Bubba

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1125 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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brettc
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt comfortable on the patio with the precautions taken for Covid. Our waitress was very accommodating, and the food was served promptly. We enjoyed the unusual offerings.

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DPS1
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although delicious, the drinks are a little over priced. But everything else was amazing. I had the grilled salmon salad & the salmon was cooked perfectly!

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KathrynR
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bubba.

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vipbbenscho
Des Moines
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always perfect. Hanna our server was amazing and was so safety conscious and helpful. Disappointed that Kentucky Hot Brown is not on the COVID-19 menu.

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NolaDPB
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely the best restaurant in Des Moines. Great food, drinks and service. Really like their menu - does a great job describing the food and drink.

You will not be disappointed - great for any occasion - birthdays, anniversary, date, group event or just want to get out of the house and enjoy a great meal.

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KathleenD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great and unique food! loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the most amazing food I’ve had. I’m still dreaming of the chicken fried steak! I wanted to lick my plate but I couldn’t finish because the portion was so large. Can’t wait to go back!

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omadiners
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service! Will visit again when we return to Des Moines.

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StephanieB
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great as always. Although we were bummed the peanut butter icebox dessert was not on the summer menu. Felt comfortable dining as tables were spaced appropriately and waitstaff were wearing masks. Unfortunately, our server that evening seemed less than enthused to be working. She forgot her 2nd round of drinks and appetizer. Both came out at the time of our meal. She seemed anxious to clear our table, perhaps so she could leave for the evening. Thought this was unusual considering not as many people are dining out these days and the restaurant was not busy. We seemed a bit like a burden rather than welcome guests. Would return back for the food, but the service left a lot to be desired.

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Chelsa
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always! Great service! Our favorite restaurant in town!!!

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vipSueM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service, as always, are outstanding (cheesey grits 💙). The way a restaurant responds to the pandemic says a lot about its values, and clearly Bubba’s values its employees and customers. Thank you for a delicious, calm, healthy experience.

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ScottP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was good more than adequate
Food was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. Enjoyed the steak medallions and also go a burger this time. Definitely recommend both!

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BarbH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Bubba was excellent, as always. I have never been disappointed in anything. It is one of my favorite places to dine. My friend and I sat outside and had a lovely lunch (Salmon Salad--yum!). We meet there often.

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DaunelleH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day dinner during reopening from Covid lockdown. Well spaced tables, masked server. Food was VERY tasty, server bubbly and knowledgeable. Juleps were bourbon-centric to be sure. Wonderful evening.

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JulieD
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, excellent food and lots of friendly smiles.

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TonyH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat in the bar area and the Bartender waited on us as well and she did a great job, especially with drink recommendations which were top drawer. Food was wonderful and huge portions. Chicken Fried Steak, Shrimp and Grits, Vieux Carre all very good. Going back for sure!

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RuthM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Des Moines. We visit every time we are in town. The food and staff are top notch!

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WilliamG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bubba is easily a favorite of my wife and me. We've never had a bad meal there yet.

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TamiM
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mac n Cheese, vegetarian meals were very good too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food didn’t seem fresh and hot. Dined here last weekend and it was amazing! Went back late in the evening on a week night and we were disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food consisted of classic southern dishes with a new flare. The ambiance was very tasteful and further demonstrated southern elegance and class. This is a place I would recommend to anyone visiting the area.

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maswesey
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice!!! The atmosphere is a little different now due to Covid19, but I have been several times and it never disappoints! I was there with a group a few months ago, everyone ordered something different and everyone loved their dish.

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ChadM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had birthday celebration and everything went perfectly. Really enjoyed getting out.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server. Patio was quiet and relaxing. Food was so good. No complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love every experience at Bubba! My boyfriend is from Texas, and he said this is the only other chicken fried steak that comes even CLOSE to his Memaws! The appetizers are always amazing, the entrees are fabulous, and we LOVE chef specials! Always love our time at Bubba!

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RachelG
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great girls night date with my friend at Bubba! They are doing a great job with keeping everything clean, all employees were wearing masks, our food was delicious, our beer was great, and we will definitely be back! Bubba has been a favorite for a long time and I’m excited to able to once again eat there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Bubba was most enjoyable. The food was excellent. They did a great job with the current Social Distance Protocol.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bubba is still great food and they are handling social distancing well now that they are open.

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LeanneB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early for our reservation but still able to get right in. The food service and atmosphere were perfect for date night. This is not a cheap meal but worth every penny.

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vipDsmith
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was AMAZING. Of course I left the receipt and can't remember her name. Her recommendations were spot on and flavors were great. My one critique is that two of us had the chicken fried steak and could tell one was done before the other and sat in the window for a few minutes, but overall was very pleased and look forward to the next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!

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ChadS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad we chose this for my birthday celebration. We will be back.

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DMFoodie
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding and the food was great. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were seated next to a window, so it was very cold, but otherwise everything was good!

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HeatherC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bubba was a fun place to celebrate my FIL 70th birthday. The food was at a good price point for what we got and very tasty. We enjoyed our experience dining there on a weeknight.

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JulieK
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh was our server and he was AMAZING! The food was OUTSTANDING (if you like brussel sprouts, get them for sure). We had a group of 10 and we had a wonderful semi private area with lots of light making it great for conversation. Would highly recommend a visit when you are in Des Moines!

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vipCReview
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service started out very strong, but seemed to fall off once food was delivered. Food and Drink both great.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food offered at Bubba!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food is excellent and service is superb. Cannot day enough about how much we enjoyed Bubba!

FAQs

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

Bubba is rated 4.7 stars by 1125 OpenTable diners.

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