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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

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Special Occasion (20)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Fun (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Casual (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Server wasn't well polished, but friendly. Cuban sandwich and blackened fish werr both good .

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·Dined 6 days ago

Leggs and Eggs brunch was amazing!! The food and cocktails were delicious but the entertainment by Bella Blu made it outstanding!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was above average in taste. Service was great and ambiance was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Sugar Bowl.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have been here previously with fantastic food, service, etc. This was our 3rd visit and we were shocked at how terrible our experience was.

They have a small menu to begin with and they told us well after we arrived that they were out of almost every entree. They should have alerted us sooner so we could have made a better decision to stay beyond a drink.

The food they did have enough Of was phenomenal but a couple of our people got served cold items that were supposed to be warm. Our server was terrible and largely ignored us. We were one of 3 tables at the restaurant and we were seemingly her only customer(s) and still the service was horrendous.

Despite 2 prior wonderful experiences, we likely will not return to SoBou.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The ambiance, food, and service were ALL incredible. We were greeted by Bianca, the hostess for the night, and she was magnificent! She checked in on my boyfriend and I several times during our dinner and was very pleasant! Our waiter was knowledgeable and recommended delicious choices! We loved it so much, that we went back again two nights later for our last dinner in New Orleans. It's a must go while in NOLA.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Ate here on New Years Eve night and it was such a fun atmosphere. The food was amazing and so were the drinks. Made the night one to remember!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years Eve dinner. Had a reservation but restaurant was not crowded. Nice presentation but food was not hot when served. Pleasant atmosphere.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Although it was New Years Eve, the restaurant wasn't crowded at 7:00. The service was very spotty- slow and a couple of slip ups. Most of the food was hot upon arrival. With all of the good dining choices in New Orleans, I would possibly try again thinking this was just not their best night. Unfortunately, I have read other reviews stating the same thing about SoBou. I guess we want it to succeed...

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for an hour and we had a total of maybe 60 seconds of a burlesque show. False advertisement.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great ambiance and great service. However, the bites and entrees were way too small. Its worth checking out for the "Legs and Eggs"

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were disappointed with Sobou after being excited to try it based on reviews. We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated right away. The decor is fabulous. The restaurant was not at all crowded but the waiter told us the bar was backed up so we should order drinks quickly. We ordered 2 glasses of wine which took about 15 minutes to be served. The waiter was not friendly and seemed annoyed when we asked any questions about the menu items. The menu is limited if you are not a meat eater but the food we ordered was very good. However, the size of an order of the tuna cones is laughingly small. They were good, not great, but really not even a bite! The redfish was excellent. At every other restaurant we dined in during our New Orleans vacation, we had exemplary service, whether it was upscale or a dive. We expected more from this restaurant.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good food, service and ambiance... The decoration on the wall is amazing !

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

What a fantastic place! From the cool and streamlined decor, to the friendly and excellent service, we were incredibly impressed. The food was divine. We had red beans and rice and the crispy pork skins to start. I crammed so many pork skins into my mouth in such rapid succession in a very unladylike manner, that I had to chug some water to wash it all down. My fiancé had been planning to save the red beans to accompany his entree but couldn’t help but eat it all. The entrees were just as fantastic. We had the braised short rib and osso bucco pork and both were absolutely delicious. They also have a good wine list. It’s a must visit spot.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Gluten free options on the menu that they are unable to serve when asked for. The service was poor and generally disinterested. An evening that started reasonably well and ended badly. Not going again.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was delicious. The oysters were just wonderful as was the beer battered soup of the day. This is a great place to dine for any occasion

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great evening at SoBou
My wife had a bad luck choosing 2 appetizers which were much too small for a meal but overall quality was great.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent Food!! Our waitress was super helpful, answering all our questions about the menu and drink options. The ambiance is great, with amazing decor. Perfect for a quiet meal or a small get together with friends!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 26, 2017

SouBou was promising, and maybe it was just an off night, but the appetizer I wanted wasn’t available, the entree I wanted wasn’t available and the food I got was rushed. My entree was interesting, and probably would have been better had it been warmer, but I didn’t send it back. I never send anything back. But it was lukewarm at best. The desert was the size of the entree, which I found odd, but tasted good. All in all, there was potential there, just maybe not the best execution the night I dined.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

While the service excellent the food was unremarkable. The risotto was more like mash.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Was excited to go here but disappointed all around. Drinks didn’t match the promise of their descriptions. Food was bland and boring. Service seemed to be in a hurry and kept snatching our appetizer plates and drinks well before they were finished. Even the routed Cherries Jubilee for dessert was nothing special. Given all the great choices to eat at in New Orleans, this felt like a meal wasted.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our server was great and the food was surprisingly delicious. Not traditional creole cooking but a good fusion food and with a twist. Really good flavor as long as you are not looking for "traditional" creole food. Blackened fish and pulled pork cooked well and good flavor. Vegetarian gumbo was interesting and not like traditional gumbo. Best bread pudding we had in New Orleans for dessert and really good parfait!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas menu was awesome! Rack of lamb and crab stuffed redfish were flavorful and great value.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Don’t let them sit you In the back room. Made a reservation 3 weeks in advance for Christmas Day, and they sat us In a terrible back room. Looked like an “over flow” patio, no ambience at all. Asked to move they said no. Super disappointed.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had Christmas brunch which was a buffet. Food was fresh and hot- Very enjoyable would book again.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nice restaurant. Went with family for brunch and had a good food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Each plate, each bite, was filled with flavor that left us in what can literally be described as food coma. Excellent food and great service.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The menu was very inventive and we did not recognize many items listed. Although we were not sure what we ordered, it was a pleasant surprise as to how delicious it actually was. Nene, our server,has a wonderful personality and is an excellent server.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Lots of pork on the menu— would be great to have a few different protein options. This is a good place for cocktails — love the decor and design of the restaurant.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had our office party at SOBOU. Great Services ! We had a ball .
Thank you !

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very limited menu, small portions & slow service:( We are locals but will not revisit

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our food was absolutely remarkable and so was the service. This is a must to visit.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Creative menu wonderful presentation extremely friendly and attentive wait staff
Modern motif environment
Parking in French quarter difficult to find unless you stay in the quarter overni

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Must have caught them on an off night. Seated promptly but food and drinks took a Long Time. Finally entrees arrived and rack of lamb was seated but otherwise raw. Inedible so we sent it back but then were told by server that the manager thought it was fine. It was taken off the bill and our pre-ordered dessert never arrived. Instead we received bread pudding on the house but never offered anything else or another round of drinks. Very disappointing and left hungry.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My fiancé and I went there for the 25¢ martinis available during lunch on the weekday, and let me tell you it did not disappoint! They were delicious and unique to the restaurant. The lunch specials were delicious as well, going well with the drinks. The wait staff and hostess were really friendly and had a great sense of humor with my “special request”

Highly recommend visiting this restaurant.

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

The food and the service were excellent. I recommend SoBou.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Very New Orleans, but with an eclectic twist

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This restaurant was amazing, BUT before you go, you need to know you will pay about $20+ for a small, bougie entree (the burger looks like it is a slider). That being said, the food tastes amazing! I had the braised short rib, and OMG, it melted in my mouth. The $.25 drinks at lunch were just ok, but, HEY, they were $.25! We had several orders of cracklins at my table, which were so fresh and wonderfully seasoned. The only food item that wasn't that great was the chocolate coma bar. The marshmallow displayed in the middle of the plate tasted off like it was frozen next to other ingredients too long. The cake/ganache portion was "just okay," with the cake being dry and crumbly. Not worth the $9. That being said, I would definitely order the short rib and crackin again! Mr. Comeaux was an excellent waiter. He was extremely nice and patient with my table. :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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