The Banks Fish House

4.5
207 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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Hudson
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Sunday evening is probably not the best time to have visited. Very understaffed at the bar. The clam chowder and the corn bread were good, the rest was mediocre at best.

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vipMikeS
New England
190 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The night -- Sunday at 5 PM -- had its ups and downs. The restaurant seemed seriously understaffed. We were the first seated, but the last to be waited on of four tables. The manager, Alberto, pitched in to take drink orders and finally our dinner requests. The food had its ups and downs as well: great clam chowder, and cod, the remainder of which was delicious even saved for the next day. The fish tacos were not so great. Nice to be seated by a fireplace, with children galore who were quiet and well-behaved and/or sleeping. We loved this place in its former iteration ("Post") and this was our second visit back to The Banks. Certainly convenient to the Lryic Stage, and we will give it another try, but Sunday was a tough go --

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mrlee
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food in a nice upstairs room with a view of the open kitchen. Service was good, not great but they just opened and need time to get everyone up to speed. Raw bar was high quality. Dishes were presented well and tasted great.

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vipRebeccaK
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience while celebrating my daughters 19th birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve now eaten at The Banks Fish House 4 times and every time the food has been consistently delicious. A friend was visiting from London and loved the experience. She sampled the Lobster Roll and thoroughly enjoyed it. I went for my favorite which is the dover sole. I understand that it’s an expensive piece of fish for a lot of folks but it’s always been a personal favorite, not something I’m eating every day and worth every dollar particularly when cooked so superbly. The almonds and butter and grilled broccolini make a great accompaniment. Our server was friendly, attentive and really made it a great experience. Already making a follow on reservation to bring another friend from out of town.
Ps. Would love to see the standard creme brûlée come back on the menu as that was sublime! (just not a fan of chai!) The banana fosters sundae rounded off our meal nicely!

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SaraS
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Really wanted to love this place but unfortunately it didn´t meet expectations, which were high given same owner as Grill 23. Besides the super fresh oysters and yummy shrimp cocktail, the main courses (fish tacos and fisherman´s platter) were just ok. The Dover Sole market price was $75...at a price point like that, you don´t want to hear top40 music which made it feel more like TGIFridays, which is a small but important thing for the ambience. The restaurant itself is otherwise stylish and inviting with high potential to be great. Really wanted this to be our new non-stuffy-but-high-quality seafood joint, so I hope they take the feedback and maybe we´ll give it another try.

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Quincy
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Solid seafood restaurant with great quality seafood and good preparation with some inventive flair. Our server was fantastic, but the kinks weren't quite worked out on the runner staff. All-in-all, a lovely dinner with tasty dishes in a great atmosphere.

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LynnR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best clam chowder I have ever had! Great ambience.

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8MyVeggies
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative menu, it was hard to choose! Got there early and it was a little quiet in the dining room but it likened up quickly. Can't wait to go back to try more from the menu.

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GerryR
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This could be the start of a new Thanksgiving tradition. It's time to let the turkeys roam free again and replace them with fish for the holiday. From oysters to cerviche to lobster bake to blue fin tuna, one could not ask for a better New England meal on this holiday.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks Gerry! We would love to be your annual Thanksgiving celebration! See you soon. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m 617-399-0015

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TeresaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice quiet Thanksgiving meal. Fish was excellent. Service was friendly but professional.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

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

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Iknowgoodstuff
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shellfish is a MUST! Fried clams are the best in New England. Also Great service. Our 11 and 8 year old said it is now their favorite restaurant.

