SoBou

4.5
2182 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Every Sunday enjoy a more sinfully delicious experience with our popular Legs & Eggs Burlesque Brunch featuring Bella Blue.

Now Open for both indoor and outdoor dining.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2182 people are saying
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4.7
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarolinaG
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was not good. My husband's eggs were awful. My fish was not bad but it wasn't special.

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ezzardl
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 Step Service! We food, great location, great scenery, covid19 rules applied! Love this place!

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AnnaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very mediocre food and overpriced for what it is.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the drinks were superb. Love that they do a specialty “hooch” each day. Highly recommend this place—the ambience was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with friends. Service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brandi our waitress was awesome!

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vipKT22
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from the moment we walked in until we left. The Bar is very cool, bartenders are real pros, drinks were excellent. We had the shrimp corn dogs to start followed by the surf&turf and pork chop. Scraped both plates completely clean. Absolute perfection in preparation, presentation and taste combinations. And the fresh creme brûlée to finish was the perfect topper. Five stars isn’t enough. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome experience! We weren’t sure what to expect, but we ended up having the best server! She was awesome and made sure we had a great time. Can’t wait to get back!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service and food was outstanding

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Corine
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was decent, and atmosphere excellent. Service was terrible! Took an hour and a half to get our food and waitress only came to the table once. In reading reviews on Yelp, this looks to be commons service here. Save yourself the trip and explore the many other restaurants in the area.

SoBou
Responded on April 28, 2021

Corine, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback and your patronage to SoBou. I apologize we did not meet your expectations on service. We intend to take this feedback and share it with our team! Please trust, your next visit to SoBou will be different.

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vipYolie
New Mexico
238 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to try SoBou this time visiting and we were not disappointed. I think I’d do lunch if dining outdoors again. We dodged some rain at least. Lovely courtyard area that we would prefer to enjoy a bit more. We started with the duck beignets which were yummy! I had the rustic gumbo and strawberry spinach salad. Perfect. My husband had the Cuban and he gave me a bite. All were great. Next time I think the duck is a must to try. Wonderful service.

SoBou
Responded on April 28, 2021

Yolie, thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review! We couldn't agree more; our courtyard is a true hidden gem. We can't wait for you next visit to SoBou.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic boudin

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at SoBou. We visit New Orleans about 5 times a year. The staff were exceptional. Very good service. The food was great. I had the pork chops. Superb taste and cooked perfectly. Wine selection good. Ambiance was nice and not noisy. Only downside was the room was a bit cold due to a sudden drop in outside temperature. A great experience.

SoBou
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such great feedback on your visit to Sobou! I am delighted to hear you enjoyed the pork chop, it's certainly a crowd favorite:) We hope you'll visit again during your next trip to NOLA.

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RachelD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music on Thursday in the outdoor courtyard is excellent! The food and service topped it all off! The Brussels are a must!

SoBou
Responded on April 28, 2021

RachelD, thank you such great feedback and for visiting us on Thursday! We couldn't agree more, Dr. Sick and the Late Greats are a great addition to our courtyard. We hope you'll join us again.

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NancyA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Legs n' Eggs, the Sunday Burlesque brunch and it was fantastic! The food was lovely and Bella Blue did a fabulous performance.

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KarenB63
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at the Legs and Eggs Sunday brunch. The food was delicious and the entertainer Bella Blue was wonderful. If you are looking for an unique New Orleans experience, I highly recommend Soubou.

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vipDoctorM
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had brunch menu (not on website) though limited, very good. Tacos with fried oysters, pulled pork, egg excellent. Great drinks.

