About Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

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.

303 Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
3rd & Locust

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(515) 244-5686

Website:
http://www.splash-seafood.com/

Parking Details:
Free street parking after 6pm or park in the public ramp adjacent to the building which is accessible from 4th Street.

Executive Chef:
Dominic Iannarelli

Private Party Contact:
Mike Holms: (515) 244-5686

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Good for a Date (29)
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Romantic (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Notable Wine List (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Cozy (10)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service were very good. Sat in Oyster Bar and the seats left a little to be desired, but still a great. Went before going to see Waitress at the Civic Center.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

Hosted out of town guests for dinner and "Waitress" production at Civic Center. Splash was perfect with terrific meal and convenience to theater. The friendliness of hostesses and server also made the visit special. Splash exceeded expectations and we look forward to returning!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 4 days ago

As always Splash is quality.
The shrimp cocktail is the BEST around.
The sommelier is new and as outstanding as his predecessor.
The scallops were a bit over cooked. The kale and mushrooms, SUPBERB.
It was a performance night at the Civic Center so the restaurant was quite busy.
As previously stated, quality place.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love Splash! The salt water aquariums give it SUCH a cool lighting and setting, and the food is great. Been there many times, wait staff is always efficient and knowledgeable. Recently I had king salmon with their mustard (moutarde) sauce that was amazingly tender and juicy. The building is now 125 yrs old so they are currently having some special recipes and offerings. It's also a great place to go before an event at the Civic Center, just walk across the street. Book well in advance tho - tables fill up on those nights.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I took my husband for his birthday, we have been at the restaurant prior and was very please. With the current visit we were just not impressed. The waiter was not attentive, did not check in on us as often as would expect for the price of the meal. Our glasses were empty the majority of our meal and just overall let down by the visit.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very pleased with everything

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Splash is a regular for us. A bit pricey, but good food and amazing wines.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The best place in town for seafood and fish! We had an amazing experience going out for a birthday dinner. This is our go to spot for special occasions.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We could not have been more impressed. Food was unreal. Service was great. Not sure how we hadn't been there before, but glad we found it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was great. The food was amazing. Can’t wait to go back

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were in town for a concert and looking for a place within walking distance of the Wells Fargo Arena to eat. We looked at the menu online and decided on Splash and it was the best decision we ever made. Everything was perfect. Very friendly staff, the drinks were outstanding and, the food was incredible. It was a lot more expensive than your everyday spots but well worth the money. We will be dining there again on our next trip to Des Moines for sure.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 7, 2017

At the table next to us 2 couples were seated and their attire was more casual than dress casual, especially noted was that the two young men did not remove their bill caps. In our day and age, a gentleman removed his cover upon entering the establishment or home of someone other than his own. Your restaurant has great ambiance and is a very nice place to celebrate a special occasion, but the dress code should be enforced.
While I realize that we live in a time when people very seldom dress well it should be up to fine establishments such as yours to set the standard.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food great waitress. Loved it

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We traveled from Kansas City for a concert and came here on a recommendation. So glad we did! We love treating ourselves to a nice seafood restaurant every once in a while and I’m so glad we came here. Jamie was on point with her time and attention she gave to us and we had no issues with our order or atmosphere. Highly recommend coming here and I will myself again if ever visiting again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Prices had increased dramatically and not a lot of choices. Our waiter was somewhat rude and brought me the wrong dish. We were going to the play at the Civic Center, so knew we didn’t have time to replace it. I was with a friend and the waiter didn’t ask us if we wanted separate checks, he just put it in one.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent. The best way to describe our pre-theatre dinner. Food to service was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went before seeing Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Civic Center. Superb food and service. We will be back!!!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great seafood and wine selection

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is one of our go-to spots in our hometown. Our son was visiting from Chicago, and we all wanted fresh seafood--what better place than Splash? Our personal favorite is the ahi tuna appetizer. It's one of the best tuna preparations we've ever had anywhere. Our son loved the crab cakes, as well. For excellent, food, wine choices, service, and quiet conversation, Splash ticks all the boxes. It's much more than just another seafood restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

