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

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.4
4.4
3635 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 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

What 3,635 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. SR

    SergioR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. Although had turn a bit overpriced lately
  2. BH

    BobH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AS ALWAYS, THIS RESTAURANT NEVER DISAPPOINTS! FROM THE GREETING AT THE DOOR TO THE BARTENDERS, SERVERS, ETC ABSOLUTELY SUPERB! FOOD WAS EXCEPTIONAL, GREAT BIRTHDAY DINNER FOR MY WIFE
  3. LL

    LeeL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Wonderful waiter. Terrific food.
  4. CL

    CherryLane

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    salmon served beautifully. moules frit was delicious. I tasted a dessert of blueberry cheese cake - unbelievable!
  5. CD

    CoastalDining

    Miami

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Mediocre food high prices for what it was. Outdoor patio on river was a nice setting.
  6. C

    Cece

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The red snapper (one of the evening’s specials) was overcooked. It consisted of three thin, oddly shaped pieces of fish served over a bed of mostly corn. Two others in our group had the soft-shell crabs which the server described as being lightly battered and not deep-fried. They arrived heavily battered and obviously deep-fried. In fact, the three crabs on the plate were standing on end . . . Not the usual method of soft shell crabs. As far as recommending. Banks to a friend, at this point I am disinclined to do so.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable staff wonderful food delicious
  8. LC

    LaCohiba

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Cocktails were excellent. 4 scallops (no side) $40. 2 were good, 2 were way, way, way too salty. Toasted garlic new potatoes were just plain new potatoes sitting in a slick of butter with a tsp of garlic on one of them. I think they forgot to saute/toast this $9 side. Brussel sprouts with maple bacon butter $11 (I found no bacon) were very good. Snapper (no side) always on the menu but was also the exact same special that night (?) as was one of the appetizers which is also always on the menu. Unmemorable at best for the high price. Very dissappointing.
  9. t

    tootsie

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The food was unremarkable, which is too bad because we drove here from Philadelphia having had a wonderful experience here about two years ago. I had crab cake salad appetizer and New England clam chowder. There were a lot of fillers in both and neither had much taste. My husband had oyster stew and mussels. The oyster stew was thin, and the mussels were nothing out of the ordinary. The bread was blah and dry, and it was served with cold butter. Our server seemed to be overwhelmed and inattentive. We will not be coming back even though the setting is quite nice.
  10. I

    Idalucia

    Philadelphia

    213 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    213 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Started with excellent cocktails and fresh oysters (amazing) and outrageous drunken mussels with ginger. Went on to pan seared red snapper and seared sea scallops that were also delicious, all served with pleasant professionalism by Randy! Well worth the 75 minute drive from Doylestown PA!
  11. JT

    JamiesonT

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to dine at Banks on the back patio by the river walk. The view is wonderful and it’s a nice quiet area if you want to have a nice conversation. The food is seasonal so the menu changes daily and it is always delicious. We ordered dessert this visit and chocolate truffles with apricots and almond lemon cake are divine!
  12. CP

    CarolP

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Special anniversary for my guests and everyone enjoyed their meals !
  13. AD

    AlisaD

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Comfortable and easy place to enjoy a meal.
  14. MO

    MickeyO

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wonderful meal, efficient experience. One of our favorites!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The setting was lovely. Unfortunately we ordered littleneck steamers which were good but sandy. We also ordered a fish dish that was overdone and just smaller pieces of fish. I’ve been there several times before and have always had a great meal. My guess is they may potentially be understaffed??
  16. JB

    JBJB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice dinner at Banks Seafood, but the prices were excessive.
  17. G

    Grace642

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    First time...based on previous reviews we assumed atmosphere would be more intimate since we were celebrating our anniversary. Food was good although the clams casino was over cooked. Waiter was very robotic and did not attempt to make any personal connections with us. Overall great place for hanging out with friends /family not great for intimate occasions.
  18. IT

