Best Seafood in Des Moines!
Can't imagine a more perfect place to enjoy a great seafood experience in Des Moines. While the wait for your food might be a bit long some busy nights, it is well worth the wait.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Seafood in Des Moines
Splash takes FRESH seafood seriously. Specials are changed daily to feature the best fish available to them. The servers are energetic and knowledgeable. King crab, lobster and Ahi were prepared perfectly.
I had let Splash know that we were celebrating my wife's birthday, and they printed a special menu - with birthday wishes - just for her. Very cool. Prices are extremely reasonable, too.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I were celebrating together and had a wonderful time, the food and drink complemented our meal. The service unobtrusive and good. We will be back. (The Alaskan Halibut was excellent!)
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellence being a rare thing...
Best tuna in town, bar none. Perfectly prepared, reasonably priced; indeed, very tough act to top. Best seafood locally, hands down!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was excellent. Service was top notch - however, my group of eight was dining on a Thursday evening and there were a lot of empty tables (therefore, service should be excellent). Prices were up there.
Started off with the oyster rockefeller and the calamari & shrimp - both excellent. The half order of their splash salad was the perfect size with the two starters. All of the seafood that everyone ordered was excellent as expected. However, the real suprise was the quality of the steaks. One dinner said that they cut the filet with their fork and it "melted in my mouth".
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants excellent food and is willing to pay for it.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
"Splash" is a huge hit
For a central Iowa location most people would never think of a top notch seafood restaurant being located in Des Moines..WRONG!!
I was born and raised in San Diego and I know great seafood but was shocked and awed by the quality here at SPLASH. The risotto was magnificent. The scallops & shrimp heavenly.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and even better service
After several attempts at reservations prior to broadway shows at an adjacent venue, we finally were able to dine at the area's acclaimed seafood restaurant. We were very pleased with the entire experience. We were seated upon arrival and treated very well by all of the staff. Nice wine list that didn't take forever to peruse. The appetizers, entrees, and dessert were all spot on. While we're not hustled in and out, our server accommodated for our schedule to allow us to be able to attend the show with time to spare. Definitely worth a return trip.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy dining at
We always enjoy dining at Splash and have never been disappointed.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had anniversary dinner here.
Had anniversary dinner here. Awesome experience with tremendous food. Service went above and beyond!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out of this world King Crab Legs
Our party of four was delighted with our meal, even though we were seated back in a corner of the basement when the main floor was open. That quibble aside, everything else was wonderful and my King Crab Legs - 2 pounds! - were the most delicious I have ever had.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Might be best seafood in Des Moines
Excellent service from door to door.
The Calamari & Shrimp appetizer was memorable and distinctive. A bit more heat in the sauce than needed but still excellent. Personal preference would have preferred the tails removed from the shrimp, but this was a minor complaint.
The Sea Bass was prepared and seasoned perfectly and well-accompanied. The Surf and Turf Fettuccine just ok - the beef tips were tender and took on the Gorgonzola nicely, but the other flavors were too muted and the sauce unremarkable and rather thin.
Wine list was long and diverse. The "Between the Waves" martini was nice - like a sweeter version of a Manhattan.
Decor was unique and comfortable.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good service and food. Our
Good service and food. Our server was attentive to our needs.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outside of a move to the Oyster
Outside of a move to the Oyster Bar side of the restaurant to escape a pungent varnish smell, the food and service were outstanding. I will definitely be back!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great fish in the Midwest heart
If you are looking for some glamour and relaxed dining atmosphere this is the place. Perfect for a romantic event. This is how dining is supposed to be if you appreciate courtesy rules, quality furniture, and tablecloth. Perfect combination of a classy atmosphere with excellent seafood choices and well prepared side dishes. Bring a jacket since it can feel a little cool if you are seated in the lower level floor. A gem for Des Moines.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy as always!
