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  • Address:
    310 Chartres St
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    French Quarter
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $30 and under

SoBou Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sobounola.com
  • Phone: (504) 552-4095
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 9:30am.
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Caribbean
  • Executive Chef: Juan Carlos Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Ruby Bloch (504) 552-4095

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bienville
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking at the W hotel and discounted parking offered two blocks away through Premium Parking.
A word from SoBou
One of the most important restaurants of 2013 by Zagat Magazine!
The Commander's Family of Restaurants returns to the French Quarter, where the family business began in the 1950's, with our Spirited Restaurant - SoBou. We're South of Bourbon (ok - it's really southeast), in the land of civilized drinking and worlds away from the oversized beers and bad frozen drinks. Our modern Creole saloon is a Louisiana-centric and street food inspired restaurant with a beverage focus.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a very trendy/modern restaurant that also has great food! WHAT A COMBO! Love this place! This was my second time here & I loved it again! :)"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We went for lunch and loved the atmosphere, our service was great and for the most part our food was good. I had the sandwich with the shrimp and pork, the pork was extremely salty. We ordered and reordered several servings of the pork rinds. The gumbo, red beans and rice and fish were great. The .25 martinis were good and strong. So while the pork was salty I'd give them another shot."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is the hip little brother of the Commander's family. The menu is interesting and very well done. Treat it like tapas and order several dishes. The bar is top-notch. Recommendations: Sweet Potato Beignets and the Gatorcane cocktail."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We consider ourselves foodies and look for an opportunity to eat good food since things are limited where we live. Made a trip to NOLA for the 4th and was looking forward to just that...good authentic NO cuisine with maybe a little upscale twist. Well, unfortunately not impressed in the least bit with our choice. Trying to hard to be eccentric and cutsie and missed the mark. Beef debris was ok but tasted like a slim jim. Can't say enough about the red beans...cold spicy refried bean dip...yuck!! Would not have thought that by reading the menu. Brownie dessert tasted like a banana moonpie. Definitely not for kids. Staff was friendly and accommodating, but service slow. Maybe good for late night drink and snacks...not for dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great variety of local fresh ingredients mixed with chef-inspired Flavors and combinations for an excellent meal and small bite-tapas type restaurant. Service was excellent, variety and Flavors to choose from was great and the ambience of the restaurant was nice as well."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Definitely worth a stop in. Great quality food and excellent bartending. The prices are lower than what I'm used to for the quality. If I had to leave a complaint, the menu is a little small for a tapas style restaurant, but there's still more than any small group could venture to try. We had a great time, and I can easily see us venturing back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Although not a big dinner menu, we managed to snack our way thru quite a few small plates (the $1 pork cracklin' are great, the artichoke was tasty but definitely finger food, the brussel sprouts were the best). We selected the gulf fish and the beef for our entrees. The beef was outstanding, with a seasoning that made us think twice about ordering a 2nd. The cocktails were also very good and the service friendly."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is the little new sister restaurant to Commanders Palace. I Was in New Orleans for a girls trip. This was our last night out. We sat in the bar area where we had our own beer taps at our table which was awesome. Our server was fabulous she has been with the company for a long time and really knew her stuff. The rest of the staff was fabulous as well. Best appetizer was the sweet potato beignets with chicory ganache. I could have had a million of those. All of our main courses were great as well. I say go here over Commanders Palace."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Everything was extremely salty. Drinks were just ok. Food not removed from bill even after telling mansger."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a real food paradise plus the service was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I knew it was going to be different dining experience. It was fun but the noise level was beyond regular conversation due in fact to several parties of young women who obviously thought they were the only ones in the restaurant. It is aimed more at at younger, hip crowd. We are older, in our 60's. I will only go back for lunch with friends, if at all. I am glad I gave it a try. The appetizers were incredible (beignets, shrimp) and the Surf and Turf was delicious, also. Very good cocktails. We did have to request waters and that always surprises me when that isn't immediately brought to a table. Just a curtesy I look forward to."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Four of us dined at SoBou for a late lunch. The server was terrific as was the rest of the staff. All were very friendly and upbeat. The food was outstanding. We are from Phoenix. My wife and I discovered SoBou a year ago in June when we visited New Orleans. What a great find!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The barmaid was friendly and was willing to make conversation and made us feel comfortable. However the hostess tried to sit us us in the corner far from everything probably due to the fact thay we were not "in" enough"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The ambience was pretty cool, but the food was mediocre at best."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This was my first time visiting New Orleans, and was so excited to have an opportunity to experience great restaurants. All that we went to were great except for SoBou. I had made a reservation, and they seated me in the front door. Our waiter was clueless about the menu...which has very limited selections. We had to ask for a wine list. The gumbo did not taste like gumbo....and I ended up getting a hamburger, since I am humanely opposed to fois gras....which seemed to be in most every selection on the menu. I would never go back to this restaurant...very disappointed."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was great, service was fast. Love the drinks and wine list."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "service and ambience was outstanding. The food other than the desserts was average for New Orleans."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good food, friendly staff and fresh atmosphere make SoBou a must."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My 4th visit to SoBou was for my daughter's 31st birthday. There were 4 of us and everone thoroughly enjoyed their food. Service was wonderful as well. This is a hidden gem in the French Quarter."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I found the menu to be very limited, with not much of a selection. Burgers, really?? And the fish selections were not at all attrective nor tasty - --- sheepshead? C'mon, man! We have too many good, tasty fish in Louisiana to offer that on the menu. We ordered the whole redfish, and it was dry and overcooked. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, in fact, too attentive. They twice tried to rush us through our drinks, both rounds. In New Orleans, dinner out is an evening out, and not just because everyone has to eat. We won't be back, and I won't recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My sister and I had a great experience! We ordered a few things to share. The food came out in a timely manner with the first two separately and the last one with a side after we were done with the first two. The food was excellent with interesting combinations and our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and portions for us. Would definitely come back here"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I appreciate the venue's commitment to local faire; however, the menu as downsized quite a bit amd service was sketchy. Will I return? Sure, for lunch and possible brunch. After a dozen or so visits since SoBou opened, I believe it's time to spread the wealth to other places."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The menu change turned a very good and adventurous menu into a menu not very special or different from other French Q restaurants. Service was slow. I believe that this is the third year to be open and each year the menu changes and service has suffered. I went for dinner. this would be a much better late night place for a last stop before home of just visit the bar, which seems very active."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I would give it 7 stars if I could!! Our server Lauren was phenomenal! The food was killer! Great ambience with fun bar scene as well. Prices are reasonable for top notch menu. Make sure you read the fine print on the menu, the titles don't do it justice. Don't miss the beignets and the foie burger! Nothing on the menu is less than delicious. And cracklins for $1?? Does life get better? I'll be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "So fun for birthdays! Fantastic waitress who made great recs and worked with one of our guest who did not eat met... Love love the fois gras burger. Always a great rec to our out of town guests. Never disappoints. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed this restaurant last year, but this time not so memorable. Meat and fish were overlooked and tough, even with ordering medium rare. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Very nice ambiance inside this restaurant, the decor is as cool from the street as it is from a table inside. The food was good, as were the cocktails, my date's even came with a pair of SoBou sunglasses. An upscale restaurant with modern styling, sans tablecloths and not expensive for the quality of the food. The service though is lacking, we were never offered or brought waters, they ran out of Makers Mark bourbon and brought me Bulleit instead without asking--just told me they made the switch when delivering my drink. For wine, I ordered a chard and my date a petit syrah--I was brought a reisling and she was given my wine. The check was dropped off with nether a thanks or an acknowledgement--it was kind of awkward."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We celebrated our Birthdays there and had a wonderful experience. Lots of nice touches, the Brennan way, with the trouble tree, and complimentary desert. The fish was fresh, flavorful and the appetizers were so unusual and delicious. The sweet potato beignets were excellent..... we will come back soon. Loved the wine bar and beer tap tables, will come and experience that soon."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A lot of people were waiting for servers; waiting for food; waiting for the hostess to seat them. Yet others seemed to have the entire staff at their beck and call. The food was okay. I ordered a salad that had strawberries but it came with blueberries. High point was the mint julep. Bartender knew how to make a mint julep "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Very disappointing that the beer taps at the table were not working. The tap at the table was the reason we all decided to go to SoBu"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Comfortable, clean great drinks and excellent bartenders (they knew every drink we ordered). Menu is sparse but very well turned out and executed with aplomb. Our server was excellent, truly knowledgable and - nice!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The food here was very creative and delicious. We ordered 6 different small plates. 5 were incredible and one was just good. The waitress was very friendly and helped us with ordering. We had the best cherry bread pudding that I have ever had. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "My wife and I were in town for our anniversary and we planned on a few restaurants to have dinner on our special night. We picked SoBou at the last minute, and the Gods were definitely with us on this one. The food and service was spectacular. They definitely made sure they took care of us because it was our anniversary night. We are very appreciative for all they did to make us feel special. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It's not exactly tapas, but this restaurant sparkles (with rows of clear, apothecary jars reflecting against mirrors!) and with its eclectic and fresh menu daily! We ordered grilled Brusssel sprouts as a Starter-hah!Delicious! Also, our table of 6 shared 3 orders of $1 Pork Cracklin rinds. Not usually for me, these were light and addicting! Surf & Turf next - Deep-fried oysters & yummy pulled pork served w/ 2 side sauces & flour tortillas for taco-making. Again, good presentation w/greens and very tasty. For dessert, bread pudding in a tiny cauldron! Served hot, of course w/vanilla ice cream . . .Mmnnnn!! A wonderful evening with friends! Suggest reservations!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "All the girls enjoyed the food. I must admit the portions are small but I expected this. The flavor is definitely not lacking, everything was outstanding. I had the kale salad and stuffed artichokes with the local IPA. Amazing!! AND the bar gave us and the other bachelorette party near us free shots!! Uh that's amazing in my book!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had cocktails and a few small plates- all delicious. Will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is a Brennans restaurant that really does not live up to the standard. Food was ok but the service was awful. Staff looked like they were all having attitudes and taking it out on the patrons. No one was at the hostess stand when we first walked in and when she did see us she made us wait till she finished her conversation with her fellow employee. When our orders were finally taken, it was like they went into a black hole and you just had to wait and hope that eventually your food would arrive. But when the food did come, the dirty plates stayed on our tables until I complained for someone to please take them."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time for our 8 year anniversary. We had a great server, until the dining area got packed and they only had 3 servers on the main floor and then our service went down, bc she was busy with the larger tables. Kinda a biz kill. We still enjoyed ourselves bc we were not in a rush. Would come back again! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service was VERY good in both the dining room and bar. Food was good. Dining room was a bit loud."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had brunch on a Friday. The restaurant was quiet. The frittata and pancakes were delicious. The capaccino was good but actually a latte. The mimosas were just champagne with a little orange coloring. Our waitress left something to be desired. Overall it was not a disappointing brunch and I would go again but I won't go home talking about it like our other meals. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014