Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.7
1785 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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MicheleW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, dining area somewhat dated.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a birthday dinner at Splash and it was amazing! Food was good, service was stellar and we really enjoyed ourselves!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Food and service were both wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!

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LoriC
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary, warmly greeted by hostess with Happy Anniversary and printed keepsake menu with such. All dishes from kitchen with anniversary greetings. Our server made great recommendations, all food from appetizer to dessert was fabulous. This was our first visit to Splash and we can’t wait to return.

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Carl
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointed in food Was not at the level we expected in this quality of restaurant

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GFdiner
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splash is located close to the Des Moines Civic Center and is the perfect place for dinner before the show. The service was excellent. Our waiter made sure we stayed on track to get to the show on time. My dinner companion walks with a cane, so the availability of an elevator was very helpful as the restaurant is on multiple levels. And, of course, the food was excellent, with very generous portions. Best of all, the restaurant is relatively quiet and we were able to have good conversation across the table.

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RonL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got seated right away and the atmosphere was lovely! So relaxing! Our server was attentive but not hovering. He recommended something I wasn’t even considering, the sole and grits and it was DELICIOUS! Great experience!

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LyndseyS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Splash to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. It was our first time ever going there. Right from the start, we felt welcome and loved the ambience inside. Our waitress was fun, knowledgeable, and on top of everything. The food was DELICIOUS, and the chef even wrote "Happy Anniversary" on our plates, which was a sweet touch. We loved it and will definitely be back!

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PhylissS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and the food were excellent although a little richer (too much butter) on the scallops. I would have preferred less. My diet is not used to that much. The scallops were cooked to perfection however and I did enjoy the herb roasted mushrooms.

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crossfitfoodie
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The steaks were undercooked and there was no acknowledgement of the occasion we were there for.

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CindyB
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kathleen was our service, and she is always attentive and friendly (she is our favorite service at Splash). Food was excellent, as usual. We have never had a bad meal here.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Service was great. We got seated by some blue lights and we were all glowing from the lights, which was a bit psychedelic.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife wanted to go there for her birthday.
I liked the history of the building.
Chairs were very comfortable.
The waitress was very friendly and attentive.

The food was awesome!

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Randy
Des Moines
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight the pink oysters on the half shell was fantastic as was the sea bass, swordfish and shrimp . We ate in the bar and had fantastic service from Levi. What a great dinner and birthday celebration at Splash.

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RochelleZ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional! Attentive & knowledgeable staff but not hovering or overbearing. Food was excellent! Very enjoyable evening!

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NickN
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in in Des Moines to have a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening - great service and wonderful food!!

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DanG
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, first time there and it made a wonderful impression!

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vipmaggim
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is exceptional - service perfect - best seafood - comparable to anywhere in the country - wonderful ambiance where you can have a conversation

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Randy
Des Moines
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. We arrived a little early so we had a snack at the bar. We had a great time so we decided to have dinner at the bar. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Emily was fantastic and made birthday celebration perfect.

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DougC
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome dining experience. The staff were super accommodating and really set the tone for the evening. The food was devine. I highly recommend this establishment for anyone looking for a remarkable meal.

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Reese
Des Moines
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great service! The oysters are always yummy snd we tried the charcuterie plate…good also.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!

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vipKeith
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always our food and service at Splash was excellent. Scott, our waiter was outstanding in every way, knowledgeable of the food and preparation of. He went out of his way to make our 44th anniversary dinner special.

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JLA247
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The good- service, wine was reasonably priced, oysters fresh and flavorful presentation
The Bad- cioppino fell flat a little bland, Caesar salad was ok.
Overall the value wasn’t there for me, maybe I ordered the wrong dish but it was listed as a chef specialty so if that’s their best then their best is a bit flat and bland.

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ShawnM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Shrimp and Calamari starter was really tasty. Scallops were perfectly prepared. The Key Lime Cheesecake was big enough to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! If you’re in Des Moines it is worth the stop. Emily, our server was top notch. She knew her stuff when it came to the menu and dinner choices. What a great place to dine and enjoy fantastic seafood.

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ShanaO
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food and the service was fantastic! A great dining experience for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made a reservation thru OpenTable on a whim with short notice for a Friday night. Had no issues there. Luckily a parking garage is right next door so parking is easy. We were greeted by a welcoming host and seated immediately. We had a very friendly, knowledgeable and caring server who made our evening wonderful.

Now, going in knowing that seafood in the Midwest is either limited in range of selection or quality, or is expensive, it was nice to see that selection nor quality was NOT the limiting factor with Splash. Our party fully enjoyed the food we had and the service we received. You have to like seafood to make selecting an item to order easier as their non-aqueous based selection is limited.
Thank you to all who are part of what makes Splash Seafood Bar and Grill what it is. Most of my party will be back at some point to enjoy it again.

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PoodlesMom
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and the staff was very courteous!

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MLev
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fish @ $42 was overcooked. They refunded my dinner cost, but I would rather have had a well prepared meal. I m

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JayP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place. dinner was excellent and location was nice.

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

One entre tasted bad, but it was socially awkward to send it back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat when I visit DSM. Start with oysters…my favorite! Never had anything that wasn’t delicious…you can’t go wrong. Staff is attentive without being overbearing…they make your meal a delight.

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ILMILLER
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Pineapple upside down cake was dry, the food overall was fantastic. They are getting a little too pricey to stay competitive. $45 for scallops is quite a bit. The servers are always top notch

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daratraveler
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

creatively prepared sumptuous seafood, served by attentive staff.

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haileyc
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Came for my birthday for the first tome and the waitress we had was great, the calamari and Alaskan king crab was so fresh, and the scallops were to die for!

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JosephQ
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned in less than three weeks after having a great time for my birthday, We were not dissapointed'

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 1785 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.