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Waterfront Seafood Market

2900 University Ave Ste A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
+1 515-223-5106
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fresh seafood” (32 reviews)
“clam chowder” (28 reviews)
“sushi” (66 reviews)
Closes in 5 min
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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2900 University Ave Ste A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for lunch for the first time and I would definitely order off the lunch special sheet if you are looking for more budget friendly options. I enjoyed the Grilled Wahoo I had and when you order sweet potato fries as a side, they...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Very disorganized and a very poor impression. Three tables were covered with dirty dishes. All tables had napkins under the legs to level and stabilize. Looked unkempt overall. Mistakes in the order. Octopus sashimi had a layer of fat. Very disappointing. Lots of apologies from...More

Thank bobfurstenau
Reviewed 30 March 2018

My wife & I chose Waterfront Seafood Market for a Friday Lenten meal based on TA member reviews. Finding the restaurant in the midst of the hilltop shopping center was a challenge, as was parking in the center's lot with its very narrow lanes. But...More

Reviewed 20 March 2018

I went to this place based on the reviews. I was very disappointed. The first clue should have been the fact the the place was nearly empty and the main special was catfish! I ordered the deep fried shrimp dinner. This came with a house...More

Thank skodemiami
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Price point fairly comparable to other top restaraunts offering seafood. Blackened mahi was done perfectly, orange rough was delicately delicious.

Thank JamersonRocks
Reviewed 5 March 2018

I still think this is a great place for seafood, but I was a bit disappointed this year. It used to be my go-to place in Des Moines for lobster (the local Red Lobster serves lobster by Good Year!), but this year's entry was a...More

Thank JohnnyB33
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Not the review I’d hoped I’d be writing. Their menu is very extensive; maybe too much so. I would have expected my meal of sautéed prawns to be simple enough for a restaurant that specializes in seafood. Instead it was bland, over cooked, and served...More

Thank pizza-boy01
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

I went with friends for lunch and ordered the salmon cake sandwich on sourdough with fries. Both were very good. The service was excellent. I've been there many times over the years and it's my go-to place in Des Moines for seafood. Oh, and from...More

Thank LittlePaint
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Went here with my brother and his wife. The Food was excellent. I had the grouper and my wift the trout. New England Clam chowder was amazing the the homemade Sour dough bread is the best I have ever had.

Thank Joe F
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Waterfront has been in business since 1984, in the hands of the same family the whole time. They pride themselves on bringing the freshest possible seafood to land-locked Iowa. Their standard menu is always good, but it's the daily specials where the kitchen shows off...More

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Vicki M
15 September 2017|
Response from Robert B | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of. They do have specials on Sat so I would advise to check.
Vicki M
15 September 2017|
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Response from GiseppeGord | Reviewed this property |
Do not know. Check website or call
thomas s
8 March 2016|
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Response from Joe D | Reviewed this property |
The one in Clocktower Square is closed on Sunday - see their website. The one in Ankeny is open.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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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