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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
11:00 am - 10:00 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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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
Springfield, Missouri
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was within easy walking distance to our hotel, so we checked it out. We were in the odd time period of late lunch, too early for dinner, but our server did give us a dinner menu. The fish was excellent and the wine list was very good. We would definitely go there again.

Thank Marilyn D
Kansas City
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped for lunch and both had scallops. I was pleasantly surprised for being in Iowa. Everything was great! A bit outdated but friendly service, delicious food, and fair prices.

Thank Erin B
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had to stay in Ankeny for a few nights and this was one of the places to eat next to the hotel. I order a couple of sushi rolls, one being the bartenders rec and they were both very good. If I'm ever in Ankeny again I will eat here again.

Thank Hunter P
Ankeny, IA
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Waterfront has been in the Des Moines area for many years. The atmosphere is casual, with two distinct seating areas. The main dining room is not too large, and quite open. The bar area, which we prefer, has a dozen tables, bar, televisions and the sushi bar. It is a small, comfortable area with fireplace for those cold Iowa days.... More 

Thank smgharley
Ankeny, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best place to go for fresh seafood in Iowa, and amazing sushi! My favorite is the Godzilla Roll and the Halibut Royal. The location in Ankeny is a better atmosphere than the one in Clive. The prices are average for good seafood, you just have to pay for quality seafood anywhere, right?!

Thank Gail B
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Waterfront restaurant has two locations. One in West Des Moines and the other in Ankeny. On Saturday they both have 1/2 price oysters! YES 1/2 price! A great day to enjoy oysters on the half shell. They also have discounts on their po boy sandwiches, one of which is an oyster sandwich. Beyond that they have the freshest fish... More 

Thank David C
Spirit Lake, Iowa
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at the restaurant close to nine pm. The staff welcomed us in and seated a group of seven. The seafood was fresh and well prepared. We will be back!

Thank AnnofIowa
Webster City, Iowa
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was part of a large party and we all had different dinners with only a couple shared appetizers. The food was great. The service was great. The waitress noticed that we were having a birthday dinner for a 2-year-old and asked if it was OK to give him the complementary birthday cake - which he totally enjoyed. I then... More 

Thank neko2012
Orlando, Florida
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting Ankeny, Iowa from our home in Florida we were surprised to see Waterfront Seafood Market as one of the top rated restaurants in town. But when we saw that the only other choices close to our hotel were the same chains we see in every town, we decided to give Waterfront a try. We sat outside on a very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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: 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?