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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
  • Email: mike@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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Splash is a wonderful restaurant, but fell below its typical experience this time. Pre-Civic Center concert crowd put full pressure on the capacity, but we were disappointed with the service taking more than an hour to receive our food. Also, two of us ordered the scallop-shrimp chef special. Both experienced a scorched taste with the shrimp. All other aspects were tasty and enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Splash did a great job on my wife's 50th birthday. They made a custom menu for us and decorated the table. Brent served us and did a great job as always. Best oysters in Iowa!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Took my daughter here for a special birthday dinner. Our server was excellent, friendly and efficient. Wish I could say similar things about the food. The oysters did not seem fresh and we could not finish them. The main courses were just OK and over-priced for the quality. Nice evening with my daughter but dinner a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went here for my husband's birthday and were not impressed. We had gone there several times in the past and were always impressed with the food and service, The food was terribly overpriced for the quality and amount of food we received. Our waiter was rude and seemed to be interested in other things than helping us. The "butter" for the lobster was not butter and was something else. It tasted horrible. My swordfish dinner was a small piece of very dry fish with 3 pieces of asparagus. Definitely overpriced for a below average meal. The menu they created for my husband's birthday was not even the correct date. Last year for his birthday, they served ice cream with a candle and this year there was nothing."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were celebrating our first anniversary and it was truly a special night. The service was excellent and the , the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "When visiting in Des Moines for several days over my birthday, I read about several restaurants that I might want to go to for my birthday and decided on Splash! I made a reservation using opentable and noted we would be celebrating my birthday. As someone else mentioned in a previous review, they had printed our menus with "Happy birthday" and my name. We had a lovely quiet table by a large tropical fish tank. We weren't disappointed in the least and definitely will look forward to another opportunity to dine there again! It is a bit pricey, but for a special occasion, not unreasonable!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My group went to dinner before a show. Our waitress did a great job of making sure we were served with time to make it to the show without rushing our dinner. It is always a wonderful meal with exceptional service."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening. The food was fantastic, the service was great and we got finished in time for the show. The staff was very attentive to not rushing us but making sure that the timing was right so we could get to the Civic Music show without any stress. Perfect date night!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was our first time to Splash and can't wait to go again! The ambiance was awesome, the food was spectacular. We highly enjoyed our experience. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Louis Salad was superb as was the Pan seared Sea Bass. The tuna had a burnt smokey flavor to it even though it was served rare--not so good. Some of the wine was stale but the staff did make it right immediately. Both the Tuffle Choc Cake and the Pineapple upside down cake was yummy. This is a dining experience for you to take your time and enjoy. We will definately be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Well, I guess the true test to anything is if you'd do it all over again, and come back again. The answer to that question would be absolutely, without a doubt. We totally enjoyed the evening, great service, and outstanding food. I guess we really don't need to wait for another special occasion. Thank again for a very nice evening."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "As usual the service and food were excellent. Ben had great suggestions on wine and Dom again had the best preparations of fresh seafood. Never disappointing!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Some of the best oysters ive had, steak was great, wife loved it too."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food was pretty good but between the three of us, none of us were wowed by the meals we had. The salad and sides of sweet potatoes we had were great but the fish and lobster were just ok. Decent, reasonably priced wines by the glass were a plus. As for the atmosphere, we spent some of our conversation debating over the choice of decor. Overall, a decent meal but the quality was not quite on par for the price point. With many other great restaurants in DSM, not sure if choose this one again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The entire dining experience at Splash Seafood in Des Moines is beyond reproach!! From the moment you enter the door you are treated like you are the only people in the entire place. The service is excellent and the food absolutely outstanding. It also can cater to a family, a large group or a couple wanting a romantic evening. Nothing better in Des Moines!!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had dinner at Splash before a show at the Civic Center with my college age son. The evening was pleasant and enjoyable and the food was fabulous!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "A great way to start the evening before an event at the Civic Center! Great food, drinks and wonderful service along with an excellent selection of wines. The calamari and shrimp starter was delicious and the flavors of the asian slaw a perfect compliment."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The food and service was extraordinary!! We love going to Splash and we always have a great meal!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food overall was presented well and taste was as expected. Nothing really jumped out at me from the experience. I liked the atmosphere nice quiet place to enjoy a nice dinner and conversation with someone. We were out for a birthday dinner and she was very impressed with your swordfish with ground mustard along with the garlic mash potato and very much enjoyed the crab cakes and the Key Lime Cheesecake was amazing."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite spots. Fresh seafood, great service and a fantastic wine list!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Perhaps the best seafood I have ever had. Great atmosphere and a wonderful dining experience. Our waiter was so helpful and we were so well taken care of. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great food- extensive wine list, attentive service"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We traveled from out-of-state for a sporting event and wanted to try a place that wouldn't be too heavy with rich food before attending the game. This place fit perfect. We started with a dozen oysters. We asked the waiter for 1/2 from the east coast and 1/2 from the west. Yes, we could appreciate the difference in taste from one coast to the other. We followed with a wonderfully prepared pork and vegetable soup and an order of crab cakes. I must say the cakes were as light and perfectly seasoned as I have ever had. Wish we would have ordered more. The French Vouvray was a perfect accompaniment to our meal. I want to add that the wine list was a pleasant surprise......something for everyone. I highly recommend Splash for a special treat."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Relaxing atmosphere, very friendly and helpful staff"
    Dined on 1/25/2014