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About SoBou

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.

310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Bienville

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 552-4095

Website:
http://www.sobounola.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking at the W hotel and discounted parking offered two blocks away through Premium Parking.

Executive Chef:
Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Private Party Contact:
Ruby Bloch: (504) 552-4095

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

SoBou Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Fun (16)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Casual (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Authentic (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Live Music (4)
People Watching (4)
Tapas (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Our server was wonderful! I've forgotten her name. She is African-American and adorable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent service and food but we had to cut our visit short as the air conditioning was on full blast and we were both very cold. Would love to visit another time!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food and ambience. Our waiter was new but very enthusiastic and personable. The hangar steak and mashed potatoes were delish - as well as the garlic - if you like garlic, and I love it!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food, service and show was excellent. Just sorry about the pudgy host, that seemed way over his head here.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Been there many times. Live in uptown. Food was very good and service great. However it was so loud I couldn't talk to my date. Was like this the last two times I was there. Unfortunately I won't be back.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had amazing service and the food is stunning. This place is amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.'

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was delicious!! This was our first time at SoBou, and we will definitely be back!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I loved the tuna appetizer and the bloody mary popsickle and the root beer float.

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 (London)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food and service. The boudin balls were incredible

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The menu is filled with lots of interesting dishes featuring exotic ingredients, however the execution was slightly above fair. The portions are also skewed a little small, even by upscale restaurant standards.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Maritza was awesome! So fun! Dinner for a friends birthday. The food and drinks were beyond 😋

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Make sure they know u r ordering the .25 martinis; if they talk you in to a call brand, they are $14 each. And bad. Ouch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love this place! If getting a pair of sunglasses with your drink wasn’t enough, the ambience is. Food is delightful. Can’t wait to go back on my next New Orleans trip!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went for my birthday had a great experience from the the way to my dessert.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our server suggested your new pork chop. Wow!!! Amazing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was really good, but small portions. Loved the Burlesque show!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were impressed by creativity of the menu and attention to detail by the staff. We had a wonderful experience and will return in the future

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We LOVED our experience at SoBou!!! We were celebrating birthdays and they went above and beyond to make our day special! The Slow Prophet was delicious!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Modern. Food was real good, but the scene just doesn't compare to the rest of the city's options.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Brandy our server was awesome! Very knowledgeable and helpful in determining menu choices. Food was excellent! You have to try the wontons - amazing!!! Highly recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Amazing food. Highly recommend the two course lunch and 25 cent martinis!!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Not for Vegetarians or Vegans :)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Very disappointing. Poor service and food. It was so cold in the restaurant we asked to move our table as did others. Over priced and we will not return.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was legitimately a terrible dining experience. Poor service, wrong food brought to our table, no apologies, wrong items on the menu - honestly, I will tell people not to go here.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great food. Ambiance perfect in cozy and comfortable upstairs seating.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

SoBou Sunday brunch is so much fun, great ambiance, creative menu, friendly staff, live music and to top it all a Burlesque dancer.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Maritza our server went beyond our. expectations.
And also made us laugh.
Can't wait to go back again

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Brunch - what a fun place!!! Burlesque dancer, great food, amazing cocktails and great, great service (Raven)! Not to be missed!!!!

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