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About 801 Chophouse – Des Moines

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.

801 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
8th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(515) 288-6000

Website:
http://www.801restaurantgroup.com/

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

801 Chophouse – Des Moines Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (66)
Good for a Date (63)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
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Romantic (48)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Business Meals (40)
Notable Wine List (38)
Cozy (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Good for Groups (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Authentic (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Casual (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 5 days ago

Food, service and wine were all great. We will be back soon. Enjoyed my birthday with friends and family

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

In every category of dining experience, 801 Chophouse remains the number one steakhouse in Iowa, bar none. Also, their seafood and vegetarian dishes are outstanding. The service is always excellent, and the ambiance is warm and classic.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I were celebrating our 2nd year anniversary. We had never been to 801 and we were very impressed with the food and staff. Would recommend anyone to dine here. Great place with amazing steaks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We enjoyed the atmosphere greatly. Saw everyone dressed from casual to dressy. (Helped make us out of towners fit in.) I just wish when the waiter knew we were from out of town he explained the menu a little better. The sides are really meant to be shared not just for one person( we ordered 1 for each of us, got a little costly with a lot of leftovers) the filet that both my son and husband ordered they raved over! Thought it was exceptionally prepared. Me on the other hand, I had the prime rib. (I consider myself to be a bit of a snob with this cut of meat because I love it so much.) I was disappointed that it was melt in your mouth good. It was just average. I had high hopes being an expensive chophouse. Overall it was a good dining experience and would recommend to friends.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great as always. The food and the service is always great.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

801 Chophouse has the best pork in the world - try the "Pork Duroc". Also the enviroment and services are impecable.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Wonderful service and high quality, perfectly executed dishes.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Extensive menu, average taste and food at best warm. Wine list overpriced. Would not likely return

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The staff added several special touches to our table to make our birthday dinner special. What fun it was. Thanks to all of them

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff always goes above and beyond here, they provided a happy anniversary card and table decorations along with a special menu for us for the occasion. It's always a very sweet gesture.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent meal. I had the salmon with scalloped potatoes and it was extremely good. The salmon was fresh and expertly prepared. The service was also excellent. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great steakhouse with fantastic steaks. Highly service-oriented staff. The meals aren’t cheap but it’s the best steakhouse in Des Moines. Great sides, salads, and desserts as well.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is our special restaurant for occasions. The meals are always over the top and great service!
Debbie is a fabulous server as well as the entire staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place is a staple for us and never disappoints. While definitely not a genuinely kid friendly establishment they have a fantastic kid "prix fixe" menu and the wait staff was wonderful about making them feel engaged and "special". My kids are 7 and 8. This is one of the only places in Des Moines to experience a true "dining experience" where the meal can last 2+ hours and no one notices, exceptional food, exceptional service, and in the end you are happy to pay the bill no matter its size

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food with friendly wait staff. A nice place to go for a dinner where you can spend time visiting in a pleasant & relaxed environment. Never felt rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Old time steak house atmosphere with excellent service. Nice menu and good wine list. Amazing Duroc pork chop! Great escargot and wonderful pumpkin chai cheese cake for dessert.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great service. Food was awesome. Manager even checked on us. We were very impressed

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Another fantastic meal! Hot seafood on a chilly evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 18, 2017

As always an excellent meal at 801. I think our server's name was Joni, she was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fantastic food and a great atmosphere. Every trip to 801 has been wonderful.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wonderful evening celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always a wonderful experience.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place to eat for any occasion. Service it too notch and the food was great!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server was pretty non-existent. Several other people refilled waters, removed plates, gave us the dessert menu and even a different server paid out our bill. Not what I expected from such an expensive resturant. I hated even tipping her because she did nothing but take out order.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and the service of 801 are always excellent. Known for their wonderful steaks, there is great seafood on the menu as well. This last visit we had the veal chop, good sized and cooked to exactly medium, the filet medallions, two beef filets topped with lobster and a wine reduction, and we shared two generous sides of potatoes and creamed spinach. We started with a beef carpaccio, thinly sliced and served with a warm garlic bread. We finished by sharing a dessert, which are also huge portions. We chose the very moist carrot cake although there were seasonal and chocolate dessert offerings available. The wine list is wonderful as are their cocktails.
A wonderful and our attentive server saw to it that we had everything we needed when we needed it. A very nice evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The experience was great as usual. Good food. Good atmosphere.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The steaks were amazing. Great flavor and cook to perfection. Highly recommend for steak lovers. Loved all the starch (mainly potato) options for sides. Wish there were a few more vegetable sides on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 12, 2017

