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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
  • Email: 801Chophousedsm@gmail.com
  • Phone: (515) 288-6000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "This was, hands down, the best meal I have ever had at a restaurant. The wait staff was second to none. They were knowledgeable about every dish in the menu as well as the vast wine selection. They were super friendly to boot. The food was spectacular! This restaurant is only a once a year stop though due to the high prices, but worth eery petty. Kudos 801 chophouse!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I went there for her 30th birthday and it was a great experience. The food was very flavorful and the portions were perfect. The price is higher than most other restaurants but definitely a place to go for a special occations!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. The Service was top notch. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The 801 Chophouse was good but very pricey for what I feel was a nicer average meal. I've been to lots of Nice Steakhouses with much better service and ambiance. The meal was just OK for what the tab was."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It turned out my dinner with my daughter became a celebration after she announced she has chosen Drake University as her University to attend after her High School graduation this coming June. The atmosphere at 801 was perfect for this celebration dinner. Our server was on point and made our experience most enjoyable. My daughters NY STRIP was perfectly prepared and melted in her mouth. She ordered her first soufflé, at our servers recommendation, and she was not disappointed. As for me my 801 wedge was good. I ordered the Marrow Bones as my main meal. I was disappointed as I found them tasteless though the presentation was done well. I still feel it was worth the ride."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was the second time in 5 months that we have had the chance to go to 801. The first time there was a hicup or two but this time it was fantastic! The drinks were delicious! The food was AMAZING and the service was perfect! We look forward to coming back soon!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We eat here frequently and always have a great experience. The food is excellent, prime beef, very fresh seafood and they have a great Prix-Fix 3-3-course dinner option on Sunday nights at bargain prices. Wait staff is very well-trained and never misses a beat. One of best places in Des Moines."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our server was lacking on refilling drinks, not bringing out more bread, and was not timely on getting us our bill. We waited almost 20 min to get our bill and he walked by us 2 different times. Overall the place has great food and it felt very comfortable. We went for my birthday and graduation celebration!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My dining experience at this restaurant was magnificent from appetizers to main course meals, I enjoyed my experience here. I even called the night before to ensure everything was ready to go, and after being told they didn't have roses to offer as part of my request, the person I had spoken to made it possible to personally get a rose before they came to work to make it happen. The service was tremendous and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that asked. If I am ever in the area again and looking for a great dining experience, I will be sure to come back again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "one of the best steakhouses I've been to in the entire country"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I selected 801 Chophouse because my lady friend wanted to go there at some time. I chose to my reservations for her birthday. The food was excellent and the staff engaging. The table was sprinkled with birthday sprinkles and there was the printed birthday menu. Here is were I think they had a missed opportunity. They should have offered a selection to her of one of three complimentary deserts None was offered. I was disappointed. If it is a policy not to do so I would recommend they review that policy. It is about creating the best experience possible for the guests. Thank you and I hope these comments are forwarded to 801 Chophouse in Des Moines."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was excellent. My only complaint was that it was too loud. We had a table of 8 and could barely hear each other talk above the background noise. The noise level rating of "Energetic" they allow you to give on this site is mislabeled in my opinion. There should be a "Too Loud" option."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I've eaten at 801 Chophouse several times. The steaks are amazing and they have a very nice wine list. The sides are big enough to share and we especially enjoyed the mushrooms. I ordered the tomato salad and the tomatoes were surprisingly fresh and delicious, but I wish I hadn't eaten the salad because the steak was so good I wanted to eat it all!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We went for two birthday's very nice, we had a great time"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food was great, one of the best steaks that I've ever tasted in all of my travels. Our server was top notch, she was a great compliment to our meal, very friendly and informative. The entire experience was top notch, I can't think of anything that I would recommend improvement on. Highly recommend 801 Chophouse."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Love the food here. A little pricey but well worth it and a great place for a special celebration!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were attending a conference and needed a place for a business dinner. Nice dinner and service. Noise level such that you could have a conversation without feeling like those at the next table were involved or you were competing with others to be heard. Being able to make a reservations online at OpenTable from out-of-state a week in advance really made it easy to get things set and organized with other attendees instead of trying to make a reservation day-of while needing to be in other meetings."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "For the dollar spend, the food, especially the steaks were disappointing. One was at first under cooked then came back burned. The other cut was a bit tough and chewy. We sat in the bar area which was noisy and distracting. My wife and I were not asked where we would like to be seated. We had reservations by the way. The waiter was functional but seemed intent with his agenda."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed by the chop house. Cheap? No. Worth the price? Every penny! Best place for an amazing bone-in Delmonico in all of Des Moines and the service is superb. This is one of my favorite places to dine for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I am a Des Moines natives who grew up eating at steakhouses on special occasions. Des Moines is fortunate to have numerous steakhouses as well as restaurants who prepare wonderful steak and beef cuts. I consider 801 Steak and Chophouse to be the restaurant that incorporates all the elements of a great steakhouse. Service is personalized, which is something you don't always get at the chain restaurants. The staff is knowledgeable, not only with the steak and entree options, but also with the hundreds of wine selections available to guests. Seasfood offerings are seasonal and fresh. There is dining in the bar area, and several banquet rooms can accomodate larger groups for special occasions. A wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, service was great and we had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went to 801 Chophouse for a special evening out, and it was great!! The prices were definitely high, but the service was amazing and food delicious. Would recommend for a fancy night out."