801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
2064 Reviews
$50 and over
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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SkinnyFatGuy
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a date to 801 Chophouse and we really enjoyed it. A little spendy but well worth it. The service was great and the food was phenomenal. Definitely try the lobster mac and cheese, just a fantastic dish loaded with lobster. My date and I both agreed, best steak we'd ever had.

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MadisonM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing! My favorite fine dining spot. Everything is always cooked to perfection.

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MicheleB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing! Slightly disappointed they removed booths but it is still worth every penny!

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CheriN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The waitress was very helpful. The price, and the fact that several of the drinks my husband ordered were not stocked were my only two complaints.

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vipMarkG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent prime rib and the sides are always tasty.

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Whitney
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak, delicious sides, superb service. Make sure to order the soufflé, it’s delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zach was great. Food was great. And I even got a free dessert for my birthday that weekend :)

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KristiN
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with our best friends. It was nice to have been given a table for the six of us in a private area for our increased comfort. It was truly a special evening with remarkable service and food.

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful celebration of my birthday with family!
Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul was our sever some of the best service I have ever had a restaurant food was top notch everything was perfect

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GailK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have not been to 801 in many years, but were looking forward to a special Valentine’s Day meal. I want to preface this by saying we go to Fleming’s a couple times a year for special occasions, but wanted to try 801.

When you spend this kind of money on a meal, the service should be impeccable...it was not. Our waiter was borderline rude...didn’t seem to want to be there and very disinterested in us. We sat with dirty dishes in front of us multiple times for over 15 min. When we got there, it took 10 min to see our waiter and we had to ask for a wine list (shouldve been automatically given) then wait again. He never checked back with us to see if everything was ok or we needed anything....we did and again had to wait to flag him down. If this was a regular restaurant these things aren’t a big deal...but again, this is a $$$$ place...service is expected to be on point.

Our food was just ok. Asparagus was overcooked and mushy. Steaks were not great, not much flavor at all. We had to season them ourselves with salt. One thing I did love was the Roasted Oysters as an appetizer...very good!

When we ordered coffee and dessert, the coffee was so weak and lukewarm. Disappointing way to end the meal.

Again- I’m being picky because when I spend $500 (2 people) on a meal, it should be perfect.

801 Chop is supposed to be the primo place in Des Moines. My advice - go to Fleming’s instead if you want a chophouse. Service is always great and food is so much better.

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ErikL
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for. Valentine’s date!

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KBoe
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 is a true Des Moines treasure! The service, food and atmosphere are hands down the finest in the state of Iowa. We have been delighted customers of 801 for over a decade, and every single experience is utterly grand. The menu, food and drinks are consistently exceptional, and the staff is truly magnificent! We love you 801!!

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M0032
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overwhelmed by the great hospitality and exquisite food. Made a great memory for our anniversary!

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AngelaS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 never disappoints! My husband and I had an early Valentine's reservation on Thursday and the food, server, and atmosphere are always on point. Can't recommend this place enough!

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Kass
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good not good enough to justify spending that much for it. Don't Regret it but cant say Id go again

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AaronK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best prime rib I have ever had! Wife and I had a great time

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vipMelW
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time customer of 801 and we are never disappointed. Quiet evening with a excellent anniversary dinner

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LexieO
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Waiter suggested tempura lobster tail to start (off-menu) - it was INCREDIBLE. Souflee is the best in Des Moines.

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food and selection...the service was good- just the right amount of attention.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated his birthday and our anniversary. Our server was amazing! The food was phenomenal! Definitely an experience we won’t forget!

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vipAZinNl
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out waiter Zach made the experience

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DANIELS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love 801! Can’t wait to get back.

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Tamberlee
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised that they had a fixed price menu on Sundays. What we would have ordered was on this menu! Wedge salads (with pork belly —hell yes!) Filet with asparagus, Prime Rib with green beans and carrots both came with mashed potatoes. Dessert included Blood Orange mousse, and they subbed a creme brûlée cuz it was my birthday and that is my fave. It was $42 per, and you could get larger portions with a small up charge. It was such a good deal that we splurged on a very very nice bottle of wine! I would go back here in a heartbeat!!! The food was fabulous, and the service was spot on!

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AliciaS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Best steak in the Des Moines area. The sides are generous portions.

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DanM
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ordered king crab and it was so salty it was hard to eat.

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vipMarkL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!
Best steak and overall service in Des Moines

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul was amazing and helpful with the menu. The chef delivered a five star gourmet meal. Entree, vegetable, potato, and dessert were all outstanding. The music was so relaxing and fun.

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AnthonyF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, I had recomadtions so no wait. I’m was happy to try it learned a lot more about meat. Tried new food

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PattiA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress! She was awesome!!! Food was outstanding!!

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SteveN
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

It’s has a nice atmosphere and very clean. Food is way overpriced and wasn’t worth the price they are asking. The steak was burnt on the exterior and rare on the interior. I can’t imagine what a medium steak would look like. The sea bass was good on the edges but raw in the middle. Best part of our meal was the dessert, but probably won’t be heading back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
216 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot. Visited many times. Best in Des Moines. Food is great. Service is great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and ambience for my wife’s birthday!

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JoyC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always! Favorite place to go in Des Moines.

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Jorgy
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in style!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, as always.

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Kevind
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After months of not going out due to COVID, my wife and I finally had a date night. 801 was our choice for a great meal in an upscale setting. We got a nice secluded booth, appropriately socially distanced from other dinners. The staff was friendly and helpful and made sure we were well taken care of. I had a great ribeye and my wife had the seafood pasta. Both were perfectly prepared and delicious. We capped the night off with the Grand Marnier souffle. Be sure to order it with your meal as it takes about 45 minutes to prepare. All in all, a great night out in these strange times.

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vipLarryLoffredo
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cant beat it for the best of everything! Always an enjoyable evening..

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NolaDPB
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

This is our second time to dine at 801. And to be honest - it is over rated. The price you will pay will not equal the quality of the food your receive. We were told they had 3 specials - one for a 14 oz wagyu steak. We were not told the price was $150. Our steaks were good, but not great. We splurged and got the wagyu. It was nothing special and definitely not worth the price they charge. The side baked potato was actually tough.

Overall - it was what we ordered. The service was fast and professional. But the experience is not worth the value.

For $300 for 2 steaks - we will not be back. You can find better food for a lot less money.

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mrbeast
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal at 801 Chophouse. Server was more than attentive, and it was a truly memorable experience. One of our guests has a severe peanut allergy, and the server and kitchen were more than welcoming and accommodating to our needs. They even prepared a specially made peanut free birthday cake for her!! 801 Chophouse is a true asset to not only central Iowa, but to all of Iowa. Thank you for another memorable evening.

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801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 2064 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.