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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2900 University Avenue Suite A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
515 223 5106
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 60
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Quality and Quantity

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Rphmather
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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126 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW 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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Omaha, NE
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very well prepared seafood dishes; a little pricey and relatively small quantities. But overall, the service was very good and the food was very high quality. If you want very good seafood in DM, I would recommend this place.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

For those of us who crave seafood and can't get on a plane to the Gulf, the Waterfront is a good bet. Try the Po' Boy sandwiches or the shrimp dinners. The cole slaw is crispy and the french fries are thin and hot.

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Columbus
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

First visit to Des Moines. We were looking for a good quality dinner place and we're happy to see good reviews for here. Actually very good fish and seafood here in the middle of the country, because, they make the effort to fly in fresh food ! Had NE clam chowder and was as good as ever had. We had... More 

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San Juan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

All punning aside, Nick, Jessica and others have provided the type of service and quality seafood that Ted was known for. More than once I've been awestruck by the freshness and inspired dishes I've had here and in Ankeny. From the stuffed sole to the spicy Tuna roll. Roll on, guys, keep the hits coming!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is the ultimate seafood restaurant in that nothing is frozen. Everything is flown in daily. There is a seafood market to the left as you enter the restaurant where they sell fresh fish and also have the various soups and salads from the restaurant available by the pint or quart. I've never had a bad meal here and we... More 

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Winterset, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My friend and I have been there several times and was fairly good.We were there March 11 and were extremely disappointed. Food was below average and our waitress was horrible. Asked for a Mojito and were told they no longer have them.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I have eaten here 4-5 times, with the most recent visit being March 13, 2015. On previous visits, I enjoyed fish and seafood cooked in a variety of ways. I am continually amazed at the breadth of the menu; from fried clam baskets to crab legs, there really is something for everyone, including people who would rather have meat or... More 

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Iowa
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90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

In Des Moines for business and stopped in for dinner. The red snapper was excellent and the salmon cooked perfectly. One of the diners had dietary restrictions and the server handled it very well. Salad, sourdough bread and sides were excellent. Make sure to stop here and check out the fresh market on the other side of the restaurant.

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Omaha, NE
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140 reviews 140 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We visited WDM over Christmas break & had to stop in for a bowl of clam chowder. Still one of the best anywhere! The Clam strips are excellent too! Stop in for a bowl~ you won't be disappointed!

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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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups

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