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The Banks Fish House, Boston, MA

The Banks Fish House

4.5
4.5
414 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

A joint venture from restauranteur Chris Himmel and Executive Chef/Partner Robert Sisca, The Banks is a revival of the New England fish house inspired by generations of Atlantic fishermen who have found their destiny in these rich and treacherous fishing grounds, inspiring New England-style seafood along the way. At The Banks we pay homage to their history, and our fish house is a celebration of their life’s work and the camaraderie of their lives at sea.

Located on the corner of Clarendon and Stuart Streets, The Banks is within walking distance of the South End and Back Bay neighborhoods, including just a short distance from Boston's famous Copley Square.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Cocktail Bar, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Midday Lunch Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 399-0015

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Robert Sisca

  • Private party facilities

    The Banks is a revival of the New England fish house. We pay homage to the fishing traditions of the New England fishermen and those who have honed their craft on the east coast waters for generations. We offer two fully private dining spaces and two semi-private spaces. The Banks is also available for full buyouts.

  • Private party contact

    Dean Cogswell: (617) 896-1060

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Clarendon Street + Stuart Street

  • Parking details

    There is a valeted garage in the Clarendon Building below the restaurant at an hourly rate, validated at the minimum rate after 5:00. There is also limited street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Back Bay Train Station, Orange Line or Copley T stop on the Green Line.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Monday – Thursday & Sunday 5 – 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday 5 – 10:30pm. Ask for our full wine list!

Crudo & Shellfish

  • Tuna Tartare*$22.00

    squid ink crisps, apple, togarashi, wasabi-sesame aioli

    • Salmon Belly*$19.00

      almonds, coconut, cilantro, yuzu koshu vinaigrette

      • Unicorn Oysters*$23.00

        uni, wasabi tobiko, banks spicy pepper relish

        • Ceviche*$19.00

          fried shallots, blood orange, kumquats, chips

          Starters

          • Fried Artichokes$13.00

            old bay aioli

            • Smoked Bluefish Pate$14.00

              furikake, chives, espelette, crostini

              • RI Style Point Judith Calamari$17.00

                pickled peppers, jalapenos, tomato crab ragu

                • Spanish Octopus$23.00

                  serrano ham, fennel, citrus, saffron emulsion

                  • Steamed Mussels$22.00

                    vadouvan curry, coconut milk, baby tomatoes, scallions

                    • Fried Whole Belly Clams$26.00

                      french fries, lemon tarragon remoulade

                      • Jonah Crab Cakes$27.00

                        watercress, fennel, tomato, cucumber, harissa yogurt

                        Soup & Salad

                        add chicken $8, shrimp $10, or salmon $11

                        • New England Clam Chowder

                          berkshire pork belly, chive oil, dinner roll

                          • Cup$11.00
                          • Bowl$14.00
                        • Cauliflower & Leek Soup$15.00

                          poached shrimp, herbed creme fraiche

                          • Arcadian Greens$14.00

                            sunflower seeds, winter vegetables, feta, apples, balsamic vinaigrette

                            • Little Gems Caesar$15.00

                              black garlic vinaigrette, white anchovies, croutons

                              • Chopped$15.00

                                bacon, goat cheese, egg, radishes, tomato, sherry vinaigrette

                                • Seared Tuna Nicoise*$26.00

                                  white anchovies, egg, potato, haricots verts, tomato

                                  Flatbreads

                                  • Classic Margherita$19.00

                                    plum tomato, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, pesto

                                    • Cioppino$21.00

                                      shrimp, calamari, mussels, gruyere, saffron rouille

                                      • The Chowda$23.00

                                        creme fraiche, smoked bacon, clams, potatoes, oyster crackers

                                        • Add Caviar$30.00

                                      Specials

                                      Top Any Dish with Caviar 5 Grams of Imperial Ossetra $30

                                      • Daily Crudo*

                                        chef's daily inspiration

                                        • MKT
                                      • Beef Tartare & Ossetra Caviar*$75.00

