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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.splash-seafood.com
  • Phone: (515) 244-5686
  • 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: Seafood, Steak
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We always enjoy dining at Splash. Great food, best staff, and service that is second to none!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Very nice experience. The food was excellent and the service top-notch."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Quality, well-prepared food and friendly but pleasantly formal service"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service was great. We took some suggustions from the waitress which ended up being a bad choice for our taste buds."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I've heard about Splash for years and finally got the chance to go. Unfortunately I was really disappointed. The service was terrible, food ok but pricey, and the ambiance was very weird and overpowered by the cheesy late 80's early 90's decorating. When we arrived the hostess showed us to our table for two that unfortunately only had one chair. This was after she had already gone to check if the table was ready for us. Then we sat and sat for 10 minutes before anyone even bothered to bring us water, much less a drink. During this time I counted at least 5 servers and two bartenders walk past us, all kind of slowly going about their business. The food was ok, but certainly not good enough to overcome the rest of the experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "First time my male friend had ever been here. He had the tuna; I had sea bass ravioli. They both were excellent! We'll be back !"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our group of 5 received great service and wonderful food! Nice selection on menu! Will definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We ate there for our anniversary and everything was perfect!! Good was amazing and service was awesome. It cost a pretty penny but the overall experience was worth it. They personalized our menus and decorated the table for us! Awesome place to go for any occasion but better for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Made reservations at Splash for our 15th anniversary. Put in our reservation note that we were celebrating our 15th anniversary. Splash sat us at a table with some anniversary decorations along with personalized menu with a personalized note at the top. Nice touch along great meal."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "From the moment we entered Splash! and were greeted by the host and Ben, the sommelier, we knew we were in for a special anniversary dinner celebration. A wine list for all...by the glass, half bottle or bottle, they have a wine that fits your taste and budget. There were many wine options to choose from for pairing with any of the wonderful dishes on the mene. Glen was very attentive to every detail of service from including bringing Ben to our table to suggestions for appetizer, to answering questions about the entrees, to checking back throughout our dining experience...he was simply the best! The crab cakes appetizer, Sriracha Scallops, Sashimi Tuna and Bavarian Chocolate Mousse were simply amazing! Bravo team Splash!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at Splash to celebrate our first anniversary. It was a great choice of restaurant! Splash prepared a special table for us, complete with confetti and custom menus. We loved the food - we started off with a half-dozen oysters, and then my wife had the swordfish and I had the sea scallops. We finished off the meal with key lime cheesecake. In all, we had a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent service. Great food. Strong winelist with a variety of wines in all price ranges."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I've never had a bad meal at Splash. Very well managed."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time; the facility was in good order, the service was stellar, the wine was perfect, and the food was impeccable. We will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Service and fresh oysters were fantastic, but we were disappointed in main courses. My tuna was over cooked and both meals were cold."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Splash went the extra mile to make my birthday special. The food was great, and the somm was so gracious."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent location for a quiet business lunch-- we were seated in the Oyster Bar area. Everyone seemed to be pleased with their meals. Waitress was excellent."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great food and attentive service. Quiet and comfortable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Butter for lobster had a rotton taste. Food extremly over priced compared to other restaurants with similar menu. Salmon portion was smaller than a granola bar. Large fish tanks in the room, but all empty and ugly."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My swordfish was too spicy for me to eat so my husband ate it and he loved it. I ate his salmon, it was great. Our waiter was a top 10! The place was a little dark for me but I always have trouble seeing in dark places. Wonderful evening, looking forward to a return visit! Thank you."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We thought Splash was a wonderful place to eat for our 26th wedding anniversary. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We ordered the PEI mussels as an appetizer, which were overcooked and mealy, and the saffron broth was lacking in flavor. My date had the lobster mac and cheese, which he said was wonderful. I had the seared tuna, which was cold. I didn't bring this to the server's attention because I was on a date and didn't want to be difficult, but I definitely expected more. That all being said, the server was knowledgeable and attentive. She did everything in her power to ensure we had a positive experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "From appetizer (shrimp & calamari kung pao) to dessert (sorbet & chocolate martini), everything was perfect. Entrees were blackened sea bass & seared scallops, both deelish! We love our server Jamie, she helped make our anniversary celebration special. She's the best! Recommend Splash for fresh seafood and great ding experience in Des Moines."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Loved It !! Seafood was excellent !! Can't wait to return to try something different on the menu. Had always wanted to try Splasg and was not disappointed"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I have always heard wonderful things about this restaurant, so I decided to give it a try while celebrating a birthday and wedding anniversary. Out of our party of 4, only 1 person was satisfied with their meal which ranged from pasta to steak to fish. I ordered the seabass and it was extremely undercooked. Our waitress was M.I.A most of the night so I didn't want to have to track her down and then wait to have to send it back. I simply just ate around the edges and not the raw middle. I honestly expected a much better experience, for the money we were spending."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great way to celebrate a birthday. Added touch with the menu pre printed of "Happy Birthday" and the writing of it on the dinner plate."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "W ehad a wonderful meal before our concert. Service was quick and friendly. They asked when we got there if we were going to the concert and took great care of us when they found out we were."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • " had great food great service and all around fantastic time. husband and I took parents for a special night out and no one was disappointed! can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The soft shell crab was very tasty and the asparagus perfectly cooked. Halibut special had great flavors and again cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 5/24/2014