SoBou

4.1
1495 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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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.
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 1495 People Are Saying
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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been before. We go to NOLA at least a few times a year!! The food was amazing i mean amazing! We will be back for all anniversaries. SoBou made lifers right here!! Get the bread pudding its to die for.

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RC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

SoBou was a good experience for the most part. We were greeted with great hospitality at the host stand. We arrived earlier than our reservation so we went to the bar. The bartenders were quick and friendly. The before mentioned hosts came to the bar and took us to the our table once it was ready and gave us a complimentary dessert for our troubles. (Of having to wait for a table) Then once we got to our table this is where it headed south... our server was one of the most un hospitable. He just wanted us to order so he could turn and burn another table. This was the complete opposite vibe the rest of the staff was putting off. These un hospitable actions lead to mistakes on his end (forgetting our food order, forgetting our drink order, not refilling our waters, not clearing our plates.... seriously our host cleared our plates FYI it wasn’t even busy) this really put a damper on my experience until the hosts had seemed to see this going on at our table and pretty much became our new server: bringing us our dessert, getting our drinks, conversating with us, you know what servers are supposed to do. The new “server” brought us the check when we were done and explained he was going to take care of some of the bill and give us some to go drinks for the streets! The host team here should all be the servers they were far more attentive and hospitable and they made a bad experience good. Oh and the food was superb.

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JW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The menu was very minimal and not very NOLA inspired. The shrimp beignets lacked shrimp!

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S
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been to this place a few times during our annual visits to New Orleans from DC. The food is always imaginative and well executed. Seems to change regularly so it can be a little disorienting.. The service in the restaurant was very good the bar server a couple of days later was another story.

On July 1st at around 6.15 pm we asked for two dry Martinis. When asked the price our barmaid said 'depends on the gin'.but was vague on price saying airily, how she couldn't be expected to know all of the prices. She then made a drink with 50% ratio of vermouth to gin when it was pointed out that this was not a dry drink she thought that dry meant more of the dry (Dolin) vermouth! While that was sorted out, after some push back, she tried to remove the cocktail shaker lid by smashing it repeatedly against the edge of the bar. We were eventually served a 1.5 oz half empty coup glass of Martini (correctly mixed) for over 10 bucks. An appalling performance. No apology was offered and she was objectionable from the start. Sorry to report this as past experiences at this bar have ben terrific. This was surely an anomaly.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. Except the women’s washrooms were filthy. I told them about it before our dinner began and the staff said they would look after it/ but they didn’t. When I went to use them again they were just as filthy. Disappointing.

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e
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The menu is not the same than shown on open table. Very disappointing. The one thing I wanted was no longer on the menu. He second thing I wanted was no longer on the menu. It was for my birthday, probably the quickest meal of my life , just had 3 small bites the pork cracklings was delicious. Otherwise we were in and out. Please update menu. Server was nice but New didn’t know ingredients in drinks however she was the best part of this experience. And the beers were extremely cold!! That was the bonus in New Orleans its greatly appreciated

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JK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special poblano stuffed tamale was delicious!! Moist and slightly spicy. Special cocktails were refreshing and different. Our server was fabulous!

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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch. The service and entertainment were great. The food was good but not outstanding for what the price was. You did get appetizer, entree and dessert for one price + drinks. The bill was close to $100 for 2 and we were sort of still hungry. The brisket Po boy was a lot of bread and the meat was like meat in bottle BQ sauce. My husbands fish was good but small. The pecan pie was really good except they put a big clump of peanut butter and a pork rind on top. Maybe they were trying to be creative but it didn’t work. Some bourbon whittled cream would have been perfect but the pie itself was really good.

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I came here for the Leggs and Eggs show. (Burlesque and brunch) And I was not disappointed! Bella Blue is beautiful and sensual and the four-piece band was the icing on the cake. I would've been happy with a spot on the floor, but I came to eat and boy did I! All three of us chose to order different items and we tried tons of items. Hands down, the pork and waffle was the star of all NINE dishes we tried (3 app, 3 entree, 3 dessert). But don't rely to heavily on certain dishes being there because the menu changes often. All the more reason to go back soon. It isn't cheap but it is delicious. The purchase of an entree will also get you an appetizer and a dessert (hence why we felt so fancy) and will run you $30-$40 (expensive for me at least lol), but it is well worth it. Go there and get your brunch and boobies! You won't regret it!

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HY
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The website doesn't do justice. Very upscale. The cocktail was delicious and very cleverly done. The food was intelligent and tasty. The band was great and most of all the burlesque show was classy, not cheap and taudry. My wife and I enjoyed the visit and will certainly come back.

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PH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The decor and ambient lighting got us in the door. The food will bring us back. Two thumbs up. The only drawback was there was no option that we saw in the drink menu to buy a bottle of wine for the table. Otherwise we loved it.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere (love the bottle wall!). Our server, Dev, was amazing! Highly recommend the Pig Latin Tacos and the BBQ Shrimp Beignets.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, the chef made dishes with unique flavors

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JW
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Mood and Good foods

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RN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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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CQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miss Ti has another winner

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n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space very relaxing food was delicious and service was delightful

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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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LM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

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

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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S
Sacramento
55 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 2

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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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

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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FT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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r
Hawaii
50 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

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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GR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was good, but service was not acceptable

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DD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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