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456 Forest Rd, West Haven, CT 06516-1341
203-389-0038
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 6
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  • 2
    Very good
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Doesn't Disappoint: Great Columbian Cuisine

I recently had an opportunity to try Saoco for dinner with my husband. Some friends have told me it's a great dining experience and they were spot on. Great service and food. There is something for everyone whether you like chicken, beef, pork or seafood. I loved it and my only regret is it took me... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2014
Aaliyah M
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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I recently had an opportunity to try Saoco for dinner with my husband. Some friends have told me it's a great dining experience and they were spot on. Great service and food. There is something for everyone whether you like chicken, beef, pork or seafood. I loved it and my only regret is it took me so long to try... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I came here often during college for food & drinks. Empanadas were always great - especially the spicy dipping sauce which is more like a salsa than sauce but it is delicious on the Empanada if you can take the heat. While I can't say they have the best columbian food, I have enjoyed every meal. Their dinner plates are... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I started with some empanadas and then had the Bandeja Paisa. The empanadas were VERY tasty, great stuff, sadly the Bandeja paisa was not. I SO wanted to love this place, and while I was eating, I was thinking (i guess I was hoping) it was really good. I am not Colombian, far from it, so I can understand that... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I chose an empanada for my appetizer. The crust was perfect: not dry but also not greasy. The meat inside was nicely spiced. I had the Colombiana as my drink. It is a carbonated soft drink and reminded me of Gumbay punch. Very nice. I ordered the tongue and it was cooked to perfection!! The sauce that comes on it... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have dined here on a few occasions and most recently had a party of 16 to celebrate my birthday. The experience was amazing. The food was delicious, served in a timely manner and the service was excellent. everyone raved about the great time they had. I'll definitely be back!!

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Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

The word "saoco" is Spanish slang for something with great flavor or very well performed, like an excellent musical piece or a delicious meal. The Saoco restaurant in West Haven lives up to its name. The meals are genuinely Colombian and very nicely prepared. The wait staff is courteous and helpful. Most of the patrons are latino, which in itself... More 

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New Haven County, CT
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101 reviews 101 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

We are locals and have wanted to try Saocco for a while since we had never tried Colombian cuisine. We arrived on a Saturday night around 7pm with a party of 4. The place was about 3/4 full. Most of the patrons were Latino...so that was a good sign. The decor was minimalist. Everything was clean. There is a full... More 

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Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

This is a small family-run retaurant in a nondescipt, small strip mall off the beaten path. It is absolutely worth a visit! The extensive menu has something for everyone, with a nice variety of appetizers, seafood, meats and spicy choices for adventurous diners. The service is excellent and the restaurant has full bar service. The decor is colorful and the... More 

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Southbury, Connecticut
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74 reviews 74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Unless you are Colombiano, or a foodie, you probably have no idea what to expect at a place that specializes in Columbian cuisine. Since I am neither, I accepted a friend's invitation to dine here on blind faith. I'm very glad I did. Thanks to some college Spanish, I recognized one of the appetizers; "empanadas." These were savory turnovers filled... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 456 Forest Rd, West Haven, CT 06516-1341
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Haven
  • Phone Number: 203-389-0038
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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