801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
2138 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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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at 801!

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JohnH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent!!! Our waiter was not however. We actually had to find the host to ask for more water... and to get our ticket.

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JohnS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Would highly recommend

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Mike
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday/Mother’s Day/Father’s Day dinner with my parents. The food and service was great, as usual!

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StaceyI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I was celebrating 25 years of marriage and from our booth we could see the kitchen area where steaks were cooked, it was extremely loud and didn’t offer much privacy. Service was amazing and food was amazing!

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GarrettC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in quite awhile. Highly recommend

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NinaKay
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was yummy,the service was good I love it there

NB
NancyB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my son’s 21st birthday and every attention to detail by the staff was amazing! The steaks were the finest I’ve ever had.

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Person
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great night out for a special occasion. Would visit again.

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JennyS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waitress was amazing, our table had a personal touch for our anniversary. The food and drinks were awesome, our steak was perfection. Thank you we needed it.

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ErinK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy celebrating my birthday or any special occasion. The food is consistent and delicious.

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Wondercake
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great time, but we were seated near the bar and customers would mill around and stand near our table without masks. It made for an uncomfortable evening, since there website said that they were taking social distancing and mask-wearing seriously.
The food was great and the servers were wonderful

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vipDianaW
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Des Moines once a year and we always want to have dinner at the 801 Chophouse. Excellent!

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Tsquare
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went there for our anniversary. They had printed happy anniversary on our menus. A nice touch. Food was good classic steakhouse fare.

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JLS3
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was perfect for a quiet Sunday evening meal. Our waiter Skip was absolutely fantastic and was very helpful with wine selections. His suggestions for our meal entree, spot on.
I could not have had a better experience and look forward our next visit.

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LauraC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely melt-in -your l-mouth steak and lamb chops, delicious bread and side dishes were yummy too. The best part of meal was the Grand Marnier soufflé..well worth the 20 minute wait!! Service was lovely. All this goes for a high price!

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BrittneyA
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. Everything was cooked perfectly and our server was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Drinks are a great value at $12 each. Everything was pretty good and we thought they spaced everybody well. Based on previous experiences things were a bit different service wise. Didn’t get meat presentation or cleared table after bread service. They advertise a delmonico for $67. This is usually a ribeye but can pretty much mean anything. If I would have seen cut prior I probably would not have ordered. Was pretty tough so I’m thinking the “delmonico” is a chuck steak by the look which means it was way over priced. Also didn’t get to use $25 reward card and $10 open table reward.

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TammyH
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Sat at the bar and had great service and fabulous food. Always! I know people think of this as a place for special occasions, but this is a great place for everyday fine dining, last minute date night or whatever your fancy may be.

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RichardB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Our steak was okay. The halibut was overdone,so dry, and quite salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service and atmosphere were fairly top notch (servers were AWESOME!!!). We ordered the bone-in filet special and were disappointed that the cooks of each steak were so different when both were ordered as medium rare. We would generally have sent them back but were celebrating a special occasion and needed to finish our meal and move onto the next item. After spending $95 per steak, it wasn’t the expected quality when paying that much. Not sure if we’d return other than for drinks in the future.

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DAVIDH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite simply, the best steakhouse dining experience I've ever had. Certainly not inexpensive, but for a periodic indulgence, it's unmatchable. "Lou" was our server and she did an outstanding job, including working with the chef and kitchen staff to prepare oysters florentine for our table. We enjoyed the entire evening. Thanks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous

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ToddM
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Longtime server Skip and his trainee Abby were amazing as usual. Very busy night but they checked on us often and kept the evening running smoothly. It was our 29th wedding anniversary and the staff had a card, specially noted menus and comped our dessert. Very nice touch
Only concern was my steak being a tad tough (always remember to order a notch more done than you like since they undercook everything- they told me that but I should have listened lol) and our boursin mashed potatoes were cool. Manager went and got a replacement which was just a bit warmer but still not super hot. However---Drinks, wine, salads, bread, creamed spinach, creme brulee, and my wifes filet were ALL on point.
Such a great atmosphere and special night out. Always recommend 801 to anyone looking for an exceptional dining experience.

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ChazA
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, very good!! Always enjoy the staff and how we are treated.

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BrentM
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and overall experience. It’s a pretty pricey night out but great for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Zach! Food is alway excellent!

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TonyG
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great service and great food. Highly recommend the experience.

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DouglasL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was amazing. The staff were very helpful and respectful. Would definitely return

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Martha
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 is my favorite location to share special occasion. The handmade cocktails are amazing and food beyond delicious!

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NathanS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always. Staff was amazing as usual. I highly recommend pretty much any food you can get at 801. It's close to the quality that can find at places like Peter Luger's

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good meal but took 1:45 to get our entree!

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SteveW
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the best.

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RobinF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Everyone was wonderful. Will definitely be back.

KE
KendraE
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, it is a little pricey though.

CG
ChristopherG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a great place to celebrate a promotion or anniversary, this is the spot. Excellent food, with nice sized portions so you won't go home hungry. The atmosphere is charming and elegant.

JM
JonathanM
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience at 801. Our server, Zach, was excellent. The Troon cocktail is very good as well. We ordered oysters, filets, scallops and for sides the lobster Mac n cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, broccolini and asparagus and it was all excellent! Great place for a date night

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MrsG
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great cocktails! Great service! We highly recommend 801!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Went in for a long needed date night and a belated birthday dinner. All the food was great, drinks were great. Carried top end liquor, Louis the VIII, which we got and nice to see it’s stocked.
We ran into 1 issue.. nearly eating glass. We got the escargot and the dish it was served in, was broken on one side under one of the portions. It was a decent sized shard of glass roughly 1/2-3/4” in length. It under up hidden under the cheese. Then ended up in my fiancé’s mouth. We promptly got it out and contacted management. They took off the escargot off our bill and replaced it with a free one. As well as giving us a free dessert.
Experience was great, except that one incident, which kind of ruined the night experience. Made all the food pile up on top of each other, still having an appetizer while the food came out. But will still be returning at some point and time to give it another run.
Bill ended at ~700 after tip. So with the quality of the food and the selection of drinks, it was well worth it.

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greggm
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always Great! ask for Paul to be your waiter, ONE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS!

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801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 2138 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.