Banks' Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar

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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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KatrinaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Server was friendly and drinks were good as always.

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TheresaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was amazing! The food was delicious and the staff was so friendly!

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Jazz
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is really nice and has a wonderful ambiance. My server was really knowledgeable and patient. Head chef comes by and checks on your food quality. Food comes out at a rate where you do not feel rushed. Highly recommend to attend!

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BobH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SERVICE AT THE BAR FROM KEN WAS SUPERB, RECOMMENDED LEMON POMEGRANATE MARTINI FROM BAR MENU, MY WIFE AND I BOTH LOVED IT IN FACT HAD TWO! SERVICE IN THE RESTAURANT WAS EXTRAORDINARY AS USUAL. WE CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY AND BIRTHDAYS HERE EACH YEAR. THE 35 MILE ONE WAY RIDE IS WELL WORTH IT. FOOD IS GREAT, APPETIZER OF TUNA TARTARE AND OYSTER STEW MAGNIFICENT!

THANKS AGAIN TO MR. BANKS FOR CREATING A GREAT SPOT!

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Leslie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And a special thank you to our server Jake who was attentive, patient (we were a party of 6 with a 3 year old) and just all around great.

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vipNancyC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Always top notch food and service. Sashimi was delicious

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MelissaE
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were great. Our waiter was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Friendly & helpful service. Food was good but over priced for the portion size and quality.

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vipDEdiner
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service by Sarah

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vipsusant
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous date night!

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HollyJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Overall, it was worthwhile . I’ve been to Banks a few times. The only down side for this visit was the inexperienced hostess. We arrived 10 minutes before they opened and decided to sit next to the hostess stand and wait. At noon on the dot, a group of four arrived and were seated immediately. When the hostess returned I said excuse me we are ready to be seated as well. We did wait patiently, after all. Her careless reply towards us was surprisingly awful. She couldn’t have been bothered with us. Banks is an upscale restaurant and guests should be treated with a bit more regard. Especially those who are returning customers, patronizing the restaurant.

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Finch
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trout cooked perfectly. Companions enjoyed their crabcakes. Coffee excellent (important to me).

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MarkJR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

No real change from when it was Harry’s Seafood Restaurant. Not as busy as it sometimes was on Thursdays in the past. A good experience and an excellent place to go for crab cakes. Highly recommend this place if your visiting
Wilmington for business or pleasure.

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vipLavoy
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good atmosphere, service good and attentive. Salad mediocre for cost, entrees very good but not the exceptional we are used to. Prices seem to have gone up and food quality and quantity down some, but still one of our favorite places.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. They were running a bit behind, but still we sat promptly. Our server was awesome and we had a great experience. Will definitely come back to this recently renamed favorite spot.

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JeanneC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server - Ashley
Great combination of being attentive without being overbearing

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vipKASDelaware1
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and very responsive service. Great work!

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Susie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Great food and service. On the small downside, the dining room seemed smaller than I remembered but with the darkness of a winter night and none of the beautiful summer view, that was unavoidable. Also having a full view of the cooking area didn’t add to the atmosphere but thankfully the kitchen looked pristine and the staff worked quietly.

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vipHockessin
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Good choice for anniversary dinner.

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vipHockessin
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Was ideal choice for our anniversary dinner.

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KateH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this WILMINGTON Riverfront restuarant for fresh seafood! It’s our new favorite. I don’t know what took us so long to try it out after it changed names. We loved it when it was it was Harry’s seafood but now we love it even more!
The seared tuna with soba noodles & sriracha mash potatoes are cooked to perfection! The oysters are so fresh and don’t get me started on the little handmade chocolates for dessert. 😊

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vipCorbs1251
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The space is really beautiful- too bad the food is mediocre. We shared a spinach salad which they kindly split in the kitchen for us but it was just drenched in dressing. Strike 1. We also ordered the Grand Seafood Plateau which was 2 each of shrimp, oysters, clams, a small ceviche and a single crab leg ( overcooked and rubbery) for $29 which was totally overpriced. Lastly we shared the crab artichoke dip which was very bland. Three dishes - three strikes.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and was visually presented artistically. The staff was friendly and professional without exception.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good! They seemed to be a little short staffed at first but service ended up being good. Great raw bar selection and our party of six all ordered different entrees and really enjoyed them.

