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Date
Wed, 6/20
Time
8:30 PM
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SoBou

4.1
1483 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Caribbean
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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.
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Phone number
(504) 552-4095
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Juan Carlos Gonzalez
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Private party contact
Ruby Bloch: (504) 552-4095
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bienville
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Parking details
Complimentary parking at the W hotel and discounted parking offered two blocks away through Premium Parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1483 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was fantastic, the chef made dishes with unique flavors

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Exciting, delicious, fun.
Great food, great service, excellent location. We’ll be back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Good Mood and Good foods

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Went to SoBou at 4:00 pm on a weekday afternoon. It was just myself, a 50-something local woman. The service was outstanding. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and recommended a cocktail that was spot-on. There were plenty of options for lunch, happy hour specials, small plates and dinner, but not so many that it was overwhelming.

To start I ordered a red-leaf lettuce salad with pickled grapes and strawberries dressed with vinaigrette. Then I had blackened sheepshead fish on corn and asparagus risotto. There was just enough spiciness without drowning out other flavors. Both were beautiful dishes with correct portions, and reasonably priced. I ordered off the lunch menu, and the two dishes together we're $19 (plus tax).

The decor is modern with some rustic features. Great view of Chartres Street for people watching.

I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I had a friend in from out of town and when we talked about dinner plans I immediately thought of SoBou. I have never had a meal here that was disappointing and my last visit was no exception. We enjoyed cocktails and tapas before some amazing entree’s. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere is just what we were looking for. It was a great start to our night of dinner and dancing. If you have an occasionan or are just looking for a good meal, SoBou is the place to go.

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2.0Dined on June 11, 2018

It was a horrible experience. The service was atrocious and this was on a Sunday night, so I can’t imagine what a Saturday night would be like. First round of drinks took 45 minutes to arrive. Second round was not much better at 35 minutes. First round of tapas took an hour. Didn’t dare order any more. We had many choices of restaurants and went with this one because the menu sounded the most interesting. I suggest they stick to creative writing and stay out of the food service business.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Miss Ti has another winner

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Beautiful space very relaxing food was delicious and service was delightful

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was a very nice experience overall, only marred by a dispute over a perceived lack of tip that we were confronted with as we left. The server then belatedly noticed we had paid with a card but tipped in cash (around 25% at that).

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great service! My waitress was very friendly and personable! Even the burlesque dancer cane to chit chat and offer a drink suggestion! Will come back soon.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed my meal at SoBou! It’s my friend’s favorite restaurant and every time we dine there it’s always very enjoyable. Kandice was very warm and knowledgeable about the menu. Excellent job!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Wow! Food and presentation was off the charts! Our server (Brian) was incredible. Don’t have words to do justice to this restaurant- definitely a must visit!

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Unfortunately all of our dishes were salty. All of them. Our server was phenomenal, though.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

There are better options in NOLA. We weren’t thrilled with the half empty restaurant (on a holiday weekend) or the food. Cocktails and service were great. Modern atmosphere does create a “hotel restaurant” vibe. Sister restaurant is excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Very good food. Unfortunately the menu online differs quite significantly from the menu in the restaurant. Overall was very pleasant and great food.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very expensive...and it took 45 min to get our food!!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful experience. Food was amazing, bartender was friendly, helpful, and we all had a great time. When I know I’m gonna pay a little more, I’m always a bit apprehensive. It was great. We all had a great time and the food and drink where awesome.

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was good but be warned: they don't follow the menu. Out of the 5 items we ordered, only 1 matched the menu description. When we got our food and asked about it we were told "the kitchen sometimes makes substitutions". This was after the food was prepared and delivered to us.
The same thing happened with drinks. We all ordered the same thing. Delicious purple colored berry drink. Then a friend ordered a second and received a pink, grapefruit and pineapple concoction. No explanation given.

The bathroom was a disaster. Water and paper towels all over the floor, unstocked stalls.

It was early in the day (4:30) so the place was pretty empty. Clearly being busy wasn't the rationale so I can only assume they don't care.

I won't be recommending this establishment and have told those that provided me with the recommendation about my experience.

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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We have been to SoBu a few times before and have never had a bad experience, but today was awful. We waited 30 minutes for our first round of drinks even though we were one of three parties. Our small bites came out late and cold. When our entrees came, they were very good, but we had no drinks. By the time we finished our meal, our drinks finally came out. Our waiter never checked on us, was never around, and we could barely get his attention. It even took 15 minutes to get our bill. I was so disappointed by the terrible service. There was such a long time between anyone would take our order and anything actually came to our table. We will not be coming back.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Small restaurant in the W Hotel. Great staff — very attentive. Decor and vibe is very contemporary - encourages diners to linger for a while. The two course lunch menu is a good value at $18 to $20. I had the crawfish bisque that was not bisque at all but a bowl of gumbo roux with crawfish sprinkles. My entree was the fish of the day over a rice and maque choux combo. Portion was small. Dish needed salt and pepper. Convenient place to eat for hotel guests and passers by.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Nini was an awesome waitperson, the food was inspired-fresh, delicious, and prepared beautifully!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Dined on a tuesday night, our first time in. Brian did a great job as waiter for us. We shared the "sweet potato biengnet" and the crab appetizers; both were fantastic. My wife had the Geauox fish over crawfish rissotto [excellent] while I had the boneless bbq short rib, which was laso excellent but has quite a kick with the jalapena aoli on the side greens and corn.

