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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
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Good for a Date (35)
Romantic (33)
Notable Wine List (32)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Worth the Drive (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Seasonal (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Casual (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Arrived early and headed to the Bar for 3 lovely glasses of Caymus wine. Our son had flown in from Atlanta to treat my husband to his 70th birthday dinner at a special spot.
Nice bartender.
Time to go to our table and I could not have been more disappointed. I had called twice to confirm that the table would be decorated for his birthday as they have done in the past/ no decorations/ no card/ no personal menu/ a minor thing but it just makes it feel so special/ felt let down.
We are regular customers at Flemings in Des Moines but thought for this special Celebration we would step it up a notch/ did not say anything as I rarely complain/ in the past it has been perfect but someone was not paying attention this time.
Wonderful server and great food.
Felt badly that I left feeling let down.
Nice complimentary dessert!!! Felt special about that.
Thank you! .

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·Dined 4 days ago

I visited with my wife for our 40th anniversary. We happened to be sitting next to another party celebrating their 50th anniversary. The restaurant decorated our table, left a happy anniversary note and gave us a menu with happy anniversary on it. The small things always make a difference. The food and drinks were excellent. Although definitely a very high end restaurant, I would recommend it for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, best steak in Des Moines

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 (Des Moines)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a nice evening at 801 Chop House. Our steaks were cooked to perfection along with garlic mashed potatoes. Andy, our waiter was awesome as he tended to our needs. He recommended the soufflé for dessert and it was excellent! Great atmosphere and food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was awesome as always! Great service. I had the lamb chops outstanding.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 7 days ago

Went here for Valentines Day with my girlfriend. This was our second time being here so we kind of knew what we were doing, at least compared to the first time. We started off with appetizers. I got the calamari and she got the Caesar salad. For out entree we both got a 12oz fillet mignon and ordered sides of Mac and cheese and garlic mashed potatoes. Everything was great and our server Debbie was nice. She was very attentive and filled our drinks a lot. Steak is the best we’ve ever had, melted in our mouths! Would highly recommend this place if you’re willing to spend some money. Our bill was around $170. Under average for this place.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Very enjoyable. We had a private corner table for 6 which kept down the noise level. The featured Cabernet was delicious so we shared 3 bottles. Our waiter was personable and knowledgeable regarding the menu. We will be returning soon. Thank you.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent service!!!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 13, 2018

This is too expensive for everyday dining but is one of our go to date night venues.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 12, 2018

One I can always count on for a business dinner - and appreciate you are open on Mondays for this reason as well. It was amazing as always! See you again soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server Skip was beyond amazing with perfect timing on every course.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was perfect as usual!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A little speedy, but no question a top place to have a nice dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Exceptional meal, great wine, great friends!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious food, excellent service. Wonderful night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner out to celebrate our birthdays and the service was very good, but I have to say the food was very average for the high prices. My entree must have sat too long before serving because it was no longer hot/warm. And the food lacked presentation. Simply a steak on a white plate! No adornments on the plate at all. Everything Ala Carte and extremely expensive. The salad was good and a generous portion though. Overall a good experience - just not great, which is what you expect for the prices!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The key lime dessert was a definite star tonight. Was grinning side to side because of how delighted I was eating it.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great steaks. The mushroom side was great.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 12, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Brussels sprouts were not done.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 30, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Des Moines)·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 23, 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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 (Omaha)·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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 (Key West)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Christmas present for my wife

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 22, 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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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 19, 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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 (Miami)·Dined on December 18, 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 16, 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 15, 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 14, 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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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 14, 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 14, 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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