soca Raleigh

4.7
867 reviews
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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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OT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a refreshing flick of the wrist by so ca. really out here switchin up the Latin food game in Raleigh

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OT
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, creative menu and affordable with both small plates and larger entrees all done in a very attractive decor.

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KT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always have a great time at SOCA.

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great presentations!
Love the scallops and the pods cheek

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MS
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, an original menu with a true Latin flavor. The Churrasco Steak was fantastic! The level of service was even better.

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R
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, extremely knowledgeable about gluten free, food was outstanding, can't wait to return to try more of the wonderful selections

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with delicious food! We went there to celebrate our anniversary and it was really nice when they arrived with 2 glasses of champagne to celebrate us. Strongly reccomanded

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CB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and friendly staff! Our hostess (who mainly works Tuesday’s) was warm and super friendly! Our server was courteous and knowledgeable. We had a really enjoyable dinner. Thanks Soca!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal from the appetizers to our dessert! Glad that we chose to celebrate Father's Day at so*ca.

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v
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the empanadas, they were amazing. My husband had the ceviche and it was delicious. We really enjoyed it. Even on Father’s Day the service was still very good and the food outstanding. We will be back.

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m
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greattttttt tttttttttttttttt

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AF
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, wide range of foods that are not artificially gluten-free, but authentically made with alternate ingredients from South/Central America, each a marvel of fine flavor and nice presentation. Each time I go there, and it is out of the way for me, I think I should go there more often. And that's just the food, the wait-staff is always well trained and attentive. I enjoyed the additional open-air dining they have added since my last visit, as it was a perfect Carolina day to be outside.

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M
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fathers day

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CN
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Soca. We went to brunch for Father’s Day and Soca did not disappoint. Each of our meals was very unique and delicious as well. The service was fantastic as always.

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g
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Usually attentive service. Food is always excellent with beautiful presentation. Great to sit outside when there is good weather.

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G
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

NO.... I AM A FOODIE AND LIKE EXCEPTIONAL FOOD. WE TRIED DIFFERENT SMALL PLATES AND ALL BUT ONE FELT LIKE IT HAD COME OUT OF FREEZER & BEEN NUKED.... THOUGHT THIS PLACE WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE INNOVATIVE.

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B
Raleigh
68 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio which was great. Food and service were great.

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TL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us shared 3 small plates and 3 entrees. Every dish was amazing! Our service was also outstanding.

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NK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and wine were excellent as was out waiter. We will definitely return soon.

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j
Raleigh
47 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is very delicious and the flavors are Wonderful. I would like to see more space and more heat in their dishes.

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V
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

1st Strike - elevator from basement garage was not working so has to take steep steps in rain to the front entrance.
2nd Strike - The restaurant had a lot of empty tables in the front but we were still given a table near the kitchen which was very brightly lit and busy.
3rd Strike - my daughter had made the reservation as a birthday celebration but there was no acknowledgement from staff.

Lastly, food was just ok - portions pricier but smaller than other similar restaurants . Loved the food presentation though. Pricey cocktails sounded fabulous but tasted mediocre.
We had such high hopes as the concept sounded amazing - I hope they will
Improve and take the above notes as constructive criticism.

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OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Almost perfect dining experience- went for a graduation party. Our starters, entrees and service were all amazing. The evening fell flat at dessert. We were sent the chocolate mousse for our daughters graduation which was tasty but small (but it was free so I’m not complaining too much, just wouldn’t have wanted to pay for it). We ordered a few desserts, including the tres leches and flan. The tres leches cake was nice but the components were off putting. And the flan was not like any flan I grew up eating, and not in a good way. Overall, we had a great time but their desserts need some tweaking.

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TT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I wish the tap water that was served did not smell like chlorine

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here to celebrate our daughter’s graduation. We were seated outside on the patio which was quite pleasant. The food was both creative and delicious. We’ll certainly go back.

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I've been to Soca and the experience is consistently wonderful. Great, creative food, lovely ambiance and good service. Each dish is a delightful surprise and the Caribbean rum cake was a taste sensation. Can't wait to return soon.

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS!!!!! " I WILL BE DINING THERE FREQUENTLY.. THAT'S THE REAL DEAL!!!

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LE
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Soca and what a wonderful experience it was! The food made our taste buds dance! The menu items were unique and every dish was so flavorful. The ambiance is very nice and the service was top notch. A must do!

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EM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The beef dishes are out of this world. My husband said half way through dinner "this is the best meal I've had in a while."

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and staff. Every bite was amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was good but for the first time the service was poor I will try it again.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved SoCa. Good drinks, great food. South American with a bit of a French twist. And don’t be put off by the lack of parking, there’s valet parking in the back.

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JM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had the special triangle week three course menu with wine. None of the dishes were especially good and the wines were ordinary. Goat was dry and stringy. Certainly not worth $65.

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J
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We went for a birthday celebration and triangle restaurant week. No one even mentioned the birthday. Service was pitiful barely anything said to us when we arrived. Usually
Restaurant week brings out a great menu. Appetizers were good however the Goat entree was tough, dry and void of flavor. The dark molasses cake dessert was dry, little flavor as well. The person that treated us made a remark about the last Restaurant in this spot was called fare and named properly. Well we ate at fare and went back will not be going back to SoCa.

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KV
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is really one of the very best restaurants in the triangle area. I am disappointed in myself for not trying it sooner. Samantha was also one of the top 5 servers I have ever had the pleasure to order with. I may sound hyperbolic but the Caribbean Curried Cod, Churrasco, meat patties, rum cake really were well worth the visit and I want to go back soon and try everything else on the menu. I want everyone to go so this place stays in business for a long time.

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NM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

For all the hype and high prices, SoCa was a huge disappointment for me and my wife. We each ordered two items each from the appetizer side, one dessert, and two drinks each (beers and lemonade) and paid over $100, including a good tip for our good wait person. The empanadas and dumplings were really, really mediocre. Live up to the hype, decor, and excellent wait staff with the quality of the food served.

Never again.

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DL
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went went to brunch for my daughter’s 25th birthday. The service was exceptional, the food creative, delicious, and beautifully presented without being too showy. The Videri Chocolate Moose was out of this world. Soca is now at the top my list for Sunday brunch in Raleigh.

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D
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, even better service. We enjoyed our recent visit and were particularly impressed with staff tending to our young toddler (e.g., asking if we needed milk or fruit).

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MD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! The small plates are small, but every bite was delicious. I recommend the pork cheeks.

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i
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, even better service.

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