Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 31 times today

SoBou

4.1
1429 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Caribbean
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(504) 552-4095
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Juan Carlos Gonzalez
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Ruby Bloch: (504) 552-4095
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Bienville
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
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 1429 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
1.0Dined 3 days ago

We walked in and the hostess lied and told us the wait was 45 min, but we booked a reservation on OpenTable for 5 min later. On return the hostess said she didn't believe that we would get good service and so she didn't want to honor it (<30% occupancy). She refused to say that we could get service so we left. We spoke to a group outside who was staying at the hotel and was told they had had similar experience with their breakfast and had serious problems getting service.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined 3 days ago

It was a Sunday at 6:00 p.m., so there's that, but the service was terrible, even though the place was almost empty. The food was good, but nothing special. Very disappointed.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined 3 days ago

I made reservation and the place was almost empty when we came , it took them 8 minutes to sit us down, after 10 minutes the waiter finally came and took our drink order, waiting for 20 more minutes we still had no drinks and nobody even took our food order. It was a lot of waiters walking around, but no service. After sitting there for almost 25 minutes we just left. Will never go back to the restaurant again.
The bar is good and drinks are nice, but restaurant service... well it's no service at all

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was excellent. Generally, the food was tasty and had an interesting mix of flavors. Portions were very small. I was looking forward to the foie gras burger, but was disappointed. I couldn't taste the foie because there was so little of it (even for the slider-sized burger), the burger came with pork cracklings rather than the foie gras fondue stated in the menu, and the foie gras root beer float just tasted like a regular root beer float.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 5 days ago

First the food was amazing. I had the Foie Gras burger which is served with duck bacon, chicharones, and a small root beer float with Foie Gras ice cream. I ate alone at lunch and asked for a whiskey list but they apparently didn’t have one so the waitress went to ask the bartender for some recommendations and returned with 5 names and prices. This wasn’t what I had in mind, but it worked out so it was okay. My waitress was attentive without being annoying. Reminder before the next sentence: “the food was amazing.” It also took over an hour to get my burger. This isn’t ideal, but if they are going to make you wait for your food they better get it right and they nailed it. Also I was reading a book and didn’t mind. I heard some people complain to their server about the wait and ask for their check so I know it wasn’t just me receiving slow food. Still I thought the server did a great job and the cook while slow served up delicious food. When I’m back in town I’ll go back. And if you’re not in a rush and can enjoy a leisurely meal and some drinks, I’d highly recommend this place.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 6 days ago

We arrived 30 min earlier than our reservation and was told we could not be seated yet. There were 3 2-top tables empty and visible thru the front window. We came back 20 min later and they were still empty. We were then seated. Over 10 min went by before a waiter noticed us. Food was good but it was loud and our waiter was a little brusque.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

We saw this restaurant on Southern Charmed New Orleans and it was recommended and did not disappoint!!! Great food and drinks and service!!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Terrific for tapas style dinner. Waitress Brandi’s suggestions for cocktails were spot on. Visiting from Los Angeles—prices for the quality of food & presentation would be considered a bargain there. Sweet potato beignets, pear salad, cherries jubilee with vanilla bread pudding all standouts. We split 4 small plates & 2 desserts with cocktails for $45 each including tip.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

A lot of the main dishes they were sold out of and it was only 6pm! Also out of a lot of the drinks on the drink menu too. Disappointed.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Amazing Service! Delicious food - outstanding customer service!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Perfect!! Legs & Eggs brunch was the perfect adult atmosphere for my boyfriends birthday celebration. We had the best waiter, knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, fun! The entertainment was outstanding. Bella and her burlesque show made our day!! The food, I cannot say enough about!! Simply delicious!! Not one complaint or negative comment can be said. I would rate this as an event for adults. Although she did make a costume change when there were children in the restaurant, which was very nice!! Thank you we will return with more friends!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We went for the Legs and Eggs Brunch and it was a wonderful experience. We all shared plates and enjoyed the band and the show. Jacques, our waiter, was incredibly attentive at all the right times and helped pull it all together. We had a great time and I highly recommend it.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delicious food great friendly service and entertainment at the Sunday brunch. Fun will revisit again. Thank you

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great dinner and thanks to our waiter Brian for making recommendations on beer and Osso Bucco ! He was terrific

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

On a story day during Frenc Quarter Fest, we ended our day here to eat dinner.Was pleasantly surprised with the concise menu selections, it was not short on taste. Genius to put tender Short Ribs on Sweet Potato pie, delicious! Along with the Trout with crabmeat stuffing and the Bread pudding dessert. Great atmosphere, pleasant staff. Plan on going back for brunch and will recommend to guests.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Well worth the visit. Outstanding service and food was made to order (no added salt) with the waitress making good wine recommendations.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was simply not good. The waiter horrible. Poor advice. Largely inattentive. The massive 50 oz pork special meal was largely pork fat. And mainly salty with little other flavor. The fish with the plantains was missing plantains, unless they were ground to dust and mixed into the minuscule stuffing. The menu description are misleading. We were a party of six and we can say the cocktails were good. The rest of it- yech. I cannot understand how a Brennan restaurant can be just so awful. It is embarrassing too. Avoid this restaurant until they fix it.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food but the service was by far one of the worst experiences we ever had. The long wait for our drinks and then our meal,and the lack of the mere presence of our waiter. We actually had to track him down after sitting for 1.5 hours without getting our meal! Never checked in on us. Not once. Then gave us the wrong check. Hopefully it was just our waiter - the other diners came and went. Not even an acknowledgement that we had to wait so long - even though the manager had to “check on our order.” For these reasons we would never return. Complete lack of caring about the patrons.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful!

