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

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.5
4.5
3684 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar is a casual, upscale seafood eatery & hot spot on the river. Adjacent to the Riverwalk, Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar has become THE place for lunch, dinner, cocktails, and late night in the City of Wilmington. The chic atmosphere, fresh raw bar, award-winning crab cakes, outstanding lobsters, and other imaginatively prepared seafood, great martinis, and 50 wines by the glass are some of the keys to an exciting experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 777-1500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Parking details

    Parking garage also available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,684 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Innovative

  • Delaware

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. RG

    RayG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best on the Riverfront, one of the Top 5 in Wilmington
  2. MV

    MarineVet

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and delicious seafood, creatively presented.
  3. B

    Bobo

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Banks, is our favorite local restaurant. We have tried many different dishes, and the food is always prepared perfectly. The staff Is professional, polite, and attentive.
  4. ES

    EvanS

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing tuna raw dishes and New England clam chowder
  5. f

    foodlover

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    server was excellent and the food and drinks served in a timely fashion.
  6. SR

    StuartR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited with my wife for our five year anniversary. We were an hour early but there was open tables so they did not make us wait for our reservation time. The service was good and they decorated the dessert my wife had with the words happy anniversary across it. She enjoyed it. We would both return in the future if we had the chance to.
  7. TG

    TiffanyG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our wedding anniversary. Staff was amazing. Gave us a great table and a gift of chocolates. So sweet.
  8. IL

    ILoveQualityFood

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience at Banks was awesome. Lena was my server and she selected all the right oysters, salad and entree for my experience. She’s worked there for years and earned the trust of numerous patrons. The seafood was fresh, delicious, reasonable and perfect. Looking forward to more vista in the future!
  9. LM

    LindaM

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I reserved a high top and when we got there were told none were available. Not a big deal but if a certain table is reserved it should be available. Food and service were excellent. A very nice place to have dinner.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Das Sushi war alt und abgestanden. Kein Glanz der Frische anzeigt. Der Lobster war bereits dabei zu verrotten und stank nach Ammoniak. Der Manager kam an den Tisch und entschuldigte sich. Sein Kommentar war, dass der Lobster Die Küche niemals hätte verlassen sollen. Ich bekam einen Gutschein, aber ich werde niemals in das Restaurant wieder zurückgehen.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service! Beautiful day! Amazing food and drinks!! Plan to come back soon!
  12. M

    Mrsmarilyn1124

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Banks Seafood in Wilmington Delaware for dinner. The service was great and the seafood was simply delicious. I had the Halibut and my husband had the Salmon, which we both recommend. The apple crisp dessert was well presented and tasted great.
  13. TL

    ThomasL

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I'd recommend Banks to anyone looking for good food in an upscale setting. The dishes were uniformly delicious and perfectly cooked: outstanding crab cakes, very good swordfish, calamari done just right, and, according to the one person in our party who enjoys them, oysters that were "fresh and briny, just the way I like them." Our server was helpful and efficient without hovering over us. One point to be aware of: Banks is not for people on a tight budget. It's a fine dining establishment and priced accordingly. Our oyster-loving friend grumbled about paying over $3 per oyster. But the prices are not out of line compared to other, similar establishments. Andthere is a way to lower the bill. If you order from the bar menu, you'll get a great meal for considerably less than the prices on the regular dinner menu, though admittedly not as fancy.
  14. SB

    SallyB

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were very happy with our lunch choices (crab, trout and bronzini) and the wine selection. We sat outdoors and it was a lovely view, although we were under a speaker and music a bit loud. Service was very attentive but not intrusive. If you enjoy good seafood, this is the place for you!
  15. J

    Jake

    Dallas

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice meal and comfortable atmosphere.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a good experience for all of us. Overall food was good but kind of pricey. That only thing to complaint was our waiter forgot about us after he brought the bread. He didn’t come to check on us or place the order for us (probably for a half an hour). We were starving and had to called him over. Then we placed the order all at once
  17. S

