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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2900 University Ave Ste A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
515 223 5106
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The décor is a little old, but the food is so fresh, you can almost hear the fish flapping on the butcher's block. Great recipes with super fresh products at a reasonable price. Both in West Des Moines, and in Ankeny. If you crave an outdoor experience, go to the Ankeny location. You will be very happy.

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Thank Sophie452
Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Waterfront, Ankeny, IA, is always a great place for lunch and dinner. Food is consistently good along with friendly efficient service. It is also a great place to meet friends for a visit in the afteroon. Four of us have met numerous times mid afternoon for peel and eat shrimp and a glass of wine. The servers make us feel... More 

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Thank JanIowa
West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As always Waterfront offers an extensive menu with sushi bar. The fish is always fresh and the service good.

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Thank lazarml
Des Moines, Iowa
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've eaten here a number of times and it's one of the two best seafood restaurants in Des Moines (the other being Splash). In my experience the food is always good but I've had some pretty snarly wait staff. Some are OK and others are pretty rough at times. If you're looking for good seafood, though, you won't go wrong... More 

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Thank sgfintl
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've had very good fish. We've eaten Mahi Mahi and Salom grilled. A glass of white Winehouse (Cava from Spain) and lemonade. We've spend 65 dollars tip included... Ok for the quality of the fish. Italian friends this place is good for us! ;)

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Thank Massimiliano M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We go here once a week for sushi and we personally believe it's the best in town! Consistent staff in sushi bar who we have gotten to know over the years and are super friendly.

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Thank Ashdsm
Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great seafood selection, but shellfish a little expensive. Very well prepared and presentation, excellent service. Feel bad for our waitress. Next table customer ate half his and dates meals, then complained they were not cooked properly. Finagled whole new meals and free drink. I'd have pushed back that he had no clue how catfish or steak should be cooked, it... More 

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Thank Robert_Felderman
Omaha, NE
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always stop here and get a quart of Clam Chowder "to go" after we have a bowl at the bar. My husband often orders the Seafood Gumbo. Very spicy and rich! Wonderful daily specials and the finest fresh seafood market in Des Moines. They will call when grouper is on the way. We'll drive from Omaha to get some!... More 

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Thank Bink51
New London, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been here several times and have never been disappointed. Great food(fresh fish flown in daily). Wait staff are friendly and helpful. Nice place to go for special occasions or casual dinning.

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Thank schurbonc
West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good seafood restaurant, been around a long time. The food is good, not outstanding. and a bit pricey for the portions served. The service is excellent, some of the wait staff has been employed there for several years.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Seafood, Sushi, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2900 University Ave Ste A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515 223 5106

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