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Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

4.5
1320 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(515) 244-5686
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dominic Iannarelli
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Private party contact
Mike Holms: (515) 244-5686
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Cross street
3rd & Locust
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Parking details
Free street parking after 6pm or park in the public ramp adjacent to the building which is accessible from 4th Street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1320 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Anniversary

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service and food always top notch Great wine list Wait staff true professionals. My go to place in Des Moines before the theater or special occasion.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have dined here on multiple occasions but this time it seemed to be even better than previous visits! We both enjoyed our main dish of seafood but we shared some Lobster Mac and Cheese which was absolutely DELICIOUS! We had a large wine list to pick from, our waitress was attentive and helpful and never made us feel rushed. We were here before a show at the Civic Center and made for a perfect evening

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Our food was very good. Our service was less then good. Our server was only at our table 3 time the whole dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our waitress was informative andvery helpful in detailing our meals to fit our food allergies. Food and atmosphere were great.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

If you love seafood then this place is a must. Everything was great from the online reservations to my last cocktail of the night.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing fresh seafood and excellent service… One on DesMoines best wine lists…

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Dined before going to a show at the Civic Center

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Really enjoyed our dinner. Was a Thursday night on a show night and our service was still good. Excellent seafood!!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was good. My only criticism is that the restaurant was not very busy and we were given a small, cramped table.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We were there for a dinner before the Civic Center. Our waitress asked us before we ordered, so everything was delivered in a timely fashion. She was very attentive. The food is wonderful, but I think it's over priced for Des Moines.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Dependably good food and impeccable service at Splash. I always have seafood when I'm there because it's so fresh and cooked to perfection. However, one of these days I'm going to order meat or poultry because they sound wonderful.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Enjoy it every time we come. Seafood is always wonderful and the desserts are good too.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We are finding Splash to be hit or miss these days, and it was mostly a miss on our recent visit. We were seated in the lower area, which isn't our favorite spot, but it was busy so it was at least lively. The wine list is still nice, but maybe not as interesting as it has been in the past. Two of us opted for the scallops, and they were largely overcooked. The other member of our party ordered swordfish, which was also overcooked. We all chose the garlic mashed potatoes, which were fine but not special, and the asparagus, which was also fine.

The shining stars were the lobster bisque and the half dozen oysters on the half shell. The bisque is a large serving--a bowl, not a cup. The bisque is delicious and loaded with large chunks of lobster. And the oysters were simply outstanding.

Splash is good, but when the preparation is off, we just don't think it's worth the price tag. Next time we might opt for the raw bar.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great food and service. Made it to the Eagles concert in time.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Attended contest with family

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Server had many tables and she was on the ball for all of them. Appreciate it. Bonus tip. Need to stay with my go to scallops

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Overall I was impressed with my first visit to splash. The food and service were top notch. I love the unique atmosphere. We had a great experience.
My only complaint about Splash is the high cost. 16 dollar drinks, 45 dollar steaks, 18 dollar appetizers, it's pretty expensive. My wife and I had a date night there and our bill was over 200 dollars. Fun experience but will not be returning due to cost.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The waiter was awful! Very disrespectful.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great service, good food

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were very happy with our first experience at Splash!.... a little pricey for visiting regularly but the quality of the cuisine won us over. Absolutely loved the Chilean Sea Bass. We will be back! Thanks Splash!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Went to an early dinner. Greeted and quickly seated. ALL the food was amazing! Fresh seafood. Wonderful service. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I absolutely love this restaurant. It's fabulous every time we come here. The food is to die for and the service is excellent. My favorite place to dine for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

My favorite place for oysters in a land locked town. So fresh with a remarkable attention to seasonality and coastal availability. Service is always excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We hadn't eaten here in a while. It used to be a treat. Overall I've had way better food in Des Moines for the same or less. The food just wasn't that good. The lighting made all the food look gray. When I got home with my risotto leftover, it turned out it was gray! The decor hasn't changed in the 25 years I've been eating here. I won't be back until something changes.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Always enjoy our time here . Oysters are always pretty good.but I’m not super picky.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Simple amazing. A must visit restaurant for those special occasions.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our friends we had come with had eaten there before but this was my husband and my first time eating here. It was fantastic! The waitress we had was amazing and very helpful. The food was great! I'm not a seafood eating person but they had a few other options that were not seafood. I do wish they would've had more choices in the Moscato wine because I am not a red wine drinker and they only had two Moscatos to choose from and one was only served by the glass and not the bottle. The one I got in the bottle was a brand I could've gotten for less than $20 at Hy-vee but got charge a lot more for it at the restaurant. Other than that our overall experience was wonderful and I would definitely be back and recommend Splash to everyone.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

great service, wonderful food. The Iowa Charcuterie was excellent

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I am all for spending a lot of money on a great meal and service. However, this experience did not provide that. From a server trying to wrap up his shift and telling us that he'd "love to be [our] waiter but it's time to have a beer" to having lackluster service to the food being just ok. With the reviews, we expected amazing. We experienced "meh" with a side of unwarranted elitism. We have no intentions of returning.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Very nice, relaxing dinner.
We ate prior to going to the Civic Center to see Chicago

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was so amazing. My date & I had no idea what half of the menu was and our waitress, Gina, explained everything thoroughly and was so fun to talk to! Definitely recommend for date night/girls night.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This was our first visit to Splash and it was perfect. From the hostess to the final goodbye. Our server, Zachary was just great. He explained the menu in depth, to us first timers, made some awesome suggestions, that we loved and made certain we loved what we ordered. We will certainly come back again soon.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Everything was great waitress very competent, always enjoyable as always!!!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My wife & I enjoyed dinning last Saturday evening before the show "On Your Feet" the food was A-one Service very good. We've eaten here maybe 3 times before and have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We did dinner before the civil center show-5:30 reservation and was immediately seated. Jamie was our server-excellent. We each ordered a dinner salad. I had the peppercorn dressing- outstanding- not heavy but with very good. I ordered the gulf shrimp which were good-all four of them- my wife had the scallops which were very good. The menu included many dishes with seafood except prepared oysters. The bill was $100.00 plus tip. The only negative were the serving size which could have been a little bigger but overall excellent. We will return.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The ambiance is very nice and the service was really attentive. We enjoyed the aquarium displays and the quiet dining experience. The Calamari was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We had not been to Splash for some time. Took another couple prior to a theater performance. Thought the service was great, the food was excellent. We had plenty of time prior to the show and the service was perfect, not too rushed nor too slow. We are planning to return.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Excellent, exceeded our expectations for seafood in Iowa.

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