                                        stinging nettle, creme fraiche, chives, spring onion

                                        • Mafalda Pasta$32.00

                                          head on prawns, pine nuts, broccolini, lobster jus

                                          Sandwiches

                                          • Lobster Roll$38.00

                                            brown butter bun, sea salt, chives, old bay potato chips, hot or cold

                                            • Prime Short Rib Burger*$19.00

                                              jalapeno jack cheddar, sesame bun, fries, lime aioli

                                              • Shrimp Po'boy$21.00

                                                breaded shrimp, toasted baguette, fries, malt vinegar remoulade

                                                From the Sea

                                                • Cuttlefish Ink Spaghetti*$29.00

                                                  santa barbara uni, mussels, cherry tomatoes, basil, mint

                                                  • Fish & Chips$32.00

                                                    ipa battered cod, slaw, french fries, remoulade

                                                    • Fisherman's Platter$38.00

                                                      fried cod, shrimp, clams, onion rings, slaw, fries, sea chi remoulade

                                                      • Cod$37.00

                                                        carrot puree, asparagus, charred spring onion, black garlic vinaigrette

                                                        • Tuna*$44.00

                                                          rare tuna steak, roasted eggplant, tomato, artichokes, castelvetrano olives

                                                          • Swordfish$39.00

                                                            pistachio, smoked beet puree, cauliflower mornay, cara cara orange

                                                            • Salmon$37.00

                                                              pork belly, spring peas, fava beans, fiddleheads, carbonara emulsion

                                                              • The Banks Lobster Bake$78.00

                                                                chorizo, lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, potatoes & corn

                                                                • Dover Sole Meuniere$75.00

                                                                  almonds, brown butter, parsnip crema, broccolini, fingerlings

                                                                  • Steamed Whole Lobster

                                                                    corn, potato salad, coleslaw, drawn butter

                                                                    • MKT

                                                                  From the Land

                                                                  add 1/2 steamed lobster $22

                                                                  • Freebird Half Chicken$35.00

                                                                    carrot farrotto, pears, cranberry chicken jus

                                                                    • Grill 23 100 Day Rib Eye*$57.00

                                                                      french fries, salsa verde, arugula

                                                                      • Filet Mignon*$55.00

                                                                        potato puree, wild mushrooms, bearnaise, onion ring

                                                                        Breads & Sides

                                                                        • Jalapeno Cornbread$8.00

                                                                          smoked maple butter

                                                                          • Dinner Rolls$8.00

                                                                            garlic, chives, cultured butter

                                                                            • Sourdough$8.00

                                                                              quarantine starter, frantoia, mv sea salt

                                                                              • Potato Puree$10.00

                                                                                cultured butter, sea salt & chives

                                                                                • French Fries$9.00

                                                                                  old bay, lime aioli

                                                                                  Cocktails & Spirits

                                                                                    Cocktails

                                                                                    • TBFH Sangria$14.00

                                                                                      spanish rosé, grilled blood orange, rosemary, pink peppercorn, vanilla, white port

                                                                                      • Cordially Yours$15.00

                                                                                        arette tequila, grapefruit & cinnamon cordial, lime, soda

                                                                                        • Dennis Port Highball$15.00

                                                                                          gin, cranberry & thyme, lime, ginger beer

                                                                                          • Mai Tai$16.00

                                                                                            denizen merchant's reserve 8 year rum, pierre ferrand dry curacao, falernum, lime

                                                                                            • Zombie$18.00

                                                                                              smith & cross jamaican navy strength rum, la favorite agricole ambre, demerara, overproof absinthe, house falernum, grenadine, lime, grapefruit cinnamon cordial

                                                                                              • Singapore Sling$16.00

                                                                                                hayman's navy strength london gin, cherry heering, benedictine, giffard triple sec, pineapple, grenadine, lemon, soda

                                                                                                • Cavalier$18.00

                                                                                                  whistlepig piggyback rye, pierre ferrand cognac, spiced whistlepig maple-port reduction, absinthe spritz, peychaud's

