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.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.
Private Party Contact:
Damon P. Murphy: 5152886000x
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
I flew in from Florida and my first stop ...
I flew in from Florida and my first stop was 801 Chophouse. It was the best. If your in town you got to go. You deserve you be pampered and the staff knowers just how to do it. The food was out of sight. The best bone in fillet ever, I could not have done it better.
Disappointing for Des Moines finest rest ...
Disappointing for Des Moines finest restaurant. Limited menu, average presentation, preparation and taste. Wine selection way over-priced, must be how they make a profit. Server asked my wife if she wanted to drink her beer out of the bottle...??!!! We were the most dressed up couple there-I can see if we were like the rest of the restaurant and dressed in shorts and gym clothes but that was mildly offensive. There are many many finer choices in Des Moines - Flemings, Johnny's, Biaggi's, Firebirds all much better...
The bartenders were very friendly and ma ...
The bartenders were very friendly and made the best Long Islands EVER! Our server was EXTREMELY knowledgeable, professional, humorous and made our anniversary dinner all the better GREAT! Thank you for the decorated table and personalized menu for our special occasion. The steak? Best I have ever enjoyed living in Iowa 48 years! Thank you all!
A little on the pricey side, but you def ...
A little on the pricey side, but you definitely get what you pay for! Outstanding food! The steaks were perfect, the baked potatoes were some of the best ever, and the soufflé is heaven in a ramekin! If fine dining is on your bucket list you could hardly go wrong with 801. :)
Tuna appetizer was not fresh and the cra ...
Tuna appetizer was not fresh and the crackers served with it were very greasy . Salad was over dressed . When entrees were brought , mine was incorrect and it took 20 minutes to get a new one . When my correct dish was brought out it was over cooked . Salmon was cooked well when I asked for medium rare . Salmon went back to kitchen to be corrected and a new one was brought out . 15 minutes later When the salmon was brought out it was cooked ok In the middle and ends were extremely dry .
My dinning partners steak was over cooked .
Was expecting a nice date night and celebration evening ; but was left with mediocre food and service .
I was not impressed at all. It was loud ...
I was not impressed at all. It was loud with bad music playing. There was nothing relaxing about the experience that a person should get in a so-called up-scale restaurant. The meat was good, but salad and sides left a lot to be desired. I will not be a future patron.
We are from Minneapolis and were in Des ...
We are from Minneapolis and were in Des Moines for an Iowa Cubs game. Prior to the trip MSN had a article on the top steak restaurants in every state and 801 Chophouse was the top rated steakhouse in Iowa. My boyfriend and I decided to split all of the plates so we could try a greater variety of items. We started out with the Watermelon Salad which was fabulous. The balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top worked well with the toasted almonds, feta and arugula. It was so good I Googled a similar recipe and added to my Pinterest page before I forgot. The second course was Pancetta Wrapped Scallops. Though the scallops were cooked perfectly they were charred from the 1,500 degree grill in which we were told the steaks were cooked on to sear in the juices. All we could taste was the char which took away from the delicate flavor of the scallops. Next we ordered the Ribeye and the Scalloped Potatoes. Once again the steak was cooked perfectly to medium rare but again all we could taste was char. They were offering a special of Chanterelle mushrooms on top of the steak and we only received about 8 for $10 not worth it when we could have ordered the side of mushrooms for $12. The potatoes were good, maybe little under cooked but the flavor was great. The Chocolate Cake was light and fluffy and a great way to end the meal. All in all it was a good experience but will probably not go back in the event that we are in town again. One of our favorites is still Seven in Minneapolis.
We had to wait for out table even with a ...
We had to wait for out table even with a reservation, service was a little slower than normal due to all the people using their Groupon. Food was ok, capers were extremely dry and when we told the waiter - he just said he would tell the chef. No one mentioned it after that. Rest of the food was good.
If you don't want to offer the less expe ...
If you don't want to offer the less expensive three course dinner option on Sunday's....don't do it! We all felt like we were a pain in the waitresses side for being there and ordering the "Sunday option". We could of got hot food and a thicker piece of prime rib at other nice restaurants in the city for less then what we paid for the "Sunday option!"
This is a place we reserve for special o ...
This is a place we reserve for special occasions. Service (Chip) was impeccable as always -- needs anticipated and met unobtrusively. The food meets the standards one would expect of a restaurant which bills itself as "prime" -- although the halibut was a bit overcooked for our taste. (We have been to restaurants where we are asked, like steak, how we want the fish done. So "overcooked" may be a judgment, as we were not asked.) If you're not told, "half-orders" are available on salads and sides. And a "half" of a side is still a LOT of food.
