Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.6
1496 reviews
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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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Detroit
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was so good we went back the next night after NCAA basketball game and they were gracious enough to feed us without a reservation. My husband had sea bass the first night and tuna the secon. I had shrim and then a strip steak. All meal were great.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Over priced. Average seafood for too much money. Not interested in returning.

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RP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were awesome! Wait staff was very professional and attentive. One of our favorites for seafood in Des Moines.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice to celebrate my birthday there. The chilean seabass was not as flavorful as I remembered it previously. The lobster bisque was delish. There was a live pianist so that was really nice.

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k
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of service and the unbelievable food selection was outstanding.
Bruce cam around and visited which made it experience that much better.

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a
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Celebrating a birthday with my wife.
We brought a bottle of wine and ate three apps.
Charcuterie board, crab cakes, and Kung Pao Calamari and Shrimp.
Food was great.
One minor complaint, and one mid-major.
Minor: We were not offered a wine pitcher to let our bottle breath a bit before drinking.
It was opened and poured before I could think about it. That's a little on me.
Mid-Major: These two ladies that sat down next to us were obviously inebriated.
Dropping F-Bombs left and right. Left a cell phone at the table to go to the bathroom, it rang several times with the volume on high. This really killed the vibe while we were here.

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JC
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is expensive but having said that, it is worth it. My girlfriend and I had a meal and a couple drinks and the tab was $100. For someone in my position, this is prohibitive beyond celebrating a special event such as graduation, anniversary, etc. The food is amazing though, I am looking forward to my next excuse to go!

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and great server Zu!
Really enjoyed the swordfish blackened with the moutard sauce.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and they have a great selection of wine.

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DW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splash was everything we expected it to be. The food was excellent, the fish tanks interesting, it was quiet enough to talk and listen comfortably and the service was great. Easy to reccomend to family and friends.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife for her Birthday, she absolutely loved it. Everything was amazing. They also put birthday messages on her plate which she really loved.

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Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a hit. Good food. Plenty of food for the money. Solid service, although order was incorrectly submitted. Server quickly made the correction, apologized for the error and kept incorrect food at the table, so 1.5 meals for the price of 1. Wine choice wasn't available this evening, but 2 adequate alternatives were offered in its place.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

I love seafood ... But, I live in Iowa. If I didn't know better I could have been in California, Boston or Nova Scotia. I can not pay you a higher compliment.

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IG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and innovative. Ambiance quite cozy but up scale. Pricey however.

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our experience at Splash, the ambiance is perfect to sit and talk and enjoy a delicious bottle of wine with a great meal. The staff is always amazing and are very attentive.

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PK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Splash is always a special treat. We had a great evening with good friends. My shrimp was a tad bit over cooked but still a good flavor.

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h
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, heather was AMAZING!! Food was great!! Service made it the best night ever!! Thanks Heather!!

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EM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splash is a wonderful place to eat we always enjoy our times there! The waiters and bartenders and servers are excellent and the food is outstanding!

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding as well as the service! Jamie did an awesome job going over the menu and providing excellent suggestions as it was our first time trying Splash. We are excited to return!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Chilean sea bass with the meuniere preparation and my husband had the blackened swordfish...both were very delicious! We will be back!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

The ambiance is dated and weird. The food was WAY overpriced. My husband ordered his filet medium - it came out well done. I ordered my filet medium rare - and it was completely raw in the middle. They cooked it more and it was still completely raw in the middle. And just the quality of the food was lacking. There were brown spots on the iceberg lettuce in my wedge salad. The carrots looked like the baby carrots you’d feed to your children at snack time... pulled from a plastic bag and microwaved. It was definitely not worth $175 for dinner for two.

The service, however, and the staff, were great.

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R
Des Moines
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Splash! It is actually a treat that we enjoy right before attending a play at the Civic Center. The food was excellent as was the service.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were in the oyster bar. Like it there. Did take a while before server even came over to see if we wanted to order drinks. Seemed rushed. Overall food was good as was the wine.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Server took my crab legs and lobster claws and never boxed them up. I feel like they were stolen. Drunk guy was messing with us at our table. For a 320 dollar dinner I believe I was not treated very well.

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LQ
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I have eaten at Splash numerous times before and this was the first time my service was lacking and my food was not up to par. My entry was cold and my blackened shrimp were so coated in spice I could not finish it. The server was not attentive...table drink glasses were empty and our food was brought to us as we were just beginning our appetizer. A waitress can time those deliveries to insure time is allowed for an app and then insure the food is prepped freshly so the temperature is maintained. I was hosting two colleagues for their first visit and I was embarrassed by the service and food presentation. The atmosphere is always wonderful so I’ll try it again sometime.

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OT
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal that was great

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PM
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner with outstanding food and fantastic service!

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Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Awesome oysters as usual, but unfortunately off on fish this time- which is not usual for Splash. Chilean Sea Bass was average at best and undercooked as well. Shellfish platter lobster and shrimp were actually frozen. Not a typical supper for Splash as they are usually excellent. Still recommend them, but this was a miss this time.

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LD
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love this place. consistently great service and excellent food along with quiet nice atmosphere.

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LB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Des Moines for the weekend to celebrate a birthday and go to a concert. There were six in our party. Service was above and beyond. Any questions were quickly answered by our very knowledgeable waitress. Food and drink were outstanding. Will definitely return on our next trip to Des Moines.

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RF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Steak

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oustanding service. We did not get seated by aquariums as requested for special event. Celebration of life after heart surgery

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GN
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Fantastic food always a great place to go

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Des Moines. Always try to stop when we are in the area.

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KP
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there,food was great,service was great. I would go there again and would recommend it to friends.

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GM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at Splash. The staff had special menus wishing us a happy anniversary. Our entrees came out on plates with "Happy Anniversary" on the plates. The food was all excellent! Fresh and perfectly prepared. Splash made a special occasion even more memorable.

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoy Splash; the food is always delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a promotion

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IA
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Fresh oysters were creamy and briny! Entrees if sake shrimp and sea bass were excellent! Service was wonderful - attentive but not intrusive. Terrific wine list. A perfect evening!

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