801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
2026 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.9
service
4.8
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLarryLoffredo
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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Critiquer
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always very good. Prime rib could have some searing on it....

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vipMelW
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 DesMoines continues to be my favorite fine dining in Central Iowa.. our waitress/server Deb was exceptional

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vipDannyDiner
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue in Des Moines. Quality everything!

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vipDawnD
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Zach was an awesome server. Food was fantastic.

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RichardE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my family have a great experience every time that we attend and Zach our server does a wonderful job every time

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing!!!

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Katelyn
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Our server Lou was amazing

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Alan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Service and Food as always.

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vipDeanB
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. First Class Restaurant. Server was exceptional.

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SamuelV
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at 801, after living near here for over 20 years, The experience and atmosphere were excellent. Our server Lou made the night with great information and recommendations , she was fun and knowledgeable. Once the food arrived we were all quiet as we focused on the amazing flavor and presentation. We would go back again and again....

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MichaelE
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. They accommodated my wife's food sensitivities seamlessly. The food and drinks were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing!!!

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Sandra
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing! Absolutely loved it. Would recommend. Definitely will go back!!

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vipJeffS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service - exceptional! 801 never disappoints. Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts for one of your sides - you won't regret it..

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TracyO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 2 birthdays, everything was amazing.

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vipmitt
Des Moines
29 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The only problem we had could have been remedied immediately had we known. We were seated at a booth in the bar and were well into our dinner by the time the bar got busy and we were privy to all the waiters picking up their orders. The sound of a martini shaker usually elicits a favorable reaction but not when it is constant.

Next time we won't allow ourselves to be seated there.

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JustinS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and service.

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TammyH
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time here is awesome. Special occasion or just a date night. Perfect!! Foods amazing, professional service and great bar.

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Devon
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was absolutely amazing! The only issue I had was that I was sat at a table near the end of the bar which didn’t offer any privacy. I’d made a reservation weeks in advance for my wife and I to celebrate our anniversary and assumed that we would’ve been given a booth. Next time I’ll be more specific when I make the reservation. Again the food was absolutely AMAZING and my wife and I can’t wait to return!!!

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JoyceC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at it’s best—delicious food, attentive staff, wonderful ambiance. Excellent place to celebrate a special occasion—multiple staff members acknowledged our celebration.

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Wings
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love 801.....
Great steaks, Hash browns and soufflé!
We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always and steaks where perfect! Nice touch with the comp’d soufflé!!

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vipTiffanyK
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this is our favorite place and hands down beat service!

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Jake
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Debbie our server was fantastic! First time here and completely enjoyed the entire evening! Will be back soon!

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RussK
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My wife’s scallops were just warm & on verge of not being quite done but she was being nice. I have had better steaks at other restaurants in Des Moines. Drinks were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a fun night with friends, we loved being in a side room but I thought having 2 other tables in our room was a bit much. Our waiter was great. The room wasn’t crowded it just was a bit loud! Everything else was great.

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therons
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere as always cant wait for my next dinner

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ThomasM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go relax and have a fantastic uninterrupted meal in both comfort and quiet. Good place to go feel like an adult again

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sanp
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Got in prior to our reservation without a problem. Service was excellent. Steaks (New York strip, filet) were well cooked and very flavorful. I’m lucky to have been to some of the best steakhouses around the country and as far as steak flavor, it was in the top 3. The broccolini and hash browns were ok but not amazing. Decent wine selection although pricey for Des Moines

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IanS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. You do get what you pay for.

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LindsayD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib was amazing! The sides were perfect.

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TimM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Looking for a quality dining experience with a great staff and great steak? 801 Chophouse is my first choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé brought me here to celebrate my birthday. It was a wonderful evening. Service was above reproach, from our arrival we were met by prompt seating, knowledgeable experienced wait staff with patience to answer questions, knew just when to come to the table etc. The food was perfect. Not one issue with temperature of our steak or the sides. The dessert was a bit heavy but it’s a dark chocolate tart. It’s supposed to be. Martini the best I’ve had since moving to Des Moines.

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Lo19
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Food wasn’t up to expectations. Steak wasn’t cooked very well. Probably wouldn’t go back

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RyanR
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service awesome food will definitely be back

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AmandaM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't say enough wonderful things about 801! Everything was amazing and the Creme Brulee was one of the best I have ever had.

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HallieA
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time at 801. My partner had the Sunday supper, choosing the Caesar salad, 8oz filet mignon, and creme brûlée. I had the Caesar salad and sea scallops. We had a huge side of onion rings, and started with calamari. Everything was lovely. Service from Amy was top tier.

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801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 2026 OpenTable diners.

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