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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705 (3rd & Locust)
(515) 244-5686
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
In decline or just a bad night?

We periodically come to Splash for an outstanding meal and dining experience. Based on the price point and location, these are our expectations. Our experience this week, with three in our party, was average food, but the same exceptional service and ambiance. We go to a restaurant primarily for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Michael A
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Ames, Iowa
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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128 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ames, Iowa
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We periodically come to Splash for an outstanding meal and dining experience. Based on the price point and location, these are our expectations. Our experience this week, with three in our party, was average food, but the same exceptional service and ambiance. We go to a restaurant primarily for the food, in this case, exceptional food. The shrimp/calamari appetizer was... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Splash is known in Des Moines as one of the best sea-food restaurants. And while the food is "exotic" (lots of unusual items on the menu), and the taste of the food is good, there are other places in town that will give you a good dining experience with good food without the exhorbitant cost. I won't use specifics, but... More 

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Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We were in town for a concert. We tried to call ahead for a reservation but they didn't answer the phone. We were limited in time and would have been happy to sit anywhere for a quick snack. The hostess essentially blew us off. I understand they were busy but there was no effort to accommodate or apologize.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Sword dish was excellent as was the risotto and sweet potatoes. Excellent Service; I would definitely return. Large salt water fish tanks add to the decor.

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Des Moines, Iowa
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I've dined here many times due to the proximity to the Civic Center. Our experience this week was similar to past experiences: food quality quite good, service mediocre, ambience in need of a freshening, and prices commensurate with finer seafood. The calamari and shrimp starter in a sweet chilli sauce was divine, but we had to wait about five minutes... More 

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I was recommended this place and I would try it again. But we ordered the lobster and it wasn't very good. I would probably try some of the other fine dining that Des Moines has to offer before going back there.

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San Mateo, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Had oysters and shrimp in the in the oyster bar area of the restaurant. Good menu, nice wine list and service was very good. Walkable from the Hyatt Place and Savery hotel. Bit pricey but good.

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Sheldon, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and I love this restaurant. It has great seafood, great preparations and a good wine list. The bar is also great. The service is also top notch. We've eaten here a dozen times over the past few years and love it every time.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Delicious, but $28 for four pieces of gulf shrimp is ridiculous. $7 per shrimp. Umm, won't be making that choice again.

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I didn't have to pay so I shouldn't say anything bad, right? Well, that's just not me. I think this place is very nice but I think it's over priced. The food really isn't that good. I think the "mood lighting" is a bit much, a little too dark if you ask me. I don't think this is a place... 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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?