• Royal Surf and turf, top view
  • Interior, main dining area


Seafood Oyster
Bar & Grill

Our story

Splash Seafood Oyster Bar & Grill is Iowa and Des Moines’ premiere Seafood Restaurant. Our award-winning wine list is perfectly paired to compliment our extensive seafood selections. Our jet fresh seafood is flown in daily from coast to coast, including seaports in Boston, Seattle, Key Largo, and Honolulu. 

The idea for Splash was given birth on the water in 1998 by an avid Key’s fisherman, Bruce Gerleman. His fishing expeditions took him all over the Florida Keys where he discovered exotic meals cooked by the ‘locals’. 

 “I am committed to bringing the same attention to detail that I accomplished in so many of my historic renovations to the food and service at Splash. My plan has always been to bring the best of the Islands back to Iowa to share with my guests.”

Inspired by the varied styles and flavors of the food, he began gathering recipes from Key West, Islamorada, and Key Largo. In the tradition of this island-style cooking, Splash was created. 

Local artist and designer, Saley Nong, was commissioned to interpret undersea life in a mural art form. Her colorful and playful, abstract work is a striking contrast to the 9 large saltwater aquariums full of beautiful coral and tropical ocean fish.