About SoBou

310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
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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

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: 5045524095x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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SoBou Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (83)
special occasion (41)
hot spot (41)
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good for groups (40)
vibrant bar scene (37)
neighborhood gem (35)
romantic (31)
great for lunch (26)
late-night find (17)
notable wine list (17)
great for brunch (12)
scenic view (6)
kid-friendly (4)
great for outdoor dining (1)
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food5
ambience5
service5

Absolutely amazing service, food was uni ...

Dined 2 days ago

Absolutely amazing service, food was uniquely delicioso and creative!! Hunter the bartender was great!

food3
ambience3
service1

Waiter was never there had to ask for mo ...

Dined 2 days ago

Waiter was never there had to ask for more coffee from the manager glad I only had yogurt and berries. Seemed unwelcoming.

food5
ambience5
service5

Sweet potato beignets are not to be miss ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Sweet potato beignets are not to be missed

food3
ambience3
service4
value2

Attempts nouveau cajun/cre ole, but jus ...

Dined 5 days ago

Attempts nouveau cajun/cre ole, but just doesn't really pull it off. Novelty items such as "premium" wine dispenser and table-side serve-yourself draft beer at some tables, are relatively expensive and not really worth it. Overall, a mediocre experience.

food5
ambience4
service5

SoBou is a very cool space with a very i ...

vip
Dined 7 days ago

SoBou is a very cool space with a very interesting menu! Everything we ate was delicious. The tuna ice cream cones were excellent!

food3
ambience1
service2
value1

Overwhelmed kitchen, with empty tables

Dined on April 25, 2016

The setting was there the experience could have been great however....... after waiting 45mins for our appetizer (which was delicious) we waited another 45mins for a second appetizer and mains which unfortunately never arrived, we couldnt keep waiting and the server couldnt tell us how long the wait would be. We looked around the restaurant and there were no meals on any of the occupied tables, so we decided to cut our losses and head to the nearest hole in the wall. A shame as the setting was there the food we did receive delicious however the wait was too long, would hate to see the place when all the tables are full.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Upscale Bistro food

Dined on April 25, 2016

We enjoyed a sampling of several menu items. I recommend sharing and trying several different dishes. Loved the ahi ice cream cones, sweet potato beignets, fries, crawfish salad and wines were enjoyable as well. Would certainly come back when in NOLA.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Go for brunch

Dined on April 24, 2016

Great brunch options that mixed both lunch and breakfast together. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food and the live entertainment.

Tags: great for brunch
food2
ambience5
service2
value2

Overrated

Dined on April 23, 2016

While the scenery and ambiance was wonderful, the food and service was not what it was hyped up to be. Our waitress would hardly ever come to check on us, the crawfish "bisque" was not a bisque at all and was more of a crawfish gumbo that had been completely puréed. The sweet potato beignets were merely hush puppies, the softshell crab and crawfish tacos were pretty much 100% avocado with one fried shrimp in it. I was not impressed.

food2
ambience4
service3
value1

Tries too hard to be innovative

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

Food tasted good, however we were disappointed by very small portions (for example, 3 shrimp "pinchos" cost $10!?) Tuna appetizer had too much going on with the ice cream on top and you could not even taste the tuna subsequently. Highlight was the pork skins...go have a drink and eat these while at the bar for a snack instead of wasting the money on dinner.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and service. PLEASE NOTE THAT ...

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

Great food and service. PLEASE NOTE THAT THEY ARE CLOSED FROM 1030-1130

food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding service

Dined on April 21, 2016

Outstanding service

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Twice in a row!

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

We loved each dish at SoBou, So we ate there a second day! Our favorites: the tuna cones- so delicious, with avocado ice on top..,so creative. The slider burger was tasty, and the crawfish bisque was amazing- we had that both days. I enjoyed my corn salad- so crisp and fresh. The crowning glory? The BEST bread pudding! Order early- it takes 20 minutes, as it's made fresh for you...it was magnificent! Our server was superb, had good recommendations, and everything was perfect. Highly recommended.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great FQ Spot

Dined on April 16, 2016

There is so much bad, overpriced food in the French Quarter that it is great to find a spot that provides great food and service at a good price point. The restaurant is part of the Commander's Palace family, and that quality is reflected in the food, the space and the service. The menu is small, but everything we had was well done. The cocktail list may be more interesting that the food menu!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

We loved the crawfish bisque, and the tuna cones w/avocado ice. Our server had excellent recommendations, too. So... We went twice!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Vintage

Dined on April 9, 2016

Food was ok. Appetizers seemed to be enjoyed by our party of 4, but the entrees were mediocre at best. But the real problem is the wine list. Check VINTAGE carefully. They seemed very clueless why this would matter. Menu says 09 Jordan Cab, but brought 2012. I'm not a wine snob - but come on....

food4
ambience3
service3

Foie Gras burger, yum! Banana Fosters de ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Foie Gras burger, yum! Banana Fosters dessert as well =)

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Good presentation and quality, creative

Dined on April 7, 2016

SoBou offers interesting and unique interpretations of traditional Creole/Cajun cuisines. The food selection isn't huge but carefully considered and what we had was excellent. It was an early dinner time, so we were among the only ones dining at first, but the place filled as time went by. There is a wide selection of spirits, liqutors, and wine.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service3

Food was exceptional for lunch. Not a l ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

Food was exceptional for lunch. Not a large menu but what they had was very good. Not sure I would return because of the limited lunch choices. Second time there.

food4
ambience5
service4

Number of entrées is limited to five but ...

