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

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.4
4.4
3656 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 4 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 3,656 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Delaware

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. AC

    AnnaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful dining experience! The oysters and clams were amazing...so fresh! And our server was super friendly and efficient.
  2. LA

    LANNYB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Salmon croquette appy was A+ Small salad A Crab cakes really not jumbo. But very good Grilled Salmon over cooked, but tasty. Veggie looked like sewage. Service was wonderful.
  3. JE

    JackE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and well executed menu with a broad range of seafood options. And the setting is fantastic!
  4. TB

    TooBlue

    Philadelphia

    229 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    229 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent whole grilled branzino. The soft shell accomplishments were off putting, nice regular place for us.
  5. YB

    YvonneB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Again, excellent, food, service and ambiance. It is always a pleasure to visit this establishment.
  6. E

    Elizabeth

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the ahi tuna crisps (to die for!) the watermelon, grapefruit and arugula salad, the faroe island salmon, and the snapper. For dessert...creme brulee! All was expertly prepared, and could not have been better!
  7. MP

    MargiP

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tyson was a great server - right amount of attention and super sense of humor! Food was great with generous servings.
  8. JR

    JanetR

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. The bill was very high but it was worth it. I can’t wait to go back.
  9. c

    copson

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Outdoor dining at its best. Delicious dinner and great view of the river.
  10. RH

    RobH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely time eating outside on the back deck area facing the river. Service was fantastic along with the food choices. Fish was extremely fresh and well prepared. Recommend trying Banks Seafood if you have not been.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parents 60th Anniversary
  12. JB

    JamesB

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary and we were home so we went to Banks for dinner to celebrate. Thank you Banks
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place-great food and service!
  14. DM

    DonnaM

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful night to sit outside and enjoy lobster! Our server was fantastic and we were able to enjoy a leisurely meal
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good evening out good food good drinks good service
  16. B

    Beverly

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Our booth was so tight my handicapped sister had her clothes twisted and had difficulty getting up to leave. We requested a booth, and the dining room was basically empty. The hostess seated us at the nearest booth knowing we had a handicapped elderly woman in the party. I know the restaurant and noticed the circular booths were empty and they are roomier. It would have been too difficult to change after Dorothy (sister) was in place, but she was uncomfortable throughout the meal, though not complaining until asked later. My husband and I (average weight) were also feeling squeezed in the booth. My husband, whose “unbirthday” we were celebrating had a Maryland Crab soup for $16, which seemed like Campbells vegetable with a few bits of crab. He had an excellent entree of scallops and a fantastic crème brûlée. I had surf and turf which was expensive ($49) and very good. My sister and I shared a shrimp cocktail at $4.50 per shrimp. The presentation was beautiful but the huge shrimp were tough and stringy. The major complaint, above the uncomfortable booth, was my sister’s entree. She ordered the crab cakes ( very delicious). The waiter, unasked, offered to substitute French fries for the micro salad. She agreed with that. Her entree was presented with a plate with two crab cakes and the entire rest of the plate piled with French fries. It looked awful and the French fries were not burnt but dry, like they had cooked too many and could pawn them off. I was disgusted with that but didn’t complain as I didn’t want to spoil the “event” for my husband. As a pricey, upscale restaurant, to me it fell short, mainly in comfort and the French fry episode.
  17. JB

    JimB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the outside seating by the river. Great food (scarlet snapper, scallops crab cakes, soft shelled crabs among the party - all great). Recommended.
  18. JM

    JeffM

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food...very good. Bronzino (whole fish!) was tasty. Maui Maui with a very small size of summer vegetable slaw....ok.
  19. R

    Robert

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. The raw bar is always a big fav!
  20. R

    Roob

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food is very good, great location, on the more expensive side.
  21. W

    Wheaties

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have to being on vacation for two weeks, we found Banks’ dinner to be the best that we had the entire time away
  22. JM

    JosephM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great wait staff!! Would come here next time I am in town.
  23. SK

    SusanK

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My family of four adults arrived at 6:30. The large spacious dining room was nearly empty. The hostess tried to seat us at a table right between two other seated tables but because of Covid we asked for something further away from other diners. We were accommodated right away . Our server Brooke was friendly and professional. To begin we ordered appetizers and cocktails. The oysters on the half shell and the Clams Casino were outstanding. The Moules Frites , not so much. Although the mussels were perfectly cooked, the broth they were steamed in lacked body and flavor, the fries however were delicious. The outstanding entree was the whole Branzino. Although it does take some experience or instruction and a little effort to, enjoy a whole bone in fish. It was worth the effort. Brooke was attentive and checked back with each course. Water classes and bread baskets were refilled without asking. It was an excellent dining experience.
  24. BD

    BajanDiva

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a nice ambience--especially on a nice day when one can enjoy the view of the Christina River. A cousin and I were celebrating my recent (major) birthday. Nice food portions...very flavorful. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive.
  25. FL

    FoodLover

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Bank's Seafood Restaurant. At first we were seated at a booth near the bar area, but when we asked for outside with a view, we got a lovely table on the patio overlooking the water! We enjoyed clams casino, tuna tartare, the burrata appetizer, a crab cake salad, and a bottle of wine. Our server was attentive and very pleasant.
  26. AR

    AlanR

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as usual, banks never disappoints. Service, food, everything was great.
  27. TE

    TomE

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Crab cakes were on the dry side; steak had a lot of grizzle.
  28. G

    George

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Unfortunately, our meals were disappointing. Two of us had the “Bronzino” with cauliflower manchego gratin — fish was presented in very bland manner and the gratin was totally uninteresting. The rockfish presentation, shaved Brussels sprouts salad, and French fries followed suit as bland, uninteresting, and even off putting in the case of the salad. On a past visit we enjoyed the salmon and rainbow tiradito, so if you go to this restaurant I would suggest sticking with these menu items. Oysters also seem to be a house specialty.
  29. CI

    CICI

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The food was very overpriced for what it was, and the portion sizes were very small. My boyfriend ordered the lobster and it was rubbery and gross. We told the waitress, but nothing was done and no discount offered. Would not go back or recommend.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Very pricey but outdoor seating set an amazing ambiance.
  31. RP

    RobertP

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time there. Enjoyed the food, the service and the view of river
  32. RT

    RoadTrip

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate our wonderful lunch by the water with a cool breeze. Great fresh seafood, good wines to pair with the great meals. Will drop by again when in Deleware.
  33. SR

    SergioR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

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

    BobH

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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
  35. LL

    LeeL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

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

    CherryLane

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

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

    CoastalDining

    Miami

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

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

    Cece

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable staff wonderful food delicious
  40. 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.

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 3656 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 4 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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