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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
+1 515-244-5686
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good22%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (27 reviews)
“sea bass” (14 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (12 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Splash is a primer seafood restaurant but after tasting the Splash Chicken that my wife ordered, it is the only entree that I order. It is the the best flavored meal that I have ever been served in a restaurant. Crispy pan fried chicken in...More

Thank Jim A
Reviewed 27 November 2017

We decided to give Splash another try after four years. It's still leads in the category of strangest, ugliest decoration. Everything was lacking in flavor from the Risotto to Sea Bass. Not going to rush to return.

Thank tm212
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Splash is the perfect name for this restaurant. I enjoy all types of seafood and lived in New Orleans for quite a few years. My family surprised me by taking me to Splash for my birthday, and I noticed a Happy Birthday message with my...More

Thank leighann0576
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Loved my shrimp risotto, full of shrimp and enough left over for lunch next day. Wines are pricier than what I'm used to in a resort area even, so disappointed in that. It is fine dining so beware if you are looking for bargain dining,...More

Thank gardeninggal70
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Been here several times...never had a server with an indifferent attitude until today (Splash Oyster Bar). Usually very friendly and eager to talk about the fresh oysters...not this guy...yoyo. Did not, however, let it get in the way of the great food.

Thank John H
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Nice menu, good choice of selections. The escargot could have been served hotter but was still good. Had a misunderstanding with the waiter over the crab legs: I ordered the "1 pound crab legs" from the Cold Selections menu...More

Thank LynAnn
Reviewed 23 August 2017

It was very quiet. The atmosphere was very different but we thoroughly enjoyed it. They didn't have the wine we ordered but the manager found us another great wine and price matched. Great experience and we will definitely return.

Thank dotteenm
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We were in Des Moines for a week for the Solheim Cup. We ate at some good restaurants but I loved this. The decor had the wow factor with brightly lit tropical fish tanks, murals & sharks hanging overhead. Our server Zac did a great...More

Thank Diane C
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We are new to the area, I've lived by the coast for over 30 years and was told this was THE PLACE for seafood. That can only be true for someone who doesn't know better. We decided to give it a try, because of restaurant...More

Thank Pir8targh
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I'm from NY where I'm expecting high prices and excellent quality. This was high priced and average at best quality. The chef tried to make it interesting. A myxologist of food he's not. The service was excellent. The ambiance was also very nice. I believe...More

Thank T L
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Barry S
15 February 2016|
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Response from Sally G | Reviewed this property |
No there is no dress code, but it is my belief that if you dress nicely you get better service!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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