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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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
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Good for a Date (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Cozy (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (8)
Authentic (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Casual (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Waterfront (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 3 days ago

I went there for my birthday celebration. I love it. Our server was great. The food was excellent, the overall dining altogether was excellent. Thank you so much

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 7 days ago

The service was amazing, the oysters were the best that I've had in the Midwest. But the Carpaccio was more cheese and horseradish than filet. My wife ordered the Sea Bass and it tasted like it had been soaked for an extended period of time in butter. My tuna was swimming in soy and wasabi. All of these components in my opinion accompany items to make dishes really fantastic, but they were overdone and took away from the main item. I'll be back, but probably won't make it past the oyster bar for a Happy Hour.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was everything you could ask for. Highly recommend the Oysters, and scallops. The wait staff was nice and courteous.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

I was very disappointed especially since the meal for four was $300.00 not including tip. I order the Cioppino which was suppose to have shrimp, scallops and cod, none of those three were in the dish. It was just mussels and clams.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined at Splash before the Symphony on New Years Eve. All 4 of us ordered the special meal, expecting it to be delicious - it was the special, after all! Instead, the salad was slopped together for a poor presentation, the fish was over cooked, and the sorbet iced. Big disappointment, as we have enjoyed Splash in the past.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Seamed short staffed for the price of the food. Maybe just indifferent! Experienced dinners expect the whole package for that price!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Pleasant experience. The surf and turf was excellent. The sea bass was average at best,

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Made reservation to celebrate son's college graduation. When we arrived (on time) we were told that table had been accidentally given to another party. Host staff wanted to put two tables together and seat us in the lobby bar area. We declined this option. We were then given a table in the corner of back dining area. Our table we located right next to staff area where orders were entered onto computer screen. There was also a door that I think was supposed to be locked but was kept open with napkin wrapped around lock. Staff went in and out door... I think it was a shortcut to somewhere. This was distracting and definitely did not add to our dining experience
The food was wonderful!!! Service was average and overall experience did not met our expectations.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Very nice ambience for friends together or date. Good food and nice service.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our server was disinterested, disheveled, and acted liked she'd rather be somewhere else. Very poor repport,no help with ordering,specials,drinks etc. Would not consider a return visit. The food was fair,but not worth the money. Definitely a big disappointment after hearing what a great place this was to dine.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

This is probably the best seafood you can get in Des Moines. The crab legs are the largest we have ever seen. The price is a little high - but you are paying for fresh seafood you don't get anywhere else. Atmosphere is nice. Service is great. We ate there before a show at the Civic Center as it is right across the street. We had leftovers and was unsure what to do with them. They offered to hold them in the fridge for us while we went to the show and we picked them up after the show. Thank you very much to the staff for that. Friendly, nice, and great seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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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