801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
1476 reviews
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Steakhouse
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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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

801 Chophouse is my favorite place to go in Des Moines for a special occasion. If you’re looking for the best steak you’ve ever had, look no further. Also highly recommend the baked Mac and Cheese as a side!

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JH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoy eating at the Des Moines 801 Chophouse for special occasions. The steaks are excellent as are the appetizers and other dishes we've tried. Our only complaint is that it is quite noisy in this restaurant. The kitchen is open to the area as you walk into part of the dining room and it's noisy in there. But the majority of the noise comes from the patrons as the seating is rather close quarters. There are booths but across the aisle are another set of booths so conversations are easily heard from both sides of the aisle. I think a restructuring of the seating in that restaurant might make the ambiance better. And the noise level.

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H
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server wasn't very attentive to our table which was unfortunate for a birthday celebration. They had run out of bread so we waited a really long time for that. The steak and chops were great, but the scalloped potatoes and mac & cheese were a little dry. Our water glasses weren't filled unless we asked. We ordered dessert but our server never asked if we wanted another drink after - and we sat there for about an hour. Poor service really does affect the overall experience.

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DM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was perfect as usual. The service given by Skip made the entire experience.

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GT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there in the lobby along with about 20 others earlier than the doors were open. I saw a gentleman come over unlock the doors I thought and then disappeared without inviting anyone to come on in! Strange! So we all waited at least 5 minutes before going over and trying the door and sure enough it was open! I guess I'm used to going to Fleming's when they meet and greet you at the door and make you feel welcome.
Although our server was really good I was surprised that she and only she did all the refills and cleared dishes.
Food was excellent but I'm not really sure I will go back downtown when Fleming's is closer with a parking lot!

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M
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great place for a formal business meal or a casual meal with family and friends.
I would recommend this for and occasion. my wife and I went for our anniversary and I would highly recommend for anyone. We had Michael as our waiter if you get the pleasure of being served by him it truly is a pleasure.

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OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A little disappointed they didn’t celebrate the birthday request I had put in.

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing and the staff is incredible every time. This is we celebrate the bug stuff. This last rime we were there the only slightly bad thing is a group next to us was pretty loud but u can't be mad at people celebrating right? Its well worth the amazing experience every time

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W
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Try not to sit close to the bar. Very loud there with people after work

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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Saturday night dinner. The food was great and the food was delicious.

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MM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, wonderful steak and wine list

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IB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Restaurant is quite dated. For the price, it could look much nicer.
Service was great. Food was good but not worth the price.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party of 5 went to the Chophouse to celebrate a special birthday. The service was excellent and if you like steak or chops the menu is perfect. All steaks were cooked to perfection. The two sides we ordered were large enough for all five of us. Only one minor complaint, the dessert sizes were rather small.

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SS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were excellent as usual!!!

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MD
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

801 Chophouse never disappoints!!

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RU
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food service and great ambiance! One in our party had never been to 801 Grand and they said it was better than any steakhouse in Kansas City! I am always pleased when I come for a meal!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!!! Staff was very attentive and friendly. Food was over-the-top delicious! Elegant, quiet atmosphere. We love this place. Honestly, I can’t think of another restaurant in the Des Moines area that gives you such incredible service, food and experience.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the beauty, service and great food! They always make a special occasion even more special!

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LB
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday evening meal choices very good idea.
Exceptional bar offerings

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was excellent. These really are the best steaks around, and I mean better than you'll find even in Chicago.

Service was inattentive. Again.

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L
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. We felt like royalty. We didn’t know before going, but the sides work best to share family style - and even the small orders are enough. We got two to share between the two of us. My “mock tail” lemonade mojito was wonderful - we were celebrating upcoming baby #2. Scallops were amazing! My favorites were the crab cake and Oreo expresso tart.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had a great evening and a wonderful time. Drew, the bartender was terrific

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R
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good meal, but for $400 i would except a bit more. Only two glasses of wine so i can blame it on expensive wine! Party of three.

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JL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a nice birthday surprise at the table!!

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NP
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place to get a steak in Des Moines. Go on a Sunday for the best value! Sundays they have a three course meal menu, which is a good value for 801 Chophouse! Keep an eye open for the Groupon if you are worried about the price as this is a very high end place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks and service were amazing!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an exceptional experience! The food atmosphere and service was top notch!

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KR
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect. The best meal we have had in years. Perfect service.

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K
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Billy was excellent

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST steak you'll ever have. Worth the price! Mac and cheese side dish was incredible.

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T
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and food. This was our first trip and we really enjoyed it.

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OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, steaks, and attention to detail! Lobster corn dogs were not my favorite, but a unique treat, if you like that sort of thing! I love this place! They also did a great job making my birthday special.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service by all and our food was over the top delicious!! Would highly recommend for fine dining.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was excellent in every way. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and prompt. The food was high quality, well prepared and made for a perfect plate.
Well done and thanks.

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great institution in Des Moines. We are lucky to have this caliber of restaurant here- I hope they are around for many years to come.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service outstanding

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, good atmosphere. Always enjoy the food.

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AS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed dinner here! The portions are big and the food was all excellent! I definitely recommend the ribeye in a bone marrow butter bath, and the carrot cake. The Boursin mashed potatoes were also excellent! Our server was super friendly, answered all of our questions and elevated the experience!

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L
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for a special occasion. They decorate so nicely for the holidays. Steaks here are always amazing. We love their seafood dishes as well.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Our Server was very attentive and knowledgeable. We seemed to have a splendid repore .

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