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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
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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New London, Iowa
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank schurbonc
West Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Coleen K
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just love this restaurant. We live an hour away, but when we go to Des Moines, the car seems to just take us here. I have seldom been disappointed with my order. They always have fresh seafood which has been purchased from fisherman local to the source of the seafood. You can always order whatever is in their sales... More 

Thank iaJim
Columbia, Maryland
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Why go anywhere else when you can go where the fresh seafood is. Always! A staple in your seafood search. Great service, easy access and parking.

Thank 64briggs
Richardson, Texas
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199 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Late lunch, almost an early dinner but still able to buy off the less expensive lunch menu. Husband had the grilled halibut, and I had the halibut sandwich. Both were very good. Sweet potato fries were good (not great). We wouldn't avoid coming here, but we won't rush to come back.

Thank Kay K
Central City, Iowa
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119 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Restaurant is well-suited for large groups other than they don't have enough menus for everyone, but we didn't mind sharing. The sushi was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced and the staff was fantastic! Would definitely recommend this place!

Thank Mikayla E
West Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always freshest around. Love this place. Love sitting at the sushi bar and talk with the chef while seeing our food made.

Thank iamedic69
Johnston, Iowa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Do not purchase the so called "sushi grade" tuna from this place! We spent $80 on a slab of tuna & 3 different people got sick from eating this! The manager did not help & the owner was even worse! The owner basically said it was our fault that we got sick & never attempted to find a solution. I... More 

Thank pops12345
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223 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We ate in the bar and had to wait to be waited on. Service was extremely slow the entire meal. My wife's and daughter's trout was excellent. My shrimp pasta was not. Clam chowder was meek.

1 Thank nlskinner
Georgetown, Texas
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134 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I don't usually eat seafood when I am far from a coast but will modern transportation and delivery systems you can get good seafood in most places. We had the grouper and salmon, both outstanding. Everything looked fresh. I strongly recommend Waterfront when you hanker for sea food in Des Moines.

Thank tripandtravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Seafood, Sushi, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
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: 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?