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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.7
4.7
1761 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 25 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 1,761 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. CS

    ChrisS

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Overall everything was ok, this restaurant is trapped in a time warp. I’m sure the decor and food would have looked great in 1988 but it’s 2023 and it needs help.
  2. AB

    AngelaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was spot on friendly and very helpful. We had a great dining experience!
  3. AF

    AnnF

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect! A favorite restaurant for every occasion
  4. SB

    SteveB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food variety and experience was excellent. I wanted to reserve the 5-Star for our server. She was exceptional.
  5. JB

    JamesB

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food. The only disappointing thing was that our favorite dessert had been removed from the menu. Please bring back the chocolate mousse!
  6. MC

    MattC

    Des Moines

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Highly recommend!
  7. LS

    LarryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We tried the Splash Seafood Bar & Grill in Des Moines last night. The service was extraordinary, the food was delicious, and the portions were plentiful! Our server Danielle (Dani) was friendly, informative, knowledgeable, and very helpful in describing the dishes. We began with a drink from the bar, "The Pain Killer #2" The number indicates the strength of the alcohol, which could go to #4. They were rum and coconut flavored island type drinks and were delicious!! We started out with a crab cake appetizer. It was meaty and pan fried and crispy, but we could have done without the coleslaw on top. Then we tried both the clam chowder and the lobster bisque. Both were a little spicier than we expected, but were excellent. The lobster bisque had huge pieces of lobster in it and I think had pieces of leeks in it, which drew attention away from the lobster meat. Cindy had the Norwegian Salmon which was moist and flaky and had several choices for preparation and sauces, with mashed sweet potatoes and roasted Cauliflower. I had the Colossal Shrimp which were indeed colossal, with a great lemon, wine, and garlic sauce and Garlic Mashed Potatoes (no veggies for me!) They of course, served a delicious small loaf of bread that we couldn't identify as Italian, French, or sourdough. I'm leaning towards sourdough. The décor was excellent and the seats were very soft and inviting. We were seated right next to a HUGE saltwater aquarium so the fish got to see us eating their friends. A little unnerving for the fish, but fun for us! We were so filled up, that we took our desserts to go. Cindy Loved the Double Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut frosting, and I was a little disappointed with the Pineapple Upside Down cake. It was a little dry. They had a caramel sauce, but I'm not a huge caramel fan, so I used some Cool Whip we had in the refrigerator, which helped! The meal was not inexpensive, but we had a gift certificate which helped! Most importantly, it was an adventure!
  8. SF

    ShelFlock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous! Service was spectacular. Everything about our experience made us feel special. We will be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Lobster was raw. Service was not special. We were there for birthdays no ice cream etc. not worth it
  10. TN

    TeresaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was Outstanding! Made for a very enjoyable NYE!
  11. SC

    SonyaC

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! We love Splash!
  12. w

    wdmkl

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Splash never disappoints --- what else can I or need to say?
  13. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very disappointed in the red snapper selection that night. It did not say it would be deep fried. The lobster bisque was reheated and cool. Very pricy for what was obtained. My companion did lover her risotto.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Service, ambiance, and drinks are wonderful. Tuna steak was thin and just ok. Seabass ciopinni was delicious, prawns were tough. Overall a good meal, nothing spectacular.
  15. JR

    JohnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An amazing experience. Took my son for his 18th birthday. They customized the menu just for him. Emily, our server, was superb. Food was delicious. A night to remember
  16. c

    cindit

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    you enter, the ambience is beautiful. Service is spectacular the food is divine presentation and taste.
  17. PK

    PamK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was engaging and efficient and gave great information and suggestions on our menu questions. Bartender made a great martini and was very engaging as well. We were enjoying ourselves so much we decided to enjoy the experience and wonderful food and actually skipped the event that we came downtown for - and didn’t regret it.
  18. F

    Fred

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess did not greet us - or acknowledge us. Heather was our waitress- - she was very good- many good recommendations.
  19. EM

    EricaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great date night spot! Decorated festive for Christmas too!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food, service and ambiance. As a former Floridian I was impressed with the red snapper. Definitely on my Best of DesMoines list.
  21. TC

    TeresaC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

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

    WilliamR

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

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

    SteveH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

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

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 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!!”
  25. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our 15th wedding anniversary night … Amber went ABOVE and BEYOND to make it SPECIAL!!! LOVE this place!
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. B

    Bailey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

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

    ThomasG

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant!! A great menu! Excellent food! Perfect service! Wish we lived in Des Moines.
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a nice setting
  34. 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.
  35. CM

    ChrisM

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service at the bar!!!
  37. 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.
  38. KJ

    KayJ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  39. 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…
  40. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 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.

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 1761 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 25 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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