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Mo-Chica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mo-chica.com
  • Phone: (213) 622-3744
  • Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week
    from 11:30-10pm Sunday through Thursday
    from 11:30-11pm Friday and Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Ricardo Zarate
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From multi-course sit-down dinners to cocktail parties with passed hors-d’oeuvres, Chef Zarate Catering will sate the appetite of your guests, offering a taste of modern Peru, bite for bite. From fresh ceviche del dia to endless Pisco Sours, Chef Zarate Catering will transform your next party into a gastronomic Little Lima.

    Chef Zarate Catering is led by our fearless leader in the kitchen, Chef Ricardo Zarate, voted 2011′s Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine Magazine. Since 2009, Chef Zarate Catering has happily catered over 150 events.
  • Private Party Contact: Jorge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand
  • Public Transit: 7th Street Metro Station is a block and a half away with connection to the Red,Purple, Blue and Expo metro lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking begins at 7pm Monday-Friday and 6pm on Saturday-Sunday. Limited street parking and public lots also available.
A word from Mo-Chica
Mo-chica is a vibrant, urban restaurant serving Chef Ricardo Zarate’s modern interpretations on traditional Peruvian comfort food. Mo-chica was born in May 2012—a large, industrial-esque restaurant with vibrant-hued walls tagged with graffiti (thanks to local artist Kozem), whimsical touches; an urban-artsy space serving modern takes on traditional Peruvian comfort food.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great for foodies! Tapas are all delicious and well made. Staff is on point and helpful. Note that venue is a little tight so make sure to make a reservation!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were seated late, so we got free drinks to make up for it which was great. Best food I've had at DineLA. Every single dish was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I went for DineLA and it did not disappoint. From start to finish, my meal was bursting with flavor. I had the ceviche, braised shortribs, and tres leches cake. I would definitely recommend Mo-Chica to others."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Absolutely great food. My bf is a total foodie and I was left with the task of picking out a restaurant. Ran across it through the DineLA website and he loved it. I'm a vegetarian and the options for me were super tasty as well."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Mo-Chica is wonderfully inspired cooking. Ceviches are incredible and the flavors are layered, fresh and clean! The short rib was amazing as well. Our server was engaging and warm. We had the restaurant week/Dine LA specials, but I've been there an ordered off of the regular menu as well. Moving the the east coast and will definitely miss this place. Price is good too."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Mo-Chica is a happening downtown restaurant. It's a bit on the noisy side but for our group of three it was bearable. The food was topnotch with truly exotic flavors. We orders six dishes to share. All were given thumbs up reviews. Favorites were the quinoa risotto, beef saltado and the grilled prawns. We rounded out the meal with a grilled artichoke, roasted beet salad and yellow-fin tuna sashimi style. All dishes are a small plate serving and our server was correct in advising 2 plates per person. We didn't leave hungry but were not uncomfortable either. The staff were pleasant and attentive. We will come back. It sounds like lunch is a real deal at $18."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Definitely recommend this downtown LA restaurant for couples or groups - great food, inventive dishes. We dined as a group for four and ordered a variety of dishes, much like tapas, and shared. A wonderful opportunity for your tastebuds to sample the varietal cuisine. The staff was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. We had many questions since this was our first time and our waiter was very helpful. I would definitely recommend a reservation on weekend nights - we got there about 5:30pm which was a perfect time before it got crowded. Had no trouble conversing, noise level was moderate. Interior design is clever and whimsical (if seated in the back room take a look up while walking back and you'll see what I mean)."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I really had a great experience here. The food was delicious and waitress was very sweet and cool. Definitely recommend this to anyone who digs Peruvian cuisine!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The BEST place in LA to eat in my opinion. You can never go wrong with any of their food, cocktail, beverages, etc. Great for groups or if you are on a date."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The chef does Mochica, Picca, and Paiche. They are all a little different.n. Mochica is fun casual. Picca was a little pretentioues and we're not that helpful in suggesting dishes. Paiche was totally different. A very hip vibrant beach crowd. They were great for the sashimi and ceviche. I ebpnjoy Paiche and Mochica ."