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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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Ranked #12 of 204 restaurants in West Des Moines
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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English first
Shanghai, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a quaint little place with great service and delicious seafood. Chowder and Po'Boys. Very good.

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iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

You won't find any seafood fresher in Iowa. I often come here just for the sushi & oysters on the half shell. This place is a must stop if you are hungry for seafood!!!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was looking for a new place to try so I looked up places for seafood in Des Moines. The reviews didn't match up to my experience. The food was average and a little pricey. The service started out very slow, but once the waitress made contact she kept our drinks full. The ambiance didn't not match the prices on... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Food and service are good but nothing to shout about. Ahi tuna average or maybe below average, and overcooked. Others in our group generally pleased with food and beverage. This was our 3rd visit to the Waterfront during visits to Des Moines. I would return, but will not be in a rush.

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Milan, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Great fresh fish for all taste. From fried to sushi. Nice appetizer and excellent staff. Maybe the list of beer could be implemented.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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156 reviews 156 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We have been going to Waterfront out in West Des Moines for over 20 years, way back when it was a counter and seafood market. It was one of our favorite places over the years, especially as franchises took over and this stayed local. The lunch menu is the best bargain. It had sushi before sushi was "in." We always... More

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Des Moines IA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Waterfront Seafood Market has, over the past 30 years, established a relationship with top suppliers of the best seafood from the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf. The result is a consistent "catch" of a variety of fresh and succulent fish and shellfish. Their longstanding staff prepares and serves entrees with subtle flavors, tasty side dishes, fresh-baked bread accompanied with a... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Waterfront is a mainstay and I've been here hundreds of times over the years. The quality is always great but i've noticed over the years the quantity ( size of fish ) has decreased and the price goes up. Kinda like buying a package of M and M's.. they use to be a 1 lb packages for $1.99, then you... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I go here a LOT as a West Des Moines resident. They have great fresh seafood and wonderful service. They always have great sushi too!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Solid seafood restaurant, not a franchise...a bonus in my book. Great selection and friendly Iowa service.

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