Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

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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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Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We went to Splash to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Ordered a bottle of wine and our waitress, Amber, answered a few questions we had on the menu easily. We also had a birthday coupon to use as well. The coupon offer was buy one entree and get the second up to $25 off. It’s a very good deal !!!

I ordered the gulf shrimp and the wife ordered the swordfish. We received our food after awhile and enjoyed our wine. My shrimp was perfect. The wife’s swordfish unfortunately was heavily salted to the point where she could hardly eat it. Unfortunately we didn’t see the waitress again until the end of our meal. We then told her about the salty swordfish. She then returned with the check and to my total surprise, she did a no charge on the swordfish and also gave us the birthday coupon for $25 off as well. She said they have new people in the kitchen and apologized for the meal. This was amazing and they made up for the issue. Such a good sign for great customer service.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, server was very friendly and very attentive, not to mention VERY cute!

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual- the decorated plates for our anniversary were special. As waiter, he was excellent as usual. Great night!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great. The food was excellent and the service was stellar!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect setting for seafood lovers! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, on a date night or just looking to have a great dinning experience! Service was outstanding. Food delicious and the place is very inviting. Definitely coming back! Thank you!

MR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there and it was amazing. My food was amazing and they were so welcoming.

OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Monty, our server, was excellent. He let us move at our own pace and had helpful suggestions when we asked. He was attentive but didn’t hover.

Y
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Splash many times over the years, sometimes just for dinner out and other times for special occasion. Only one time. About 3 or 4 years ago, I took my son to Splash for his birthday dinner. Our food was okay but our waiter was less than competent. My son never wanted to go back. But with some encouragement we went back for his and my birthday celebration. We were very please with everything in general. No complaints.

2
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've never had a bad meal or service at Splash. Our last visit was no exception. Splash knows how to prepare fish better than any place in the Des Moines area.

h
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. felt the prices were too high and being charged for ice in a drink is not appreciated.

KE
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, unique food, quiet, and unique space. We will go return.
It is expensive but worth it for special meals.

d
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waiter rocked the whole experience. Food was okay... not awesome but he made it great!

LG
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Great service and an all round excellent experience

HL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time, great food. Server was very knowledgeable and friendly. When we did stump her with a question, she was happy to go find us an answer and come right back. Had a drink at the bar before our reservation and both bartenders were awesome. Will absolutely be back soon.

M
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was subpar for price, service was poor and the restaurant is in need of reno.

M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

What this feels like is an expense account restaurant, as in, who orders the three figure caviars?. Prices are goofy high across the board for Des Moines and neither the kitchen's ability with all this expensive flown-in protein or the friendly but non-fine dining trained staff make it worth the money - unless, of course, your company is paying to impress some client.

DH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with our 15 year old daughter for our 20th anniversary. Seafood platter (small) was extraordinarily fresh and more than enough for one adult. My husband had the ciapinno and it was fantastic. Scallops like buttah!!! Daughter got the special, a veal porterhouse but she didn't like the Demi glace so they happily took it back without charging us. Great server. Wonderful atmosphere with dim mood lighting. Chairs crazy comfortable. Large party next to us was very loud but that's not Splash's fault. Excellent evening overall.

K
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food

PS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I got the Chilean sea bass, I have had a variety of sea bass, Chilean, Mexican & Panamanian. I don’t believe what I received was Chilean because it was not a buttery melt in my mouth which is what I have experienced in the past with Chilean sea bass. The experience I tasted more similar to Mexican sea bass. It was just my taste buds was expecting a buttery experience and didn’t get. My companions received the mixed grill and enjoyed it immensely.

C
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I went to Splash for the first time on a whim for a nice night out, and absolutely loved the atmosphere and the food. Some of the best seafood I have ever eaten, it was prepared so well.

JP
Des Moines
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't sleep on the steaks at Splash. The NY Strip here is consistently one of the best steaks I eat each year.

My wife got the 12oz filet and it looked freaking fantastic as well. The char they get on their steaks is the best in Des Moines.

But get seafood if you hate yourself.

M
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! But a little on the pricey side. Luckily, had a "coupon" to get $40.00 off a $100.00 bill 😉. Will definitely go again, especially if have another coupon/special!

MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful, delicious dinner. The Splash chicken was wonderful as was the swordfish.

T
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Weird ambiance. Slow service. Music overpowers conversation. Overpriced food for the quality.

SG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seafood. So delicious. We had sea bass and scallops. The acoustics are great. We could talk at dinner without shouting and hear each other. Tables are placed so everyone had plenty of space.

