Soca

4.4
236 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 236 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Unfortunately disappointing. We eat ot 85% of all meals and had hoped to find a great local steakhouse with all the expectations of a westside eatery. Our waitress DC was without question outstanding; Friendly, kind, efficient and professional. Her support staff was inexcusable. We were one of four tables being served at the 6:30pm time and our waters, utensils, plates, napkins were constantly in need. We looked over across the restaurant to find the support staff on their phone, talking to the bartender etc...Extremely under trained and lacking in the basic dining necessities which then speaks to Management. Oysters were magnificent, lamb appetiser was over charred, salads were average, and the grand disappointment were the steaks. Again, over charred and extremely over salted. I literally had two bites of my NY and my wife a few more of her filet. The owner Aaron came over to greet, very kind, gave him our polite version similar to this review and he provided a rich tasting dessert on the house. Cost was $260 w one drink ($200 + 30% tip for kind DC). Pricey for uneatable entrees etc...had the look and feel and Really wanted it to be good but from our entree ordered items, can't get close to recommend...so sorry.

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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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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Nice presentations, but did not like the food.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Chris the manager is gracious and accommodating. Joey was our waiter, great in every way!!
Thank you for a lovely evening!!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was good ,service was excellent but I was really impressed by the bartender I asked for a classic cocktail and he nailed
The one thing that was disappointing about was the Uni was way over price and the portion was minuscule after all I paid for a bucket of ice

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Our waitress was amazing and the ambiance was nice, but as a family allergic to garlic, there were very few menu options. There were also few vegetarian choices available. What we did find to eat was tasty, but not necessarily our first choices.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We eat here weekly. Can’t get enough of it!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The steak and we’re really amazing. Everything else was mediocre at best. For over $300 dollars for 2 apps, 2 entrees and 2 veggies and booze it was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I was here when it first opened and really enjoyed it. Coming back was even better than the first time. The menu has been expanded and everything we ordered was amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Good food and service

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This place is amazing for Brunch! Great menu options and excellent service!!!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Joey was our waiter, fantastic!!!! Great happy hour appetizers, amazing steaks and sides!!!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We really loved the food, atmosphere and friendly staff. We will definitely be going back. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Third time there should be a charm. It was anything but. Half empty-food edible not great-desert uneatable-How can a restaurant go down so quickly. Very surprised to see the owner Chef and his wife there thinking everything was good but it was not. I loved this place and would pay the hefty price if it was like ti was the first and second time there. Saturday night and all was not good.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Well first of all, the waiter brought a water bottle to the table with a giant hole in it and completely drenched me. Gave me napkins to clean up but never even offered a free glass of wine or anything. I was shocked. He was not very attentive unfortunately. The food took way too long to get to us. The fish was great but I feel the restaurant is overpriced. I dine out a lot and was hopping to find a new spot in the neighborhood. I will not return.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We chose to go to Soca to celebrate our anniversary. Fantastic food; amazing and attentive service from our server, Carissa. She even surprised us with a complimentary anniversary dessert. We were very pleased with our choice to celebrate our special occasion at Soca.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I'm stunned that this place isn't more popular. The service was fantastic. The servers were intelligent, genial and funny. The food was incredible. Even the wine selections were bold and complimentary. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

As always - DELICIOUS! Wonderful food, wonderful cocktails, and incredibly great service. The ribeye is terrific! Thank you for another wonderful evening!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We really wanted to like this restaurant, but did not. The service was poor; my simple drink arrived more than 15 minutes after the order was placed, and our starters came soon thereafter. There were 2 bartenders and we arrived at 7pm, so no excuse for the delay. Then we waited and waited for our entrees. Our server advised us that our meals had been plated, and another 10 minutes passed. My mussels were overcooked, and my husband's "rare" burger was medium. The table next to us also ordered burgers; one arrived and was sent back as overcooked, while his friend was forced to eat by herself. We left before his meal arrived. This restaurant received great reviews in LAMagazine, but clearly both the wait staff and kitchen have serious problems. We have no issue in paying for good food and service, and God knows the Valley needs restaurants that one can really look forward to frequenting. I just don't know why there is such a lack of quality .

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We went to Soca for the first time and really enjoyed everything. My husband and I each tried a different of their specialty gin and tonic cocktails. We were both very happy with our selection. Mine had a blood orange slice, a cinnamon stick and chocolate mint. The scent was so pleasant, it really added to the cocktail experience. We followed with the shrimp cocktail (the shrimp were colossal!), the Vietnamese lamb riblets (very tasty, but fatty) and the crudo which was delicious. We then shared one rib eye, which was plenty. It was perfectly cooked, and served with one choice of sauce and a marrow bone with a little spoon to scoop the marrow. The atmosphere is really upbeat, open air to the front on a beautiful evening with a lively yet not too noisy vibe. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Awesome as always. Steaks are the best. Wife loved the Sea Bass.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

For a local restaurant I felt it was a bit pricey
The service was great and the food was tasty.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I dined a soca when they first opened and ordered the vegan risotto. It was delicious and full of vegetables. This time when I went back to order that again it came out and was the biggest disappointment. No veggies just a very small portion of risotto with a few mushrooms sprinkled on top. This was $24. They were not helpful when I asked about the dish and said it has gone through many incarnations. I will not be back again. Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had a wonderful time at Soca, friendly server, service great, food delicious, great atmosphere! Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service - excellent food - we will be back

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Overall the service was better than expected, the food can be improved on (bread were over cook, beans were burn) but would go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We love Boneyard Bistro and knew we would enjoy this place! We were not disappointed.
Had great drinks, dinner with friends, overall a great time!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Good food but too pricey. $100 per person!. And only 1 out of 4 of us ordered a cocktail. Menu was limited as well. Honestly it was good glad we went but can't imagine going back anytime soon. Also too loud!. They needed music to buffer all the chatter. We felt that the menu needed tweaking and prices needed to be modified. It's the valley!. Not Beverly Hills after all

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The food was good but not outstanding. Creatively presented but our enteees were lukewarm. Service was good.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Entire staff was very friendly and attentive. Manager came by a couple times to check on us and make sure we were happy. Food was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Delicious food, friendly waitress and fun atmosphere. The owner is friendly and hands on. She showed a true desire to make our experience pleasurable.

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