soca Raleigh

4.6
1308 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 1308 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dave
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I have wanted to try this place out since it opened and finally got the chance this past weekend. It was crowded outside, and in, when we arrived for an 8pm reservation, we sat outside, near a door that each time it opened blew cold air on our table, not great. We

We ordered drinks, and several small plates. The drinks took over 23 minutes to arrive. The plates arrived more timely but it was visually clear that 1-2 of them had sat around a while and while the others looked ok, they were cold. All but one of them tasted great, the squid dish was terrible - cold, hard, salty, and fishy.

We ordered another round of drinks, this one took even longer to get to the table. Same with the next round which included a glass of wine, a drink that requires no mixing, just a pour - you get it now, the bar was ridiculously slow, or it was our server, it doesn't matter which, service was bad.

We order 2 main dishes, both were outstanding and received in an appropriate amount of time as were the 3 excellent desserts we tried.

All in all, I was disappointed by our experience here. The promise of excellence in food quality was there but the execution, largely due to service, caused it to fall short. The table service from our waiter was average, he was nice and enthusiastic but slow. And table service is really a team effort, or should be, but no one ever helped our waiter. We had piles of dirty dishes sit on our table all night, as countless other employees walked by and looked but kept going.

A restaurant with great reviews and well above average food being dragged down by service is a management problem. Hopefully they can get it fixed. I'll give it another shot some day, maybe we just experienced an unfortunate bad night....

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LudisC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Spent over $400… worst experience I’ve had food took nearly 2 hours to come out. Sides didn’t come out with meal, once sides came out we had already finished eating the meal.

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vipSkittleInNC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy SoCa's unique-to-Raleigh menu. While lively, it's not too noisy or overwhelming. Great food and fantastic, friendly service.

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ClareM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very nice outdoor patio.. Food was okay but for the price point (most entrees more than $30s) I would have hoped for a bit more. Went with 4 native brazilians and none were that impressed with their meals. Also drinks are tasty but tiny for the price!! not sure we will go back. And waiter was really friendly but again, for the price point, I would have expected a bit more. Had to wait to order, had to ask for water refills, etc.

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AlisonH
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always great food and great atmosphere! Staff is very friendly. Prices have gone up and selection is a tad more limited, but I'm assuming that is all due to post-Covid issues. Love supporting this establishment who also treats their staff well!

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vipLocal
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter just relocated to Raleigh and lives near by. This place was outstanding and we will definitely be back.

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Goodeater1
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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NiccoC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service from beginning to end. We all raved about our experience.
We will visit again.

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IanV
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall the experience was great. We had three and split 6-7 small plates and it was perfect. Will definitely be coming back!

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SueL
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. We had 2 delicious meals. Our server Nick, was very attentive. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Soca twice in the last 30 days and each visit has been impressive. The food is well prepared, tasty and presented very well! Yesterday the Ceviche special and the pork should tapas were a definite hit! The dessert was amazing! However, the most impressive part was the service each time: Knowledgeable, attentive and caring! Kudos to the staff and leadership! Our waitress yesterday reminded us of a younger Meryl Streep! Very nice person!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - service was impeccable - sharing knowledge and neat history about the food, Joshua was attentive but subtle. We loved it and will be back!!

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DeborahH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

So ca: Pros: excellent waitstaff and ambiance. It's a fun place to eat.
Cons: very short (3 ea.) white and red wines by the glass, and the wines aren't all that good; food is kind of bland unless they get the sauces right, which I sometimes wonder about. You read about the exciting ingredients, but when you get the plates, it's kind of blah in a lot of cases (not all). I really want to like this place a lot, but the often bland food and short wine-by-the-glass list are problems.

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Brixloki
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

This was a so-so visit to SoCa. Most of the food was very good -- the squid dish was exceptional. But the SoCa salad was downright unpleasant, with chewy dehydrated vegetables. Service was slow, although that was probably because of the kitchen and not the server. We got what we thought was a bad (corked) glass of wine, and it was not handled well --again, probably because of the bartender and not the server. Not our best visit.

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MLB88
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food during restaurant week! Ben, our server was knowledgeable and attentive. We did the special menu as well as the vegan menu. Will definitely be back!!

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vipSaraW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were excellent. The wine selections are also great. Always enjoy so ca.

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Dorothy
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Maleek was awesome friendly and knowledgeable
All the servers there were great
Always refilling waters
Love it!
Our chef Eli and Noah were amazing
Knowledgeable and friendly and sent out a few surprise appetizers that were phenomenal
We were celebrating my twins graduation
First time visiting and everyone was professional and courteous
A perfect dinner
Thank you
We’ll definitely be back and posting kudos to fb

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Alicia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! The food was so flavorful, delicious, and fresh! Service was top-notch. We will definitely be back .... soon!

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kman
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for something different and SoCa sounded great. I read some reviews and I found it hard to believe it could be five-star from everyone. But I'm here to tell you the hype is real. This was one of the better meals I've had in a very long time. From the sangria all the way to desert, the food was flawless. The server was also very attentive and had a broad smile every time we saw her. This was our first visit and I've already been telling everyone I know about this wonderful restaurant. Ten stars from me.

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ThomasL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been six times and have never had a bad experience. I have now tried almost everything on the menu and have never been disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my daughter, we had a large party, So-ca was gracious and accommodating. The food and drinks were delicious! We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, creative menu, so tasty - incomparable! An amazing composition of spices and aroma wonderfully presented. Service was also remarkable. Enjoyed every bite and every minute.

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ShannonS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried 4 small and 2 large plates. Everything was really well prepared, presented and sized. Definitely go if you have not. Service was excellent!

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vipmrLLbean
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5th visit in 3 weeks. love, love, love it here !

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JeriP
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of vegan, vegetarian and seafood/meat dishes. Good prices for Raleigh

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LandD
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soca never disappoints-great food with lovely presentation-attentive staff and lovely setting!

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Dianab
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good, ambiance very nice and the service was on time and our waiter was very polite.

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vipmrLLbean
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful experience !!! Thank you.

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SherryD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. We tried as much of the menu as we could eat in 1 sitting. Service and pace were perfect and the food and drink were phenomenal! We will definitely be coming back.

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Maria
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SoCa is our favorite place for dinners in Raleigh.

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RickyM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was good. We arrived about 20 minutes early of our reservation but the staff was able to go ahead and seat us. I had my eye on the scallops because they looked so good coming out but unfortunately they ran out before we were able to order our food. Overall we were pleased with our experience.

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Berry
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All was great. Hostess reception was a little cold and distant. Everything else was very nice.

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vipMS18
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food, unique flavors.

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vipJayhawkjoe
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Took my College Daughter and two of her friends along with my wife. All had a great time and the chicken empanadas were great. The watermelon salad was great as well. The hit of the evening was the pork cheek. Incredible

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MaryA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff, excellent options for gluten free, food was delicious!

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VicV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really great time at Soca. The food was excellent, the waiter's recommendations were spot on, and the atmosphere were great. We asked for outdoor seating so we had some noise, which was expected. I'd gladly go back any day.

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vipBackup
Raleigh
80 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, unique creations, excellent and knowledgable staff. Definitely in top three in triangle area.

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vipfoodiehall
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were outside so ambience there was different than inside...pleasant evening, plenty of traffic going by in Oberlin. Seemed that service was a bit slow...am attributing that to large number of diners even after 8:30 and restaurant being short-handed. Food was tasty as always, complex flavors, well/prepared. Was good to return there.

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vipAnna
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience. We have only very few favorite restaurants in Raleigh. They are Herons and Second Empire. Soca is just added to our selective list as the 3rd favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, we enjoyed our dinner. Most of the food was very good. The Curried Cauliflower was missing the smoked Brazil nuts and chili peppers but still tasted good. We sent the Soca76 cocktail back as it tasted a bit off (perhaps old wine or blackberries), but they happily offered something else and didn’t charge us. The Rosemary’s Niño and Little Mendoza were great. Favorite dish was the Empanadas de Huitlacoche. The outdoor dining area was nicely set up and felt very safe. We’ll be back.

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