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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2900 University Ave Ste A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
+1 515-223-5106
11:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Sioux City, Iowa
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86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In 2015 I reviewed a wonderful lunch at Waterfront Seafood Market. Last week when my parents came to visit I remembered that meal and stopped there for dinner. All of us love seafood. I found it to be my choice as the best seafood restaurant not only in the Des Moines area, but nationwide. The prawn dinner was divine. As... More 

Thank Karen G
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a very bad experience with this restaurant! The quality of food was soo bad and not worth the price!! I did not recommend this place.

Thank Hind I
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112 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The dragon roll is my favorite. $20 roll with 12 pieces. They present it in the shape of a dragon. One of my favorite places for sushi! I always visit when in the area. They have a great selection of seafood on the menu!

Thank MrsLUVStravel
Des Moines, Iowa
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great seafood restaurant and now there are two! One in West Des Moines and a 2nd location in Ankeny. Both the service and the food are consistently good whenever we have been here. There are some pricey option options but there also good choices on the more reasonable side, like their famous Clam Chowder soup or the... More 

Thank 367Advisor
Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Waterfront isn't the sort of place you think of for sushi, although it makes great sense. They have the freshest fish in Des Moines, so the ingredients are there, but Waterfront is far better known for more Western seafood. Their sushi restaurant at first seems tacked on. The tea, if you order it, is teabags, Waterfront mugs, and a carafe... More 

Thank JustOldLight
Des Moines, Iowa
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141 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Waterfront is one of my favorites. The place was packed so we decided to start off at the bar. We ended up just eating at the bar as the bar staff provides excellent service. We ordered the Spicy Tuna Rolls which were excellent. My husband raved about the Clam Chowder. We shared an entrée which was the Mahi Mahi. Loved... More 

Thank Elizabeth D
Ankeny, Iowa
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244 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is hard to get fresh fish dishes in Des Moines, Iowa. We are a long way from any oceans. I have eaten fish at The Waterfront several times. My fish dinners were excellent. The service was fast and efficient. The parking was free in the big lot next to the zrestaurant. The restaurant is on a major commercial street... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

We were in Des Moines for the day and decided to go to the Waterfront, one of our favorite places to eat. We arrived at 4:00 P.M. on a Thursday and the lunch menu was still available, which for our appetites was great!! They just celebrated 33 years in business, and in the best way possible, little has changed! We... More 

Thank JAMESknoxville
West Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

If you want fresh sushi or great seafood, this is the place to go. I like the chowder and the sushi. A lot of other fresh seafood available.

Thank Justin G
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Best fresh sea food in Des Moines Service was good Good selection of food Food was cooked properly Good selection of desserts

Thank John R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Sushi, Soups, American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
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: 2900 University Ave Ste A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-223-5106

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