Mexican Good for groups

SoCal Neutral Bay

Average price $55
542 reviews

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $55 Special request
Smoked SoCal signature dry-rubbed whole chicken


Baja Fish Tacos ( each)

Pineapple, chilli, coriander salsa, slaw (DF)

Roast Mushroom Quesadilla

baby spinach, sweet onion, ancho chilli, Oaxaca cheese, Sriracha mayo (V)

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Ratings & Reviews

based on 542 reviews
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Quality of food :8.5/10
Service :8.6/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Hannah C.
    Hannah C.
    • 2 reviews

    Good food and great vibes for a catch up with friends! Highly recommend the beef brisket taco, esp on Taco Tuesday!

  2. Maya I.
    Maya I.
    • 22 reviews

    As a repeater, I enjoyed the food and atmosphere as usual! I would have liked a more prompt greeting or acknowledgement from the staff upon arrival though. I received many looks but not a single smile or “hello/hi, one moment please”. My friend & I were left hanging there by the bar waiting for someone (anyone) to greet us & make us feel welcome. Imagine if it was our first time... that wouldn’t have made a great impression. Will be back as we still enjoyed the night and look forward to a more attentive service.

  3. Warwick W.
    Warwick W.
    • 2 reviews

    Really very disappointing. The food had no flavour at all and the place was very noisy

  4. Charlotte R.
    Charlotte R.
    • 5 reviews

    The cauliflower empanada was incredible great atmosphere

  5. Anna W.
    Anna W.
    • 3 reviews

    Always a pleasure at SoCal. Staff are excellent and friendly, food is fresh and amazing. Love it!

  6. Rita P.
    Rita P.
    • 9 reviews

    Great place and mood, service was average.

  7. Michelle H.
    Michelle H.
    • 4 reviews

    Another great night at SoCal. Food, service & atmosphere 10+. A little bit hot outside on the balcony but that’s to be expected with 40+ degree weather, the singer and guitarist were incredible! Thanks for a fun night.

    SoCal Neutral Bay

    Thanks for the lovely feedback, so glad you had a great Evening! Unfortunately that sort of heat can make the Terrace a little tough at times, so apologies for that. Hopefully see you guys again soon!

  8. Sally G.
    Sally G.
    • 2 reviews

    Great local bar with yummy food for sharing and a nice atmosphere. Helpful staff always friendly. Menu changes but has great options including vegetarian

  9. Felicity A.
    Felicity A.
    • one review

    Staff weren’t too happy that I had to increase my table of 5 to an 8 but in the end we snatched a bar table and enjoyed a great night of margaritas and tacos. Awesome atmosphere and great variety of drinks

  10. Sian D.
    Sian D.
    • 10 reviews

    Great food and atmosphere

  11. Scott  G.
    Scott G.
    • one review

    I’m not sure why the reviews complain about the small food portions. It’s a Taco Bar. The menu is designed to order as you eat. The service was first class. The food took no time to arrive and for a busy Friday night our waitress was very attentive and organised. Great music. Great vibe. Definitely will return to this great little find.

  12. Abhishek B.
    Abhishek B.
    • 35 reviews

    The Lamb shoulder was amazing, rest of the food was ok Also the quantity of guacamole with corn chips was meagre to say the least, can be little more generous We reached early but we’re still accommodated so that was nice

  13. Steph C.
    Steph C.
    • 2 reviews

    Exceeded my expectations!

  14. Neil A.
    Neil A.
    • 5 reviews

    Service was awesome!! Food was great and they did there best in making sure we were happy!! Love Socal and would recommend it to everyone as I have for years now! Great work guys!!!

  15. Jenny C.
    Jenny C.
    • one review

    Lovely service and customer service. Fast and efficient! Perfect for us !

    SoCal Neutral Bay

    Thanks so much for the kind words and positive review Jenny! We look forward to hopefully getting to see you soon!

  16. Cassandra  M.
    Cassandra M.
    • 2 reviews

    Service was great and food delicious. Great Margaritas??.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 246 reviews

    Went there with a large group for dinner and drinks to celebrate a birthday. The set menu was $45 pp and the food was great. The cocktails were great too!

  18. Jennifer M.
    Jennifer M.
    • one review

    Having lived in Texas, I’m quite picky about Mexican food. SoCal did not disappoint. The guacamole was appropriately spicy and the tacos were interesting, savoury and not heavy. There was a very nice selection of tacos and other Mexican staples offered and I’ll definitely be returning to try more. The atmosphere is fantastic and, true to its name, feels like you have stepped into Southern California. Great vibe. The service was attentive and very accomodating of our group, which kept fluctuating in number. They were flexible and did a great job taking care of us. Muchas gracias, SoCal!

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews

    Fun place to catch up with friends

  20. Mark W.
    Mark W.
    • 4 reviews

    Always a fun welcoming atmosphere and great food.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

1 Young Street, 2089, Neutral Bay (NSW), Australia

Directions to get there

Lower North Shore, Neutral Bay

About the restaurant

SoCal Neutral Bay is brought to you by boutique hospitality group Applejack Hospitality, which was founded by seasoned professionals, Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll.

Having travelled to California for a surf trip, Ben & Hamish ate and drank their way around the state and fell in love with the food, drinks and ambience of the golden state. Returning to Sydney they have poured this influence into SoCal Neutral Bay to evoke the laid back, southern Californian surf vibe and theme.

SoCal is all about fresh & modern Southern Californian ‘share-style’ street food, packed with Latin American spices alongside ‘low’n’slow’ smoked meats, house-made sauces and freshly indulgent sides.


, Open late

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