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801 Chophouse – Des Moines
801 Chophouse – Des Moines

801 Chophouse – Des Moines Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.801restaurantgroup.com
  • Phone: (515) 288-6000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Brian Dennis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
  • Private Party Contact: Damon P. Murphy (515) 288-6000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 801 Chophouse – Des Moines
A late 1920"s New York City steak house interior with signature leather booths, cherry wood furnishings, wooden floors, marble counter tops and high ceilings. 801 Chophouse offers only the very finest and freshest meats, seafood, and vegetables available. Executive Chef, Brian Dennis creates a fresh sheet that highlights the unique weekly offerings. Seasonal fresh soups and salads, oysters on the half shell,four species of fresh fish, live Maine lobsters and king crab legs. Make sure to save room for the Grand Marnier Soufflé made from scratch! Aged USDA Grade Prime Beef ONLY, Iowa Farm Families pork chops and Colorado lamb. Customize your party from 6 to 65, the walls reconfigure for the perfect amount of space, the tables change for seating and conversation, and custom menus range from cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to full course dining.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Went at 7pm, very busy still. Service excellent, with multiple attendants. Extensive wine/drink list. Average prices on menu about $50, any sides extra. Steaks had different options for preparations. Servings very large, sides could be shared by 2. A little loud but not overwhelming. Overall a nice place for a special occasion (anniversary/B-day). Ended up spending $195 +tip for 2 people. Although food was above average, I've had better for less."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The menu had a lot more to choose than streak and pork chop. They have live lobster, tuna, oyster, and other seafood. Staff are very friendly. A good formal restaurant to dine in this city."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Although 801 has been in Des Moines for decades, I *just now* got around to trying it. It is now one of my favorite restaurants in Des Moines. Service and food were outstanding. It's a little pricey, but well worth it considering the attentive staff and excellent food. We will definitely be dining here again."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The prices are high, but when you see, taste, and experience this place, you will see that it is more than worth it."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Outstanding food and wine. Server was terrific. Went for dinner with reservations. Although it wasn't particularly busy, we were seated at a table in front of the bar. Not desirable for a place with new York city prices. Amazing they pay great attention to food quality, service skills and wine list and then blow it with lousy ambiance."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The excellent food and service made up for being seated at 850 for an 815 reservation buying us a drink would have sufficed instead of being overcharged $80 dollars for a bottle of wine we never had, however the incredible service from Paul and the top notch quality of the food more than made up for it, I must say only John Howie and Daniels give them a run for their money being a big time foodie I will be going to 801 every time I visit Iowa by far the best food in the state!!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The place was packed and the British group, Foreigner, was there! Had my wife's photo taken with them as well and they were very gracious! Just another great time at 801 !"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "801 is a wonderful dining experience from being greeted to the end. The staff is welcoming and professional. Dinner was delicious. Everything was so flavorful and seasoned well. We enjoy fine dining and have celebrated our anniversary there the past few years."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great service. Nice decor. Smiling faces everywhere. Food was good, not outstanding. We split a 44oz bone in rib eye and it was quite good. Restaurant points out that they use the easier and less effective form of steak aging (wet). Results in a good but unremarkable product. Very Expensive. Full marks for the bar staff as the cocktails were superbly crafted."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Dinner was for colleagues and clients and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Great job."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We had our 35th anniversary dinner here, and it exceeded expectations with some nice touches to help us celebrate. Unique menu items (lobster mash potatoes) complement standard fare (steaks and seafood). My wife loved her scallops, and my filet was cooked to perfection. Only cautionary note: sides are ENORMOUS. Not to be shared by just two. Knowledgeable server, gracious staff. Excellent wine list."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in 801 Chophouse. It has the noise level of a sport bar; my partner and I had a hard time hearing each other. There was a TV on a sports channel. Who could hear, and who would be watching TV? The waitress came by to fill our water each time we took a few sips; it was very disruptive. I finally stopped drinking, so that we wouldn't be interrupted as much. The food was OK, but nothing out of the ordinary. I had heard rave reviews when this restaurant first opened. I would never recommend this and we won't be going back."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our first time and so worth many more trips. such good food, location, AMD staff."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our party ordered the lobster - it was tough - almost as if it was cooked too long - we told our server and he said he would report it to the chef. That was the last we heard of the tough lobster The noise in the restaurant was too loud. some members of our party were not able to hear our conversation. otherwise, the rest of our food was good. Our server was efficient but not overly friendly."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We visited 801 Chophouse to celebrate a momentous occasion. We were not disappointed! We ordered the featured salad, which was enough to share, as well as the 8 oz filet, the halibut, and the lobster macaroni. We were particularly impressed by the halibut--deliciously prepared, and not too heavy. In addition, the service was phenomenal! Attentive but not intrusive. We ordered a dessert--molten lemon--that was presented beautifully and that topped off our celebration."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Although we can't afford it often (and almost always use a Groupon), this place makes the most awesome food you'll find in Des Moines. It has that classic steakhouse feel but with the utmost elegance. I love it. A++++"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We celebrated our first anniversary at the Chophouse and the restaurant made it very special. We had a great waiter, along with a card from the Chophouse, confetti on the table, and a anniversary menu. Great service, great food and wine, will keep going back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Fantastic, as always!!!!!! Outstanding food, service, and atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great place to go. Everyone is very nice and the food is excellent! I would recommend it to anyone! It is a bit more expensive but worth every dime. Just a great atmosphere and so relaxing. Just go ahead and give it a try...you will not regret it!!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The steak was very good but the lobster tail was very tough. The food was not worth $185, I had a Groupon which cut the price to roughly $130 which in my opinion was still way too much for the quality we received. The service was outstanding but we will most likely never eat at 801 Chophouse again."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Best food ever. Presentation was first class. Execellent service. Reservation online was simple, and received a confirmation email and a reminder email as well."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Best steaks I've ever eaten, the wife and I look forward to going every year for our anniversary. For sure 2 thumbs up."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to 801 Chophouse for our anniversary. This year our waiter made it extra special by serving us a huge desert plate for no extra charge! It was an amazing plate of desert and very thoughtful of our waiter to end our night. The prime rib is amazing. The fresh sweet corn / creamed corn side is to die for! I would highly recommend 801 Chophouse to anyone anywhere!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "801 is one of the restaurants we dine at for special occasions. The food is amazing, and although we've always had excellent service, I will say our waiter this trip wasn't up to par like we're use to. It won't hinder us from returning, but definitely hope we get a 'good one' like we know 801 has."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Outstanding experience! The service was excellent. The food and wine was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The shrimp appetizer is delicious, would come again just for this dish."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I was looking forward to having a great steak in Des Moines and 801 Chophouse delivered. The martinis are fantastic, wine list superb and you just can't go wrong with any steak on the menu. I started with the shrimp cocktail which were large and tasty. I ordered the 12oz. NY strip and it was cooked perfectly between MR and Med. I had heard great things about the green beans but they were just okay. I'd go with another side next time. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My wife & I have gone to 801 Grand on special occassions.......always have a great time and staff is very personable(although the bartender this time was kind of a "stiff" but I don't count him as a normal occurance. Food was great as was our server, Jimmy D, who I have known for a number of years prior to our visits at 801 Grand. This was my wife's birthday and they gave her a special "Happy Birthday" menu as well as a "no charge" dessert and a little glitter on the table which was very sweet! We will be headed back in July for our wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My girlfriend & I had reservations for 7 on a Friday night, but don't think we would have needed them as there seemed to be a few open tables. We got seated right away, drinks ordered, & were informed about specials & the house favorites. Ordered our meals & snacked on the complimentary fresh-baked sourdough. We had the 12oz NY strip, 8oz filet mignon, side of garlic mashed potatoes & side of fried zucchini. The waitress made it clear that the sides come in portion sizes meant to share, so that was good to know. All the food was excellent, I honestly can't think of anything that could have been better. It is just a once in a long while type of place for us though. Our dinner mentioned above with 2 glasses of wine came to ~$140."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "When money is no object, this is a great restaurant. Set in the tallest building in Des Moines, right downtown, the Chophouse is welcoming with attentive staff. The food is excellent, plentiful, and all served a la carte. The food was presented well, the waiter was efficient, helpful, and friendly. We had not been there before so he mad suggestions as to selection, sizes, etc. We appreciated his telling us that sides were served family style and were available in 1/2 sizes. We would have been much too full otherwise. The Chophouse is not cheap, but one knows that in advance. For two of us, each with one entree — prime rib and NY Strip, sides, a shared desert, and one coffee, the bill with 20% tip, came to $200.00. A Groupon coupon helped."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Groupon had a deal that was perfect timing for my 20th wedding anniversary. Took the wife to dinner here - the food was outstanding, service was terrific. Since this was a special occasion figured it was worth going to a place we would never go normally."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My wife and I chose this restaurant on the fly during an overnight in Des Moines, and I have to say it far exceeded expectations. First, the overall appearance of the place is right in line with my favorite -- dark woods, tasteful lighting and white table linens. Secondly, the food is--for a change--well worth the prices, and the service was attentive without being overbearing or pretentious. A very positive experience, and a hearty recommendation of this place to anyone visiting the area and wanting a memorable meal. Well done, folks."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It was a bit loud inside, we couldn't really hear each other and barely heard the servers."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food at 801 Chophouse was fantastic! Easily worth every penny! Waiter was excellent and very knowledgable about the steaks and answered any and all questions we had. Had a great time! Plan to return, almost revoked a star because of the noise, we were seated in the only booth next to the kitchen. Needless to say it was kind of loud for my Girlfriend and I to talk. If you are looking for a great place to take you're significant other or to impress a date, 801 would be a great pick"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Best food I've ever had. The service was second to none. Vast knowledge of the food to be served."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "With this being a Birthday present to my boyfriend and also our first time there for both of us this was one of the best experiences for a nice out to dinner. Our waiter was very kind and informative on the menu and drinks."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ask for Kyle to be your server. Exceptional food and wine knowledge."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Best dining experience we've ever had. Our server, Paul, was professional and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. The food was outstanding and it was an overall fabulous experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A great spot to celebrate with someone special. The salad, steaks, lobster mac and cheese, and souffle were divine. The evening was not just a great meal, but a true experience in fine dinning."
    Dined on 6/14/2014