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801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
4.8
2704 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

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

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What 2,704 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Good for business meals

  • Iowa

    Great for fine wines

  • Iowa

    Steakhouse

  • 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

    Good for business meals

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. EL

    EmilyL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was amazing, we were slightly disappointed in our waiters attitude, he seemed to be ready to get out of work and head home. We were celebrating an anniversary and in the past usually had some recognition of special events but did not receive that on this visit. Especially when spending almost $1,000 on dinner.
  2. MS

    MauriceS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service was great. The menu was very well explained. Food was exceptional! The music was wonderful, I love Frank Sinatra. 10/10
  3. E

    Edwe

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frequently visit this restaurant and am rarely disappointed. Definitely the best steak in Des Moines.
  4. S

    Sarah

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite DSM spot when traveling!
  5. BW

    BradW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic and so was the food. It started to get noisy when we were finishing up our dinner but other than that, everything was sensational.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Service was quick, in a good way… timed just right. Our steaks were both cooked perfectly! We both opted for the Sunday Supper option and had plenty to eat.
  7. P

    Patrick

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My salmon dish was extremely salty and the artichokes still had the tough outer layer on which made it difficult to eat. Salmon leftovers next morning smelled and tasted very fishy which to me means it was not very fresh. Our waitress was knowledgeable and pleasant and the ambiance was nice.
  8. HA

    H3AM

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing and the whole staff made our anniversary dinner special.
  9. K

    Kristin

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and absolutely delicious food and wine. The staff were all very friendly and provided great service. Very pleased with our dining experience!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner. Ryan was such a great waiter and really took care of us.
  11. BN

    BrendaN

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Chophouse. We do a number of corporate events there that are always first class and also enjoy dining there on a personal level too. It is always outstanding with amazing service and amazing food.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the best food. Our anniversary and we wouldn’t go anywhere else.
  13. P

    Pook

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service we got was amazing. Paul was exceptional. Would recommend to anyone.
  14. NG

    NicG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prime rib was amazing. We would return the next time we are in town.
  15. m

    mattm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was great and food was outstanding would definitely recommend
  16. K

    Kate

    Des Moines

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Server was brilliant. She gave us time and space to talk, catching up with long time friends. Great recommendations. Food was superb. Very very loud group in one of the curtained off areas. It was very hard to hear and we were a bit stressed at times. Glad they were having fun. But they were very loud, screaming frequently. Felt bad for the table just outside their area. Saw the woman at the table order a few extra martinis. They looked uncomfortable. Think 801 should have comped people next to this group a few drinks or dessert. Otherwise, wonderful as always.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and wine choices
  18. BG

    BrettG

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always… great food and wonderful service!
  19. CC

    ChadC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere great tasting food excellent service. A little pricey but it was an overall great experience.
  20. KS

    KyleS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    New Year’s Eve
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic prompt thorough staff and service and great food!
  22. DH

    DuaneH

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful time at 801! As an unapologetic carnivore, who usually finds I can cook a better cut of meat at home than I can get in most restaurants, the beef here never disappoints and even my borderline vegetarian girlfriend finds things that satisfy. Souffle for dessert is just simply amazing! Tell your server you want that dessert before you order anything else. Perfect closure to an all around great meal. I do wish they'd get some better coffee, but a minor detractor. And service is spot on, too. Unobtrusive, but always there when you want something. Yes, it's on the high side of cost, but I don't mind paying more when everything delivers. Totally worth it. Been going there for years and this review would consistently apply to each and every one of those visits.
  23. C

    Caleb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    can the bathroom be more fancy please and thank you love, addie
  24. BT

    BaltimoreTrvlr

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Extraordinary dining experience on Christmas Eve. Paul was incredibly welcoming and friendly plus very helpful in offering menu suggestions and honest recommendations. The prime rib was very good but the cocktail sauce with the shrimp cocktail and the lobster corn chowder were truly amazing. Finishing off the meal with Paul's recommendation of an Ice Wine from Hungary was truly inspired. Thank you!! My only disappointment was being seated in a corner table near the bar and the exit - but that is how nice restaurants tend to seat single diners.
  25. MH

    MattH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our server was kind but didn’t give us much time nor patience given we brought two small children. Overall we had a great time but I’ve experienced better service during previous visits.
  26. LL

    LarryLoffredo

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best service, food and ambiance! Drew the bartender is irreplaceable. Makes you feel like the most important person in the room! Great time every time
  27. b

    bk9152

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Looking forward to our next vist. Our server, Abby (spelling?) was fantastic.
  28. E

    Eric

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A consistently wonderful dining experience for special occasions and steakhouse flavor.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Well, if you go prepare to be there for awhile. We went later in the evening which should mean not such crazy dinner rush. We were told to order the soufflés with our meal due to the timing. We did this. Our waiter forgot, so he tried to cover and we sat there 45 minutes waiting. Our waiter Michael also had a bigger party which meant we were ignored. The steak came out wrong. The manager noticed and took it back. We have been to many nicer restaurants, the value comes from the customer service and great food. Neither were worth it. We felt forgotten about most the service, when our drinks were empty I waited 30 minutes to get a second drink which was made with orange instead of the apple cider I ordered. Most nicer places come and clean off crumbs etc that didn’t happen till after dinner. Overall not worth the couple hundred that was spent. Super disappointed since this was for my birthday and I choose it hoping it would be like DC where I used to live.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paul was the best!
  31. G

    lindaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience from the minute you open the door in. The wait staff was there but not an interruption. Menu was explained, help was given to make the right choices as this was our first time there, food prepared perfectly and a surprise dessert was the finale. Wonderful place and we'll be back.
  32. DA

    DANIELS

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and the holiday decor was perfect. Cannot wait to go back.
  33. MA

    MartinA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The service was impeccable and the steaks out of this world.
  34. NS

    NoelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful! Myself, my partner and my in laws came here on a Saturday evening to celebrate two birthdays. We had made a reservation easily on their website. Service was amazing - servers were exceptionally professional and polite. Food was amazing. ❤️ A free dessert was included for each of the birthday girls, a lovely touch. I would definitely return! It is $$$, worth it for the upscale experience and dishes.
  35. AG

    AdamG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    These were the best steaks we have ever ate, cooked perfectly
  36. U

    User735763

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    The food was excellent as always, but they didn't acknowledge my wife's brother at all (even though I mentioned in the reservation request as I have many other years prior) & our server (who has worked there for many years & I dread having assigned to us) is just not personable at all & clearly doesn't enjoy customers. This server is the reason we don't go here more often. Even if they mess up acknowledging a special occasion, having any other server would have made the night much better. It was a shame, for sure.
  37. CM

    ChrisM

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was excellent-friendly, fun & knowledgeable about the excellent menu.
  38. A

    Aggravated

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We found the waitress not nearly as friendly as the other two times we were there. Good was amazing as always. Noise level was out the roof to where we felt we was yelling at times. Friday is not ideal for a nice dinner especially at holiday time.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  40. R

    Rods

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was great, the staff were awesome, the food is unbelievable and while not cheap, you get what you pay for and this place is worth every penny.

FAQs

801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 2704 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 47 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

    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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