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JONATHANM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Usually we have excellent meals here, but fo Valentines Day the every one of the vegetable/side dishes were oily, poorly cooked and/or cold.
The oysters seemed to be fine, steak was cooked properly, but everything else was really disappointing.
I’m coming back again soon, so I hope it was just overworked and under skilled staff in the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time as usual!

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MarkH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Banks is our go-to for celebratory dinners, but I have to say, it's not as good as it once was. We ordered a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pape, which is usually an excellent wine, however it wasn't what it should be until around 25 minutes into the meal, it had been stored at a temperature which was way too cold, and it took a long time to come to a temperature that was drinkable. A good bottle of wine like this should be stored correctly, and it plainly wasn't.
My wife had the Lobster Bisque, which was a little 'thin', more like a soup than a bisque, and so said it was not as good as it used to be. I had the Tuna Togarashi, which as always was very good, I always ask for extra spicy and it came as ordered.
My wife had the Salmon which she said was very good, I had the Trout, as the choice was a bit limited, but it was only ok, nothing to wow about. I'm sure they used to have more than 5 fish choices, and the Tuna, Mahi Mahi & Trout always seem to be on and I've tried them all.

I go here for lunch around once a week, and would say the lunch menu is better than the evening menu now. Kind of a shame as we always used to tell everyone to go here and have a great meal, now we'll pass on the recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was expecting more. The food wasn’t that great.

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MichaelB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. Chef Bank's is not just a culinary genius, he understands all of the components that make a successful restaurant. Just being in the space itself is an enjoyable experience, and the staff is first rate.

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Tommy
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Great place to celebrate a birthday!

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vipBirdingGirl
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wow, the food was fantastic! We had been frequent customers when it was Harry's and then not so frequent after it changed hands.
This was hands down the best dinner we have had in Wilmington in recent years. I started with an assortment of plump, fresh oysters...wonderful. My husband had shrimp cocktail, which was served on my oyster platter (that was one minor thing that did not feel special).
I had the arctic char in a parmesan crust. The vegetable assortment complemented the dish so well, it took it to a whole new. level. My husband had the Bronzino and was equally pleased.
The choices of French white wines by the glass was also quite impressive and pleasing.
Banks will definitely be on our short list from now on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The stone crabs were not good and smelled funny.

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CaroleS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We were a little bit disappointed, maybe this was our fault because we did not look at the menu prior to dining. Very high priced seafood restaurant although the quality was good. The selections were not to our liking. We would’ve liked to had more types of shrimp platters. The ambience was nice and the service was good but I don’t think will be rushing back there anytime soon.

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vipJeffT
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The last time I was there was when it was Harry’s. When I walked in I was surprised, it was not busy. Waitress was great, food ok, but it was not the same food when it was Harry’s.

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AngelaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Banks on a whim to meet old friends. Service was outstanding. Food was excellent. Patrons were warm and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Still one of our favorites.

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vipDeannaK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Servers were great in accommodating 2 birthdays at out table

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KarenC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Wilmington! Great food, great service and lovely ambiance! They are very accommodating!

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ShannonG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend out for dinner to Banks', after he saw it advertised. We didn't know what to expect but it was amazing. The waitress was prompt and friendly, the seating area was clean. The Executive head chef himself came out 3 times to our table to greet us and and ask if we were enjoying the food or being taken care of in a timely manner. The food was worth the above average price and there was nothing we didn't finish. Portion sizes were perfect for enjoying each course. We will definitely go again!

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