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801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
4.8
2661 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
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

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Unspecified

  • 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

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What 2,661 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Good for business meals

  • Iowa

    Great for fine wines

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. LS

    LarryS

    St. Louis

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent. Steaks & sea bass were good. Had to send the steak back to cook more. Our waiter was excellent but he seemed a bit stretched, especially as it got busier. Sides were all excellent and they did cater to our young granddaughter. Very enjoyable meal.
  2. RN

    RickN

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were awesome and so was the service the manager came to the table twice to make sure everything was good will go back for sure free dessert for our anniversary
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining there & it was fabulous on every level
  4. ET

    EllisTribe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great job! Thank you for a great experience! We had a great time.
  5. K

    Kelsey

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful evening, with delicious food and lively ambience. We celebrated my sister's birthday in style, enjoying ourselves from the opening cocktails until the final complimentary ice cream with a candle.
  6. DS

    DSMrestaurantGAL

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Erica made our evening out perfect! Very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful in creating the perfect meal for all of us!
  7. JD

    JeffreyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my wife here for her 40th birthday party and food qas amazing. Even gave her a birthday treat for free!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We have been to 801 a number of times and it is a favorite of ours, especially to celebrate. However at our last anniversary dinner the waitress was too informal, did not really check up on us, and when my wife asked about a seafood dish was told “Well, we specialize in beef.” My food was good, but the fish was undercooked and we had to ask for it to be cooked longer, which left us sharing my meal while we waited for the fish to cook. As I had a prix fixe meal, but we really enjoy the gran marnier soufflé, we asked that my dessert be boxed up so we could take it home. This dessert was boxed and set on the table before any other food was, and remained there throughout the meal. It was just not the usual high level of service and quality experience we had become accustomed to at 801.
  9. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love this place - great meal and and great cocktails . Ambience is nice - the only reason I gave 3 stars is we were a table initially of 5 and when we decreased to 4 we were put at a small table i around the corner from the bar . Felt cramped and out of the loop .
  11. S

    Sherrie

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    801 never disappoints. It was cool to go to the original.
  12. DB

    DottieB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I ordered the Pan seared scallops. They were not seared and arrived not cold but lukewarm. It was like they were prepared earlier and held in a warming area. The rest of the dishes were great and the soufflé desert was excellent. My husbands steak was one of the best he has had. Next time I will order a filet.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laura was top notch.
  14. TH

    TimH

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Over very nice. Little disappointed with steak. Got the Tomahawk Ribeye for two but about 25% was to fatty and chewy to eat. Flavor was good, so decided not to complain.
  15. TH

    ThomasH

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Good food, price was higher than moderate. Dining areas and some staff were loud.
  16. DC

    DougC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks, great service. A wonderful experience in an elegant atmosphere.
  17. TF

    TracyF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    High quality food served. Service was attentive yet at sometimes slow due to a larger party also in our servers area. The noise level is loud…not only guests interacting but also level of music played for ambiance.
  18. BC

    BreaC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    The food was good but not excellent to reflect the price. The room was very smoky due to the kitchen. Will not go back.
  19. j

    jimm

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Great service as always. Made our Anniversary very special.
  20. p

    pzl1961

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a great experience - food and service.
  21. LM

    LMLoza

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Do not come here for the view, there is no view of downtown as stated on the website. Come for great food and great service.
  22. MP

    MikeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my wife’s birthday at 801 Chophouse. The food was exceptional, as was the outstanding service provided by our waiter, Ryan. If someone is looking for a memorable dining experience, my wife and I would highly recommend 801 Chophouse!
  23. BF

    BrandonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    SOOOOO loud. Server was awesome. Food was excellent.
  24. JR

    JerryR

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful time. Everything was on point.
  25. BR

    BillR

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steaks were cooked to perfection and the cocktails were great Service was outstanding as always
  26. KJ

