SoBou

4.2
1541 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 1541 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.4
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Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Legs and eggs burlesque brunch!

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

Our third time visiting. Always a calm soft atmosphere. This last visit was Leggs and Eggs for Sunday brunch which was absolutely amazing!! Service was impeccable and as always the flavorful foods make it easy choice to come back to.

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DH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to entertain a larger group. Exciting food and great service. Out of town guests are always impressed.

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CM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, the waiter was great as well, very attentive....but got the checks wrong.

I will be back, one of my favorite spots for small plates and cocktails.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Unique presentation, good imagination and flavor combinations. I had a pork shoulder with spices and crackling, served volcano-shaped. My wife had a crispy chicken salad: stacked watermelon, mixed greens, and Asian-styled "sticky" chicken. A good value and a fine evening out.

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SH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With understated lighting and lots of semi private booths, this is a great date restaurant. It wasn't super quiet but also not extremely loud. It had a pretty modern feel and excellent food.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second visit here. The food and service were great!

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BC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

There are dozens of better restaurants in NOLA. Go to one of those. This place is way overpriced for mediocre food.

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s
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tina was awesome

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since restaurant week was going on, we thought we would try Sobou. We were greeted by Jerry one of the managers and he personally seated us. Our waitress Brandy was very informative about the menu and very personable. She recommended some of the top dishes which we indulged and she was not wrong about how good they were. She also made a substitution at no extra charge and shared some of her seasoning of A1 steak sauce with the Cuban. She is awesome and the food was exceptional. Their cocktails were quite tasty as well and I highly recommend you visit there and ask to be seated at one at Brandys tables

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c
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and the food was great! Nice atmosphere, the decor was awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at SoBou. The food was excellent and the service even better! Erica was our server and she made sure we were taken care of. Great atmosphere!

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good restaurant with gourmet dishies
I recommend the small Portions that is fantástic and guive You an opportunity to taste special combinations
Very recomend restaurant

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Must have the chicken watermelon!!!

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e
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Menu was limited to a few choices. Noise level was high due to a bridal party.

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Great food (except deserts), really below average service.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The show was cool, we just weren't really in love with the menu. Though the biscuit donuts were on point.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We were super excited to eat at SoBou but we were sat at our table and not one server acknowledged us for 30 minutes. We made a reservation before. The restaurant was at about half capacity and every other table seemed to be getting great service but not one server would even look at us, so after 30 minutes we got up and left. I was pretty angry.

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c
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I our waiter very slow and acted like she don’t care.

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RR
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The entire meal was fantastic! The quality and taste of the food were equally as impressive as the presentation. Cocktails were superb. It was a bit loud due to live music and the crowd, but we didn't have to yell to talk.

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New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

SoBou was very good but not anything outstanding. We went during Coolinary and the meal was very good for the price. Looking at the normal price of the items I'm not sure if it is a good value. The food is good but in my opinion you can get better for this price point. The pork belly appetizer and salads were very good. The Chicken and Watermelon is a great entrée and I highly recommend it. The brisket was not what I expected and tasted much like something you would find at a roadhouse diner. Don't waste money on desserts, they were good but not anything special.

The service was good, good drinks and the dining area is very nicely decorated.

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JR
New Orleans
50 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to SoBu to experience the Coolinary menu. We found the choices very good. We started with an additional appetizer of cracklins for $1.00! How do you beat that price and they were delicious. We each got a cocktail to start and the bartender did an excellent job with an old-fashion and a bloody Mary. We had a welcome cocktail, a small tasting glass elegantly displayed. We each had the steamed buns as an appetizer, amazing taste. I had the blackened fish which was redfish over risotto with asparagus. Delicious. My husband had the pork dish which was enough for him to bring half home. We each tried the two desserts offered the blueberry and lemongrass parfait and the guave cheesecake - winners both. I saw several items on the menu that I can't wait to come back and try especially the white chocolate cherry jubilee bread pudding. Our server Kandice was so welcoming and personable. It would be worth it to go back just to have her serve us again.

