Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.7
1763 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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vipJamesB
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic seafood and service!

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JosephQ
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellant and the service supurb. 10/10 It is our go to place for all special occasions.

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Eric
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious sea food , drinks, and atmosphere. We had a great waitress as well

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was slower than what we’ve experienced in the past.
Lobster bisque soup was unusually thin and runny.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splash is always delicious but wow has it gotten expensive. Food was good, place is beautiful & service was great. $17 for soup seems a little crazy

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LizP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and Amber was amazing!

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DanR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my daughter’s 17th birthday and this was the perfect restaurant! The menus said happy birthday at the top and they brought her a surprise huge piece of outstanding chocolate cake at the end of the meal!

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MattG
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a 36th wedding anniversary celebration. We have celebrated previous anniversaries here as well. Food was good but was disappointed they did not have the fish I had anticipated enjoying. They were out of swordfish. Either you have what you put on the menu or do not put it on the menu. If your supplier can’t deliver, find a new one who will.

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DonG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was great. So was the food. Maybe best of all, it was quiet enough to carry on a conversation.

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GeneR
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in town for atmosphere and fresh seafood!

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Stevemerlot
Des Moines
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 49th Anniversary. The menu had Happy Anniversary at the top. Nice! Our server Joanna did an outstanding job. We appreciated her fun attitude and outstanding service. It was the perfect place to celebrate. Food was outstanding!

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BriJ
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The chillean sea bass was amazing! The ambiance truly very lovely, our service great! The food was not as hot as I would have hoped, though nothing to complain about at all. We had a great date night at Splash Saturday Nov. 4, 2021.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday dinner! The seafood was amazing. The service was outstanding. Beautiful atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back.

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AndrewN
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall the experience was good. Only issue was that our lobster was over cooked.

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isu1988
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splash is our favorite restaurant and it never disappoints. Quiet atmosphere, prompt delivery of very fresh food, and superb service from our server Jeff.

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radman
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

overall excellent. not cheap but knew that going in. good for special occasions.

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vipDenny
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would have given max stars across the board except you monkfish entree was nearly cold. Also suggest that the chef go back to the old recipe for the escargot. The mushroom cap added to the escargot is not a good twist.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Splash. The food and cocktails were wonderful, but the staff is what made the experience excellent. Our waitress was very friendly & my daughter told her that she’d just won several awards at a dance competition that evening. When our food arrived, the Chef had written “Congratulations” on her plate. That made my 10 year old’s night. Will definitely return soon.

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vipBobS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! My husband had the Osso Bucco which was a pork shank and it was delicious! It was on the menu as a special and I had the other special- Monk Fish which was also delicious. The clam chowder was really good as well. There were so many entrees I wanted to try on their regular menu but we opted to try their specials as we plan on visiting this restaurant again! :)

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RayM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a great meal and a real pleasure to enjoy a special evening at Splash.
Our server Emily was excellent. Thanks again.

HM
HeatherM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Knowledgeable staff!! Definitely will go back!!

JA
JosephA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very great experience, personalized menu’s and friendly server. Really enjoyed my time here. We’ll be back for sure.

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MicheleW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, dining area somewhat dated.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

CB
CindyB
Des Moines
7 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
3 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
33 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.

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

Awesome evening - great service and wonderful food!!

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 1763 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.