SoBou

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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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.
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4.2
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AM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Burlesque Brunch was outstanding. Food, music, and entertainment were all great.

A
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Front of the house service was lackluster at best. The managers didn't seem invested in making sure guests were taken care of in a timely manner; I saw 2 groups of people walk out because no one was helping them. I almost walked out myself because we were seated for 10 minutes before anyone came over to greet us and get a drink order. Food was decent, drinks were good, but I won't be recommending folks visit there.

MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We arrived for our 3 pm brunch reservation to learn that the kitchen closes at 3 pm! But they checked with the kitchen, which was happy to still serve from the full menu. Entrees were very expensive—more than $30 each for a veggie frittata and pulled pork tacos—but the food was spectacularly delicious!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with friends from UK, Australia, South Africa, Alabama to treat them to the glamorous show we had seen before. Bella Blue is THE classic performer: gorgeous, professional, personable. Best morning in New Orleans.

BK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service & excellent food. The kitchen did get behind so at times it took a while to receive our next course but our waitress gave us complimentary cocktails so we were distracted! I would go back!!!

DH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy Hour is the time to come to SoBou! Small menu, but generous (fullsize?) portions. Also try the three-course meal. Food was great, drinks were good and the service was outstanding (If you're lucky enough to have Toi serve you!) We came for a birthday celebration dinner before the theater. Would definitely come back then ext time I am in town.

LG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Burlesque show was ok, but the restaurant itself was great...esp their happy hours!

M
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice ending to a great weekend in New Orleans. Good food and easy atmosphere. Restaurant was okay with customers sharing dishes and waiter made good suggestions and was very helpful.

R
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

While the food was not terrible, it was just not exciting. Having enjoyed Sobou in the past, I and two local family members brought a friend here from out of town and were rather embarassed with having raved about it. The food was boring and uninspired. I've had way better "street tacos" on the street and from a truck. These were just boring, big hunks of pork and some shrimp, and a small bit of pickled something and a few cilantro leaves. The warm tortillas were the best part. The reimaged corndog was not delicious, the texture was damp and off-putting. Thankfully, the shrimp on it was nice, but overall, this was barely ok to eat. The yellowtail carpaccio-like dish was not exciting, although it was fresh and fine. The server raved about the brocolli soup, and so we all ordered it, but it was not special. So we didn't taste the gumbo or other choices, which might have been more so. So we felt misled there. The steak was not awesome, according to my sister who had it. The deserts sounded nice but just weren't very good and went unfinished, sharing two among four people. The server poured water into one of our ciders. Yes, she brought a fresh one. My cocktail tasted like soda water and melted icecubes, even after stirring well, and others tasted it to confirm. The server debated with me about it and suggested I stir -- duh. Finally took it away and eventually, after having no drink for 2/3 of my meal, brought me the beer I ordered to replace the first drink. Overall, we didn't feel well-attended to and service was slow and not very gracious. Another party of loud revelers were seated next to us and seemed to be getting a more jovial experience with staff. They were so loud, though, that we were completely unable to have a conversation at our table. Perhaps Sobou is more of a rowdy, mediocre dining experience these days.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food, and great entertainment!

KG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food & drinks were delicious. 1st time there and will put this one on our list to dine again when in town.

k
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was below average. Had the gumbo and sweet potato beignets for starter - both bland.
Acorn squash dish - squash was hard. Blackened tuna not “blackened “ at all - no spices on outside. Overall very disappointing- won’t return.

A
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was really good! Perfect contemporary date night spot. The pork chop meal was outstanding. Must go to if you are looking for a good date night. There were a lot of large groups but still places to hide for a couples night out.

S
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Came to New Orleans for my first time. It was my boyfriend and I’s last night in town and we made a reservation for an early dinner. The waiter didn’t come to take our order for over 10 minutes. By the time he did take our order we had been there for almost 40 minutes and we were the only people in the restaurant beside one other couple. Our drinks didn’t ever get ordered either. It was a bad experience overall. I won’t be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time at their burlesque brunch. Vibe was fun and friendly. Not to mention the food was amazing! Loved that the band moved around the restaurant for everyone to enjoy. Definitely will be back!

MS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was a good fun brunch with a group of girl friends. The food was nice and the staff were very friendly and attentive. The entertainment was also good burlesque dancing and a great jazz band.

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group of six had a fantastic experience at SoBou. The ambience of the place is very hip and warm, slightly loud but not bad considering it's in the French Quarter. The drinks we ordered took a little while to get to us but the server and management were very on top of this and took good care of us. The food was incredible; everyone of us highly enjoyed our meals; it was definitely the best meal of the whole trip. We would all highly recommend SoBou and hope to dine here again next time we're in NoLA.