Excellent food and staff. Lived up to our expectations based on several prior dining experiences.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for special occasion
A little pricey but excellent food! I had the mixed grill - superb! And my husband had the swordfish - excellent. The smoked fish salad was wonderful!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Seafood restaurant in DM metro
Super salmon! Super Splash Salad! Super service! Superbly satisfying! I have been wanting to
Dine here for a very long time and finally was able to do so. What a fantastic experience! All of the details were covered and the courses flowed flawlessly even though the restaurant was very busy. The multilevel set-up of Splash is nice whether it is 2 people or a large group. I could easily carry on a conversation with my friend as noise levels weren't bad. I'll be back to try other tempting entrées.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
It has been a long time since I've been in such a pleasant dining environment. The wait staff kept our water filled without our even noticing they were at the table, they were prompt to any requests however they never interrupted our conversation. The food itself was uniquely seasoned and absolutely memorable.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week-1st Visit
We went to Splash for the first time and found it to be above average. Our reservation was in place for 7:15 and we were seated immediately. Good service throughout the meal. The salmon was garnished with a type of shredded carrot and added a nice texture/taste to it. Underneath were crawfish cakes which were a bit too sweet and breaded for my taste.. Steak Diane which I don't think is normally on the menu was quite good too. Salad and clam chowder great in presentation and flavor....main disappointment was the chocolate cake dessert. It was a bit on the dry side but the sorbet was a nice finish. Big, big selection of wines but be prepared because they can be pricier than your meal!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best sea food I have had in
Best sea food I have had in Iowa. Waiter was outstanding. Great experience!!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Service
My husband and I dined here during restaurant week and had a wonderful experience. Our waitress was very friendly and prompt. The food was hot and delicious. The dessert was perfect. We love the calming atmosphere. We will definitely be back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
The food was absolutely wonderful. Lovely fresh yellow flowers were on the tables. Wait time for food was minimal. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu. Great dining experience.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was wonderful! The service was great! I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for great seafood Thank you for a wonderful eavening!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing staff, amazing service,
Amazing staff, amazing service, and phenomenal wine and menu choices. It was a birthday dinner that I couldn't have asked to go any better!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Anniversary meal!
We had a great time at Splash celebrating our wedding anniversary. They made the time very special and treated us like king and queen. Our hats off to them!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
After the theatre crowd.
We had reservation for after the start of the evening performance at the Civic Center. We had the upstairs corner "Raw Bar" to ourselves. It was great.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was perfect. The food was great as always. It is beautifully decorated. The staff did a great job in timely service. They gave us time to converse and enjoy our company.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent First Experience
My hubby and I were on a much anticipated date night, and he had been wanting to try Splash for quite a while. We were surprised at how empty the restaurant was for a Friday night, and a little worried. However, the food was wonderful. The calamari & shrimp app was to die for- we both commented how we could like the plates clean. Only real complaint was that with so many empty tables, we were surprised that it took our server so long to check on us. Suspect she was busy with a big table. We'd go back- probably don't need to hassle with making reservations!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a favorite of ours. Best oysters in Des Moines! The food is always consistently good. With only one exception, the service has always been wonderful.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always an awesome meal!
Splash never ceases to amaze. The oyster bar is fantastic and the staff is very helpful in making recommendations. The menu is full of fantastic options that make choosing a meal wonderfully difficult and that's even before they tell you some fantastic special. Splash is a must visit for me when I am visiting Des Moines.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service in restaurant
--Arrived before 5 pm opening/reservation so went to bar to wait; ordered Cosmopolitan--was terrible! Weak, dilute, small size and full of ice chips! I think it was the bottom of the shaker, as two other patrons nearby were already drinking exactly same drink which was dark in color, larger martini glass size, and no ice! Feel I was cheated and would never go to the bar again....would just wait in lobby area. Will be sure to tell friends when I reco the restaurant also.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of the best
nothing against Des Moines but we sure didn't expect a meal like this on a weeknight..absolutely one of the best meals we've had in a while..we were visiting the Quilt show and just wanted something close to the hotel..what a find. Good wine list and good wines by the glass that are relatively inexpensive. Don't miss it. The only drawback is the restaurant is in downtown Des Moines, one of the deadest downtown areas I've ever seen.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely enjoyed the restaurant! The drinks available at the bar were great. The special I had that evening, the King fish was not exactly my favorite, but all the appetizers, drinks were amazing! The staff was wonderful. . .service was excellent. Next time I am in Des Moines we will be coming back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Splash is hands down the best