                                                                                                  On Tap

                                                                                                  • Pilsner, Bunker Machine, Czech Style Pilz$11.00

                                                                                                    • Pale Lager, Narragansett$6.00

                                                                                                      • Pale Ale, Berkshire Brewing, Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale$9.00

                                                                                                        • Session IPA Notch, Left of the Dial$10.00

                                                                                                          • IPA Exhibit 'A', The Cat's Meow$11.00

                                                                                                            • NE, IPA Lamplighter, Birds of a Feather$11.00

                                                                                                              • American IPA Maine Beer Company, Lunch$13.00

                                                                                                                • Double IPA Zero Gravity, Madonna$10.00

                                                                                                                  • Wheat, Allagash, White$10.00

                                                                                                                    • Belgian, Spencer, Trappist Ale$13.00

                                                                                                                      • Farmhouse, Oxbow Brewing, Farmhouse Pale Ale$11.00

                                                                                                                        • Sour, Hermit Thrush, Party Jam$14.00

                                                                                                                          Package

                                                                                                                          • Helles, Augustiner-Bräu, Edelstoff$10.00

                                                                                                                            • Helles Lager, Lamplighter, Giants Under the Sun$11.00

                                                                                                                              • Light Lager, Bud Light$7.00

                                                                                                                                • Lager, Miller High Life$5.00

                                                                                                                                  • Pale Ale, Cisco Brewers, Whale's Tale$8.00

                                                                                                                                    • IPA Banded Brewing, Veridian$13.00

                                                                                                                                      • IPA Finback$15.00

                                                                                                                                        • Weizenbock, Schneider Weisse, Aventinus$15.00

                                                                                                                                          • Pale Belgian, Orval$14.00

                                                                                                                                            • Fruited Belgian, D'Achouffe, Cherry Chouffe$10.00

                                                                                                                                              • Wild Ale, Plan Bee, Barn Beer$21.00

                                                                                                                                                • Eberliner Weisse, Mikkeller, Raspberry Blush$11.00

                                                                                                                                                  • Porter, Founders$8.00

                                                                                                                                                    • Stout, Banded Brewing, Jolly Woodsman Coffee Stout$16.00

                                                                                                                                                      • Cider, Shacksbury, Dry$9.00

                                                                                                                                                        • Cider, Graft, Rhubarb Spritz$11.00

                                                                                                                                                          • Seltzer, High Noon, Black Cherry$9.00

                                                                                                                                                            Champagne & Caviar

                                                                                                                                                            • Miller High Life, Old Bay Potato Chip & Caviar$16.00

                                                                                                                                                              Sparkling

                                                                                                                                                              • Vintage Champagne, Louis Roederer, Brut, Reims, France 2013$39.00

                                                                                                                                                                • Champagne, Ayala, Brut Majeur, Aÿ, France NV$27.00

                                                                                                                                                                  • Prosecco, Zonin, Extra Dry, Italy NV$11.00

                                                                                                                                                                    Rose by the Glass

                                                                                                                                                                    • Cinsault / Grenache / Syrah, Peyrassol, Cotes de Provence, France 2021$14.00

                                                                                                                                                                      White by the Glass

                                                                                                                                                                      • Alvarinho, Nortico, Minho, Portugal 2020$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                        • Grüner Veltliner, Ecker-Eckhof, Austria 2019$12.00

                                                                                                                                                                          • Chenin Blanc, Lievland, Paarl, South Africa 2021$14.00

                                                                                                                                                                            • Sauvignon Blanc, Pascal Jolivet, Attitude, Loire, France 2020$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                              • Chardonnay, Domaine Long-Depaquit, Chablis, France 2020$16.00

                                                                                                                                                                                • Chardonnay, RouteStock, Carneros, California 2020$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chardonnay, Ramey, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, California 2018$26.00

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pinot Grigio, Donini, Veneto, Italy 2020$10.00

