Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

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$31 to $50
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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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AmyD
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are both amazing. A wonderful place for a special occasion.

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BarbM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know I can always count on Splash for the very best food, service and ambience...always exceeds my expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was good and service was wonderful! Food was also yummy, well proportioned and cooked perfect.
My only compliant was, I wish there was more description on the side of risotto I ordered. It had blue cheese which isn’t typically in risotto and I DO NOT like blue cheese. I had one bite and couldn’t bring myself to eat more. :(

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Jorgy
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The restaurant has great decor, but the food was terrible and way over priced and my wife and I eat out in classy restaurants . Splash needs to upgrade food or chef. I had osobuco, all bone, little meat and tough. Very disappointed. My wife had like a four seafood combo. The oysters, mussels were so tiny you couldn’t hardly see them! Very sad!

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Digitaljose
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Tough seafood and falla flavorless pasta. Expect more for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal again.

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PatrickF
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first time there. We really enjoyed it. Had the crab cake as starter and it was very good and a generous portion. My wife’s salmon was great. I had chilean sea bass. It was good, but not great. Overall though, we had a great experience. Good service with a friendly waitress.

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vipRandy
Des Moines
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wonderful service. Could not ask for better.

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RKFoodie
Springfield
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

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JonH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were awesome and so was the staff. Outstanding food!!

TB
ToddB
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we were very impressed. The food was fantastic and service great. The ambience is very unique, especially for Iowa. Lots of aquariums and interesting art on the walls. It is not inexpensive, but was worth the value. Great place for a special occasion!

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vipRobbo1
Milwaukee
122 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I wanted seafood for dinner while in Des Moines and we made a reservation at Splash Seafood Bar and Grill. We were seated immediately upon arriving and our server was very prompt in coming to our table. After reviewing the menu options my wife chose the Sea Scallops and I decided to have the Cioppino. When our server delivered the meals and we took our first bites we discovered they were prepared very well. Throughout the meal we were provided very good service and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The next time we're in Des Moines we will return to Splash Seafood Bar and Grill.

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RogerW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All we expected!! Would recommend it to everyone.

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Ollie
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Overpriced and average. Everything seems old , carpet aged. Bathrooms dirty

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the first time on Valentines day date with my wife. Her salmon was perfectly cooked, and I had the best scallops of my life. Waiter was great. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruce Gerleman and team excels at greatest seafood, wine, desserts and service. Marissa was a superb server and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and experience at Splash... once again!

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GD88
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I felt like this was a very good meal and well worth every dollar

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vipDanielle
Des Moines
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food and service were underwhelming for all of us. Some dishes were drenched in heavy dairy, completely drowning the fresh seafood. The risotto seemed like heavy cream had been poured in it - I’ve had such better risottos. There are better options in town for a nice dinner at that price point.

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KimberlyP
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Prices on crab, chilled platter, etc increased quite a bit and we weren’t aware. Used to be a better value.
Interior continues to need a renovation...more run down every time we go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service amazing experience

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vipHawkstl
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all around, great. Thank you!

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal though a bit pricey for drinks. Staff was knowledgeable of the choices on the menu.

JK
JillK
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. They were out of several items on the menu otherwise wold have been outstanding.

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GaleM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever my husband and I travel to Des Moines, Splash is our "go to" restaurant. They are very accommodating with my husband's dietary restrictions. The staff is so friendly and attentive - we love them like family. This time, we were able to introduce my husband's brother and wife to the awesome experience we have come to know and love. They were not disappointed. Our meal was exceptional and the service top notch! Can't wait to come back for another visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always enjoy going to Splash

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vipDowntownDiner
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent miso salmon and angry lobster. Prompt service with just enough time to get to the Civic Center. Excellent all around!

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NancyA
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!

KC
KimC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the siracha scallops and they were the best I've ever had. I can't wait to come back.

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vipDavidS
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and non intrusive service starters to desert. And out on time for the play!

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Gromans
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet tonight, the food was top shelf like always

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hollandaise
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation prior to our show at the Stoner Theater. The restaurant was quiet and we had a very nice table with an excellent and professional server. The food, I had the salmon special, was outstanding.

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ChristiS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I've been there twice before and everything was great but this time we had problems with the food. They switched my husband's and son's steaks so they had to be redone. My pasta came out cold. And the chef switched my husband's lobster tail to crab legs without asking bcuz he thought they looked too small.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! Waiter helped suggest your food, he was spot on!

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife's 50th birthday and the food was excellent, service was great and presentation was awesome, my wife's plate said happy birthday, she was ecstatic. She commented how her martini's were perfect. I was very pleased with my meal as well.

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LeRoyS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. Our fish was cooked to perfection and side were equally good. The portions were more than adequate. The server was excellent. She was very respectful and helpful in explaining the menu and gave us time to look over the menu. We never felt rushed. The owner greeted us on the way out and thank us for coming. It was a delightful experience and we are planning our next trip back.

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vipRandy
Des Moines
28 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience while dining at Splash before our play at the Civic Center. The service was great and the food was even better.

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BeckyM
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to see JC Superstar with friends.
SPLASH is ALWAYS our go to before a show.
Missed Jeff and the Cherry Pie wine 😚 but all was GREAT as usual.

JS
JohnS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's been awhile. Good decision to return to Splash.

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janicem
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love to eat at splash! I really miss being able to go there for lunch. I ate there often. No one even sent a e-mail about closing at lunch time. I went there put my $3.50 in the meter to find out you are no longer open at noon. Was also disappointed that the large seafood platter was $110.00 at night and only $86.00 at lunch. It has the exact same things on it. You have the best seafood around I just hope you don't price yourself out of the competition. Keep sending coupons!!!!!!!!!!