The Soca Kitchen

4.4
427 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Seafood
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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Neighbourhood
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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
What 427 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Such an amazing find! Our first but certainly not last time to eat here. The food was delicious and we loved how the tapas were served on separate trays. My martini was spot on also. Overall, simply excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Came here for a friends birthday, the food was delish the service was great. Plates are meant for sharing which is nice because you get to try a variety of dishes. Tacos, Tostones, ceviche were all soooooo good.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Thanks, the food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We walked in and was greeted in a pleasant manner. We sat at the bar cause it was raining outside. We had the taco's and margaritas. Margaritas were ok, too much ice for a small glass. The presentation of the tacos were great however the meat was very dry. it was cooked too long.

Wine by the Glass is way over priced for 5oz. it was $14.50 for a frigging glass of white wine. Will not be drinking at this place.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We had a great evening. The server was friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. We had difficulty narrowing down our food choices and were not disappointed. We will return.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

As I have spent time in Spain and my wife in Venezuela the Fusion of both countries cuisine interested us and they did not disappoint. We will go back. It was nice to try the Seafood Tower but we will replace it with another tapas next time we go. Loved it.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Sangria was very watered down and the food was not great.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Great service and good food! Will be back!
Oysters were amazing, loved the Ceviche, stuffed peppers and carlamari was tender. Found prices a bit high for their portion sizes and quality but would still go back.
Did not enjoy the deep fried lamb meatballs, too much nutmeg/cinnamon-more moroccan I found-others love this dish but it was not for us.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The Soca Kitchen is a very nice restaurant that serves exquisite food. We have highly enjoyed our dinner once, our brunch this time and are planning to come back again. The dishes are prepared and served elegantly and with a bouquet of flavours and colours that make your selection there to be unforgettable.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Delicious Spanish cuisine, staff were friendly, attentive and welcoming. Very vibrant and energetic restaurant atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion with a larger group as food is shared!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

In love with Soca, cant get enough of their ceviche! Ill be back very soon for the patio special!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Amazing dinner and cocktails!! Great patio!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Second Sunday in a row that my daughter and I ate at the Soca Kitchen. First Sunday we tried it mostly for the oysters, my first time trying them, absolutely delicious!! My first oyster was amazing. The second Sunday we decided to go back for their brunch, also amazing and yes we had oysters!! Service was the best, we had the same server the 2 weeks we ate there. We will definitely go back again and again. I would highly recommend this restaurant if your willing to spend the money. Can't wait for our next dining experience, and yes it will definitely include oysters!! Food, service and being a neighborhood gem is one of Ottawa's best kept secrets.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great experience overall however service was a fairly slow.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Visited The Soca Kitchen for an anniversary dinner. The atmosphere was quiet and small, but relaxed. There was an upstairs dining that seemed more contemporary, but was however not open the night we visited. The service staff were friendly and well educated on the menus. We ordered the seafood tower, it was phenomenal. Perfect sharing for two.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Second time at Soca and we remain very impressed. The service was excellent and the food was incredible. The tacos and beetroot salad are must try items.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

We dined here for the patio tapas specials, Very flavourfull and great presentation. Ceviche was amazing as were all the other tapas. Will definately go back.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Every bite took me back to my childhood in Spain. The octopus stunned me into silence, I was shocked at the flavours, texture, smells. The bread and jamon serrano was beyond words. I certainly recommend this restaurant :)

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

My daughter and I were looking for a place for a special journey. My daughter is an oyster lover and I have never eaten them before, and because I am an Anthony Bourdain follower of Parts Unknown, I decided it was time to try something new, that something new was to try my first oyster ( I ended up also having octopus for the first time. ) My daughter had wanted to try the Soca Kitchen for awhile now and that is the reason we ended up there on Sunday. One of the finest eating experiences we have ever had! Our future plan is to return there often in the future.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Table and ambience really nice. Food was great...when we could order some. Over the course of 2 hours, we had 3 different servers but none of them came very regularly or consistently. As a result, we didn't have a full dinner (or very many drinks) before we needed to leave to get home and relieve babysitters.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Nice cozy little place. Food is good but not exceptional compared to similar places. Could be more creative and tastier. and

