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“For all”

Waterfront Seafood Market
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Sushi, Soups, American
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Des Moines, Iowa
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132 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“For all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Waterfront has excellent, fresh seafood in a comfortable atmosphere. Great for kids to experience NON-fried seafood for the first time. Always have a great selection and service.

Visited November 2012
Thank iowaer
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English first
Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Always Fun”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I enjoy taking the Grandkids everyone has something they like best. We usually spend the entire day and are disappointed when it is time to close for the night.

Visited July 2012
Thank Rita F
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Waterfront Seafood Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

The best seafood in West Des Moines. Seafood is mostly fresh, other than that which must be frozen for long range shipping. Has a limited wine list. Servers are proficient and courteous.
Has a sushi bar in which the sushi is made very competently.
Also has a market where one may purchase the fresh seafood.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank rick416
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Des Moines, Iowa
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“delicious but slow”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

A group of 6 ladies were @ the Ankeny location to celebrate a couple birthdays. The food was wonderful and I would have given an excellent rating, however, the service was very slow.

Visited August 2012
Thank hveach
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Avoid the sushi!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

My date and I were in the mood for sushi and decided to try Waterfront this past Friday night. We ordered pan-fried oysters and crab cakes for appetizers and asked that they be brought out before our maki rolls. The crab cakes were average and nothing exceptional. The pan fried oysters were heavily breaded and so greasy that we could not taste the oysters. The mouth feel was all wrong, too. As for sushi, we ordered a tuna roll, a king crab roll and the Waterfront roll. It was brought to us in a reasonable time. All three rolls were, simply put, bad--some of the worse sushi I've ever eaten. For starters, the rice in the rolls was not cooked properly. It was mushy and didn't have the right consistency. Also, I could taste no rice vinegar in the rice. It tasted like plain overcooked sticky rice. The tuna roll was fine but contained a skimpy portion of tuna. The Waterfront roll and king crab rolls were indistinguishable from one another and virtually flavorless. I have had sushi at supermarkets and Target for a third of the price that blows this away. Sad but true. Avoid the sushi here! On a positive note, my date ordered a key lime martini, and it was so good that she ordered another.

  • Visited September 2012
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