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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
(515) 244-5686
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Ranked #34 of 502 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 3rd & Locust
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English first
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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Sarasota, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Whenever we travel to Des Moines, the Splash is always a must on our itinerary. The seafood is always fresh and prepared and served to delight both the eye and the palate. Scott was an excellent server and was able to make excellent recommendations. The cold-water oysters were very fresh and delicious. Be sure to come early so that you... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have been to Splash a few years ago and thought it was a great place. Was disappointed in our dinners on Friday, September 26, 2014. I ordered a trio of steak, shrimp scampi and mussels/clams. steak was tough, and the Oscar topping of crab was mostly bread and tasteless. The scampi was simply shrimp in oil. the clams and... More 

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55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have been here several times and enjoyed every one of them. They do a great job of getting you out in time for shows at the civic center if you let them know ahead of time as well. The seafood is fresh and always prepared inventively. The oysters are wonderful, the martinis are fantastic and a great wine selection... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Wonderful evening. Wedding anniversary for our friends. Lobster Mac and Cheese is a must. Scallops are very good also. Very knowledgable Sommelier

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Des Moines, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

We spend a good deal of time traveling and Des Moines is not know for seafood, until we discovered Splash. When in the Keys or the Gulf that's seafood at it's best. The Midwest is know for beef, pork, and poultry so why would you would you expect good sea food here. Splash has been around for a while but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Walked in needing to grab something to eat before a meeting. Had a amazing bowl of clam chowder and salmon blt. Blt was a touch dry but very good

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I had made dinner reservations at 4 restaurants for our anniversary but Splash was the only restaurant that asked if this was a "special occasion". With that, I cancelled the other reservations and we had a great anniversary dinner at Splash. The table was decorated, a decorated menu, and then a complimentary appetizer from the chef. The swordfish was perfect... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had the Chilean Sea Bass (hard to get any where) and it was INCREDABLE! Very good dinner. The décor of the restaurant is a little dated - but if you can ignore that and just focus on the food, you will not be disappointed. Our waiter suggested a very nice bottle of wine, was knowledgeable, and allowed us to... More 

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Omaha, NE
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Fancier than I would have thought from the outside. My daughter and I were out late and hadn't eaten. Decided to pop in for a quick bite. We shared the splash salad and a seafood platter app. Everything was prepared perfectly. Fantastic wine choice as well.

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Additional Information about Splash

Address: 303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
Phone Number: (515) 244-5686
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Seafood

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