(and a surprise - apparently on weekends they have a burlesque show at lunchtime and it was fun and terrific!)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here on a whim while visiting New Orleans and it’s the best meal either of us have ever had. We cannot stop raving about the INCREDIBLE food and FLAWLESS staff. Our server was Dever and she is the absolute sweetest! They were crazy busy and the hostess did not hesitate to come over and chat to us and inform us about anything we needed to know! As busy as they were it was never hectic and the food came out in great time. The executive chef came out to chat with us and he invited us to a crawfish boil brunch they were having the next day and we couldn’t say yes fast enough. Hunter is a great bartender and was super attentive as well. Thank you to all the staff. Just incredible overall, I cannot recommend highly enough!!

SoBou
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank your leaving such a great review! We can't wait to share your comments with our team and to host you all again here at SoBou.

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vipSalbertsons
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The drinks are wonderful. Highly recommend Tourist Visa. It is spicy and delicious. But, food takes too long.

SoBou
Responded on April 28, 2021

Salbertons, thank you for your patronage to SoBou and for taking the time to leave us feedback. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed one of our newest cocktails, the Tourist Visa! Our bar chefs worked extremely hard on creating crafted cocktails to delight our guests. I am sorry to hear we didn't meet your expectations on the timeliness of food coming to your table. We intend to take this feedback and make things right for your next visit to SoBou!

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GabbyY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Sunday Burlesque Brunch! Food and atmosphere is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was incredible. Our server was on top of everything and even though it was extremely busy she took great care of us.

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Love2eat
Memphis/West TN
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding staff and service! Over the top making us feel welcome! I was desperately searching for a table with my 92 year old mother in tow walking thru the Quarter at 9:20 in the evening. No one had a table and everyone was closing. I found this reservation on Open Table by luck. We arrived at the restaurant within a few minutes. The hostess had not seen the reservation but a manager was standing by. I overheard them saying it should not have gone through as they were closed. I was promptly asked if I preferred indoor or out. I was assured I would love the courtyard and taken to a perfect courtyard with a great table. They treated us like we were special guests who had made reservations well in advance. If I had not overheard their conversation, I would have never known they were closed. They accommodated our every need. And then came the food...OMG, it was delightful! Our server was a sweetheart and never made us feel rushed for a moment. We savored every bite. I have a list of our favorites in NOLA and SoBou will always be a destination for us. I promise to make reservations in advance from now on:-)

SoBou
Responded on April 17, 2021

Love2eat, thank you for taking the time to leave such great feedback! We have shared this with our team and we are are all lookin forward to host you all again here at SoBou.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my brother’s 40th birthday here during the burlesque brunch featuring Bella Blue on Easter Sunday. Staff was super attentive. Food and drinks were tasty. Bella was fun, flirty, and generous with her time while dancing at our table and talking to us like old friends. We felt very welcome at this establishment. Environment felt clean and airy in light of COVID concerns still being a focus. Highly recommend.

SoBou
Responded on April 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! We are delighted to hear your brother's 40th birthday was a success. Bella Blue is an amazing addition to our Sunday brunch. We hope to see you all again!

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ChefB
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful meal. Everything was wonderful ... food, service, cocktails...! Will definitely be back next time we are in NOLA. Thank you for everything

SoBou
Responded on April 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback and patronage to SoBou! We are thrilled to hear you'll be back next time. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, fantastic service. Really enjoyed our meal, the delicious cocktails, and the location. Strongly recommend the strip steak and potatoes. Very tender and flavorful.

SoBou
Responded on April 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! We are so happy to hear about your experience and we hope that you'll return.

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Sherri
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, but the food was not good at all. This was a big let down. I was with a small group and all of our food was poorly seasoned, basically bland, except for the steak and brussel sprouts. But, Who comes to New Orleans for steak? Definitely not me. The manager was nice when we shared our disappointment with her and she was nice enough to take back three of the meals. The only other issue was that our food took forever to be brought to us. That was really irritating. So, I would not visit them again.

SoBou
Responded on April 9, 2021

Sherri, thank you for your feedback and patronage to SoBou! I am delighted to hear you enjoyed the restaurant, but I apologize we did not meet your expectations for dinner. We intend to take this feedback, make the necessary changes and in near future if we are given the opportunity to host you and your guests, we will exceed those expectations!

