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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

4.6
4.6
1924 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 12 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 1,924 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Great for fine wines

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

1,926 Reviews
  1. Yolanda

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and excellent service, as usual and just as we would expect. It was our anniversary and the menu said happy anniversary, and the server made mention of it several times. My husband got the surf and turf, my son and I both had the Seabass. Everything was so delicious!! Loved our special dinner!

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  2. LanceH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s not cheap but it’s worth it. The Sea bass was amazing

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food was excellent. It was very quiet and not very busy most likely due to their not being any shows at the Civic Center next door.

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  4. RamonN

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was exceptional for our anniversary dinner. We had great food, wine, and dessert!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been coming here for years. Dinner was really slow and the food terrible. We had the sea bass, salmon and prawns. The fish was well sourced but weird aftertaste. The risotto was inedible as were the pumpkin and beans on the shrimp. Waitress was good but I don’t think I will go back.

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  6. IanW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not bad, just not worth the money. Over cooked and lacked flavor. Service was good, and the and the place was cool.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went there for a birthday dinner and as usual, everything was fantastic. We always enjoy the Oysters Rockefeller as a starter. They are truly fantastic at Splash. We had the fourteen ounce New York strip with the oscar topping. This was more than enough meal for the two of us. We took home the ample remaining portion of the meal.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice experience due to the ambience of the restaurant and quality of the food. , however the service was slow and the server did not get my order correct. So, not only did we have to wait very long for our order to come out, I then had to wait another several minutes for them to get my order correct. Service is everything. When it’s not right the experience can be diminished.

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  9. JamesB

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and exquisite cuisine. We had a fantastic experience yet again.

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  10. TerryV

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks good. Oysters good. Beet salad good. Cauliflower good. Key lime good. Shrimp in risotto under cooked, as was the sea bass. Sea bass is one of my favorites and I live in a small town where it is not available, so I always order it if it is on the menu when we dine out. Usually it flakes apart and melts in the mouth. This piece of fish may have been weird as it was tough and chewy in the center. Only could eat less than 1/4 of it. Wife had to pick the shrimp out of the risotto. The waitress did deduct 30% of the entrees off the bill.

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  11. Sue53

    Des Moines

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    L❤️VE SPLASH, have for years. Pasta last night, chewy and tough. All else was GOOD, tho! BUSY night with the show crowd.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambience. Amazing date night experience.

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  13. RobertH

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great seafood. Great service. Perfect location from the civic center. Will definitely go back

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  14. RSTIowa

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Will definitely go back!

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  15. FeliciaM

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    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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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    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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  17. Cale

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

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

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  18. Regina

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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

  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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

  35. 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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  36. JamesB

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 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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  37. 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.

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  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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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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 1924 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 12 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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