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

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.4
4.4
3591 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 9 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 3,591 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Notable Wine List

  • Delaware

    Outdoor Dining

  • Delaware

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was great he suggested an oyster selection, very friendly an attentive to my needs I wanted a more quiet area outside and ask him if I could move to the other end where it was a bit less noisy and he accommodated me with no problem. The food was so delicious I order surf and turf med and side of sautéed spinach, very good! The scenic outside area by the water made it even more amazing. This was my first time at Banks and I’ve head great things about this restaurant now I know why, I’ll definitely dine here again.
  2. EF

    EdwardF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is wonderful; my favorite entree is lobster in the nude.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The food was ok. I’ve had better.
  4. RT

    RobertT

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    The Restaurant has a nice decor, the food was overcooked, fried oysters, truffle fries and crab cakes. The waitress did not check on us or check to see if we were satisfied with our meal. She was quick to get the check at the end of our dining experience.
  5. KL

    KathleenL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Service was a little spotty, like most places these days. However the front of the house staff was professional, well trained and sinere.. We had an outdoor table on a lovely summer evening.
  6. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I was really disappointed with my visit to Banks'. I have enjoyed many meals there but recently I feel the prices have been on the rise and the portions and distinguishing characteristics of the food on the decline. But a friend had a gift card, the view is lovely, and so we gave it a try. My first objection is to the reservation policy; the restaurant requires a cc hold and will charge $50 per guest if you cancel within 2 days of the reservation. I realize that the cost of everything has increased, but this seems crazy to me. The menu hasn't changed. The food was fine but unremarkable, especially for the price (scallops were $40; ahi tuna crisps, with very little tuna, were up to $20; a small side of Brussel sprouts were $11; etc.). The waiter was pleasant but seemed overextended; we never got little plates we asked for, had to ask for bread, etc. But we ate on the deck and the view and the breeze were amazing. I hope that the management does away with the reservation policy and can come up with some means to make the menu more interesting, especially for the price.
  7. PS

    PamS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner on the patio was excellent. All very fresh ingredients. Ambiance is great. Got to see the Kalmar Nyckel sail by us.
  8. DW

    DianneW

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Softshell crabs were divine!! I requested a booth that was away from others because my husband is immunocompromised. We sat in solitary splendor in the large corner booth--thank you!! Our server did not deliver the check promptly--and had to be tracked down. Bread was dried out and stale. We will be back for more soft shells this summer!
  9. JG

    JerseyGirl

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent outdoor location - food, view, and service great!
  10. EM

    EbonyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, server, drinks, and desserts were absolutely amazing! The fish, crabs, and scallop were fresh and well seasoned. I’m hard to please when it comes to food. So I was surprised that I actually loved the food.
  11. CM

    ChrisM

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    The oysters and the lobster salads were delicious. Our waitress Kayla was inattentive and seemed uninterested. We had to ask several times for bread and three times for water. Finally we got one glass for the two of us. We wondered if it was her first night woking (or her last?)
  12. EH

    EH37

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Sometimes i miss Covid dinning. The food and service was excellent. The screaming kids that parents either refuse or just to scared to discipline is another story. Oh, did i mention the lady talking baby talk to the non-service dog that was whining loudly? Or the Karen who got belligerent after 2 drinks?? Everything thing else, really good. People just suck lol
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    VG but too windy to eat outside. Our server (Tre) was very helpful getting us a table at snide.
  14. CD

    CarolD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters we’ve ever had! Beautiful setting along river. Excellent service. Can’t wait to go back.
  15. R

    Rick

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating our 45 anniversary and everything was great Had a beautiful table on the patio overlooking the river. We had tuna tacos, calamari, oysters and mussels and all were very tasty. Our waiter was very attentive and we had a leisurely lunch. Great place. We will definitely go back
  16. LJ

    LJJT

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good experience but really do not like having to secure a reservation with a credit card. The cancellation fee is really steep so it was risky to make the reservation. I Was there for business but would probably not return for a personal dinner because of the reservation policy.
  17. C

