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801 Chophouse – Des Moines

4.8
4.8
2593 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, enjoy beautiful views and excellent customer service at 801 Chophouse. We value our guests and want to give you the best dining experience possible. Our restaurant has only prime USDA steaks, paired with innovative side dishes and an award-winning wine selection from around the world to create an upscale dining experience you won’t find anywhere else in Iowa. 801 Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Des Moines and even offers private dining room options. Book a reservation online or via phone today.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 288-6000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian Dennis

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Cross street

    8th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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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What 2,593 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Service

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  1. N

    Nene

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner! Service and food was excellent!!!!
  2. QS

    QuincieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wondering food and service!! Definitely going back
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    The food and service were superb! The ambiance was pleasant. The noise level was extremely excessive. My dad had to remove his hearing aids to enjoy the experience. It was so loud that deciding what to order for sides was essentially a shouting contest.
  4. BO

    BradO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Only complaint is it was too loud in there. If you consider loud music and dozens of people talking loudly "vibrant and hip", then you're good to go. But I would no longer recommend this place for a quiet romantic dinner...
  5. EG

    EricG

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Skip is a waiter 801 would do well to keep happy and serving. Great service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an absolutely fantastic meal here last night. Service was excellent and the food will be difficult to beat. We especially appreciated some lag time in between courses to sip on cocktails and enjoy the conversation without feeling like we were rushed through the meal. Bravo!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice staff. Food was good but very expensive. We asked our waiter to box our leftover steak, but he never returned with it. Figuring it was long gone, we just left after paying the bill. Very disappointed we aren’t able to continue enjoying it.
  8. D

    Denise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    It good was good- but not so great I would HAVE to go again. The service was impeccable though. I had the prime rib but honestly, I’ve had better and the Brussels sprouts were blah. It was still a good meal- but I was expecting something more remarkable with the food given the hype and price.
  9. BL

    BenL

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best steak in DSM area!! Always a treat to eat at 801!
  10. BV

    BrentonV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place top notch the price is high, but it is worth it for a special occasion.
  11. R

    Richard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First trip to 801 chop house and we were absolutely impressed with every facet of the experience. No need to change a thing. Thank you for a memorable dining experience!
  12. s

    scotts

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked this for our 31st anniversary and the menus where custom made wishing us a happy anniversary. The staff was amazing! The meal was fabulous!
  13. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The server was rude to my wife, we were told that they were out of the dessert we wanted (not sure how they could be out when we had a 6:00 reservation) and then proceeded to see it served to other diners that arrived long after we did... took way to long to get our food, and once it was received staff kept pushing us to take our plates away. Our experience at 801 Grand was a nuisance. My wife said her Filet was delicious, however, the prime rib I had was served cold and not cooked to my liking. No one on the waitstaff ever asked if we were enjoying our meal or not.
  14. BG

    BlakeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you guys me and my girlfriend loved the food and the experience and for the service
  15. MS

    MatthewS

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary here and they were amazing. Our server Abby was wonderful. Oysters, scallops, and my tomahawk steak were all delicious!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town for the first time and wanted a nice dinner for a friends birthday and 801 delivered! Our waiters were knowledgeable about the menu and friendly - unobtrusive yet attentive. We opted for sea scallops from the special menu and they were exceptional! My guest had the Colorado lamb and thought it excellent too. The vegetable side dishes we had were perfectly cooked ( Brussel sprouts and green beans)and the portions are all very large ! The birthday dessert chosen was a blueberry lemon curd cheesecake and it too was generously portioned and delicious. We also shared a perfectly chilled and perfectly dressed Caesar salad to start — everything was perfect ! Wine selections too- lots of Napa reds!! Hope to go back again!
  17. JA

    JoelA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and our server Jade was amazing! It's a treat we will indulge ourselves with again.
  18. EJ

    ElainaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my anniversary! Had the best time and food was amazing
  19. AB

    AndyB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The noise level was way too high to carry on a conversation. My guest and I had to shout at the top of our voices to be heard. Towards the end of the meal, we were all exhausted from shouting and repeating ourselves multiple times just to talk. While some guests may enjoy screaming at each other during dinner, I did not. I became very frustrated with the noise level, especially since this was a business dinner with important customers. Please let guests know that your dining atmosphere is not conducive to business conversation. On a positive note, the food was delicious - compliments to the chef! Regards, Andy
  20. CC

    ChrisC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Server was Lou and she demonstrated exceptional anticipatory skills and awareness of customer needs. She clearly is very engaging, loves her work and genuinely cares and exhibits an interest and concern for her client’s dining experience. Thank You Lou your service was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals and your professionalism!
  21. W