Splash is hands down the best place to enjoy fresh seafood! The food, service and atmosphere is top notch!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very knowledgeable staff and great service. I made the mistake of ordering a steak at a seafood restaurant. It came way overcooked and poorly prepared. After letting my waitress know, she was very accommodating and replaced it promptly. The new steak came back and was a little under-cooked but was way better than the original. Wine expert was very knowledgeable and friendly. Wife's birthday meal was good and the oysters were very tasty.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic atmosphere was just what we were looking for. Can't wait for our next date note!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Splash: good food, great service
We ate at Splash on our anniversary and found the food to be good. I had sriraxcha scallops which were great. My wife had a sea bass salad that was tasty and presented creatively. The wait staff were superb, present, but not overbearing. The bright paintings and the fish tanks were very nice, as was the general appearance of the restaurant. We were seated a little too close to the lobster tank, so eating lobster didn't feel right. Overall, it was a great experience and a nice way to cap 27 years together.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Saturday night dinner
My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Splash. Instead of a soup or salad, we took advantage of a cheese and meat plate appetizer. Our entrees, sea bass and tuna, were presented nicely and tasted very good. We splurged on dessert, Key Lime cheesecake, which was HUGE and tasty. Our waitress, Mary, was personable and perfectly attentive. I appreciated the "day before" call from Ashley to confirm our reservation and try to accommodate our requests.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
They made a special evening spectac
Splash went to another level of customer device when they called me to make a special menu with her name on it to celebrate her admittance to college. Add to it amazing food and it was a great evening.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I told my server, Glenn, that it was my birthday and I received a complimentary $25 deduction from the cost of my meal. Thanks Glenn! I had the mixed grill with risotto and my girlfriend had King Crab, both meals were excellent.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had swordfish, wife had salmon. Both were prepared well & had good presentation. Prices are reasonable, atmosphere romantic. Valet parking easy, but on street parking close by. 3rd time eating here when visiting DesMoines. Civic center across the street. Dinner & theater was perfect
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The evening was great except
The evening was great except we had a problem with service throughout the night. However, the General Manager who is always present handled the situation superbly!! The owner was there as well and was more than willing to get involved. Overall the food was excellent as always and we will definitely will return!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was wonderful from
Everything was wonderful from the moment we walked in the door. The server was very knowledgeble and helpful. Food was made to perfection and served in a very timely manner.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Splash only one time before this and had such a wonderful experience. My sister niece and I had tickets to the Civic Center to see Wicked and I wanted to make the evening more special by taking them to Splash before our show. They are from out of town and had never been. My niece is in the culinary arts program, and she was so impressed by the service and the food as was myself and my sister. Great service, great food. It really added to our memorable experience. Thanks again to all the staff that provided us with a wonderful dining experience. We will definitely be back.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Splash had great food and service, due to time frame. The food was excellent that night and the waiter was very professional with great service.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Coastal quality seafood!
Who knew such outstanding seafood could be found in the middle of the country? For this east-coast transplant, Splash was a wonderful surprise! We dined here prior to attending the symphony; unsure if we had allowed enough time, we skipped the appetizer. Our entrees were fabulous (my dinner partner had the sashimi tuna, I enjoyed melt-in-your-mouth sea scallops), service was impeccable, and we were happy to find ourselves with sufficient time to enjoy our favorite desserts: creme brulee and dark chocolate mousse. We did note a lack of any quiet background music, and the 2-stall ladies' room was an issue as everyone prepared to head to the symphony at about the same time. Overall, though, a memorable experience that was well worth the price.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Great Place To Celebrate
I have recently been widowed, started my own business and have had some very special friends do nothing but support me the whole time. I treated one of those friends to Splash last Friday night and it suited our celebration of life and friends right down to the ground.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall great experience
Took my wife to Splash for her bday. From the moment we arrived we were very impressed with the friendliness and attentiveness of our waitress Emily. She, as well as the establishment went above and beyond in making this a special time for my wife, even going so far as to personalize the menu with her name on it.
We were given smoked mozzarella with bacon and drizzled with balsamic vinegar which was very, very good. Our appetizer, oysters Rockefeller was the best this side of the Keys. We both ordered the filet and lobster for dinner. We choose to have our lobsters grilled. The fillet was prepared medium rare perfectly as was the lobster.
Can't wait to go back and try the raw bar upstairs. Great food, great ambiance, at a reasonable price.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were there to celebrate
We were there to celebrate a birthday and treated with royalty! It was a lovely evening and the staff and chef made it perfect!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Killer shrimp-calamari appetizer!
We couldn't decide what salad to start with so our waiter suggested the shrimp-calamari Asian influenced appetizer. What a winner! Lightly breaded shrimp and calamari with julienned veggies. Highly recommend it.
We wanted the beet salad but half portions were not offered. Our server said he'd bring another plate and we could still share it.
We always bring our own wine because of the no corkage fee. But we always try to bring a wine not on their wine list our of respect for the restaurant. Their wine list has been redone with a new sommelier. Markups are not as high as most other lists. Nice list with some offerings under $20 - not something I see frequently on wine lists.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM