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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent service. Great food. Strong winelist with a variety of wines in all price ranges."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The quality of the food is fair to good but the options are very limited. Especially for those wanting smaller/lighter dishes. The wine selection is good but, like the food, is high priced. Interestingly that their wines by the glass are only sold by the glass. So if you sample one, like it and want to move to a bottle, the only thing offered to you is at 4 times the glass price. Our waitress and the bartender were very good. Attentive and friendly. All other staff were stiff....almost to a point of being snooty. Which is why this restaurant continues to have that reputation. Overall the experience was good. But not worth the cost. Recommend for a very special occasion or those on expense accounts."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary this night. Waiter was great, food was incredible. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Waitress was very friendly, made great recommendations, and was attentive to our needs"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Had the Sea Bass and haven't tasted any finer. Waiter was attentive and courteous. Didn't feel rushed. Loved the atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My husband and live in Cedar Rapids and when ever we attend a play at Des Moines Preforming Arts we try to have dinner at Splash. The seafood is always the best and this time we think we had the best bread ever. There are so many interesting items on the menu it would take a long time to dine on them all but you could always try. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We did not expect to be seated at a high-top table in the oyster bar. We would have preferred sitting in any other area of the restaurant, where it seems more intimate and "fancy." Though there were only two other parties in the room, our server seemed to forget about us a couple of times. Our food was good and we had a nice time, though."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I really enjoy dining here when visiting Des Moine. If you like seafood then this is the place for you to enjoy. The food and service are very good and consistent. I like the wine list as it offers a unique selection of worldwide wines and even offers a few half bottles that are fun to try. If you get the chance to go to Splash..say YES!!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Nice and quiet. Food is always great. Service is awesome."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Splash is THE premier seafood resturant in the Des Moines area, and as someone who is accustomed to east coast seafood, it stacks up favorably with many of the well known names on the eastern seaboard. One item in particular, the scallops, are to die for, and I savor every last bite. An excellent choice for an evening out, and my personal favorite!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had noted my comments section that it was my 50th birthday. When we got there- the staff had printed out menus with a birthday wish across the top. How fun. I felt special all evening. We had an oyster sampler as an appetizer. The horseradish was freshly grated and the oysters were so tasty. We had all sizes and salinity. There were so many items that looked good that we did not know how to select our entre. Our waitress kindly informed us that they would put together a meal sampler of our selection. That is exactly what we did. I had sea scallops and swordfish with asparagus with a side of lobster Mac and cheese. For dessert I had chocolate mousse w whipped and sliced strawberries. We will be going back whenever we can."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I am in Des Moines every Spring and this has always been my go to place for great seafood which is hard to find in the Midwest. Great sevice as always. They even called my cell to inform me that I left my credit card at the restaurant. Thanks to OpenTable that they had my contact information."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I were encouraged to visit splash because the food quality was to be superior to other restaurants in Des Moines. Upon arrival I was quite shocked as the overall appearance of the restaurant was not what I would call formal belonged more in a daycare center. Our waiter was much to informal lounging on our seats and did not have very good knowledge of preperation on the menu. When our food arrived it was as if the chef forgot that there belongs separation between flavors of food on the plate. Everything tasted of a single flavor with little being accounted for texture of food. We did tryed the scallop dish and it was quite good but again they chose to cover in excessive sauces."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was our first time going to Splash. Service was great, food was great, started out with a Mediterranean tuna salad, compliments of the chef!!! I would highly recommend Splash for special occasions or if you want a fancy night out!!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "First timers, great food, great vibe, reggae music......will definitely come back"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We arrived after our show at the Civic Center. They did not mind that we arrived later than expected. They were so friendly. We took our time and enjoyed our meal without feeling hurried. Great dinner!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We received a voucher for free shrimp cocktail when we made our reservations online. We also received a tasty appetizer compliments of the chef before our meal. Those items, along with our salad and main entrées left us feeling satisfied and full. Food was delicious... can't wait to go back. We had tickets to a show at the civic center so our server was diligent in getting us out in plenty of time to make our show."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "A special event for two birthdays and a tasty dinner before a dance performance at the Civic Center. A-list treatment, special printed menus with a birthday message, excellent food and tasty desserts. As the title says, Splash always does it right."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had symphony tix and were in a bit of a tight time frame. Our server was prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and made sure we were on time. We both had a cup of soup and the seabass salad. Loved the unique presentation and amokey flavor! The food was yummy and just the proper amount for pre-symphony dining."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were trying to have a romantic date night, and we hit a home run!! The new lobster and pasta dish was wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I celebrated my 50th birthday at splash. Everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had the most memorable dinner with our college kids and their friend. Great ambience, amazing food, outstanding service. The big plus was also the aquarium. We an to make this a regular family outing for special times when everyone is home. Thank you Splash for a great evening."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were a party of four- the server was Iris-she was wonderful. We were going to a concert at the Civic Center. Everything was completed in a timely fashion- the food was excellent. The wine- my husband chice was very good. The wind list is extensive and Ben does a wonderful job of explaining everything. He and my husband love to talk about wine. Excellent experience!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Because we were headed to a concert, as many diners were, that was the first thing our server asked to ensure we were "rewarded" for being on time for our reservation with food that was wonderfully prepared and also on time to get us out the door and in our concert seats."
    Dined on 3/11/2014