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Bubba

4.6
4.6
1492 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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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 30 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 257-4744

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Kruzslicz

  • Catering

    For information about catering please email info@bubbadsm.com or call us at 515-257-4744. You may also see menu information at www.bubbadsm.com

  • Private party facilities

    For information about private event space please email info@bubbadsm.com or call us at 515-257-4744

  • Private party contact

    Kate Willer: (515) 257-4744

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Cross street

    10th and Mulberry

  • Parking details

    Diners can find metered street parking all around Bubba on 10th & Mulberry Streets as well as the adjacent streets (and it’s free on Sundays!). Free parking is also available in the Wells Fargo garage at the SE corner of 9th & Mulberry after 5pm and on weekends. There is also a Nationwide parking garage to the West of 10th street on Mulberry.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,492 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Neighborhood Gem

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Great for Lunch

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Des Moines

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  1. PD

    PDubb

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was just ok. Loved the squash blossoms, however. Country fried steak was fried too hard to enjoy. My dining partners thought food was ok. We also had chicken and waffles, steak, fried chicken, fried Mac n cheese, and deviled eggs. Only enjoyed the bacon on the deviled eggs. No cocktails this particular evening. Service, ambience and everything else was great. Need to bring food up a notch. We’re from the South. This didn’t live up to expectations.
  2. SB

    SteveB

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our server was new and did a great job! The kitchen was a bit slow and we had to rush our meal to get to our show at the civic center. We were seated at 6:05 and received our food just before 7. We did not have appetizers.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always!
  4. AD

    AmandaD

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was decent-no real complaints about the food but also nothing out of this world either. Took a very long time from the time our drink order was taken before our drinks arrived.
  5. RC

    RyanC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Food was great, service was slow. I don't know why is common practice in restaurants to stick a couple who's having their first night out in months in worst table in furthest spot in corner. We also dinned with whole table of left over plates that never got cleaned next to us.
  6. JN

    JuliaN

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It took about 30 minutes to receive our drinks. When we asked our waitress she had an attitude and slammed our drinks down when they came. Took almost an hour to receive our food. Will probably not come back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cool place good food good service
  8. SS

    SarahS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic appetizers, main course dishes, dessert, and cocktails. I was very, very pleased with the incredible flavors to the friendly and caring staff. I cannot wait to return!
  9. e

    eefdg

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We were seated at a two-top in a dark corner next to a grubby wall. The restaurant was 3/4 empty at the time. Our food was noticeably cold when it was delivered. No condiments were offered. We won’t be back.
  10. RC

    RichardC

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal at Bubba! The food was outstanding, the cocktails were great and the staff was excellent. Highly recommended!
  11. ES

    ErinS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place! Excellent food, cocktails and service! The portions are huge so come hungry.
  12. s

    sheilal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, service was extremely attentive. We were impressed. Our server's name was Josh and we appreciated his attention to our group. It made our meal even better!! Will be returning, especially for special family celebrations! Probably one of our favorites in the Des Moines area now.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening, server was polite and attentive. Gave wonderful recommendations (not just the expensive items) and made the evening even more enjoyable. Cajun Crawfish Cream was amazing on both the Mac and cheese and Ribeye. The Brussel Sprouts and mash potatoes to pair with the Ribeye were well prepared and made the whole meal perfect!
  14. DM

    DevinM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch. Great service. Quality food. Great experience!
  15. KB

    KristinaB

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal with good friends from out of town. Everyone loved what they ordered.
  16. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we looked for a restaurant in the Des Moines downtown area and looked at the menu we knew right away we had to give it a try, and boy are we glad we did!! First off the location is excellent and the abeyance is awesome. Our waiter Dan was so outgoing and helpful, he made the dining experience even better. The food was very delicious and the dessert we had , the bananas foster was the best I had ever tasted. Give it a try yourself you won't be disappointed.
  17. WR

    WilliamR

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service overall was great New bartender and drinks took awhile.
  18. n

    nukegirl

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is excellent Southern comfort style food. It took some time to get our food, but we were not in a hurry anyway. I assume they have staff shortages just like everyone else. It was my third time eating here, and I'm never disappointed 😋
  19. WT

    WilliamT

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered fried green tomatoes, catfish, and the basket of breads. I have had fried green tomatoes and catfish in the south. The fried green tomatoes were better here. The catfish was comparable. I ordered it blackened. I did not have that option at the restaurant in the south. The home-made breads here were scrumptious.
  20. RH

    RollieH

    Des Moines

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bubba is always a great choice.
  21. TL

    TamaraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic and the food was flavorful and lathe portions
  22. DD

    DebD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall it was a great meal and excellent service. We had a little hiccup when my elderly fathers chicken and waffles arrived… the waffle was stone cold. But instead of just heating it up, they insisted on making a new waffle which we had within a few minutes! All was well again.
  23. T

    Travelworm

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Service and ambiance were great but the food was way too salty.
  24. L

    Larissa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place for dinner or date night. Very unique food menu and huge drink menu! I loved the “porch sipper” cocktail, which was like a cucumber aperol spritz, bread basket appetizer, and salmon salad. Very memorable meal that I really enjoyed. Definitely recommend!
  25. RL

    RonL

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday dinner! Service was wonderful and the food was delicious!
  26. ST

    ShariT

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bubba continues to be my favorite place in Des Moines. The food is excellent and never disappoints. Service and ambience are first rate. To make a good impression it to my go to spot.
  27. s

    shanet1971

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely love Bubba's, its become a staple whenever we're in Des Moines. Went with the blackened catfish and we also had the Nashville hot chicken. Both were on point, fish was flaky and the "nashville hot" one one of the better flavors we've had. See you next time!
  28. NL

    NancyL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great experience and great food! Enjoyed the atmosphere as well’
  29. A

    Alex

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was outstanding, and the food was solid.
  30. MS

    MalloryS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious Southern cuisine; we enjoyed the crab cakes, jambalaya, and fried chicken. Pecan pie wrapped up a great meal!
  31. RK

    RKBK

    Austin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We brought our friends to Bubba for dinner as it was their first time to Des Moines, visiting from Florida. It was possibly the worst food and experience we’ve ever had at Bubba. Over fried dry chicken and limp extremely over salted collards were our dinners. Even the usually good Mac and cheese was lacking. Our waitress was unfriendly and never cracked a hint of a smile. I get that folks have bad days but she seemed to not really want to be there. We won’t be back
  32. LK

    LaurieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would highly recommend! Service was really great, as was the food.
  33. JK

    JessicaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Planned this for a work dinner as we love this location for personal nights out. It did not disappoint and everyone raved about the food! Our server was extremely attentive and did an excellent job! We'll be back!
  34. PD

    PaulD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WAITOR was THE BEST! Food was AMAZING! Coming back soon! Thx!
  35. SM

    SiyMay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken and waffles was delicious and portions are huge. We will be back!
  36. MB

    MeganB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food. Our waiter was difficult to track down and not the most attentive. Great atmosphere though
  37. SS

    SimmoneS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Waited so long to try this place so what better than my daughter's graduation feom high school. The food took forever, it was cold, mostly greasy. The fry chicken breading was too much, still tender on inside but tasteless. All the sides piled onto 1 plate is not appealing or appetizing to the palate. Too much salt on vegetables as well. Floors need to be ve free feom food pieces etc. 7/10 overall. Unsure I'll try again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was ok. Would not recommend the eggs Benedict.
  39. JT

    JulieT

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch and had a drink at the bar before. The bartender was chatty and knowledgeable. The cocktails were creative and delicious. We were seated right at our reservation time and greeted right away. The server even offered an extra chair for my purse. The menu was well rounded and very southern. The highlights were the pimento Mac and cheese with crawfish and the Kentucky hot brown. Huge portions! Can’t wait to go back and try more of everything!
  40. LH

    LindaH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We arrived early, got seated right away, Christian was our waiter. He came to the table promptly and was very attentive and took.our drink order. Then the bottom fell out. We waited about 15 mins for our drinks. Once our dinner order was taken it was about 45 mins before our food was served. It was a graduation and birthday celebration. Obviously Christian had more tables than he could handle...he was AWOL for quite awhile. Food and atmosphere were good but service was unacceptable.

FAQs

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

Bubba is rated 4.6 stars by 1492 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Bubba

200 10th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    10th and Mulberry

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Diners can find metered street parking all around Bubba on 10th & Mulberry Streets as well as the adjacent streets (and it’s free on Sundays!). Free parking is also available in the Wells Fargo garage at the SE corner of 9th & Mulberry after 5pm and on weekends. There is also a Nationwide parking garage to the West of 10th street on Mulberry.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Kruzslicz

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (515) 257-4744

  • Catering

    For information about catering please email info@bubbadsm.com or call us at 515-257-4744. You may also see menu information at www.bubbadsm.com

  • Private party facilities

    For information about private event space please email info@bubbadsm.com or call us at 515-257-4744

  • Private party contact

    Kate Willer: (515) 257-4744

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