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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.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Caribbean
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.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary parking at the W hotel and discounted parking offered two blocks away through Premium Parking.
Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Private Party Contact:
Ruby Bloch: (504) 552-4095
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
SoBou Ratings and Reviews
My fiancé and I went there for the 25¢ martinis available during lunch on the weekday, and let me tell you it did not disappoint! They were delicious and unique to the restaurant. The lunch specials were delicious as well, going well with the drinks. The wait staff and hostess were really friendly and had a great sense of humor with my “special request”
Highly recommend visiting this restaurant.
This restaurant was amazing, BUT before you go, you need to know you will pay about $20+ for a small, bougie entree (the burger looks like it is a slider). That being said, the food tastes amazing! I had the braised short rib, and OMG, it melted in my mouth. The $.25 drinks at lunch were just ok, but, HEY, they were $.25! We had several orders of cracklins at my table, which were so fresh and wonderfully seasoned. The only food item that wasn't that great was the chocolate coma bar. The marshmallow displayed in the middle of the plate tasted off like it was frozen next to other ingredients too long. The cake/ganache portion was "just okay," with the cake being dry and crumbly. Not worth the $9. That being said, I would definitely order the short rib and crackin again! Mr. Comeaux was an excellent waiter. He was extremely nice and patient with my table. :)
Drinks were at low tide to begin with... then a shallow vodka martini served in a margarita glass! Dirty plates and silvrware. Found grease stains on the seat of my pants after sitting on couch seats. This place is not trying hard to be a place it can never be. So many better options nearby!
We went to the “Legs and Eggs” Sunday brunch (jazz music with a burlesque dancer). Very fun, charming, great music. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. The staff all seemed to be having fun, enjoying the jazz music as they worked. But the food...the food was truly outstanding. We shared a flask of the “hooch” to drink and ordered the bourbon braised short rib with pepper jelly and the eggs benedict with shredded pork on a cornmeal waffle. Delicious and creative execution, the Crystal hot sauce hollandaise was perfection.
We arrived less than an hour before the restaurant closed to a less-than-enthusiastic server was understandable but she was still professional and polite. We opted for the course tasting and was not disappointed. The Pear & Pickled Grape Salad was one of the best salads I’ve ever had, the Cracklin' Crusted Sticky Pork Belly was delicious. By the time we got to the Vanilla & Black Magic Rum Cake we could only eat about half of it since it was so filling. Overall it was a good value compared to other upscale dining options in the French quarter.
the food was average. i might go back if i was in the area just to sit at the bar, which seemed like a good spot. here is/was my main issue: i made a reservation for my family and i (three of us.) doesn't really matter that it was thanksgiving, kind of beside the point. we sat down at 9.15, ordered a bottle of wine and a couple apps. after some time goes by, our server comes back by and reminds us of the time. 'the kitchen closes at ten' she says to us. it's 9.40. sobou, and any other 'upscale' restaurant that is serving overpriced, average food that thinks they're offering 'the whole experience', let me explain something. whether a guest has a reservation or just shows up and waits an hour to be seated and served, YOU SERVE THEM. that's your job! every single person employed at any restaurant is solely dependent on folks simply walking through the door. seems pretty basic, right? you cannot shut down my experience because my reservation time cuts into your after work happy hour. WHAT IF, you did not accept reservations, your food was really good, your bar was hip, and the prices matched. people would wait an hour AT LEAST to be seated, right? so you seat them, take their drink order, and after a few moments you say, oh hey guys, 'kitchen closes in twenty.'
Overall the good was very good except from the louisiana shrimp which although was presented in a skillet it wasn't cooked there and was flooded in melted butter. Also shrimps were not that fresh. Service was too slow 30 minutes for drinks and 1 hr for food.
Otherwise the pork rib and hanger steak were beautifully cooked and the starters were also very tasty.
I would recommend it as flavors are authentic but you need a bit of patience.
This restaurant was seriously disappointing. The gumbo tasted like flour. The garlic shrimp for dinner was around $27 and we got 6 shrimp (not 8 like the waiter indicated) which were tough and tasteless - in spite of the big heap of garlic in the middle. Oyster appetizer was good.
Our waiter was a nice guy but service was slow. 2 thumbs down and a waste of $100.
We loved the experience! We went for Sunday brunch and the Burlesque could not have been more fun!
The food however, was not as impressive. For the 1st course we had the Donuts, they were good, another had the soup of the day, also good and another had the salad, it was strange but salty, not horrible. For the main course, one of us had the pork belly and it was so tough we couldn't cut it and the flavor was not great. Another had the Caprese and the egg was so hard and rubbery and the dish again lacked flavor. The pancakes were okay but nothing great.
For dessert , the banana dish was very good but the rum cake was very dry and just tasted like a plain chocolate cake.
Overall, because of the entertainment, I will definitely go back again and bring out of town guests but we will be careful what we order. This place could be off the charts if the food was better.
We absolutely loved our time at SoBou! Our server was great at offering suggestions and adjusting our orders to accommodate our likes & dislikes. We literally wanted one of everything on the small plates menu, it’s a must to try them all especially the Red beans & rice wontons....amazing! Their gumbo is one of the best I’ve tasted and they main courses each of us had were top notch! Their bar menu has a special drink that’s changed frequently and amazing speciality cocktails as well! It’s a place everyone could find something they enjoy to eat and drink! Lastly, their desserts, must must try!
Arrived at 8:15pm for an 8:30 reservation friendly hostess seated us right away. We sat for 15mins until our waitress passed by and advised us she would be right there and that she had ordered water for the table. It took another 20 mins to get the water. and for her to take our drinks order (with this in mind we ordered our food at the same time) 20mins later our drinks showed up. We had to get up and ask for a second drink order. 40 mins later our food showed up. Most of the meals were tasty except the waggau flank steak was Tough. The overall feeling was that no one was in charge as we had a number of things delivered to the table that was not for us. It was also disappointing that the menu on the website did not match the menu at the restaurant. Overall the lack of organization and service would lead me to never return to this restaurant.
The place has a really nice vibe. The decor is modern and cool. Being a weekday evening, the place was not crowded at all.
Out server was very pleasant, but we felt she did not know the menu too well, despite it being relatively small. I was expecting a better knowledge of the dishes based on my prior experiences in similar places.
We got the vibe that the service pace was too fast. I think we got a starter, cocktail, and a main entree in about 25-30 minutes. We were out in less than an hour.
Overall the meal was very good.
The food is excellent and the burlesque show at brunch is really fun. My only complaint was the service was kind of slow, but you are encouraged to sit back and stay a while. The waitress did charge my credit card three times, but it was cleared up in a few days. I’d definitely go back for the right occasion.
The waitstaff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Food was on the extreme side of things. It looks like they are trying to make a statement that they are pushing the culinary boundaries without taking into account the objective of providing something that is appetizing and tasty. Serving braised ribs on a slice of watermelon ----- eh
Serving avocado ice cream with tuna fish ------ eh, eh
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