    KenoshaJoe

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak was cooked perfectly. Crab cake was awesome. Shrimps on the shrimp cocktail were a little small overall a great experience.
  27. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Michael O made great recommendations and did a fantastic job for our group.
  28. KB

    KellyB

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    We had a reservation at 5:00 pm for 2 of us. Arrived/seated timely. Server was very nice and talkative but he took our order, brought our bottle of wine and then literally disappeared. Our food was brought by someone else who literally dropped it and ran off. No one checked to see if our steaks were cooked to the correct temp or if we needed anything else. The steaks were great but we had to flag someone down to get horseradish. We sat there with my husband's plate being empty and me waiting for a box for more than 30 minutes. Again, finally got someone and asked if they could find our server. We left at 7:15 but should have been out of there by 6 p.m. Have always had good service and food but this was very disappointing in the service.
  29. SH

    SallyH

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered off the Sunday night fixe price menu and were very happy with our meals! I had the 6 oz. filet and it was absolutely delicious - the rest of the sides were also very good but I would say the portions were on the smaller side, especially the dessert so that was a little disappointing. Service was also very good. We were celebrating an anniversary and we had a lot of fun!
  30. PB

    PatrickB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We immediately felt welcomed, I had noted in the reservation that it was for an anniversary and they had special menus that said "Happy Anniversary" and hearts on the table, the server was excellent and did a great job walking us through the options even the off menu ones. The food was absolutely fantastic, easily the best steak I've ever had. I would absolutely recommend this place for any special occasion
  31. SY

    SusanY

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak and maybe meal we’ve ever had. Dessert was delicious too!
  32. SL

    StevenL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience from the hostess through desert.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing as always .
  34. MS

    MikeS

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I came to meet a coworker and I was excited as I have heard a lot great things about the establishment in question. Here is my story. I was running 15 minutes late so I called to let the staff know and it went to voicemail 3 times. Even when they were 10 minutes away from opening, they did not answer their phone. Finally at 5pm they answered and I verified that my party was seated and entertained while I arrived. When I got to the restaurant, it was a fiasco to find parking. Oh. My. Gosh. !. If you are not from Des Moines, make sure you add at least 15 minutes to your travel for parking. Finally, I was able to make it into the restaurant but first, I had to ask the security personnel where was the restaurant as the door looks like just like a business. Once in, I was greeted warmly and very welcoming. My waitress (Laura) was amazing and she did a great job explaining everything including the specials. I ordered a wedge salad, prime rib, broccolini and a carrot cake to share. The wedge salad was great! The prime rib was extremely dry and I could have used it as a shoe. It was that leathery and dry. Maybe I could have made pulled beef sandwich. I was suggested that I add the rub so I do. For the sale of the animal! Don’t. Do. It. !. The broccolini was so spicy that I could not taste anything other the the cayenne pepper. There was no salt, no acidity, nothin but just the spiciness from the cayenne pepper. It was served with the hollandaise sauce and that balanced the flavor a little bit but it was still spicy. I only ate one piece. The best part was the carrot cake and I am not sure if it was made in house. I think the service was outstanding and it should be recognized. The food, I was less then satisfied. If I could do it again, I would go to another restaurant that has better steak or at least I have never received a leathery steak.
  35. ML

    MLCJSC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, Outstanding service!! Definitely will go back!!
  36. CA

    ChazA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really like eating in a Bar Booth. Seems quieter that the main dining room. But as always very good service and very good food!
  37. M

    Mike

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is always good. Great food, service is excellent, fun drinks. It is not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, the ambiance is top notch h and the service was impeccable. Kaylee did a great job! Highly recommend!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Always a fabulous meal. Disappointing to be treated so poorly by server. Comments about pricing unnecessary- we can read and choose accordingly. She was a curmudgeon. No other way to put it. Wish I’d asked for a different server. No need for other.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rememberable dinner to celebrate our anniversary!

FAQs

801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 2661 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steakhouse, Unspecified

  • 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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