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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
515-963-1940
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Seafood in the Midwest!

Spent the day with our son who is attending Iowa State. Not in the mood for hamburgers, sandwiches, etc. I found some previous reviews of the Waterfront and decided we'd give it a try. Moving to Iowa from North Carolina, we've been a little disappointed with freshness and selection of seafood... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Debra I
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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Spent the day with our son who is attending Iowa State. Not in the mood for hamburgers, sandwiches, etc. I found some previous reviews of the Waterfront and decided we'd give it a try. Moving to Iowa from North Carolina, we've been a little disappointed with freshness and selection of seafood . Most restaurants serve lots of catfish and walleye,... More 

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Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We had mid-day lunch at Waterfront today on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant was quiet and not very busy, so service was prompt. The food was outstanding. The Crab Cakes were some of the best we have had at a restaurant. I enjoyed the flavorful Lobster Bisque. Their Sourdough Bread was a hit too. Both my spouse and I enjoyed... More 

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Ankeny
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was my first time here and I was a little disappointed at the atmosphere in the dining area. Seemed more like a big family style restaurant than a upscale seafood joint. The service was excellent and our wait staff was beyond good. I was a little disappointed in the quality for what it cost. I have had as good... More 

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70 reviews 70 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I stopped in looking for a fresh and healthy meal and am very happy I did! I sat at the bar and got quick helpful service. I had the seafood combo with lobster tail, shrimp and scallops and steamed asparagus. Nice portions and well prepared. Its not cheap but it is not overpriced for what you get. I can't wait... More 

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West Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I ate here twice while in town on business. Sunday night they have 1/2 price shrimp and oysters, so I enjoyed a 1/2 lb, of boiled shrimp before my blackened fish. The shrimp were good, but the fish was over done. I guess the chef did not understand "blackened" comes from the seasoning and not how long you cook the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We funtured out for a family gathering on a Sunday evening, it was not too busy. The waitress next to our table was so thorough, I was completely shocked, I had never heard such a great explaination of EVERYTHING ON THE MENU AND THE SUNDAY SPECIAL. My husband had the catfish grilled, and was completely happy with the taste! EVERYONE... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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112 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

After all my years living and visiting Iowa, I had the view that you don't go out for seafood. Waterfront just made the exception list. I was with a group of 5 and we ordered a variety of dishes. Everyone was pleased with their meal. I started with a cup of their gumbo which was excellent. Flavorful, loaded, hot, excellent.... More 

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BISMARCK
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11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

great selection of fish and seafood, sushi rolls the best. Appetizers to accompany your favorite beverage. The service was great, friendly staff, cozy atmosphere. A future visit for sure.

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Although you go there for fish and seafood their sushi bar is a must try. Great service, great value for your $.

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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is our go to for seafood in Iowa. There are several locations and you will get good service and good food at both of them. The Rock Shrimp appetizer is wonderful, tastes like lobster! They always have a catch of the day that you can cook up several different ways. Their sushi rolls are very good and they have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: 515-963-1940

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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