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Waterfront Seafood Market

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2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
+1 515-963-1940
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11:00 - 22:30
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Carolina, Puerto Rico
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593 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I read Trip Advisors listing of the best restaurants in the Des Moines area. This place came up and it was very highly rated!! I see why. I got there at 3:30 CST or 4:30 EST. They did not start with dinners until 4. I hit the bar.... great wines!!! and the NBA playoffs were on. They have a lot... More 

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Thank gary c
Ankeny, Iowa
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, good service and fair prices. Never left hungry! They have a nice size private party room for groups.

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Thank Pamela G
Shoreview, Minnesota
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

i was initially a bit skeptical about "waterfront" and "seafood" in the middle of iowa but there is a solid reason that this restaurant is rated #1 of 112 in ankeny by trip advisor! my husband & i are so glad that we stopped for supper here! i believe it is family-owned & cared for. our meals were delicious, especially... More 

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Runnells, Iowa
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, always consistent and great service. It's fresh seafood in Des Moines Iowa... .not many if those around. ENJOY

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Thank juward7
Ankeny, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has great seafood for a Midwest City thousands of miles from the oceans. Average prices and great service!

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Thank Tony C
1 review
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Came here with my husband after a business meeting. The fried oysters were amazing; just melt in your mouth! The crab cakes were full of crab and tender. So good! We will definitely be back!

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Thank Barbara G
Decorah, Iowa
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171 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Try a basket here as they are way less expensive than the entrees. We had a clam strip basket and a shrimp basket! Both were very, very good. The shrimp were huge, the fries were good and the cole slaw was great. If you are really hungry get an entrée. Service was good, too.

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Thank jameslouie
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Tuesday night is sushi night. Delicious! Service was a little slow. Waitress so so but sushi was worth the wait.

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Thank SS-HTH
Ankeny, Iowa
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4 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We usually go there to get fish and chips. They have been consistently good although lately absent some taste. The service has always been good and responsive and the atmosphere has always been pleasant. Some places have good food but are loud. This restaurant is reasonably quiet.

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Thank kingrichard2016
Des Moines, Iowa
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88 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Ok so we have had really really great sushi on the west coast and in Japan. Our expectations are much different than others here in the Midwest. Sushi rolls were ok. Tuna was slimy. Drinks expensive. Wait staff appeared to be just off the "cocaine train"!! Won't be back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
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: 2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: +1 515-963-1940

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