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
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!
Very good experience. We tried to reserve a table for earlier on the website, but not available due to musical playing across the street. Called and they got us in at 6:45 which worked very well for us. Thank you for being accommodating!
Salads were huge and delicious! Maybe we will order as an entrée next time!
I have traveled a great deal, and found it hard to find really good seafood, along with a great menu, Splash is one of the best seafood restaurants anywhere in the US. The menu is one that makes it hard to decide what to order for the variety and great items. Chef there is one of the best anywhere; Ambiance and atmosphere is one where you can actually hear a dinner conversation. Simply a fabulous restaurant.
It was a very nice experience...food was great and very creative...service was spectacular. I brought 9 people in who had never been to Splash before...they will be returning. My family and I have been customers for years and it seems to just keep getting better.
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 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!
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. 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 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 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 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 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.
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