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Knob
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Just so so
Was fairly disappointed because I had looked forward to eating here for quite sometime.
Calamari was quite good.
Was happy to see Bunker Machine Pilz on tap !! But carbonator or gas was somewhat screwed up and produced a huge head, very foamy
Oh well. Good luck

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Good evening. I am very sorry to see that your experience did not live up to expectations. I am glad that the calamari and beer selection were great, but definitely will look into why your beer had too much head on it. We certainly strive for a 5 star experience, so if we did not accomplish that, I truly apologize. Please reach out to me directly so we can discuss further. Thank you! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m 617-399-0015

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ElizabethK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience5

So excited to try with my family flying in for Thanksgiving after hearing about on WCVB news and then Chronicle couple weeks ago. Seafood tower for 4-6 was disappointing for $$$…lobster claws and tails, oysters on the half, not fresh tasting, very flat and little taste!
Likely had been shucked and refrigerated for some time.
One of the three salmon entrees ordered was raw in middle.
Three other fish entrees ordered were very tasty, but very unusual accompaniments.
Not quite worth the $600.00 bill!

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Elizabeth. I am very sorry to hear that your experience was not up to expectations. I assure you that we shuck our oysters to order. That being said, we want you to enjoy yourself and we did not accomplish that goal. Our team takes the guest experience very seriously, so we would be happy to fix any issues here at the restaurant. If you could please reach out to me directly, I would love the opportunity. Thanks, Jeff Rosenthal General Manager Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m 617-399-0015

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DavidC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely modern dining room with attractive fireplace, and nicely lit. Attentive friendly service made it a nice evening, and food was very good. A most unusual and interesting dessert selection, and the one we had was delicious.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the compliments David! I appreciate it. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m 617-399-0015

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vipSlipperyslope
New England
66 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only negative was the noise level, which made conversation difficult. The fish tacos were much better than Legal Seafood's. The ceviche was refreshing. Wish they had a smaller size of sparkling water, or maybe it was not offered.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Good evening. I am so glad the food was enjoyable. I'm sorry that it was a bit noisy on your visit. We certainly love a busy restaurant, but that can certainly be a downside. We do not have anything smaller than a 750ml San Pellegrino unfortunately, but we can certainly do soda water from our soda system if you are looking for a smaller option! Thank you again. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m 617-399-0015

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vipKarenH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with good timing. The lobster bake was delicious with a soup broth. Very shareable , fried. Artichoke also a highlight. Good for friends and business.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much Karen!

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vipmmmurphy33
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this spot for a semi casual, meaning no jacket required dinner with an outstanding food and beverage menu.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the compliments!

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vipHeatherH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We felt extremely rushed by our server from the beginning. We were celebrating a Birthday and had high expectations for a great meal. Food was decent but not of quality that the price would indicate. If you’re looking for a bubba gump shrimp experience with high prices, this is your place. Otherwise, there are better options in the area.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Good evening Heather, I am so sorry to hear that you felt rushed and felt as though your experience was not up to par. We certainly are not looking to be like a casual chain restaurant by any means. If you could please reach out to me directly, 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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vipGreat
Philadelphia
419 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG. Amazing food and service to say the least. The steaks were cooked perfectly. We 100% highly recommend it. A World Class restaurant!!!

The Banks Fish House
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the rave review! Please reach out to me directly if I can ever be of assistance! See you soon. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m 617-399-0015

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vipRaveeD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Happening spot for a friday lunch. Good service and fresh creative dishes to Boston staples.

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vipBeantownFlyer
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Banks and in looking at prior reviews I saw a mix of excellent reviews - as well as many complaining about slow service and other hiccups. What we found is what we have come to expect from the Himmel Group (which also operates Grill 23, Harvest and Bistro du Midi) - a constant focus on assuring perfection from the kitchen as well as professional, top notch service. This is not a restaurant staffed with part time wait staff, but instead it is a well trained full time team. It’s cleared that management has set a tone from the top of getting things right - and if something is not perfect fixing it promptly.

We tried a variety of the dishes (tuna tartare, salad Nicoise, seafood flatbread, sea bass, cuttlefish spaghetti, fish and chips and more. Everything was great. We regretted not ordering the lobster bake - we spied it at other tables and it’s impressive.