                                                                                                                                                                                      Red by the Glass

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pinot Noir, Evolution, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2019$14.00

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cabernet Franc, Les Cerisiers de Targe, Saumur-Champigny, France 2018$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Malbec, Altos Las Hormigas, Mendoza, Argentina 2019$12.00

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cabernet Sauvignon, Casa Silva, Los Lingues, Colchagua, Chile 2019$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cabernet Sauvignon, Daou, Reserve, Paso Robles, California 2019$27.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Grenache / Syrah, J.L Chave, Mon Coeur, Côtes-du-Rhône, France 2019$14.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zinfandel, Bedrock, California 2019$17.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last updated: April 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                    What 414 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Came to Boston for my brothers graduation. I saw the unicorn oysters and had to try them. The Kumamoto oysters were also fantastic. My fiancé had the filet and said it was his favorite steak, cut, and cooked the best he’s ever had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Its alright, not worth the high price. Service is ok, not terrible but nothing standout. Thats basically the way to look at this restaurant, its just ok which doesn't justify the prices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      The server was very attentive, food was as expected and delicious. We only wish that the kitchen was not so quick to serve each course. It felt rushed. Overall, a terrific experience and will definitely return.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      visitor

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lovely spot. Warm welcome, no wait for our reserved table. Our server was lovely. The food was excellent. Pricey but everything was of utmost quality. The huge windows made it feel very open. I would return.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sorrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined 2 days ago

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unicorn oysters highly recommended.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very gracious service and excellent food. The restaurant is somewhat expensive and a bit noisy, but otherwise perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Super great cocktail and beer lists, excellent bluefish pate, professional service

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      RealtorMom

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined 4 days ago

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dover sole Is indescribably delicious! Although pricy, it’s my second time ordering it because it’s that good. My dining guest said the swordfish was the best he’s ever had, and he doesn’t often throw out compliments. Fantastic meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined 4 days ago

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      We’re locals who have been twice, soon after they opened and again this week. Same experience both times: slow and not terribly friendly service (despite not being too busy), decent but overpriced food (compared to other high end seafood restaurants). We had thought the service and food might improve once they got their sea legs, especially since sister restaurant Grill 23 is so great at both, but unfortunately Banks hasn’t delivered.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      SR1124

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Collin was excellent waiter and was able to detail each of the choices we made. FID was excellent as was the presentation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food; small and mediocre wine list; had to dine on ground level as a private party prevented us from eating on the second floor. Noisy not just from voices but the chair legs scraping on the tile. Our waitress, Adrienne, was lovely and right on top of everything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rhubarb cheesecake a total bust Joseph the server was great

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fabulous selection of seafood dishes prepared beautifully. Excellent waitstaff. Great ambiance- not overdone or underdone. We had a great time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      The food was outstanding and in particular the octopus and the swordfish. Both with unique sauces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      DavidB

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food and service. Great place for dinner

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined 7 days ago

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      DEFINITELY order the clam chowder!!! WOW!!! All the food was great, but you gotta have that chowder! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    17. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 14, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a fantastic dinner last weekend. Love the ambiance and the food was fantastic. We were there on date and the restaurant surprised us with a complimentary dessert - so nice! Should also note that the service was great. I think I've found my new go-to place when have visitors in town

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      LianaM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 14, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was wonderful! Best oysters ever. I appreciated that they let us dine earlier than expected.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      KarenK

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 11, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Overcooked shrimp, clams and French fries; coleslaw and “tarter” sauce; insolent waiter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      bgourmand

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      308 reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      This new restaurant received a good review in the Globe, so we thought we'd try it. The prices are very high (maybe due to the fact that they are part of the Grill 23 group), but we did not find that the food was good enough to warrant that. We all had different dishes - cod, tuna and chicken, and none were especially good. The starter of cioppino flatbread was also not great. For a seafood place with super high prices, I expected much more - and not even a table cloth. Service was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    21. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bright atmosphere, easy going experience. Felt high end without be overly pretentious. Our server was great! Wish I could remember her name, so my apologies on that. Great suggestions for the menu, and was attentive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    22. R

