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801 Chophouse – Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
4.8
3045 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, enjoy beautiful views and excellent customer service at 801 Chophouse. We value our guests and want to give you the best dining experience possible. Our restaurant has only prime USDA steaks, paired with innovative side dishes and an award-winning wine selection from around the world to create an upscale dining experience you won't find anywhere else in Iowa. 801 Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Des Moines and even offers private dining room options. Book a reservation online or via phone today.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Unspecified, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 288-6000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Brian Dennis
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
  • Private party contact
    Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Des Moines
  • Cross street
    8th
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,045 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Iowa

    Steakhouse

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Good for business meals

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

3,046 Reviews
  1. Susy

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    High quality food, delicious, great service -- except the Colorado State Tennis Team was there to celebrate their NCAA win.

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  2. ReginaJ

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The strip abd ribeye steaks (both dry-aged and wet-aged respectively) were excellent and done to the requested temperature. The spinach sides was so-so...I would not order that again. It wasn't bad, but uninspired. The brusselsprouts loaded with sautéed red onions were very good. The grand marnier souffle was pretty good...a touch too wet in the middle but tasted good and not overly sweet. The bottle of red wine (cabernet savignon) we ordered from Napa Valley was outstanding. The waiter forgot a couple of things during the dinner but otherwise service was good.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as always, in about once a month. Dry aged delmonico was delicious.

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  4. David

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Normally I wait till I have a dinner sponsor (someone’s expense account) before I choose 801. But this time all on my dime. And soooo worth it. Of course the food quality is outstanding but the service tops it all. GM Ben captains a great ship filled with seasoned teammates. Go and enjoy!

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  5. David

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner and attentive service. Love coming here when we’re in town (we’re from Moline).

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  6. LuannT

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here. Our waitress was amazing. Our food was amazing. We were treated like the most important people in the place and it was obvious that all the staff treated everyone this way. My only complaint was that it was difficult for my husband and I to carry on a conversation without feeling like we were yelling at each other. But, we understood it was a busy place with lots of happy people and that is to be expected. 10/10 in our books. Amazing experience all around.

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  7. DKNYLOR

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Delicious! Chris, our waiter, was GREAT! Thank you!

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  8. JoshA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! The food was so good. The service was fast. We had reservations at 8:00 and we were done eating by 9:00. The food was excellent. Usually when I eat an expensive steak I think I could have made it better myself but not here. Obviously top notch chefs. Its not cheap though so don't be surprised when you see the bill. Everyone was friendly. There was crowd in a private are with a lady who had a loud obnoxious laugh but thats not the fault of the restaurant. We don't treat ourselves often to a date night like this but I will definitely do it again and I will do at 801. Best steakhouse in Des Moines for sure! The service was 2nd to none. The waiter was very knowledgeable of what was on the menu and his recommendations were spot on.

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  9. Excellent

    Des Moines

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great. We both had the filets and blue cheese potatoes. We preordered The soufflé and had a nice glass of wine. Jade our server was very helpful.

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  10. emv3003

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience with very good service, great food and good ambiance. I will certainly go back if and when I’m in the area.

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  11. MaryP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress is amazing and so everybody else there was very friendly and helpful. I never had any experience like this before. The food was so amazing. I highly recommend for everyone to go there and try the food, it is amazing.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Laura is the best server - we’ve had her multiple times and she always makes our experience wonderful!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience at 801. Our favorite restaurant in Des Moines for special occasions.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit even though we’ve heard about the exceptionally good food and service over the years, we finally decided to try it. So glad we made it because we had the most wonderful experience. From the courteous and knowledgeable staff to the divine menu, we enjoyed every single bite. Pre-ordering soufflé was the best! Cannot wait to return.

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  15. JeffS

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always fantastic service and ambience. Fried lobster appetizer was amazing. Steak and prime rib were not up to the usual standards we have come to expect. Both lacked seasoning and my wife’s prime rib was dry.

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  16. 2foodies

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were superb. On the expensive side but worth it for our anniversary.

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  17. AmberG

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Micheal was great! Such a great dinner!!! Food and drinks were amazing!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an AMAZING experience!! The staff are all great and will go above and beyond! This time was for 2 birthday celebrations and have a wonderful time with friends! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

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  19. BillM

    Des Moines

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Far superior to Ruth’s Chris in every way. What a perfect evening.

