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The Banks Fish House, Boston, MA

The Banks Fish House

4.5
4.5
653 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

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 Sat, Sun 2:30 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 653 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. PV

    PatrickV

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    The only part of my experience that was worthwhile was my principal service. She was awesome. The rest was not so much. 1. Ordered a martini with olives and a Black Russian. The Martini had no olives and the Black Russian had olives in it. 2. Presentation of my crudo dish was pathetic. Not appealing at all. 3. Wanted a Blanton’s bourbon, got Basil Haydn. The bartender needs help.
  2. c

    connieg

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service excellent but pricey
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Joseph, our server, was knowledgable, kind and attentive. Stuffed lobster was fab and starting with whole belly fried clams? Well, just a great choice.
  4. NH

    NHZoe

    New England

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    All the fish dinners were delicious, but the "sides" could use some improvement. Seemed weird not including a better starch of some sort with the meals. Broccoli rabe was not cooked enough. Hard to even cut with a knife. "Slaw" served with fish platter was a bit bitter and the salmon dish laid on top of a slew of chopped vegetables that were indistinguishable. I felt that charging $8 for 3 small dinner rolls was highway robbery. On the plus side, the Cheesecake was delicious! Service was very good. Our water glasses were constantly refilled, always with a smile.
  5. W

    Wespat

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent but the service was slow. Short handed. What else is new?
  6. PH

    PennyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such unique choice of dishes but every thing we had was incredibly cooked and prepared and presented. An amazing place to eat.
  7. JW

    JimW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The value of the food quality and portions, coupled with the very poor service made our Thanksgiving dinner experience a negative experience.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had Thanksgiving dinner. The ambiance was perfect and the dinner as well!
  9. R

    Roxana

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The service was wonderful, but the food was mediocre at best.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maya our server was amazing. Thank you for the pleasant meal.
  11. MA

    Matty5Amalz

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Worst service I have had in a long time, after 20 minutes had to ask for a server to take our drink order since all we had was water and it took another 20 to get our drinks and another 20 to get our food. Wish I had a better experience
  12. S

    Suburbvisitor

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food and good service. The menu rates seemed high though.
  13. HC

    HannahC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our late lunch and service was great and food was always good! Will come again!!! Mahalo!
  14. MM

    MeMk

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food and great vibe -- a real treat for my daughter and me. Will absolutely go again when next in Boston!
  15. EH

    EllenH

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great! Service was a little disorganized at first- but turned out fine!
  16. CC

    ChristineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The clam chowder was divine, and so was the jumbo scallop entree. Great first experience at The Banks for sure.
  17. O

    Opus25

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, but very loud background noise, difficult to hear. That said, the CLAM CHOWDER is the BEST IN BOSTON and the MAINS were TERRIFIC.
  18. ML

    MLSDiner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The only thing you really need to know is GET THE BANANA CREAM PIE! Rest of the menu is great, too. Atmosphere is pretty similar to before when it was Post 390. I think this reiteration does a nice job of filling the hole left by Island Creek Oyster Bar.
  19. L

    Luck

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good food! Two small notes though: (1) the pop music does not match the elevated vibe of the space; and (2) our oysters were very delayed and came after our meal.
  20. AP

    AlexandraPronko

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend really enjoyed watching one of the cooks do his magic :)
  21. CF

    CassieF

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food, as always, was exceptional. The pastry basket was delicious! The drinks were fantastic. We went as they opened so it was nice and quiet and we had a cozy spot on the second floor.
  22. AF

    AnnF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Oysters fresh and delicious, lobster the best I had in years. Love the Ambiance!
  23. K

    Kma66

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I write this review with some mixed feelings. It certainly is an upscale restaurant. Since the menu looked excellent, I could not commit to one dish and ordered three appetizers — half a dozen of oysters, tuna tartare and ceviche. All three were excellent. My son was less lucky. His blue fish pate was dry and disappointing and his main dish of jumbo sea scallops consisted of ….. three medium-size pieces on a bed of lovely looking sauce/pure. When ordering, our waitress did not encourage him to supplement it with sides. In fact, I felt she lost interest in us when we said we will not be consuming alcohol. We noticed later that a table next to us ordered bread rolls with their dinner, which might have been a way to compensate for the small portions. I would return there when in Boston again, stick to my appetizers and maybe order a glass of wine :)
  24. J

    Julialamontagne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to go for a work lunch. Reservations were easy.
  25. r

    rachaelm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Had a large variety of food amongst our table and it was all excellent! We will definitely go back!
  26. RT

    ReggieT

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service was really top notch! The food and cocktails were good but not as memorable as I would have hoped. I love the ambiance!
  27. AD

    AnneD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The service was warm, friendly and knowledgeable. The major issue was our food came out lukewarm bordering on cold. The sauce with the scallops had congealed on the plate, never a good sign. The soup was tasty but not hot at all. The kitchen needs to get their timing down. When you are spending $200+ for dinner, you expect a better experience.
  28. l

    liketoeat2014

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a good experience with excellent service
  29. LM

    LianaM

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was slow. Food was not as good as my previous visit to this restaurant. Maybe it’s because it was a Monday? Octopus was over cooked and tough.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    the food is mediocre but expensive. dessert was tasteless.
  31. JM

    JeffreyM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great night. Services was awesome, Food was so good and the drinks were great as well. Well timed with everything as well.
  32. T

    Tomm

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overpriced for what we had including bar tab. $28 for a manhattan....wow.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and delicious meal. Wonderful experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food, good service, great atmosphere.
  35. KS

    KyleS

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food and ambiance was great, but our server was awful. We were having a business meeting and he had no ability to “read the room” and know when it was or wasn’t a good time to come by. Even when when we were in the middle of conversation he would stand by the table for a minute and if we didn’t engage him he would basically yell questions at us. One of the worst servers I’ve had in many years.
  36. C

    Capegirl

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service excellent. Food nicely plated, done well bit overpriced though ($8 for dinner rolls??). Way too noisy for our taste.
  37. JS

    JohnS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. We had a party of 6 and the noise level made it a bit difficult to talk.
  38. T

    Traveler7

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, and nice location. I got the Lobster Bake, which was amazing and the portion was huge - enough to share. Everyone in my group really enjoyed their meal and drinks, including one person with unique allergies that the chef easily accommodated. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  39. S

    Scoop

    New England

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Food and cocktails were great! Nina our server was friendly and knew the menu inside and out. We will definitely ask for her next time we make a reservation.
  40. S

    Shades

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was an important business lunch and they tried to seat us on a bar stool table while there were many vacant sit-down tables. They did accommodate what is normal request after we asked but seemed annoyed.

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 653 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 69 times today
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 Sat, Sun 2:30 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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