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2900 University Avenue Suite A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
515 223 5106
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good seafood in West Des Moines

Seven of us and we were taken care of. We had a variety. Mussels, Scallups, Shrimp, Cod and chowder. Everything was good!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Twin Cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

My love affair with oysters began as a young girl, My grandmother made fried oysters that were to die for! I have sampled many different fried oysters in various parts of the country, and consider myself a bit of an oyster snob. Who would have ever imagined that some of the best would be found in Des Moines, Iowa, of... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Seven of us and we were taken care of. We had a variety. Mussels, Scallups, Shrimp, Cod and chowder. Everything was good!

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Indianola, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We've been eating at this restaurant regularly for decades. There is no other restaurant that has been as consistently good as the Waterfront. One sign of a good restaurant is that many of the wait staff and kitchen help have been employed there for years. They know the menu and the customers. The clam chowder compares with any even in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

This is one of our favorite go-to restaurants! The house dressing is the best we've ever had and we love their quiet patio overlooking the lake. Fresh seafood always prepared well and to order!

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colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

After 11 hours in the car it was a toss up between Fleming's happy hour and seafood. This place has an extensive menu. I ordered the crab cakes and they were over breaded, over cooked and just not good. The asparagus looked and tasted like it had been boiled for hours. The server bartender never checked back. Not worth the... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Have been coming here since they opened the doors years ago. Except for a few occasions, my food and experiences have been top notch. 3 of us went there last Wednesday night for a special soft shell crab night. Always start with Sushi, which is the freshest in town. Had 3 different rolls and enjoyed them all. I ordered the... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We enjoy seafood and the WAterfront Seafood Market has never disappointed us. On this occasion, both my husband and I ate selections from their daily lunch menu. I had the halibut which was flaky, and cooked to perfection. Both of us decided to splurge with dessert. He reported his chocolate layer cake was great and my carrot cake was especially... More 

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DES MOINES, IA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Fresh and wonderful seafood. Very fresh lobster. Watch for their specialty nights. Ambiance only so so but great service.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Eat here many times over many years. Always has the freshest of fish in town. It might not be the fanciest but fresh rules. Casual in dress and not much for atmosphere. The staff is great and prompt. The wait can be awhile but moves quickly. Eat in the bar area for quicker service.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

I have eaten here several times during business trips. I have never been disappointed. It's not fancy, but the seafood is very good and the service uis excellent. The clam chowder is a great way to start your dinner.

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Address: 2900 University Avenue Suite A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
Phone Number: 515 223 5106
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
Cuisine: Seafood, Sushi

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2900 University Avenue Suite A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515 223 5106

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Local cuisine

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