    Wooly

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Soon to be wedding of our son and fiancé. Love everything about 801 except the noise level. One in our party at the end of the table confessed to only hearing about 40% of our conversation throughout the night. I think 801 should look into acoustical panels to absorb some of the sound. It would make a much more enjoyable dining experience. But 801 is the best steakhouse in DSM or Iowa for that matter. Thanks for serving us!
  22. PG

    PaulG

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  23. L

    Larisa

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience. The decor is outdated but elegant.
  24. KE

    KELLYD

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The evening was fantastic. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. David was our waiter and he was amazing. The food was super tasty and very fresh. The prime rib was the best I have ever eaten. The noise level was higher than I anticipated but it seemed to be a busy evening for the restaurant. Would definitely go again sometime.
  25. RC

    RebeccaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived before our five o’clock reservation, so they made accommodations to seat us early. Our waitress was very attentive and informative on menu items. We ordered prime rib, petite filet mignon, French onion soup, wedge salad, French fries, baked potato, and broccolini. The steaks were melt in your mouth tender and the French fries were fabulous. Everything exceeded our expectations. The restaurant is pricey, but you will not be disappointed.
  26. RL

    RLSandMMS

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to 801 for special occasions. Yes it is expensive but so worth it. Food is better than excellent. Service is great. Make you feel special. We went for our anniversary and our table had special decorations on it. Our menu said happy anniversary and we received a complimentary dessert. A great fine dining experience.
  27. IM

    IsabelM

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server , a young man, was excellent !!! What a nice personality. He made the meal all the more enjoyable. The hostess was amazing and super friendly. The manager was also attentive. Everyone was amazing . Needless to say , our meal was to die for ! Soooo good. My husband says that was the best prime rib ever. The escargots were delicious and so was my crab cake . Hope they open one in Philadelphia! Thank you for a wonderful experience and a fabulous meal !
  28. F

    johnF

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server knew the Sunday night menu offerings and answered all of our questions. The food was prepared as ordered. A wonderful anniversary meal.
  29. CM

    ChristyM

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Chris was awesome. The food, drinks, and service were all perfect.
  30. D

    Dadoftwo56

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best if not THE best restaurant ever. Best filet mignon and the service was second to none. This was my second time being here and most certainly whenever I visit Des Moines, you know I'll be eating there.
  31. M

    Mindi

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would go back time and time again! I think part of the experience was Debbie our server, she was incredibly and was very knowledgeable of all the options they had to offer! I have no bad things to say about this place!
  33. m

    marym

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server was outstanding....very patient and took time to answer questions. He was also very pleasant. His name is Skip.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful!
  35. MI

    MICHELEB

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice anniversary dinner. We loved the food and our waiter was amazing! $61. for a filet is pricey, but we enjoyed it. We appreciated the dessert you gave us to celebrate our special day.
  36. BW

    BrianW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Kind of disappointed with one of the prime rib entrees; way too much fat. Filled almost half the plate when finished. Brussel sprouts not the best either. Somewhat undercooked and that's not good when it comes to that type of vegetable.
  37. RS

    RanbirS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved chophouse it was wonderful experience.
  38. DS

    DSMrestaurantGAL

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire staff is always so welcoming and great!!!
  39. K

    Kaleb

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Debbie was an outstanding waitress. She was very knowledgeable of the various cuts, the menu, and the alcohol choices. She brought out 5 different types of wines and champagne for my wife and I to try, with one of the choices being an intuitive choice that she thought we might like - which we did, and that was the one we ended up ordering. Her demeanor and professionalism should be noticed, as it was fantastic. Very courteous, polite, and attentive. The food itself was pretty good. The fried oysters were amazing, the garlic roasted mashed potatoes were amazing, but my NY Strip (wet aged) was alright. It wasn’t bad at all by any means, but it wasn’t the best piece of meat I have ever had, though it was the most expensive I’ve ever had ($64). I had the blueberry cheesecake with raspberry coulis and it was very decadent and rich in flavor. The thickness was perfect. Another note, they decorated our table with fun birthday stuff and included a “happy birthday” on my wife’s dessert and on her menu. That was a thoughtful touch. My wife’s petite filet was too red for her, so they took it back and cooked it a tad longer. The chef came out to deliver it personally. Ambiance was very good. It was on the louder end, but it wasn’t bothersome. Definitely recommend for special occasions.
  40. GM

    GregM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic anniversary dinner. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and the food was delicious. Highly priced, but great experience.

FAQs

801 Chophouse – Des Moines is rated 4.8 stars by 2593 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for 801 Chophouse – Des Moines

801 Grand Ave, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street

    8th

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Dennis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (515) 288-6000

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000

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