Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.splash-seafood.com/
  • Phone: 5152445686
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Dominic Iannarelli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Mike Holms 515-244-5686

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd & Locust
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free street parking after 6pm or park in the public ramp adjacent to the building which is accessible from 4th Street.
A word from Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
DiRoNA award winning Splash Seafood Bar & Grill serves only the freshest seafood flown in daily and expertly prepared in both traditional and contemporary styles. Splash Seafood bar and Grill also serve the Midwest's finest cuts of steaks and chops with the same care as they give the seafood. Be pampered by the highly experienced wait staff in one of Des Moines most unique and elegant dining rooms surrounded by whimsical wall murals as well as 9 large salt water aquariums. Splash Seafood offers an extensive wine list, recognized with an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, as well as a full bar specializing in tropical drinks. Also enjoy a more laid back atmosphere in the raw bar, Splash Oyster Bar & Seafood Market, just across the hallway from Splash Seafood. Enjoy all the fresh oysters and shellfish that the raw bar has to offer as well as the full menu from Splash Seafood. Also be sure to take advantage of the raw bars Seafood Market to enjoy the freshest seafood at home.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (92)romantic (76)fit for foodies (63)notable wine list (57)good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (20)hot spot (12)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (7)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Excellent food and service
    VictoriaJZ
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were going to a show at the Civic Center and decided to go to Splash, as it's right next door. I had the shrimp risotto which was excellent. I tried a 'new' [to me] Sauvignon Blanc at the suggestion of the waitress [who was an excellent server] and was glad I did. The food is a bit pricey, but it's delicious and fresh. You do get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great beginning.
    grandma11plus
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had a lovely meal. An excellent prelude to the concert we attended at the civic center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a party of four. Two of us had the scallops which were far superior to any scallops I have had in the Des Moines area. Everyone was very pleased with the meal and the service. For any seafood lover, this is a great go to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Happy
    Mark
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife and I had a night out and went to Splash on 10/11/14. Walking in, we got very excited. We were seated right away, since we had reservations. We sat at the table on the bottom floor. We were served water 10 minutes later. Our drink was asked another 10 minutes later. My drink was mixed wrong twice, I then gave up and drank water. We had questions about the food we ordered, and they were not described by the waitress well, so I decided to play it safe with a steak. By the time our food came, the mashed potatos were set up, as if they were instant potatos. By the end of the night we spent $150 for a dinner that I think I could have gotten at Red Lobster. On a good note, the hostess was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed in the food prep
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We visit Splash for every birthday and Anniversary. They do a nice job of personalizing the menu and the bit of confetti is a festive touch. We enjoy the food and the wine list. I was disappointed in how the fish was prepared on this visit. Yes, I know that tuna is served rare. It was ordered in the pan seared style and I didn't think that it had been seared enough to even be called rare. It was gray, cold and tasteless. When I called it to the attention of the server, I felt his response was a condescending. Instead of immediately offering to correct it, he debated with me that it was properly prepared. It took 3 tries for him to offer to take it back to be seared further. It kind of ruined the entire celebratory evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I made reservations for a dinner for my boyfriend's birthday. I had requested only a dessert be brought out at the end of dinner...which was produced; however, when we arrived, there was confetti on the table. I wasn't a big fan of that...as this was meant to be a surprise and not made into a big production.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh seafood, excellent service
    veggie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We dined here with friends, one of whom is a wine lover and was very pleased to find his favorite Oregon Pinot Noir on the wine list. We were seated promptly and had excellent service throughout the meal. Everyone enjoyed their food, though my husband felt that the temperature of his wild King salmon could have been warmer. Atmosphere is very nice and relatively quiet. I would eat here again. One comment I would like to make: Though I eat some seafood, I am mainly a vegetarian and would like to see one vegetarian entree on the menu for vegetarians accompanying seafood lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home run every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Each time I visit Splash I am pleased. The menu is fresh, the service impeccable, and uthe atmosphere relaxing. Whether you are business casual or business formal, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect complement to Civic Center
    4BroadwaySeriesDiners
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were so delighted that Splash was open on Sunday evenings for the Phantom of the Opera performances at the Civic Center. We had reservations for 4:45 and were easily able to dine and cross the street in time for the 6:30 performance. We treated our son and daughter-in-law and they loved the experience and the delicious seafood. I'm not a seafood fan, so I enjoyed the filet mignon immensely. Loved the Splash salad and the mashed sweet potatoes and the creamed corn were fabulous! Our server was very knowledgeable and cordial as well. We are planning to be back soon! Thanks so much to the staff for giving up their Sunday evening to makes ours so special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening!
