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soca Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

soca Raleigh

4.8
4.8
1738 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 Village District where we share our exotic culinary story Tuesday-Saturday for dinner service. 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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Caribbean, South American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 322-0440

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Eli Rodruigez

  • Private party facilities

    please email katherine@socaraleigh.com for more information on our private event space

  • Private party contact

    Katherine Darden: (919) 322-0440

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    Oberlin Rd.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,738 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. S

    Stella

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and energy was perfect for Saturday night date.
  2. RG

    RaleighGirl

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! The food, the servers, the patio. It couldn’t have been a nicer or more festive evening. We were so sorry to hear they are closing. One of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh. I wish they had more help to hang on. They will be missed!
  3. CB

    CliffB

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love so•ca so much and are heartbroken that it will be closing.
  4. BR

    BrianR

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding and the service was exceptional.
  5. GC

    GinaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! So full of flavor! The only thing that I didn’t particularly like are the drinks. The wind was great but I tried 3 different drinks that were on the menu and I didn’t like any of them.
  6. AP

    AmyP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent. We ordered lots of appetizers that she recommended. We felt no pressure to order entrees. Small plates were a good way to sample. My only complaint is the restaurant needs to block the view of the restroom hallway. It was distracting from certain areas of the restaurant.
  7. WN

    WNCTraveler

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not realized how extensive their outside dining space is. It was really nice. There is some car noise from the adjacent busy street but not not too bad. This was our first time eating here since before the pandemic and the food was very good. Some very nice flavors.
  8. TC

    TaraC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. We sat outside and it was beautiful. Food was great and we really appreciated the vegan options. Our waiter was very attentive and did a great job with our table.
  9. MS

    MarlenaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner at Soca. Great food and atmosphere. Will definitely down again.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific experience- entrees were delicious. Our waiter was Ben R. and he was awesome. Really appreciate good service, pleasant person. Environment was nice - great vibe.
  11. BB

    BonusBex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit. We took our son and his fiance (she is gluten intolerant and also prefers vegetarian dishes). The selection for food sensitivities was wonderful! We each tried a different craft cocktail (ALL wonderful), shared a couple small plates, and enjoyed filling and wonderful entrees. Everything was pleased! The food is above bar. The prices are a little steep, but the experience was worth it!
  12. S

    Shane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All the tapas and the main dish were great. The two desserts were not good. We'll skip dessert in the future.
  13. EZ

    EricZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 9th anniversary with several small plates and one entree. The charred pork cheeks with polenta, curried cauliflower, picadillo empanadas, seafood moqueca and nightly special of hummus were all equally excellent. Cafe con Leche flan and Chocolate mousse for desert with some fortified malbec. Staff were friendly and attentive. We absolutely loved our meal and will definitely go back.
  14. k

    kristindiva

    West Virginia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great night with incredible food! Amazing service and we had a fantastic place.
  15. NL

    NicoleL

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went for dinner with a party of 7 and had a wonderful evening. Our server Ben was super nice and really didn’t touch the table more than was needed, and did fabulous keeping glasses full and clearing the table. Everyone enjoyed having him as our server. The food was very nice, and the desserts were delicious as well. Overall it was a great restaurant to enjoy a birthday at with a group, and I will definitely be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The space inviting. The waitress was warm, friendly and efficient.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place to have a birthday dinner. Gray, our server, was very knowledgeable, fun, and efficient. The food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, service was great.
  19. LD

    LandD

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our visits to soca - great food, attentive servers and refreshing cocktail offerings. It's a noisy corner of the city, but that goes with eating outside. We'll be back!
  20. RH

    RebekahH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and such wonderful healthy options. The black bean empanadas and Tres Leche were my favorite
  21. JD

    JeffD

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service in a great location
  22. PC

    PaigeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is always fresh and delicious. The drinks are inventive and tasty. It is a friendly, comfortable place that we have always enjoyed.
  23. CB

    CliffB

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food as always. The service and hospitality are second to none.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alysia was such a good server and really knew a lot about the menu. My family had never been to a place like this and she helped us navigate the menu! We will definitely be returning.
  25. JE

    JESSICAD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food, strong drinks and nice atmosphere. Great for a special date or occasion.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    There’s no need to sacrifice flavor for presentation.
  27. n

    nikkih

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been wanting to try soca for a long time and it did not disappoint! Food and drinks were excellent!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother/Daughter Date! My first visit to Soca and it was fantastic, Meagan was our server and she was such a delight and helpful answering all our questions! Food was savory and delicious! Outstanding all around! Will be back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!
  30. MT

    MartyT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, Mary was our server and she gave great recommendations. Lots of gluten-free options!
  31. RB

    RajB

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for date nights! Food, ambiance, drinks and service were top notch!
  32. LA

    LeslieA

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was very attentive and professional. Highly recommend!
  33. DR

    DeniseR

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Expensive, expensive, expensive, expensive, expensive
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant place to eat while meeting friends
  35. KC

    KristaC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night spot! Food and drinks were amazing! Next time we will try the patio it looked perfect.
  36. K

    Keith

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Food is really good. Little pricey but it's a nice night out.
  37. TM

    TMFfromRaleigh

    Raleigh

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as usual. I had the Argentinian pork cheeks with polenta as an appetizer, the mussel/prawn/scallop stew as the main and the dulce papaya for dessert. A nice Albariño accompanied the meal
  38. WC

    WillC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had no trouble getting a table. Great food and service although a bit expensive.
  39. ZB

    ZacharyB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic anniversary dinner date, service was wonderful.
  40. DF

    DavidF

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and atmosphere.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

soca Raleigh offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 322-0440.

soca Raleigh is rated 4.8 stars by 1738 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Oberlin Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Caribbean, South American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eli Rodruigez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 322-0440

  • Private party facilities

    please email katherine@socaraleigh.com for more information on our private event space

  • Private party contact

    Katherine Darden: (919) 322-0440

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