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The Banks Fish House, Boston, MA

The Banks Fish House

4.5
4.5
474 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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

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What 474 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Didn't appreciate the fisherman's platter, not clear would be all deep friend food
  2. RB

    RicardoB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carlos was an AMAZING server! One of our guests had allergies, and both the chef and Carlos were able to accommodate her perfectly. Order the Salmon!!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded 2 days agoHi Ricardo, Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to provide us with some feedback. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your evening! We look forward to welcoming you back in again soon! Thank you, Matt Whitney General Manager

  3. FM

    FoodMom

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing. Great recommendations and I learned a lot about oysters! Made the experience. Food was very good as well. Would recommend!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded 3 days agoHello! Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to share your feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. I will be sure to pass along your comments to our service team. Thank you, Matt Whitney General Manager

  4. J

    Jane

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It’s noisy and a bit disorganized. We ordered an appetizer but it arrived after our entrees. I ordered the crab cakes. Barely any crab meat. Didn’t enjoy it. Even the dressing for the salad was not good. Very disappointing. My husband had the swordfish: he liked it. Mussels were just ok.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded 3 days agoHi Jane, We are so sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to expectations. Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback so that we can continue to improve. We hope to have the chance to make it up to you on your next visit. Thank you, Matt Whitney General Manager

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service.
  6. b

    bobbik

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We had a very good late lunch at Banks, and the food was delicious. The restaurant was quiet, as it was later in the day. We had a very friendly server, but she was terribly inattentive and a bit absent minded. She did things one at a time, and we had to remind her that we had already placed our order. Water glasses were not filled, and I waited for my cocktail past appetizers being delivered. For the price point, service should have been much better.
  7. LH

    LaurentH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is Amazing! Love the Lobster roll sandwich. The BEST I had tried.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded 3 days agoHi Laurent, Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to provide us this wonderful feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back in soon! Thank you, Matt Whitney General Manager

  8. MP

    MiaP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Worst experience ever! Our order was totally messed up and inappropriate for the kids.
  10. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot! Our group shared a bottle of Pinot Grigio, the jalapeño cornbread, the salmon, and spaghetti. Great service and delicious food- definitely recommend!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded 3 days agoHi Elizabeth, Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to provide us this wonderful feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back in soon! Thank you, Matt Whitney General Manager

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Solid place. Lobster roll was excellent
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience exceeded my expectations. The food, ambiance, aesthetic, was all on point. I’m raving.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded 3 days agoHello, Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to provide us this wonderful feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back in soon! Thank you, Matt Whitney General Manager

  13. TH

    TimH

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pre-theater dinner. Got us out beore the curtain with no issues Food and service were excellent.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded 3 days agoHi Tim, Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to provide us this wonderful feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back in soon! Thank you, Matt Whitney General Manager

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Finally got it together, very nice ambiance and experienced staff, Good variety menu, great location.
  15. FE

    FESRSFC

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lively atmosphere, tasty meal, attentive service and good variety of menu options.
  16. MP

    MiaP

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service, great ambiance, and really good food. I had been wanting to come by since the restaurant opened and happened to try it out after another reservation fell through. Couldn’t be happier, the staff really took good care of us. Highly recommended!
  17. p

    pamelaj

    Atlanta

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seafood restaurant with a hip ambiance. Menu offers up seafood salads, sandwiches and entrees....also non seafood entrees included. The restaurant presented a modern take on several classics. Had great appetizers including array of fresh oysters. There were five of us and everyone was thrilled with their selection. The service was outstanding. We did not have room for dessert though they did have a nice offering. its required to eat seafood at some point on a boston trip. this restaurant is a gem!
  18. DN

    DanielN

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best lobsta roll ever
  19. J

    James

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    drinks, oysters, and smoked salmon benedict were awesome!
  20. j

    joeyf

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelllent service. Everything was delicious - favorites were the oysters, ceviche and the tuna tartare. Great addition to Back Bay dining options.
  21. SD

    SueD

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The noise level was way too high. Had difficulty hearing my dinner partner and the waitstaff. I like Banks very much but would hesitate to recommend it for the noise level. Sue Dickinson
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Best swordfish ive ever had. 100 day aged ribeye was awesome as was the ceviche
  23. RG

    RobertG

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    my soft shell crab special was mediocre except for the crab itself. The Oregon pinot noir was harsh
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. A bit pricey $$$$, but worth the money.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for your visit!