3rd visit to this steak house group. 2nd in Des Moines. Not sure if I will spend to top dollar for establishment again for a while. Food was good but pricy. We knew this going in to it. You do get large quantities and will most likely be taking home leftovers. They do make you feel special and welcome (as all waiters and cooks in the open kitchen say hello). The waiter was great. Staff keeps your water glass full. It is a nice date night location. Did have a LONG wait between appetizer and meal, as a former caterer and waitress I felt too long and wanted to have it boxed to go as it was wearing on us but didn't want to ruin the evening. Saw in some reviews of some disappointments from other reviews--thing maybe some management changes or kitchen issues have happened

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

We always enjoy eating at 801 Chop house for a special night out. A bit too expensive for a weekly visit but worth spending the extra money when wanting to feel special

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent presentation as well outstanding quality with each item. We will return.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We enjoyed the Sunday evening special menus. Just enough food. The server, Skip, was great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a wonderful time. As usual, the food and service were exemplary. We never tire of dining with you.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything from the service to the food was absolutely the best!! Went there for our anniversary and were treated like royalty!! Thank you for making our anniversary a night to remember?!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 6, 2017

New Teaching job for wife

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

First time for our 10th anniversary. Happy Hour first. Then dinner. We are used to dining at the best restaurants and recently moved from Milwaukee to DSM, by way of Chicago, Nashville, and South Bend. Absolutely loved atmosphere and bar (especially happy h), will come for that again soon! Dinner was good, with the best wedge salad we have ever had anywhere. Bone in filet with Oscar topping was killer, but not anything more killer than you could get at any other steakhouse for half the price. We were supremely disappointed to find out the price of that one steak was about $120 on the bill. ONE STEAK. We just heard the sound of a record scratching to the end! One of my personal favorite things was to see the fabulous Viola Frye sculpture in the lobby so all in all it was great, but value could be better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

801 Chophouse is a traditional high-end steakhouse. Ambiance is dark wood and leather. Service is professional and top notch. Food is as expected--prime steaks, excellent seafood, and big shared side dishes. Every dish is prepared with attention to detail. Although mostly traditional, there are inventive touches and twists to many dishes. Excellent cocktail menu and a deep wine list. Always a reliable pick for a special occasion or a major business dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 1, 2017

801 Steak + Chophouse is one of my favorite restaurants. The level of service, professionalism, impeccable attention to detail and fabulous food is what makes this place so top notch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Was a tuff night for 801. Typically enjoy this steak house in De Moines and Omaha. Last night ordered tomahawk ribeye medium it's a long prep but comes sliced by chef... Well done. I'm not sure why they tried to serve it? I guess to see if I noticed? Replacement filets ordered medium... They come medium rare. Manager says medium for them is warm red center. I'm ok with that if it's a hint of red center but an inch and a half filet had one inch of red. We had ordered souffles, in the past delicious. Our son usually eats his and finishes mine. This time the souffles come out, my son takes a bite, I ask what's wrong as I dig into mine... They are the consistency of cake. Waitress stops by apologizes and indicates, for the trouble my souffle is on them. I ask to speak with the manager, recap the entire meal, ask about their expectations, and the manager concludes with our entire meal is on them. We still left the waitress the tip, we will come back, we like this restaurant, but this was not their night. I wonder why? Every other experience, I would rate them excellent in every category.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Overall the meal and experience was just "ok". We have been to the Chop House before and had an excellent experience, but this trip was certainly below the high standards we held for this restaurant. My wife and I ordered steak and it was not prepared to our specifications "Medium" (was probably one of the rarest steaks we have ever eaten), which was not a huge issue as we are not picky and ate it anyways. We were certainly made aware that surrounding tables also had issues with how their steaks was prepared incorrectly - seeing steaks returned and hearing complaints for other tables.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always, the food never disappoints at 801. On the few occasions we have celebrated my husband's birthday at 801, we have always received excellent service. This time around, the service was adequate, but the server seemed to be in a rush; quick to ask for our orders (multiple times) and in clearing out dishes before things were not entirely ate. The dining experience I would expect from 801 Chophouse would be that of leisure or a server that assesses each guest for the dining experience they are looking for. I did feel rushed and when you are out for a special occasion (like a birthday that 801 was well aware of), it is nice to have time to talk with friends and enjoy a kid-free dining experience. I will go back, but hope we can truly enjoy fully the experience of the food, ambiance and adult time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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