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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
+1 515-244-5686
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good22%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (26 reviews)
“sea bass” (13 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 5 days ago

if it is wrong, I don't want to be right. The restaurant was busy...we were a large party. The waitress was attentive and we had more food than we could eat. I ordered the lobster mac and cheese...was only able to finish half. You can...More

Thank IcePrnsess
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We returned to Splash as I do love a great seafood dinner. Splash is one my two favorite Seafood Restaurant in Des Moines. On this visit I had oysters on the half shell. Delicious. I also enjoyed their muscles in a white wine ! Both...More

Thank Neil O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a very busy night RENT was at the Civic Center. However we did not wait for a table. Our service was fabulous, the waiter was a great help with ideas, ordering, drinks etc. Never ran dry on drinks or waters. But the food...More

1  Thank KCGretty
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here recently to celebrate a friend's birthday. This is one one of her favorite restaurants in Des Moines. I have eaten here occasionally in the past and always found the fish good but unimpressive. For seafood in Des Moines I recommend the Waterfront...More

1  Thank flatland_sherpa
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Food was excellent. Service was very good . I had the Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with Garlic Mashed Potatoes. If you like a Strong Mixed drink they make them strong there, had to have more mix added to mine.

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We stopped for dinner after taking in the Drake Relays pole vault across the street and we're glad we did. Des Moines has a number of top notch restaurants and Splash is surely near the top. Get a seat in the front bar if you...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We had fond memories of our last time here with the best wine, thanks to the sommelier perfectly matched with great food! Unfortunately this time, the sommelier was busy with a wine dinner, and the food was a mixed experience. The seafood was very good,...More

Thank Kevin N
Reviewed 15 April 2017

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...More

Thank Joey B
Reviewed 6 April 2017 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...More

Thank CARCOR2014
Reviewed 31 March 2017 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...More

Thank Duane98
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Barry S
Dress Code?
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, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
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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