About Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
Des Moines, IA 50309
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.
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
The food was good, but I was expecting e ...
The food was good, but I was expecting exceptional. The sides were served cold, while the fish was warm. So I guess the sides sat out waiting for the fish to be ready. The waitress quickly gave me another plate of the warm sides. All and all very nice place. Great service.
I enjoyed the ambiance and we had a wond ...
I enjoyed the ambiance and we had a wonderful waiter named Jamie. The fancy cheese platter was really fun and the mussels were very tasty for our appetizers. We had the surf & turf fettuccine alfredo, which was appropriately priced and amazingly delicious! Friend had some very good martinis. Our entire experience was very good!
We dined at Splash with another couple f ...
We dined at Splash with another couple for a late night dinner New Year's Eve. It was perfect. We had such wonderful food and conversation that we were at the table 2 1/2 hours and were never rushed or made to feel we should vacate. Excellent experience.
We always enjoy dinner at Splash. The ...
We always enjoy dinner at Splash. The food is stellar and the presentation is outstanding. The wine list is substantial and the staff is knowledgeable. Service has always been excellent. Dinner at Splash is a pleasure!
Our experience was great! Great food, se ...
Our experience was great! Great food, service, and atmosphere. I didn't like seeing the lobster tank, but I am vegetatian, that probably doesn't bother most. It was a nice clean restaurant without feel too upscale or stuffy. I would go again and recommend friends to go!
I ordered my salmon cajun/blackened. Al ...
I ordered my salmon cajun/blackened. Although I didn't send it back (I just don't send food back), it was entirely too blackened. I worked my way through it, but was sick later that evening.
I would have expected that since "Cajun/blackened" was a standard option, it should have been a much more "middle of the road" blackened versus my salmon, which was 100% blackened, to a fault.
FYI, I routinely order my food either Cajun or blackened so I don't think it was a function of lack of familiarity. I think Splash is the preeminent seafood place in DSM and, based on this fact, I would have expected much better.
We had an excellent dinner. Cocktails we ...
We had an excellent dinner. Cocktails were spot on, appetizers were wonderful, entrees bountiful, and the dessert drinks very good. Only complaint would be it was
dark, needed to use a flashlight to see the cocktail and menu items. Also, I like to
see what I
m eating! Other than that though, well definitely go back, sooner rather than later.
This is my favorite seafood restaurant a ...
This is my favorite seafood restaurant anywhere. Who would have thought it would be in Iowa after I spent most of my life in California, New York, and Maryland, but it's true. The fish and shellfish taste fresh (although they must have been frozen) and super importantly, it is very well prepared and perfectly seasoned. The waitstaff is friendly and engaged and very knowledgeable. Be prepared to spend, but it's so worth it on special occasions.
Loved the Scallops and the Butternut Squ ...
Loved the Scallops and the Butternut Squash soup. The soup had a lot of spice so a good balance of sweet and spicy. We were disappointed in our wine selection. In hindsight we should have sent it back when we didn't like it. Paid to much for wine that we didn't care for. Splash did have a nice selection of fresh seafood which is hard to find in Des Moines.
The food is pricey, but it's absolutely ...
The food is pricey, but it's absolutely wonderful. The chef does things with food that most people would not think of doing at home, and the flavours come out so wonderfully. I've had some of the best seafood, chicken, and vegetables here. Great atmosphere, and the servers are wonderful. Highly recommended for special occasions.
The food was pretty good but for the pri ...
The food was pretty good but for the price I was expecting phenomenal. The drinks, however, were not good at all. My boyfriend and I each tried two...and two of them were supposed to be their best....I was not impressed at all. For example, I ordered a "Pain Killer" and it was basically just pineapple juice but then I ordered a dirty martini (for $18!!) and it was almost straight vodka. We both decided that we're glad that we can say we've been there now but with all the other options downtown we probably won't be making a return trip.
We celebrated my wife's birthday there o ...
We celebrated my wife's birthday there on a Saturday night before a show at Civic Center. It still remains our favorite restaurant in Des Moines! The food is wonderful, the service is excellent, and the ambiance of the restaurant is very appealing. They also printed special menus for my wife's birthday and decorated her plate with birthday wishes as well. The location is very convenient too if you're going to the Civic Center afterwards! I would highly recommend Splash to anyone wanting to go out for a special dinner.
Dined as Splash prior to a show at the C ...
Dined as Splash prior to a show at the Civic Center because we had a gift card and it is right across the street. Everything we had was good but I wouldn't call it exceptional. In fact, there are places in Des Moines to get better seafood at a lower price. Would go back in the future if attending a Civic Center show but probably not otherwise.
Great quality seafood this far from a co ...
Great quality seafood this far from a coast. Flown in. Good chef. They had gone a bit down hill several years ago, but seem to be back in the game with the newer owners. Still sad the cashew encrusted fish of the day with tropical fruit salsa is gone. 😑 Great oysters, great cocktails, great wine selection, fresh seafood, professional servers. Right across from the civic center so fab before a show.
I had called ahead and used the online o ...
I had called ahead and used the online options to book reservations however there was no response to my online request. When I did speak to someone I asked for something special as we brought a set of twins for their bday and nothing was done for them. It was a table of 6 and the steak wasn't cooked to their liking. One meal came out with a huge pile of garlic mashed potatoes that was actually embarrassing to see and have no idea how anyone would serve that plate in such a high end restaurant. My salmon had no flavor to it. We easily spent $600 between all the couples that evening.
Splash was our Grandsons choice to celeb ...
Splash was our Grandsons choice to celebrate his birthday! Appetizers crab cake and calamari were excellent. Entrees were inconsistent: our Grandson loved his steak and lobster mac & cheese, his mom's sea bass was undercooked and pink inside. Our son's salmon was great, but my husband had the special lobster ravioli and he couldn't distinguish much lobster for $36.
They were out of watermelon sorbet, which is what our Granson wanted for dessert.
We have been to Splash for many special occasions and this is the first disappointment.
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