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All 208 West Des Moines Restaurants

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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Clive, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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Omaha, NE
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119 reviews 119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is the cutest little seafood market with an attached lounge & restaurant. We've been there many times to pick up fresh seafood ~ yes in landlocked West Des Moines, Iowa. We stopped in for soup yesterday ~ It was cold and rainy & just sounded like a great idea. We have just returned from a holiday to San Francisco... More 

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Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Waterfront has the best seafood in Des Moines, hands down. There is a shrimp truck that occasionally visits from TX, but other than that, Waterfront's market is literally the only place that you can buy good shrimp in the area. The restaurant capitalizes on the freshness by using simple sauces and sides. Highly recommended.

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West Des Moines, IA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Any day is a good day to visit Waterfront but Saturday is especially good because of the specials and ½ price peel & eat shrimp and oysters! The lunch specials are always excellent. One of the best three places in Des Moines for seafood.

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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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