Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
303 Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50309Neighborhood:
Downtown Des Moines
SeafoodPrice: $31 to $50
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
- 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: 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
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 Service
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since July 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (83)romantic (64)fit for foodies (62)notable wine list (52)good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (19)hot spot (12)late-night find (9)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Splash'n AwayOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/8/2014I really enjoy sitting and eating in the bar area, which is intimate and charming. The main seating areas here are fairly cavernous and dated. Their drinks are terrific. In particular, the pineapple infused vodka is dangerously delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FabulousOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/1/2014This is the best seafood restaurant we have ever been to. Fabulous food, Alaskan crab legs are to die for and the filet melted in my mouth! The service was so good I left the biggest tip I have ever left a waitress. All I can say is GO...you will not be disappointed!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Splash was a flopjhuffmanDined on 10/31/2014Now keep in mind I guess we travel often and we did try seafood in Iowa but we live in Indy and have great seafood here. The biggest concern was the service was pretty poor and our waiter seemed to be preoccupied with something in the bar and we seemed to be a side note. Clam Chowder was in all honesty more like mushroom soup, oysters were small and a few not so tasty. We also had the large chilled seafood platter. Very nice presentation and a nice selection of items. Please when serving the large platter to two people include two seafood forks and a couple shell crackers as the crab was a bit tough to get open. Biggest issue with this item was most of the items were over cooked. In Iowa eat beef!
- love this placeCrystal2222Dined on 10/31/2014I've taken my wife to Splash 3 times in the past couple years and each time we've had a great experience. The staff is very friendly and even though I'm not a huge seafood fan, I love the fish, I usually try the special, last time was the barracuda - it was awesome. We went there on Halloween this year for their costume contest, my wife won the female best costume category and won a hundred bucks so that was a major plus Got to talk with Rex, the mixologist guy, and he was very down to earth and even gave me tips on how to re-create his 'Death bed confessions' drink, which was amazing by the way. Overall good vibes every time we have gone. If you like the more exotic seafood, my wife says everything she's had has been amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great service food not amazingjomarkDined on 10/31/2014My wife and I sent our evening there on Friday Oct 31. It is a loverly atmosphere with fish all around the restaurant. Our waiter was great but here's the catch the bill was well over 85.00 for the two of us yet the food was not up to snuff. Very disappointing. Above average but only above average. Will we go there again? Sure but not for awhile. There's just so many other places to try.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent food and serviceVictoriaJZDined on 10/14/2014We 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:
- Great beginning.grandma11plusDined on 10/14/2014We had a lovely meal. An excellent prelude to the concert we attended at the civic center.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/11/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not HappyMarkDined on 10/11/2014My 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:
- disappointed in the food prepOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 10/11/2014We 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:
- Birthday DinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/3/2014I 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:
- Fresh seafood, excellent serviceveggieDined on 10/3/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Home run every timeOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/1/2014Each 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect complement to Civic Center4BroadwaySeriesDinersDined on 9/21/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect evening!24dinnerDined on 9/20/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great seafoodJVR111Dined on 9/20/2014We choose this restaurant every time we stay in DesMoines. We love the great service and the delicious seafood.Special Features:
- Excellent Dinner SpotRahondaDined on 9/20/2014Went 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:
- Great dining experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/13/2014Lobster 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always great for a special treat!foodgeek2Dined on 9/13/2014Splash 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:
- Inaheartbeat1Dined on 9/12/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A must place to dineRandyDined on 9/11/2014Another 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:
- AverageOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/11/2014I'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good not greatOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/10/2014Great 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:
- Except for the profanity...DSMdinerVIPDined on 9/6/2014We'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:
- Super Slow - 3rd Choice WineAllcowDined on 9/6/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Before ConcertOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/6/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AverageIowapetDined on 9/6/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Something has changed!SplashDined on 9/5/2014We 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.
- FoodforFunDined on 8/30/2014My 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/29/2014Although 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Classy atmosphereDan701Dined on 8/28/2014My 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:
- Maybe just what I ordered?DSMdinerVIPDined on 8/22/2014We 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:
- A go-to restaurantSocalgalDined on 8/21/2014Have 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect DinnertopfoodDined on 8/21/2014Although 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/21/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great time!seniorwitchDined on 8/16/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still the best!wishwecoulddothismoreDined on 8/16/2014Splash 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/16/2014We always enjoy dining at Splash. Great food, best staff, and service that is second to none!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful ExperienceHappyClamersForeverDined on 8/14/2014My 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.Special Features:
- First time dining at Splash.kproDined on 8/12/2014Very nice experience. The food was excellent and the service top-notch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.