801 Chophouse – Des Moines

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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.

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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Great fillet, Caesar salad and oysters Rockefeller. Service that anticipates requests before they are made.

MD
MattD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal for my wife’s birthday. Service was great, food was great. Will be back again!

CM
CoryM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice for a nice dinner in Des Moines. Some of the best meat around.

DF
DevonF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This place continues to amaze. Every time we visit I finds a new meal that is completely ruined for me anywhere else we go. Food and experience are an absolute must!

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KristiN
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 was the perfect choice for dinner on the evening of our 30th Anniversary. The details of being place at a corner table away from all others, hand written anniversary note, and comped dessert made the evening even more special. Of course the food, drinks, and staff were all great as well! Definitely the best place for special occasions.

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SabrinaZ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I usually enjoy the food at 801 so much! We frequent for date nights, with our kids, or for special occasions.

This time, I ordered my steak medium well. It came out medium rare — medium at best. The server agreed it was undercooked and took it back. This time, my steak was charred well done. It was barely edible.

I’m disappointed and hoping this isn’t the new usual post-COVID.

Aside from the steak, the food was delicious, they make the best martinis in the city, and it was an extremely pleasant experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have gone to 801 Grand the last few years for our anniversary. The service was good but we were really disappointed in the steaks! Very expensive for the quality.
Just disappointing

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urbanfoodie
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Debbie was exceptionally attentive and offered recommendations when asked. We were there celebrating our 35th anniversary and they had a special menu and nice note to greet us. It had been awhile since our last visit. Just a wonderful experience and with COVID, nice to be out but socially distant.

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Butch
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special occasion place for sure. 8 oz fillet was plenty for me. Perfectly cooked with blue cheese crust. Scalloped potatoes were amazing. Drew and Rue were very attentive and friendly. Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and the service is always spectacular. That’s why it’s my favorite place to eat in town.

JG
JackG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve left several reviews. Most were excellent until we went there and were packed in like sardines without room for even the waiters to get around the tables. Social distancing from the COVID-19 improved that considerably and we were able to enjoy our meals again this time. It’s pricey, but worth it as long as we aren’t close enough to hear every word from adjoining tables.

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KirkS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not our normal venue but this dinner was on a special occasion.
They acknowledged and celebrated the special occasion from the moment we arrived. We were seated in the wine room which had only 4-5 tables and is separate from the main dining area. It was quiet and secluded there.
Our waitress was patient and very helpful in guiding us through the many choices to select our meal.
We wanted to try a variety of side dishes but there was only two of us so she suggested petite portions and a shared steak.
We started with the shrimp cocktail which we knew was risky being so far from the ocean, but we were pleasantly surprised, very good!
The portions were the perfect amount and we had a delightful meal.
They did surprise us with a complementary dessert and it was also delightful.
Two things they could improve; my drink was very weak although cold and flavorful, and I don’t recall but it seemed there was not an appropriate background soundtrack.
All-in all an elegant dinner with fine food and wonderful service.
This meal made our anniversary special and memorable, and after 50 of them that is saying a lot.

JD
JerryD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, one of the best places in town for special dining experiences.

CB
ChristinaB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE 801 Chop. We know that your service & food is always going to ve incredible.

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MrsG
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Perfect for special occasions or just a great date night! Always delicious! Staff is amazing, very attentive! It's a five star experience!

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RobertC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was ok, nothing spectacular.
Dessert was terrible ( chocolate lava cake) came late and was overcooked.

Service was fine and we were seated right in time.

RG
RG21
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service. Noise level was very high, making conversation difficult, but we definitely will be back.

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timothyW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice and classy restuarant. However, you pay for what you get. The prices are high, but the food is amazing. And the service is very friendly and helpful.

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BriP
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my daughter receiving her “White Coat” for Pharmacy at Drake! Everyone there made it a wonderful night our family will remember!!!!

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CodyCody
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, Paul did a wonderful job and explained the menu clearly and was very accommodating making sure my deaf wife could understand what he was saying. The food was excellent, my porterhouse was excellent, my wife had the lobster tail and she stated it was wonderful as well. We will be returning as soon as we can.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful experience for a couples date night. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. We shared the surf and turf for two. One of the best steaks we have ever had. I also put a request to have a bottle of wine ready for our arrival. The bottle was waiting and ready for us to enjoy.

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JPHwy2
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Our waitress was on point. Very knowledgeable about items on the menu. The biggest most delicious lobster tail we have had in the Midwest.

MF
MegF
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Receiving a complementary dessert without even notifying them that it was our anniversary was wonderful. Assume they saw our greeting cards to each other on the table. Thanks!!

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haileyp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 service, food, atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful as always. Everyone was friendly and efficient. I was especially impressed with how the manager interacted with the kitchen staff. We happened to be seated close to the kitchen. There was no goofing around. Only efficient necessary interaction. Very professional. Of coarse the food was top notch. We will be back.

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RichV
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant and service, highly recommend. Pricey as you would expect from fine dining, wines were a little more costly than expected still but great place and outstanding service!

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RyanI
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend 801 Chophouse to anyone looking for a wonderful atmosphere with great service and an incredible meal! One of the best dinners out we have had!

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vipUncorked
Des Moines
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wine, food, and service which was all done in a Covid-19 safe manner...

JG
JeffreyG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for anniversary dinner. We always enjoy 801.

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DesdaS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul was excellent and very knowledgeable. Will definitely return and ask for Paul!

SD
ScottD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to rate value as it is expensive but, in my opinion, it is worth every penny.

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greggm
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 never disappoints. Service level top notch. Loved the menu choices.

Keep up the good work

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place knows how to do it! The ambiance, very clean, the drinks were amazing, the service was efficient and friendly, and the food! Wow
I have yet to ever go anywhere and have my filet cooked perfect, AND come out screaming hot! They nailed both. The sides: wedge salad (with ranch instead) was top notch, and the green beans were to die for!
We will make a special trip out this way again, JUST for 801!

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amaryca
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chophouse is always what we expect. Excellent ambiance, excellent food, excellent service! All around best place to celebrate any occasion.

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JOYCEG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I live in San Diego. I moved from Des Moines in 1989 and was in town
for my granddaughter's wedding. I treated my son and daughter-in-law for a nice night
out after they had put on such a fabulous wedding for their daughter. This is not something they can afford on their own so it was a lovely evening for them. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. If I have a criticism, it would be that you don't have a dress code. I really don't like sitting next to young people wearing shorts and baseball
caps backwards. They don't even have the manners to remove it indoors.

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vipKaren
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. A special place!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The crab cakes (lots of crab) and the calamari (perfectly cooked and choice cuts) were delicious!! The steak was too charred, the fries were skinny, limp and overdone. The seafood pasta sauce was bland - like a thick tomato soup. We liked the apps - but some thick, crispy potato fries with truffle and parmesan would be a nice addition.

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801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 1944 OpenTable diners.

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