The Banks Fish House

4.5
89 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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Tasty
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Started with oysters and clam chowder, both were absolutely amazing. I had the dover sole for dinner which was incredible, a must try if you have never had it. A little pricey but well worth it. Hubs had the fish and chips which was really good. Two thick large pieces of haddock with a light batter. Overall wonderful experience!

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vippeterr
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant, and it was fantastic, from the food to the drinks (great list of IPAs!) to the ambiance and the service. This is our new favorite fish restaurant in Boston! We'll be back soon!

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beantownguests
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend appetizer clams the mussels are FANTASTIC and I thoroughly enjoyed the tuna. Flavorful and perfectly prepared.

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AlexK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is good but pricey. Server was ok. We ordered oysters and the person who brought it out wanted to put it on the stance like everyone but he just told her to put it on the table. Is it because I am a minority compared to those around me? Hmm. Order lobster roll- it didn’t come because he forgot, we told him we didn’t want it. He brought it anyway. There was one lobster roll- 48 dollars. Really? So good is good but is it that good? Uni- oyster- not every piece have uni- a slight stain of yellow does not make it uni oyster. Inconsistent between pieces. Loud, so will I go back- probably not.

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ingridt
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were well priced and clam chowder was as dense as it should have been.

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2curious
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Will not be back. Food was just ok and over priced. $75 for a fillet of sole was a little high for what I got. Nothing to tell friends about. Was dissatisfied, expecting better food when they charge so much for it. The ceviche was good but chef went overboard with the lime. Oysters were good but tuna steak lacked appeal. Service was good.
Don’t want the restaurant to contact me. They have only opened in July so I wish them luck.
PS rest room needs some love.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Good afternoon, I am very sorry to hear that your experience was underwhelming. I know that you would prefer we not contact you, but if you decide you would be willing to give us another chance, I would appreciate you giving me a call at 617-399-0015. Thank you, Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipMargeF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Disappointed that the lobster was rather chewy so I didn’t enjoy it like I thought I would

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vipjonij
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband for a birthday dinner. Many choices of appetizers and entrees. Had the smoked bluefish pate , Caesar salad and bluefin tuna. All excellent and beautifully prepared and presented. Wine was delicious. Vanilla creme brûlée for dessert came on a plate with a candle and Happy Birthday written in chocolate. They treated us to the dessert. Waitstaff was attentive and helpful. Can’t wait to go back again!

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

We're so glad you enjoyed Joni! Please wish your husband a happy birthday again from us! See you soon. Thanks again. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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Boston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Service was very slow. Waited a long time to get check and to get card back. Server was nowhere to be found. Another server had to come and help us.

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Skathleen
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing--oysters, fried artichokes, salmon, monkfish, and burger--drinks were a touch uneven, but the food made up for that!

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RobynS
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere was great. Service was great, except felt very rushed from the time we sat down until we received the check. It was a Tuesday night and not busy, so not sure what the constant rush was. All 3 guests felt the same.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for a nice, upscale dinner during our honeymoon. Everything was fanatic! The vibe was so cool and the service was attentive and down to earth.
We would highly recommend!

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vipBarbS
New England
89 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh fish and a nice number of interesting choices. The fresh oyster selection was the most extensive list we have encountered around Boston to date. Service was excellent and the ambience delightful.

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vipBigAl60
Nashville
76 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh fish, with creative presentations and fabulous preparation. My wife and I are light eaters. We ordered the black bass whole fish special for two, a bowl of New England clam chowder and a side of sourdough (baked in house) and we were "stuffed". Service was first class.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you very much Al! We are so glad you and your wife enjoyed. Please come back soon! Thanks again. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. That’s all I can say. Thank you to Maya and Jeff the GM!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Boston. A lot of places went down the hill after 2020 and never recovered. In Banks being a new place the food and service is of a great pre-2020 quality. Joseph did a great job for our big company, service was fast, welcoming and flawless. Rare these days unfortunately.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thank you so much! We appreciate the compliments! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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JenniferT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph was our server and steered us towards the most delicious meal from caviar and oysters starters to mains and desserts. We will definitely be back here. Best meal in Boston so far! Wow! Blown away. Impeccable service and cuisine. Thank you Joseph and thank you Banks!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thank you so much Jennifer! I am so glad that Joseph took you through all of the best things we have to offer! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks again! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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BrendanK
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent seafood and service. The Prime Burger was also perfect!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thank you Brendan!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nina our server was amazing!! The wait staff and managers were incredibly accommodating and made our first experience so amazing. I would absolutely recommend this please and we will be returning ASAP. The food was so incredible there aren’t enough words. Cannot wait!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you need anything at all. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thanks again. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Ridiculously expensive. When ordering a fish dish that is listed as Market Price, customers should be informed that the price is $68. There were also several bones found in said $68 dish.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on September 4, 2021

