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About 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.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
Private Party Contact:
Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
801 Chophouse – Des Moines Ratings and Reviews
We had a 6:30 reservation that I made earlier in the week. We arrived on time and were promptly seated but in the bar area. It was incredibly loud and very crowded, so loud it was hard to have a conversation and so crowded it was difficult to get out of our booth. The bartenders were yelling and plates were being stacked next to our booth. We saw the server when we ordered and then again when we received the check. Other employees brought the food and drink to the table without saying a word. We had to ask for water refills and it took almost 90 minutes from the time we ordered until our meals arrived. During that entire time we only saw someone when our appetizer and salads were delivered. The steaks arrived without so much as a piece of parsley on the plate, just a huge plate with a steak on it. The food was great but for almost $200 for two people, I expected better service, better atmosphere, and not to have to yell in order to have a conversation. We were disappointed.
Always outstanding! THE best Chilean Sea Bass I’ve had & the preparation with cranberries & sweet potatoes was excellent! My husband thoroughly enjoyed his filet in the cognac butter & portobello mushroom sauce. EXCELLENT service, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Highly recommend!!
We usually go to 801 for special occasions, this time I took my girlfriend there for her birthday. When I made the reservation I commented that our visit was for a birthday. When we arrived there was some birthday confetti on the table, a birthday card and her menu said Happy Birthday on it. It was a very pleasant surprise to walk to our table to see that and she really enjoyed it. As always, the food was amazing and worth the visit. I highly recommend 801 Chophouse.
We enjoyed the atmosphere greatly. Saw everyone dressed from casual to dressy. (Helped make us out of towners fit in.) I just wish when the waiter knew we were from out of town he explained the menu a little better. The sides are really meant to be shared not just for one person( we ordered 1 for each of us, got a little costly with a lot of leftovers) the filet that both my son and husband ordered they raved over! Thought it was exceptionally prepared. Me on the other hand, I had the prime rib. (I consider myself to be a bit of a snob with this cut of meat because I love it so much.) I was disappointed that it was melt in your mouth good. It was just average. I had high hopes being an expensive chophouse. Overall it was a good dining experience and would recommend to friends.
This place is a staple for us and never disappoints. While definitely not a genuinely kid friendly establishment they have a fantastic kid "prix fixe" menu and the wait staff was wonderful about making them feel engaged and "special". My kids are 7 and 8. This is one of the only places in Des Moines to experience a true "dining experience" where the meal can last 2+ hours and no one notices, exceptional food, exceptional service, and in the end you are happy to pay the bill no matter its size
Our server was pretty non-existent. Several other people refilled waters, removed plates, gave us the dessert menu and even a different server paid out our bill. Not what I expected from such an expensive resturant. I hated even tipping her because she did nothing but take out order.
The food and the service of 801 are always excellent. Known for their wonderful steaks, there is great seafood on the menu as well. This last visit we had the veal chop, good sized and cooked to exactly medium, the filet medallions, two beef filets topped with lobster and a wine reduction, and we shared two generous sides of potatoes and creamed spinach. We started with a beef carpaccio, thinly sliced and served with a warm garlic bread. We finished by sharing a dessert, which are also huge portions. We chose the very moist carrot cake although there were seasonal and chocolate dessert offerings available. The wine list is wonderful as are their cocktails.
A wonderful and our attentive server saw to it that we had everything we needed when we needed it. A very nice evening!
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