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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
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11:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Marion, Iowa
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were just looking for a place for a quick supper and my wife and I stumbled upon Waterfront. We walked into the market side and I was immediately impressed by the the fish counter, nice selection of fresh fish to choose from. I ordered the clam chowder as an appetizer and it was some of the best I have... More 

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El Dorado Hills
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This local restaurant has been around for 30 years for good reason. Whenever we r here visiting the relatives we always eat here. The chowder is fantastic n u have to try the walleye . Over the years they have expanded and added a decent sushi bar to the fish market

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My hubby and I had dinner at the Waterfront on University after a long day of outside work. We wanted a comfortable place to have great seafood at a reasonable price and we were not disappointed. The décor and ambiance are seriously lacking, but the service was and our meal were excellent. I was pleased to find Mahi Mahi on... More 

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Thank Kim K
Eugene, Oregon
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had lunch with family and friends and it was great from oyster and cooked shrimp to the crab soup and fish sliders! Everyone was pleased.

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Thank Sarah O
West Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fish always fresh, good service, good wait staff, variety of offerings. Locally owned, My favorite is arctic char, and they offer to fix it grilled, pan fired, baked with or with out sauces.

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Thank dandglynch
West Des Moines, Iowa
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Fish & Chips and Clam Chowder that melts in your mouth good! Quality Sea Food, fair service combind with great atmosphere. Thank you

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Thank JMishler
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12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

My wife loves halibut, so we dined at the waterfront for her birthday. The fish was good, the clam chowder was exceptional. The service was professional, the reatuarant was clean and comfortable.

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Thank Don S
West Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The Waterfront always provides the freshest seafood. The service is always excellent and the atmosphere is relaxing. One of my favorite places in Des Moines!

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Cincinnati
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

After reading reviews here, we selected the Waterfront while traveling through West Des Moines on a Tuesday evening. The dining room was fine, but nothing special. After promptly being seated, we waited for ten minutes before Stephan (Stephen? Steven?) stopped by to take our drink order. He apologized for being busy elsewhere, although he seemed to be actually preoccupied with... More 

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The décor is a little old, but the food is so fresh, you can almost hear the fish flapping on the butcher's block. Great recipes with super fresh products at a reasonable price. Both in West Des Moines, and in Ankeny. If you crave an outdoor experience, go to the Ankeny location. You will be very happy.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Sushi, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
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?