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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
+1 515-963-1940
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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220 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the first time we have tried the Ankeny location. We chose it because we were coming into Des Moines from the north, and wanted to wait until the traffic cleared a little. We figured that getting there right at five would mean we would have good parking. But. Every single handicapped accessible parking spot (and one that wasn't... More 

Thank StephanyIowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This resturant has been a life saver for me having great food and being careful of my Celiac (Gluten Free). Of course, there are options that you cannot have on the menu, but the waitstaff, and bar staff is extremely accommodatinhg. Just tell them up front and they will help you with a smile. Love this resturant. Reasonably priced for... More 

Thank Kristin H
Altoona, Iowa
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the two best fine dining restaurants in Ankeny. The food is excellent. It is expensive but you get top quality food and service. I highly recommend it for an anniversary dinner or birthday dinner where you want the best.

Thank david_hance_iowa
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A delightful seafood restaurant in the middle of landlocked Iowa -- and on Friday evenings they have lobster bisque. The lobster bisque was fantastic -- as was the salmon entree. This restaurant offers a view of the nearby pond and geese and, in warm weather, outside seating. A great choice if you are in the area.

Thank carolynn762
Ames, Iowa, United States
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58 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My wife and I went to Waterfront Seafood Market for our anniversary. The salad was good, but we waited quite a while for our entrees to arrive. My wife's grilled salmon looked really small on the large plate. My grilled trout was large enough, but both plates could have had some vegetables and a roll to meet expectations. And a... More 

Thank John C
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

My family likes to come here often. We like to go on Saturdays and have the lunch special or on sushi night. Have never been disappointed with what we have ordered.

Thank Jessica S
Ames, Iowa
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The food is outstanding. We recommend the grilled scallops and trout. The service was quite slow. Assuming the issue was in the kitchen since the place was not that busy. Portions small for the price, but again the food was very good.

Thank Steve F
Ankeny, Iowa
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Love this place! Start out with some sourdough bread, a plate of peal and eat shrimp and some gumbo or chowder! The seafood is fresh and the service is outstanding.

Thank Patrick T
Ankeny, Iowa
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I have always wanted to try their oyster stew and ordered it recently. Yuck. I like almost everything, but this is a never order again for me. My mother in law makes oyster stew yearly at Christmas for me and maybe she has just spoiled me, but the Waterfront soup had an odd flavor and was a fairly small bowl... More 

Thank like2cruise
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I live in California and try to go back to Iowa every year for a college football weekend. The last 2 years we have stayed at a hotel in Ankeny and have eaten dinner at the Waterfront Seafood Market. We enjoyed our meal and experience there both times. The food and staff are top notch. I recommend it.

Thank Paul Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: +1 515-963-1940

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