soca Raleigh

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$30 and under
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the appetizers to the desert, the food was amazing.The presentation was exquisite. Great experience!!!!

G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW...what a meal! One of those meals you never forget. What an experience. The food and service we're incredible!!!!!!

J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, there were almost no other guests, and the waitress was very patient, even though we were a large group of 15 people. She even split the bill for all of us. The food was delicious, and I would highly recommend the small dishes for sharing. It was a lovely experience, and I would highly recommend. The parking is in the deck under the restaurant, but the signage made it very clear to get to it.

BR
Charlotte
72 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soca is truly a unique dining experience w amazing dishes that are flavorful and presented beautifully. Most can find something they like, lots of vegetarian options too. Great service....

MB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal! The service is attentive. I am amazed at how low the noise level is given the proximity of the tables. It is easy to hold a conversation.

A
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was delicious; we particularly liked the Salvadoran empanadas (great flavor combo and nice and crispy on the outside), the charred octopus was also delicious. Our server was attentive and there was a nice wine selection by the bottle.

BT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration for 2 NCSU Sophmores. Great service & delicious, unique appetizers, entrees & deserts. Would definitely recommend & plan to go back

B
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I will say one thing. Whoever decided to change the mousse cake is mean. The new one is NOT good. At all. Otherwise I love SoCa so very much.

JZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very impressed with the variety and flavor of the dishes we selected. We started with the Tuna appetizer, squash soup and Yucca frites. The soup was excellent. Yucca frites were like a good mini-nacho plate. I had the Colombian Pileatas entree which had AMAZING mashed potatoes under the well-cooked beef. Our server was exceptional.

OT
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the brunch for knowledgeable wait staff and a refreshing twist to your typical brunch dishes.

VD
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Over all a very good experience. Many different new tastes and options. Had the churrasco. It was good but only slightly warm. The veggie empanadas were very tasty.

TS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waiter was not experienced with drink orders and got them wrong. We made do but it resulted in a less than 5 star rating.

HA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

There is amazing food and vibe throughout the whole place. I will day that dishes seem slightly over priced for the portion I got, and that the pictures I saw online seems as if they had a larger serving. Our waiter took a while to serve us everytime but everything was great overall.

r
Orlando
103 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food that was creatively presented. Server was very attentive. Would highly recommend Soca.

OT
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ate was incredible. The empanada special was our favorite! Very fresh and different flavors

SV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Expensive, but tasty!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just incredibly. Our waitress was so kind and attentive, with great suggestions and a friendly demeanor. Thank you!

LB
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and food was fresh and flavorful. Got the prawns and asked for their heads to be removed before serving and they accommodated our requests! Sat outside on the patio as it was a beautiful day, but noise from Oberlin Rd was pretty annoying. Not restaurants fault, just should have thought about that before choosing to sit outside. Overall food and service was outstanding.

d
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great empanadas. Rest of food was average.

JV
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really great menu full of interesting choices. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Started with the empanadas special & pork cheeks with polenta- that was really the star of dinner. My 6 year old son had the strawberry lime Fresca & chicken and rice- he was a huge fan. We will be back!

k
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I do this tapas style and it truly is to die for. I don't think I ever had a better salad, first of all! The SoCo salad, I don't know how they do it but it was beyond delicious...that pistachio paste! Wanted to lick it off my plate. Very subtle dressing (pineapple vinaigrette but I didn't taste any pineapple). The pork cheeks made the evening. My boyfriend agreed. I also had the octopus escabeche with the bean paste, which was also delicious. My boyfriend had some clam dish with red sauce and his only complaint was they had no bread to soak up the sauce. They really need to provide some bread with that and couldn't even when we requested it. The wines are fabulous. Service is good but not spectacular, but we're there for the food so as long as the service is decent enough we're fine. But this place is great, this is on our regular Saturday night rotation for sure.

DG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Would return
Our server was especially great

F
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful. We sat outside, and had a nice view, but we were facing Oberlin Avenue on a Saturday afternoon and it was VERY noisy.
We ordered three small plates for the 2 of us for lunch. The food was sufficient (we are small eaters), but definitely not generous portions,. The larger plates were fairly expensive.
While the food was good, it was quite spicy, and all tasted very similar. Nothing was at all objectionable, but with so many really excellent restaurants in Raleigh, we're not likely to return.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good the waiter was really nice

GJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food that i had in my life

Thanks a lot Samantha. My family are more than happy with your high quality service

MM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely brunch with a friend today. I have on my open table profile a list of my food allergies, without asking our server delivered a list of meal options that didn’t include those ingredients. They also offered to check on different options to be modified if that was better for me. The meal was fresh and delicious. The service was attentive and at the same time gave us plenty of time to enjoy the meal and visit. I recommend the restaurant highly and will be back.

J
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I've eaten dinner a couple times at So Ca, and it is really good. This time I went for brunch. It was not as good. I'll go back for dinner, but not brunch.

DL
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly flavorful meal. Gorgeous presentation. Excellent service. Festive, hip ambiance.

S
Sacramento
170 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SoCa consistently delivers absolutely delicious food. There are so many memorable dishes that you look forward to having every time you visit and other new ones that are well worth adding for a truly memorable meal with friends. The servers are knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. Every time we come to Raleigh we look forward to multiple visits to SoCa, and now that we have moved here, the opportunities will only expand.

PD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn't really know what to expect out of "latin american fusion", so I had no expectations at all. I was blown away from the very first dish! We ordered eight or so of the small plates. Each one was beautiful in appearance, amazing in taste, and not terribly expensive. Our waiter explained everything so well that I felt like he had probably savored every dish. This is the kind of restaurant where I can't even say what you should try - everything was so incredibly delicious. I am not sure you could make a bad choice!

OT
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So Ca does not disappoint. Tuesday’s are wine bottle specials so we had excellent Chilean sparkling rose for half the usual price. The Vegan menu is outstanding and the large plate entrees well seasoned and prepared. Our California houseguests were very impressed.
It is so hard to talk over the noise, however.

l
Raleigh
58 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was my third (and final) visit to soca. Tonight my daughter & I were served raw pork chops. We returned them to the kitchen & waited & waited for them to bring them back. When reserved, the waiter told us that “Chef went ahead & made you new orders.” I told him mine was clearly not new because there was a slice off the side that had been either mine or my daughters. No apologies, no visit from the manager. Skip this place: we have so many great restaurants in the Raleigh area!

MG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought the service was great. Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly but professional.
The food was Amazing. Everything from appetizer to main course to dessert was perfect.
I've already suggested it to people I work with.
Can't wait to go back.

NA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Portions are really small.

T
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the portions were fulling. The avocado crab dip was okay, but we really enjoyed the lobster fritters. The pork chop entree was huge and the Churrasco was very good. We also had a knowledgeable server - Antonio who was able to navigate us through the menu to make great dinner selections. We enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and will return to try other dishes when back in the Raleigh area.

S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, unique offerings and beautiful presentation. Nice to see in the restaurant scene

DP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed my experience. The food was delicious, very dietary friendly. My ribeye cap was cooked and seasoned perfectly. I would eat here again.

SE
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Okay spot for dinner on a Monday night when many really great eateries are closed. Seemed a bit corporate.

CH
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was crazy loud, but food and service (Frankie) were amazing.

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