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Atmosphere: Very high-class and private, a hint of romantic but not cheesy like some other restaurants. Even with groups near by, we felt as though we had our own private area. We were greeted by many staff and very welcomed! Food: WOW! This was the juiciest, most flavorful steak we've ever eaten and we eat a lot of steak. Pork chops accompanied with the apples was probably the best though; the meat cooked perfectly with a lot of flavor and there was just enough apples. It came quickly and ready to eat - not a single problem. Price: Very, very high but honestly, in our experience worth the price. We wouldn't be able to go here on a regular basis but as a special treat, definitely! Drinks: Huge wine list!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I have dined a number of times at 801...anniversary...this past Valentine's Day.....always excellent...some may say the steaks are pricey but no one in DSM has this quality and tenderness...yes that means Flemmings too!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "loved it. treated us great. and the lobster, 2 pounds WOW"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've dined at 801 multiple times and always had a wonderful experience, great service and delicious food. This time, my boyfriend and I brought friends from out of town and really talked up 801 and the service was not impressive at all, the food was ok, but not the amazing mouthwatering food we had previous. It was quite a disappointment!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I can't say enough how great my dining experience was here. I took my girlfriend here for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner and it did not disappoint. I ordered the 12 oz New York Strip and it was hands down the best steak I've ever had - so tender and full of flavor. My girlfriend ordered the 8 oz filet mignon and it was to die for - succulent and perfectly cooked/seasoned. We shared an order of the macaroni and cheese, which was to die for. Note that their servings are sized for two or more people (we took about half of it home with us). Very extensive wine list so you're sure to find something you like. Topped off the meal with an Irish coffee that was perfectly balanced with Jameson. All around an excellent experience. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my special lady here, was a great place to celebrate Valentines day. Best food ever."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Always a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Incredible selections of wine and food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Overall we had excellent service and good food. I will say that the 24oz delmonico steak I ordered was too charred for my liking, I just don't think that it was worth $60.00. We ordered the scalloped potatoes and they were good along with the asparagus which was also good. For dessert we had the Soufflé and it was amazing, probably my most favorite part of the meal. Oh and I ordered a tea but never recieved it. Our server was great despite the tea which I didn't make a big deal about. Overall good food but I went for the steak and it was my least favorite thing I ate."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was good. I had the new york steak, it was okay. She had the fillet, it was excellent. Cost $120 we shared a salad and got a beer each. We got no sides."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place is an excellent place to eat. The food and service were unbelievable. I took my date there for valentines day and she loved it. It is not cheap to eat here but I believe that it is more than worth it and we will be back again. I would recommend this place to everyone."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Seated in the back and it was too bright for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A very good restaurant but not exceptional. If you can afford it it's certainly worth one visit."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We chose 801 for our 25th anniversary celebration, and were not disappointed! I had some concerns after reading negative reviews on other sites, but those folks must have gone to a different restaurant -- my standards are rather high, and I felt the food and service were right up there with the best! Our server, Kyle, took excellent care of us; other individuals also stopped by to make sure our evening was perfect. Our steaks were prepared just the way we like them, and the asparagus was wonderfully tender and flavorful. Kyle made sure we knew about the souffle dessert when we ordered our meals, as it requires 30-45 minutes to prepare -- we chose the Grand Marnier souffle, and it made for a very special ending to a very special meal."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We have been there many times. Their oysters are good! Love the green bean dish and the mushrooms. I do however think that there steaks are overpriced for their flavor. We have gone to other restaurants in the area where the steaks are around $30 and they are just as good if not better."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We come every year for our anniversary. Its outstanding. Our filets this year were the best ever and we have never had a complaint. Service was excellent. Staff had smiles and were friendly. Ordered dessert the next night from our hotel and stopped and picked up at the bar. Had it ready and bagged up. Our favorite restaurant in Des Moines. Best steaks in Des Moines by far."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I left feeling I'd been overcharged on two items. I asked the waiter about it and he became flustered, knocked over a glass of wine and had a poor explanation for the bill. The experience was excellent up until then but I left feeling I paid $44 too much and that troubled me."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Hi. Our dining experience at 801 chophouse exceeded expectations and pleased our 'guest couple' very much. They had not been there before but we had and it was even better this time. First the knowledge, ease and experience of our waiter, eased us into the evening with his recommendations for drink and food choices as well as preparation for certain dishes. It was an A plus dining experience. Our waiter was patient with the table and dotted on us as he saw fit. All food was prepared excellently and brought to table piping hot. Only one recommendation for pastry people...more vanilla bean in creme brûlée!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Birthday / Catching up with old friend. The steaks were outstanding and cooked to perfection. Cocktails, wine, sides, and a special birthday desert on the house. No complaints here. Great for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014