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The Story

Our restaurant’s story begins with one particular Bubba, Christopher Diebel, managing partner of the restaurant. The Diebel family moved to Des Moines from Texas in 1993. In the South, it is customary for the male siblings to adopt the nickname. Despite the geographic change, the moniker stuck. Today, only his family and a few close friends call him Bubba, but the term serves as a constant reminder of Diebel’s roots.

Another thing customary in the South is delicious food on the table for every meal. The restaurant is inspired by the family meals Christopher enjoyed in his childhood, and the menu grew to extend to every corner of the foodie South. The Bubba team is committed to bringing a little Dixie to Des Moines with classics like shrimp & grits, po’ boys, fried green tomatoes, meat loaf and fried chicken. Specializing in Southern favorites and classic cocktails, Bubba offers a menu that is sure to please everyone – no matter where you hang your hat.

Southern cuisine is cozy, accessible and feels like home. It is best consumed with family and great friends. When it came time to give a southern comfort food concept a name, Bubba just fit.

Gift Cards

Give the gift of Southern cuisine with a Bubba gift card! Our cards never expire – to order, stop by and pick one up in-person or call the Bubba team at 515-257-4744.


Want to join the Bubba team? Apply today! Visit us during business hours for an application, or fill one out online at ohospitality.com/careers.

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A great meal or a classic cocktail tells a story, and so does the art on our walls. Bubba worked with Liz Lidgett Fine Art to source and commission original artwork for the restaurant from local Iowa and southern artists. Each piece, from lighting to murals, prints, paintings and even displayed clothing, has a connection to the owners or the restaurant. So if something catches your eye, ask about it! It’s all a part of the Bubba experience.


Diners can find metered street parking all around Bubba on 10th and Mulberry Streets as well as the adjacent streets (and it’s free on weekends and after 9pm!). Free parking is also available in the Wells Fargo garage at the southeast corner of 9th and Mulberry after 6pm and on weekends.