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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (29)
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Romantic (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Casual (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Waterfront (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

Anniversary

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 (Des Moines)·Dined 2 days ago

Overall good place to eat and solid seafood. Lobstertail was a bit undercooked and the price was a little on the high side for an add. We will go back however.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

The waitress was very slow and forgetful......the bus staff were much better. Food was very pricey and could have been better. It is seafood, so dont overcook the lobster.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined 7 days ago

Good but over priced for the experience. It was nothing to rave about.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined 7 days ago

Been here many times and this was my worst experience to date. Our waitress, Amber, did not fill waters or wine glasses. Walked past our table several times without checking if we needed anything. Waited until 25 minutes after we ordered entrees to let us know that they were out of scallops. Not at all impressed.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Splash was a great restaurant and our family had a wonderful time. There was not anything that was ordered at out table that was not fantastic. We all sampled each others food because it tasted so good. I can't wait to go back again and again.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a party of 9. Everyone’s food was excellent. Service was very efficient but not very friendly

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

I asked for an intimate table... we were sat in between everybody it was my anniversary dinner and my food was way overcooked I had to send it back by the time it got to me, my man was done eating so I had to pack it up and take it home the meal cost me $200 between the two of us I wish it would’ve been a much better experience but the food was very tasty

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great time! Wish you were open after 1030 pm for brandy Alexander’s!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

My 56th birthday! Our server, Ashleigh was amazing! She explained our courses, & was pleasant & intelligent to visit with! Our party of 5 had a great time, all our food was delicious ;)

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food and service once again!!
Always great.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service. Food was okay considering the cost. I wasn’t impressed with what we ordered given that I have paid less for better quality. We had the crab cake, Siracha scallops, and filet. The women’s restroom is embarrassingly dated and small. I can’t say I’d really recommend splash, unless you are downtown and specifically want seafood.

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·Dined on January 30, 2018

We absolutely love Splash. Not sure it's possible, but every visit is better than the last. The servers have always been delightful as well, and aah... the food... delish!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fine dining at its best. I love All seafood. Splash is the best in town. East coast oysters and escargot is a must have.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is fabulous. I have eaten here several times with many different people, no one has gotten the same thing and each thing has been excellent. Nice and quiet.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Dinner before a civic center show.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great Dinner. We both ordered off their specials for the month and it was a bit expensive but the food was excellent.

Prime Porterhouse steak for me and a bone in lamb chop for my wife. We eat low carb and they switched out our sides to other vegetables.

CHARCUTERIE & CHEESE board was great as well.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Overall it was a good experience. Rex did a nice job but seemed a bit overwhelmed with the amount of tables he was covering. We missed a salad but we’re given free dessert. Attention was ok but could have been better for $145 for two.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Hosted colleagues at a conference. Perfect!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always great food and service! The sommelier is spot on!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Even though I ordered the wrong dish because of dietary restrictions, the staff graciously replaced it at no extra charge.
Our waitress was attentive, attractive, and friendly.
Due to my mobility disability, we couldn't get to the main dining floor which was only accessible by staircase. We were seated in the bar area, which was less than desirable, and the noise level was louder than we prefer.
Overall we were pleased with the experience, but not wildly excited about it. However, we will probably dine there again, as the food was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was wonderful along with great service. Decor is dated but very clean and bright

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 5, 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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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 5, 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 December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 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 28, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 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 14, 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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 (Des Moines)·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 9, 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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 (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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 (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 2, 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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 (San Francisco)·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 November 30, 2017

Very pleased with everything

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 30, 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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