Bubba

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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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JimP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Had great experience before but this time.. food was awful! I was up half the night with upset stomach. Food was way too spicy and too much heat to a meatloaf dinner. Was very disappointed taking my mom there for a special dinner

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AugustG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like southern fried chicken, there is no place better in the Des Moines Metro than Bubba. They never fail to impress with their sides either.

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AngelaA
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had friends visiting from out of town, and wanted to treat them to a good meal at a local restaurant. Bubba didn’t disappoint. Everything was exceptional, and they are already taking about what they want to try next time they visit!

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MattM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible, Matt D our sever was very knowledgeable and polite, made us feel like we were regulars even though first timers. Food and value was a home rum. We will be back!!

MD
vipMikeD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Had a great time! Thank you! Favorite spot in Iowa!

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JohnL
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good food and experience

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed this location. Not only was the food good but I enjoyed the service that was given.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time back to Bubba since February. The only thing that has changed is the excellent safety protocols in place. The same fantastic food, drinks, and service are all still present. Our server was also in training and didn't miss a beat. Always a great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Server was not very personable and not accommodating to needs. Food was bland a slightly over priced.

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AliciaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed our meal and service here. The servers are outstanding and know everything about the menu from food to drinks.

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Daisy
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great overall. Excellent cuisine.

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Dani
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough good things about this place. The food, the service, the staff — everything was amazing!

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rachalg
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend and i had an AMAZING time! the food was OUTSTANDING - in taste, quality, promptness, amount, and price. our server was personable but also gave us our space for conversation and to enjoy our meal. we were out celebrating a birthday for my my sobriety and when our server found out she gave us dessert for free! she was so sweet! not only will we be returning, but we’ll be highly recommending this restaurant to others!

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BrandiF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is ALWAYS amazing as is the service! Highly recommend!!

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RebeccaR
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We tried Bubba for our anniversary dinner. They gave us a nice table at the end of the dining area upstairs, however, we ended up siting next to a larger party who were very loud. The service and food made up for it. I was so happy to see plant based options. We both loved our food and will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

To start off we had the crab cake for our appetizer which was amazing! I ordered the Ribeye Medium rare my wife ordered the catfish blackened. The catfish was good and the sauce the put on top was delicious. However the steak was not salted very well and lacked flavor. All that could really be tasted was the char from the grill which isn’t in and of itself a bad thing but when it’s not accompanied by the seasonings on the steak it just doesn’t taste as good. I get that it’s a southern restaurant but a steak should be something every restaurant of this kind should be able to cook without problem. When I pay 30.00 or more for a steak I expect to get what I paid for out of it and not something that I could do a better job of cooking at home. We had these fried apple things which were good as well but the caramel sauce is really what made them great.

The service was amazing and I really appreciated how professional our server was. I did not bring the steak up to him at the time and I probably should have but the steak is not his fault. He was great at his job and I can see why he’s been doing it for so long. The atmosphere was also really nice and I loved the way everything looked. Also the cocktail I had was great, it was called, “leather and tobacco” which was basically a twist on an old fashioned. All in all i was happy with everything but the steak.

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brettc
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
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
Minneapolis
2 reviews
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.

FAQs

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

Bubba is rated 4.7 stars by 1141 OpenTable diners.

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