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  20. AnthonyM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steaks was amazing, the atmosphere was really nice and our waitress was really helpful and friendly. It made for the perfect date night.

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  21. BrianB

    Louisville

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service food everything absolutely top of the line!!!! Fantastic place!!!

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  22. Great

    Fargo

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great steakhouse in downtown DesMoines Great wine list and menu

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  23. JoelleR

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience with great food and staff

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  24. ShannonG

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We won’t hurry back to 801. The steak was not good (ribeye) and this was a second chance trip.

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  25. Nick

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with amazing food. Would recommend and be back!

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  26. GretaL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent cocktails and the wine list offered exceptional variety and quality. My husband and I don't eat red meat but the seafood was phenomenal including the oysters, crab cake and shrimp cocktail. The side dishes were delicious and very generous.

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  27. Christie

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely experience. My 3 teens and I had 4 appetizers, 2 sodas, one glass of wine, cram corn (excellent) and Mac n Cheese (excellent) and chocolate soufflé. Just under $300. Not including tip. Pricey, but I feel every restaurant is. Service was excellent and atmosphere lovely.

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  28. Brett

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter Chris was fantastic! We were celebrating our friend’s retirement and they did a great job taking care of her and the party. Food was excellent. Old fashioneds were great and the wine was wonderful. We look forward to going back.

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  29. AllisonN

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & service was amazing! My steak was cooked to perfection. Definitely will be back.

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  30. Mink

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, attentive staff, terrific cocktails, unique specials that all tasted amazing.

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  31. Wade

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a top tier experience with great servers and solid food.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing! Paul is the best server! Knowledgeable and friendly. We will request him next time. The manager came up and asked us how our food was and spoke to us for a bit. You cannot beat the quality and service!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a five star restaurant regarding food service and ambiance.

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  34. EricS

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a top tier dining experience. If you want the absolute best, look no further. I love this place and I go there several times a year.

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  35. connoisseur

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grand Marnier Souffle very good. Steak delicious. Lobster slightly overcooked

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  36. Trev

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was outstanding, very knowledgeable and understanding as it was our first time. She gave us the full rundown with the meat options. She was very nice, didn’t make us feel uncomfortable. Slightly noisy, but besides that the atmosphere was nice. We celebrated an anniversary, the table had decorations which was amazing. Food was good. Lobster Mac and cheese was very good. The porter house steak I had was good but wasnt what I was expecting. For a special occasion dinner, I recommend and will be back!

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  37. AmandaV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my son's 19th birthday at 801. They had the table decorated for him when we were seated and even the menu said "Happy Birthday." It was his first experience with fine dining. Our server recommended the soufflé for dessert, which was complimentary because of the birthday celebration. That was big enough to be shared by all 3 of us, and the presentation was very nice. We all enjoyed our experience very much. I just wish the prices were a little more affordable, it's not a restaurant the average person can afford to eat at very often.

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  38. TimT

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat next to the bar. It was loud and inconvenient to carry on a conversation. Next time I will ask for a table away from the bar. Wait staff was excellent!!

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  39. AnthonyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my brother there for his birthday dinner. The table had some birthday decorations which i thought was very thoughtful. Our server was extremely attentive, knowledgeable and personal. Our sides (lobster mac and cheesy hashbrowns)and appetizer (crab cakes)were excellent. The only let down were the steaks. We ordered the dry aged, bone in strips. Our waiter informed us that the dry aging process produces an earthier and beefier steak, but will not be the juicy cut of meat that we were likely used to. For $95 a piece we figured that we couldnt go wrong. That was incorrect. The steaks were difficult to cut, the internal temp was wildly different throughout, and not even my blue cheese topping could cut through the burnt char. We finished the meal with a complimentary piece of birthday cheesecake which i am told was amazing.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure coming in. Much quieter atmosphere on a Thursday night than Friday or Saturday.

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FAQs

801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 3045 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for 801 Chophouse – Des Moines

801 Grand Ave, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street
    8th
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Unspecified, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brian Dennis
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (515) 288-6000
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
  • Private party contact
    Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000
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