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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.7
4.7
1722 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 244-5686

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dominic Iannarelli

  • Private party contact

    Mike Holms: (515) 244-5686

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Cross street

    3rd & Locust

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 9pm or park in the public ramp adjacent to the building which is accessible from 4th Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,722 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

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  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

  • Des Moines

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  1. S

    Sally

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Impeccable service. Friendly personnel.
  2. BM

    BillM

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Splash provided an excellent experience of food and service. There are few restaurants that can match it.
  3. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried the crab-shrimp Louis salad … will get again. Jeff is always our server … he goes above and beyond to make our dining experience PERFECT!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kudos+++! Our waitress, Stephanie, remembered us and more than that, she remembered our wine choice! The scallops were extraordinary, the escargot huge, buttery and divine. We love sitting in the bar! Terrific place to dine before an event at the Civic Center
  5. JW

    JoyceW

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Heather is phenomenal. A definite 5 star asset!
  6. MS

    MichelleS

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This is a much larger restaurant than it appears from the outside. Multiple levels - there is an elevator for those that are needing it however, finding the bathroom is a bit difficult. Also, the bathroom could use some updating as it felt small. Our server was very attentive and made sure we were out in time before our show started at the civic center. Pricy but delicious food.
  7. DF

    DF50

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is great. Servers are friendly and know when to be there and when to leave you alone. Love the restaurant.
  8. MG

    MattG

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual great food, great service and great environment/ambiance. Splash personnel are always customer focused and do not rush you out the door. For the best seafood, steaks and other wonderful entrees put Splash on your must eat at once a month restaurant list.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  10. MD

    MDavis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The salmon was cooked to perfection. My husband and I were just discussing how sad it is that we have to go to such a spendy place to get perfect portions!
  11. AK

    AKaeG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First experience at Splash, recommended 100%. Everything was perfect. Extensive wine list, incredible sea food, pleasant and friendly staff. 10/10, go as soon as you can.
  12. JB

    JamesB

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    The food is very good and well prepared. The service was exceptional. The restaurant itself is very outdated. The carpet needs to be removed as it causes a musty smell in the whole dimming area. The decorations also need an update and the bathrooms are like a gas station.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Splash is an old faithful. We can always count on a great experience. Oysters are great. Specials are great. No complaints here.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amber was our server and she was fantastic. She had great suggestions and everything was delicious!
  16. DM

    DawnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was AWESOME! The food was so so good. What a special night out, we love Splash!
  17. TT

    TarahT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was a little frightened given some reviews but everything was wonderful! We ordered seared scallops, garlic mash, lobster mac, and a royal surf and turf. Everything was cooked to perfection! Our lobster mac was also more lobster than mac. Finished the meal with their from scratch creme brulee--best we've ever had. Our waitress was very attentive and informative, environment was quiet with many tanks to watch. A bit pricey for sure but a great option for a special occasion
  18. RS

    RyanS

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and service was excellent as usual. One of the best spots in Des Moines.
  19. S

    Shiloh

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Menu was very extensive. Service was excellent as well. I don't know how you can improve on perfection. I didn't expect to find a seafood restaurant of this caliber in Des Moines, Iowa. One of the more quiet restaurants I have been to. Will definitely come back next time in Des Moines.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did a night cap of SeaFood, a cold plate of lobster, king crab, and shrimp along with 6 Oysters. Excellent finish to the evening.
  21. MG

    MattG

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice evening with friends. Great service, great food and wine. Acoustics could be a bit better but it is tolerable. We will definitely be back.
  22. CD

    ChristineD

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Splash can not be beat for fresh seafood.The sea bass was excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food.
  24. GB

    GoBrowns

    Toledo

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had the oysters from Puget Sound and they were wonderful. The Escargot was yummy my companion had Chilean Seabass with the cauliflower and mashed sweet potatoes. Sea bass was prepared meunière and it was extremely delicious. I ordered the halibut special and it was overcooked. The sides were remarkable. The waitress remedied the fish by quickly replacing it with the Sea bass.
  25. T

    Toby

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Heather did a great job.
  26. DD

    DDV2011

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night / Theater night for Hamilton. Amazing food, wine & service! Our waitress was amazing! Her sea bass recommendation was perfect. Kudos to the chef!
  27. K

    Karen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous. Glass of wine way too expensive...
  28. TH

    TonyH

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Emily really added to our dining experience. Splash is our favorite restaurant and we don't mind driving from Council Bluffs for special occasions as they make it special!
  29. TC

    TeresaC

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal as usual!
  30. BA

    BobA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect dinner prior to going to see Hamilton. The waitstaff was very attentive, and the food was wonderful! Would repeat.
  31. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an early dinner before a show at the Civic Center across the street. The restaurant was pretty busy during our visit, but our waitress did a great job managing all her tables. Very experienced, knowledgeable of all dishes, provided great suggestions, etc. Our food was excellent (Alaskan Halibut, Chilean Sea Bass); no issues. Wine list is good and very reasonably priced. Overall, definitely met our expectations. When in Des Moines we’ll be back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and great food!
  33. C

    Charlotte

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! We tried chilled king crab legs, fried soft shell crab, salmon dishes, and the siracha scallops (so good) Great wine selections. Amber, our server, was wonderful. Very personable and knowledgeable about the menu and best pairings. A very nice dinner
  34. S

    sarahS

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place to stop before heading to Hamilton!
  35. GR

    GeneR

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary this evening and everything was fantastic!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server Scott made a nice evening easy and fun without barging into our dinner for two. He is a pro!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience1
    Food was good waitress was slow Didn’t get drinks or refills. Super nice just too much for her
  38. HK

    HeidiK

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Splash was great! The food was delicious, the service was outstanding, and it was a great place to have a nice dinner before we went to a show. We will be back!
  39. MG

    MattG

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always. Our waiter, Jeff, is fabulous! Always there with a timely wine pour and menu suggestions when it’s decision time. Our entire meal from appetizers to the main course were spot on. Great restaurant with great people.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were supposed to have dinner with friends but ended up just my beautiful wife and I. Great food, excellent service. The moods and energy were on point. What a great evening.

FAQs

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 244-5686.

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 1722 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

303 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd & Locust

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free street parking after 9pm or park in the public ramp adjacent to the building which is accessible from 4th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dominic Iannarelli

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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