PS
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We did one tasting menu and one regular app and main - shared both and it worked perfectly!! Cocktails were also fabulous!

J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very comfortable and inviting dining room. Front of house very cordial. Berry, my waiter, very pleasant, gave great recommendations from the menu, I ordered what he recommended, which was soup of the day - cream of broccoli, my entree was BBQ shrimp shortcake and dessert was a "just the right size"ice cream Sunday. All was delicious. Berry came back many times to check to see how everything was, refilled my water and ice tea glass and is a huge asset to SoBou. Next time I'm in NOLA, I'll be back.

d
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to try SoBou while in town because we’d read about the eclectic menu and cozy setting. We really enjoyed trying the different creations like the tuna cones and pork belly poboy. Absolute favorite were the sweet potato beignets!

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both our service and our food was outstanding. The red snapper was amazing. We’d highly recommend this restaurant.

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The gumbo was amazing. Everything else was just mediocre. The sweet potato beignets were too sweet and didn’t have a great texture. The catfish tacos didn’t have a lot of flavor. The shrimp shortcake was ok but a little too salty. Overall it wasn’t really worth the price. The gumbo was the best we had on our trip though!

JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The food was good but not enough variety. Our server was great but the hostess stand had several employees standing around and chatting loudly and using profanity. It was unprofessional and we almost left because of it.

HM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Our experience from start to finish was strange overall. The restaurant has the ingredients to be a successful establishment, but unfortunately, they have several things to work on. Weak management if I had to guess. Our table of six enjoyed 1 appetizer. We ordered 8 to share among us. Our entrees were not quite there on quality. I understand why we were able to secure a table on such short notice. Maybe they had an off night? Our server was wonderful! Very pleasant!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the shrimp! Mac and cheese was delicious!
Bourbon drinks were also tasty!
Would definitely return.

LG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fabulous! The corn dogs, beignets and chicken on a stick are not to be missed. Best fried oysters in the taco I have ever had.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Seafood Gumbo was luke warm. Service was really slow.

AR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

To noise, food was not what I expected, would not come back to eat there again.

SO
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was so slow and for the price of the dishes we expected great food, it was mediocre at best and everything was cold. Only good part was the gumbo and soup of the day we ordered.

CH
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In celebration of our birthdays in New Orleans, I made reservation weeks ago for my beloved to witness Ms. Bella Blue classic burlesque performance at Sobou 'Legs & Eggs' Sunday Brunch. Burlesque is an art form I've admired for decades. I'd seen Ms. Blue perform a couple of times over the years in New Orleans at Harrah's New Orleans. Ms. Blue acknowledge my beloved 50th birthday in a manner he'll never forget!! LOL

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, the ambience was superb, this is actually a best kept secret, didn't even realize the W hotel is attached to this restuarant.. 2 thumbs up definaly....👍🏾👍🏾

JP
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a very nice lunch. Cajun gumbo was excellent. $.25 martini’s were also delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Vacation with my boo

TB
Shreveport
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was mediocre at best. The "Shrimp/Taso corn dog" was terrible. The steak was o.k but way over priced for what was served. The server was cordial but missed on several request and my drink order. Over all I wouldn't eat there again nor would I recommend it to anyone.

SG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Burger was tasteless, chicken app rubbery,
Oyster taco changed to shrimp since no oysters. Was ok. Gumbo tasted bad and Bloody Mary was off.

MJ
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was good. Our waitress was not service oriented . She seemed bothered by questions regarding the menu and drink ingredients.

AB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Place for a large group. We were a group of five. The food was imaginative. The rustic cajun gumbo was tasty and I enjoyed the Spanish Quarter salad. The duck legs and eggs meal was delicious. I don't recommend the pork belly banh mi. The pork belly was very chewy and it had too much sauce on it. Everyone else loved their choices. The drinks were wonderful and creative. Bella Blue was an entertaining burlesque star and we really enjoyed the live band. She hand wonderful costumes and was fun and light hearted. It was a great brunch and a show.

TG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Unfortunately, the service was slow. We had tickets to Wicked and after an hour, our food had not arrived. By the time the food was sent to our table, we had about 7 minutes to eat before we had to leave for the play. The manager was gracious enough to comp the meal, and the food was very good, but the experience left us with no desire to return.

R
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went for brunch. Poached eggs were cold and hard. Potatoes were hot, but so over-seasoned they were inedible. Bacon had WAY too much pepper. French toast was burned. Coffee was $3.00/cup, no free refills. Not a good meal or experience.

QB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The beer dispenser on the table prevented me from being able to see the person across from me which made conversation difficult. The restrooms were overflowing with trash, paper everywhere.

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