SoBou

4.3
1777 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best time and the food was amazing! Crawfish Beignets are a must.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great!

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GV
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Painfully slow during lunch. Food was good. Some drinks never arrived.

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We weren’t impressed with the food neither the service.

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MA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Loved the food. Loved the burlesque brunch show. Only thing not perfect was the service was very slow and courses not timed properly. Although after entrees service speed picked up quite a lot. Not sure why. Didn’t seem super busy any of the time we were there. But great great place and I will be going back.

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ZM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the jazz & burlesque brunch on Sunday and it was fantastic. Music, food, service, and other diners were all in high spirits as well. Great time.

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CS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Maybe brunch is too busy for the waitstaff and kitchen. They didn’t keep our water filled and we waited a long time between courses. We were there for 2.5 hours

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DM
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I are always looking for new places to try when we visit New Orleans. As always, we let Open Table make suggestions and we’re never disappointed. SoBou was no exception. We love variety so SoBou’s small plates menu was perfect. We actually ordered all of them and each one was more delicious than the last. Service was exceptional. Brandy and Tina were both friendly, knowledgeable and a joy to spend the evening with. We’ll definitely be back!

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c
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great.

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SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a delicious breakfast and charming, quick service.

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JI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful creative menu. Superb watress. One of the nicest meals we had while in New Orleans.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda is amazing and made the experience exceptionally wonderful! Prompt service! Great food! Outstanding drinks! Can’t wait to return.

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St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Jazz band was excellent. Dancer was very entertaining. Most food was very good. I’ve had better fried chicken.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That burlesque brunch is FANTASTIC. Band and dancer were excellent. Food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday celebration! Fantastic food and service. Had the beet salad , gumbo, duck confit croquettes and whole fish. Amazing!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and great value.

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BM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at SoBou, but not our first time in New Orleans. We have eaten at a variety of restaurants and would go back here in a heart beat. The food and the service were both fabulous!

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New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a fun place to go for a Friday night out. Interesting menu and fun atmosphere.

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JQ
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal at SoBou, the modern but casual vibe was perfect for us. The food was very nice.

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MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly and attentive service. Good food. The tuna appetizer was interesting. Gumbo was a little salty but maybe that's how gumbo is meant to be. The shrimp and grits were delicious. Food presentation was very appealing. Martinis cold and perfect! An overall great experience.

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DM
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was a (very pleasant) surprise when we went for lunch during Mardi Gras.

Creative appetizers and mains (oyster tacos, their version of Cuban sandwich, crackling pork belly steam buns) and King Cake beignets made for a terrific meal.

Very fairly priced, nice atmosphere - can't wait to go back.

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t
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service on Mardi Gras day. The staff was outstanding.

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

As with Commander’s Palace, it would appear that the success of SoBou has gone to their heads, and the overall food quality is slipping... Service was great, but the food was just alright.

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Nashville
31 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for breakfast Mardi Gras day. Great atmosphere in a prime location in the French Quarter. Unique local dishes at a reasonable price.

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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious.
Service was great.
Four piece jazz band was so good.
Of course Bella Blue stole the show.
She was fantastic as always.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

we went for legs and eggs. overpriced. chicken and biscuit dish was Lukewarm. small portions. Bella was entertaining.

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MR
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard about SoBou but didn’t have an opportunity to dine there before now. We didn’t expect to get a table on Saturday night before Mardi Gras, but lucked out. Our server, TINA, was THE BEST! She explained all our options and generally made it a fun and delicious experience. My wife and daughter ordered several appetizers and made a dinner of that. Tina also hooked them up with a plate of fried oysters (not on the menu, but she had them cooked up for us). I had the Cochon de lait, which was wonderful, while my cousin had the fish (drum) and my daughter’s husband had the gumbo de jour. you can’t go wrong with anything you get here.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service a bit slow, but overall a good experience. Very good food and cocktails.

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1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tina, our waitress, was outstanding! Very attentive without being annoying. Would definitely go back to SouBou and will absolutely request Tina😊

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BC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Mardi Gras here and the staff was so accommodating. We loved the food and it was such a deal with the .25 cent martinis. A must visit!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the new menu!

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DB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Tina was a wonderful server who made us feel very welcome! Highly recommend SoBou

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JK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very quiet, we ate at the bar. We cancelled our reservation for their flagship restaurant which would have required a taxi ride and quickly walked to SoBou in the French quarter.

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Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When we arrived there was a very loud group in the front of the restaurant but the hostess explained that they were on a cocktail tour and would be leaving in a few minutes. Much quieter once they left. We really enjoyed our evening. I had the duck confit which was outstanding and my husband had the tournedos which he is still raving about.

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and your portions matched the prices without being too much or too little. The bar had amazing cocktails that tasted fresh and they had unique and interesting flavor combinations. The service was great, the waitress knew the menu and could talk you through all the meals with you! Would go back again.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great evening! The avocado ice cream with tuna cones were AMAZING!!! Our waitress, Toi, was superb. Wonderful service all around!!

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c
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the Sunday Brunch and burlesque show. Very lively atmosphere and interesting menu.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck croquettes were outstanding! It get a bit loud with the live music but not so much that you can't talk to people at your table. Great ,friendly staff.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend SoBou to anyone visiting New Orleans. We went for the 3-course Burlesque Brunch on Sunday, which also featured a live band. The food was phenomenal and the service was spectacular, it was an all around great experience and we would definitely go back. Thanks, SoBou!

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RD
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the little private room - really enjoyed the food, and the service was spectacular.

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