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.
Reserve a table
2
Sun, 4/18
8:00 PM
OR
Get food delivered

Ratings and reviews

Travelers' Choice
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value

Details

CUISINES
American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
View all details
meals, features

Location and contact

4.0 miles from Iowa State Fairgrounds
Improve this listing
Reviews (204)
Filter reviews
203 results
Traveler rating
115
64
19
5
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
115
64
19
5
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews fried chicken black eyed peas collard greens pecan pie deviled eggs mac and cheese fries side salad southern food service was great wonderful food two sides an appetizer friday night downtown des moines entrees leftovers
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an open table reservation, which was a good idea. Our waiter was very attentive. We had the deviled eggs and my boyfriend had the salmon salad while I had the Beignet. I LOVED the Beignet and the caramel sauce and I LOVED the...deviled eggs. My boyfriend also LOVED his salad which was quite large. I also LOVED the coffee. The eggs took a long time coming out but our waiter was on it! I would recommend this place but be sure to reserve a table.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed March 6, 2021 via mobile

All I can say is WOW! Eat here ASAP! Food and drinks perfectly prepared, tasty, and balanced. Great upscale southern cuisine. Definitely delivers on southern hospitality and great service. Our teenage sons both asked if we can eat our next meal here, again, and at...the end asked again.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed March 6, 2021 via mobile

I was thinking this might be a dinner, but was pleasantly surprised that it was a casual upscale restaurant with amazing food. The grits were the beat I’ve had in the South. The Stone Fruit Old Fashion was truly a signature drink. And they make...their own ‘Nashville’ hot sauce. My teenagers want to come back for more of the Mac N Cheese bites later today and tomorrow. The service was excellent and friendly! We are full and happy!! See you tomorrow!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed March 1, 2021 via mobile

Nice, bright restaurant with windows on the lower level. Went for weekend brunch and was not disappointed. Service staff did well and food was very good. Coffee is made strong and the food is spicy and can be a bit heavy or rich. However it...all tastes great.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed February 27, 2021 via mobile

Excellent, fresh crab cakes! The shrimp po boy was huge and the Mac and cheese was delicious!! Will definitely be back!

Date of visit: February 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed January 9, 2021 via mobile

I had the Bubba Burger and fries, and they were both excellent. The service was excellent and quick. I would eat there again, for sure.

Date of visit: January 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

We drove from the Twin Cities to Des Moines for an overnight. We had such a wonderful brunch at Bubba that we returned for dinner! Both meals were spectacular with wonderful service from the staff- even in a socially distanced setting. The food was tremendous....Our summary is that we will drive back in the future just for the food!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed December 6, 2020 via mobile

The deviled eggs 🥚 🤤 the waitress was busy so it was understandable but we got our appetizer before our order was taken?!? The buttermilk chicken you can get tenders instead of bone in chicken which was good! Gravy to the mashed potatoes was a...nice touch! The side salad was pretty tiny, not that there wasn’t enough food. I’d go back and try some other things outMore

Date of visit: December 2020
Helpful?1  
Reviewed November 7, 2020 via mobile

Bubba has a wonderful space in downtown Des Moines. High ceilings, interesting art work and subdue colors make it a great place for drinks and conversation. It has a full bar, and a variety of fun cocktails and local beer. Food wise, I will give...it another try but did not do well with the fried chicken on my first visit. Smothered in a thick hot sauce, there was little else I could taste, and the mashed potatoes were dry. Collard greens saved the meal with thick pieces of meat and a bit of tartness. The pecan pie was interesting but the coldness of the pastry was a turn off. Overall, I will definitely go back for drinks or a beer and give the food another try.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed June 11, 2020

Wonderful atmosphere,wonderful food, but our waiter was anything but attentive. We had to walk to bar to order drink, then went to bar because something we ordered wasn't served to us. When we said something he brought them to the table cold. He never came...over and asked us if everything was ok. He was a 0 and I didn't tip him. I never complain, but this was blatent.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Helpful?
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Des Lux Hotel
533 reviews
.17 miles away
Surety Hotel
113 reviews
.26 miles away
Hyatt Place Des Moines Downtown
939 reviews
.31 miles away
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Des Moines Downtown
109 reviews
.31 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Centro Restaurant
978 reviews
.13 miles away
Django Restaurant
446 reviews
.02 miles away
801 Chophouse
292 reviews
.25 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Downtown Farmers Market
415 reviews
.31 miles away
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
687 reviews
.26 miles away
Science Center of Iowa
253 reviews
.45 miles away
West End Architectural Salvage
69 reviews
.10 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Jason L
July 1, 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Iowa50021 | Reviewed this property |
It seems more geared for adults, though I've seen a few kids there.
0
Votes
Jason L
July 1, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from bglick21 | Reviewed this property |
yes. kid friendly.
0
Votes
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing