soca Raleigh

4.8
1240 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Latin food. Local folks.

so•ca derives it’s name from several sources: a Peruvian word for sugarcane, a popular style of Caribbean music, and inspiration from a well known geographical divider, the Tropic of Cancer. Located just north of the Equator, this line of latitude divides many countries around the world. so•ca centers its focus on the islands and Americas south of this geographical border (south of the tropic of cancer).

Located on the corner of Oberlin and Clark Ave, so•ca cocina latina brings the flavors of this region to Cameron Village where we share our exotic culinary story seven nights a week during dinner service and on the weekends during brunch. Many of the items on the so•ca menu allow diners to travel to these unfamiliar lands without needing to leave the comforts of the Triangle.

Diners will be charged a 10% sustainability charge on each bill to assure we can provide staff with a livable wage and keep both guest and staff healthy during COVID-19.

Support soca Raleigh during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1240 people are saying
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MargaretM
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, I have a few food allergies that were addressed well. The food was fantastic. It was my first time dining on the patio, the curtains between tables made us feel like the only people there. Highly recommend So•Ca

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vipAwats
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks at SoCa are always exceptional, and the outdoor space was really nice!

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vipJeffB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad that So Ca is open, food is great, looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The food was just ok, which is not acceptable for a $250 meal. The dishes largely lacked flavor and depth. The calimari was tough as shoe leather, and smelled of fish. The ceviche was also fishy and was one of the worst I have ever had. The pork cheeks lacked flavor. The empanadas and lamb cakes were ok. The salad and chocolate mousse were excellent. The service was good, and we were not charged for the calimari. We had what had to be the worst table in the restaurant, next to the hostess stand and by a door where the late afternoon sunshine was in our faces. I would never go back.

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MegA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cocktails. Outside seating was busy but felt safe. Did not feel rushed at all.

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vipKatieB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood moqueca was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!

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NinaA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely spot, great food, if expensive. Great service.
I live in the building so it is a go to restaurant for me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is outstanding. A bit overpriced however considering what they went thru after Covid we were glad to pay a bit more to support them. Surprisingly the service was slower than in the past but likely just a bad night for our waitress.. we will definitely go back and hopefully have all positives next time.

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LisaA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our timid was delicious! My husband especially enjoyed his braised short ribs.

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vipKathy
Raleigh
81 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a treat! We love the variety on the menu and enjoyed several small plates and even tried the whole fish. It’s an experience worth trying different from your regular restaurants.

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RonaldC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience. Being able to reserve outside seating was phenomenal and they're still doing gluten free (many places have dropped this currently). Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was bland

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vipRobertR
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice meal with great flavors. Brianna, our server, was a delight!

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vipCliffB
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so ca is one of the best restaurants in Raleigh. Their hospitality, ambiance, quality of food and cocktails, and creativeness all make for a special evening.

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AnnK
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at Soca. We went to celebrate two birthdays. My guesses enjoyed the ambiance, the food, the service. The waitress was darling, very attentive and sweet! I highly recommend it!

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vipDavidM
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, nice people. Outdoor dining is Covid-safe. Top notch!

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KMC3
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic. Some of the best food I have had in Raleigh. Great for date night

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NancyP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere where the excellent food, service, ambience, and staff culture come together to deliver an amazing outcome! We're so happy the doors are open again! You'll not be disappointed.

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JimT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu. Great food. Great venue. Wonderful service!

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PaulaB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soca never disappoints! Food was amazing! Drinks were delicious! All the staff was friendly and accommodating. Can’t wait to go back!

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FIMf
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is very good and the chef was very accommodating to our party that had some special dietary request not on the menu. I would recommend them for special occasions.

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vipexpat1
London
51 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased that so ca is back open again
They lost nothing of their culinary skills while closed
The small plates are innovative and excellent with some interesting new additions
Cocktails are great as are the wine choices mainly from South America
The pork cheeks are so good we could have made an evening just eating them
Outdoor seating is perfect these cool evenings

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cachto
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely fabulous! We loved the skewers the best as a small plate, and the empanadas, which amazingly are gluten-free, as well. The service was incredible. We felt duly spoiled by the time we left. Our cocktail was tasty, although not anything particularly spectacular. Eating at Soca is, overall, an event to remember!

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DennisM
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that SOCA is once again open for dinning. The food is great; the South American/latin flavors are unique and bold but never overpowering. Their wine selection is very good - if you're into an earthy wine the Lapostolle Carmenere is great. The Columbian Pan de Yuca appetizer is a must have; for the meat lovers the Adobo Tomahawk Pork Chop and the Brazilian Feijoada are also a must try. You'll also find seafood and vegetarian dishes.

The staff is just awesome - friendly and attentive, they and go out of their way to make your experience a great one! The decor is elegant and a great place to get celebrate your special occasion or just get together with friends.

SOCA is casual fine dining at its best!

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kokino
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. It was a bit cold outside but the service did everything to make it warm and enjoyable.

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KarenB
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience dining outside for our first experience at SOCA! The food and ambience was fantastic and we will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Delicious food, very clean and beautiful ambiance

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MadelineS
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely my favorite restaurant in the world. Small plates are a great size and packed with flavor. The specials are always innovative and well thought out. Cocktails are boozy and delicious. Samantha is the most wonderful server, we had a great night.

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MarkD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOCA was awesome as always. Cocktails are well crafted. Salmon was perfect and the stuffed avocado is an excellent choice. i put moderate for noise level. we were outside. hard to control anything there. SOCA has done a great job in setting up great spaces outside for eating.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super chic and delicious. Great date night or girls night out spot!

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JenniferC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Soca has a separate menu for Vegan options. Great choices for our entire party.

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ScottR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was quiet. Initially so was the service but server kinda disappeared after being us the entree.

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JuanB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding, as well as the customer service.

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LourdesA
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So ca never disappoints. Every dish ordered was amazing. The churrasco and the salmon , all delicious. And the desserts are like no other.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND...
Compliments to the Chef!

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AprilA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great for date night or a casual night out with friends.

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NotGoodSushi
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love so•ca! It's my favorite restaurant in the Raleigh area. Food is always delicious and the service is always great.

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WendyM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good small plates and nice outdoor seating. Enjoyed the options for red South American wines. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The large patio provided privacy and an outdoor heater for our table. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and made several excellent recommendations.
The food was exquisite with delightful presentation. Tuesday night is half-priced wine night so we enjoyed an excellent 2011 Santa Carolina Carménère.

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vipNeverAgain2
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice entrees and awesome Tres Leches dessert

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Annaya81
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They adhered to social distancing, wore masks, and made it as fun as can be given the situation. Food was delicious and the cabanas were fun!

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