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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705 (3rd & Locust)
(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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Des Moines, Iowa
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171 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Des Moines resident that finally ventured downtown one evening for dinner at Splash. It was outstanding. Greeters were warm with nice smiles. Decor is cool, smart, colorful, and eclectic. Everything shines. Background noise was low and our table talk was easy in normal voices--and the tables are nicely spaced to enable private conversation. Wait staff was pretty much perfect--friendly, knowledgeable,... More 

Thank NewStart78
Ankeny, Iowa
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your looking for the absolute best restaurant in Des Moines, go here. It is expensive, but well worth it. This is an anniversary, special birthday, engagement dinner type of place. Absolute best seafood in Des Moines. Dress nice!

Thank nicholas L
Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Never made it into the restaurant. I asked to be seated in a quiet zone of the restaurant because I was visiting from out of town by myself on business and needed to enjoy a working dinner. Ben asked me if I was alone, summarily refused to accommodate me, stood over me in a threatening manner, and threatened to call... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very fancy and expensive restaurant but nice place to have a business dinner. I would not return for personal entertainment just because of the price. However, the food was outstanding!

Thank Morgan M
Montrose, Colorado
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the whimsical wall paint, the beautiful fish tanks, and of course the delicious food & beverages! Servers Adam (first visit) and Scott (second visit in the same week) were both terrific and took great care of us. The shrimp risotto and salted watermelon sorbet were outstanding. Colleagues had Surf & Turf (shrimp & steak in Alfredo with pasta -... More 

Thank Sue H
Portland, Oregon
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was place was recommended by my hotel and frankly it was very disappointing. The ambiance is very strange, you walk into what looks like a bar lounge and then you go downstairs to the main dining room, it looks like something out of the 1980's. I was seated at a table and there were only two maybe three other... More 

Thank SunshineinOregon
Strasbourg, France
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52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Splash is one of the better restaurants in Des Moines. The food is excellent and fresh, just as they have a fantastic wine list. We went there for a romantic dinner and the atmosphere was perfect for that. We started with cocktails, a Splash Greyhound and Splash Wild Lemonade. Both were great and not watered down. We went on with,... More 

Thank Tourvel_67
Omaha, Nebraska
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207 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Great place for seafood. Scallops, shrimp all very good. Good steaks too. Beautifully decorated inside and a nice small bar. Friendly and helpful servers. Runs on the expensive side, but perfect for business dinners.

Thank ladyomaha
Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is a great place for lunch. Seating is only for 20 people or so, and is never crowded. Lunch area is not in main restaurant area. Get right in and place is quieter; although general noise from work area makes it difficult to converse at times. Food is excellent. I have tried multiple entree's and have not been disappointed.... More 

Thank titlewaive2013
Des Moines, Iowa
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96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I always wanted to try their King Crab Linguini. It was their special that night. The cost was $28. It came in a large bowl with not much crab and not much linguini. I found the linguini noodles to be mushy and not a good (or usual) texture, like it was under cooked or over cooked. The server said it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Seafood
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, 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: (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?