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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
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Business Meals (35)
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Notable Wine List (34)
Worth the Drive (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Cozy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Seasonal (7)
Casual (6)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food and wine! Our waitress, Shannon, was wonderful

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

A simply amazing experience with a breathtaking bill to match. I’m not a $100 a head kind of diner, but it’s a lovely special occasion choice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were traveling to Des Moines for a corporate event and stumbled upon 801 accidently. We started the night with a drink at the bar. Shannon and Drew were so friendly and engaging behind the bar so we decided to eat dinner at a table in the bar area where they could take care of us. And that they did!! My husband’s bone-in prime rib melted in his mouth and the filet I had was one of the best I’ve ever had- and that’s impressive coming from a Texan who eats beef 24/7. The chocolate soufflé ended the night perfectly. The only disappointment was that 801 wasn’t open for lunch the next day! Not an inexpensive place for food but it’s worth every dollar spent and the some. Don’t miss this place!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Anniversary

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Brussels sprouts were not done.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Attentive waiter. Prompt service and plate removal. Foods being tasteful and as requested. Definitely an A++ eatery.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding as always!! Incredible service, fantastic food. One of my favorite places in Des Moines! Love how they decorate for the holidays!

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went on new years, it was very busy,but the staff handled it with ease. Everyone was so nice and helpful every step of the way. The waiter balanced the attentiveness to our needs and respect for privacy expertly. The food was amazing and the ambiance/whole dining experience was first class and wonderful.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Authentic, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went to 801 Chophouse with a group of friends for New Years 2017. The service was wonderful and the food was amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service and great food!!! The management webt out of her way to make my husbands birthday feel special!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 24, 2017

801 is a dependable standby for a quality meal with excellent service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful is all I have to say. Every visit we do here, it's just wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Christmas present for my wife

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We come here every year for dinner before heading out for family Christmas travels. The food and drinks are always delicious. The staff is professional and courteous. The holiday decorations and music are lovely and tasteful. The scallops in particular were to die for. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

I have an annual tradition of a dinner at 801 Chophouse every December. It's a sort of Christmas gift to myself and one other person. Since this began, I have always been impressed with the quality of food, level of service, and beauty of the restaurant during the Christmas season, and this year was no exception. Truly this is a dinner I look forward to every year and it is always a wonderful evening at one of the best restaurants I know.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

We went to 801 for our anniversary and had a wonderful evening. Started with an extensive wine list followed by a lobster appetizer, amazing steaks (NY Strip & a Filet) with a cognac, mushroom sauce, followed by a peppermint cheesecake and an after dinner martini. One of the best meals I've ever had with top notch service. It was a Monday night so it was fairly quiet. With a bill over $200 for two people it will only be a special occasion place, but it was wonderful for our anniversary.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We've now been to the 801 Chophouse three times - each as a special occasion. We look forward to it every time! The steaks are done to perfection and we love sharing the sides. Had fantastic cocktails and a super dessert. We've had the same waitress a couple of times and she knows the menu inside and out and is incredibly attentive! Wish I could tell you her name, but it escapes me! We will be back again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

WE had a great time as usual and food was awesome! New York strip, mushrooms, wedge salad extra bacon is our fav! Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food, nice romantic atmosphere for our anniversary. Excellent service, would recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 15, 2017

As usual 801 did not disappoint. Great food and service. Decorated beautifully for the Holidays.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great experience, food and service. We were celebrating the holidays with friends and had an amazing time!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a 6:30 reservation that I made earlier in the week. We arrived on time and were promptly seated but in the bar area. It was incredibly loud and very crowded, so loud it was hard to have a conversation and so crowded it was difficult to get out of our booth. The bartenders were yelling and plates were being stacked next to our booth. We saw the server when we ordered and then again when we received the check. Other employees brought the food and drink to the table without saying a word. We had to ask for water refills and it took almost 90 minutes from the time we ordered until our meals arrived. During that entire time we only saw someone when our appetizer and salads were delivered. The steaks arrived without so much as a piece of parsley on the plate, just a huge plate with a steak on it. The food was great but for almost $200 for two people, I expected better service, better atmosphere, and not to have to yell in order to have a conversation. We were disappointed.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always outstanding! THE best Chilean Sea Bass I’ve had & the preparation with cranberries & sweet potatoes was excellent! My husband thoroughly enjoyed his filet in the cognac butter & portobello mushroom sauce. EXCELLENT service, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Highly recommend!!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

When you think the food cannot be any better, they prove you wrong! Never disappoints, only regret is we don't get to go more often. Usually 2x times a year, soon to be 3x-4x.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food and service have always been outstanding. This time was no different.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic service and wonderful food. Very special place for very special occasions 😊

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

First time dining here, and we were impressed. Upscale food but a very comfortable ambiance. Our beef steaks were wonderful, and the fresh tuna steak was as good as I’ve had on either coast.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love this restaurant! They totally surprised me for my birthday! The food was wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very nice but way too exspensive. Not the usual menu items. A once in a lifetime place. Also very noisy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Worse meal I have had in a long time. Had to send back my potatoes as they were not cooked. Then second batch were just terrible. Prime rib was undercooked.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We usually go to 801 for special occasions, this time I took my girlfriend there for her birthday. When I made the reservation I commented that our visit was for a birthday. When we arrived there was some birthday confetti on the table, a birthday card and her menu said Happy Birthday on it. It was a very pleasant surprise to walk to our table to see that and she really enjoyed it. As always, the food was amazing and worth the visit. I highly recommend 801 Chophouse.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was very good and the waiter made sure we consistently had what we wanted. The manager came around to make sure everything was tasting good. Great food, will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Came for an early Thanksgiving dinner and loved our choice. Great food and service. Options were well explained. Ready for an encore.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent traditional steakhouse with terrific service. Meal was delivered in fine fashion - cozy atmosphere with excellent wine options. Great venue!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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