    ITWhit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent.... Have never been disappointed.... Food is always exceptional.
  19. S

    Stephen

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was superb; service was very accommodating; overall a great experience.
  20. BP

    BeppePrimo

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Banks is always good value, and well-prepared and presented food. Small but very good and fairly priced wine list. On a steamy night, sitting by the river was delightful and our foody friends from CC Philadelphia were duly impressed, loved the oyster menu. We've only been return diners for about 20 years...
  21. S

    Stephen

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together
  22. P

    Pak2005

    Tampa

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Upon arrival we e very pleased with the ambience and vibe. Unfortunately things quickly deteriorated. Our 1st server was extremely rude. Bar service was terrible. Food was good but by that point our dining experience had been ruined
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary.
  24. PF

    PatriciaF

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey but worth it. Food cooked perfectly. Nice wine selection.
  25. a

    alif

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always super. Service was great, food and drinks delicious
  26. o

    octraveler

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Portions were small and prices were high. New England clam chowder used to be excellent. This version is only OK - and very expensive for a small serving. Service and management attentiveness is lackadaisical.
  27. l

    larrys

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent crab cakes. This is the only place I will order them. When I go out to eat.
  28. GK

    GretchenK

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Clams Casino were among the best I have ever had. The salmon and broccoli croquettes and grapefruit & watermelon appetizers were good, not great. We had a dozen oysters, 6 East Coast, 6 West Coast. They were decent, not as delicious as I'm used to. The filet mignon was good but overcooked (medium when my date asked for medium rare), and required the herb butter for fuller flavor. The Asian Tuna Crisps were spectacular, unexpectedly different and very tasty. Beautiful atmosphere, nice date spot.
  29. KO

    KerryO

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Oysters and raw clams were delicious. As was the crab cake, and croquettes. I was disappointed with the bartender's choices of wines however. Staff was gracious in finding me a seat with a view. Nice setting on the river.
  30. ED

    ErmannoD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters! Amazing seafood! Loved our server. Not rushed.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Soft-shell crabs were excellent. We love being able to sit outside on the waterfront.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The seafood nachos are fantastic!! The bartender also knows his way around a cocktail. My cousins and I had an excellent time.
  33. BR

    BrianR

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent. Second time there and once again did not disappoint.
  34. KH

    KatHar

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience. Ryan was our server and was outstanding. Made great suggestions and was attentive without being intrusive. He was upbeat and smiled and definitely added to our dining experience. The filet and crabcake were cooked exactly as ordered and tasted very good. The tuna was perfectly cooked and the accompanying sauce was great. The lobster mashed potatoes had good-sized chunks of lobster and the serving was more than enough for two.
  35. TL

    TLEH

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Brooke, was the most professional and observant of any waitstaff I've ever experienced. She listened, responded and made our evening very enjoyable. We had dinner on the deck and it was quiet and relaxing. The food was wonderful - very large portions so took some home.
  36. A

    Averyhappydiner

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were greeted quickly, shown to a table, as requested, with a great view of the river. The waiter greeted us within a few minutes, was there when we needed him, but not when we didn’t. The food was served piping hot and in surprisingly generous portions. We had a wonderful evening.
  37. CM

    CherylM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular Meal! Exceptional Service! Highly recommend this restaurant!
  38. DK

    DaphneK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went To Banks restaurant for my daughter’s 30th birthday. Stacey our waitress was wonderful.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first visit to Banks Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar and it was fabulous. The room was spacious and airy, the view was beautiful and the food was delicious. Our waiter Chris was gracious with a solid knowledge of the menu and was always available to us. We ordered cocktails, appetizer, main course from kitchen and main course from raw bar along with dessert (of course!) and everything was plentiful and prepared well. We would definitely go back! PS... be sure to get a box of their signature chocolate sampler to go... absolutely delicious! 😋
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall very good experience, tasty appetizers and drinks, our main course was decent.

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 3635 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 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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