We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

South Union Bread Cafe

1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
+1 515-248-1782
Improve this listing
Got a photo?
Add it.
Ranked #6 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Café, Sandwiches
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Write a Review

38 reviews from our community

97% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My boys and I walked over for lunch (we were staying at the Downtown Marriott). What a great place! Get there early because a line forms fast and long for lunch- but does seem to move quickly. Seating can fill up fast, though. My boys split the regular turkey sandwich. It can be a bit tricky to eat for kids-... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbus, Ohio
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

South Union is owned by the same people that own Centro. I travel to Des Moines for business a few times a year and I always have lunch at least once at South Union. First, the bread is amazing. Soft and hearty at the same time. The meat is high quality. The soups are very good. After you pick up... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Cool atmosphere, very attentive and personable waiters/waitress. Delicious food.....Grazianno sausage sandwiches & gnocchi, excellent chicken sandwiches....ok haven't had anything bad!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Davenport, Iowa
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Got there early, line grew quickly, seats disappeared. We shared a large Cajun Tuna Melt. More than enough for both of us. Enjoyable, like nothing we have had before. Worth coming back to try other sandwiches.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Love the food here! I only get one of 3 things - all because they are so good I don't want to try anything else!!! The potato pepperjack soup, or a sandwich (only order half, trust me!), or a make-your-own salad. I've only tried a couple sandwiches - Turkey Pepperjack and the Cajun Tuna. Everything is just YUM! The atmosphere... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Des Moines, IA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This place is a great spot to get hot or cold sandwiches, but my all time favorite place for their Potato Pepperjack soup and salad bar. Delicious. I go almost once a week for lunch.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cave Creek, Arizona
Top Contributor
292 reviews 292 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stopped for lunch and I had the salad bar bowl and my husband had their Union flatbread. The salad bar was outstanding. Fresh ingredients including many you wouldn't expect to see on a salad bar. For example, whole toasted pecans and chicken. I loved my salad. My husband's flatbread was tasty but extremely challenging to eat. There were no... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Walpole, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

If I lived in Des Moines, I'd weigh 400 pounds because I'd eat at the South Union three times a day every day...Don't miss this place! Bread is amazing. Sandwiches are wonderful. Salad bar is FRESH. Free while you wait bread. Service is speedy. They seem happy to be on the planet! I had Sarah's Revenge; completely fresh and balanced...roast... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Urbandale, Iowa
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

The only bad thing I could say is that it's not open weekends. Food is fantastic. The atmosphere is great. Possible the greatest bread on the planet. They have complimentary bread bites with olive oil.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Turkey bacon melt and potato pepperjack soup with a drink. Best lunch deal around the downtown area. All under $10 bucks. Plus, you can't forget the yummy bread and oil! Only issues I have is they are open from 11-2 during the week and not open on the weekends.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed South Union Bread Cafe also viewed


Been to South Union Bread Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage South Union Bread Cafe, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing