801 Chophouse – Des Moines
801 Chophouse – Des Moines

801 Chophouse – Des Moines

  • 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: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • 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 5152886000x

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
801 Chophouse – Des Moines reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (115)romantic (84)notable wine list (78)fit for foodies (58)good for groups (23)hot spot (14)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I heard of how pricey this establishment was but not much else prior to my visit. Walking in I was unsure what to expect. It seemed cozy but not casual. It's winter and they had a coat check which I loved. We were promptly greeted and seated. Our server was outstanding. Attentive, informative and genuinely friendly. I would reccomend this restaurant to any and everyone. 11 years residing in Des Moines and this was by far my best dining experience yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great distinguished steak house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Without question 801 Steak and Chop is one of the premier steak houses in the country. Traditional a la carte menu served family style...with amazing appetizers like lobster corn dogs. Steaks are bar none the best in the business and preparation is exactly as you request per their menu guidelines.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way to rushed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The steaks are very good, but the price in insane. The noise level was too high and the restaurant was very hot. Our server did a good job, but we felt very rushed. If you want to be seen and have a decent steak then this should be one of your top five places in Des Moines, but not the top spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I think that 801 Chophouse has the best steak and wine in Des Moines. The Maytag blue cheese potatoes are to die for. However, you pay for what you get. I will reserve this place for special occasions only from now on!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was wonderful! We were there for an anniversary and they made our experience very romantic! The staff was outstanding!! It has been the best dining experience I've had in Des Moines, I felt like I was in Chicago or New York!! The music was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChopHouse - Excellent
    etch
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Celebrated a special birthday - no disappointments. Excellent service and food. If you really want to do a special night, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Des Moines - Who would've thought?
    BostonWanderers
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Driving from cross country, we had planned to make the run from Boulder, CO to Chicago, IL in one day, but 12 hours in found ourselves flagging. We got online, found a very reasonable room for the night at a nearby 4-star hotel and cast about looking for a good steakhouse. The reviews for 801 were good and it was near the hotel, so we decided "why not?" Best. Decision. Ever. My girl and I are both extensive travelers for business, accomplished cooks and avid foodies, so when I say that we enjoyed two of the finest prime rib cuts we've ever had, this is not faint praise. Not NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago or Dallas could touch this place. Simply outstanding! We will never look at Iowa the same way again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner Spoiler
    Wine4DinnerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We learned several things about this outing. It is very loud because the ceilings are high and there is no sound insulation. Plus we were seated next to a celebrating family who were very loud, obnoxious and really made our dining experience miserable. We commented on the noise to our waiter and the woman who was acting in a managing role. They agreed that the noise was loud. Finally, we were asked if we wanted to move to a different part of the restaurant for dessert (which we happily did) but the noise from the boisterous family group could still be heard from our new seats, although not as distracting. We have learned and from now on will ask to move to a different location immediately. Our food portions were generous, expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Juliealsted
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Very consistent, excellent food and excellent service every time I eat at 801!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Incredible
    caseypd63
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I took my wife here for our 10th anniversary and it was a perfect evening. We were shown to a nice, private booth which the staff had tastefully decorated for the occasion. Our waiter, Paul, was incredible. He gave us great recommendations and made us feel like we were his only table. The entire staff worked together seamlessly. The food was as good as I've had anywhere. Our steaks were cooked perfectly, as was everything else. To top it all off, we had an amazing Grand Marnier souffle for dessert. I honestly can't think of a single criticism about our experience at 801 Chophouse. It really was that good and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mcgirl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everytime I eat at 801 I am impressed with the service and the food. This is the best restaurant in Des Moines to get a steak or fresh seafood. My husbands steak was cooked perfectly with a bone marrow butter bath and my samon had a beautiful golden crust with a sweet drizzle. We also ordered the mushroom pan roast which comes with a generous amount of boursin cheese, so yummy! I would reccommend 801 to anyone wanting to have a great, romantic meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bone in Delmonico
    Reviewer
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I normally like Bone-in New York Steaks. I asked about the Bone-in Delmonico--which was recommended. Talking to Andrew, my server and bartender--he connected me (I askedto speak to him) to the Chef-Ian Roberston. Ian talked to me and then literally showed me the two steaks. They were very similar. I had the Delmonico--It was great. Needless to say, this was above and beyond. Yes, it was late on a weeknight-but still I thought it was great. All I had was the Steak---not all the bread, potato, vegetables etc.--try it sometimes, oh and a glass of great Cabernet. Again, I thought I was in New York. If you are from out of town--and coming to Des Moines---try it, you'll like it..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected!
    Yep23VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We were greeted and seated and our table that was decorated for our anniversary. We ordered a good bottle of bordeaux and had to ask for it to be decanted, no big deal, but then it all fell apart. The entrees came and the double cut pork chop was very tough even though it was medium rare in the middle. After trying 3 bites my wife just couldn't eat it. We don't usually send food back but it being our anniversary we wanted a nice meal. We brought our waiter over and explained the situation and said that she would like to return it and get a caesar salad instead. He asked if she wanted another protein and she said no. The waiter then became sullen and would not speak to us! How unprofessional!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too good
    noprisoners
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The problem with dining at the 801 Chophouse is that it ruins every other restaurant that you will dine at in the future. None of the others will match up.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Thank you for the great experience. Jim was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JJ24
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was outstanding!! The wait staff for this level of dining was average to below. We were 4 and placed at at a small table by the bar, was not busy and other tables available so I'm not sure what ..... Anyway food was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best steak
    Firsttimer1
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My boyfriend and I ate here for the first time the other night and fell in love with it. kinda expensive but well worth it! We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An aniversary to remember
    Millertime
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We arrived and were promptly seated at a beautifully adorned table and handed special menus congratulating us on our anniversary. Prompt and courteous staff, everyone smiling and acknowledging us as we would pass them or they us as we were seated. We enjoyed perfectly prepared appetizers, mouth watering steaks and delicious fresh vegetables along with an excellent salad. The bar is stocked well with many import beers, that with the guidance of our waiter, we tried several that I had not seen before and thoroughly enjoyed. Our waiter made several recommendations on food and drink (which we followed) that proved to be excellent choices. All in all this one of the finest dining experiences we have had, we will be back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Impressive!
    IowaDiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have dined at 801 many times over the year and always treat is a special occasion. The ambiance calls for a higher level of dining, whether it's a Christmas party or an anniversary dinner or just drinks and appetizers. You always feel special. And you can't beat the steaks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a wonderful experience and the food was amazing
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We won a gift card for a dinner here. Everything was very good. We like carrots, they were excellent, and of course the steak and potato were top notch. The only thing that was average was the crime brûlée , still okay though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Time
    willreturn
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My third visit to the restaurant was just as amazing as the first! Our server was great. He was there for everything before we needed it. The food was perfect. The steaks were delicious - the best I have ever had. The salads and scalloped potatoes were fabulous. Can't beat 801 for the food or service! Perfect every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocnai
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great food! From fresh seafood to world class steaks, everything that came from the kitchen was expertly prepared. I would compare this to any fine restaurant in any major city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it all!
    feedmemore
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have made the chop house our go to spot for date night.we have tried other places ,but we never get the kind of all around good dinning experience, consistently offered at the chop house. They have gotten to know us quickly and have made excellent food and wine selections both in and out of our comfort zone.as well as before and after dinner drinks! Which by the way, they have an awesome selection of. Sit in the bar if possible ,it has an ambiance to die for! The wait staff is the best we've seen in a long time, never rushing the customer, and appearing and disappearing at all the right times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    Juliealsted
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was exceptional, as always! Service was second to none, Paul, will be who I recommend in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    LisaW
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I don't know what I can add to the other reviews. Food, service, ambiance - all perfect. Fillet for me and Delmonico for my husband were fantastic. It was the most flavorful fillet I've ever had. Sauteed spinach was delicious. The molten-lemon-something for dessert was amazing. We took our waiter's suggestion for a "mid-priced" wine (fairly pricey!!) and it was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Billlovesfoodwine
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great service by Kyle and the other waitstaff; every morsal of food ordered was superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juliealsted
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food, great experience!!! Most amazing filet in Des Moines, baked potato and 801 Wedge Salad were the perfect compliment and enough to share. We will be back soon!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Eatery in DSM
    Steaklvr
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is without question the best restaurant in Des Moines. Ok its pricey but you will not walk away disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Great Service
    Ladydre
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I know this restaurant is known for it's steak but we tried the Seafood Pasta Menurie and it was one of the best seafood dishes I have ever eaten. Highly recommended to try. I know we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the prime rib, not chicken
    TrainerTVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I ordered the chicken and was disappointed, as it had very little flavor. This may have been partially because all of the seasoning appeared to be on the skin, and I do not eat the skin. They need to find a way to season under the skin too, as many people prefer the chicken breast to be skinless. I did try my husband's prime rib, and it was excellent. Garlic mashed potatoes were yummy!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missing Reservation
    Colin
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent restaurant, superb food, awesome service, expensive but for a special treat it's worth it. What let it down for us though was the reservation we booked thru' OpenTable didn't seem to have registered at the restaurant. We did get the reminder email from OpenTable beforehand and we arrived at the restaurant on time at 7pm. However despite three people asking for our name and the time booked, they could not find our reservation. Eventually they seated us in the bar area which was much noisier than the quiet evening we had hoped for (and was why we had requested a window table, for that very reason).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Spot
    LoveSeafood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service at 801 Chophouse is impeccable! From the bartenders while we were waiting for our table to the server (Kacy) and the support staff, is was a pleasurable experience. The food was great- we had the filet mignon, apple pork chops, and the fillet medallions. It is a special occasion place for us as it is $$$$, yet we have found it to be well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful experience
    Browndogsmom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    immediate seating, we were early for our reservation. nice secluded booth for privacy, fast service, excellent advice on selections from our server. overall a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Otstanding service, oysters not good, steaks perfect
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding experience
    foodisablessing
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to 801 Chophouse. Both times we purchased Groupons. (Otherwise it is outside our budget.) We absolutely love this restaurant!! The service is superior to any other restaurant we have ever visited. The steak medalions absolutely melt in your mouth! I don't think you could go wrong with anything you order. The ambiance was perfect for our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic night out.
    Ericksne
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food as usual. The service was top notch never having to ask for anything throughout the night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Grouponman
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Well what you pay is what you get. The food was overall excellent of course but I think the waitress could have been a little bit more friendly. I think after we told her that we had a Groupon before we started our dinner, we felt that it sucked the air out of her sail. I understand some people might under tip and most Groupon people are cheap but at the end she received the full 20% tip off the full price. I wish she wouldn't prejudge us next time!!! Also, I had my left over rib-eye steak boxed up for home but after I got home I opened the box to find 3 pieces of fried chicken instead of my steak. Very disappointed at that kind of mistake!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • have had better
    Farmman
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Of course the atmosphere is near perfect along with the service, but my wife's chicken, let's just say was far from. She couldn't finish it as it was dry and fatty were her words. The ribeye was good, but I have had better before the price and selection of beef became a problem as of late. Potatoes, salad, desert and drink were all excellent and we do plan a return, just hoping for a tastier meat next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picky
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The restaurant was terrible noisy the night we were there. Of course, this was impacted by the fact that our booth was near the grill/kitchen area. I also feel that for a restaurant as pricey as 801 there should be a dress code. Folks were in jeans and some people looked as though they just got off a blue collar construction job.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic