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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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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was excellent. Service was very good . I had the Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. If you like a Strong Mixed drink they make them strong there, had to have more mix added to mine.

Thank Lisa A
Burlington IA
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for dinner after taking in the Drake Relays pole vault across the street and we're glad we did. Des Moines has a number of top notch restaurants and Splash is surely near the top. Get a seat in the front bar if you can, the view to the sculptures across the street is fun in the evening. My... More 

Thank Jim W
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59 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had fond memories of our last time here with the best wine, thanks to the sommelier perfectly matched with great food! Unfortunately this time, the sommelier was busy with a wine dinner, and the food was a mixed experience. The seafood was very good, prepared well but portions were skimpy for the price. The sides were the biggest letdown... More 

Thank Kevin N
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2017

What a pleasant surprise in downtown Des Moines!! Food was absolutely delicious. The miso salmon was perfect but I must saw the lobster mac & cheese is the best I've ever had!! We loved the fish tanks around the property, as well! The restauarant has a few side areas for private and semi-private dining which would be great for a... More 

Thank Joey B
Des Moines, Iowa
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

Higher end seafood establishment with seafood of great quality! I would especially encourage Splash for lobster and oysters on the half shell lovers. Both are fresh and well prepared. I would also recommend the sea bass and the lobster Mac and cheese. Wine list is plentiful and wait staff is attentive. For dinner reservations, I would suggest making your reservation... More 

Thank CARCOR2014
West Union, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

True this was my second visit to Splash but the first was over a decade ago. Usually stay with a known fish but tonight I tried the grill combo grill: fillet, shrimp scampi and shellfish. It was all excellent. They do steak quite well by the way. Service is professional and timely and we had a great evening at Splash.... More 

Thank Duane98
Okoboji, Iowa
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430 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2017

We had dinner with our adult children at Splash on Saturday night. We are from out of town and had heard of the restaurant previously so we finally decided to check it out. The restaurant is a large multi-level space in downtown DesMoines. We were seated and ordered wine and several appetizers including some oysters and the calamari and shrimp.... More 

Thank gopherhiker
Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed March 20, 2017

Great little restaurant downtown. The staff is involved and helpful. Not a huge selection on drinks but what they had paired well with the food. I enjoyed the miso salmon, It was perfect an couldn't have been any better.

Thank drad416
Jefferson,Iowa USA
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017

Some of the best seafood I have ever had. Four of us had the large seafood platter to start and it was perfect! We all had different entrees and they were all GREAT.! The staff was just beyond belief. They were always there at just the right time and not too much. Highly Recommed Splash if you are downtown Des... More 

Thank Paul455
Ottawa, Canada
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017

It's always a little awkward for me to eat alone in a nice restaurant. Add to that, I visited this restaurant on Valentine's Day evening. But I was made comfortable from the get-go. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. I ordered blackened swordfish and started with their Louis Wedge Salad. The salad was heaped with crabmeat and shrimp... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
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?