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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
Returned to this restaurant after a 15 year period. Better now than ever. Excellent well-rounded menu specializing in a wide range of seafood. Everything was fresh and well-prepared. Server was excellent. I would return to Des Moines just for the opportunity to dine here again.
Though our server was very good, the food was subpar. Such a disappointment for such an expensive meal. I had grilled shrimp and asparagus. The shrimp tasted fishy and was over cooked. Not fresh! The asparagus was tasteless. The rice, uninspiring. And, that was the best part of the meal.
Splash was our choice for celebrating our anniversary and it was the right one. We were greeted with a custom menu wishing us a happy day and a little celebratory confetti on our table. The dining room is beautiful with a number of fish tanks. Our server Taralee was attentive at just the right level. She listened to our menu requests and helped us to put together memorable dinners. Thanks to Splash for a great evening.
This was an excellent dining spot for the special birthday occasion it was selected for. It had a cozy feel with a great ambiance. The atmosphere was warm with a more mature dining clientele. The food was absolutely wonderful!
have been to splash many times and usually its predictably very nice, this time my friend and i came in a bit later than usual, our waiter was brief, acted as if he was put out to wait on us, and seemed like he was just anxious for us to leave.
I won't mention his name however.
Might have been an off night for him but regardless he was rude and condescending.. Other than that the cuisine was great like usual.
Mr. Chas Leonard
I can't say enough about our experience. I dine at Splash regularly and the greatest review I can give is the fact that I dine there frequently. Mara was our waitress and she is very attentive and she provides great service because she likes to, not because she has to.
Well the food was good. Service was almost spot on that find to be very good it is as much as the food or sometimes more . The only thing I had concerns about was the fact both plates that can for the shells and to use as a plate for the appetizer where both dirty. The bowl for the shells you can see the food. On it still so someone didn't check them very well
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.
It's easy to forget how good the seafood is here, but each time I visit, I remember. And I vow to come back more often! Great service, too. And frankly, there's no reason to order oysters anywhere else in town: This is the 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.
Appreciated the staff recognizing my husband 's bday . We both had seafood , it was very good . But my husband's side dishes , the rice and eggplant were not tasty at all . We felt the dishes were way overpriced for the servings we received .
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.
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