Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

4.6
3501 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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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
What 3501 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHunert
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We've eaten here many times and unfortunately the service and food quality continues to decline. Even though the restaurant was not busy, our server was anything but attentive. At least three time we had to get up from the table to chase her down (she would not look our way even though she was passing near our table and we called to her) to ask for a spoon to serve our clams; forks for our main dish; butter for our bread. She seemed like a very nice person, but her head was not into what she was doing. This experience will be our last. We will not eat here again.

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DanH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Only one server working. Service was a bit slow

Fist time I experienced this at Banks.

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DianneW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellently prepared seafood. Great for lobster and soft shells.

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Trixie
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The food does live up to its hype or prices. The atmosphere non-existent.

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vipchick
Philadelphia
151 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had some excellent East Coast oysters, husband had the lobster roll and I had the soft shell crab, all were very good. Drinks were very good as well. Husband finished with the blueberry cheesecake, it was very good and was served with an excellent cookie.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Shrimp cocktail was good. Salmon and shrimp tacos were mediocre. Service was decent. We sat outdoors and metal tables were uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great
And we will be back.

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CaroleB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nude lobster. Delicious calamari.
Brussels cooked to perfection.
Wine list was impeccable. Server was spot on. Please guys, schedule your next date night here!

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We left after 45 minutes of not getting our appetizer. Asked for heaters to be turned on; wasn’t done. Drinks were watered down. Overall miserable experience.

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SHEILAB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab and avocado toast was absolutely delicious. This was my first time visiting Banks but it won't be my last.

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was delicious, the setting was beautiful (outside, on the deck, overlooking the river), and the service excellent. Ahi tuna wontons are delightful!

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vipStanZ
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience from service to food! Absolutely worth the drive for us from Philadelphia area!

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LeeM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday on the Banks porch, and the service was excellent.
We stayed a long time and were not pushed to leave. Felt comfortable and safe in this environment. A beautiful day!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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vipTruelD
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and we were able to sit outside on a beautiful day.

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RoseannD
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best broiled crab cakes I’ve ever had. Two large, All chunk crab with creamy crab inside. No fillers especially no red or green peppers which has steered me away from eating many crab cakes when out to eat. Also, because it was a holiday they were using their dinner menu instead of lunch so no sandwiches were listed. My son does not like seafood and just wanted a hamburger and they sad “no problem.”
Server was very friendly. Ate on the terrace. Great experience!

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vipCrazyred
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful Easter Lunch at Banks. Everything was delicious & fresh. It’s a lovely setting on the River. We will definitely go back. Loved it!!!

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CJSR
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! Food was excellent. Service was prompt and professional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday... my server was alert to my birthday.... on my dessert she wrote Happy Birthday... the manager gave me a complimentary box of truffles... love this place!!!!

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GwenethP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in the past...excellent service...Arlene our server was very attentive. Food & wine delicious...We always enjoy our meals here.

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AndreJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I shared our 25th wedding anniversary dinner at Banks. The food was great! All of it was fresh and made to order. The servers were courteous and prompt with an eye of attention on everything from drinks to extra bread and appetizers. Excellent food. Excellent service!

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ThomasD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Great seafood that is so fresh! If you like seafood prepared to a high satisfaction then you should try Banks’ Seafood. David Banks is a gracious host and chef who takes great care to see that his customers are pleased with their experience in his restaurant.

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vipTWhit
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great location with very friendly staff.

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vipRedvette
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, food very good, will be back, for sure!!1

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GailB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Banks. The food is fantastic and service is excellent.

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Lewis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy. March 26 evening Our assigned server was behind. To my much appreciated surprise, the manager stepped up to the plate. Not only took orders, served food, but went the extra mile to bring complimentary appetizer for the inconveniences. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Crab cakes were good but the filet was very bland.

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vipEmilyS
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We will never return here. We even called ahead of time to assure a good experience for a special occasion.
We had horrific service by a waitress who was absent the entire time we were there. We were ignored the first 20 minutes and then offered a half hearted apology.
When we finally got our drinks another 20 minutes after that -they were not as described on the menu when other patrons’ looked very appetizing. The appetizers arrived a half an hour later and were lukewarm. Clearly had been sitting out-and saw them sitting there at the raw bar.
Thankfully, we were able to salvage our night by calling another restaurant while we were still waiting for our appetizers and then upon leaving after appetizers. we had a very lovely meal elsewhere.
We ended up being in the restaurant an hour and 40 minutes for drinks and appetizers. Super disappointing.

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Tomspom
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Banks is always delicious
It’s one of our favorite places for a nice night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve dined here numerous times and this was the first time we were not satisfied, the portions of the food was very small I guess things changed because of COVID

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MarianneB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Lunch is a better price. Had Sunday brunch and they charged dinner prices. Lemon cake pretty ordinary and tasted like old time lemon pudding cake from a box. Clams casino great.

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Book
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I don’t think the food and drinks were worth the price. Cheap Mac and cheese topped with lobster for $22 could of been better, instead of boxed Mac n cheese. All of the sides that came on the plate were not appetizing. The seafood Entrées were better than the steak meal. Not what I was expecting for the price.

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MichaelM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Banks. Page was our waitress, and she was fantastic. The food was excellent. I can't wait to come back in warm weather so we can eat outside, looking out at the water.

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MarthaS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the rainbow trout and crab cake dinners with brussel sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes and obster mac-and-cheese. Everything was very delicious and enjoyed by all. We had a party of 4 people.

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fishlady77
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed. Great experience. We are fans of raw clams - delicious!

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vipGeorgeT56
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We eat at Banks 4 or 5 times each year as we travel thru the area. It is always outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed to get out and have a meatless Friday in lent. Excellent calamari and salmon. Also had fresh blue point clams. Wonderful dinner.

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vipEDoc
Philadelphia
150 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A night dining outside along the Christina River at a wonderful Seafood restaurant.we started with tomato based Maryland Crab soup and a Conch soup. Our entrees were Crab Cakes and Rockfish which were absolutely delicious!!
The service was wonderful!!!

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vipJenniferK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice day to eat outside except for construction on walking path...salmon and Brussels sprout salad excellent combo

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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 4.6 stars by 3501 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.

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