About

Who We Are

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 Cameron Village where we share our exotic culinary story seven nights a week during dinner service and on the weekends during brunch.  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.  The available dishes are inspired by the foods commonly eaten in the over 20 countries represented on the so•ca menu.  Indeed, while you might not find Brazilian Feijoada, Peruvian Anticuchos, or Puerto Rican Mofongo in many restaurants within the beltline or even in a resort in these countries, you will find them on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Fajardo in vendor stalls or in the homes of the people that live in these lands.

Our complimentary valet will promptly greet you and escort you up the steps leading to our large Cabana style patio.  Venture inside to the bar and snack on some Trinidad Chana Nuts and an ice cold Red Stripe. Crafted rum and tequila cocktails excite while a varied selection of mezcal, pisco and cachaça please even the most adventurous of guests.

A large selection of Latin-inspired street and Caribbean soul small plates lead the menu.  Share, mix and match and have fun, before moving to our entrée section and dine on street inspired dishes of robust steak, elegant fish, exotic lamb and chicken dishes followed by flavorful and exotic postres.  A variety of dining options help make so•ca a unique experience for all kinds of guests.  Our casual fine dining level of service and atmosphere lend themselves nicely to any occasion, including important celebrations, business dinners, or just a girls’ night out.  The large selection of gluten free and vegetarian dishes means that all diners have plenty of choices.

Whether you are thinking of so•ca for your next private event or dinner for two, call us at 919-322-0440.  We’ll see you soon!

gracias, so•ca

Our team

Tony Hopkins
Co-owner

Tony Hopkins

Tony Hopkins Co-owner Tony grew up in Springfield, Illinois and lived there until he finished high school. He originally joined the restaurant...
Todd Ohle
Co-owner

Todd Ohle

Co-owner Todd Ohle began his culinary career by attending The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and receiving his degree in...
Sean Degnan
Co-owner

Sean Degnan

Sean Degnan Co-owner Originally from Rochester, NY, Sean’s family relocated to North Carolina when he was in Middle School. After graduating from...
Andrew Smith
Executive Chef

Andrew Smith

Executive Chef Andrew has been in the service industry for 14 years, mostly in the Chapel Hill area, and attended UNC majoring in physics and...
Emily Phelps
General Manager

Emily Phelps

General Manager Emily is originally from Carrboro, North Carolina. She has been in the restaurant industry for 10 years, starting out her career...
Katherine Darden
Events Director

Katherine Darden

Events Director Originally from Morehead city, Katherine relocated to Raleigh to attend Saint Mary’s high school. During this time she fell in...
Tolson Kenney
Beverage Director

Tolson Kenney

Beverage Director Born and raised in Morehead City, North Carolina, Tolson grew up playing sports and working hard in the greenhouses at West...
Troy Revell
Wine Director

Troy Revell

Wine Director Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Troy first got involved in the restaurant industry in 1999 as a college job while at...