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Mvamemo
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buena la comida y bonito lugar

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Bella Blue is a must see in Nola!

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vipTammyway
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is elevated versions of comfort classics. The crackins are addictive. The boudin sausage is some of the best I ever had. My friends burger was way overcooked and dried out. The chicken sandwich was perfectly cooked and juicy. The cocktails are the best part. They are beautifully done and well balanced. The tasters of the daily hooch were a nice touch. The restaurant was so pretty but insanely loud. Chairs are not very comfortable and the AC was on full blast. Our server was average but definitely did not appreciate being asked to split the four person check into the two couples. She actually rolled her eyes which was a bit surprising. It’s not like we asked for four separate checks. She was great initially but wasn’t too attentive throughout. Overall it’s a great pick. The food and drinks are above average.

SoBou
Responded on April 9, 2021

Tammyway, we appreciate your feedback and patronage to SoBou! I am delighted to hear you and your guests enjoyed the cracklins, boudin, chicken sandwich and cocktails. I apologize we could not meet your expectations on service throughout your dinner. I do hope we are given the chance to host you and your guests again and exceed those expectations!

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Suki
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

For a place of this caliber , I expected my birthday dinner to be one to remember. We started off with a bottle or champagne - ordered our food shortly after. Plain and simple - silverware was not brought to the table. One person ordered gumbo, which went cold after sitting there for over 15 minutes waiting on a spoon. By the time we made the host/manager aware of the situation, it was too cold to eat. Honestly, the place was beautiful and great ambiance for a birthday dinner with friends but it was disappointing for lack of service. Will not be recommending or returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambience

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danaehanes
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little loud with the band inside but they were amazing. Our server was impeccable and the food was out of this world.

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LucasQ
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderf atmosphere and wait staff. Prices were reasonable for a nicer restaurant. Great live music playing. Food and drinks were good. Would recommend the cracklins mention it’s not hot fresh ones. We expected that and heard the table next to use mention it too. Boudin balls very good. Duck/sweet potato beignets good but would have thought a little more duck- only tasted a couple bites of it. Meat pies good but not spicy as expected.
Was still very happy and would return.

SoBou
Responded on April 9, 2021

LucasQ, we are happy to hear you had such a wonderful time and meal here at SoBou. Thank you for the feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must-see stop if ever near bourbon St. especially Sunday burlesque brunch! Has not disappointed every visit in the four years since discovering the place.

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vipleslie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. The service was amazing, waiters are super friendly (especially Brandy with a Y). The Brussels sprouts are delicious. Vegetarian friendly too! 100% recommend

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Hopsoonie
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food took forever to come out. We waited more than 45 minutes without bread or snacks. The portions were small but delicious! I’d recommend the bar

SoBou
Responded on March 15, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experience during your visit to SoBou. We are delighted you enjoyed the food and understand that our Small Bites can leave you wanting more. We always suggest ordering a few and sharing with the table (or enjoying them all yourself). And if you are still craving more, our Big Bite plates are sure to fill you up (or can be shared, if you’re in a giving mood) . Please feel free to reach out with additional information as we do value feedback from our guests 504.552.4095

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StephanieB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was amazing food. Great quality and our server was very informative about the menu.

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TeikaS
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Sobou and when we come to NOLA...the cocktails and fried pork rinds are a must have! Other notables include the sweet potato beignets and the gumbo was Petey tasty too!

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TyGreneaux
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 appetizers. $60. Took 2 hours. They desert took 40 minutes. Our server brought us the bill and said she just cancelled the dessert cause the were taking too long. Horrible service. Overpriced. Food was delicious.

Update: executive chef called me directly and handled it extremely well. Will be making a trip back soon!

FAQs

SoBou offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 552-4095.

SoBou is rated 4.5 stars by 2182 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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