Bubba

4.6
1346 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Bubba offers chef-driven comfort food complemented by craft cocktails, micro brews and wines. With culinary inspiration drawn from across the South. Bubba’s full menu includes all your regional favorites, including fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, fried chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, gumbo and more.
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ScottH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service as always. True comfort food in the most comfortable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and the noise level was perfect for two couples getting together to chat.

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Wkfullerton
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good comfort food

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a part of 7 and the service and food was fantastic. They have done an excellent job of social distancing without ruing the ambiance of the restaurant! Highly recommend!

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RonA
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent experience - a bucket list that will become one of your favorite go to restaurants!

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whiskey Pecan Pie. I will never forget how fantastic this pie was.

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susanl
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

have always loved bubba. it’s our go-to restaurant for special occasions. and it’s always the chicken & waffles. the chicken was good, not great. the waffles, usually light & fluffy were soggy & heavy this time. disappointed, but will be back, hoping it’s back up to standard next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, everything cooked perfectly.
Cocktails were amazing!
Service was very attentive but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of our food, the cocktails, and our service was phenomenal at Brunch today. My husband had the pimento cheese Mac & cheese with gulf shrimp. The shrimp were enormous and very well seasoned, the Mac & cheese was creamy and delicious. I had the crab cakes Benedict. Blots of crab and not a lot of filler, poached eggs were done perfectly. We will definitely be back next time we are in DSM and would recommend it to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very fast, friendly and attentive service. Food wasn’t really for us, but it was good enough. Wish there were more cocktail options but other than that was impressed.

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Homer
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for lunch, done brunch many times. Went for Restaurant Week. Wonderful menu, great service and all in an hour!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Server was fantastic. We have tried several times to eat here but it’s always busy. Now I know why, It’s incredible!!

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BenL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In a word Bubba was...AMAZING! The Chicken Fried Steak was to die for!

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vipJamesB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Restaurant Week dinner and service.

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MegB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy food, good drinks, and all the southern charm ambience your little heart desires

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for fun cocktails and tasty southern cuisine

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Made a reservation for our anniversary. Evening started out great, appetizers (Mac and cheese bites & hush puppies) were hot and delicious. Cocktails were overall creative and strong. We then waited about 45min for our entrees due to a computer error and received lukewarm/cold risotto with cold crawfish on top. Then experienced another delay with dessert. Paid full price for an alright meal and long wait time. Would come back for drinks and appetizers only.

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TrixyH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great. Greens had a tad bit too much vinegar but overall the meal was great.

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JoyaC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You definitely get what your pay for when it comes to the food! Fantastic!

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THall
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My chicken and waffles were amazing. Sausage biscuit and gravy a little too sweet for my liking. The meatloaf was dry and the sauce was so spicy it over powered the taste of the meatloaf. The Bowtie burger was just ok. The pimento cheese was not as good as expected. The shrimp and grits were delicious. Could have used a few more greens but overall my daughter loves it. Our server could have done a better job. However, she made it clear she wasn’t our server. So her lack of attending to us could have been because she was doing work someone else should have been doing. Other than that the place was great. We will likely return and hopefully the server will be happy to help us.

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RichardN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good and portions were substantial. Well balanced menu with offerings for varied tastes. Seemed very understaffed and a bit out of control. No bus boys so the waiters had to literally do everything and seemed really frazzled. Not a relaxing evening, but again enjoyed the food. Our server seemed confused at times and brought starters out with mains? Not sure if we would return.

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MikeH
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and our server had fun with us, too!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waitress was nice just seemed a bit new. She wasn’t familiar with some menu items, didn’t offer dessert, nothing huge.
I’ve been to Bubbas before and it is always very cold in the restaurant, to the point, I’m very anxious to leave. Dinner would be more enjoyable if we weren’t so cold.
Food was great. Drinks were good. Overall, good experience and I’m sure we will go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
35 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always- GF cornbread croutons are the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with our kids (7 and 9) for a nice dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Amazing food and great atmosphere. Kids enjoyed the experience and trying something different. Their kids menu was good for them and the regular menu is filled with amazing southern flavors.

