Soca

4.3
266 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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Veteran L.A. restaurateur and Executive Chef-Owner Aaron Robins introduced an exciting dining destination spotlighting globally-inspired steak and seafood offerings to Ventura Boulevard. Capturing worldly influences, focusing on Latin and Mediterranean cuisine with nods to Asia, the light yet bold flavors of the food are complemented by a gin & vodka focused cocktail program and extensive wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak
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Hours of operation
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(818) 301-4300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Aaron Robins
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hazeltine
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Parking details
Self-parking during brunch hours and on Sundays in the lot behind the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 266 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Soca is a great experience start to finish. They're friendly and professional and the food is creative and massively delicious. The bartender is an artist with drinks and desserts are brilliant. A+++

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2018

Expensive, but delicious. Seafood tower was $115 but really good. Steaks are ordered a la carte like many steakhouses.. all sides extra.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Food was so-so not impressive. Service was just ok.
Eaten many times here and this time it was only ok

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Food quality was just average. I wanted to love this place because we desperately need good restaurants in the Valley. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. The shrimp were dry and the flavors not particularly appealing. I also didn't like how they wouldn't seat my party until everyone was present. The restaurant was half empty but we weren't given our table until all 4 of us were there. That felt tacky.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Although we had great service and the food was excellent, the drinks were not on par. I never shy from a stiff drink but both drinks I ordered, margarita and oy vey, were too strong and just tasted like tequila. It was a disappointment as the rest of the experience was great.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

SOCA is one of our go-to restaurants. The food is exceptional, inventive, and delicious. The staff is very well trained and well versed in the dishes. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Dined here several times. Wait staff, Ben gave great service. Food and cocktails delicious and innovative.
Nice decor.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

great food, great service...made the evening a lot of fun.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We enjoyed dine LA. The selections were varied and portions generous. We had another great meal at SOCA

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food was nothing special for the price. If I hadn't gone for DineLA I would've been disappointed. Drinks overpriced too.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

I've been here before and loved it. Food is excellent and we've taken my parents and my in laws. They did not disappoint on our last trip either. King crab legs were outstanding. The issue came during oysters. I bit into one, and there must've been a rock or shell because it cracked my veneer half off. I do not blame socca, as oysters can be tricky that way, and the waitress (who was great) did say sorry, when I told her I loved the food but my tooth had cracked. But then that was it. They avoided our table. They did do anything for us. Again I don't blame them but it certainly put a damper on the night, knowing I just cracked an expensive veneer and I was surprised they didn't do a single thing to make our stay better. Even a beer would've been nice, any gesture to say we are so sorry that happened at our establishment, fault or not would've gone a long way.

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1.0Dined on July 26, 2018

2nd visit when underdone tough pork chop was served. Eventually the dish was removed from bill.
Something seriously wrong in kitchen.

Dessert was very good.

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1.0Dined on July 25, 2018

$27 for a hamburger that was overdone with oily roasted potatoes.
Tartare was tasty but meager.
Chopped salad was good and desserts were good.
Overpriced!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Excellent food, attentive server and very much a quality DINELA menu.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Excellent all around! Looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Amazing meal from the moment we entered the restaurant. Attentive service, fantastically interesting and flavor-filled menu, interesting wine list, and a great overall experience.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

SOCA was amazing!! I have been wanting to try SOCA for quite a while. So, when my wife and I were deciding where to take some friends to celebrate a birthday, I thought here's my chance.

Our waiter, Ben was awesome. When we told him we have never dined there before, he gave us a run down of the restaurant, the bar, and the menu. He made suggestions of their signature dishes that we took full advantage of and order many of his picks.

The cocktails were great! They don't have just bartenders, they have mixologists at SOCA. Our cocktails were made by Danny, who was a master mixologist! Perfect drinkable cocktails. I hate when you order a cocktail that is not drinkable.

From cocktails, to appetizers, to the amazing steaks and desserts, everything was outstanding. I ordered the 32 oz. Tomahawk Rib-eye, to share with my friend. Probably one of the best meals I have had. When leaving, we were approached by the owner who asked us how the meal was. Of course, we told her how amazing it was. She was so nice! I can't wait to go back to SOCA in the future. It is definitely a gem in the Valley!