The downstairs lounge looked very inviting and a great place for a cocktail or more casual meal. Bottom line - highly recommended.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for all of the compliments! We definitely strive to provide a top notch experience to our guests every time. I am so glad that you enjoyed your time here at The Banks. Please come back soon, and feel free to reach out to me directly if I can ever be of assistance. Thank you! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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Steakfan
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit and it was impressive. Open, super clean kitchen, and seating had a great layout with multiple levels. We had clam chowder, oysters, ribeye and salmon. The placement of pork belly in the chowder added great texture and taste. I am not an oyster fan so I overloaded mine with hot sauce. But the fish - outstanding! Wow, perfect size for a big eater, bursting with flavor and cooked to perfection. I was told the ribeye was excellent and the house made sauce was unique and complimented the dish. Definitely would return!!

The Banks Fish House
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much! I am so glad that you gave us a try, as we want to "wow" even the steak lovers of the world. Your compliments are truly appreciated! Thanks again. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebankboston.co m

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SusieQ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The Fish & Chips were just kind of blah. The ambience is nice and the service was good but I don't think I'd rush back for just so-so food.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 7 days ago

Good evening Susie. I am so sorry to hear that the fish and chips weren't enjoyable! I would love to have you back in to try something else that might be more enjoyable for you. I have noted my contact info below. Thank you for your time. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebankboston.co m

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clancy
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant looks great. Staff was friendly. Food was just OK. Prices were high.

The Banks Fish House
Responded 7 days ago

Good evening Clancy. I am sorry to see that the food was not up to par. If you would please reach out to me directly so I can gain some more insight into your experience, I would appreciate the chance! Thank you. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebankboston.co m

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AstridF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The clam chowder was not a bit cold and the grilled octopus was very chewy. I'd recommend the flatbread though.

The atmosphere and service was great but not sure I loved all the food items.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Forse era una serata non ottimale ma dall'accoglienza il servizio è stato un po' carente: nessuno ad accoglierci all'ingresso, ci siamo sentiti spaesati, quasi fuori posto. Una volta accompagnati al tavolo e presa l'ordinazione, siamo stati un po' abbandonati a noi stessi. Il cibo non era all'altezza delle mie aspettative: lobster roll con pochissima aragosta, chips al limite del bruciato. Anche il fish and chips non era pienamente soddisfacente: patatine fritte bene e abbondanti ma la pastella della frittura del pesce era troppo spessa e intrisa d'olio, tanto da aver rammollito le sticks su cui era apooggiato; il pesce era piuttosto insapore e tendeva a sfaldarsi, non dava l'impressione di essere fresco. Il cestino in cui era servito il fish and chips era completamente colmo, tra cibo e 3 vaschette di salse: ho avuto difficoltà a mangiare il pesce non avendo un piatto largo abbastanza in cui affettarlo. Infine la creme brulee: stuccosa, alcune cucchiaiate risultavano grasse al palato e ho trovato le decorazione di zucchero fiammeggiato eccessive e inopportune al momento di mangiare. Complessivamente, secondo me, l'esperienza non vale il prezzo pagato.

Edit: facendo seguito all'invito a contattarlo per spiegare meglio cosa non mi ha soddisfatto della cena, ho spedito al sig. Rosenthal una email. Non ho ricevuto alcuna risposta: ne deduco che l'interesse per ciò che pensano i clienti è solo di facciata. Siccome una cena poco riuscita può essere un caso, ma prendere in giro i clienti è intenzionale, riduco la valutazione ad una sola stella (ma solo perchè non esiste lo zero).

