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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill, Des Moines, IA
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill, Des Moines, IA
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill, Des Moines, IA
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill, Des Moines, IA
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill, Des Moines, IA

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.5
4.5
1913 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

9:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 1,913 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Great for fine wines

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

1,913 Reviews
  1. FeliciaM

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited Splash to celebrate several birthdays in our party. The service was superb, the food excellent (as always) and the atmosphere relaxed. They even printed special birthday menus!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food, great ambience and even better service! I will highly be suggesting Splash as the go to spot for any type of event.

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  3. Cale

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were amazing, loved the ambiance!

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  4. Regina

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn't been to Splash for a couple of years, and it did not disappoint. Rex the bartender remembered exactly how I liked my cocktail. The food was indescribably delicious. I'm not letting that much time pass before I return.

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  5. SummerP

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for an early Valentine's dinner. It was phenomenal! Highly recommend the Mixed Grill... don't let the price scare you!! We will definitely be back soon!

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  6. ColinB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great night. The food was amazing and the service went above and beyond.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Table was positioned in the doorway of the bar. It was cold, noisy and people were constantly walking within inches of my seat. The worst experience. I spoke to the cold hostess, she said that’s the table assigned and walked off. Just rude. We were very disappointed.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Splash is always a wonderful dining experience. We love the scallops. I order mine pan-seared with the Moutarde sauce. My asparagus was also cooked to perfection as was the lobster mac and cheese. Great wine list as well!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went prior to attending a show at the Civic Center. Everyone was so wonderful. Our waitress, Heather, made sure to check in to make sure all was okay with our food and drinks. A wonderful experience! We will definitely be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great experience at Splash. We started with the Lobster Wontons, served with a Yuzu sesame sauce. A burst of flavor in each bite. My Shrimp Risotto was full of flavor and so creamy. Serving size was more than generous. My boyfriend’s filet was very good! His side choices were broccolini and sweet potato mash; both very tasty. We opted for the Chocolate Strawberry Tart for dessert (don’t quote me on the name, it was on their February menu) It was one of the best tarts we’ve had. The crust was amazing and full of flavor!

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  11. ChrisR

    Des Moines

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great service. The food was delicious. We will be back.

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  12. Dawn

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fabulous service. Always a good time!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yum! Great service and yummy food! Will be back! No corkage fee too!

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  14. Dave

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Second time we have eaten at Splash. Our experience was similar to the last time. Food is good but nothing great. Menu prices are high in comparison to what's delivered.

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  15. ElliottS

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Splash has been go to for many years, tho we had not been there for a while. Food was excellent. Atmosphere pretty good. And our server was appropriately attentive. My only ding would be not being given a new glass for wine when I ordered something different for my second round, i.e., new wine was poured in on top of the old. Other than that, the evening was delightful - pre-symphony event over at the Civic Center.

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  16. Curt

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife is gluten free (allergy not celiac) and we like to have her study the menu before we arrive but the menu doesn't show or comment much about gluten free options. While our server was diligent in addressing questions on this, it would be less intrusive to the overall experience if the menu proactively addressed this in the menu. Not a complaint, rather a suggestion..... Thanks.

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  17. SuzieQ

    Anchorage

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dinner, prepared perfectly! Our waitress Heather was amazing! We will be back!

    1 person found this helpful

  18. SamJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Very disappointing! We had 2 very nice starters but our dinner didn't arrive. We were left to just sit and wait! Meanwhile all of the guests that had arrived after us had been served their meals and even finished eating before our waitress finally came past our table and we asked about our dinners. She came back later to let us know our meal orders had been misplaced in the kitchen. She had never checked back as to why we had no meals, did not refill waters, etc.; we were just totally ignored! My husband's meal was to be seabass cioppino over fettuccine in white cream sauce. When our meals finally arrived, the sea bass and fettuccine was in a spicy tomato-based sauce which causes my husband digestive issues. He scraped as much of the sauce as he could off of the seafood, left the fettuccine uneaten and we called it an evening. We were out celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary so this made the evening extremely disappointing!

