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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Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at brunch and I was very impressed. Best pancakes ever! Love the apple bits and cinnamon in a perfect mini size. I got the bubba breakfast. I wanted to see how they would elevate a typical, classic breakfast spread. Perfectly seasoned eggs, hash browns were pretty normal, sausage patties were nicely seasoned with a touch of spice. I loved them because you could tell they were special crafted. My friends loved the eggs Benedict and avocado toast. We also got the bread basket to share and it was fun to start with and continue pairing with our meals.

DG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time in Des Moines and a wonderful experience catching up with dear friends from all over the country! Bubba was the perfect place!

MC
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bubba was delicious! A friend and I were in town for a conference and had one free night to go where we wanted. We are glad we chose Bubba's! We ordered cocktails, deviled eggs for a starter, shrimp and grits and fried chicken w/ pimento mac and cheese and buttermilk pie for dessert. I've had better grits but everything was still delicious! We had a great server and the restaurant is so cute inside. I would definitely go to Bubba's again if I'm every in Des Moines.

d
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The fried chicken was wonderful. Absolutely amazing. Best fried chicken I have ever had. The side mashed potatoes and mac and cheese were outstanding as well. Our waitress was a bit slow but it seemed as if she had many tables inside as well (we sat outside). I highly recommend this place.

OT
Raleigh
113 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the salmon and my sister had the veggie burger, which she liked a lot. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the Brussels sprouts were delicious too.
Nice atmosphere and service.

SC
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

AZ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my husband and I’s first time in Des Monies and I am very glad we chose to eat at Bubba! The service was remarkable and the food was everything I hoped it would be! A must eat in Des Moines!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was perfect. While the seating was a little close for the normal Midwest restaurant, it was comfortable.

H
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I had been wanting to try Bubba for some time. Everything was good except the server was not attentive. We had to wait too long to get her attention for drinks and ordering our food. My wife had been there twice and one time was great and the other disappointing. Not sure I would go back.

KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Bubba's menu has a range from total comfort food (meatloaf, fried chicken and pot pie) to something a bit more "sophisticated" (trout, salmon, new york strip.) We have been there for brunch and it was awesome. Dinner the other night was good, but some of the dishes were a bit hot for a couple of our guests. Nice venue with a well stocked bar. Nice for smaller groups.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Honestly it wasn’t a good experience. We were sat in the furthest corner possible in a wall length booth sharing the same space with a party of 6 on our right and a 21st birthday party directly behind us. We couldn’t hear ourselves at all. We asked for a different table to be told by the hostess that she had no other available tables except a super tiny high top at the bar. We were ordering 3 courses! There were empty tables everywhere! I had made a reservation for 7:45 and this was 7:30 so how did you not have any other tables? I felt as though we were being “hid” in the corner due to our jeans and tennis shoes perhaps? Food was good, ambiance and hostess hospitality- not so much. Likely won’t return

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To be honest I dont usually fill these out but it was excelent all around

J
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance.

D
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Was good but had better experiences other times, food wise. Don’t know what happened with the chicken but it tasted as if a can of salt was accidental tipped over the brine or something cause it was quite salty.

RC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table had deviled eggs, chicken, chicken fried steak, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and Bananas Foster. All were great except the beans were a bit woody and tough. On th whole the meal was great and we look forward to returning.

RH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good, excellent service and a cool laid back environment!

BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always walk away happy when dining at Bubba’s. Just bring your stretch pants.

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt welcomed from the second we stepped in. Courteous staff, excellent fried chicken and sides. Collard greens are a definite winner!

AA
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, we will be back. Have already made reservations for our next trip back

H
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal during restaurant week. The restaurant week menu featured item that are not normally available. The pork belly appetizer and pork tenderloin entree were outstanding.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious however the portions were too big.

RH
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I chose Bubba to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. The restaurant did not disappoint. We both chose items from the special menu for restaurant week. My wife had the chicken dish and I had the pork tenderloin. Both were excellent.

LH
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, noisy. Our server was efficient and very personable; he did a great job. The food, as usual, was very good. The place is noisy, so don’t expect an intimate, quiet dinner.

BC
Kansas City
42 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun & interesting decor
Varied menu
Great service
Enjoyed it- nice place for my birthday dinner

RL
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great. Our server needs more training on how not to reach over a guest for collecting dirty plates or retrieving the payment. He seemed a little lazy. With two checks he mixed up who ordered what and gave the check to my wife rather than me. (Maybe I am old fashioned that way?) In fairness to him he did check with us throughout the meal. We ate here once before and our server was excellent so I trust this is a one off experience. We will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. All 4 entrees were fantastic

s
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

It was solid. The food was good, the service was not. The server didn't know about any of the bourbons which this place is known for. She didn't know what brandy's they had. She couldn't really answer questions about the food, and glasses sat empty several times. Food was good although the meatloaf tasted a little too much of bell peppers. Fried okra and deviled eggs were great. Love the Julep selection. Restaurant was very cool. I would go back if I ever end up in Des Moines again, but probably solo at the bar this time.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Catfish for me, fried chicken for wife, both great. Quality great, slightly pricey. Would come again. Great flavors.

OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place. The breading was a tad too thick in my opinion this time on the fried chicken - however, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still delicious! (Also my husband disagrees, he says it was perfect)
I love the selection of food and drinks. My only disappointment is I never seem to have room for dessert! Mercedes was very attentive and real. Can’t wait to go back.

SC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is fantastic. The downstairs atmosphere is awesome, upstairs less so. My suggestion wouod be to put more tables downstairs.

TJ
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bubba's was great. We went for lunch. Quick service.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for our 1 month-aversary. We are outside in their patio area. It was a nice experience!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good home cooking. Very nice.

LB
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All good. I answered your question regarding an "occasion" and put that it was our guest's birthday ....but don't know why. There was no special anything for her.
Wish it is not always so cold in there, but it doesn't keep us from returning again and again. We just remember to take jackets Love the chicken, catfish, pickles, decor, furniture, and the whole menu.
Our guest wondered if the bathroom was under renovation,(the floor didn't meet with her approval!!)

MH
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service, and comfortable for conversation noise level. I’ll keep coming back.

RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

so good. food came quickly. highly recommend the deviled eggs. and the bananas foster dessert. good selection of cocktails and craft beer. very cool place. will definitely go back when I'm in town.

EC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate on the Patio. The service, food and atmosphere was exquisite!

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, but make sure you request to sit on the main floor. The ambiance on the main floor is much better than upstairs.

B
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious entrees atmosphere and reasonably priced.

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