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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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Vacation with my boo

SG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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

AB
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

KR
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was amazing. Staff acted like it was an inconvenience for us to be there. Waited ten minutes for water and cocktail order to be taken.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were seated next to the window, which was nice because we also got to people watch while we enjoyed our meal.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First of all it was Sunday Night Football night in NOLA vs Dallas...so the restaurants were NOT busy...of course the bars were. So maybe they were off their game. But for such a vaunted restaurant their liquor selection was weak, drinks inconsistent, did not even have a bottled sparkling water. The bathrooms were badly in need of attention, and there were like three tables dining, all 2 or 4 tops and 4 people at the bar. The food was pretty good, but no nearly as good as Redfish Grill, Mr. B’s or over a dozen other moderately priced places in the quarter. I might go back to try again, but then with so many solid performers in the area why would I?

SM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legs and eggs burlesque brunch was awesome! The performer put on a great show and wore gorgeous costumes. The service was outstanding and the food was to die for!! We also thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails. Great experience, delicious food and our out of town guests loved the atmosphere and the wonderful hospitality.

L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Burlesque Brunch! Food was amazing! Whitney our server was so friendly and attentive. Made my Birthday special. Will be back!

NB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a couple of drinks in the bar beforehand and bar staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations. Great bar atmosphere!

Once seated, service was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was excellent and we will
definitely be back!

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT WHEN VISITING NEW ORLEANS.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was awful. Nothing appealing. Over rated .

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Duck.dry, bread pudding pop excellent

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early to our reservation, and they sat us immediately. The server (Nene) greeted us by name and couldn’t have been more welcoming. My husband has a shellfish allergy and this was the first place I had ever seen with shellfish-free gumbo. We enjoyed the 3 course menu and since we came early (before 6) we could enjoy the happy hour drink menu ($4 Prosecco!) This was a stellar dining experience all around. We will be back!

H
New Orleans
53 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service will return

NA
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was trendy and swank, food was well-portioned and tasty,, waitstaff and management were excellent. Our server, Dever, was attentive without being obtrusive. The complimentary shots we had added to the value of our meal and provided a unique opportunity to sample something that we may not have tried otherwise due to the unique flavor profile. We had an amazing experience. We shall return and we shall tell our friends and family to try SoBou in the near future.

B
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know what people are talking about with poor service or stale food. We first discovered this place on a food tour - everything was tasty and the chef presented their out-of-this-world take on beignets. Returned tonight for more drinks and tastes. The oyster tacos and shrimp shortcake were excellent. The bread pudding was great (and large!). The drinks were delicious. The service was polite and helpful. I love the decor and music. Recommended!!!

MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

SoBou was delicious. We had breakfast there 3 times and dinner once. The food was very good and plentiful. The servers were attentive and friendly.

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fun new find!
Great decor and atmosphere.

The food was very good.

Service was very good and they were great about answering questions about ingredients on some of the dishes we had.

SG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service wasn’t great. The burlesque brunch was lovely as the dancer was charismatic and the band was great, though a bit loud. The food was just OK compared to other options in New Orleans.

k
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! The staff was friendly, professional and seemed to really enjoy working there! That makes for a very nice atmosphere! The crispy oyster tacos were excellent, as well as the sweet potato beignets! We went for lunch and it was perfect!

L
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 6PM reservations. Nearly mt and quiet so we could chat. Did the fixed price menu $38. Great value. I had duck others drum. Everything was nicely prepared and not over salted. Others drifted in and got noises but it’s NO. Will go back again.

C
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service - so slow .. we could see our food waiting on the pass and hadn’t to ask for it as it was getting cold . Stay away.

JB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a cool spot. Easy to get to, great atmosphere, plus phenomenal food and service. Toi was a tremendous server and genuinely made us feel welcomed. Recommended to friends who are visiting this weekend!

DH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was the absolute best!!!! The music and entertainment added so much to the experience. We loved it!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nene and Darius made my group of first-timers feel very welcome and they had a blast! Having been to SoBou several times before, I knew they would love it! As always, you all delivered. The band was wonderful and Bella Blue killed it! Can’t wait to come back.

FM
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very attentive and explained the menu well.

B
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went with a group of people for COOLINARY month! We’re locals and food and service was outstanding! The yellowfin tuna cones appetizer was outstanding as well as everything else! Our server was spectacular! we had a great time!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our Coolinary meal was outstanding! Love love love the tasso and shrimp corn dogs! Server Toi was attentive, helpful and friendly. We will be back often!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, I would dine here everyday if I could.

KW
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and creative menu

O
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I love SoBou’s elegant decor, and chose to have lunch there because of its lunch menu during New Orleans’ August Coolinary event. My companion and I ordered the seafood and rustic gumbos which were very good. As entrees, we chose the fried oyster tacos and Vietnamese pork belly Po’boy. While the tacos were quite tasty and the pork belly and accompanying pickled vegetables flavorful, the Po’boy was served on stale, inedible bread.

Our server was both distracted and indifferent to our dining experience. Our food and drink orders were mixed up repeatedly. Further, when asked why our martinis were not served in the appropriate stemware, his response was “what do you expect for a .25 cent martini.” If Commanders Palace can serve their .25 cent martini in an actual martini glass, why can’t SoBou do the same?

B
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great!! We had the table in the back so that was nice for a big group like ours. We did have to find the waiter a few times even though the restaurant wasn't that busy, but I would recommend this restaurant for the food!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Better Service!

N
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, loved the Duck and boudin dressing!
The Shrimp and Tasso Corndogs were also very tasty.
I did not care for the Bread pudding lollypop. Very dry and seemed stale.
Service was friendly and professional.
Drinks very good as well.

BK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coolinary menu was amazing! Can’t wait till next year!

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A delicious, quiet brunch

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