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801 Chophouse – Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
4.8
3005 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, enjoy beautiful views and excellent customer service at 801 Chophouse. We value our guests and want to give you the best dining experience possible. Our restaurant has only prime USDA steaks, paired with innovative side dishes and an award-winning wine selection from around the world to create an upscale dining experience you won't find anywhere else in Iowa. 801 Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Des Moines and even offers private dining room options. Book a reservation online or via phone today.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Unspecified, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 288-6000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Brian Dennis
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
  • Private party contact
    Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Des Moines
  • Cross street
    8th
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,005 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Iowa

    Steakhouse

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

3,005 Reviews
  1. ShannonG

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We won’t hurry back to 801. The steak was not good (ribeye) and this was a second chance trip.

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  2. Nick

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with amazing food. Would recommend and be back!

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  3. GretaL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent cocktails and the wine list offered exceptional variety and quality. My husband and I don't eat red meat but the seafood was phenomenal including the oysters, crab cake and shrimp cocktail. The side dishes were delicious and very generous.

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  4. Christie

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely experience. My 3 teens and I had 4 appetizers, 2 sodas, one glass of wine, cram corn (excellent) and Mac n Cheese (excellent) and chocolate soufflé. Just under $300. Not including tip. Pricey, but I feel every restaurant is. Service was excellent and atmosphere lovely.

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  5. Brett

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter Chris was fantastic! We were celebrating our friend’s retirement and they did a great job taking care of her and the party. Food was excellent. Old fashioneds were great and the wine was wonderful. We look forward to going back.

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  6. AllisonN

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & service was amazing! My steak was cooked to perfection. Definitely will be back.

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  7. Mink

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, attentive staff, terrific cocktails, unique specials that all tasted amazing.

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  8. Wade

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a top tier experience with great servers and solid food.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing! Paul is the best server! Knowledgeable and friendly. We will request him next time. The manager came up and asked us how our food was and spoke to us for a bit. You cannot beat the quality and service!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a five star restaurant regarding food service and ambiance.

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  11. connoisseur

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grand Marnier Souffle very good. Steak delicious. Lobster slightly overcooked

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  12. EricS

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a top tier dining experience. If you want the absolute best, look no further. I love this place and I go there several times a year.

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  13. Trev

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was outstanding, very knowledgeable and understanding as it was our first time. She gave us the full rundown with the meat options. She was very nice, didn’t make us feel uncomfortable. Slightly noisy, but besides that the atmosphere was nice. We celebrated an anniversary, the table had decorations which was amazing. Food was good. Lobster Mac and cheese was very good. The porter house steak I had was good but wasnt what I was expecting. For a special occasion dinner, I recommend and will be back!

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  14. AmandaV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my son's 19th birthday at 801. They had the table decorated for him when we were seated and even the menu said "Happy Birthday." It was his first experience with fine dining. Our server recommended the soufflé for dessert, which was complimentary because of the birthday celebration. That was big enough to be shared by all 3 of us, and the presentation was very nice. We all enjoyed our experience very much. I just wish the prices were a little more affordable, it's not a restaurant the average person can afford to eat at very often.

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  15. TimT

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat next to the bar. It was loud and inconvenient to carry on a conversation. Next time I will ask for a table away from the bar. Wait staff was excellent!!

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  16. AnthonyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my brother there for his birthday dinner. The table had some birthday decorations which i thought was very thoughtful. Our server was extremely attentive, knowledgeable and personal. Our sides (lobster mac and cheesy hashbrowns)and appetizer (crab cakes)were excellent. The only let down were the steaks. We ordered the dry aged, bone in strips. Our waiter informed us that the dry aging process produces an earthier and beefier steak, but will not be the juicy cut of meat that we were likely used to. For $95 a piece we figured that we couldnt go wrong. That was incorrect. The steaks were difficult to cut, the internal temp was wildly different throughout, and not even my blue cheese topping could cut through the burnt char. We finished the meal with a complimentary piece of birthday cheesecake which i am told was amazing.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure coming in. Much quieter atmosphere on a Thursday night than Friday or Saturday.

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  18. NancyK

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure. I haven’t sat at the bar to eat before, but it was delightful. The bar staff kept me entertained and they conversed with me when they had time.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at 801 Chophouse in Des Moines. The calamari and scallop appetizers were delightful and my main course of sea bass was amazing. The old fashions are very good along with a great selection of wines. Highly recommend

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  20. chrism

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Comfortable. Delicious food. Best wedge salad. Very best prime rib. Wonderful steaks all around. Melt in your mouth filet. And the Grand Marnier suffle is off the charts. Enjoy as we did.

