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Waterfront Seafood Market

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$$ - $$$
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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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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 yesterday NEW

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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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was good, and good seafood. I love the sushi but not the best I have had in the area. A nice place for a lunch meeting.

Thank Megan M
Clive, Iowa
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly the freshest. Never overcooked. Always delicious, excellent service, never a long wait for anything, except maybe to get in. I never order scallops, because they have been reliably overcooked and tough most places, not here. I don't think there is a better place for fish and chips either! Selection is wonderful! I meet my family here, they never refuse!

Thank Eileen D
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We have excellent service grapefruit and a nice variety to choose from. I would rate this seafood place Excellent

Thank Connie J
Marion, Iowa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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 

Thank ZachBacker54
El Dorado Hills
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 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

Thank Golfer26
Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

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 

Thank Kim K
Eugene, Oregon
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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.

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.

Thank dandglynch

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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, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?