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This is a beautiful restaurant. Went there with the hopes of enjoying a filet. Waiter (although I think he was trying to be helpful) just came across as arrogant with his hard sell on the Ribeye. I like a lean cut of meat, so Ribeye is not my thing. Ended up not having the filet and "settled " for Dine LA Peruvian carne asada, which was OK at best. Soca is (I believe) owed by same folks who run Boneyard, which is fantastic so I was expecting and hoping for a fantastic experience which I usually get at Boneyard. Anyhow, it was first time at Soca. Overall not worth the $.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This was our third visit to SOCA. They serve exceptional cuts of beef, small plates, "large" plates, and some imaginative cocktails, including the "Duke of York," a bourbon concoction with a chartreuse rinse and Luxardo cherries. It's a relatively casual atmosphere: you'll see some in suits, and others in jeans. The wait staff had been good on previous visits, but when we dined here on Friday, July 20, they practically threw us out the door with our cocktails and appetizers, until our waiter realized that things were moving too fast, and apologized -- unbidden -- for rushing us. The brioche had a beautiful crust, but was nearly raw inside. My husband had the frisee and arugula salad with pineapple, macadamia nuts, and a creamy, mild goat cheese; delicious. I did not fare so well with my starter, the "Campechana," described as a "Texas-style seafood cocktail." The tomato/cilantro/onion/avocado base was perfect, but the seafood itself was gawd-awful (I think that's the phrase they use in 'Texan'). It tasted like raw clams and tiny bay shrimp pureed with that stringy Dungeness muck that West Coast restaurants try to pass off as real crab. This was served with excellent tortilla chips made in-house, and thick enough to support a deep dip. My husband had the monkfish, which, oddly enough, was fried. It wasn't bad, but it had been overcooked--a shame, as monkfish is now so hard to find. I had the flatiron steak, with pickled onions (or "escebeche," as they were misspelled on the menu), a light, garlicky green sauce, and a treat I hadn't had for years, huancaina mashed potatoes, done as close to the Peruvian style potatoes as I've ever had in the U.S. The desserts were the best part of the meal: a whipped-cream-and-strawberry parfait; and mini-churros served with caramel, chocolate, and creme anglaise-style dipping sauces. I don't know whether we'll make a fourth visit to SOCA, but if I read more positive reviews, we'll give it another try.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent food, good service but a bit on the pricey side.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great service, excellent food, and perfect location.

I was very pleased with Soca, I will definitely come back

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Average food. High priced. Bad service. Refused to substitute vegetables for mashed potatoes. Unimpressive.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Loved their brunch! Great service, several good menu options and interesting, tasty cocktails! Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

What an outstanding experience! Amazing flavors! A Wonderful Cocktail Menu! A Casual Steakhouse with upscale flavors! Perfection!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great food, great steak!!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

It was over 100 degrees on my birthday, as we walked the few blocks to SOCA from my home. It was calm and cool inside. The bar and wait staff are phenomenally attentive. We had the King crab legs as a starter, followed by their Basque flatbread, which had amazing flavor, with Chorizo sausage, shrimp and Burrata cheese. Then we had the Peruvian Carne Asada. The thinly sliced pieces of Wagyu beef had the most amazing smoky flavor. It was served over mashed potatoes with a green aji sauce and a crisp Esobeche onion salad. Delish! Next time the lobster tower!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

4th time visiting. Arrived early so we sat at the bar with our guests. The bartender was very knowledgeable, and since the restaurant specializes in gin (60+ labels), we learned a lot.