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Review789878

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food2service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ambiance was great, as was decor. Food & cocktail menu were good. Service was just okay, server didn't seem very knowledgable of menu and couldn't make recommendations. Eggs Benedict were all overcooked unfortunately and the lobster Benedict seemed overpriced & dry. It was mother's day so maybe kitchen was overwhelmed but for the quality of the food, price points don't seem entirely justified.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    23. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice Mother’s Day meal. I always find it annoying when we get seated at a poorly located table. When we asked to sit at a table right next to it that was infinitely better, the host rolled his eyes. Other than that, it was fine

                                                                                                                                                                                                    24. BG

                                                                                                                                                                                                      BGBoston

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      90 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      90 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great service and a beautiful space. Cocktails were very good..... Fried clams and waffles was good, although it appears the portions shrunk since previous social posts, the candied maple bacon with it was awesome. The Benedicts are perfectly prepared even if the saffron makes the hollandaise sauce a bit to bright... The garage parking couldn't be more convenient but they might consider a validated reduction... This was Brunch on Mother's day and we are looking forward to trying it for dinner. Shout out to Camila...great service!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    25. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wonderful meal! The fish was superb!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    26. J

                                                                                                                                                                                                      James

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      First time at the restaurant for dinner with my wife and was not disappointed. Plenty of food and wine choices. Ordered the octopus, salmon belly and salad as apps to share ... yum. Had the tuna steak and swordfish for dinner which as very good as well. Our server Langston was very attentive and made the evening fun. Will be back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you for your kind words!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    27. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kansas City

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Food and service were excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    28. AD

                                                                                                                                                                                                      AnnaD

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      21 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      21 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mario was excellent!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    29. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We ordered some raw shellfish to start but it was delivered after our entrees. So they cook faster than they shuck. Disappointing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hello, I am so sorry that we disappointed you! Sounds like we made an ordering mistake. I apologize. We do shuck fast, I promise! Ping me before your next visit and we will make it up to you. mseznec@himmelhospitality.c

                                                                                                                                                                                                    30. MA

                                                                                                                                                                                                      MelissaA

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was a lovely restaurant with great ambiance. We shared the warm lobster roll meal with butter as an appetizer and it was one of the best I have ever had. Two of us had filet mignon with béarnaise sauce which was VERY good and the third member of our party had the Fisherman's platter which was just ok, a little heavy as it was all fried. My main issue was the menu choices. I did not want steak which is why I came to Banks fish house but could not find much else on the menu that I wanted. There were no fresh fish options and no scallops to be found on the menu or even a broiled seafood bake or shrimp scampi. The restaurant might benefit from some more menu options because it really had a great vibe and my cosmo was fantastic. I would go back for drinks and the lobster roll but might not stay for dinner if the menu didn't change a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you for your visit and your comments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    31. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good food and excellent service - our waitress was very accomodating and helpful with my mum’s food allergies. The clam chowder and the fries were especially delicious! A little expensive for what it was but very good overall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you for your visit and your kind words!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    32. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seattle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food3service1ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      When you ask the waiter for recommendations and they share the don’t eat there, but here is what is popular…you lose me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi, I am so sorry to hear this. I would greatly appreciate the chance to speak to you about this and see how we can make up for a lackluster experience. mseznec@himmelhospitality.c

                                                                                                                                                                                                    33. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good was excellent. Highly recommend the sole worth the price

