The Soca Kitchen

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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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ML
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great atmosphere-small and intimate. I also love how many options there are on the menu! So much to choose from. The food was delicious-highly recommend the pork tacos and stuffed peppers!

ND
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an awesome experience, impeccable service and friendly atmosphere. One of the few places in Ottawa with quality food reasonable priced

OT
Ottawa
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! personal service from the moment you walk in, cocktails taste, tapas presentation, ambiance - couldn’t have asked for a better evening.

RA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoyed my sourdough with garlic & tomatoes, but my partner chose one with ham and ended up taking off the ham. My potato tapas was good, but not great. My second tapas was chunks of tomato and halved grapes on a creamy dressing. It was ok, kind of weird combo. My partner had a good pork taco with an excellent drizzled sauce.

AF
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

I know the restaurant was full, but our service was terrible. It took an eternity to get out drinks and to even put in our food order. We asked for another minute to decide and it took 15 mins for our server to come back to the table ever after we asked another employee twice. She said the kitchen was busy, but at a minimum, we could have had more drinks. The food quality has also gone down since my last visit. We were there for 3 hours and had a very quick meal, and then had to wait another long time to get our bill. I was celebrating my birthday and was very disappointed

OT
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place, good ambience, great selection of cocktails and wines, delicious food, attentive service!

r
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Poor service! Rushed through meal. Brought out main course while we had barely started eating our appetizers. Returned the food to the kitchen and when they brought it out later it was cold. No meal check done. Waiter stand-offish. Didn’t offer the Ladies Night special we had to ask. Only offered the cucumber margarita when we wanted sangria said no just cucumber margaritas. 4 women later sat next to us and ordered from the Ladies Night special and they got sangria!! Poor service! Cold food! Unfriendly waiter!!

OT
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Octopus and cauliflower were top-notch.

OT
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was in town with a big conference, so a group of us swarmed this place. I'm sure I will never have better latino food than this!

OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Had made a reservation for 6. We ordered drinks which were quite good. The food was also tasty. That being said service was quite slow. It took about 45 minutes to start receiving food. It is a tapas restaurant so none of us had food at the same time which was a tad frustrating however we do understand the circumstances. We felt as though the gratuity on the table set is up for lower service as every table around us received food long before we did.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and easy to have a conversation

BK
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

The fact that’s it’s a small space lends well to intimate conversations...however, this quality is also its undoing as the groups that gather there are vocal and almost disturbingly loud! As a group of 6, we had to shout at each other just to exchange a few words, which only added to the loudness of the whole place. As for the service, we felt rushed as the service staff kept on interrupting us to place orders, pay our bills and finally to leave the establishment. I would understand if there were other patrons waiting on a table but that was the case; there was plenty of room to sit. In regards to the food, it’s hit or miss. They try just too hard to be eccentric and forward thinking by using ingredients they just don’t know how to properly execute. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best approach which is something this place should explore! Overall, this visit (I’ve been here many times) was less than spectacular and most of my group felt robbed when leaving.

OT
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All of the seafood here is the best seafood I’ve ever had and it’s cooked perfectly. Cocktails were delicious too, service friendly and ambiance is cool!

S
Ottawa
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love soca for dinner! My favorites are their whole fried fish, tomato salad and the churros!

OT
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Soca continues to be one of the best restaurants Ottawa. The food is delicious, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is subtle and fun. My husband and I ate there recently for our anniversary. I ordered the Octopus and enchiladas and my husband had the steak and patatas. Our dessert was a coconut cake. Everything was so, so good. I look forward to another excuse to dine at soca.

CP
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

An excellent dining experience, unique for us as well. Service was very good and the dishes were packed with wonderful flavors. We would definitely be open to a repeat visit.

D
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Good was good but expensive, the guy at the bar made us feel uncomfortable as we felt like he was rushing us out.

M
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good place, would have liked more variety on meat selection in terms of like a poultry. Also some more traditional Spanish entrees, like peppers, croquettes, etc. Otherwise very good and cocktails were plenty and very good.

OT
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visit Ottawa quite often and we always make reservations here. Amazing service, the staff are very attentive and friendly. Our waiter was great! The food always exceptional!

OT
Ottawa
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful dinner! Service, food, and ambience were all top notch. Looking forward to our next visit!

AT
Ottawa
61 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was just okay. The food was not bad but not a wow either. We prefer Bsr Laurel down the street. The patatas bravas was good as was the chicken dish. Not sure we will be back.

c
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Food was great
Price... overpriced
Bolivian waiter is very good
The guy is very bad to describe the place and help the clients.
I am no open to go back or recommend the place

SS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff. Great food. Larger portions would be appreciated.

CC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The service was extremely slow. We waited over an hour and a half to place our order even though we had asked multiple times to order our food. Our drinks were empty for 15 minutes at a time and we had to constantly try to flag someone down to get the servers attention.
The food was really good and the cocktails were awesome but bad service can ruin the entire experience.

C
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food is delicious. The service was so so. And the obligatory 18 % tip was unnecessary since the service was clearly subpar. 15% is usually the courteous thing to do for a good service but the lady server did not deserve the tip at all. Would not recommend for group.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Très belle soirée en bonne compagnie !

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m
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was sooo delicious can’t wait to go again!!!

OT
Ottawa
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is excellent. The service here is excellent. The attention to detail here is excellent. Our waiter was outstanding and knowledgeable. Nice upscale place for a special night out.

OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food as always, mojitos are outstanding! Great vibe and service. Always a good time at Soca!

AC
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner starting with strong cheese and chorizo entrees from Spain. The we had varios tapas,one was Patata’s bravas, otherwas a calamari one, then Enchiladas. All very well prepared with careful attention to detail and the taste was delicious. We also had non alcohol tamarind mojitos which were delicious and then for dessert a tres leches cake. It was light and not overly sweet which made it perfect. The ones I have had in other places were heavy and overly sweet. The portions are of a very good size so make sure not to over order thinking small tapas. We paid 160 including tax for a very fine meal. Not cheap but very good experience.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious and the service terrific. If you want good seafood and a taste of Spanish tapas, this is the only place to go in Ottawa!

FN
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

A lovely restaurant and ambiance. While the wines are pricey, the food was tasty and well presented.

G
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We went on the "Ladies night" event on a Thursday at 5pm. I had reserved a table for 3 through Open Table. We got our first drinks pretty quickly which was greatly appreciated especially on a warm and humid day. Once we were informed of the Ladies Night menu, we got the drink. The special came with the charcuterie and cheese platter which was really good and tasty. We received our main dish before we were done eating the appetizer. We thought it was a bit rushed. We took our time eating our meal and around 7pm, we were informed that there our reservations was only for 1.5h and that there was another reservation at 7:15pm. We were a bit surprised and the waiter informed us that it was on the reservation confirmation as well. Of course, I checked and it was there indeed. However, we didn't appreciate being limited for dinner especially on a Ladies Night event. It felt more like a "here is your limited time slot in our night event". We would have stayed longer for more drinks and potentially dessert. We left at 7:15pm and had dessert somewhere else.

We were really looking forward to trying this new place (to us) as we've been seeing many advertisement. I wondered that if I didn't make reservations through Open Table, would they have told us to be out by 7:15pm as well even though we weren't done eating? I've made reservations through Open Table several times to other restaurants and I was never told to leave by a certain time.

NK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent. Extensive cocktail list -- margaritas were wonderful.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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

HH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Outstanding food and experience!

N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
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.

KK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

MC
Toronto
8 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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