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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.7
4.7
1726 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 14 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 1,726 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

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  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

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  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

  • Des Moines

    Good for Groups

  • Des Moines

    Hot Spot

  • Des Moines

    Notable Wine List

  • Des Moines

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  1. D

    Darcy

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every aspect of our dining experience was beyond fantastic! Excellent service and the food is always delicious.
  2. q

    qwqw

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best seafood restaurant in DSM and probably one of the best broadly.
  3. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS consistent, a pleasure we always look forward to … and Jeff, no words for his IMPRESSIVE service!
  4. RP

    RondaP

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was kinda cold in the restaurant but everything else was amazing
  5. JB

    JamesB

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Unusually slow service for a pre-theater event. We had to skip dessert due to late arrival of entree. Food was delicious but uncharacteristically arrived quite late.
  6. AA

    AthaAbbott

    Des Moines

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice in ever y aspect!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff made a special evening even more fun and memorable!!
  8. DL

    DustyL

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never been but will not miss out again. Ousters are great, fish was delicious, fast service and friends staff. Dont miss this gem!
  9. PM

    PaulM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was very thirsty when I arrived. We were seated promptly even though it was a pretty busy night and our outstanding waitress kept not only my water glass full, also my drink from the bar. And as always, the food was the BEST in the city. Now don't be reading this and going here clogging up the Speedy Great service this place has!
  10. L

    Linds

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience3
    I have always had fabulous meals here but the shrimp risotto (sounds amazing doesn’t it??) was really disappointing. Luckily the company far made up for my inability to eat my meal.
  11. J

    Jovie

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and terrific service! Worth even penny!
  12. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing compares to Splash!! Steak and shrimp are like candy!! Best around!!
  13. e

    edwa

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place!
  14. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town to attend a performance at the Civic Center. Food (Chilean sea bass & tuna) and service was excellent. Servers are experienced and take time to review the menu and individual dishes. This restaurant is one of our favorites when in Des Moines for shows.
  15. EL

    ErinL

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Chilean sea bass I’ve ever had. Food is superb!
  16. BM

    BillM

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great evening.
  17. j

    jimmyc

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!+++
  18. CT

    CaitlynT

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely on the pricier side but eden you consider the seafood is flown in fresh daily you can understand the cost. Waitstaff was so nice and helpful. The food was excellent. Maybe not the spot to go on a random weeknight for dinner depending on your budget but for sure worth it for special occasions.
  19. JG

    JamieG

    Des Moines

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    We usually have nothing but good stuff to say about the food here but this time not so much. We came for restaurant week because the menu looked really good. I got the tar tar which was super bland, needed salt needed something! The pickled tomato was the best part. The fish entire was also pretty bland and the dish was colorless even. The corn sauce that came with it wasn’t bad but needed much more of it! The pan a cotta was the worst I have ever had!! It was super gummy and chewy and I took one bite and was done. My boyfriend even said wow, yeah, that’s bad. The wine was the best part of the meal. The salmon app was pretty good. The steak ok and the chocolate cake wasn’t the greatest. Our service was great and attentive. We will be back of course because we know it is usually better then this. But I wouldn’t waste $75 on RW menu.
  20. S

    Sally

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

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

    BillM

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 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.
  22. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 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!
  23. 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
  24. JW

    JoyceW

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Heather is phenomenal. A definite 5 star asset!
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. JB

    JamesB

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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!
  36. 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
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 1726 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 14 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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