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soca Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

soca Raleigh

4.8
4.8
1609 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.

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Booked 42 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Caribbean, South American

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Dinner Fri, Sat 16:00–22:00

  • 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

  • Area

    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, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Platos Pequeños

  • Colombian Pan de YucaUS$9.00

    ají amarillo, mozzarella, agave butter, pickled onions

    • Ensalada de so-caUS$11.00

      baby lettuces, hearts of palm, sweety drop peppers, cherry tomatoes, mango, orange, pepitas, avocado-coconut crema

      • Quinoa Stuffed AvocadoUS$13.00

        corn, black bean, aji panca, preserved tomato, cilantro aioli

        • Caribbean Curried CauliflowerUS$13.00

          smoked Brazil nuts, cilantro, chickpeas, habanero, pickled cabbage

          • Empanadas de HuitlacocheUS$11.00

            maseca, black beans, charred NC sweet corn, farmer's cheese, pickled onion, salsa verde

            • Salvadoran Chicken EmpanadasUS$12.00

              maseca pastry, farmer's cheese, potato, achiote, salsa roja, curtido

              • Cuban Picadillo EmpanadasUS$13.00

                crispy pastry, savory beef, olives, roasted garlic sauce, scallions, red pepper purée

                • Haitian GriotUS$15.00

                  crispy braised pork shoulder, Haitian creole, pickliz, habanero

                  • Argentinian Charred Pork CheeksUS$16.00

                    polenta, farmer's cheese, chimichurri, pickled onion, bacon

                    • Jamaican Curry PrawnsUS$17.00

                      coconut, habanero, pickled cabbage, scallion, lime

                      • Scallop CrudoUS$19.00

                        spiced coconut, mango salsa, bourbon raisins, crisp plantain, cilantro oil

                        • Guatemalan Ceviche de CamarónUS$17.00

                          shrimp, lime, salsa inglesa, mint, tomato, tostada

                          • Tiradito de SalmonUS$16.00

                            basil leche de tigre, avocado, crisp chulpe, radish, Brussels sprout petals, black garlic

                            • Mussels on the Half ShellUS$10.00

                              steamed PEI mussels, salsa chalaca, avocado crema, orange zest

                              Platos Fuertes

                              • Jackfruit EpizéUS$20.00

                                Haitian-spiced jackfruit, roasted pumpkin purée, root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, baguette, habanero, lime

                                • Pollo SaltadoUS$27.00

                                  smoked chicken thigh, crispy fingerlings, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, jasmine rice, aji amarillo aioli

                                  • Seafood MoquecaUS$34.00

                                    seared sea scallops, prawns, mussels, savory tomato broth, jasmine rice, coconut, ginger oil

                                    • Adobo Tomahawk Pork ChopUS$35.00

                                      apple succotash, roasted red peppers, queso fresco, local zucchini, butter beans, tomato vinaigrette

                                      • ChurrascoUS$34.00

                                        pepper rubbed ribeye filet, charred sweet potatoes, chimichurri, sweet peppers, cilantro aioli, pickled cabbage

                                        • Chilean PlateadaUS$45.00

                                          charred ribeye cap, smoked potato purée, Malbec reduction, grilled broccolini, chulpe, smoked maldon

                                          • Pozole VerdeUS$22.00

                                            braised chicken, hominy, tomatillo-avocado broth, tostada, shaved cabbage, radish, cilantro, lime

                                            • Brazilian FeijoadaUS$28.00

                                              marinated short rib, black beans, bacon, farofa, collard greens, jasmine rice

                                              Last updated: 7 May 2022

                                              What 1,609 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                                              4.8
                                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.8Food
                                              • 4.9Service
                                              • 4.8Ambience
                                              • 4.5Value

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                                              1. JW

                                                JohnnieW

                                                Raleigh

                                                9 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I was hosting my team at SOCA last night and all 10 of us agreed, every single thing we ordered was amazing. I can’t even single one thing out, every plate we phenomenal!

                                              2. GW

                                                GeorgeW

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Feijoada in Raleigh … a rare treat and a pleasant reminder of that which I’ve enjoyed in Brazil and Peru.