NJ
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The scallops at Splash are second to none. However I ordered asparagus as my side and received only three short spears, very skimpy for the price of the entree. The lobster mac and cheese wasn't to my liking, salty and not much lobster meat, at an extra charge of $14 for it.

AT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My guest and I were seated at 5:30 and informed our waitress that we had tickets to a show that started at 7pm across the street so she would be aware of our time constraint. After delivering our drinks she disappeared for approximately 15 minutes. We ordered our entree at shortly before 6. We again reminded her of our time issue. We finally got our food at 6:40 and one of the entrees was only luke warm. We literally had to shovel the food in our mouths and still didn’t have a chance to finish. My entree tasted wonderful but I had no chance to enjoy it.

CH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We were seated at 5:35, ordered at 5:45 and our meals were delivered one hour later and my wife’s scallops were cold. Because we were headed to a show at the Civic Center, we didn’t have time to finish eating. Not even close to being worth the $230, will certainly not be returning or recommending Splash to anyone.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I are avid seafood fanatics. Prices weren’t bad but portions were small for the price. We got a on of the mussels and they were very good. Then our main course came and neither of us were impressed. I wouldn’t pay $100 for the food we received there again.

CR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood joint in DSM if your wallet allows it.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Splash is somewhere we go on special occasions, normally a few times a year. We ordered the grilled octopus as an appetizer, scallops and sea bass for our main. Highly recommend the octopus and it was presented very nicely. The mains were great as well and the prices is what you will pay anywhere in a good restaurant. Timing was perfect, not rushed and not to slow. Service was outstanding, as always.

We have been going to Splash about 5 years now and always went home happy. We would rather pay a little more for the atmosphere and quality of food then go to some franchise restaurant for sub-par food and allot of background noise.

h
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server is out of this world great
She made our anniversary absolutely wonderful, thanks

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious seafood dishes, served by caring waitstaff. I think the authentic flavors of our dishes would be hard to beat in Des Moines. It was a pleasure dining in this restaurant.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome. Our waitress went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with everything. She was knowledgable, friendly and checked in on us just the right amount.

JD
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We finally ate here after locals said it was too pricey. We found the wine list offered nice and reasonably priced selections and our meal was excellent. Monty was our waiter and I give him 5 stars for knowledge, recommendations and a great personality.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress was great at making suggestions

DB
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Don't order the beet salad unless you like your beets pickled which is not stated on the menu. My partner would not have ordered if he'd known and waitress did not offer to take it off our bill. We asked our waitress to give us time between courses since we like to enjoy our meals at a leisurely pace. Instead, dinner was a sprint and we had to eat fast to keep up. Salads came as soon as oysters were whisked away. I hadn't finished my salad before entrees arrived. When I complained to the waitress, she offered to go find my unfinished salad - yuck! So we had a 3 course meal and chugged a bottle of wine in under an hour. We eat at Splash regularly and this is not our usual experience. We'll hope for a different waitress next time.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had a $40 off $100, so it's really the only reason we even tried the higher priced meals ($65 for a steamed lobster, and two sides). We asked for water with our meals, and were offered sparkling, bottled, or tap, but weren't told there would be additional charges for non-tap. It was $3 each as she got the bottled, I got the sparkling. Those bottles come with a ridiculous mark up, obviously. The food was good, but not very good. The service was good, besides not knowing that the water options cost more, when presented as equal options to tap water just on preference. I really can't recommend this placed based on value. The food wasn't exactly mind blowing to justify the cost, and $65 for a steamed 2 lb lobster is a lot of money. The food is just generally way overpriced. You can get just as good of a lobster for half the price at Red Lobster, or probably many other places that serve lobster, and with no distinguishable difference in quality.

D
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Dined during Splash's birthday promotion. Restaurant was very busy--busier than normal. The food, as always, was quite good. I was disappointed that we presented our waitress with a coupon for the restaurant's birthday promotion, a $40 discount for the purchase of $100 or more, but when she delivered the bill, we discovered that the discount had not been given. It took more than 15 minutes for her to return to our table before we could request that the discount be applied.


Splash has always been, and remains, a favorite restaurant of ours. However, I have two suggestions I'd like Bruce Gerleman to consider. First, please update your furniture. Your table seating is badly worn, and many of the chairs are chairs in name only. Secondly, I'm disappointed in some of the recent menu changes. Splash has always had the BEST escargot in town. These are difficult to find in a Des Moines restaurant, and I'm distressed that Splash has discontinued them. Please reconsider--even if the cost needs to be increased

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is on the expensive side but they make it worthwhile. I noted on the reservation that it was my birthday and they printed out special menus that we could keep. They have special seasonal dishes with interesting ingredients.

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