Greatest dining experienceThe management and the staff at Socca took extra care with my proposal dinner for my fiance and I and I appreciate the details. The manager notified me that he would be obtaining new flowers for me that were beautiful which put service above and beyond what we expected. Christina our server was attentive polite and knowledgeable. The food; dear god the food was amazing. Thank you to the chef for preparing the best burger I have had in my life. My fiance enjoyed the mussels and her pasta5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMPoor AcousticsI love the restaurant and the food. However, the poor acoustics makes the restaurant very loud and difficult to have conversation. The owners should investigate some sort of sound absorber to decrease the loudness.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMMark is an outstanding waiterMark is an outstanding waiter and food was awesome!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Socca!!!We had an amazing experience. First time dining at Socca. We were with friends and all of us really enjoyed it. Our meals were delicious. The service was excellent. Kudos to Mark our server, really great service!! Thanks! We will definitely be back. Scallops were delicious, pork chop was great, and the 16 oz steak (bone in) was to die for. I'm a meat lover and this steak was the bomb. Also, enjoyed the grilled calamari that had a bit of a kick. Yum! Can't wait to come back.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful ServiceIt was a little quiet while I was dining here, but I LOVED that. Service was excellent, food was delicious and my martini was perfect. Well done Socca. :)5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMStill love this placeStill love this place! Wonderful, as always. Husband said his was the best burger he EVER HAD!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMBasically, the food was great.Basically, the food was great. However, our waiter was a bit pushy: I ordered one glass of wine and was warned it was sweet; then a second and it too did not meet his standards. I was told (and I quote) "Forget the Pinot Grigio." Then he started pushing another wine (that just happened to be the most expensive by the glass on the menu, go figure). I ordered an unsweetened iced tea instead.
Way to get that sale, dude.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat restaurant, had theGreat restaurant, had the fish which was very good. Had a great wine list with a very knowledgeable sommelier. Only two beer on tap which was disappointing. Overall great experience and will go back.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently delivering GREAT foodAlways love coming here, the food is always great, I have never had a bad meal, ever4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAn excellent dining experience.An excellent dining experience. We dined at Socca several years ago; it was good then and even better now. We'll be back.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe are regulars at this lovelyWe are regulars at this lovely restaurant. The food is always amazing. Try the specials when you can. The menu never disappoints. The wine recommendations our server provided were wonderful. I can not say enough good things about this restaurant.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for my dads birthdayWent for my dads birthday with a party of four. Seated promptly. Great cocktails. Knowledgeable service
Food was excellent. Highly recommended4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!!!Dinner was absolutely amazing. The specials were out of the box and the decor and ambiance are perfect!! Sam our waiter was fabulous. Thank you cannot wait to come back!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent. HighlyFood was excellent. Highly reccomemd any special they have. A bit loud but what can you do with a packed house.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic Dinner!Had dinner at Socca with a friend last night and we both had a wonderful time; outstanding dinner and warm, friendly service as always. Socca is incredibly consistent at providing a wonderful dining experience at very affordable pricing for the quality and quantity of the cuisine. We each took advantage of the Wednesday night create-your-own wine flights; had pizettes, the calamari appetizer (loved the heat) and for entrees I had the barley gnocchi special with corned beef & cabbage and my friend a prosciutto wrapped fish special. Everything was fantastic. Socca is firing on all cylinders!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfectMaking the reservation was easy. I was taking my lady friend out for her birthday. It was our first time at the restaurant. As we arrived we were warmly welcome by both the Maitre'D and the bartender. Seated promptly. Mark took over from there. He read us like a book, we do use big letters and small words, seriously though, he was perfect on being there when we needed him and absent when we didn't. Our goal as guests is to create an experience for our server as they try to create one for us. Thank you Mark and Socca3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe really liked our meal andWe really liked our meal and the wine list was extensive and very reasonable.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMPassed by this place a fewPassed by this place a few times and it looked great for a romantic date night. Tool my girlfriend there after both got great career news and the food was outstanding. We try a new restaraunt as much as possible and this has been our best find in months. The staff knew the wine list well and recommended several choices. The frites with spicy ketchup and cheese fondue was awesome for starters. Our food arrived quickly and was outstanding. Our only regret was not having room for desert, which we will remedy soon.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMy sister was visiting fromMy sister was visiting from out of town, she wanted to eat here. We really enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious. I will be back.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMLong time Favorite!!I have lived in the neighborhood for 8+ years now. Socca has been my Go-To restaurant for everything from a night out with an old friend, a first date, or a weekend brunch with a group. The food is always fantastic and the service is top notch. If you haven't been, go! If you have been, go again! It is guaranteed to be another great experience. Thank you, from this very satisfied customer.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Delicious DinnerMy wife and I had another wonderful dinner at Socca last night. We took advantage of the Wednesday night create your own wine flight for $15 (you can pick any three of their wines by-the-glass). I had the spaghetti with seafood for my first time at Socca and loved it; generous portions of shrimp, scallops and mussels with a delicious spicy broth. Socca recently has added some new talent to the kitchen; they already were operating at a high level and are now bound to become even better! Socca should be at the top of your list if you are looking for the perfect venue for dinner in Lakeview. Warm ambiance, wonderful staff, outstanding food & drinks and affordable pricing.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOUTSTANDING!!!!I am IN LOVE with this restaurant. This was my 2nd time. A friend first brought me and I couldn't wait to get back. Just as amazing as my first visit, the 2nd was equally as incredible! First off, the bar is gorgeous! The dining room lovely. Next and perhaps most important, the service is outstanding! From the waiters to the bussers, everyone is exceptional. Years ago in my youth I was a waitress for 14 years, so when I say service is impeccable, you know I am serious! Now for the food....simply unbelievable. I haven't tried the whole menu yet, but plan to. Short ribs are perhaps the best I have ever eaten. The mussels are divine.Their version of Carbonara would make any Italian smile ( and I'm part Italian, so I know this to be true!)3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experience and dinner!We got off to a rather awkward start, our table for 8 was really a round table for 6 with a small square table butted up against it. But we adjusted and we ordered some beverages and appetizers. The pizzettes are delicious, as are the mussels. And our entrees were outstanding. I had the steak w/frites, a few had the salmon special, and another the short ribs, and all were outstanding. Very flavorful and cooked perfectly. Our server was a delight as well. I really think this is a wonderful neighborhood place with great food. But make sure you plan on a leisurely evening so you can enjoy it. They don't appear to have a large staff, but everyone is friendly, professional and hard working. And all together, they make it work beautifully!3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Fantastic Dinner at SoccaMy wife and I decided to eschew our diets for a night and on the spur of the moment treated ourselves to dinner at Socca. Wednesdays Socca features create your own wine flight for $15; you can pick any three wines on their wine list. Food wise I tried to stay somewhat true to my diet by ordering the smoge pizzette as my appetizer; a cheeseless pizza with mounds of spinach, curried chickpeas and a garlicky red sauce. Lots of good flavor despite being healthy (at least as far as pizza goes). I also had Chef Roger's famous mussels; a very generous portion with a delicious broth. My wife opted for the housemade pasta with the most ginormous meatball I have ever seen; this was quality and quantity. Another fantastic dinner at Socca.3/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Pasta!Last night Socca's daily pasta special featured homemade ravioli with pork belly from a pig the chef had just butchered in house; this was such an amazing dish. There is such great variety in Socca's nightly specials (generally there is a pasta based dish, a fish based dish and a prime steak based dish)and each time I have ordered one of their specials it has been delicious. I have now dined at Socca over 50 times and have yet to have anything less then a wonderful meal. As always the staff was extremely attentive and friendly (as has been the case since my very first visit here). If you want an upscale but relaxed and affordable dinner Socca is one of Chicago's best venues.2/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Birthday CelebrationLast night we took my mother-in-law to Socca for her birthday dinner. The four of us had such a wonderful time and outstanding feast. We started out with cocktails at the bar (I love the bar area, wonderful ambiance, excellent drinks and really cool staff). We then moved into the dining room for our meal. Two of our party ordered steaks (prime cuts of Allen Brothers beef); the steaks were perfectly seasoned and fired and tasted better than what is served at high end steakhouses; it came with twice baked potatoes wrapped in smoked bacon. The rest of our party enjoyed the fish special that had just arrived that same day from Hawaii; so fresh and tasty. Socca is really a hidden gem and deserves much more accolades than it receives.2/16/2013 12:00:00 AMsixofus went anditwasgood.sixofus went anditwasgood. not great, butvery good2/7/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything we ordered wasEverything we ordered was delicious. The goat salad and grilled calamari were creatively prepared; we ate every bite! We also enjoyed the mussels and risotta with braised rabbit. The wine pours were generous. We dined at Socca prior to attending a play at 1225 W. Belmont. The valet let us keep the car at Socca until after the play, which we really appreciated. We noted an active bar scene when we returned; next time we will stop at the bar for a drink or dessert!1/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Awesome Dinner at SoccaMy wife and I went in to Socca tonight on a whim and had such a fun time. I had one of their lauded flatbreads as my appetizer (always a great start to the meal) and the pork shank gnocchi special with arugula and pork belly. It seems like every time I dine at Socca I try something different (the menu is constantly in flux to keep with the freshest available ingredients) and am wowed each and every occasion. Beverage wise Socca recently started carrying a delicious and refreshing hard cider called Crispin and this was so good on a chilly Chicago January evening. Service as always was incredibly warm and attentive. Socca IMHO is Lakeview's best venue and one of the best venues in the entire city at it's price point; highly recommend!1/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic service, reallyFantastic service, really great "specials" menu, lots of fun. I was pleasantly surprised!1/12/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect end to the WeekendMy wife and I had a fun, casual dinner at Socca's bar tonight; it was such a pleasant way to end the weekend. Tonight they were offering a special three course prix-fixe for just $25 that included a wedge salad accompanied by tomatoes, jalapeno infused bacon and some Gorgonzola cheese; course two consisted of ricotta gnocchi with squash and braised chicken thighs and dessert was Black Dog espresso gelato topped with house-made whipped cream and a dab of fudge sauce. Portions were sufficiently large that I had enough leftovers to bring to work tomorrow for a wonderful lunch. Quality was spot on and as always service was extremely friendly and proficient. Socca is definitely a hidden gem and deserves far more accolades than it receives.12/2/2012 12:00:00 AM