    Cece

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Traffic crossing the nearby bridge over the river can be very annoying. Very loud when trucks are crossing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great ambiance, great service. The meal was delicious but a bit pricey, but it was a special occasion and the cost was comparable to fine dining in Philadelphia, so I was pleased with the overall experience. I would high recommend this restaurant.
  19. J

    Jimf

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    A bit overpriced, the waitress was pushing us out when they were still open for another 30 minutes... didn't even offer me a second drink.
  20. PG

    PamG

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food. Love the ambiance but a little loud at peak times. A real gem. Love the creative take on classics dishes.
  21. R

    Roblea

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Dined outside with a lovely view of the waterfront. Server was accommodating and made good menu recommendations based on our expressed likes and dislikes.
  22. I

    Idalucia

    Philadelphia

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best and freshest seafood from starter, Seafood Nacho’s to entrees, Faroe Island Salmon and Rainbow Trout!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Bijou oysters were great and we loved the lobster salads and little neck clams. It was a beautiful evening.
  24. KB

    KarenB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going. Very friendly and enjoyable atmosphere food and drinks were excellent. Food arrived in a timely matter and staff was ready to remove dishes when done
  25. HK

    HelenK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This is a very nice place. Fresh seafood and relatively fair prices. Outside area where we sat had the view of the water (we had very noisy neighbors) and staff was attentive.
  26. T

    Tink

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My Rockfish was very good. I'd definitely order it again. My family enjoyed the Fried Oysters but there was an over abundance of breading and very small Oysters. Maryland Crab Soup was tasty. The accompanying bread was very, very tasty! Will be eager to return.
  27. BD

    BajanDiva

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    For the most part, the food was good. But diners should be mindful that Banks is a bit "pricey"--although the quality of the food makes it worth it.
  28. BP

    BrianP

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was delicious although some of our portions were on the small side. The dining room decor leaves something to be desired, so we decided to sit in a booth in the bar area. As I said, though, the food was very good and our waiter was awesome.
  29. J

    Jersey

    Philadelphia

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great night out... food was great... svs was a bit unattentive (e.g. coffee came after we were finished our desserts and was cold)... not inexpensive (e.g. drinks were $14 and everything on the menu has gone up in price) but if you want a special night out and don;t care about the $, this is the place...
  30. r

    rglasher

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great! Food is always individually prepared to order. My wife is gluten free and has citrus allergies which can be quite an issue. It was NOT an issue here. Our server, checked every item she was interested in, and made extra trips to make sure more than once.
  31. c

    chick

    Philadelphia

    158 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, excellent oysters. Food was very good.
  32. JH

    JodyH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a pretty space. Food is great and server was patient with us.
  33. F

    Finch

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our table enjoyed excellent Rockfish and crab cakes. Server was delightful.
  34. D

    Danielle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Overall a very poor experience. While the setting is beautiful, our server was tremendously slow and most of the food was either bland or seemed to have been sitting under the heat lamp for an extended period of time. My "rare" tuna was warm throughout. Soba noodles tasted like nothing. I try to be understanding because I know it's tough for servers right now. Hard to do that though when we saw the tables around us be checked on multiple times by their servers and our server seemed to completely disappear. Will not be back.
  35. BB

    BarbaraB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Entree was delivered before we were done with our salads, so we had to move plates around to make room on the table with no help from the server. Then dishes were cleared before the last in our party was done…we felt rushed even though there were plenty of empty tables. Food was fine.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christopher provided efficient and friendly service. Crab and avocado toast was good. Sesame chicken salad got raves from my mate.
  37. K

    Kelly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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.
  38. KP

    KarenP

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The waterside table, soft tropical resort music and delicious raw oysters and seafood entrees made it the perfect night out!
  39. D

    delightedDelawarean

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and drink were delicious
  40. LT

    LoganT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great waiter! The tuna tartare and oysters were amazing and drinks even better.

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 3591 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 9 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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