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801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
1261 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(515) 288-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Dennis
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Private party facilities
Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
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Private party contact
Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000
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Cross street
8th
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1261 People Are Saying
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4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Service and food were both outstanding!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We loved our dinner and both of us thought the food was outstanding. We appreciated the anniversary card and the effort put into preparing our table. Every time we have been there, we have been impressed with the menu, food, service, and environment. For sure the best quality food in the area and worth the higher price.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Awesome service and food! Best steaks we've ever had. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service, delicious and generous portions! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were there for Father’s Day dinner and the food and service were phenomenal 😘highly recommended and definitely will be back especially for the seafood:)

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Cancer free! And my birthday!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter, Ben, was phenomenal on two perspectives. First, the service was, as always, unobtrusive but nothing was ever "missed." Second, we overheard him explaining to others who were "new" to the restaurant the options as well as the selections. Do not hesitate to ask about such things as "half orders" of the sides or splitting salads, or even splitting an entree. The portions are large enough to accommodate splitting and still leave one satiated. This is a place, if not THE place, for a special meal for a special night out. Borrowing, their customers are "jewels resting on the cushion of hospitality."

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Date night with my husband!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous cuisine and service. Adult dining experience with an amazing specialty drink menu.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and food! Service was beyond compare and made sure our anniversary was spent well!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent. They were able to accommodate our group of six on semi private area

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We've been to the 801 Chophouse at least a dozen times, but the last couple have been pretty disappointing. Tonight, the service was a little rude and abrupt, they were really busy (so the restaurant was loud) and the food wasn't cooked quite right (overdone steak and overcooked asparagus).

I think we'll go back to try again, but probably with lower expectations next time.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

801 Chophouse never disappoints. It's a steakhouse in the tradition of all the great steakhouses, ample portions of high quality steaks nicely seasoned and cooked perfectly to order.
And the wait staff is outstanding. Even in Iowa, where people are just naturally polite and pleasant, these folks stand out.

If I was made of money, I'd eat there all the time.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I was deeply disappointed in the quality and preparation of my meal (salmon) and the price that was charged for a marginal dining experience. The wines by the glass were exceedingly expensive ($19) and the Sunday night prix fixe dinner at $36, which I am certain was supposed to be a 'deal,' was overpriced given the offerings.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent dining. Some of the finest in the area. Wonderful, thoughtful, mindful staff provided one of out best nights out in some time. Creative drinks, many superior food options, and total satisfaction were found tonight on our first time visit. We will be back. Price was higher than normal...but delivered a higher standard...all considered a reasonable value.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fantastic food and service.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We went there for our anniversary. They gave us a free dessert and wrote “Happy Anniversary” in chocolate on the rim of the plate.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The server at 801 Chop House took wonderful care of our table. Our wine glasses were never empty and he was very professional. The cold seafood appetizer platters were divine and everyone enjoyed their entrees. This restaurant is priced to a point that I would not be able to make it a regular experience, however, I am very appreciative that we were able to treat our clients to such an excellent meal.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Service was ok, nothing spectacular. Ordered medium rare prime rib, and they brought out medium. Expected more for such an refined steakhouse. They did make it right and brought out a medium rare after I told the waiter.

I have never head souffle before, but was enticed by them telling me I would have to order it early. It was very dry on the top and seemed under cooked on the bottom. I would not recommend, but I have had their cheesecake before which was much better.

It was my wife's birthday and they surprised her with a decorated table and a card. They even gave us a complementary dessert without me even asking. It was a nice surprised and went along way to make the mediocre dinner better.

Overall, it was good. But in years past it has been much better.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The service was above standard for Des Moines, but the kitchen staff is unable to modify menu items for allergies. Overall a little overpriced for the value revived. But by Des Moines standards it’s above average, and the attentive service people do add to the experience.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

A truly special and excellent dinning experience!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The staff made my husbands birthday celebration special. The food was simply amazing and the staff was wonderful. Absolutely a gem and highly recommend a visit. We will definitely be repeat customers!
Thanks again for a wonderful night.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Skip was our waiter and he was absolutely fabulous. The food was wonderful as always and we could not have been happier with our choice of location for our anniversary dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Beautiful anniversary dinner/ great service!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

As good as touted.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The steaks are always good but I was considering seafood. When the server suggested splitting the 40 oz. porterhouse, we jumped on it. Very tender! The sides are generous, so splitting them is no problem.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great service! I would highly recommend the prime rib. Did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Secluded table in the back was perfect for our 3couple group, along with perfect food & drinks

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Great place for very high end steaks and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Fantastic beef. Seafood is way overpriced but the overall experience is worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Celebrated husband's 50th bday here and they decorated the table, had a bday card waiting and also free dessert (decorated plate). Service here is always top notch and very attentive but for special occasions, they really go the extra mile. And of course, food is always outstanding.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We celebrated several family member's birthdays last Sunday. The crab cake appetizer was outstanding. Several in our party ordered the special Sunday menu and it was a great value! The portions were solid and the dessert options delicious.

Our server was very good. Our only complaint is that the service was slow after we got our meal and we had to ask for our check.

The overall experience was good and we will visit again.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

801 is pricey but you know that going in. Have dined there several times. Have always had a great experience there other than one time when their AC unit was not working. We complained about that and were rewarded with a very generous gift card which also demonstrates to me that they understand customer service.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was delicious. The wedge salad was crisp and fresh with lots a blue cheese and bacon. The steak and blue cheese potatoes were delicious. I loved the grapefruit martini which was new for me. A wedding crowd came in and sat at the bar. They were very loud but staff couldn’t help it.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

First time there. Service, food and we’ll worth the price of everything! Love that you can bring your own wine.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent as alway! However, their prices are extremely high, even for a high-end steakhouse, so be prepared to drop some change.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Service and food both very good. Staff are attentive. If you are planning a romantic dinner, ask for a seat that is not next to the bar. The bar can be busy, making your experience less private than desired.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Wonderful! Thank you for making our anniversary special with a card, confetti hearts, and dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

As always perfect

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Absolutely delicious food, excellent service in a delightful setting! Highly recommend this spot for fine dining and special occasions!

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