Good evening, I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time at The Banks. I would love to speak to you about your experience. If you wouldn't mind reaching out to me, my contact info is below. Thank you for your time and feedback. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipsarahatl09
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was excited to read about the restaurant in Eater, but I was underwhelmed by our experience. The service was on the slow side. For the prices, I was surprised to see dinner brought out on a large tray, and the server was flustered by which entree belonged to which diner. My husband had the fish and chips which were soggy and lacking crunch. I had the baked halibut which had nice flavor, although one of the mussels hadn’t opened. Our friends had the lobster bake and the ribeye - both seemed to enjoy their entrees.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on September 2, 2021

Good afternoon Sarah, I am very disappointed to hear that you had an underwhelming experience here at The Banks. Though we do always use tray service, the servers and food runners should always know which person has each dish. I apologize that there was a mix up. As for the food, that is not up to our standards. I would appreciate the opportunity to speak to you directly. If you could please call reach out, my phone number is noted below. Thank you! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager 617-399-0015

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great new addition to the restaurant scene.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on September 1, 2021

Thank you very much for the compliment! We're happy to be here!

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vipBruceH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Took 20 minutes for oysters to come out! At a fish house, no less. This is not standard in the city. Of course they were excellent. The Faroe Island salmon was delicious, medium rare, but the sauce was so salty as to be nearly inedible. And the pork belly in the sauce was as hard as beef jerky. We want The Banks to succeed but they’ve got some work to do.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Good afternoon Bruce. Thank you for your feedback from your visit on Saturday night. I apologize for the wait time on the oysters and the unenjoyable entree. I would love to chat with you further, if you wouldn't mind reaching out at my contact info listed below. Thank you. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipElissaF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience at this newish venue. The restaurant is light and airy and the food was delicious! The fish dishes were superb and creative. The service was attentive. We will be back.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you so much Elissa!

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Halmicsin
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate an anniversary and everything was phenomenal from the service, to food, to the cute free dessert for our celebration. We got great recommendations from our server along with some delicious items we chose ourselves.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! I'm so glad you had a great time. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Was looking for celebration destination. The reviews of Banks were very good so we gave it a go. The service and ambiance were great. Perfect. The food, on the other hand, was below expectation especially give the price point. The 4.50/each shrimp were stringy and tough. The Caesar salad was over dressed and soggy. We sent the fish tacos back as they were super greasy. My Swordfish was delicious but for $42 I would have expected more than a four bite piece. We wanted to LOVE this place but we’re disappointed.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Good afternoon. Thank you for your feedback. I am glad the service and ambiance were great. However, I am very sorry to hear that the food was not enjoyable. If you wouldn't mind reaching out to me so we can discuss your experience further, I would truly appreciate it. Thank you. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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AdrianaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and food that you’re actually entertained by. Attention to detail all the way.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you Adriana! I'm so glad you enjoyed. See you again soon! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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Food
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Wine list was impressive. Service was very attentive

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for the compliments! I'm so glad you enjoyed!

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benjigalvin
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic service, and surprisingly empty for how great it was.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you Benji!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Joseph was very knowledgeable about the menu, friendly, and attentive (we have food allergies).

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time, thanks to our Waiter Joseph for making the experience 10x better. He recommended us a great dish and it was delicious. Thank you!

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vipHubgrub
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was attentive. Food well prepared, very tastey, and well timed. In retrospect, I could have shared the salad with my entree. I will come back again and again. I’m

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vipNathanL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The waiter and service was excellent, order the cuddle fish spagetti

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sizeable portions, quality seafood, beautiful presentation, great cocktails and service. Will be coming back for sure!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

We look forward to welcoming you back! Thank you!

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vipBethD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience at Banks last night with friends. Joseph was perfect - attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable on the menu. He also got 5 star recommendations from Michael the Somm on wine. A really fun night with great food and wine. Will definitely be back!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you Beth! We're so glad your experience was made better by Joseph and Mike. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks again, Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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SusanneJ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply the best seafood in Boston! And our server, the host, could not be nicer and more good to us. We had a special birthday and made us feel so special and welcome. Service was A+++++! Food A++++++ and love the interior. Highly recommend + we will be back again + again!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 31, 2021

Hello Susanne! Thank you so much for the compliments. Making you feel special is what we're here for. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you. Thanks again, Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipBinky1979
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with the caviar tasting which was outstanding and ended with the mussels. Everything was delicious and the bartender was extremely pleasant.

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vipWineGuy1970
New England
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done an amazing job reimagining the old Post. Some modest but nice improved decor but what is special was the menu and the quality of the food. Very large portions so share if you want to try more of the menu. Will be back soon.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 26, 2021

Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever! Wife’s halibut came back and wasn’t up to par and the manager, not the server, came back and retrieved her meal to send it back and even sent mine back, that was perfectly made, to ensure that we could eat together. Changed our silverware consistently, ensured we had full glasses of sparkling water at all times, there are no complaints at all about this place.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 25, 2021

We're so glad the service was excellent. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service even better!!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you Nancy! We appreciate the compliments! See you soon. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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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 89 OpenTable diners.

The Banks Fish House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://post390restaurant.com/#gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.