Once we sat down for dinner, we were pleasantly surprised to have Ben as our server. He was highly rated on Yelp

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Nice atmosphere, although the street noice is a bit much and the menu is terribly over-priced.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

A sophisticated place in Sherman Oaks that goes to waste. Finally something other than a gastro pub for adults. Beautiful place, great service, but the food is just ok. It's not bad, but it's def not up to the expectations the decor leads you to believe. We had oysters, the carne asada and the ribeye. The oysters were def the best part of the overall meal. The ribeye had zero sex appeal (if you know what I mean) and you could tell the cut of meat was quality, just not a lot of finesse to it all..service was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The chef and owner does a great job
Try the different and good gins

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Second time at Soca and there will be a third....and a fourth....etc. I love duck and whenever I see it on the menu, I order it. This time it was a duck breast with some kind of jerk chutney sauce. Amazing. Served with a quinoa cake and vegetable. I was in heaven. My wife had the monkfish and really enjoyed it. My daughter’s boyfriend had the burger. Looked amazing and it was huge. And my daughter had the halibut. Loved it. We had the lobster/crab bites and Korean beef dumplings as appetizers. The bites were fantastic! The dumplings were good, but the sauce was a bit too cloying. And they have popovers.....yes, popovers....worth it just for those! Make sure they bring the butter, though. Our waiter forgot, so when the butter came, we had already eaten the popover. I made some comment and she, very kindly, though not to my waistline, brought a hot fresh popover! I guess they were a bit short handed that night, so the service was not great, hence the three stars for that category. All in all, a WIN!!!

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Came here for our anniversary which we denoted on our Open Table reservation. We had a good experience for Valentine's Day so we decided to come back. This experience wasn't as good.
Our server was rather aloof. He hostess didn't mention our anniversary and neither did we, so it went unnoticed. Not sure what the point of putting it down on the reservation is honestly.
We got our soda and beer long before our server brought us the water he said he was going to bring. The menu changed and he begrudgingly explained the changes. While waiting for our appetizer we saw all the tables getting delicious pop-overs. We never got any while waiting. When the runner (who was doling out pop overs to all the other tables) brought our appetizer, my husband asked for bread. The runner said he could bring a baguette. We asked about the pop overs. He said they were 15 minutes behind on them and there were none. We asked why all the other tables had gotten them, and he went back to the kitchen and lo and behold had two popovers for us. Neither of us understand what happened there at all.
The appetizer was ok, The Korean Shortrib Dumplings. They were a little cilantro heavy with no mention of cilantro in the menu description.
Our steaks were delicious and the duck fat potatoes were great. We didn't see our server much.
He brought the dessert menu and then spent a very long time with a large table that had just been seated. We decided to order our dessert to go. We got The Meyer's Bar which we've had before. It's amazing. Our favorite dish at Soca. We enjoyed it at home thankfully.
So a lack luster experience over all sadly and again, why bother putting in that it's a special occasion when making the reservation if no mention or acknowledgement is going to be made? Just a disappointing evening.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I will never come back to this restaurant due to horrible service which ruined our Father's Day brunch. The food did not arrive at our table for over one hour after we ordered, and then, only 3 out of 4 dishes arrived and one of those was cold!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

From the moment we arrived we had an amazing experience. Hostess sat us at a very cozy table for two. Server was very attentive and made great suggestions. Food was superb!!! Seafood was extremely fresh and tasty. Will return soon.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Very special, not to be missed. Second time around made me realize my first visit was humbly, a lack of culinary knowledge. The Owner actually educated me and took notes from my first experience, had them handy on exactly how I like my steak prepared and delivered on what can only be described as uniquely delicious on all levels. The ambiance can not be matched. High level service / comfort in what feels like an outdoor living room, beautifully finished, completely under roof (and I received a slight breeze, not on menu :-)). All courses from appetizer to dessert were fresh, w/subtle textures for the trained palette, beautifully plated with timely delivery. Truly a wonderful experience, the Valley deserves this type of restaurant and ecstatic someone stepped up to be the leader. Bravo!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Now frequent diners, we were hooked our first dinner there. Lovely Chris is a very cordiale accommodating general manager, great wait staff, excellent food.
We love dining at SoCa....have recommended to lots of friend!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

It was a cute place and the food was all pretty good. Just thought it was a overpriced for the type of restaurant it was. Expect these prices at fine dining. Also they didn’t pace the food at all so everything came out at once which I can’t stand but overall it was good and I would try it again!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Despite the service being very slow, when drinks and food finally arrived it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Fantastic. Amazing food

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great atmosphere!
Amazing whole fish !

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