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Buona serata. Mi dispiace sapere che la tua esperienza non sia stata positiva. Apprezzerei l'opportunità di parlare ulteriormente con te della tua visita. Le mie informazioni di contatto sono riportate di seguito. Grazie. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipChristineH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A true seafood temple—everything is fresh and thoughtfully prepared.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you for the compliment Christine! While I am glad the food was excellent, I am sorry to see that the ambiance and value were not up to the same level. If you don't mind reaching out to me directly, I would appreciate the opportunity to speak further. Thank you. 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 November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible service
Awful food
Worst fish tacos I have ever had
Piece of hair in Martini too

The Banks Fish House
Responded 7 days ago

Good evening, I am very disappointed to see that you had such a poor experience at our restaurant. I would love the opportunity to speak with you, if you are free for a call. I have noted my contact info below. Thank you for your time. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebankboston.co m

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great meal and lots of choices for every type of eater.

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AlexandraC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Hopping in a Saturday night.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you Alexandra!

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vipmbc89
New England
41 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was very slow; the food was good but expensive for what it was.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Good evening, I am sorry to hear that the service was slow on your visit to our bar. We are certainly doing our best to provide excellent service, so if we failed on that, I truly apologize. Please let me know if and when you would like to return so I can personally oversee your visit. Thank you. Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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JamesP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

small portions vs price, including wine volume....crudo was very small for 26$ and the 'ink' dish unlike the one you get in europe.....you're in Boston right...seafood capitla right...no match...

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Hello James, I am sorry that your visit was not up to expectation. I would love to speak to you directly in order to get some more details about your experience. Thanks, Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a very nice night, The hostess were very nice and promptly brought us to our table. Everything from the appetizers through dessert was fabulous. Being a land lover the ribeye steak came out great. And I tried my dates swordfish and I was pleasantly surprised on how well it was cooked and the flavor of it.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Hello! I am so glad you enjoyed the food! If you could please reach out to me directly so I can get some details on where the service could have improved, 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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vipBostondiner
New England
32 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed the quality and creativity of some of the dishes. Loved the chowda flatbread !! Fish tacos some of the best I have ever had! Seated on first floor near bar which was quite noisy. Next time will try for upstairs and hope for a bit more quiet. Great service. Surprised to see a three dollar charge for the requested “slash” of orange juice in my martini. We like our first visit and will return.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Hello! I am so glad the food was excellent! I am sorry for the upcharge, that certainly should not have been $3. Please let me know when you are planning to return so I can personally oversee your experience. Thank you! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipMinnie
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal at the bar - delicious and fresh.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

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

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AmyW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mostly good. Flatbreads we’re flavorful and the chop salad had a lot of stuff on it. Both were very big portions…bordering on too big. Fried clams with bellies - cornmeal breading was interesting but the clams were over cooked. Additionally, the plate was mostly comprised of undercooked french fries. Server was pretty good - but not attentive enough to keep our wine glasses full after the initial pour.

All in all, I’d consider going back to try some other dishes but it wouldn’t be in my top places to go.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Hello Amy, I am sorry to hear that your food was not enjoyable. If you would please reach out to me directly, I would love to speak with you further. Thank you! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very pricy for just ok fish. 3 drinks 2 entrees, 2 apps, 2 sides $230. If it was spectacular I wouldn’t have minded that amount. It was not.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Good Evening, I am sorry to hear that your experience was not up to expectations. If you don't mind reaching out to me directly so I can gain some more insight, I would appreciate it. Thank you! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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Brendan
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service seemed to be a bit slow for lunch, as we often had to wait 5-10 minutes to get the attention of our waiter. Fantastic food though, too bad the service was a bit sub-par.

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Hello Brendan, I am sorry that the service was not up to par. Please let me know when you would like to return so I can make sure the service is perfect. Thank you! Jeff Rosenthal General Manager The Banks Boston 617-399-0015 Jrosenthal@thebanksboston.co m

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vipOut4dinner
New England
85 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were very good; however, the $38 lobster roll had very little lobster!!

The Banks Fish House
Responded on November 18, 2021

Good evening, I am sorry to hear that the lobster roll was not up to par. If there is ever an issue, we will gladly get you whatever necessary to make sure you leave full and happy! Please let me know if I can ever assist. Thank you! 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 207 OpenTable diners.

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.