seafood in town. All in all, a wonderful experience at Banks.

  12. M

    Molly

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant and location! We had a fantastic seat right by the fireplace overlooking the water. The filet mignon was honestly the best I’ve had in a long time as well as the crab cake. The shrimp were truly colossal and delicious! I asked for an Italian margarita and it was on point! I wish I lived closer because I would go here frequently. Looks like they have a nice lineup of live music as well. This is probably the best restaurant I’ve been to in decades and we live at the beach, frequent Key West, Miami and NYC. Hats off to Chef Banks! Well done sir! Thank you! I had a very special Mother’s Day.

  13. BM

    BillM

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Her Mother's Day lunch was simply excellent. Patrick's wine recommendations were spot-on; we each had a couple of glasses. We enjoyed a half-dozen raw oysters, which were as usual fresh and delicious. Next up: a half-portion of Seafood Nachos. The full size is listed as "for 2" but what we ordered seemed like a mountain of food. This was really tasty: fresh, with a little zing to it. It was the first time we'd been back in probably 2 years, and the prices had definitely jumped. Probably a combination of Covid-related supply and logistics issues. Hopefully, also reflecting raises for their employees. Still, we'll definitely be back. This is the best seafood restaurant in Wilmington.

  14. M

    Matty119

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was phenomenal, staff was attentive, a very nice experience.

  15. WF

    WilliamF

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food Great service Little loud Which there were a dress code - not the restaurant’s fault - people are slobs

  16. KE

    KathleenE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Overpriced. Ordered crab cakes with micro greens salad. Crab cakes were good, but small. And romaine lettuce is not micro greens salad.

  17. p

    painter216

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    We were surprised to be just about the only early diners at Bank's Seafood Kitchen on a Thursday evening. We walked along the beautiful Riverwalk for about an hour and then went into a completely empty restaurant. We had our choice of seating and our server made us feel welcomed. Our shared appetizer of hot artichoke -crab dip was very good, but the toasted bread they served with it to hold the dip was too thick and hard to enjoy. Something thinner or less crumbly would have helped. We ended up spooning the dip onto the fresh bread that had been placed on our table. However, our main entrees were great. The Crab cake salad was very enjoyable and the Lobster Salad, served on a bed of Bibb lettuce with sliced avocado and fresh tomato wedges was outstanding. The wine selections are ample, and I enjoyed the peach sangria that I ordered. The service was very attentive, but maybe that was because there were very few other people in the dining room even as we left after completing our meal. Perhaps on a weekend this restaurant would be more busy. The seafood was very fresh and good.

  18. PT

    PamelaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I absolutely enjoyed the ambiance and vibrance, along with superb food…

  19. SL

    SueL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We arrived earlier than our reservation and was able to be seated immediately. Food was delicious and seasoned very well. The noise level in the main dining room was high and our server appeared to be inexperience. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner and would return when in Wilmington.

  20. a

    abelliott

    London

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Service was borderline rude but also slow/forgetful. Booked for our anniversary and made a note on the booking - nothing ever mentioned. Seated in the bar area in a booth with sports on the TV… not a romantic meal. Food was delicious but not worth the price. Won’t be coming back.

  21. J

    Jeff

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delightful lunch outside overlooking the river. Interesting choices. And a postprandial river walk. A wonderful way to spend a spring day.

  22. GP

    GrammyP

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic restaurant with seating on a patio with a waterfront view. The crab cake was fantastic! We’ll definitely return often!

  23. EL

    EdwardL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very good seafood selection. That was prepared outstandingly. Service was excellent. Really enjoyed our first visit.

  24. RA

    RAH212

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    Food is always outstanding at Banks'...service and delivery were the issues on this visit. It started at the beginning when the host selected a booth (our request) that had not been cleared from the remnants of the prior occupants. He had a bus-person clear and clean the table, but never set it with napkins or silverware. It was probably 10 minutes before a waitress approached us, apologized and took our drink order, which included a request for water. We never received the water. From there, everything from Oysters to Entrees were received out of order. All restaurants are short staffed, I think our server was new and not trained properly. When you're paying premium prices, there is an expectation of decent service - that expectation was not met on this visit.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Waitress very nice , but service a little slow & restaurant was not crowded. Food was ok , Dishes were not very hot ( especially soup ) Beautiful beautiful weather .

  26. T

    Tbr7

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    We went here to hear a favorite band with a couple of friends. Sat outside in the patio area. Had drinks and appetizers. Good selection of appetizers. Service was spot on.

  27. AV

    AmpornV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great staff and friendliness. Wonderful team work.

  28. JA

    JacquelineA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the Old Bay shrimp boil. Delicious and a great value. Lots of shrimp. My husband had the fish and chips which are always good. I had the crab cake and salad. Crab cake was small but just fine for lunch and solidly crab without a lot of filler. The salad was yummy with crispy fried onions.

  29. MR

    MaryannR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is an excellent restaurant - the ingredients are all fresh, very well prepared and delicious. The service is friendly and professional. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food. I will certainly be back.

  30. JT

    JosephT

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Banks Seafood Kitchen is always a fine dinging experience. The chef is on the premises overseeing the operation and quality, and the food is outstanding. Red curry mussels, clams casino, and lobster roll for lunch were outstanding!

  31. D

    Decatlady

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent dinner and atmosphere

  32. KM

    KarenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been wanting to try Banks Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar. We made a last minute decision to go for Easter and were thrilled to find reservations still available. Everything was fresh and delicious. It was not overly crowded. We will definitely be back!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Always a good meal

  34. JB

    JamesB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, Banks was perfect! Food, service and ambiance continue to be tops amount the best restaurants to frequent. Thank you Banks.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service, food and atmosphere as always. Banks food is very consistent… ordered 2 Tuna appetizers and snapper ceviche… creme brûlée and berries with Chantilly lace cream … just amazing all around.. We drive 40 mins from NJ to get amazing fresh seafood prepared so uniquely!!! Banks never disappoints us

  36. I

    Idalucia

    Philadelphia

    197 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    197 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family loved the quality of the fresh seafood as well as the excellent quality of the service.

  37. RB

    RBrand

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Watch Out Watch out for reservation policy. If you cancel anytime TWO days prior to you reservation you will be charged $50 PER PERSON !!!

  38. MH

    MelH

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific seafood, great service and scenic outdoor seating. Save room for a unique dessert menu!

  39. JK

    JobinK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience. Weather was amazing and enjoyed dinner on the outdoor deck.

  40. EC

    EileenC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Service great, water view great. Avocado toast w crab good. Would have preferred a healthier side besides tortilla chips.

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

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 4.4 stars by 3580 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

101 South Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking garage also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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