The Soca Kitchen

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574 reviews
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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
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Ottawa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very courteous service, great presentation of seafood and unique way of cooking it

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HH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

They are known for tacos, yet they didn’t have beef tacos :( Just pork and veggie.
Margarita was yummy!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food and experience!

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N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Highly recommend this for anyone. Food and service delivered beyond expectations. The owner and his wife run the business and you can tell they care about all the details. Thank you.

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KK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place for tapas!! The oysters are sublime!

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MC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cocktails are wonderful but the food is exceptional. Wonderful charcuterie board followed by tacos de nopales and a chicken burrito. Exceptional.

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JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food that we had was excellent. Paying $7 for water is too expensive. My friends coffee was cold. The service was spotty we were asked twice from different servers about dessert. Then the dessert took quite a while to arrive. Also they asked if there was a special occasion and I said a birthday and then nothing was done.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We are staying in the neighbourhood for a few months and trying to dine at several of the nearby restaurants. The tasting menu was perfect to get a feel for the type of food and a quaint us with the restaurant. A very pleasant evening!

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NH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening with my husband. We had the sample charcuterie board, octopus, calamari and patatas bravas. All great selections! Highly recommend for a couple's night out.

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SS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great staff; Very friendly and attentive. Great food. If I changed anything, it would be either larger portions or a lesser price for the tacos.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was good. But unfortunately the service was so bad it ruined the whole experience. The chef deserves better than service like that.

The server seemed annoyed by our very presence but that feeling went away as he took our order and then disappeared for the remainder of the evening. I wanted to order more drinks but alas no one was around to take said order. No one even checked if the food was ok. Good thing they’ve got such a talented chef that everything was good.

All in all. I won’t go back. Good food but I don’t like feeling forgotten and unwanted.

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OT
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and delicious food! I am happy to recommend the Soca. Food, wine, service, ambience - everything was on a high level. The reservation can be made online, which is a big plus as well.

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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my friend here for his birthday - awesome food - absolutely delicious! Every thing we had was great, fantastic wine list and warm wonderful surroundings. Cannot beat the staff, very friendly and attentive without hovering.

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottawa’s best kept secret

Tapas out of this world. The owner himself took our order, the latin drinks were delicious, the tapas were tasty, well presented and generous... even better than Play Food Wine from Beckta and much more affordable. Our romantic dinner was one for the memories. Thank you Soca.

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YP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Calamari was raw and rubbery . Tomato salad too runny flavors didn't blend well. Enchilada was ok and yucca fries too greasy.

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was having super for the first time with some friends and we really enjoyed it. The food was very good as well as the ambiance!

A+ form us.

Thanks

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EL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible tapas and tastings...one of the best places to eat in Ottawa. If you want so something delicious with savoury flavour from out of this world go here.

Also...their old fashioned drink comes in a vessel with a glass bell smoked..the rum is divine! Best drinks and knowledge of libations/Spanish food/and service OUTSTANDING!
Thank tou

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S
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was phenomenal from the service to the food. We will definitely be back! Hubby had steak and I had enchiladas and cauliflower. So good!

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had their Iberico tasting dish which composed of different cuts of iberico ham and more tapas as well. It was alot of food but so good and we were so full after. Waiter was excellent. The atmosphere was good and the place had a very fun vibe.

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OT
Ottawa
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and environment! my whole family was very happy! We will be back. Not to mention the service was excellent!

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OT
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal here - such fresh seafood very well cooked! Apparently the steak was excellent too. Has a good atmosphere and is a lovely space to eat in! Would recommend, especially in the summer for their super cute patio.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very welcoming. Atmosphere was warm and fun, colours were Spanish classic. Waitress was prompt and friendly. Food came quickly and was excellent, we weren’t able to eat all of it and took the rest home.

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OT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great afternoon out with the ladies. We had a variety of tapas. All were judged very tasty. The drinks we had were delicious. The margarita had tons of flavor. Service was excellent.

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OT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must to visit in Ottawa West. Be sure to make a reservation to avoid disappointment specially on weekends. Service is friendly, thoughtful and timely. Menu items change from time to time and are wonderfully tasty. Order a few plates to share!

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Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was friendly and professional. My friend and I share the charcuterie board to start with. I had the calamari, and she had the beef tenderloin, and both were delicious.

Good quality food, cool little house, they have parking and also free on street parking.

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OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for early dinner at 4:30, and we seated inside. The menu was not large, but had something for nearly every desire. I had the enchiladas and octopus and my wife tried some cheeses and Spanish charcuterie, and it was just right. It was tasty and of perfect proportion. There's a nice dining area outside, and he servers are nice, attentive and hip. I think we will come back often. I really recommend coming here.

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OT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There aren't many veg/vegan options in many restaurants but we found Soca. I had the cactus nopales and the bread and tomato. Both were delicious. The grilled cauliflower took the show. It was an amazing dish. Ended with tres leches which was excellent.

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VR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful journey of flavors! Everything was absolutely fantastic

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GS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our dinner reservation started off a bit poorly, as we were seated in an upstairs dining area with no ambience. Shortly after being seated, a large group arrived and their boisterous discussion was deafening, mostly due to the poor acoustics (nothing to dampen the sound). We asked if their might be space downstairs, and the server was able to accommodate our request. The ambience and noise were much better in the ground floor dining room. Make sure to request the ground floor when booking a reservation! The food, as always, was amazing in terms of flavour and texture. The one disappoinment for us was the whole fish - we had it on a previous visit and it was a large portion with more accompaniments. This time, it was a small sea bass, with just a small amount of topping (salad and sauce?). Definitely not what we were expecting, and not worth twice the price of most other dishes. We will not be ordering the whole fish again. Perhaps the highlight was the Old Fashioned Soca cocktail, served smoking under a glass dome! The first one had a grilled orange slice on top (preferred), and the second (it was that good!) had the orange slice at the bottom of the glass (unappealing). Why was it prepared differently? Maybe a different mixologist? We will go back, but will do so with our eyes wide open and a little more cautious about what we order and what to expect.

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OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meals. Steak and vegetarian tapas were delicious. Service was attentive and friendly. We look forward to our next meal.

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OT
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding. The portions are generous and there is NOTHING that they serve that isn't delicious. The service is outstanding! I am definitely coming back. Soon!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Excellent seafood. Our waiter was originally from Venezuela and was very attentive. The tres leches cake with cinnamon was to die for!

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many people have recommended this place to me and so I wanted to try. It was a very good surprise. All dishes and service were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at this delightful restaurant which was new to us. Our server was friendly, our food was incredible, and we left wanting to come back. Thank you Soca!

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OT
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for our anniversary night here on a whim and boy, were we happy we did! The staff was extremely welcoming and friendly, and while we perused the menu, we enjoyed delicious mojitos! Price was just right for all that we got in terms of service, quality, and enjoyment overall! Will definitely be back.

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OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular dinner! Food was superb and service was consistent and knowledgeable throughout the night, not overwhelming.
Beautiful space, I will bring the rest of the family for our next visit to Soca!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

C’était bien et les prix était quand même correcte !

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This restaurant was one of my favorite restaurants in Ottawa. I am not sure what happened but the quality of the food and the service have gone down a lot. It is still a pleasant restaurant but nowhere near as good as it was. With a variety of great dining experiences in the neighborhood, Soca Kitchen will have to step up their game. Next time, I will likely be dining somewhere else.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Expensive for quantity. Suspicious if this restaurant was the reason my girlfriend and I had very upset stomachs within 6-8 hours after eating here.

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is a great little hidden gem. Excellent tapas. Great service.

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