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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705 (3rd & Locust)
+1 515-244-5686
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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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417 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 20 March 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 19 February 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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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 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 

Thank rweissred
Des Moines, Iowa
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is by far one of the best restaurants in Des Moines. We love the atmosphere, food, ambiance, waitresses and waiters although we did have one waiter that was terrible. All in all we love the food every time we have been there. The salmon is fantastic as well as the clam chowder. Porkchops are yummy as well. My husband... More 

Thank Rhonda S
Fort Dodge
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We did not have reservations, but the staff got us a table in the hallway. The food was fancy and very pricey. If you want high end dining with lots of sea food choices, this is the place to go. But, make sure you have enough money. It's very close to the Civic Center, so it's easy to dine and... More 

Thank Cheryl T
Johnston, Iowa
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

We had a birthday coupon to use; $25 off an entree so it makes this place a little more affordable. We started with the sesame tuna and carpaccio for our appetizers. Both were outstanding and plenty for two of us. We then moved on to soup; the soup of the day was a sweet potato curry which I tried and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?