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The Soca Kitchen

4.5
359 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The Soca Kitchen is a Spanish & Latino fusion cuisine, where Chef Daniela Manrique blends flavors from Spain and Latin America, bringing something new to Ottawa. A place where you can relax with one of Gustavo Belisario's unique natural cocktails and enjoy many fresh and different tapas [including tons of vegetarian options] with your friends & family
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Spanish, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat 10:30 am–1:00 pm
Lunch
Thu, Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(613) 695-9190
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Daniela Manrique
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wellington
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Parking details
Parking available to all guest at the restaurant parking lot located in the back of the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Sun 10:00AM - 11:00AM 6:00PM - 6:30PM
Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:45PM - 8:30PM
Thu 7:45PM - 8:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM

What 359 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.4
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

First time visit for the paella special. The food was great, nice selection of wines and the service was discreet yet friendly. Will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Need more vegetarian option and be able to make other meals vegetarian if requested.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We visited Soca for their mexican fiesta and it was soo much fun! Tacos and margaritas kept coming to our table!! The mariachis were a blast! Its so neat to see a restaurant in Ottawa who really goes out of their way to make your night fun and different! We all loved it!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Probably the most tender Calamari I've ever had. Good sized portions for Tapas style plates. Fantastic service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious surprise! Loved everything we ordered, specially the cocktails!! We can’t wait to try their oysters on Thursday!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Superb paella night! The food and service was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Meal was fabulous. At first I thought the portions small, but as we progressed through the meal realized it was the perfect amount. The charcuterie plate was awesome.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was nothing out of the ordinary, the food wasn't great. The oysters were not tasty at all, it was the first time ever I don't finish the oysters. I wouldn't go again, I was dissapointed and it was definitely over priced for what it is.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Had a great time. The owners take the time to visite you. The only thing is, the food came out really quickly. In some sense it could be a good thing but with tapas I thought it would be more progressive and have time between plats. All in all, definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

So delicious Soca! What a great dinner.. loving all the specials, they are definitely doing something different in Ottawa.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

If I could give 6 stars I would. Service was outstanding, our server really guided us through the whole meal without being intrusive. food and wine always good. I've been here before and its always been great but this time was simply amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

This night was great like many others at this restaurant.. consistently good :) I’ll be back guys!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Had my anniversary dinner and everything was spot on. The food, was so fresh and delicious! You must try the whole fried fish and octopus (if your are seafood lovers like us). We had some margaritas and were so good we will be back for their fiesta mexicana!!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We were late to no fault of ours and they accommodated us by sitting at the bar and it was great . Nice people ,good food and much more all good . I’ll be back soon ...

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Overall great first experience. Tacos were amazing. Drinks were a little low on the alcohol factor. Oysters were fresh . Five ceviche was a little to lemony for my taste and tart. But overall quite pleased. Will go back.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Last Sunday, we three had a most enjoyable evening meal at the Soca Kitchen: Excellent flavourful, healthy food, agreeably served. Each plate had an appealing presentation, making me think- this is "haute cuisine". We started with the impressive sea food tower, complete with a full lobster, that was a pleasure to deconstruct. We followed with several other specialty dishes, all served with the chef's touch: sliced octopus, sliced plantain, beefsteak strips, each with remarkable scrumptious toppings or sauces-; and a delicious "pan tomaco". We would also recommend not leaving without a desert. We had the very tasty cinnamon cooked pineapple and what they subtitled as a cheesecake, but which I would call a perfect "parfait". I highly recommend the Soca Kitchen as an excellent place to bring special guests on a special night out.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This one of our very favourite restaurants in Ottawa. The food is amazing and the service is outstanding! Always a pleasure!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We were very pleased with the dinner: a very nice gin-lime cocktail, assortment of tapas we shared, included an excellent set of oysters, charcuterie for two, whole beet salad, octopus, beef strips. Interesting pineapple strips for dessert. Highly recommended, reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

A tad pricy, however, worth every penny. The food was outstanding, specifically the tacos and the sourdough bread combinations. The cocktails are so different and delicious too! Will definitely be returning.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We felt we were pressured to order our food and leave the table as quickly as possible. Our server didn’t explain the menu but suggested we should order our main meal at the same time as our charcuterie dish for two. Our mains were then delivered to our table and we were barely 1/2 way through the appetizer. The tapas should be delivered one dish at a time, not when you are eating the appetizer and not when there isn’t enough room on the table. The food was good but not enjoyable, because we were rushed. We wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for that reason.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food with great flavor, friendly and helpful staff and great ambiance. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Always a good time. Food on point (gotta bring back that Dirty Rice dish though) and the tamarind Mojito to die for.
My girlfriend and me celebrated valentines a day early and were surprised that it wasn't busy at all but it was nice cause we got basically the whole restaurant to ourselves.
We enjoyed the tacos, piqullo peppers, shortrib steak, grilled calamari, and the totistos.
Highly recommend if you enjoy a sharing plate type experiences.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Incredible dinner at The Soca Kitchen! Loved how they pay with sweet and salty in their tapas! I had the calamari, beets, crispy plantain and bread with tomato and everything was outstanding! Next time I will try the charcuterie.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was fabulous and the best part is that we could try so many different things with variety of flavors. And the service was fast and friendly :)

