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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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Basic good fresh fish

Eat here many times over many years. Always has the freshest of fish in town. It might not be the fanciest but fresh rules. Casual in dress and not much for atmosphere. The staff is great and prompt. The wait can be awhile but moves quickly. Eat in the bar area for quicker service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
Kitty S
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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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DES MOINES, IA
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Fresh and wonderful seafood. Very fresh lobster. Watch for their specialty nights. Ambiance only so so but great service.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Eat here many times over many years. Always has the freshest of fish in town. It might not be the fanciest but fresh rules. Casual in dress and not much for atmosphere. The staff is great and prompt. The wait can be awhile but moves quickly. Eat in the bar area for quicker service.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 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
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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, Sushi

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

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