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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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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Something for Everyone

I have been here several times, the most recent of which was this past Wednesday. My parents and I had to wait for just over 30 minutes for a table, but Wednesdays feature a very popular lobster dinner special, and we came at a peak dinner time. Once we were seated, our service was prompt and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Karen W
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Erie, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I have been here several times, the most recent of which was this past Wednesday. My parents and I had to wait for just over 30 minutes for a table, but Wednesdays feature a very popular lobster dinner special, and we came at a peak dinner time. Once we were seated, our service was prompt and efficient. What always impresses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I pretty much get the same things over and over when they are good. Too many times I have branched out only to discover that the dishes I loved might be truly the best on the menu. I also try one new dish. Waterfront is known for excellent seafood and fish, but for me, it all boils down to new... More 

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Polk City, IA
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have never had a bad meal here, it is fresh and great, consistent quality every time. My husband loves the bloody marys which come with a jumbo shrimp; I love the rock shrimp appetizer. This is our favorite Des Moines area restaurant. We moved to Kansas City three years ago, but make it a point to eat at Waterfront... More 

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Twin Cities
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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25 restaurant reviews
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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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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23 restaurant reviews
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 50 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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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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Doing business, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?