                                              3. KC

                                                KristenC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Highly recommend soca!! I reserved a table for my husband’s birthday and everyone we interacted with said happy birthday- it was so sweet. The food was incredible and service was excellent! I can’t wait to go back and try more dishes.

                                              4. W

                                                Wendy

                                                Raleigh

                                                4 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had a lovely evening. The service was great! We sat at a hightop table by the bar, the corner table was cozy

                                              5. s

                                                scalls

                                                New York Area

                                                10 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                10 reviews

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Love the dishes to share- you can try so many different things! Don’t leave with out ordering dessert- they are phenomenal !

                                              6. AC

                                                AllisonC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Never had a bad experience here and have been here several times.

                                              7. MD

                                                MarisolDelaCruz

                                                Raleigh

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Wonderful food, service, ambiance, everything!! Would recommend for any event, delicious and lovely

                                              8. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great service and the food was delicious

                                              9. C

                                                Cobbie

                                                Raleigh

                                                21 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                21 reviews

                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Mother’s Day celebration was prepared very well. Our kids decided to take mom out to honor her. She was very proud that they chose SOCA

                                              10. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Mother’s Day brunch was very good.

                                              11. S

                                                Stacey

                                                Raleigh

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                So•ca has a vegan and gluten-free menu that offers several options, and the food and presentation is delicious! Great service as well!

                                              12. BB

                                                BrendaB

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                overall3food4service5ambience3

                                                Food was very tasty but honestly overpriced for portions you get. We wanted to eat here and were celebrating a graduation, but felt that for the nearly $500 bill for 5 of us was a bit much and many of us were hungry when we got home... Service was outstanding, our waiter was great. We just felt that we did not get the best value for our money.

                                              13. A

                                                Anonymous

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We first ate at Soca when moving in our son freshman year and recently ate there to celebrate his graduation! And also ate there several times during those 4 years. The food, service, and atmosphere have always been superb! This is a high-end restaurant that is worthy of any special occasion --treating your college-aged son, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, date night with your spouse, etc. The menu is always creative, and offered different dishes each of our visits. The service staff has always been welcoming, professional, efficient, and attentive. I wish Soca was situated in our city--we would eat there regularly.

                                              14. S

                                                Sjcg

                                                Charlotte

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                What a lovely evening. Place was full but the service was top notch and food was delicious. Our waitress Sam was outstanding! What a wonderful way to celebrate NCSU graduation.

                                              15. JY

                                                JYoung

                                                Raleigh

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                Have eaten there often. Food was good but not up to past standards. Wait staff was good but not as engaged as usual

                                              16. FL

                                                FoodLoverrrrr

                                                Charlotte

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing! Sam was our server and she was knowledgeable, attentive, and very personable. Highly recommend!

                                              17. S

                                                Susannah

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                We had a good meal with good service, but with the high prices, we were expecting great. We ordered a number of small plates and two large plates. Garnishes we’re repeated on several of them. Steak was really bad - very tough despite being cooked medium. Seemed like it had been sitting in the window or even reheated. Highlight was the jackfruit. I had never had it before and was pleasantly surprised. Yucca cheese bread was very dense and tough. Overall, I doubt we’ll go back.

                                              18. NJ

                                                NancyJ

                                                Raleigh

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious food and great service! So many gluten free options!!!

                                              19. EK

                                                EvanK

                                                Raleigh

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food presentation was phenomenal, to the point you would almost rather look at it instead of eating it. The taste was as good if not better than the presentation, tons of flavor and combinations of ingredients that worked amazing together. The service was paced appropriately, the staff was overly helpful, polite, and courteous. It's great to dine at a location where the atmosphere is positive and contagious. Highly recommend, you will want to go back and try other items on the menu!

                                              20. SF

                                                StormieF

                                                Montreal

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I didn't think it was possible but the shrimp ceviche was as good as I had in Mexico City. Quality ingredients, great food and great service. Definitely will be returning in the future.

                                              21. JN

                                                JohnN

                                                Raleigh

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Quiet, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food - not cheap, but worth it!

                                              22. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Richmond

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                A lovely dining experience! The food and service were superb!!

