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801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
4.8
2713 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 36 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 2,713 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

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    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • 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

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. H

    Heather

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was severely lacking in flavor. The steak was cooked perfectly but could have used more seasoning. Same goes with the calamari, meatballs & mashed potatoes. Very very bland & flavorless. Mashed potatoes indicated garlic, however there was no taste of it. Great wine selection by the glass and friendly service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service and outstanding food. We will definitely be back and recommend to anyone looking for a new place to try in the area!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    They have a special on Sunday eve.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience here, great food and prompt and high quality service. We go here 6-10 times a year when we are in the DSM area and have never had a negative experience. Steaks cooked wonderfully, meal was paced perfectly, and the staff is attentive yet not intrusive.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again 801 did not disappoint! We went for our anniversary and our reservation got us right in. The service was impeccable and the meal was on point. I had the Delmonico. It was cooked medium rare and excellent!
  6. DD

    DowntownDiner

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! Prime rib, filet, sea bass. Sides of wedge and Caesar salad, carrots, hash browns and garlic mashed potatoes. Scrumptious birthday dinner! Debbie was our server and fantastic as always!!
  7. LJ

    LeecaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for an amazing dining experience for a special occasion or a romantic evening or just because this is the place to go. I took my daughter and son in law for dinner (we travelled to Des Moines for the occasion) and every aspect of the meal, the service and the ambience were top notch. We had a 5 p.m. reservation on a Friday night but it was so nice and quiet and cozy. We were able to enjoy conversation at our table without any trouble. The attention to detail made each of us feel special and well taken care of. And, the FOOD was the best I have ever had. Large portions cooked perfectly. A variety of foods that I have heard of but have never tried before (a Lions Mane Mushroom preparation for a steak topper was unique and fun and flavorful!) Our server was awesome, coming around often enough to give us attention but not so often to interrupt our evening. Also, he was so knowledgeable about, not only the menu, but also the different flavor profiles that would be enjoyed with different aspects of the menu. The best waiter ever! I can't say enough. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely! You get top value for your money and, as I stated before, it is not just dinner but a truly unforgettable experience. You will not regret it.
  8. KS

    KrisS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I have lived in the Des Moines area for 46 years and have always heard people more fortunate than me rave about the 801 Chop House. Last night was my first visit to this restaurant and I am left with a sense of disappointment. I ordered the 16 oz. Ribeye and on several occasions had to spit out pieces of steak that were too tough too chew through. That said, the service was wonderful and the drinks were very good. I just thought the food was going to much better than it was. I've seriously had much better steaks at establishments for fractions of the dollars.
  9. EL

    EmilyL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    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.
  10. MS

    MauriceS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

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

    Edwe

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

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

    Sarah

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite DSM spot when traveling!
  13. BW

    BradW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. S

    Steve

    Omaha

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Everything was top notch!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and wine choices
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. KS

    KyleS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    New Year’s Eve
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic prompt thorough staff and service and great food!
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paul was the best!
  40. 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.

FAQs

801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 2713 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 36 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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