                                                                                                                                                                                                    34. b

                                                                                                                                                                                                      bosp2000

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Expected much better from the team behind Grill 23 and Bar especially after spending $300+ for 2 persons. As we arrived early we had 2 drinks at the upstairs bar and the Mai Tai and wine were quite good as was the young lady that served us. I should mention that it is a very pretty spot and very nice ambience. For food, we ordered a bowl of clam chowder, Jonah crab cakes, Filet Mignon and Surf and Turf. The bowl of chowder had nice flavor but hard to find any discernible clams. I wasn't a fan of the crab cakes as I prefer my crab cakes with less filler/binder and more crab, preferably jumbo lump. You could not see or taste any crab in these crab cakes. The biggest disappointment was the $115 Surf and Turf, 15 oz Rib Eye and Whole Lobster. The Rib Eye was cooked a perfect medium rare, however it was severely over salted which severely impacted the dish. IMHO salt should enhance and bring out the flavor of a dish and you should not be able to taste the salt in a dish. The lobster was served without drawn butter and without a lobster fork. I did ask for drawn butter and was brought some. The lobster itself sadly was very tough and chewy, probably overcooked by several minutes. In addition, my wife's Filet also was badly over salted. The service was ok but nothing to note as being overly good or bad. Very disappointing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    35. P

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pete

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seated quickly at requested table. Fast service to begin. Wife asked woman pouring water for some sugar for her iced tea. She nodded but it never came. My second glass of wine was delayed as waitress forgot ( I know it happens). Food was outstanding but pricey even though it was expected. If not for the convenience of being across the street from theater we’d have gone somewhere else. Plenty of staff and overall a plus just know if you go you’ll pay $$$$

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi Pete, I am sorry for the mistakes we made. Glad you enjoyed your meal in general. Please ping me the next time you are thinking of coming so I can say hello and make up for the errors. Best, mseznec@himmelhospitality.co

                                                                                                                                                                                                    36. UK

                                                                                                                                                                                                      UlrikeK

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent experience. Every item wad great and service and ambience as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    37. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Family of four with two teenagers enjoyed our dinner. We are from NYC so prices were in line with what we see there but portions were larger than expected. Service was great, food fantastic and everyone enjoyed themselves

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you so much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    38. WP

                                                                                                                                                                                                      WolverineParents

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Atlanta

                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall3food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great team. Drinks excellent. Oysters exceptional. Wonderful atmosphere. Fun bar crowd. Lobsters fresh! Creme brulee outstanding

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you so much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    39. SM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      SharonM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seating request made with reservation was ignored. Food was marginal, with salmon overdone and outdone by a cloying sauce, tuna of a lesser cut, deserts that did not remotely match the description on the menu. Bread was good, wine was fine. However, a large portion of bluefish pate came with 6 oily crostini, no where near enough for the quantity of pate. We were charged $8 for sourdough bread -- the only option, though the waitress recommended spreading it on cornbread -- to finish the pate. Fire was going full blast, and restaurant was hot and uncomfortable. Overall, it was my least enjoyable visit and leaves me looking for another pre-theater spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks Fish HouseResponded on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hello Sharon, I am so sorry to read of your disappointing visit! Clearly a number of misses. I apologize. Please do let us try to make it up to you on your next visit. Please reach out....mseznec@himmelhospitality.co

                                                                                                                                                                                                    40. AW

                                                                                                                                                                                                      AnnemarieW

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It was very tasty and quick, both key things we were looking for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Screening

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Staff is vaccinated

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FAQs

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Banks Fish House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 399-0015.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Banks Fish House is rated 4.5 stars by 414 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Google Map for The Banks Fish House

                                                                                                                                                                                                    406 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clarendon Street + Stuart Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Back Bay

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Midday Lunch Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seafood, Cocktail Bar, American

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casual Elegant

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Smart Casual

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There is a valeted garage in the Clarendon Building below the restaurant at an hourly rate, validated at the minimum rate after 5:00. There is also limited street parking available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Public transit

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Back Bay Train Station, Orange Line or Copley T stop on the Green Line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                                                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert Sisca

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Phone number

                                                                                                                                                                                                      (617) 399-0015

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Banks is a revival of the New England fish house. We pay homage to the fishing traditions of the New England fishermen and those who have honed their craft on the east coast waters for generations. We offer two fully private dining spaces and two semi-private spaces. The Banks is also available for full buyouts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Private party contact

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dean Cogswell: (617) 896-1060

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