  25. S

    Steakfan

    New England

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The Banks is a great place for quality meal. This is my 3rd visit. We had oysters, clam chowder, salad, sword fish, salmon and Dover sole. The salad was generous portion and well made with great flavors. The salmon is by far the best menu item. The pork belly and apple really play well with the palate yielding perhaps the best salmon ever. The Banks talk up the Dover sole as a spectacular dish. Clearly overrated. It is good but both the salmon and sword fish offer better flavor. Don’t get me wrong, it is good but is is not great. And for $75, not worth it. The service started out great but waiter disappeared and what should have been a 1-1.5 hour experience turned into nearly 3 hours. On balance good experience with my business colleagues indicating they will be back with their family members.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for dining with us and sharing your comments. I'm happy to read about your favorites. I love the salmon too! I apologize for the service issues. Please let me know the next time you are joining us, I'd like to make it up to you. Sending my contact info.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! Lobster bake is so good!octopus also amazing. Great service.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you so much for your kind words.

  27. PU

    PabloU

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you!

  28. A

    Alan

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    We come here often. This time the service was a bit worse then normal. Our main course did not come as requested and the extra sauce didn’t come as requested either. The noise level was obnoxious due to an exceptionally loud table next to us. Hopefully it will be better next time.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Hi Alan, I am sorry to hear that your last visit was not up to standard. I hope that you will reach out the next time you are coming in so we can make it up to you. Sending you my email.

  29. NS

    NancyS

    New England

    117 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was good but extremely overpriced. Will not return.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Hi Nancy, I am sorry to hear you thought we were too expensive.

  30. EG

    EmilG

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My wife and I came here for dinner during a recent visit to Boston. I wanted oysters but switched to the ceviche when I saw it on the menu. It was great and much more reasonably priced than 6 oysters would have been. Followed that with the seared tuna while my wife opted for the swordfish and a salad. We both loved our dishes, opting for wine by the glass and beer as the wine list is a bit on the 'overpriced' side with choices mostly of the better known wine growing regions while skimping on regions such as South-west France's Languedoc-Roussillon or Cahors which also produce great wines.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for dining with us.

  31. m

    maryde

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service in Boston in ages. Delicious food. Welcoming and attentive staff and greeters. Top flight dining overall.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you very much!!

  32. CG

    CathyG

    Memphis/West TN

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! Excellent service - everyone from the lady who continued to refill our water glasses, to our waiter (he was the BEST - Langston!), and the manager even brought out our food! Highly recommend the Clam Chowder!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you so much. I was happy to share your review with your server.

  33. TC

    TobyC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fish and oysters Maybe only place in Boston that has Dover sole ?

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you for dining with us!

  34. TN

    TorbenN

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I have been to Banks fish House so I know they can do better. But this evening was not their best.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Hello Torben, I am sorry to hear we let you down. Sending you my contact info. I hope you will reach out and let me know what went wrong.

  35. KB

    KristinaB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really like our food and the modern atmosphere! Clam chowder is great!!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 5, 2022Thank you for joining us!

  36. CJ

    CaroJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Lots of choices. Nice wine list. Actually nice with kids.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you!

  37. e

    ewang36

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bright sunny dining room, friendly service. Food was delicious!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 5, 2022Thank you so much!

  38. B

    Barbel

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Collins was outstanding. He went above and beyond. He even went out to put quarters in the meter for one of my friends. He made the experience 11/10.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 5, 2022Thank you for your nice note.

  39. I

    Idrathereatout

    Pittsburgh

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great year old restaurant in the heart of downtown/backbay with a great ambiance and amazing seafood! We chose it because it we have visited the area many times in the past and wanted to try something new! We were very pleased that we did! We started with a few different oyster varieties and then each had a different fish entree. My dover sole while pricy was definitely worth it! The blackberry gin sorbet was an excellent end to the meal! The staff was attentive and friendly!

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 15, 2022Thank you!!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the lobster roll and it was amazing. The “roll” was so good and there was so much lobster!!! Also the drink I had was a Cavelier and it was THE best drink I have ever had.

    The Banks Fish HouseResponded on June 5, 2022Thank you for your nice note! Love that lobster roll too...!

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 474 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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