801 Chophouse – Des Moines

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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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AM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall a nice experience. Food was pretty good, not the best I’ve ever had, but good solid. B+ for food and service.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, Highly recommended if you’re in the greater Des Moines area.I’ve been around the world and Minnie find restaurants and I don’t think I’ve ever found a better prime rib than Eight O One cut

p
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time - food is fantastic and service was spot on

OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends! Food was outstanding!

JA
Des Moines
26 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

They ruined the main dining room by packing in all the tables after they removed the booths. Constantly getting back of chair bumped and noise is now such that it is difficult to hear someone across from you when busy in there.
801, do something to fix what clearly was not well thought out.

OT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but for the price I didn’t find it , extraordinary.

B
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Murphy the manager was great. The staff was amazing.

N
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

801 Chophouse is always the perfect experience for my husband and I when we want a night out. We know we are going to receive the best service, most delicious food, and perfect drinks from the bar. 801 Chophouse is where we go to relax and enjoy high quality food, and the entire staff makes that so easy for us to do!

KP
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is the first time we have had a not great experience at 801. Server brought the wrong steak and didn't offer to adjust the price. The one we got was $11 more and was not very tender. The tomato/onion salad was mostly raw purple onions. The seafood pasta needed something...a cream sauce or more cheese. It didn't have a lot of flavor. The anniversary decorations and complimentary dessert were very nice. We have always loved 801 and will try again.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

25th Anniversary

M
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! They made my son feel special for his birthday!

GG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out first time in Des Moines, Iowa, and 801 Chophouse was excellent. Excellent service, excellent food and great wine. We were lucky to have the Super Sunday special. What a great deal. The salad , the steak and dessert were delicious. Our server Skip was great,very nice and we had a great time.
Thank you again and I hope to see Des Moines and 801 again soon.
George

DS
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really do love dining here. Food doesn't disappoint. Only down side is the price point. Try dinning Sunday evening for the Sunday special.

J
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress and service was amazing!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

OT
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Was good Unfortunately the soufflé had an issue so we didn’t get it and also my wife’s pasta she’s allergic to lobster and most shellfish and asked for just shrimp with her pasta dish and came out and said I had muscles in it which was not even listed as an ingredient on it so she didn’t have her meal on time with the rest of us always a great experience there just unfortunate what happened I will be coming back

AH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You can always count on the food and service at 801 Chophouse in Des Moines to be exceptional. I love a good whiskey cocktail, and the Cat's Pajamas off of their extensive cocktail menu is one of my favorites. You can't go wrong with any of their sides, and their steaks are guaranteed one of the best you've had.

TC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and service, we go every year for our anniversary and they treat us like royalty!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way with the exception of the noise level in the main dining area. Service and good top notch as always

M
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food as usual was outstanding. We had a party of 6 for a business dinner and tucking us away in the corner with a little separation was very appreciated.

AG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I’ve been a big fan for years. 801 is a destination experience, but recent set up and menu changes have left me disappointed on more than one occasion. It’s extemely loud now with the booths gone. The menu changes have removed it from my list of options in Des Moines. Very disappointed they are leaning on their “corporate chef” who doesn’t seem to care about the original restaurant and it’s devoted clientele.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WE arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation yet our table was ready and they were able to seat us immediately. The hostess and waitress were great. Our waitress, Jen, was attentive and made the experience fun and memorable.
Thank you 801, we will be back.

OT
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

After 15 years of coming here regularly, the "specialness" has worn off. We have never had a problem with steak temperature but all 3 steaks were wrong, and the staff was argumentative with us because of their "we don't follow the standard doneness" process even though we DID ultimately order our streaks by color as they suggested. When we end up ordering it like YOU tell us to order it, then don't argue with us when it comes out wrong.

The server mentioned something about, "yeah, we have a corporate chef now so things have changed." That probably explains a few things, but not the overall experience being a complete letdown.

The food, besides the steaks, and drinks were great but the steak situation and the service ruined our dinner.

BH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Saturday night and tried to make reservations a couple days in advance. At that time, the only options were the early and late times, but that's no big deal.

We got a ribeye, prime rib, a side of lobster mac and cheese, and a couple drinks. Everything tasted great! Portions were huge, so if we go again, we may just share an entree.

Service was very quick, and our waiter was very helpful since it was our first time there.

The ONLY downside was the price. We knew it would be pretty costly beforehand, so it wasn't a surprise. But if it were a little cheaper, we may be able to go there more often and not just for special occasions.

Overall, I do recommend eating here!

JB
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was fantastic, we had a great time. I took my son for a birthday dinner and it was memorable. Food was delicious. Thank you 801 chophouse!

N
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants! The food is INCREDIBLE! I always bring people to 801 for special occasions.

1
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I would definitely recommend the restaurant for special events. Anniversary dinner came with complimentary dessert, decorated table, and a card. It was very nice.

OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Our waiter was outstanding

H
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the staff acknowledged that with a nice table setting and card. We are frequent diners at 801, so we know what to expect. We generally start with a happy hour drink and appetizer before dinner during the week.

BP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse in DSM. Came back the next day...........Thank you

BB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Steak was done perfectly. The blue cheese potatoes were a bit hard. They needed to be cook a little longer. Service was superb.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The waitress was not happy. She stopped over to take plates away a lot and did not allow us to relax and enjoy our food. It was as if she wanted us to leave. I was not happy and will not return but will go back to Fleming’s.

JZ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise level was greater than its ever been .Some of the booths were gone.The open dining room contributed to the noise level
Everything else was excellent

w
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good of dining experience as you will find anywhere in the country...

Only drawback is that the wine list tends to be overpriced compared to others in the area and even similar type of restaurants in other cities. It is easily our finest restaurant in town — but reserved for special treats every 12 - 24 months because of the wine prices.

But has been and would always be my #1 choice for best restaurant in Des Moines!

i
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful meal with outstanding service—- we would definitely go back again!

S
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Filet with bone marrow butter was awesome. Truly exceptional steak. I would however pass on the lobster corn dogs. They were meh!

TC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

First time ever but the steak was horrible! Way under cooked and when it came back it was chewy and tough!

EB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience is good. It’s quite relaxing atmosphere however the meat is not the greatest. The fish was delightful and fresh, the lobster was amazing, But the steak was rather bland.

U
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

With great anticipation I went to 801 Chophouse with a friend who has it been very impressed by her visits there. We had reservations and after making my way past looming contruction inside of the building, I entered what seemed to be a very busy, exciting venue! We were seated right next to,apparently, the kitchen door. There were many waiters walking back and forth going past us. Very near us was a party of maybe 8 behind a curtain where there was an incredible, offensively loud growling noise going on. Along with the frequent blaring of this growl, there was a cacophony of metal slamming pretty consistently. Barely above the din was a slight roar of unidentifiable "dinner music".
The food was good. It was not freaking fantastic. It was good. Over priced, but good. I wouldn't recommend this dinning experience to anyone and it is too over priced for me to want to give them a second glance.

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