801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.7
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Steakhouse
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.

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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Kevin
Omaha
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third trip to 801 Chophouse - Des Moines and my 5th trip to 801 Chophouse across the country. The location in Des Moines is the best location for this restaurant and the team is exceptional the food is outstanding. Steaks cut and cooked perfectly and a team that makes a romantic evening enjoyable. Tables were very well spaced and we felt very comfortable and safe.

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RosemaryD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, top service and the food was delicious.

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GarrettH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect but would have rather not been seated by the bar to give a more high end view especially for the price we paid.

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EllieW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak we’ve had since we moved to Iowa from Chicago!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my son’s birthday. We had a wonderful time!

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ShanaO
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Fantastic service and food.

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romart03
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks and an incredible ambiance to celebrate any occasion.

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LynM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday. The service and good were excellent. I highly recommend 801 Chophouse. The food and service are always reliable and wonderful!

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Kimo
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday. Our server was most gracious and made our experience enjoyable.

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DarrenS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food and atmosphere, the one disappointing thing was that I went to 801 to have a higher end dinning experience but several tables had people in shorts and t-shirts. I expect that at a run of the mill chain steak restaurant but feel that to provide a full high end experience there should be a requirement of no shorts or t-shirts allowed.

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KyleN
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ryan was knowledgeable, helpful and a master of his craft. Best steak Ive had in years.

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Kyle
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak in town! Always look forward to date night here with my wife!

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vipMidwesterngal
New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

801 is a perfectly fine restaurant, good steaks and sides, but it's nowhere near as good as the price would suggest. 36oz porterhouse for two was probably well short of 36oz. No comparison to classic places like Peter Luger's or most any old-school steakhouses.

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 Chophouse is an absolute treasure! Tucked away in the beautiful 801 Grand building in the heart of downtown Des Moines, it is elegant and classy, yet welcoming and comfortable. The service is consistently outstanding - the devoted manager, the skilled and friendly bartenders, and the attentive servers deliver a top notch experience every time! Bravo, 801!!

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JenniferT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a classic good time! Food is exquisite and worth any wait!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening and appreciated the wonderful, attentive service!

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CindyB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at 801! The food and service were superb! It was the perfect restaurant to make such a special occasion even more memorable!

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JennaI
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love 801! Their food and service is amazing. It is hands down the best steak that I’ve ever had! It is pricey, but oh so worth it!

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RandF
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seems dated... Food really good but a bit pricey when I know we can get the same steak for 20 bucks less. I like the bar but the bartender wasn't very friendly and didn't seem aware when drinks were empty... But overall I like this place and will go back...

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of COVID-19 we haven’t been to 801 Chophouse for a long time, we had a wonderful time! Everything we ordered was fabulous as usual!

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lmolson
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here whenever we are in Des Moines. It is one of our all-time favorite restaurants. Staff are friendly, great wine list. The only thing that could make it better for me is if the restaurant was on the top floor with views of the city.

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JeremiahM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My very favorite restaurant anywhere! Excellent food, service, and experience; thank you!

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DennTonn
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spot-on in regards to the food and service. They only fell short on the Blood-orange Manhattans. The bartender missed the mark, only slightly. (too sweet) But, we will for sure be back!

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TravisA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The waygu beef was not quite as good as I would have thought for price.

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salgal
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to have this wonderful restaurant open for our son's birthday.

JK
JillK
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It’s usually always 5 stars
But just opening after COVID there were a
Few things not “normal” for us but we still love it and will be back again soon!

TJ
TJ8787
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was overall really good. My steak was charred on top and I didnt taste the garlic in mashed potatoes. I understand it was the first night back in a while and I totally get it.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! We were very full when we finnished.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
214 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

801 was very good again. Food was perfectly prepared and presented. Service was on target. Nice evening.

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vipMelW
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been big fans of 801 for years. They continue to be one of our Central Iowa favorites. Love the Sunday Supper

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ShaunC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! If you don’t mind spending a little money it is worth it. I will go here again.

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vipRandyS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is not a better prime rib on the planet. Thanks to everyone at 801 that always makes our nights out a special occasion. Randy and Debbie

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DarylM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely setting - but extremely overpriced
We had a modest dinner of oysters appetizers, fillet, salad and white fish
3 glasses of house wine. $248
Truly a $125 meal at the most

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Markus
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was great. Chris our waiter did a great job balancing when to be available and when to let us enjoy our meal and our conversation. Thank you Chris!

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ElliottS
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Top drawer venue for a most enjoyable dining experience. Staff was pleasant and very accommodative. Food was delicious - soup was superb, though my particular cut of meat could have been better. Hard to beat the ambiance. Check out 801!

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WilliamW
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak, reasonable drink prices and outstanding service! Excellent all the way for a high end steakhouse.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Skip is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was fantastic! The meal was tremendous!

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Chakitup
South Dakota
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steakhouse in the Midwest.

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RyanM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My wife and I went here for our 15th Anniversary. The service was great. The ambiance was incredible. The food? Not so much. If I'm going to pay $250 for two people, I want the food to be outstanding. The food was simply "ok." I've had better everything, elsewhere, for half or quarter of the price. I was rather disappointed. I was expecting to have one of the better meals of my life and it didn't even register in the top 10.

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801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.7 stars by 1898 OpenTable diners.

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