Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.6
1811 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Alan
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courtney and Rex were GREAT as always

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travelboy228
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This visit was a disappointment. I had noted that my wife and I were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. I also called the business Friday morning and informed a young lady of that fact also. I was told by the young lady that they would "see what they could do" to enhance our dining experience. Nothing was done and I sent my swordfish mueniere back as it was overcooked (dry). A replacement piece was cooked correctly. This is a very nice high end dining establishment but I was disappointed that we did not even receive some sort of establishment acknowledgement as I saw happening for a presumed birthday celebration dinner.

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JeffreyB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY delicious and fresh seafood!

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ScottP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

food was bland, interior decoration was straight out of the 70's. definitely not worth the price tag

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JosephQ
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. It was my 70th birthday and the perfect place to enjoy it.

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GaryK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The food and service was excellent. The ambiance was bad. Part of the reason that we chose to make reservations for our family was our previous ambiance experience at Splash. But the Seafood Bar and Grill was a big disappointment. There was a loud mechanical noise and no way to shade the sun coming through the windows. The room had the appearance of a back room of the kitchen. We wanted to do something nice for our family and this wasn't it.

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
253 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant is unusual in that it is in the basement of a refurbished former hotel. The seafood was fresh and tasted great but I felt "enclosed" and in the basement. No complaints regarding the food but I probably won't be back.

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vipworlddiners
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Splash--we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and it was one of our first dining-out experiences since the pandemic. What a perfect evening--the exceptional food and wine and stellar service added up to a great night! Thanks to Dom and the team for making our anniversary really special!

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AliciaN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food and the presentation is top notch, we have a wonderful dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! The lemon tart with rhubarb sauce was an amazing flavor match. We look forward to stopping again as we travel to/through Des Moines.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was just ok. Got the special grouper. Not much flavor. “Mushroom salad” was disappointing, 2 pieces of mushrooms. Expected a lot more for the price. Waitress was good.
Fun atmosphere

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vipRodneyS
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice evening . The food was fresh and delicious,

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KevinP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great wait staff and great food!

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Boogielucy
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splash happens to be our favorite Des Moines Restaurant and for good reason. We have never been disappointed with the food, service, and atmosphere. We brought our friends along and they loved it. Our table was in the oyster bar which is were we prefer to sit. Our waiter was simply outstanding and anticipated our needs like the pro he is. All our meals were served as ordered and each one was cooked to perfection, no complaints, just praise. We were celebrating Mother’s Day and Splash made it memorable. Thanks!

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vipLeahB
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We celebrated my son’s graduation. They had a printed menu for Iowa State and wrote a congratulatory message on his dinner plate. Our server kept recommending more expensive appetizers or side options. He made it appear that the soup or salad came with the entree. I didn’t want to to tell our guests that it was extra.

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vipKeith
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was top-notch. Highly recommend.

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Berni
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable ! Seated immediately, Saturday night, fish tanks everywhere, I had the halibut and she had a linguini enhanced with the lobster. . . . we had a little wine with our dinner - - - it was excellent. Service was superior and his advise was spot on.

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vipMDUNN
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience5

When I made the reservation on Open Table I mentioned it was my wife’s Birthday and surprisingly know one at the restaurant even acknowledged it!!

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RogerM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was a great date night. We enjoyed our food and service as great.

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vipAndreS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall nice atmosphere, but the food was bland. Overall the service was ok, but the server gave me the wrong bill and I paid it, but they called later to have it adjusted. In my humble opinion it's not better than Red Lobster

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in Central Iowa for 25 years and never tried Splash. We had a great time! Food was amazing and the service was great!!! Our only regret was not trying it sooner!!! Definitely a new favorite for us. We will be taking our adult children out for dinner when they visit in July.

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FloP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husbands bday at splash. They made it extra special, adding Happy birthday with his name on our menu. Food is always good. Worth every penny!

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somethingnew
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

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vipBrent
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was creative and tasted perfect. Great specials and the service was perfection. Lucky to have a place like this in Des Moines!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night for my Wife’s birthday.

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LewisE
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food and decent service.
I would recommend Splash

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vipsusanm
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from out of town, they were very pleased with dinner. Especially the chocolate cake. Highly recommend Splash.

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SonyaC
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal and experience when we dine at Splash.

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AmandaR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, decadent, fresh seafood. Worth every penny.

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CaraJ
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is, by far, my favorite restaurant. The restaurant has a welcoming, relaxing, and unique atmosphere. The dim lighting and quiet ambience are perfect for romantic dinners. The service is ALWAYS exceptional - the staff are friendly, pleasant, and explain new menu items and specials in great detail every time. The food - AMAZING - everything on their menu tastes luxurious. The steaks are always tender and the garlic mashed potatoes are richly decadent. They have a bartender that makes the absolute best strawberry mojito I have ever had, but the rest of their drinks are also delicious.
While this restaurant is expensive, it is absolutely worth every penny for the unique, delicious experience.

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JimG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and staff were excellent! One of the best seafood dinners in the Midwest. The attention paid to us by Amber(?) made our experience that much more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waitress was very professional and friendly!

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LauraT
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!!!

JG
vipJamieG
Des Moines
32 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Always a top notch option in Des Moines metro. Tonight's server was subpar for this establishment and our history of previous service staff.

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VictorB
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eating at Splash!! Service was great as well.

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JohnS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks, good wine list, friendly staff. Chef knows how to grill!

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 4.6 stars by 1811 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.