First time visit. The lobster tail was overcooked (stringy and chewy), the side dish rice was dried out, and the side dish squash was crunchy. The appetizer crab cake was good but over-priced (1 for $18). The clam chowder was average. Emailed the owner/chef afterwards and never got a response. Not planning on returning.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful dinner and never felt rushed as we sat for almost 2 hours and enjoyed drinks, then appetizer, main course, and finally a delicious dessert. Server very knowledgeable and accommodating. Will continue coming back, well worth the money!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 22, 2017

the wine list needs lots of help, service was less then average, bar is great, food is excellent, options for seating

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was a spectacular experience. My wife and I enjoyed our time, food, and spectacular waitress (Jamie). The Miso Salmon is a must have, along with the great Creme Brûlée. I had the pleasure of experiencing the Chef’s featured dish, which was a great Halibut dish. Everything was plated nicely, and I will be back!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Quite Pricey, but well worth the cost... fish is flown in fresh, daily. Excellent food, great wait staff, food is perfectly prepared. Many, many options on the menu. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Splash is a great place for celebrations, if money is no object. I wouldn't recommend it if you're short on cash. The atmosphere is conducive to conversation. There is a wide range of seafood dishes, fewer of red meat. This time the server seemed somewhat stressed, but generally it is topnotch. I like the fact that a 20% tip is included, as it helps avoid faulty math skills!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We always enjoy Splash. The food is great, the staff helpful and the ambiance pleasant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Nick was our waiter and did an excellent job. The food and atmosphere was fantastic ! I ordered scallops and they were perfect .

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Love their Splash Salad!! Disappointed in the crab cake--almost too moist and less flavorful than in the past. We had to ask or bread, rather than the bread automatically being brought to the table. Always a lovely place to eat.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 12, 2017

ROCK STAR SERVICE and great for business lucheon ❗️

WAYCOOL

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 10, 2017

It was a great tasting food and sleek ambiance inside but service is little on the slower side considering there were not many guest on a Monday evening dinner. Felt it is pricy compared to the portion of the dinner.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I was in town for a couple of days and someone suggested that I try out Splash. It did not disappoint. I had a very fresh shrimp Louie salad followed by a perfectly prepared steak with blue cheese. Had to try the creme brûlée and was reminded again why that is my all time favorite dessert! Great selection of wines as well. I'm from Dallas and I would say that this restaurant could easily rub elbows with the top of the line restaurants in my home town.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Nice celebration. Great server. Welcoming staff and delicious food!

Sommelier was standoffish and did bare minimum. Felt we were imposing on him.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food and service were great. It was a little too dark so I had to use my phone to read the menus. I would have to limit my visits to Splash for special occasions simply due to the cost.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We had dinner here on our way home from a road trip to the West. The décor was fun - fish tanks and fun graphics on the walls. My dining partner started with a rich lobster bisque that included nice chunks of lobster, followed by "on ice" seafood including lobster and shrimp (called for crab legs but he opted for extra jumbo Gulf shrimp) that he loved. I started with a luscious tomato soup, and followed with the special halibut with tomato relish and "hash" that included squash and sausage that was very good. Seafood flown in fresh daily.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Little disappointed with the wine list. It has been 8 months since we were there and the list wasn't as impressive. Everything else was great

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Always a treat. We are proud to have such wonderful dining in Des Moines, so bring out of town visitors when we can.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Healthy, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We love Splash. It's a great restaurant with terrific food. It's always a special place we enjoy visiting periodically!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Wonderful staff and food. They were very accommodating. Great wine selection also.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The place needs to be updated big time. Where we sat wasn't romantic at all. We had our waitresses switch on us. Which was annoying. The second lady we had, was very helpful and nice. Our drinks we ordered from the bar were good. The food was ok. Not very accommodating to people with very common food allergies. Scallops were good except the crazy amount of shell I kept getting in my bites. Kinda ruined it for me. I probably won't go back. Not worth the money.

Tags: Seasonal
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