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Only 1 waiter for 7 tables. White Russian was made with a Kalula substitute, horrible. Our food was cold Food was obviously sitting to be delivered for awhile. Very disappointed

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Good food, but a mouse was running around disrupting service

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The live music and the burlesque show was fun! I had the fried quail and waffles...really good! Great place for brunch!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Brian our waiter was fantastic he definitely knows what he is doing.The food was awesome. I would highly recommend anyone visiting to come to the spot !

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I gotta say I had great expectations for this place and was saddened by the food
My husband and I split the pork chop and it was dry as a bone
When I told our waitress she had not one word to say about it
Also dessert was mediocre at best
On our reservation I mentioned it was my husbands 50th Birthday and not one mention to him from the establishment
If your looking for a good meal on your trip to Nola skip this place

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The atmosphere was nice and the menu was creative. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. We had the the fried crisps, beignets, the pork dish for two it was and pecan without the pie. It was all amazing. If I went back I would order the same exact dishes as they left me and my husband impressed with the flavor and thoughtfulness put into each dish.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I had a free afternoon in New Orleans while on a business trip, and chose SoBou because it was open for lunch/dinner throughout the afternoon. I ended up sitting at the bar and having a couple cocktails and the stuffed geaux fish, which was delicious. It was very relaxing way to pass a couple hours while waiting for my flight back home.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was fabulous and service very fast and prompt. Maybe a bit too so as we felt a bit rushed. The restaurant was quiet.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Brian was outstanding.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Indifferent, disinterested service. Preparation of food reflected chef, kitchen staff, and Management as being indifferent and disinterested.
Imaginative ambience, --- but could not overcome fundamental deficiencies in service, food, and Management.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

First time here and had been wanting to go for awhile. The atmosphere was very contemporary and inviting. Pernithia took good care of me. I like to try small plates and they had a great selection. Everything was very good. Good wine list by the glass. I would go back. Comfortable for single diners

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The atmosphere was lots of fun and very festive! Sunday was legs and eggs Burlesque brunch .... food was delicious and very creative!! Third time there and I’ll definitely go back next trip to Nola!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

During our annual trip to New Orleans we do eat at some fabulous restaurants. But on this trip we saved the best for last. The brunch at SoBou was simply amazing. It is prix Fixe and there are choices for everyone. I had the crispy quail and waffles. Served with a perfect poached egg on top it was the crowning meal to anime great NOLA adventure.

Our server Kandice made this brunch even better, she was so warm and welcoming and took my nut allergy very seriously and she let me know when the bar tender was going to make my old fashioned so I could watch him hand chip the ice ball. Awesome!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We started at the bar since the maître d was very punctual in his seating which was fine since this place has fantastic cocktails. Our waiter Brian recommended a few things and he was not only fabulous but had some excellent suggestions when we gave him a few choices we were considering. He was funny, engaging, and certainly memorable enough that if we go back, I'll ask if he's working to get him again.

It was overall a great night, and my only one complaint was for such a great staff, SoBou has one of the surliest bartenders I think I've ever come across in New Orleans. He mixes some great drinks, but it wouldn't kill him to be just a tad friendlier. Maybe the management should allow him to take a sip every so often. Might improve his outlook on life, or at least try to encourage me to tip.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great atmosphere and food! Definitely will be visited again.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The visit was a birthday celebration for two. I was disconcerted when they said they would seat us in the front. We had reservations so I insisted we sit in the back area-it was quite empty. They said they had many reservations coming in but seated us in the back after I insisted. We were there at 5:30 in time for happy hour. Instead of mentioning happy hour, I had to ask. Then only certain cocktails were part of happy hour which could have been explained from the outset. Instead, when we ordered from the special list, we were told no in a negative tone. We were made to feel bad because we wanted to take advantage of happy hour. Then when we ordered a second drink before the time expired, the waiter didn’t indicate that what my friend ordered was not on the happy hour menu. The food was delicious but the drink/happy hour situation set a very negative tone with me. The waiters and maybe, it was only our waiter should be better trained. And by the way, the back dining room was never full even when we left.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We waited unusually long for our drinks, I believe the waiter was overwhelmed. Brandy our waitress was very personable. I had the best salad, pear and pickled grapes, just delicious. My fiancé dinner was good, had the surf and turf. I loved the decor of the restaurant, but overall was expecting a better experience there.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent service and ambiance. The surf and turf sounded too good to pass up, and did not disappoint.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We've patronized So Bou in the past. The restaurant is well designed and our waitress was very attentive. Unfortunately we were looking forward to the Whole Crispy Fish entrée. It was not available. So we closed out our tab and went elsewhere.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Can’t believe I paid high dollar for a very small portion of food. Osso Bucco was 1/4 the amount it should be and surf and turf was a medallion of meat and one shrimp. Let the place starving and got to go to Cafe Du Mondrian to buy beignets to satisfy my hunger.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Eating at SoBou was a last minute decision. We were promptly seated. The service was attentive. The food was excellent. The Honey Nut Cheerio Milk Punch was fantastic.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
36

Tweets by SoBou