Also, the cocktail "Leaving the Woods" was an excellent variation on the Manhattan.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

While the food was amazing, the service was horrible. We were ignored by the hostess for about 10 minutes when we walked in and that should have been our first clue how brunch would progress. It was 30 minutes before we saw our server after getting our table. We never once got water refills from our waiter, even after asking. After an hour and a half, we managed to get the attention of another waiter who took pity on us and refilled our quite dry water glasses. We got there at 110 and didn’t leave until 345. Most of that time was spent looking at an empty table and water glass. Several table were sat after us, had a three course meal, and left before we even got our main course. I normally cut places slack especially when they’re busy. However when we got there the restaurant was about half full and when we left we were one of three tables. In the entire place. Only two of those three belonged to our waiter. So unless you like unnecessary long neglectful waits with good food, I would not recommend Sobu.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My wife and I were in New Orleans for a long weekend. She found out about Sobu while watching Southern Charm New Orleans; some of the cast dined there. We added it to the list of restaurants to dine while in NOLA. Our server, Brian, was not at all attentive to our table. We ordered cocktails and waited 10 minutes before he came to tell us the bar was backed up. Soon after, another server brought cocktails to a table of diners who had not been seated that long. While still waiting for cocktails, we came to the conclusion that our drink order was not put in when we ordered them. The menu was much smaller than the menu on the restaurant's website. Our server did not explain the menu as I heard other servers do. He did not change out our flatware after our appetizer, as I saw other servers do. We felt a bit cheated by the service we could have had. I ordered the burger, which I thoroughly enjoyed; my wife ordered the short ribs but did not enjoy the strong vinegar flavor in the barbecue sauce. Not sure if I can recommend this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Dull, dull, dull, dull place. Did not feel organic to New Orleans. Would not recommend to anyone.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Overrated to say the least
Food was very average and barely warm
Service was strange with us being asked if we wished to go to another restaurant around the corner for our desert even before we finished our mains....must be in the same group ....but a strange question

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2.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food was good, but service was not acceptable

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Food was very tasty. Imaginative.
Decor is very nive . the room was too cold

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Service was good, food was just ok.
Brandied cherry bread pudding was a huge let down. Don’t know if the ice cream was real or a toy on top of the luke warm dessert. :(

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great service and very professional staff. The food was excellent, however the crawfish bisque was not good. Everyone enjoyed the brunch and was worth the drive from Baton Rouge. We will visit the bar area for a drink or two next week.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I booked Sobou for the Sunday "Jazz/Burlesque Brunch" (5/13/18). We arrived at 11am and the Jazz Quartet started at 11:30 so we had a chance to order and start our 3 course Brunch. The music was amazing. The food was spot on as well. At Noon, the fun really began as the band moved around the restaurant and the Burlesque performer of the day came out for a half hour "move about the restaurant" performance..."Gogo" was her name and she was classy, fun and her outfits were amazing! She did 3 sets with the jazz band with a change of costume each time. It was classy and fun. Even the NOLA family who came in and sat next to us with their 11 year old son enjoyed the show...and needless to say their son did as well! Our server was excellent as well.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food but appetizers pricey for what you get.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Yellowtail Tuna Cones keep us coming back!!!
Definitely small bites but fantastic flavor! Great ambience and location sometimes a little loud with bachelor parties. Fabulous food!! The One Place that we return too whenever we are in New Orleans!!

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I was very excited to try SoBou thinking of it as a casual Commanders Palace. The atmosphere is very cool visually. We split our group of 13 into 8 and 5. The cocktails were fun and delicious, especially the one that comes with sunglasses. The menu is small but good options. The quail was the best. A little too eclectic offering Cracklins but not fries with the burger. Most of the food was good. The dessert was no Commanders Palace- ice cream was so freezer burned and hard it was inedible. Wine list was missing the first 4 bottles we asked for. Service was NOT good. Maybe they were tired from JazzFest but that’s not really acceptable. It was a slow night but an important one for us and that lack of service disappointed me.

At one point we escalated to the manager and he did nothing to make things right.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Menu was limited and were out of only fish item on the menu by 8:30 p.m. - in New Orleans where everyone dines late.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great atmosphere overall - food , drinks and entertainment combine to make a great way to spend Sunday brunch .

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Girls’ brunch for Jazz Fest... Amazing food, beautiful dancer...

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fish to share

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

To begin, cocktails were fantastic. The server (Deb or Dev) was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was interesting.
We went back the next night for another cocktail. Jared was very attentive and made cocktails as wonderful as the night before. Jeb was also very efficient and attentive, taking a snack order. They made recommendations on things to do while in NOLA.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Our server continue to give us things cold and late and make excuses that everyone else was at fault but her. She never came back to check on us and took 15 to 20 minutes just to get us drinks. Took almost an hour to get our food and when it arrived most of it was cold. I even asked for an Irish coffee and it took 20 minutes for it to come to me. The waitress said that she had to make a fresh pot but the coffee came out lukewarm. Excuse after excuse can't make up for horrible service and we wished that we had one of the other servers take care of us tonight.

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