Larry Charney

My wife and I decided to make a trip to the Wilmington Riverfront for a rare night out. Banks seemed like a good option for dinner and didn’t disappoint.

We were seated immediately after arriving around 6pm. Our waitress was quick and attentive, and we had our drinks within a couple minutes of sitting down. My wife chose to have the clam chowder as an appetizer, and I enjoyed the bread and butter provided for the table. My wife thought the clam chowder was more of a potato soup with clams added than a true clam chowder, but enjoyed it nonetheless, as she loves potato soup. The bread was good, clearly made on premises, but the butter was too cold and not really spreadable. I enjoyed it nonetheless.

While we were waiting on our food, we enjoyed the atmosphere. The building is well-decorated, with a cohesive theme and awesome views of the river. It was a touch loud at times but certainly nothing intolerable.

Our main courses arrived punctually. I had ordered the jumbo lump crab cakes, which were delicious but not so jumbo for the $31 price point. They would have been perfect with about 15-20% more volume.

My wife ordered the Rainbow Trout which she thought was slightly oversalted but I thought was excellent. Perfectly cooked and expertly seasoned, and cheaper than my crab cakes! I definitely regretted not ordering what she had.

One point of constructive criticism. The menu is a bit overly fluffed in the names and descriptions of the entrees. Sometimes keeping it simple when describing things is better.

The total for the two of us, before tip, was $87. That is very reasonable given the overall quality of food and atmosphere. I will definitely return in the future to try some more food and enjoy those views some more.