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Waterfront Seafood Market

2900 University Avenue Suite A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
515 223 5106
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Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Urbandale, Iowa
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This used to be our go to place for fish. Recently it has been lacking in the fresh category. We made the mistake of going on Valentine's Day 2 years ago and they were out of most of the items I wanted. The wait was long and the food mediocre. We went back for Fish & Chips and they were... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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199 reviews 199 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Well, it is fine. I've had good meals here and not so good, actually. Fortunately, lately the good is more often though. Daily specials are fun to try. The gumbo is good and spicy, be warned. Prices have gone up, but what hasn't...

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Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We really like this places. There was a 20 min wait....but bar had a place fir us 2. Good wine selection. Now they have sushi. Good starter options. Although on the bar we got a table ( not in the waiting line). And the entree as always was awesome. I had grilled trout w almonds and my husband scallops and... More 

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Clive, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My wife and I eat here about 3 times a month and takeout another 3 times. We like simple fresh seafood---no sauces, not overdone, fresh, and just the right amount. We get all those every time at Waterfront. Their sides are excellent also; we almost always get cole slaw, but the salads are fresh and the dressings are mostly home... More 

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Midwest
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We ate dinner here a few times and i have to say the food is not all that special. Spices and flavors are lacking. We prefer to buy super fresh fish filets, frozen crawfish and clam chowda soup to cook at home for our tastebuds.

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Sioux City, Iowa, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I really enjoy this restaurant. We try and visit every time we are in Des Moines. They have great walleye, shrimp, oysters, salmon, etc. last time, I tried barramundi (an Australian dish that is being farmed raised in Iowa). the barramundi was nice, but I'll try something different next time. I really like the tuna Reuben sandwich. Wonderful. Restaurant prices... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I just had a Blackened Salmon salad. It was very good. The place is very busy and full of locals. Will go there again when in town.

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Midwest
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is the best all-around sushi bar, seafood restaurant and market in the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area. And that's saying a lot, as Des Moines has become a restaurant nouvelle cuisine mecca! Do not miss the Poki salad or the Bruce Lee roll. Yum!! Go...an go often. Plus, you will get the freshest fish to go from their market.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Being from a small nation off the north coast of Europe the freshness of the seafood was great. Shipped in daily, and fresh! I went for the catfish. Never tasted it before, but was good. Attentive waitress and good service. Been a 'friend' on Facebook for a few years but this year (September 2014) was my first visit...and will not... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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125 reviews 125 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

My husband and I frequent here often. They are a good place if you're craving seafood and/ or fish. I typically get the crab cakes which I think are delicious. My husband usually gets some sort of shrimp. He's always enjoyed. Most dinners come with a salad, fresh bread and a side. We always have a good meal here.

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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

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