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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
+1 515-963-1940
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Ames, Iowa
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is outstanding. We recommend the grilled scallops and trout. The service was quite slow. Assuming the issue was in the kitchen since the place was not that busy. Portions small for the price, but again the food was very good.

Thank Steve F
Ankeny, Iowa
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place! Start out with some sourdough bread, a plate of peal and eat shrimp and some gumbo or chowder! The seafood is fresh and the service is outstanding.

Thank Patrick T
Ankeny, Iowa
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always wanted to try their oyster stew and ordered it recently. Yuck. I like almost everything, but this is a never order again for me. My mother in law makes oyster stew yearly at Christmas for me and maybe she has just spoiled me, but the Waterfront soup had an odd flavor and was a fairly small bowl... More 

Thank like2cruise
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I live in California and try to go back to Iowa every year for a college football weekend. The last 2 years we have stayed at a hotel in Ankeny and have eaten dinner at the Waterfront Seafood Market. We enjoyed our meal and experience there both times. The food and staff are top notch. I recommend it.

Thank Paul Z
Oak Brook, Illinois
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch while visiting family. We had the shrimp and clam shrimps for appetizers. Fish and chips and fish tacos were great. The key lime pie was exceptional. Our server Jason was excellent and made the whole experience fantastic. Will definitely stop by the next time we're in town.

Thank LauraLeisureTravel
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

We just had s wonderful meal here. We are on our way back to Illinois and we were searching for a lunch destination. So glad we found this spot. The peel and eat shrimp were delicious as well as the fish & chips and walleye baskets. I Highly recommend the peach Moscow mules too. Kelly was a delightful server and... More 

Thank Jennifer B
Ames, Iowa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner and throughly enjoyed it! The fish was as fresh as any I have had in Florida and the oysters were big and sweet. The Maytag blue cheese dressing was delicious! The rock shrimp were slightly over cooked and I didn't care for the wine it was sautéed in. Our waiter was excellent. Over all I would recommend... More 

Thank Fraiche208
Bettendorf, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Close to hotel but also recommended by a local. Bartender recommended sushi rolls and they were very good. Also had the shrimp bisque, which was awesome. All staff were very friendly, service was excellent and I would definitely return if in the area again.

Thank wright1308
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We were traveling through Iowa, so were not familiar with the area. The restaurant was recommended to us, and we were pleasantly surprised. Very nice.

Thank Roger M
Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

I live in Portland, Oregon and was visiting Des Moines, Iowa. When my host suggested seafood for dinner, I nearly exploded with laughter. Iowa...seafood? So we go to the Waterfront Seafood Market Restaurant in Ankeny, and "waterfront" is a bit of a stretch, but I order one of their dinner specials, grilled Atlantic salmon, and...it turns out to be one... More 

Thank DSchuurm22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Japanese, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: +1 515-963-1940

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