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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
Delicious food! Wait staff was appropriately scarce; not in a way that was inconvenient, and not there to refill your water glass every 5 minutes, either. Music was a little strange; modern for a hip urban neighborhood, but it would have been nice to hear some jazz standards mixed in. Overall, an experience that left me planning our next visit as this one was wrapping up!
The calamari and shrimp appetizer was excellent. Our entrees (ciopinno & shrimp risotto) were very good. The ambiance is not great - just seems kind of old and tired. The restaurant is a bit expensive as well, but if you want good seafood this is a great spot.
While known for their seafood, they didn't have a two pound lobster (broken tank, they said), so had to put two tails together. Mussels were inconsistent, and my wife's tuna overcooked. I ordered a steak (I know - seafood place), which was dry and overcooked as well. Good server - did her best. All in all - very average.
The seafood was amazing. Fresh and well presented. The steak was average. We did enjoy the lobster bisque and the calamari and shrimp appetizer. The Halibut and lobster tail were excellent. Very good wine list as well. Be prepared to spend some money as you are paying for quality.
We had a reservation for dinner for 6 people before a performance at the Civic Center. It was a Friday night and the reservation was early.
Our server was not attentive to the details of our meal that would have made it a pleasurable experience. Asked for ice 3 times and never received it. Ask for bread and received it just as our meals arrived.
Two of our party had the halibut special and both remarked that it was under seasoned (specifically salt and pepper).
Finally the restaurant added an automatic 20% tip (which had been clearly stated). The group concurred that we all would have made a different choice if it had been up to us.
As we were leaving I mentioned our disappointment to management who was willing to bring out the bills, and rerun them without the tip added. We could have then returned after the performance to resign.
Frankly not the experience I was hoping for, and will be reluctant to return in the future.
This was just an awful meal in all respects. The wedge Louie salad with lump crab meat had no lump crab meat al all. Just stringy, shredded pieces of what seemed like tasteless crabmeat out of a can. The Louie was liquid but bore no resemblance to actual Louie dressing. The sea bass with Mueniere sauce was atrocious. Again, the "Mueniere" sauce was not Mueniere sauce but a tasteless cream colored liquid. Avoid this restaurant.
I had dinner with my family & dinner was FANTABULOUS!! Our waitress was knowledgeable & attentive. I was apprehensive about the calamari & shrimp as an appetizer & she assured me that it wasn't as spicy as I was suspecting & I should order it. IT WAS GREAT!! OMG! The sea bass!!! When my father visits Des Moines, we are taking him to Splash!
I brought my husband to celebrate your very special birthday! They did not disappoint us, he was wished happy birthday from the moment we walked into the restaurant until we left everything was absolutely exquisite we cannot wait to return and will visit the oyster bar next time.
We had a wonderful and delicious meal at Splash. We were in Des Moines for a convention and there was a small group of us that wanted to try this restaurant. We were greeted with friendly staff and seated promptly. Our server was friendly and was patient in answering any questions we had in regards to the menu and the fantastic wine list. Our food was prepared to perfection! Everyone loved the entre they had. Thank you Splash!
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.
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