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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
801 Chophouse – Des Moines Ratings and Reviews
Overall very satisfied with the experien ...
Overall very satisfied with the experience. Spent more than we had planned, but the food was excellent, and our waiter was great. Special thanks to the waiter. I do not visit restaurants of this caliber often. He was great explaining the different items for my wife and I. We tried the oysters Rockefeller for the first time and both enjoyed it. We also had the Tomahawk. The only thing that is keeping me from planning a return trip right away is that although the food is excellent. I cannot afford to pay $200 for a meal again in the near future.
Great evening. Had Annervsary card and ...
Great evening. Had Annervsary card and special menus prepared before our arrival. Great food, great service. Highly recommend.
Our dinner was wonderful, but the servic ...
Our dinner was wonderful, but the service was even better. We enjoyed our perfectly cooked steaks along with wine our server recommended. We plan to return soon.
I mentioned we were celebrating our anni ...
I mentioned we were celebrating our anniversary when I made the reservations and they decorated our table and even had Happy Anniversary on our menus as well as a card from the 801 staff thanking us for spending our anniversary with us. We loved the special touch!!! Staff was very friendly and attentive when needed.
Was very disappointed on my first (and t ...
Was very disappointed on my first (and this will be my only) visit. We tried the pre-fixe meal on Sunday evening. Lag between salad and entree had us looking at our watch. Only three choices for main course and waiter brought my husband wrong item and our daughter knew he didn't like so she switched so as to not make a big deal- and waiter did not seem to care much. It was loud, not good acoustics. Would never pay premium $$ when we could have much better meal at many other places. If service is lessened when pre-fixe ordered then they should just not even have one. I was expecting to be wow-ed and just wasn't happening.
Went for Father's day. Dad said it was t ...
Went for Father's day. Dad said it was the best steak he ever had!
Perfect place to celebrate our anniversa ...
Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary! Table was decorated and had a card from the staff on our table! We done here frequently, but they made it very special!
Service was attentive, prompt and gracio ...
Service was attentive, prompt and gracious. Our waiter explained the menu and our options as it was our first time there. Our appetizers were amazing and served quickly. Our main courses were delicious and plentiful. They offered to take a picture of us on our phone and insisted on comping us dessert since it was our anniversary. Plan on spending $150-200 for a party of 2, but completely worth it for a special occasion. Thanks for a wonderful experience!
As always, our service was exceptional a ...
As always, our service was exceptional and the food outstanding. The filet was done perfectly and just melted in my mouth. green beans as a side were superb. we tried the lobster mac and cheese for the first time and it was good but a little rich. peach arugula salad was excellent. best steak in town!
Awesome food, great service, upscale but ...
Awesome food, great service, upscale but made you feel vary welcome and open to questions.
The food and steaks are always outstandi ...
The food and steaks are always outstanding. Drinks are spot on. The sides and HUGE and always cooked to perfection. Wonderful service. This is one of the best restaurants in Des Moines.
Service was outstanding. Drinks were we ...
Service was outstanding. Drinks were well crafted. The steak was very good; however, it was curious that their steaks are more expensive than Barclay's Prime in Philadelphia or in some regards, even Manny's in Minneapolis. 801 was very good, but not quite in the league of the national Top 10 - the prices should probably reflect that.
We went to 801 Chophouse for our wedding ...
We went to 801 Chophouse for our wedding anniversary and it was a very nice evening. The food and wine were outstanding, as was the friendly service. Unfortunately, it was pretty noisy inside the restaurant and the light was so dim that you could hardly read the menu. Other than that, we were very satisfied and would love to go there again for a special occasion. It is a bit pricy to go there more often, but definitely worth the money every once in a while
Really good service! Grouping always is ...
Really good service! Grouping always is so helpful! Food is outstanding!!!
A let down.
Disappointing steak for a steak house. Unrecognizable as a rib-eye and certainly not prime. I should have sent back but as other diners around us were sending food back as well. My wife's fish was way overcooked. Waitress was not very helpful either.
Restaurant was very good some live music would be great
Fantastic Staff and Great Food
My wife and I had our first dining experience at 801 Chop House for our 20th wedding anniversary. When I made our reservation with Open Table, I made reference to our 20th anniversary. We were quite surprised to find our table decorated and that there was an anniversary card waiting for us. The staff was excellent all through our dining experience. It was really nice on how much they went out of their way to make our anniversary extra special.
We ate here with friends and we're all disapponted with the restaurant. The food and service were just so - so. We were seated in a booth near the kitchen with a good deal of traffic in and out. The meals were OK but not wonderful. I had a New York strip that was grissly and not as thick as you would expect from a top steak house. The other 3 in our party all had the filet which was delicious. All of them ordered the same steak but the variance in size was interesting. We're not thinking about rushing back. Our best service was in the bar before the meal. The martinis were wonderful.
Pretty bad service
Liking chophouses, we were looking forward to this. Waiter was rude, inattentive, and impertinent. He got orders wrong. Even simple things like providing the requested number of olives for a martini was beyond him (he provided more and presented the cocktail with a crazy, clownish explanation for why there were so many). The potato was unpalatable. Very surprised by the unpleasant experience. At $150 per person, we look for considerably better.
Best steak house in the country enough s ...
Best steak house in the country enough said!
Very enjoyable dining experience. This w ...
Very enjoyable dining experience. This was our first visit and we hope to return as soon as possible. Excellent steak and ample sides. This dining experience exceeded our expectations!
Let them know ahead of time it was our a ...
Let them know ahead of time it was our anniversary and they had a card and menus waiting for us. Food is always really good. Service was excellent. Wish they had a dress code. Would like a fancier place to go more often, but if jeans and shoes are worst part, that's ok
It was pricey but it was SO good. It wa ...
It was pricey but it was SO good. It was perfect for my husbands birthday. Definitely a great special occasions for us. It was a surprise for him and he was definitely not dressed for it (Jeans and Tshirt) but they were still awesome to us and didnt treat us negatively. We had a great server. My husband loved his steak. I went for the chicken which was also awesome. (Just not a steak person dont judge). Then we had their shortcake dessert which was unique with Rhubarb and strawberries and some kind of basil creme... YUM.
Great experience and great service, as a ...
Great experience and great service, as always!!
801 was this year's choice for my wife's ...
801 was this year's choice for my wife's birthday, and it was a good one. Great food, great wine and excellent service. We will be back.
This is our 2nd time here. The first was ...
This is our 2nd time here. The first was good. This time we were disappointed. We arrived earlier than our clients and chose to wait to be seated. Three different times the hostess asked if wanted to be seated in 10 minutes even though we wanted to wait. Our table was very small, too small for the food served. Interestingly, the table could have been enlarged to a round one but that was not offered. Next, our server interupted our conversation multiple times, kept trying to serve me wine even though I tried to make it clear I did not want any more. The food was only average, especially for the price.
Today was Mothers Day and my husband and ...
Today was Mothers Day and my husband and son decided to take me out for the day. I was so excited when we decided on 801 Chophouse since we have had many delightful experiences there in the past. I'm going to cut right to the chase, today my husband and I ordered the 801 breakfast, which consists of eggs any style, red potatoes, thick slab bacon, and brioche toast for $19. What was delivered on my plate was frightful. 2 tablespoons of scrambled eggs that had been cooked hours before being served to me, a few baby red potatoes, and 2 pieces of bacon (which was thankfully quite good). My husband ordered his eggs over easy, and they were fried hard. No brioche toast. I politely asked for the toast, and was brought several pieces of white bread toasted and not buttered. So much had gone wrong here, and not wanting to embarrass my son or husband for their generosity on Mother's Day, I said nothing. Please 801, some attention to detail and what you are serving your loyal customers!
My husband took me to the Chophouse for my birthday/mothers day. Although we are simple country folk and were dressed in jeans we were treated like royalty. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Our food was amazing. The best prime rib we ever had. We appreiciated our waiter informing us about our dessert choices and how if we wanted the soufflé without delay we could order it when we got our prime rib. That worked out perfectly. I would highly recommend the chophouse to anyone who wants a really good meal with excellent service.
Excellent meal. Best steak I've ever had. The service was excellent. It is pricey ($150 for the two of us with tip) but the waiter was helpful in explaining that sharing and half portions are encouraged for groups of 2. That made it much more reasonable (relatively speaking). I would definitely recommend 801 to others and would definitely eat there again for the right occasion.
Great service, great staff, great attention
Our 26th anniversary , ad could not have picked a better place to go. Treated us extra special, extra special table with card wishing us happy anniversary. Awesome staff, awsome bartenders, awsome maire d, excellent food, fabulous steaks. We enjoyed oysters on half shell, served with extra sauses and great smiles. Desert was special , and had anniversay wish written in chocolate... tremendous experience. A must for your special occasion.
The food was absolutely wonderful. Our ...
The food was absolutely wonderful. Our server was interested, informed and very attentive. Gave us just enough time to enjoy things without having to look for him when we needed something or were ready to leave.
The steak was fabulous! Best steak I hav ...
The steak was fabulous! Best steak I have ever had and I have eaten at some great steakhouses across the US.
Great for anniversary dinner
We come here every year for our anniversary. I really like how they dress up the table to make it special for occasion (I usually note this in our reservation notes). I also asked if they could have a specific dessert available (carrot cake). While they didn't have carrot cake, they did make special bundt cake with carrot caramel topping for us, which was fantastic. The staff always go out of their way to make the occasion special.
I have been to Alaska over 20 times and ...
I have been to Alaska over 20 times and Halibut is my favorite fish. The Halibut I had at 801, was one of the best I have ever had. The wine list included a perfect match. Leslie was our server and she was exceptional! Couldn't be happier with our dining experience.
Special Sunday night.
The food and service were excellent. The prices were a little high but we knew that before we went so there were no surprises. I would recommend 801 Chophouse to anyone looking for a great dining experience.
Excellent service, great atmosphere
We were visiting our daughter at Drake and she really wanted a steak dinner. Our waiter was unbelievable and very knowledgeable. We will definitely go back, and next time we will make sure we have enough time. The waiter accommodated our timing and brought the food out in time for our daughter to make it to her conference at 7! Highly recommend the steak and the shrimp cocktail.
Probably the best steak in Iowa. As good or better than the name brand sites like Ruth's Chris or Capital Grille.
It took us I over an hour to get our foo ...
It took us I over an hour to get our food. My order was wrong and they offered to send it back but I didn't want another hour. In fairness to our server, she had a large private party plus two other tables .
Steak was burnt. Went elsewhere for dese ...
Steak was burnt. Went elsewhere for desert due to lack of wheat free options.
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