Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.8
1794 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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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vipAndreS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall nice atmosphere, but the food was bland. Overall the service was ok, but the server gave me the wrong bill and I paid it, but they called later to have it adjusted. In my humble opinion it's not better than Red Lobster

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in Central Iowa for 25 years and never tried Splash. We had a great time! Food was amazing and the service was great!!! Our only regret was not trying it sooner!!! Definitely a new favorite for us. We will be taking our adult children out for dinner when they visit in July.

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FloP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husbands bday at splash. They made it extra special, adding Happy birthday with his name on our menu. Food is always good. Worth every penny!

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somethingnew
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent

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vipBrent
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was creative and tasted perfect. Great specials and the service was perfection. Lucky to have a place like this in Des Moines!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night for my Wife’s birthday.

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LewisE
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food and decent service.
I would recommend Splash

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vipsusanm
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from out of town, they were very pleased with dinner. Especially the chocolate cake. Highly recommend Splash.

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SonyaC
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great meal and experience when we dine at Splash.

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AmandaR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, decadent, fresh seafood. Worth every penny.

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CaraJ
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is, by far, my favorite restaurant. The restaurant has a welcoming, relaxing, and unique atmosphere. The dim lighting and quiet ambience are perfect for romantic dinners. The service is ALWAYS exceptional - the staff are friendly, pleasant, and explain new menu items and specials in great detail every time. The food - AMAZING - everything on their menu tastes luxurious. The steaks are always tender and the garlic mashed potatoes are richly decadent. They have a bartender that makes the absolute best strawberry mojito I have ever had, but the rest of their drinks are also delicious.
While this restaurant is expensive, it is absolutely worth every penny for the unique, delicious experience.

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JimG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and staff were excellent! One of the best seafood dinners in the Midwest. The attention paid to us by Amber(?) made our experience that much more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waitress was very professional and friendly!

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LauraT
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!!!

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vipJamieG
Des Moines
31 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Always a top notch option in Des Moines metro. Tonight's server was subpar for this establishment and our history of previous service staff.

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VictorB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eating at Splash!! Service was great as well.

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JohnS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks, good wine list, friendly staff. Chef knows how to grill!

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vipAngelaB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had the whole oyster bar to ourselves. Our server was amazing.

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AlyssaK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Our server was good, but didn't pick up our plates for sometime after we were finished. The main issues were the food and the ambiance. I ordered 2 lobster tails with broccolini and garlic mashed potatoes. The lobster was good. The broccolini tasted charred/burnt. Both the broccolini and the potatoes were luke-warm. However, the steak was very good. We were seated underneath blue lights which made our drinks and food look very unappetizing. Due to the blue lights, our salads and lobster tails looked brown. It was a bit noisy due to another couple sitting near us that was loud...no fault of Splash.

We will still go back and ask not to be seated underneath the blue lighting and hope our food is hot and not charred next time.

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JackieFid
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was prompt and courteous. She had great suggestions and checked on us the perfect amount of times. The food was amazing, as always and came out on time as well. Great ambiance and setting for an evening out with my husband.

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iamlindaloo
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We started with the Wonton tuna tacos. Flavor was an explosion in my mouth! Delicious! Our server suggested adding one more because it came with only 3 tacos. Perfect - we'd get two a piece. Good thing. Not only were they so small, like two bites each, they were shy on the tuna. To be honest they should be called Radish Slaw Tacos with Ginger chili tuna sprinkle. For $17+$6 for the additional taco - my frugal side kicked in and went off-kilter. I ordered the 8oz filet. It was cooked to perfection and perhaps the best steak I've had in some time! Between our server, Scott, and my knowing how I like my steak, we got it perfect the first time. For my sides, I chose garlic mashed potatoes and the vegetable special which was brussels spouts with bacon. Unfortunately, I felt both sides were sub-par. Neither had any type of favor to speak of which was seriously disappointing. Mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts are two home-cooked items even an inexperienced cook can get right. Ok, maybe not the Brussel sprouts but Mashed potatoes?? I do enjoy Splash for the uptown atmosphere and quiet. This visit had elements of disappointment which were unfortunate for sure.

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SheriH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The employees at Splash made my birthday dinner extra special!

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JillW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Emily and she did a phenomenal job! She was very knowledgeable about the menu and answered all of our questions. The food was wonderful and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We would highly recommend Splash.

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vipDanD
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here twice, both times for my birthday. Both times we were extremely happy with the food, the service and the ambience. There is no place around like splash for the freshest and most delicious oysters and clams!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service. Great night out for my wife and I for Valentine’s Day!

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Lisa
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic and very friendly. We will definitely be coming back.

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Benj
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Everything was perfect for our early Valentines day date.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

loved it except something you can't control...Rude customers that were waiting outside to go in and honking at me when i moved my truck back a foot to make sure i was out of the loading zone. They pulled up when i was paying the meter..so they knew, i knew they were behind me.. Don't like the parking for the downtown restaurants.

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CHRISTINED
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Great selection of items. Highly Recommend!

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BurkeM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to eat. The staff and food are absolutely some of the best.

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BillG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service by Daniel and staff. Calamari was the best I have ever had.

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GoingtoWaterfront
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Covid virus is at its' highest...we decide to celebrate two birthdays and an anniversary.
We figured Splash would surely be safe on a Saturday night.
The person who lead us to our reserved table did not have a mask on.
While eating in the bay room one of the chefs comes out to visit with his friends at an adjoining table.. three... different... times ....without a mask.
You want to help support a local restaurant during the pandemic.
We won't be back there anytime soon....what a joke

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StacyS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat. Great service. Food was awesome. Waitress was awesome!

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WyomingGuy
Montana
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed the dinner and location.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service on our anniversary (NYE)! Even though we had to wait for our reservation, the staff was extremely apologetic and made things right! It was greatly appreciated!

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 1794 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.