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  19. CarolO

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was extraordinary and the ambiance is always special at Splash. The food was very very good, maybe just not quite as exceptional as we’ve come to expect at Splash, for the money we pay. I had the seafood cioppino, which was good but contained exactly one scallop and one shrimp and one small chunk of sea bass and then a bunch of clams. My partner had the yellow fin tuna, which he really enjoyed. The chocolate cake for dessert was good, but certainly not decadent. But, a very fine dining experience overall.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I selected the beet salad and red snapper from the special menu for Winefest Wine and Dine Week. My husband ordered a filet off the regular menu. Our food was excellent and our server did a great job.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. DougG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent! Service was good!Best overall meal I’ve had in a long time

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  22. JamesB

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. The experience was excellent!

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  23. CraigP

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! And experience with the resturant.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. GERRYM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Splash was perfect from all standpoints. We will eat there anytime we are in Des Moines. It is a special place. Amazing food, service and atmosphere.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. Karen

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant! It’s always an experience of delight in the flavors and presentation of the food. I like to introduce new people to the restaurant and come to celebrate special occasions.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. StacyM

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I have been to splash for dinner in the past and always had a good experience. But New Year’s Eve was a disappointment. We took friends with us and had a reservation. We were seated right away. It appeared that the wait staff were very busy and overwhelmed. we ordered our meal and the waiter returned to tell me that they were out of what I ordered so I ordered something different and then 15 minutes later they returned and told me once again what I ordered was not available. I would think being New Year’s Eve they would’ve had planned better. Our reservation was for 8 o’clock and we finally got our food at 9:30. When we did get our food, it was cold. my husband, not being a seafood lover, of course order steak. He asked for A1 or Hienz 57 but was told by the waiter he didn’t believe they had either one, but didn’t even offer to check. Neither are not uncommon sauces for steak lovers to ask for but again being a seafood place maybe this is why they didn’t have that available. Overall, this experience was a disappointment.

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  27. DavidA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I expected way better everything about this place. Fish, scallops, and octopus were very good. So, they do fish well. The sides were a different story. Hugely disappointed with the risotto. Our waitress did a pretty good job initially as we sat down, but never came back after the food was delivered. Problematic when they forgot the vegetable she ordered. Dinner for the 2 of us was over $200. The food and service should have been exceptional.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Appetizers and service were good. Excessive wait time for entrees that were brought out cold. Too high of a price point to receive cold, perfectly cooked scallops and undercooked salmon. Attempted reheating of the scallops made them rubbery and inedible. Over $100 spent and still needing to find somewhere else to go for a fully cooked dinner tonight.

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  29. PSPS

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The crab cakes tasted like fish, not crab but fish!

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  30. SusanS

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The night was excellent! The food and service was impeccable.

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  31. JAMESM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For a seafood place, we had steaks and they were the best. The wait staff was very efficient and easily handled anything we wanted.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. SueC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have made it a tradition for Christmas Eve . Staff is excellent!

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  33. Foodie

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our whole evening was magical. A very special restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. JoeW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! The food was amazing! I would recommend this place for a fun night out.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. BrentE

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love eating and enjoying time together at Splash! The service is exceptional and the food is a delicacy for sure! We love it. Would recommend it to anyone who loves excellent service and food.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was absolutely amazing! Would

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed….server was not engaging, felt as if we were a bother. Food was room temp at best, cocktails were minimal pours. Sad…we have gone here for family celebrations for a long time. Was considering for recruiting dinners as the set up works, however after this experience it’s doubtful.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my birthday dinner. I had heard about this place from a friend and decided to go. It was wonderful! Everything we had was very tasty. I am so glad we were able to go.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always a true pleasure dining at Splash. My scallops were perfection. I also loved my lobster, mac & cheese - best I’ve had! All cooked just right. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable when it came to the menu. We can’t wait to go back.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. JulieH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    By far the best dining experience I've had in a long time.

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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 4.5 stars by 1913 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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