Without steak, most Americans wouldn’t be able to justify owning such terrifyingly sharp steak knives, much less an entire rack of steak guns. Today's Groupon gives you a chance to use them: for $40, you get $80 worth of steakhouse fare and drinks at 801 Chophouse, located in the Principal Financial Tower.
A den of classic decadence, 801 Chophouse serves up the gastronomic soul mates of surf 'n' turf paired with fine wines. The menu’s edible expeditions begin with pancetta-wrapped scallops bundled up in a roasted-red-pepper glaze ($13.95) and the chop salad ($8.95), a palate-cleansing concoction tossed with myriad veggies showered in green-goddess dressing. The 12-ounce filet mignon ($39.95), flavored with a dab of béarnaise sauce ($2.95), packs enough bicep-building protein to help patrons hoist a decorative anchor into a tree-house apartment. Peruse the seafood selections, including the live Maine lobster ($27.95/lb.), which is bloated with crab-meat stuffing, and the grilled Atlantic salmon ($25.95), which is dashingly cloaked in a roasted-butternut-squash risotto. 801 Chophouse dishes up a parade of sides, including caramelized baby carrots, maytag blue-cheese potatoes ($9.95 each), and sautéed crimini mushrooms ($8.95). The signature dessert, the Grand Marnier soufflé, satiates sweet fangs with chocolate, raspberry sauce, and crème anglaise.
Diners can sip on a robust fermentation from 801's wine list, such as the bold Hall cabernet sauvignon ($15/glass) or the crisp Sonoma Cutrer chardonnay ($11/glass), as they take in 801 Chophouse’s 1920s steakhouse décor. The sumptuous cherry-wood furnishings, white tablecloths, and high ceilings accented with dramatic lights make it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner, or reprieve from your overworked oven and passive-aggressive microwave.
- We always receive top-notch service and the food and drinks are fantastic. This is the place to go for an overall classy and enjoyable dining experience. – Lindsey R., Yelp, 5/27/10
- The food is great, always prepared as asked and always served promptly. The service is very professional. – mitchellg815, TripAdvisor
801 Chophouse approaches the Platonic form of a special-occasion restaurant, where every table might well hold a ring in a hidden box or a couple celebrating an anniversary. There are the white tablecloths popping against dark leather booths, the racks of wine tended by a certified sommelier, the encyclopedic list of single-malt scotches, and, of course, the chops and steaks, all USDA Prime. On the other hand, it's quite conceivable that someone might gladly eat at 801 Chophouse every week—the menu and drink selection could accommodate months of exploration, and an ever-changing "fresh sheet" overflows with the seafood selections of the day.
On any given night, the wait staff moves across wooden floors beneath high ceilings and 1920s-inspired decor, trays loaded with Maine lobster pulled live from the tank, nine creative potato preparations, filet mignon, and dry-aged pork chops. Meanwhile, golden calf statues gaze out over the dining room's cherry-wood finishes and granite counters, waiting patiently to graze on uneaten garnishes.
801 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309Get Directions