801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.7
1405 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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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
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MG
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience... a bit overpriced but good for a special occasion

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T
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing steakhouse and excellent customer service. Booths are perfect for an intimate dining experience. Bar area was nice. Lobster Mac was delicious!

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was very informative and entertaining!

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LS
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service were exceptional as always. However, there was a party of 4 seated next to us that had one man who created a disturbance. Apparently he received his bill and was unhappy that it was over $400.00. He came back to the table and stood the loudly complaining about the bill and telling the other 3 people “f**k you” individually over and over. After this went on for a few minutes (disturbing all of the guests around him) he left. I thought he was gone, then he came back and started up with the same tirade again. He referenced one person at the table’s birthday, and continued dropping f bombs and stating he got “tabbed out” over $400.00. He left again and then came back and started up again before finally leaving. I think the manager could have handled this differently, as someone behaving in this manner should have been shown the door the first time and not allowed back in. This negativity impacted our entire experience. Unacceptable for a restaurant to allow this to continue.

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BB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All my Chop House dining experiences in the US and Cda have been very good ; however, my experience in Des Moines was exceptional in terms of food quality, presentation and service. Well Done Des Moines Downtown!

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SW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exemplary.

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S
Chicago
103 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful quiet setting with excellent food and service.

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L
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

801 never disappoints! It’s our favorite go to restaurant for special occasions. Keep up the great work!

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding menu, service, and atmosphere !
Thank you for a wonderful Anniversary celebration !

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The wife had Prime Rib which was excellent. I had the Ribeye which was extremely tough and hard to eat, not a good steak at all. I made it through about half of it and had to give up. Flavor was good, just got a poor cut for some reason.

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dessert we ordered was clearly not made in-house, but that didn’t matter, because dinner were phenomenal. I was with a small group, and for some reason I was the only one who ordered a steak, and I’m glad I did. The porterhouse, while slightly underdone in some parts, was delicious and melted in my mouth. The creamed spinach was also quite good.
While our food was extra memorable, the service made our visit that much better. Kudos to our outstanding server Michael for being so welcoming and helpful.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our meals were great all 4 of us ordered from the Sunday Prix menu. Our waiter was not stellar. One of our party asked if they had a special brand of cherries, he said yes so she ordered a Manhattan. He brought her drink and told her the cherries were back ordered for the past week, and he brought her regular cherries which she asked him to remove and he asked if she wanted the drink - she took it but would not have ordered it if not for him telling her they had the cherries! The waiter knew we were going to a concert and it took him a long time to get our order from the time we placed our drink order. At the end of the meal he told us that the desserts were backed up and he knew we needed to be leaving to go to the concert. He offered to put the one order for bread pudding to go, the rest of us had sorbet so we said we need to pass and to bring the check. Quality of food great, we'll be back for another Sunday however, we hope to have another waiter.

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MS
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the family menu option on Sunday to celebrate two birthdays. Service was great, the menu selections were part of their high level menu just a smaller version of the daily selection. Every item was the same high quality as the regular menu. I would recommend this menu for families & an introduction to a very high quality restaurant

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RP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a “night off “ meal which usually intails a steak dinner. I found that 801 Chop House was a perfect choice. We had the “Delmonico Bone in Ribeye” and it was outstanding. The wine was relatively priced and the service was spot on.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten here several times. We took our daughter for her birthday and she loved the prime rib. Staff is excellent and the steak is perfect as is everything on menu.

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l
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were her for our anniversary. Dinner was excellent, we had the corn and lobster chowder, so delicious, the steak and lobster were also amazing. My favorite was the grapefruit martini, so yummy.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. The steaks were perfect. The sides were fantastic especially the lobster mac. If your in Des Moines definitely eat there.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the great steak house in Des Moines. Take your special someone there and be pampered. WE celebrated a special birthday and our gravy-holic even got a special sauce made for his garlic mashed. Sunday prie fixe meal is a steal for the quality of food and service you enjoy.

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OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

40th anniversary! Everything was exceptional!

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GJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! Food, service and atmosphere are all top notch.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and the wife stopped by in a pinch during a job search weekend in Des Moines. Everything from the service to the food was delicious. I had the steak and it was one of the best I’ve ever had in Iowa. I would highly recommend for business or special occasions

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Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Excellent presentation also.

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C
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional. Des Moines should be very proud of this gem!

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LS
Des Moines
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for the "Sunday Super" which is advertised as an inexpensive three course dinner with several choices for each course. My Salmon was very good, but my wife opted for the Steak DeBurgo which was a very poor piece of meat likely leftover from the week past. The service was perfunctory probably because we were just having the Sunday Super and thus were thought to be "cheap".

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l
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service always meet our expectaions. Pricey, but worth it.

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TM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was wonderful and made our anniversary dinner extra special. We will definitely be back!

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MD
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinners were unbelievable! The kitchen staff at 801 knocked it out of the park!! Our waitress Jen as always provided over the top service!! We’ve been dining there for years and have never left there disappointed.

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KM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, service was great, the extra birthday touches were much appreciated! My only complaint is the noise level. This restaurant is full and loud, not ideal for any type of conversation unless you want to be yelling at your date and your wait staff.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great date night. It was a great meal on our anniversary . Our server was very helpful and right on it. Excellent Service.

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DN
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at 801, Went here for my Birthday because 801 never is a let down.

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CC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was great and the other staff assisted us. But we were not aware that after out meal was served we would not be seeing the original waitress.

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Prime Rib!

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WB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous as always and Malory our server was awesome!

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MD
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner and Skip our waiter provided over the top service as he always does!!
MD

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MW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.. this is Central Iowa’s top location for steaks and fine dining..

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M
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, good food. Nice ambience. Went for sons 16th birthday for special occasion.

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MB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very knowledgeable and offered great suggestions. The ambiance was romantic and we appreciated the special details for our anniversary. We loved the music that was playing and the food was fabulous. Would definitely come back again on a Sunday evening for the dinner special as it was a great value too. Thank you again for a wonderful evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and you can’t find better service or friendly servers like they have

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to 801 every year for our anniversary and are never disappointed.
Outstanding food and the staff always goes the extra mile, they even included a Happy Anniversary card. The best ribeye I have ever had.

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, great food and wonderful staff. Really made us feel welcomed and appreciated. Will definitely be coming back!

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