    Stefani

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was pretty good, not exceptional. The waitress was kind, knowledgable and professional. We were seated at a booth right by the front door. Ambiance felt more like a family style restaurant with bright lights and booths and low tables vs a sexy and chic place to eat. It felt like we paid for a high end meal without the high end, modern/date night/swanky experience. I would go back but now I have different expectations for the experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Celebrating an event. Ryan our server was great. His recommendations were spot on. Food was very good.
  19. S

    Seth

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The surf and turf was very good would reorder, the seared tuna was good. The service was not great waited for a refill twice after the waiter asked if we wanted refills. We sat outside so it was a nice view and nice sunset.
  20. C

    Carol

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a drink at the bar first, and bartenders were great! Then had a reservation for dinner and seated promptly. Food was really terrific, as well as the service. Wonderful evening!
  21. I

    Idalucia

    Philadelphia

    225 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    225 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started with amazing cocktails, French Quarter Sazarac and a Botanist Martini and delicious appetizers of Clams Casino and fresh Oysters! For entrees we chose the Grilled Whole Bronzino and the Grilled Faroe Island Salmon. Both were excellent!
  22. l

    loves2eat

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The server was very nice, but the food, not so much. The Calamari app should have been tender, yet most of the rings and tenacles were rubbery. The oysters were not delicious, and some were inedible due to their texture and taste. The entrees were no better than the app and soup course. Paid the bill, tipped the server, and walked out knowing we won't return.
  23. RL

    RickL55

    Munich

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner before a performance at the Delaware Theater Company. Food was excellent and service was very attentive but gave us time to relax and enjoy a great wine selection before the meal.
  24. SC

    SusanC

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, food and service were fabulous! We had to leave shortly after we arrived, as I was not feeling well. They were so considerate in changing our Faroe Island salmon and our Crab cake salad to go! They even made a fresh salad since the one they brought had dressing on it. Bank’s is the best place in Wilmington for seafood!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional as always. I know David Banks and he is awesome
  26. MM

    MomMom

    Philadelphia

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. Excellent service!
  27. L

    Linda

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is well prepared and elegantly presented. Wait staff are accommodating to customer taste and needs.
  28. OH

    OtisH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    I could not understand for a five star restaurant shelled and non-shelled seafood and other food items were fried together in a common grill. As one with seafood allergies it limited my food selections. I hope this can be corrected. In addition, the reservation was made because of a birthday celebration. It was not related to my server. Otis Hicks
  29. RS

    RichardS

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good. Server was attentive.
  30. F

    Family

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Our server’s were attentive and knowledgeable about the items on the menu. Our meal was served in timely manner, giving us appropriate time between courses. Everything was served fresh and at the appropriate temperature for the course.
  31. DK

    DaphneK

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration was perfect!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered surf and Turf was delicious cooked medium to perfection and crab cake was tender and juicy my daughter got the Shrimp Boikd and was very satisfied. Our drinks were amazing very well made! Pink pomegranate and Old Fashion
  33. MH

    MaureenH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was great. Atmosphere a bit plain.. lights bright. Booth fabric on seat, hate mentioning, but felt like we were in glue. Shawn was a nice waiter and compared to post pandemic service was exceptional..
  34. E

    Ellej

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our server
  35. SK

    StanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere. Delicious food. Service was great and all staff we interacted with were friendly and attentive. A little pricey but worth it for the quality. Definitely will go back.
  36. JM

    JohnM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great night at Banks... great meal, excellent service... we had a very nice time.
  37. AC

    AnnaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful dining experience! The oysters and clams were amazing...so fresh! And our server was super friendly and efficient.
  38. LA

    LANNYB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Salmon croquette appy was A+ Small salad A Crab cakes really not jumbo. But very good Grilled Salmon over cooked, but tasty. Veggie looked like sewage. Service was wonderful.
  39. JE

    JackE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and well executed menu with a broad range of seafood options. And the setting is fantastic!
  40. TB

    TooBlue

    Philadelphia

    236 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    236 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent whole grilled branzino. The soft shell accomplishments were off putting, nice regular place for us.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 777-1500.

Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 3684 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

101 South Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking garage also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Leo Banks, CEC, AAC

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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