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Splash

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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705 (3rd & Locust)
(515) 244-5686
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Never Disappoints!

My husband and I love to make it to this restaurant on special occasions, and always for restaurant week! This is by far our first choice for seafood in the metro area and now the newly renovated Cowles Commons across the street coupled with some great places to grab drinks after dinner makes for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My husband and I love to make it to this restaurant on special occasions, and always for restaurant week! This is by far our first choice for seafood in the metro area and now the newly renovated Cowles Commons across the street coupled with some great places to grab drinks after dinner makes for a great date night!

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Panora, Iowa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We celebrated our daughters birthday, great choice & was not disappointed. Jamie our server is amazing! Our appetizer shrimp & calamari was fabulous & everyone's entrees were excellent. Great celebration! Highly recommended!

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Cambria, California
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

As a party of 12 we were escorted to our very quite and comfortable table in a timely and efficient manner. The service was functional but certainly not memorable. As the entrees arrived they were, for the most part, either significantly undercooked or lukewarm at best and the steaks were reported to be below restaurant quality. We would like to... More 

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WAUKEE
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

My husband and I have been to Splash many times. This week we had a company outing there. Kathleen was our server (we've had her before). She is TOP NOTCH! One of the best! My very favorite!!! Our service was fantastic! Our food was wonderful and the ambiance in the party room was perfect. Thanks again, Splash, for exceeding my... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Rex took great care of the 4 of us who would have thought one of the best seafood dinners I have ever had in downtown Des Moines Iowa! The cold platter was amazing - the oysters fantastic ( I grew up in Panama City, Fl) - I can not even describe the Sea Bass - melt in your mouth good... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I recently celebrated our Wedding anniversary at Splash. It was not our first visit nor will it be our last. We like to dine at Splash prior to events at the Des Moines Civic Center. It is literally across the street. It makes for a nice night. We are proud to say we are "regulars"! The Seafood... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Yes, the food at Splash is generally VERY good, but the menu items are also generally very over-priced. My wife and I often will split a dinner simply because most places serve too much for one person to eat ... and "doggie-bag" food is never as good once it leaves the restaurant. We asked to split a meal and were... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

A friend and I came in on a Saturday night without a reservation and were directed to the bar by a friendly hostess. The bar was very busy but we were immediately greeted by a server and the bartender. Our server was very friendly and kindly offered suggestions for wine and menu items. The server suggested lobster macaroni and cheese... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I love their motto of "Jet Fresh"! Who would think about seafood in Des Moines, but they are the real deal. The appetizer of the Calamari And Shrimp with the sweet chili sauce was incredibly delicious. They had oysters from different places that were all quite good. The gulf shrimp were great & the swordfish special with prepared sake grilled... More 

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Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We have been here many times, but will not be returning. Beet salad was our starter, a pile of jarred pickled beets with crumbled cheese on top. Shrimp Asian style was so hard and flavorless I could barely finish. And Seabass, tasteless and disappointing. Definitely not worth the price. We will be looking elsewhere for seafood in DesMoines. Spent the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
    (3rd & Locust)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 244-5686

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?