Dined on April 4, 2016

Number of entrées is limited to five but the food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Great atmosphere and perfect menu for New Orleans. SoBou is a great place for dinner.

food3
ambience5
service5
value5

Good brunch spot

Dined on April 2, 2016

Place was nice and had great drinks. The soup and gumbo were great. All of the entrees we had were very mediocre. They also do not have bottomless mimosas like some websites said they did

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Wonderful restaurant

Dined on April 1, 2016

Unique food and spirits, service was very good, soft shell crawfish was great as were other selections. It can be somewhat loud.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service2

Paying the bill is a nightmare. Just a w ...

vip
Dined on March 29, 2016

Paying the bill is a nightmare. Just a weird experience that the waiter commented that day old ingredients are used in some of the dishes.

food3
ambience5
service2
value3

Bad Easter brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

I had chosen this place to bring my out of town family for Easter brunch, it was a very dissatisfying experience. Our waitres was very kind but the food took forever, she didn't bring out our appetizer early, and when we did get our food they were all lukewarm. I had the herb and mushroom Bread pudding and it was just unbelievably salty. So so salty I couldn't finish it and I had horrible heart burn for the rest of the day. Also my parents asked if their crawfish bomb was big enough to split and our waitress said yes and when it came out it was the tiniest dish ever, and lukewarm. The French toast they had that day has this awful rum Carmel sauce that tasted like it had absorbed a bunch of the plastic quart containers they held it in. The sauce was so chemical tasting we didn't even eat the lukewarm French toast cause it tasted to bad. My party of five left disappointed and still hungry. Very poor experience service and food wise.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

Fantastic Food but prepare to wait..

Dined on March 27, 2016

Our server was very kind and happy and did an amazing job. The place was cold and the food took a over an hour. We were about to leave when the food came. I am glad we stayed because the food was amazing. The french toast is super rich but I like that. I had the pork shank and it was very tender and flavorful. I would definitely go back but I would put in my order as soon as possible and not come too hungry cause you will have to wait.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience4
service3

The boudin balls and sweet potatoes beig ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

The boudin balls and sweet potatoes beignets were to die for! As well the bread pudding. We had a brand new waitress or I'd rate that higher. She was just new, not bad. Trying hard.

food5
ambience5
service3

I ordered a lemonade and did not receive ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

I ordered a lemonade and did not receive until 15 minutes later. Overall, the food was good and so was the aesthetic.

food4
ambience5
service3

Our current favorite in NOLA. Very tasty ...

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

Our current favorite in NOLA. Very tasty. If you have not yet tried it you really should. If you enjoy good (fantastic) decor and environment and good drinks and food that is inventive and interesting you should try it. We love it for lunch. Just very very cool as well which is nice.

food2
ambience3
service2
value2

mediocre

Dined on March 26, 2016

The food was just so-so. We had to send the fries back because they were cold, and the waitress never once asked to refill our drinks.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

VISIT SOBOU

Dined on March 26, 2016

This was my first visit to SoBou. The service was great and the food impeccable. I loved the location and I would definitely recommend it to others and I would return!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5

Great overall experience. Would highly r ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

Great overall experience. Would highly recommend.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Foodie heaven!

Dined on March 24, 2016

Amazing food especially the tapas! The sweet potato beignets and the ice cream tuna tartare cones are Devine! Swanky ambiance, perfect for groups or date night. Reminds me of many NYC hot spots. I'll be back on my next visit to NOLA!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Incredible service!

vip
Dined on March 24, 2016

They went the extra mile to make my niece's 25th birthday, and first trip to the city, a huge success! Food was so delicious ( must order sweet potato beignets ) and the 25 cent Martinis are the best value in town! Our whole family loves this place.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

This place went above and beyond even ou ...

vip
Dined on March 23, 2016

This place went above and beyond even our raised expectations. The sweet potato beignets were especially phenomenal, but really so was everything else. The only thing we weren't wild about (but it still wasn't bad) was the tuna cone with avocado ice cream - it actually would have been better plated without the cone. But I haven't enjoyed a meal so much in a long long time!

food5
ambience5
service5

Extraordinary and FUN!

vip
Dined on March 23, 2016

Extraordinary and FUN!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great find

Dined on March 21, 2016

Had read recommendations for SoBou - and they were all right on the money. Great atmosphere. Great service. Our waitperson was terrific in explaining the menu in just enough detail. Amazing cocktails. Interesting (new but not too different), delicious food. Go with a group and try every appetizer. Tuna cones! Sweet potato beignets! Aaah. Loved the Geaux Fish and the bread pudding too.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

sweet potato beignet was the best

vip
Dined on March 21, 2016

Between a friend and myself, we shared 3 small plates - the sweet potato beignets (waitress allowed us to get a half-order, which was 2 beignets), the shrimp & tasso Pinchos, and salad. The sweet potato beignets were the best of the 3 dishes, though all were very tasty and had a lot of flavor.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

gem

Dined on March 21, 2016

lovely food, great cocktails - nice option for new orleansesque food

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding!!!!!

Dined on March 21, 2016

This meal was probably the best of the many great meals we enjoyed in New Orleans. Our delightful server suggested we enjoy a bunch of appetizers instead of ordering entrees.....we took her advice and were blown away. We shared about six appetizers and two desserts.....each one was outstanding. I recommend SoBou highly!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

must try

Dined on March 21, 2016

food is very good here at Sobou. the gumbo was excellent as was the fish dish. the steak was a bit tough. the design of the dining room is very attractive and pleasing to the eye.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem

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