    24dinner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We chose Splash because of its location near the Civic Center and because we love seafood. We were not disappointed! The food was fabulous, and we were able to enjoy a leisurely supper before heading to the theatre. We will definitely do this again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    JVR111
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We choose this restaurant every time we stay in DesMoines. We love the great service and the delicious seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Dinner Spot
    Rahonda
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went to dinner with hubby and another couple before Phantom of the Opera. We had plenty of time to enjoy appetizers, a fabulous seafood dinner and even share a small dessert before we left for the show. Also had wine throughout the dinner. Everything we ate was truly magnificent - loved it all! Prices were quite reasonable considering that they are bringing in the seafood daily a considerable distance - we enjoyed it was a special treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lobster and salmon were cooked perfectly. Service was very good. Waiter was attentive without being intrusive. Extensive wine list. Pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great for a special treat!
    foodgeek2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Splash never disappoints! Treated my 15 year-old son to dinner after a performance at our local civic center. He also enjoyed the experience. The staff is gracious and helpful. Our waiter made excellent recommendations. Wonderful meals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inaheartbeat1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The spaces are well designed, warm, yet cosmopolitan.This is a very nice setting, plan for 90 minutes at least, you won't want to rush. Everyone in our group of 6 was happy with the quality of the food and service. We appreciated that there is not a corking fee. We were a bit surprised that with a group of six, a 20% tip was added to each of our bills. We would have given more of a tip had that amount not been included as an expectation on the bill.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must place to dine
    Randy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Another great meal with a nice surprise before meal treat. We were seated immediately upon arrival. The service was quick and friendly. The chef sent out a little surprise before meal treat. The food was prepared perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've eaten at Slash many times and I do have to say this was the least impressed I have been. I do realize there was a big show across the street that most of the customers were probably attending, but I felt it was just average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great for a night before a show at the Civic Center, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go downtown to eat here. Nothing so outstanding or unique that I can't find at other restaurants closer to where I live.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Except for the profanity...
    DSMdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've eaten at Splash many times, and enjoy the food and unique atmosphere with the fish tanks, etc. The food we had during our last visit was fantastic - I had the scallops and my wife had chicken - and our guests also enjoyed their entrees. We started with the "Iowa Platter" of meats and cheeses, which was a great deal for the price. Unfortunately, there was a down-side to our visit. We arrived about 45 minutes early, on purpose. We were meeting some friends and wanted to have some time to visit in the bar before we were seated for dinner. There was a manager-type behind the bar who was completely rude to his employees, literally yelling at them in front of patrons about not having enough glassware. He used profanity many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super Slow - 3rd Choice Wine
    Allcow
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had booked dinner months in advance with note that we'd need to attend an 8 PM event at the Wells Fargo Arena - affirmed it again when we checked in and with the waitress. Ever response was - no problem. We ended up with no dessert, no coffee, and running from restaurant to the concert and missed the first song. While wine list was extensive, first selection came back 15 minutes later, not available, second selection came back 10 minutes later, not available - ended up taking whatever they had and it was not something we'd ever order again. Food - when it arrived was very good. Atmosphere with fish tanks was special.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before Concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great Service and wonderful seafood, had to sit in Oyster Bar and would have rather been in nicer area but otherwise very good overall!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Iowapet
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were there before a concert so we loved the location. We liked the decor and ambience but it smelled unusual, but we chalked it up to it being a fish place. Two of the people in our party had outstanding entrees but two of us got the sashimi tuna upon the recommendation of our server and we were really disappointed in it. Maybe just a bad night for that dish. Our martinis were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something has changed!
    Splash
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have been visiting Splash at least once per year for at least 6 years and sadly we're were very disappointed on 9-5-2014. Every visit my wife orders the sea scallops but this time they seemed to be not fresh and over cooked. I ordered steak and lobster and the lobster tail was undercooked. We will not be back and the prices are higher now. $60 for an 8 ounce fillet and lobster tail is a bit much for the quality. Too bad it has changed, it was our favorite seafood place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodforFun
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My guest and I had a very pleasant dining experience at SPLASH on Saturday August 30th. The food was quite good even though I thought the eggplant was much too dry. The only problem we had was the fact that the Server inadvertantly charged us for a food item we did not order. I had to bring this to his attention. When I did, he quickly corrected the mistake.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Although having heard of and knowing of "Splash" for many years, I have to sorrowfully admit to having never patronized this establishment. After dining there on Friday evening, you can be assured that my wife and myself will be repeat patrons. Everything that would be expected in a dining experience was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy atmosphere
    Dan701
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My husband and I both had the filet and lobster tail. They were outstanding. We started with crab cakes. I have to say, they were not the best I've ever had but not the worst. They seemed a bit bland. We finished our meal with my husband having the crème brulee and I had the raspberry sorbet. The brulee...I had a taste....was incredible. However, the sorbet was like eating a snow cone. It was crumbly and tasted like flavored ice chips. I definitely want to go back again but I will need to try a different appetizer and dessert selection. The waitress was amazing. She was very attentive but didn't hover. The salt water fish tanks are amazing in the restaurant, by the way. Beautiful! Made for a great atmosphere during our evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe just what I ordered?
    DSMdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visited Splash during the Des Moines Restaurant Week. We had looked at the RW menu options online and thought it looked like a nice selection. We dined with a party of 6 and had a nice table on the middle level. Our server was attentive, but certainly didn't push us through the dining process (we were at the restaurant for nearly 4 hours). We enjoyed a couple glasses of wine, and my wife ordered the filet, and I ordered the shrimp ravioli. My wife said her steak was pretty good, and she enjoyed the creamed kale/mushroom veggie option. My entree was underwhelming. The ravioli had semi-hard edges, like they'd been sitting under a heat lamp for a while. The sauce was tasty, but didn't make up for the blase taste of the ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A go-to restaurant
    Socalgal
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Have dined at splash many times and never disappointed. This is a go-to when we are entertaining out of town guests as well as pre civic center dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dinner
    topfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Although this is a seafood specialty place, Everyone in my group ordered the beef tenderloin and we were not disappointed. Be sure to have the "Splash" salad. It's the best house salad in town! We were seated right beside a fish tank and enjoyed watching "Kirby", the puffer fish. This was not my first time at Splash and I've always had delicious food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service we received was outstanding. Our waitress was so personable. I felt my fish was undercooked and the staff did everything to make it right.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    seniorwitch
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a very nice time and a marvelous dinner. Everything tasted great and the temperature was perfect for the dish as it arrived at our table. Our service was courteous, pleasant and attentive. We recommend Splash to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best!
    wishwecoulddothismore
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Splash has always been my go to place for a special occasion. They did not disappoint us for our anniversary. Upon calling to confirm our reservation, we were asked if it was a special occasion. We told them it was our 9th anniversary. We arrived to find our own printed menus that said "Happy 9th Anniversary" with our name. It set the stage for a wonderful evening. The food was amazing. The specials are delicate without being heavy. Make sure to take advantage of Ben to help you select wine or champagne. We brought our wine (no corkage fee) but enjoyed an amazing glass of champagne to conclude our meal. Wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always enjoy dining at Splash. Great food, best staff, and service that is second to none!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    HappyClamersForever
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife was visiting me from out of town so I started asking around work for a good seafood restaurant. A co work recommended Splash and a few other restaurant's. I went with splash because I enjoyed the menu and I thought my wife would like your food and boy was I right. I also requested some flowers for my wife and was shocked when someone called me to tell me that not only were the flowers not a problem but asked me if I had any certain flowers in mind. So cool.. The food was delicious the service was outstanding. Most importantly we had a beautiful time and my wife was able to take the flowers home with us. Good job Guys.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time dining at Splash.
    kpro
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very nice experience. The food was excellent and the service top-notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Quality, well-prepared food and friendly but pleasantly formal service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed the interaction with Clark, our server. Our questions were thoroughly answered. The specials were enthusiastically described. We enjoyed the pacing in which the courses were brought to our table; we never felt rushed. We were seated in the main dining area in the lower level. The aquarium themes complement the dining experience without overpowering it. It was dim, but we could still read the menu without resorting to a flashlight. The diners were primarily middle aged, as are my wife and I. We did not feel out of place. I recommend Splash for an evening weekend meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, good service
    Foodie1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good and the wait staff was very attentive and seemed to work extremely well together and was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You won't regret it.
    cmsingelstad
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    MUST HAVES: Calamari as an appetizer and chilean seabass prepared meuniere for your entree. Seriously, you will not be disappointed. I am totally guilty here of lacking variety, simply because it is so unbelievably good. I am yet to find another seafood restaurant with seabass that even compares. For the record, others that I've dined with have traveled beyond the seabass and been very impressed, as well. Their wine is also worth mentioning. They have an excellent Sommelier to assist in choosing a fabulous wine for your meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delish Dining
    dsmfoodiewriter
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved the table we ended up at--right next to the beautiful fish tank. Jamie was a great server and very resourceful. When she didn't know what was in the bacon compound butter and the strawberry sorbet, she went and asked the chef and came back with good answers. I love the fact that you support the local farmer's market and offer fresh produce items with your specials. All of the items we tried were fabulous--even the corn and beet medley that went along with the salmon. I found many of the flavors very intriguing and I loved seeing how you use kale in menu items. We typically don't eat dessert, but the Strawberry Sorbet made with Triple Sec was outstanding! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate