soca Raleigh

4.7
1393 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 Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-9pm. 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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1393 people are saying
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SimonR
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great range of food with interesting flavors. Two of us shared 5 of the small plates. Dined outside - a little street noise

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vipDiningDiva
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is a MUST! The menu was full of tasty sounding dishes, we decided on the special scallop ceviche, it was outstanding! We then had lamb patties, the whole fried fish & skewers! All was FANTASTIC!! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining area. Excellent service. Creative menu. Will definitely be back!

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Bochu
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that they have a vegan menu and it was delicious!

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vipthepopster
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

extensive menu with lots of gluten free choices. every dish we had was good. interesting exotic drink menu. the outdoor "cabanas" were a nice touch - airy and private at the same time. service professional and cordial. loved the experience.

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LBC717
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful service. Loved the atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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vipGnorth8
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Outside table was not very nice and the chairs were terrible. Food was good. Service was meh. I’ll go back because it’s normally better.

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MeganKM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've driven past SoCa for two years now and I finally enjoyed a meal there last night. Everything was INCREDIBLE. Each appetizer, entree, drink and dessert surprised me with how consistently delicious it was. The service was amazing and the outdoor ambiance was lovely. I will definitely be going back soon!

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Nurse20
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with limited menu. The food was not pleasing at all and was very expensive. I chose not to complain because I was spending time with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. Not worth the money and they’re better choices around. Thanks for the memories!

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vipMegan
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails. The service was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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LauraM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with fantastic attentive service in a beautiful setting.

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MichelleC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and our waiter made great recommendations on the small plates to share. Lovely decor and great atmosphere. Margaritas were also delicious, but stay away from their house margarita on menu and opt for a simple lime one instead.

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GaryC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our total experience was five star.

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null
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and we really enjoyed it!!

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Rdugirl
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Outdoor seating a great option. Our server was great. Food is not my favorite. We got small plates and it was lacking in flavor and the pork cheek was over cooked and felt dried out. Second time here and both times I was underwhelmed.

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vipNickB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor dining in Raleigh, great service, everything on the menu is solid

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foodie
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful experience to dine al fresco, pocketed inside curtains on 3 sides. The food, as always, did not disappoint. We particularly enjoyed the whole fried branzino fish and the SO-CA take on baked Alaska. Well worth it!

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ShirleyG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd time at Soca. Lots of vegan options that were fantastic.

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JackieM
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat o.utside in a "Cabana" and forgot we were right by a road.
The food was excellent, so were the cocktails and the wine. Great service too

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JoshuaB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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vipAnthonyC
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I think that paying $20.00 for a tamale is pretty astonishing unless you're in NYC at Le Grenouille. The place seemed a little pricey for latin food that is typically inexpensive. I understand that the ingredients are local and so forth but-I'd love to return but I'd rather get a $3.00 tamale at this place that I know that taste great and is homemade.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience!

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PatL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience here for nine of us. Everyone was pleased . Atmosphere very nice, food was excellent and different than the usual chicken and pasta dishes. Even the desserts were fabulous, Definitely will come again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice experience. Tasty food, portion controlled.

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OpenTable Diner
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, would definently be back again. I love that they have both vegetarian and vegan options!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The management was beyond amazing. They were very accommodating to my large group and all the last minute changes I had to make. The alcoholic & non alcoholic drinks were amazing. The food was ok. Not really for my taste buds, however, what I might find okay you might find amazing. The potions were too little for the price tag. My waiter was inattentive, and lack people skills. One of the waitress dropped a dirty utilities on me and did not apologize. She said and I quote “ooohh she’s going to murder me” than walked off. It was my birthday and I felt highly disrespected. She got food stain on my dress.
Overall, the ambience and management was the only good experience I got.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at soca!!!!

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Weezy
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious and the drinks and service matched the food. Everything was great!

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vipGymshoe
Charlotte
226 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's so fun to try the different small plates and share them with the table. The pork cheeks are fantastic. For something different we ordered the quinoa stuffed avocado which was also great. You can't go wrong with the salmon. The Jamaican lamb patties were perfectly spiced but the curried cauliflower, while good, seemed to miss a little on flavor. There was plenty of choices in wine and Marshall did an excellent job serving us. I've been to soca several times and enjoy it every time.

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franko
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

overvalued and overpriced food even though service was nice.

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DennisM
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is great. Good wine list and cocktails to match. The staff is always very attentive, friendly, and go out of their way to make sure you enjoy the experience, Overall a great place to visit on a regular night out or for special occasions.

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vipLaurenJ
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I can’t say a bad word...

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ReneeA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! We had not visited in past 18 months due to pandemic. I was looking forward to a dish on the menu, Jamaican Fried Rice that was no longer available. Our server told us they had moved to locally sourced products and the new items on the menu were delicious. I tried the black bean empanadas and pepper rubbed rib eye, both were delicious!

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Nath20
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

It’s beautiful but being from the Caribbean and my boyfriend from Latin America, we were not impressed with the food. Definitely overpriced. Overall, will not return.

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AnnG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Raleigh. LOVE this place. Cocktails great too. It's expensive, but I'd rather eat out less and come here than have mediocre food more often.

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vipZulaiS
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! My date was not lol

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EricM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress and food was extraordinary. My new go to restaurant.

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vipMarshaM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great wine list. Seafood stew like dish with salmon, prawn and clams was outstanding. Service from a young NCSU student was superb. Nice outdoor seating except for the traffic noise.

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vipkevinm
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Not a big selection of foods. We have been there before and thought it better.

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Polly
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit was as good as the first. We will definitely return. Great patio seating.

FAQs

soca Raleigh offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (91