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Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
10:30 PM
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801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
1196 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(515) 288-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Dennis
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Private party facilities
Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
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Private party contact
Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000
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Cross street
8th
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food and service was good as usual.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

GREAT service and the food was amazing!! Our waitress was very nice! She checked on us often but was very discrete and allowed us to enjoy our experience. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and they knew that from our OpenTable reservation so they decorated the table, had a nice card waiting for us and gave us a free dessert!! Great experience and highly recommend it!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Would have to say it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had . Everything was done to perfection . Had a perfectly cooked filet with scallops. Just amazing . The soufflé for desert was incredible. It’s not cheap but certainly worth every penny !

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything was fantastic. We were treated exceptionally well. The food was delicious. The service was a good as we have ever received. Kudos to our waiter Billy. They even had my favorite beer on tap...Fosters ESB! We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very good as always. However, seems the prices continue to keep going up with each visit. Travel to Chicago, NY and Las Vegas on business, high-end steak houses in those locations the prices are much less than 801.

Love the place, just do not know how much more they can continue to raise prices.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My first time. Great ambiance. Great service. Wonderful food. Rather pricey, but well worth the price. Great for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

801 has been a standby of mine for years on special occasions. On this occasion I wanted to take our kids (7 and 9) for some practical manners work, we went early (6:00) intentionally so as not to bother other guests if things went poorly but all was fine. They have a great value for kids in the kids menu, excellent food on par with the adult options (no chicken fingers here!). Food and service were both on par with what I have come to expect.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We’re attending Eagles concert so dined early. Food & Service were both superb! A truly memorable experience! Will definitely recommend to our friends when in Des Moines.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

First time and it was great! Travelled in from out of town and it was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very nice and great service !!! Expensive but it’s totally worth the price

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

First time, really enjoyed everything, will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Best steak and dining experience I’ve had in a while. I was solo and the waitstaff made extra effort for me to feel welcome there. Great place.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great Steaks as you would expect! Very Knowledgeable wait staff!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Date night with my wife, Jessica our server was very attentive and did an awesome job. We had the Tuscan Ribeye, 801 Cut Prime Rib, Boursin Mushrooms, scalloped potatoes and for an appetizer we had Lobster Bisque and Shrimp Cocktail. Dessert was their awesome soufflé. Pre dinner cocktails were excellent also.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

801 is always great!! Service, quality, variety on the menu make 801 perfect for dates, business and special occasion!

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our waiter was very nice and did a good job. We were disappointed that the restaurant wasn’t on a higher level with a view. We ordered salads, steaks, potato and dessert. The salad had good flavor, but I did not like that when I cut into my egg, it ran all over my salad. It might be “cool” but it ruined it for me. Also, the mix was all large pieces, so it had to be cut for every bite. My spouse ordered a medium rare filet. He thought his was very good. I ordered mine medium “plus”. The filet was charred black on most of the outside on the top, was exactly the same on the inside as the medium rare one and was a little tough to chew. I cut off the char and ate the edges. My spouse ate the rest and commented that his was definitely a better cut. The scalloped potatoes were delicious. The soufflé was very good. I was glad that I had asked to see a dessert menu before ordering the main course, because when I questioned the soufflé, the waiter said it was a 40 minute serve time. All in all, it was still fun to experience a new place.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

It was wonderful. First class

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We just love the place. Awesome food. 5 star Up scale treatment. Perfect place for a special date night. I would recommend this place 100 percent.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Absolutely fantastic customer service! Our waitress Shannon was one of the best waitresses we have ever experienced. Thank you Shannon!!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I had honestly dismissed 801 for the longest time for fear that it would be another over-priced, stuffy steak place with mediocre food. I was wrong. Is it expensive? Yes, but you have to know what you're paying for. Yes there are seafood and pork options, but if you're coming here, you better be getting steak. You don't order a burger at a Chinese restaurant, do you? They do have amazing looking entrees that are not beef and on a subsequent visit, I will try them. I think in order to truly appreciate this place, you have to be willing to splurge, otherwise I could see being disappointed. I was going to be just okay with dropping $50 on the ribeye, but I opted for the 30 day aged Wagyu New York Strip. It was $120 and worth every penny. We were celebrating a special occasion and just got bonuses, so yes, we went all out. It's not a place we're going to go to often, but in terms of the best steak ever, this place is it. Beyond that, they had morel mushrooms as a steak topper. Come on! These are the things that you won't find all the time, especially in Iowa. I never thought I'd be able to have Wagyu without ordering it online and grilling it myself. The wine list is extensive as are the offerings from the bar. We ordered the marrow as a starter which also had an intense beefiness, much like the aged steaks. We did also order two small sides for sharing (green beans and lobster mac and cheese). We shouldn't have ordered either since we ended up taking them both home, but they were both amazing. We wanted to have enough room for our steaks! We finished the night with one of the best creme brulees I've ever had and a really nice chocolate espresso tort. Our bill with tip was just a shade over $400. I'm not trying to brag, but I am being honest. I wouldn't try to be cheap at this place. It's a-la-carte, but again, you have to know what you're getting into and you have to be willing to splurge a bit to truly appreciate the type of dining experience you can receive here.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very happy with the whole experience! Great service and great food..

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Best New York strip I have ever had! And the Mac and Cheese is out of this world! I have never had anything quite like it. The sour dough bread and real butter really helped prepare us for the meal. My wife kept commenting about the smile on my face as I kept trying each bite of my meal and seeing such satisfaction reflected in my face. Our waitress was super friendly and really helped our first experience eating there. Definitely looking forward to eating there again for our next special occasion :)

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food good as always.
Expensive however very good quality of food.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Best food ive ever had! Simply AMAZING. Everyone is so professional and nice. I can not get over how good the food was

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My favorite place.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We don't know the Des Moines restaurant scene at all, since we moved from Des Moines to Seattle in 1973 and we don't get back to Iowa very often. On Friday night we couldn't get a table at Centro, where we've eaten several times before and have always enjoyed. So I used Open Table to get a last-minute booking at 801, about which we knew nothing. It turned out to be our lucky night. The seating (a booth with a properly set table), the food (we had pan-seared seabass and salmon), the service (black-aproned professionals who don't tell you their names, thank you very much), and the wine (we had a top-tier Australian Shiraz) were just outstanding. Top notch. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, so I can't give it 5 stars for "Value," but we loved it and will be back the next time we're in the Midwest. This is a place to splurge.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food, best steak in Des Moines

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent service!!!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It was perfect as usual!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Exceptional meal, great wine, great friends!

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