Came from out of town for a date night. ...
Came from out of town for a date night. Service was great! I had heard great things about the food so I think my expectations were high. I wasn't as impressed as I'd hoped. I would go back again for the great atmosphere and excellenct service.
The service was great. The calamari was ...
The service was great. The calamari was exceptional. The rest of our food was subpar. I ordered the 14oz ribeye it looked good when it arrived, but it was really fatty and it had unchewable grisly pieces. If you are going to charge $54 for a piece of meat it should be more meat than fat and should all be edible. My husband ordered the 16oz NY strip. Again it looked beautiful, but it had an overwhelming taste of butter (he ordered it with just regular seasoning). The grilled asparagus was bitter. The salad wedge was plain. The bacon in the greenbeans was the best part of the sidedish. For the 2 of us (and we splurged for an adult beverage a piece) the bill came to $212 dollars before tip, so it is pricey!
Always enjoy coming here. The food is gr ...
Always enjoy coming here. The food is great and the service is exceptional. Only issue this time was our server kept questioning my ID. I'm almost 24 years old and it made me very uncomfortable. Other than that I enjoyed my time at 801.
The food was outstanding, as usual, but ...
The food was outstanding, as usual, but our server was exceptionally rude - repeatedly walking off mid conversation or if he asked us a question and someone delayed for even a second on a response. We found it so rude that it was comical and turned into a running joke.
came in at 7:30 pm to a nearly empty re ...
came in at 7:30 pm to a nearly empty restaurant we arrived about 10 minutes early and the hostess suggested the bar (high price point) when we declined about 5 minutes later a miraculous cancellation brought us to our table. Waiter arrived with sour dough bread and huge chunks of butter, decent small talk banter not condescending but declined drinks and he went over the nights specials. We ordered - steaks *filet mignon and a KC Strip. asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. My wife said her filet was very tasty. my strip - first bite was a chunk of gristle and other than the 3 chunks of gristle I had to spit out the remaining portion of meat was good. The garlic potatoes were more like a paste definitely could have used more fluffiness but the garlic flavor itself was about right. The asparagus was fat which many times would be tough these were very tender but could have been a bit warmer.
We finished diner off with two coffee desert drinks which were tasty but my home ones are just as good.
The food was wonderful and it should be ...
The food was wonderful and it should be for the prices they charge. Only complaint, my wife and I ordered an after dinner shot (lemon drop), we wanted something fast as we were crunched for time and the waiter brought us 2 large martinis. We reiterated that we ordered just a shot and had to leave and he replied "oh, just put it down the hatch". The several sips of the martini was great but after a $100+ dinner I wasn't expecting to pay another $30 for several sips of 2 martinis that I didn’t order.
I just had a filet a month ago at a lead ...
I just had a filet a month ago at a leading Chicago restaurant that leaped all competition and made it to the top of my list. But the 801 pulled an Usain Bolt and easily surpassed it. If it is possible for a piece of meat to be so perfectly tender and savory that it melts in your mouth, this was it. Gave a new meaning to "succulent." Sides were equally appealing and outsized, even when shared. (DO NOT order individual sides unless training for an Olympic-caliber eating contest.) We had lobster mashed potatoes and string beans with bacon. Would have loved to have had a dessert but was vanquished by then, even though this was the third time we've celebrated our anniversary at the 801 and we were determined to be cautious. Our server, Joni, was very personable and knowledgeable, helping guide us through the menu. All this comes with a price, but it's like the Disney World of steak houses. Enjoy the ride!
Took my brother to the Chop house, is wa ...
Took my brother to the Chop house, is was the first time he had ever been there,. We had the Chop House salad with pork belly nd a tarragon dressing, The rib eye as for two and was on the rib bone, was amazing and perfectly cooked as we ordered it. The service was flawless, e will definitely go back to find additional entrees. They are the only restraint with a grand marnier soufflé for desert, which was fabulous with the crème anglais sauce, certainly an experience to be repeated
I have dined here several times before a ...
I have dined here several times before and have always been so satisfied by everything. This time was different. We had a reservation for 5 p.m. We had to sit outside the restaurant and wait until exactly 5 before they opened the doors so when they finally allowed people in it was a rush of everyone who had been waiting. I've never had this happen before. Even though we were the first to arrive, everyone else who arrived after us was able to get in and get seated ahead of us. Our waiter was the biggest disappointment of the whole experience, however. He was so pretentious and rude. Then when we went to order, he acted very irritated that we didn't order steak (or some other entrée). We ordered plenty of other food to rack up a good sized bill, although that shouldn't matter anyway. The food was good but the service really put a damper on the experience.
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