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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.8
4.8
1741 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 17 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 1,741 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

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    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Hot spot

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Good for groups

  • Des Moines

    Hot spot

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood gem

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

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  1. TC

    TeresaC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional! Our waitress was very on point with service.
  2. WR

    WilliamR

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails, wine food and service were all excellent!!
  3. SH

    SteveH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Splash staff was fantastic. Very welcoming and very helpful.
  4. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As ALWAYS this is our favorite place to dine .. especially when attending a Civic Center performance. The JUMBO shrimp cocktail is always a treat and spoils me grim ordering it anywhere else! My husband questions WHY he ever orders anything but the SURF & TURF FETTUCCINE!! And AMBER-AMBER-AMBER!!! Amazing server! 😍 Thank you!! 2 WINNERS last night .. our SPPASH experience AND the musical “COME FROM AWAY!!”
  5. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our 15th wedding anniversary night … Amber went ABOVE and BEYOND to make it SPECIAL!!! LOVE this place!
  6. SW

    SherryW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was great. The waitress was wonderful making a memorable meal.
  7. B

    Barbg

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    I have never ordered anything but seafood at Splash, always fabulous. However, I ordered a chicken option which was excessively salty. The mushrooms which were described as sauted I found mushy and limp in the salty sauce. Very disappointing.
  8. B

    Bailey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Tremendous service. Great atmosphere. Enjoyed it a lot.
  9. TG

    ThomasG

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant!! A great menu! Excellent food! Perfect service! Wish we lived in Des Moines.
  10. L

    Littleowl

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First visit and we will go back. Service was excellent and food was very good.
  11. JL

    JoshL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!! One of our best places to go. My wife loves seafood. The TOP place to go to! Thank you!
  12. JK

    JayK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service, and ambiance. I will come here anytime I am in Des Moines.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a nice setting
  14. JB

    JodiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was nice and quiet, made it relaxing. Staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was fantastic! The lobster wontons were delicious.
  15. CM

    ChrisM

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food, ultra fresh seafood. Can’t wait to go back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service at the bar!!!
  17. KM

    KyleighM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at Splash. We had a reservation but we got there a bit early. They were able to get us a table right away. Our waitress was fun and very attentive. The food was fantastic! It was pricy but well worth it. We will definitely go back in the future.
  18. KJ

    KayJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinners were excellent. Flavorful, beautifully seasoned and perfectly prepared. The members of our group enjoyed saki shrimp, splash tuna, miso salmon and the small filet. Splash has been a favorite restaurant of ours for many years but this was probably one of our best dinners at your restaurant.
  19. a

    auvoir

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely light meal here…always comfortable noise level…disappointing that they were out of mussels though…
  20. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another great dinner at Splash. Our server Danielle was excellent; experienced, knowledgeable of menu, etc. Our food (scallops and halibut/evening special) was very good.
  21. WN

    WayneN

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our only concern was that it took about 30-40 minutes to get our food once we ordered it.
  22. LT

    LvToEat

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the "go to" place in the Des Moines area if you like seafood. It was fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection. The fresh oysters were great and the Cioppino and Sriracha scallops were both amazing. It's a tad pricey but worth the splurge. Service was excellent.
  23. 2

    24golfdiners

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great meal at Splash. We shared an appetizer of shrimp and calamari in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce. I had a seasonal roasted pumpkin salad that was wonderful and should be added to the regular menu. I would order it everytime we go to Splash. My husband had the clam chowder and I tasted it and it was hand-down the best in Des Moines. For our entrées, I had the cioppino and my husband had the fettuccine with shrimp and beef tips . Both were excellent and we took home leftovers. Beautiful, quiet , no rush environment at Splash. One of our favorite places to go and never disappoints.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Great service and food. You can’t go wrong dining at Splash!
  25. JP

    JillP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the appetizers, to sides to entrees- the food was Amazing! The service was 100% spot on! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Splash!
  26. TM

    TopherM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent with great recommendations and helping us find a specific wine. The meal was fantastic and the restaurant made it special for our celebration occasion.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS consistent, a pleasure we always look forward to … and Jeff, no words for his IMPRESSIVE service!
  30. 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
  31. JB

    JamesB

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 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.
  32. AA

    AthaAbbott

    Des Moines

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice in ever y aspect!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff made a special evening even more fun and memorable!!
  34. 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!
  35. 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!
  36. L

    Linds

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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.
  37. J

    Jovie

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and terrific service! Worth even penny!
  38. 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!!
  39. e

    edwa

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place!
  40. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 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.

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 4.8 stars by 1741 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 17 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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