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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705 (3rd & Locust)
+1 515-244-5686
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want the freshest seafood in Des Moines, this is the place. The owner has fresh seafood shipped in every day and the wine menu is one of the best in downtown Des Moines. I've tried almost everything and I've never been disappointed. Great spot for a special occasion or a date night after a trip to the theater... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second time eating at splash. It was wonderful. We plan on going back again for our anniversary.

Thank Jean H
South Louisiana
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Didn't expect fresh, salty oysters in Des Moines, Iowa. Flown in fresh from the coasts. The ones from PEI and BC were delicious. Served with a simple mignonette, as well as a do-it-yourself red remoulade with freshly grated horseradish. Crabcake was a bit of a disappointment, but I am used to what we get in the New Orleans area. Charcuterie... More 

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Panora, Iowa
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

We were seated at the oyster bar - busy because of events downtown. We actually liked the atmosphere better than the regular seating. Waitstaff was top notch. We had the broiled oysters Rockefeller very good for Iowa. I had the crispy shrimp with Asian slaw which was outstanding. Hubby ordered grill plate which he said was above average. Drinks were... More 

Thank baddingirl
Omaha, Nebraska
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

I always make it a point to eat at Splash whenever I am in Des Moines. It has the best seafood I have tasted in the Midwest. I absolutely love the decor! I only wish there were a Splash back home!

Thank JayJolleyTA
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Splash still does a great job. I have been here several times over the years and have never been disappointed. The oysters, on the half shell or fried, or always great. Try the cheese/ meat board also. Any fish dish has been great. Great seafood, especially for Iowa!

Thank James H
Panora, Iowa
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Splash was our Grandson's choice to celebrate his birthday. Our appetizers crab cake and calamari were excellent. Entrees were inconsistent: our Grandson loved his steak & lobster Mac & cheese, but his mom's sea bass was undercooked and pink inside. Our son's salmon was great but my husband had the special lobster ravioli and could could not distinguish the lobster... More 

Thank pepperdinemom
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

We called about two weeks out and made a reservation. We were dressed for the symphony. The three young women At the front desk could not "find" our reservation, so they showed us to a table in the bar. We said no. We made a reservation and want to sit in the restaurant proper. So we sat at the bar... More 

Thank Charlotte C
Des Moines, Iowa
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121 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Spent time at Splash's birthday party! What a treat with fabulous wines and great deals on the wine! The special appetizer of the night was lobster tortellini- what a delicious morsel.

Thank iowaer
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

My gf and I went to Splash for a special occasion. I had scallops while my gf had normal pasta with lobster. There was a good amount of gluten free options for me and we both enjoyed our meals and wine a great deal. It's a bit pricey but for a special date night, well worth it. I highly recommend... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
    (3rd & Locust)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-244-5686

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