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303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
+1 515-244-5686
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good22%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (25 reviews)
“sea bass” (13 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (12 reviews)
Closes in 14 min
All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
303 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1705
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Reviews (224)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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...More

Thank gopherhiker
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
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...More

Thank Paul455
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...More

Thank rweissred
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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
Business meetings, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • E-mail