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I was super excited to try the Soca kitchen. Some of the food we had (the pan guerilla, the beet salad) was super delicious. I found the calamar and tacos to be just good. The churro dessert was a huge let down, and extremely overpriced. An unfortunate way to end the meal. We often waited a long time with empty glasses, waiting for drink orders to be taken and drinks to be brought. The restaurant is in a lovely old building. Unfortunately, this means poor insulation. We sat upstairs and would freeze for 6 minutes, and then feel like we were in a sauna for 6 minutes alternating. Not a huge deal, but worth mentioning as it was slightly unpleasant. Overall, I would say that although some of the food was really great, and the service was super friendly and kind, we were a little disappointed.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We were looking for something different from the usual. When we arrived and began reviewing the menu, we then decided to let our server be our guide. Gustav was very helpful, we let him lead our adventure. There were 4 of us and he chose a great selection of sharing plates with lots of variety and the $ amount at the end of the evening we felt was reasonable.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We enjoyed dishes not available elsewhere. And, the originality was tasteful. Recommended for people who want a change from regular fare.

Je regrette que la carte n'était pas bilingue.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

So many small tasting dishes to share, I couldn’t finish them, all delish. Good for a romantic outing or with friends! Recommend making a reservation as it is a popular place and tends to fill up rather quickly

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Such an authentic place! The vibe is very Spanish the waiter fantastic and the food is always so earthy and fresh. This dinner really took me back to Spain and lovely Barcelona.
I always come here and it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

My first time at The Soca Kitchen and it will not be my last. To start we all tried different cocktails and I have to say they were all fantastic, the rosa maria was by far my favourite. Then we share a charcuterie and cheese board.. loved the presentation and the pate was outstanding. Then we shared some times (ceviche, tacos, beets and octopus) everything was soo good we opted to go for a whole fried fish! This did it for me.. it was THE BEST FISH I HAVE EVER TRIED.. if you haven’t been to this place, you are missing out! Oh, and the waiter was very spontaneous and knowledgeable! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The upstairs seating is very cozy and confortable. The service staff was knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations for tapas, cocktails to start and Spanish wine. Sharing plates were delicious, would recommend for couples. I will be coming back on my next trip to Ottawa.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Hintonburg hands down! The food is irresistibly good, we always share plates, but if you want to get your own you can too!
You can tell everything is fresh and home made. Their calamar is out of this world tender and the cauliflower if the perfect main course leaving you surprisingly satisfied!
Great ambiance upstairs and downstairs, I personally prefer upstairs and the noise level is lower and it feels more like a private dinning scene.
Always a good time and good eats!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Always fabulous! Some new dishes on the menu.. new octopus is to die for! Ive never had it prepared that way and it was excellent! :) very happy costumer!

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I was really excited to try this restaurant, I had heard excellent things about it from friends. Sadly, my experience here was very disappointing. We went on New Year’s Eve and were seating upstairs by the window. It was freezing, there was a heater of some kind but it did nothing to warm the room. The drinks we ordered were okay but everything else was very disappointing. We ordered the steak and potatoes which would have been delicious if it wasn’t luke warm. I would go so far as to say the potatoes were colder than room temperature. The calamari was also cold and the huevos weren’t much better. Our server never came around for almost 45 minutes after our food was delivered so we couldn’t even tell him the food wasn’t prepared properly. I don’t think I’ll be returning.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Creative foods and great service.
Attentive and polite service
Fair price and good portion
Accommodative
Need a sign on the street

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great spot. Nice decor, great food. Thanks for so many veggie options. Cauliflower steak could use something else on the plate to make it more interesting. Waiter was very shy - didn’t even say hello.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

A great find. An excellent meal with plenty of vegetarian options. Everything we tried was delicious, especially the cauliflower "steak." The staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant was not full; I suspect it would have been noisier had it been busier. Not convenient to our hotel near the ByWard Market, but worth the drive. (Also, it was Christmas and not a lot was open, so we were so happy to find The Soca Kitchen ).

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a delicious Xmas Eve Brunch at the Soca Kitchen. We were seated promptly and were served at a leisurely pace which was perfect for us. There were good options for our Veggie as well as the carnivores. We really enjoyed the sea food platter and the delicious hot brunch entrees. All very creative and different. We enjoyed the cocktails, the cava and a nice tempranillo. Overall, we had a wonderful time and would go back for a special occasion. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

This was my third visit to The Soca Kitchen and once again the entire experience was unforgettable. When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner who showed us to our table. Knowing we were there for a date night, the owner recommended we start with a Prosecco which was delicious. As an entré, we ordered what turned out to be the most amazing dish of the evening, the Seafood Tower. This is definitely not to be missed! With generous portions of oysters, shrimp, ceviche, and a large lobster, all prepared to perfection, this dish made our mouths water and we'll definitely order it again.

Following our entré, we decided to share tapas style menu dishes and ordered the pulled pork tacos and a dish with fried plantain. These 2 dishes were, like the Seafood Tower, unbelievably delicious.

The intimate atmosphere, amazing attentive service, and most of all the incredible food, all made for an amazing evening!

For foodies who love savoury foods and for anyone looking to impress a client or a date, I 100% recommend The Soca Kitchen!

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Great spot all around. Staff were a great help and very attentive. Started with a cheese and meat board that kicked off the evening just right! It was excellent from there on in!

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