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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.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
3rd & Locust
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free street parking after 6pm or park in the public ramp adjacent to the building which is accessible from 4th Street.
Private Party Contact:
Mike Holms: (515) 244-5686
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
My wife and I got engaged at Splash 14 years ago and we make a special trip back every year. We get a personalized menu every time to commemorate our special evening. The food is amazing and has never let us down. The service is top notch. This is the second year we have had Mara and she is wonderful. I would highly recommend!!
Splash is our favorite Des Moines restaurant for seafood and we have yet to be disappointed. Our most recent visit was to celebrate a special occasion before a concert at the Civic Center. Our server helped us by taking our picture and was attentive to our needs throughout the evening. She was even a step ahead in suggesting a second spoon for our desert. We had some food left and she suggested a take home box. When we said we were going to the concert she offered to hold it for us. It was another great night at Splash.
We were greeted politely and seated promptly. Our server was another story. He had an unprofessional demeanor, from discussing our $40 bottle of wine with the wine steward over the rest of the dining room to clearing too soon and letting us know if we paid the check (so he could leave?) we could stay and enjoy our wine and after dinner drinks. We were two guests and we're only there for an hour and a half on a tab of over $150. Hardly expected the bums rush. Also the dining room was not full on a Saturday night, so no excuse to rush us or be rude. The food was good. We might have enjoyed it better with a different waiter.
I enjoyed sitting upstairs near the bar as I was alone. The bartender was very attentive and
I had fun and the Bonnie Doone Sauvignon Blanc was delicious. However, the beef carpaccio appetizer was disappointing. It was a bit dry..probably plated the day before. The soup, though tasty, was a bit thick like it had been on the warmer too long.
All in all I enjoyed myself but the quality of the food wasn't memorable except for the oysters.
It had just been flown in that day and it was the freshest & tastiest I ever had anywhere! I did
not have a main entree so I can't comment there. I would definitely go there again though and order something else.
Hadn't been here since last summer, but stopped in before a civic center event for dinner. The ambiance is very nice with multiple levels and rooms with unique themes. There are only a couple of places in Des Moines that I've found tasty seafood and this is one of them. I've always had fresh selections and they are prepared to enhance their flavor. Service is very good, and there is an extensive wine list with expert help if you need it.
On our recent visit my wife and I each ordered a glass of wine and dove into the menu. While there are other options, I always stick to seafood items, and after opting for other choices in the past, my wife generally sticks with seafood now. On this night she opted for the Shrimp Risotto, which was a creamy concoction of asparagus, goat cheese, mushroom, and of course shrimp and risotto. It was fantastic and a generous sized portion. I decide on a halibut dish that was the night's specialty. It was very good, with a beautiful piece of fish, served on a hot mushroom salad. It was very good, but I should have asked the price when the server described it as it came in at $42. While I liked it, I'm not sure it was quite worth that price tag to me vs. some of the other items I might have opted for, but again, I should have asked.
Service is great, good is consistently excellent, and there are great wines to enjoy. If you're looking for seafood in downtown Des Moines, I haven't found a better option.
While the sea food was relatively fresh for the midwest, the food was mediocre at best. I had a Cioppino that was not a soup and the sauce tasted like is came out of a jar. The shelfish were quite small. The one bright spot was the single scallop which was well grilled.
Everything was great!! Our server asked us in the beginning if we were going to the symphony, we told her no we wanted to take our time and we did not feel rushed, each course was brought at the perfect time. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. Highly recommend!
Excellent service from our waitress. I had Norwegian Salmon, wife had Swordfish. Both prepared well and delicious. Started the meal with Mussels also prepared well. Garlic mashed potatoes done right, nothing special. Priced similar to some many restrauants throughout the metro. Worth a visit if you haven't been there.
Fish was not thoroughly cooked (charbroiled wahoo) and no offer of recompense for obviously raw middle. We didn't push it.
Nice ambiance, but meal was not up to par.
Spouse had shrimp risotto which was pretty good.
No bread offered with meal.
Dessert was Key Lime cheesecake which was also subpar for those of us like to taste lime in it.
Everything kind of disappointing for what we paid for it.
This was my second visit to Splash. It's one of the finest restaurants I've ever dined in -- and I say that as someone who lived in New York City and now lives part time in Santa Fe. The food is superb. On this last visit, I started with a Caesar salad and then had Norwegian salmon. Both were nicely prepared, beautifully presented and delicious. (The only false note was the bread.) Anyone who persists in believing that Des Moines is a backwater either has never been there or has not visited recently. Downtown Des Moines is booming with arts, recreation and a restaurant scene that competes with any mid-sized American city. Splash is among the best. It holds it own with any restaurant I've visited in Chicago or New York or Santa Fe.
We had a wonderful time for my 30th birthday. Ambiance was wonderful and the food amazing! I had the splash salad, shrimp risotto, and husband had lobster Mac and cheese. I think the shrimp was better than the lobster but husband disagrees! So we were happy. We had creme brûlée for dessert and it was perfect. Can't wait to go back!
The ambiance was great and our waiter was outstanding. My husband had the lobster and it was way too rubbery, hard to chew and very little taste. I had the filet and all I could taste was the charcoal grill, the meat was very tender but little or no flavor at all.
We also ordered desserts, creme brule and key lime cheesecake. The cheesecake was a very different texture for cheesecake. The creme brule was passable.
Enjoyed our date night. Food was amazing.. service was great. Unfortunately, they seated a group of very loud obnoxious women next to us that were very distributing and loud. There lauguage was not appropriate given the environment they where in. Swearing loudly and kind of put a damper on our romantic evening.. but as far as the food and service we received it was wonderful, just as it's always been when we dine here.
It was as though we tasted oysters for the first time! They have an amazing sampler platter. The Seattle oysters were the best! Like drinking water off a mountain. Everything and I mean everything was perfect! Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. A bit pricey, but we're saving up to do it again soon!
We ate before going to see show at Civic Center and the wait staff was very attentive to help us be on time for our show. The lettuce with the iceberg salad was perfectly cold! The crab bisque was delicious! Splash is a fun atmosphere for romance or for friends and always quiet enough for conversation.
Have been to Splash many times so know how great it can be, this visit was
not among them. Service was poor, we were neglected and practically had to
beg for service. Neither of us felt our food was Splash quality. If this had been my first visit I would not return!
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