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Good to be able to get on the patio on a summer evening, less good that the service was a bit hit and miss outside . Food arrival took 45 minutes after being seated, Which seemed inordinately slow given this restaurant is all about small tapas style dishes. Nevertheless quality of the food was good, A rotating guest wine option might make life more interesting for regular diners

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The Happy Hour is amazing value! Thankfully the tacos this week were much less oily than a few weeks ago. Drinks are tasty. Service can be a little slow.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

We tried their brunch offering and were very pleased with both the quality of the food and the excellent service we received. We both ordered the typical Venezuelan breakfast -- the food was plentiful, very flavourful and creatively served. We're already looking forward to returning to try other options on their menu.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Overall our experience was excellent, there are lots of vegetarian options, and the service was great. I would recommend getting three plates for two people instead of four.

We ordered the:
the cauliflower steak - overpriced and not amazing 6/10
the steak with chimichurri sauce - not worth the money
fried plantain with beans - 10/10 must try
sourdough bread with tomato topping - 10/10 must try
pisco sour - very strong, great drink if you wanna get lit 7/10
passionfruit mojito - very tasty 9/10

Although some of the food was a little overpriced, I think there are lots of great options and I definitely recommend trying this place.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Delicioso! Just as always, they have new plates on their menu. Their lamb meatballs are to die for! I also went ahead and tried the fried chicken hearts, and they were very delicious! We also had their staple tacos and a raw bar tower that I can never say no to. I will be back soon to their patio!

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Food was good but we did not feel welcome: the server took our plates away while we were still eating our dessert, they then proceeded with bringing the bill and then the machine. They did not leave the kitchen when we left. No thank you or goodbye. Made us regret the 200$ dollar we had just spent there.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Food was really good and the price was ok, but the alcohol (wine) was pretty expensive and the selection was small

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

it was a beautiful night for the patio, seating was comfortable and the wait staff were warm and informative. Food just did not deliver what it promised to.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

My husband and I had the most wonderful time at Soca! The service was friendly and quick, the food delightful, and the ambiance was lovely. We sat out on the terrace sipping Dominion City’s delicious Sunsplit IPA and enjoying the sunset. The staff staggered the various plates we ordered perfectly, and everything was fresh and prepared beautifully. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Loved the food here. The tapas were quite large and perfectly portioned for sharing. Delicious food and great drink options in a beautifully decorated space. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Took my husband here for a pre-Father’s Day Dinner. The food was amazing and incredibly filling for tapas. Attentive service, chill atmosphere and great for a quieter dining experience as the street isn’t very busy. Every plate we ordered was delicious. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great service and food. The food looked great and the portion sizes were decent too. The ceviche had nice sized shrimp and good sized tuna. This was our second time around and would return again.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great food, good service and atmosphere. Will definitely return next time we’re in Ottawa.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We were there for Margaritas and Taco night. The margaritas were delicious however the tacos were AMAZING! Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Amamzing brunch!!! Coconut french toast is a must! Perfectly prepared and my wife went crazy with the $5 mimosas.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great spot with delicious food and good service. Really liked their atmosphere. Cocktails were refreshing (specially on a hot summer day) wine list was decent, food unique.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Visited with my father for his birthday and he loved it! We sat outside and ordered oysters, lamb meatballs and a whole fried fish which was outstanding!! mojitos are great too specially the tamarind! Our server was very polite and all the food was nicely presented as well.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great dinner with my best friend! Love it, thanks Soca!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Always amazing! Mu favourite restaurant in Ottawa! Food is so fresh and authentic, service is very attentive and energetic! Loved their new menu items specially the tomato salad! Perfect for summer! If you visit on a nice day, you can’t miss their patio.

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