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S
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always, consistent in every aspect. Perfect for any occasion.

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VD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out waitress was so friendly. We ordered the chicken gumbo. So very good. Our table also had the shrimp beignets and the pork tacos. Both were very good. Also the brisket sandwich was very good. We all agreed our dishes were worth ordering again.

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LG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SoBou was a find on local reviews. Charming restaurant with friendly happy staff serving tasty innovative meals. We went for brunch and enjoyed the unique twists on brunch standards. The ingredients were fresh, seasonal, and delicious. The musical quartet was enjoyable. Great brunch!

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s
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was really terrible, we were neglected a lot and everything including drink refills took a very a long time to come. The food was mediocre, and had definitely sat in the window too long. Several diners food was cold. The dish chicken and watermelon was underseasoned and unwieldy. We really expected more from a restaurant in the Commander's family since we have never had a bad experience there.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Server was wonderful, kitchen was very slow.

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DR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious and creative food. Cocktails were tasty. Service was exceptional.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is pretty good. Good service and friendly staff, chupacabras is a must have and also the Tamal.

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PL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! First time eating here, really enjoyed the atmosphere and attentive service. The food was great, as well as, the drink recommendations by our server. We also loved the Sunday brunch burlesque show as it was an added bonus to the experience. Highly recommend!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was great! Food did not live up to my expectations but it wasn’t bad. The seating arrangements are a little strange as you may find yourself directly facing another couple if you sit in a booth. Otherwise beautiful interior and great ambiance.

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AB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in quite some time. The only thing worse than the food was the service. Our waitress had no business working in a nice restaurant. Not only was it clear she had received zero training, she also seemed to not really care. We asked for the manager at one point, and he seemed to not care either, so clearly the service problem goes beyond this one waitress.

I actually did not finish the minuscule tuna tartar appetizer. I love tuna tartar, but this tasted like cat food. If the “ redfish” entree was actually redfish, then it was a waste of what is typically a wonderful fish. It tasted like a TV dinner. The only thing tasty in the parfait dessert were the blueberries. Vanilla wafers and Greek yogurt would have been more appetizing.

The restaurant has nice decor and a great location. Bartender was nice too. Otherwise- I’m skipping this one in favor of other places nearby like Sylvain, NOLA, Tableau, etc.

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W
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Portion size was comical for one of the dishes. The place was freezing. They were out of one of the ingredients for a drink, appetizer, and tall water glasses. The waitress was nice and the guava cheesecake was good. However we won't be back. Worst $82 I ever spent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coolinary menu was soooo yummy!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place for a great meal in NOLA. Not your typical French Quarter restaurant, a nice comfortable dining room. Food and drink on point. Highly recommend.

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MJ
New Orleans
66 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Coolinary lunch menu. Food was outstanding. Service even better. The 25 cent Pink Elephant Martini was just OK and not worth the calories. But the guava cheesecake was worth every single one of them.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

IMO a small menu with a few eclectic items. Felt rushed by the waitress. Visually a great setting. Ended waiting a very long time for salads and appetizers (restaurant was not full). The waitress comped one appetizer. Dessert was disappointing.

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J
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Maybe I’m wrong, but I expect more from a Commanders restaurant. I like spice but I found the entree a bit strong. Salad was lovely. Desert was underwhelming and I think the crust was uncooked. It tasted like flour. There were several staggered seatings around the restaurant but it seemed like all our food came out at the same time. Our waitress was scrambling because they’d let someone else go thinking it would stay slow, but she was lovely and did great under there a tough situation.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good and I love that you can pick an appetizer, entree, and dessert for a set price. It makes you go for the dessert when I’m usually too full to get some. Overall amazing experience.

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NO
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Way too loud! Could not hear each other talking.
Tables had non working beer taps that were in the way and awkward to talk around!
Staff was unconcerned and immature.
Food did not make up for the above.

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