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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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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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
Dubuque, IA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I used to live in West DesMoines 20 years ago. Waterfront was always on out list. Visit occasionally for business. I craved Some great seafood tonight. Started off with a great martini. Special sushi combo tonight was great. Blackened Atlantic salmon cooked med rare. Pilaf rice and green beans. Beans soggy. No worries. Very good as I remember.

Thank Goodscout
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a great seafood meal this is your place. If you want adequate then go to Red Lobster. Waterfront specializes in fresh and flavorful. They've got oysters, shrimp, sushi, halibut, rock shrimp, scallops, lobster and many daily specials. I've been visiting there for almost 25 years and nothing I've had anywhere else in town compares. My all time... More 

Thank cerretv
Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been coming here since I was a kid. Freshest and most unique Seafood in Des Moines Area. Ambience is typical for a fish restaurant which is great! Bread they serve salad they serve everything is delicious. House dressing on the salad is to die for. Love this restaurant

Thank Alex M
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the seafood gumbo and grilled halibut this evening. Both were excellent. My server, Beth, was on point. Highly recommend this restaurant and both the gumbo and halibut

Thank Craig h
Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love getting the oysters on Saturday. Fish and chips are amazing! The sushi is fabulous!! Excellent service and cool atmosphere. Must go for seafood in Des Moines. A+

Thank clbosco
West Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What's great here, all seafood offerings - freshest in town. Love the peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell. Best seafood chowder in town, best sourdough bread..also top sushi place in area - my favorite. Restaurant decor a bit dated, patrons usually older but if it's about the quality of seafood, this is the place. Also their bloody... More 

Thank 2015weliketotravel
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Love the sushi and fish options. Best I've had and seen, really. It's the sides and sauces that really need updating. Crab cakes to die for, but the accompanying sauce was so gross. A few tweaks on the menu, keeping some of the old but updating, would make this a 5.

Thank pink12roses

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?