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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 14
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Reliable fresh seafood

Located in the Clocktower strip mall, Waterfront asserts it has been voted central Iowa's best seafood restaurant for 25 years in a row. This may be because most central Iowans can't afford downtown Des Moines' Splash, which is one of the city's true high end and expensive options. Waterfront is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Creston, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't you dare leave without trying the clam chowder! It's very good and comes in an adorable bucket. Their sushi rolls are also very good, but a little on the pricey side. Fun atmosphere and great food make this place a must visit. Much better than the Ankeny location, which isn't bad either just not as nice as the University... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

When I want fresh, well-prepared fish, we go to The Waterfront in Ankeny. I have never been disappointed with the Atlantic or Alaskan Salmon and the Halibut is awesome! Perfectly grilled and seasoned any way you prefer. They also offer it cooked in other ways. Husband loves their deep fried shrimp and the cod fish and chips.

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Creston, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located in the Clocktower strip mall, Waterfront asserts it has been voted central Iowa's best seafood restaurant for 25 years in a row. This may be because most central Iowans can't afford downtown Des Moines' Splash, which is one of the city's true high end and expensive options. Waterfront is vey good at what they do. Prices are moderate-to-high, depending... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cajun catfish bites were outstanding! The fish just melted in your mouth. Just the right amount of heat. Also had the swordfish. Tender and flaky. Cooked to perfection.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter requested clam chowder yesterday. When I got there at 10, I saw the hours were 11 a.m. The door was unlocked and I could see workers inside. I went in and saw the clam chowder containers in the cooler. I thought this should be easy. The guy asked me how I got in and I said the door... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite place to eat in Des Moines, fresh seafood and a wonder team of employees makes this a Des Moines gem. Would recommend for anyone!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waterfront? More like asphalt front. But no matter the seafood is good. Had the salmon and halibut and was pleased with my dish. That said don't try to make your own combo, they don't do that and pointed out that they've been in business for 30 years, alrighty then.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go here for fresh seafood in Iowa. I ordered both raw and fried oysters and both were delicious. My husband is from New Zealand and he is picky with his seafood. And he enjoyed. Recommended!

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

When we first arrived it didn't seem like the best place for a date. That changed when they took us to the back and the lights were dimmed. It was a very nice atmosphere. The waitress was very nice, and she recommended some good sushi for us, as it was our first time having sushi. I recommended this place to... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Stopped to check out the new sushi bar, very nice space, great food as always.Bigger but still close enough to talk to chefs making your dinner. Very good, very fresh fish well prepared and reasonably priced.

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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, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?