                                              23. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Caribbean

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food is amazing

                                              24. RR

                                                RobertR

                                                Raleigh

                                                13 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                It has been a few months since our last visit to soca and so glad we made it happen! Our group had 4 different appetizers and 4 different entrees-all were great. Service was excellent also.

                                              25. GG

                                                GrantG

                                                Raleigh

                                                16 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                16 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food and service. Neat ambiance outside with privacy curtains.

                                              26. VM

                                                VivianaM

                                                Raleigh

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                As usual SOCA’s menu and attention were excellent. Samantha, our server was charming and knew many details about the food and drinks. The food is always authentic Latinamerican.

                                              27. C

                                                Catherine

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We have never had a less than splendid evening at SoCa. Food is always delicious and beautiful, and service impeccable.

                                              28. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Raleigh

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Sat outside on a beautiful evening. Perfect setting to enjoy tasty creations. Enjoyed the seafood bowl and bean empanadas in particular.

                                              29. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Raleigh

                                                13 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious food. Great service. As always an awesome experience

                                              30. JC

                                                JosephC

                                                Raleigh

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food was on point, from the small plates to the entrees. Clean and nice atmosphere with very polite and knowledgeable staff. Will definitely eat here again.

                                              31. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Raleigh

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Took a friend for her birthday…and the food was good, the atmosphere was great. Our waiter -Grey- was knowledgeable and patient in his explanation of the different menu items. WHEN you go..MAKE SURE you get the passion fruit mousse dessert! I can’t tell you how good this little light dessert was…words do it no justice.

                                              32. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Sam was an excellent server and our food was outstanding!

                                              33. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had such a lovely large family dinner on the patio to celebrate a wedding weekend. Everything was perfect and we would highly recommend for groups.

                                              34. JF

                                                JonathanF

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 20 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We loved our yucca de pan app. The outdoor terrace was very pretty. It was a bit noisy, but we aren’t ready for indoor dining just yet. Still waiting for Covid numbers to go down. We liked our meal and the service was good. We will be back.

                                              35. MT

                                                MichaelT

                                                San Francisco

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 19 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and about accommodating food allergies which two members of our group have. She was very friendly and attentive and we had an excellent experience. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was comfortable and quiet enough for us to have conversation with our dinner guest. We will definitely be back. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough!

                                              36. MT

                                                MiracleT

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                My friends and I first experienced here was great ! Sam was a wonderful server, she was so helpful with the menu and the different drinks that were offered. Would definitely come again !!

                                              37. AK

                                                AnkeK

                                                San Francisco

                                                7 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We have been at soca a couple of times already. We love the outstanding service, ambience and wonderful selection of food and drinks. We will be there again soon!

                                              38. MB

                                                MichB

                                                New York Area

                                                26 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                26 reviews

                                                Dined on 15 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our waiter, Davis, was extremely professional, friendly and gave us excellent suggestions! We had Argentinian Pork Cheeks to start, unique and very delicious!! Next we had Brazilian Feijoada that was excellent, a high compliment as we just were in Rio a few months ago!! My husband had Churrasco cooked medium rare as suggested and he definitely wants to return soon to order this masterpiece again!!!! Loved it all, Fit for Foodies😊

                                              39. R

                                                Raleighfoodie

                                                Raleigh

                                                28 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                28 reviews

                                                Dined on 14 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I had not been to So-ca since the pandemic, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was! The menu has changed to something that is smaller, and it is a lot less overwhelming than the previous version. Everything looked interesting, and the three small plates that my friend and I shared were excellent, and more than enough food for the two of us. We sat outside on a beautiful evening, and our server was excellent. I will be going back much more often!

                                              40. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Raleigh

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 13 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great meal, fantastic steak

                                              Safety precautions

                                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                • Sanitiser 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 1609 OpenTable diners.

                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                              Booked 42 times today
                                              Google Map for soca Raleigh

                                              2130 Clark Ave Raleigh, NC 27605

                                              Dining areas

                                              Additional information

                                              • Cross Street

                                                Oberlin Rd.

                                              • Area

                                                Raleigh

                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Dinner Fri, Sat 16:00–22:00

                                              • 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, Takeaway, 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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