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JosephA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Not a good brunch experience at Bubba's. Kitchen couldn't seem to get their act together. Ordered the beignets only to be told it would take an hour for them to be made. The rest of the brunch order arrived but was quickly taken away before it could be served...not sure what that was about. Food was returned but was cold. Asked for waffle to be re-done, took +15 minutes for a single waffle. Luckily, there was an understanding manager who took care of our check. Other tables seated after we were got their food before us. Felt bad for the server who, I'm assuming, was in bad spot with an understaffed or inexperienced kitchen.

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John
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice waiter. Great location. Delicious food and julip drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The hostess and our server were very friendly and efficient. The food came out quickly. I ordered the Country Fried Steak. It was very flavorful, but also very grisly - kinda hard to chew. However, I have gotten that same dish before at Bubba and it was delicious. Just got a bad piece of steak this time I guess. My husband ordered the catfish and that was delicious - I’ll probably get that next time. Would definitely recommend and we’ll be back!

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
264 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Perfect for a Sunday night dinner. Service was pleasant. Food and drinks were great.

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Cate
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat and drink! Always great food & great service!!

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AudreyL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The service was great, the atmosphere was perfect for a lovely dinner, and the food was some of the best!

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DennisU
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I dined on a Friday night. The food was very good. I had a craft cocktail to start, a peach old fashion, which was very good. I had a cabernet from the wine list and it was run of the mill. My wife sipped on ice tea. The bread basket and deviled eggs to start were excellent. The fried chicken and shrimp and grits were phenomenal. We are looking forward to dining at Bubba's again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, excellent food, excellent service

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JaneN
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were looking for a new place for brunch/lunch and this restaurant came up in our search. It had really good reviews so we figured we give it a try.
We made a reservation ahead just in case and we were seated right away. The atmosphere was was inviting and had a downtown chic feel to it…very fun! Our waiter, Andres, was so amazing! He was so polite and timely in his service.
The food came out and we polished our plates clean it was so good! Fresh ingredients, unique menu offerings, and the prices were not too bad for a downtown restaurant.
We’ll definitely come back again!

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RanneyR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good southern style food; attentive and helpful table service. Somewhat noisy because of “vault” effect. I would trade smaller portions for more choice of well prepared sides including dinner salads or soups.

We were at table by window and you sort of feel completely out in the open.

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Shawna
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good, service was horrible. We were brought waters by the waiter who finally came back to our table 15 minutes later only to stand there and say “did I forget something”… Yes sir you did, you forgot to take our food order and our drink order. Had to go to the bar to order additional drinks because he never returned to refill our waters that we got initially. Someone else brought out or appetizers and our entrées, asked for a check he forgot to bring that. Had to hunt him down, then to top it off he ran the wrong cards on the wrong bill……. Smh

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BrentM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The entrees (Kentucky Hot Brown and Shrimp Po’Boy) were delicious and are worth getting again despite all the other problems. The beignets were small, tough and way overpriced. The Brussels sprouts were huge and undercooked. The biscuits and gravy was herby and not very authentic. The waiter took our order with a handful of dirty dishes while spilling mimosas on the ground. Food ground into the carpet. The bathrooms were dank and the toilet paper wasn’t in the machine.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of six, entertaining family from out of town. Table was ready before reservation time. All six of us had terrific meals. I had the chicken bacon wrap. Just as an example, the wrap was well prepared—all the right amount of ingredients, each ingredient fresh and delicious. Wrap was gently grilled, not greasy or crusty. Came together perfectly! Side of Brussels sprouts was also spot on. Just the right amount, fresh tasting, prepared deliciously. Service was great in spite of it being somewhat busy. Definitely will return! Highly recommend 🤗

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Foodjunkee
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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The3cs
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

FAQs

Bubba offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 257-4744.

Bubba is rated 4.6 stars by 1346 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.