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  21. AmyG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Our server, David, was very attentive and polite. My wife and I were celebrating her birthday and the 801 dining experience made it very special.

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  22. Molly

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted as we arrived. We were a little early, so we had to wait a few minutes for our table. The restaurant was full, with lots of stuff going on in Des Moines. We were seated and greeted immediately by our waitress. She brought our drinks quickly. Our appetizer and food came in a very timely fashion. Even with the restaurant being busy, our waitress checked on us several times. Our food was fabulous! We followed our meal with 2 fabulous desserts! Love 801 Chophouse, the service and food are always second to none!~

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  23. WendyH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional restaurant. Pricey, but the food and service are consistently excellent. You get what you pay for.

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  24. MollyR

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The porterhouse Steak was burnt and a had charred flavor which was not very appetizing! Service was ok waiter forgot our appetizer

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    David was our server. He was 5 stars from start to finish. We recently tried another fine dining establishment in Des Moines, out of respect I won’t name them, initials are RC. There is simply no comparison. If you’re considering a steak & seafood, I would confidently recommend 801 above all others in the Des Moines area. We enjoyed a 40oz tomahawk ribeye and steamed lobster. Simply amazing.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered medium porterhouse, came out charred on the outside and cold / raw on the inside. Server didn’t check on us for over 5 minutes.

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  27. User348919

    Des Moines

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Paul was an excellent server & made out Valentine's Day very special. We had a very loud group of clearly immature individuals in the private room nearby to us, and outside of their lack of consideration it was a lovely evening.

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  28. StaceyB

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful Valentine's dinner we had. The food was exceptional as always and the service couldn't have been better!! Lou is a great gal and we request her (or David if she's off) when we visit. I got my creamed corn fix so I was happy Happy HAPPY!! Great job to the staff of 801 DesMoines, keep up the good work!!

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  29. MichelleJ

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I enjoyed everything from the very knowledgeable server, seafood and steak was an amazing experience.

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  30. ReneeM

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great quality food. Love love love your

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  31. ArminI

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The steak quality was not up to par with what you expect from such a prestige name of “801 Chophouse”. Unimpressed. Burnt steak and bloody when asked for slight pink center. Otherwise restaurant was nice.

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  32. Pair

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    asparagus was burnt, lobster tail was cut into bits and deep fat fried. we were really disappointed. bread was good. salad was ok.

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  33. AshleeE

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the chop house ! It’s our go to for steaks!

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  34. Snicklefritz

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my husband’s birthday and had stellar service and excellent cuisine! His free birthday dessert was so appreciated. They even had birthday confetti on our table. So special!

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  35. CarrieS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. You get a lot of food even with the smaller portions. I would cut back next ti.e

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  36. mmcdduke

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for our anniversary. They had sprinkled little hearts on the table. We, also, got a free desert. Great food, great time. We will definitely go again.

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  37. Stealthheart

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Was sat in the bar, service was slow, even with two waiters in the area. Waited a long time for my check and more drinks. Otherwise it was great as always.

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  38. Kathy

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was excellent!! Everything was on time. She did an excellent job. Great cooks tooo!!

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  39. Bigguy311

    Des Moines

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our first time eating here so we wanted to see how it compared to other restaurants we have eaten. Initially, we felt very frustrated with the server who did not ask if it was our first time (nor give us a chance to share) before rushing off. That was addressed by us and we shared our frustration. It changed after that and was very good. The food was OK but not as good as other places especially the wedge salad, salmon and prime rib. Bread and meatball appetizer was very good.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    A couple thoughts. One they didn’t honor my request for a booth made in Open Table at the time of the reservation. I hate sitting at a table and this was important. Disappointed they didn’t bother to pay attention to that at all. Also, why do they let in men in hoodie sweatshirts and dirty baseball hats? Um, if you want to do that as a restaurant don’t expect me to want to pay more than I would at Chilis. Come on 801!!!! Geez- DO BETTER.

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FAQs

801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 3005 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for 801 Chophouse – Des Moines

801 Grand Ave, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street
    8th
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Unspecified, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brian Dennis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (515) 288-6000
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
  • Private party contact
    Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000
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