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The service was very good and the place had a good vibe. The ceviche was very good and so was the brazino. The potato appetizer was just meh. The short ribs were good but felt the flavor was kind of bland. The risotto was good but not stellar in the flavorful department either. The flourless chocolate cake was really dense and kind of heavy. The tres leches cake was surprisingly better. Overall... not enough bang for your buck here."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Ceviche- 4/5 Short Ribs-2/5 Lobster Pasta-2/5 White fish maybe seabass-4/5 Overall, not worth $35 on dineLA."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was incredible. The lunch specials were reasonably priced and well portioned. Everyone of us enjoyed their food and want to go back to try other things. Their lomo saltado was the best I've ever had. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant was clean and had an energetic vibe. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was the first time eating Peruvian food. And therefore, I don't know what is the "Normal" Peruvian food is, but this restaurant was GOOD!!!!!! Dishes comes in a nice adequate portion where you can share with your companies and try many dishes, flavor was unique and all of the dishes taste different (and delicious), and I will Definitely!!!! Come back again and Strongly recommend this restaurant. Only disappointment was the dessert. Again, that might was the Peruvian desert, but will not try it again. :P"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Tried the Braised Alpaca - the idea was interesting but the meat itself wasn't very unique in flavor nor texture. The curry potato stew was pretty good. I would say based on what I tried the food is okay nothing really stood out. The service was good however. Our waiter was funny, friendly and speedy. The place was kind of small but okay for dining off lunch hours or you would probably have to wait. Overall my experience was good."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Finally got a chance to try another of Ricardo Zarate's masterpieces. His other two are Picca and Paiche. The Ceviche and Papa Luwainka appetizers were both fresh and tasty with a kick. The braised short rib and grilled chicken were cooked to perfection and both so flavorful with good sized portions. Finally, loved the Tres Leches cake. The chocolate cake was good but not my favorite. And a very refreshing white sangria."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food at the restaurant was amazing and the drinks were equally as delicious. The service was lacking and the special menu for restaurant week was a little underwhelming, especially given the price. If noisy places are not your thing, I would not recommend it. Again, food was delicious delicious though!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great creative food Nd exceptionally good service made Mo-Chica a great experience. We had a lot of fun and lived dinner. Just noisy but worth it."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "this is a trendy foodie place that uses big words to describe their "fancy" food, and then can't deliver on what is advertised. small size tapas-style plates. service was only fair....food came out before drinks even though drinks were ordered first. they never even brought out one of our ordered plates..... ambience was fair....not all seating is created equal....some are tables with stools near the bathroom....not appealing when paying higher prices for small plates. Maybe try this place for happy hour? I don't think I will"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "James or waiter was excellent! Really good food. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is a place to go for good food if you don't mind the noise level. The menu is limited but the food is good. The wait staff does not go above and beyond here at all. There are better places."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've been to other Peruvian restaurants, but this one tops them all."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I'm not one to write reviews, because, well, I just read reviews. Mo-Chica was so good, I felt compelled to write a glowing review of it. The Peruvian flavors were unlike anything I've ever tasted before. Truly an amazing restaurant. Go."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been to MoChica many times. I always find something new that surprises. The Pisco Sours are made completely from scratch. They're better than the best in Peru. The portions are full and the flavors are unique, but what makes this restaurant really something extraordinary is the complete vibe. The staff go out of their way to make YOUR evening special. It's worthwhile to ask for your server's opinions on the dishes. From the moment that you are greeted at the reception desk to the moment you bid farewell, Everyone there communicates how much they value your patronage."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Five of us had drinks and dinner. Its tapas style let us share & try a bunch of dishes - all were wonderful and interesting. The pisco sours were delicious. Service was friendly with just enough attention. Our first trip there was a success."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "drinks could be better...but overal great experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Good food, but grossly overprized. Ceviche is about 5 morsels of fish, comes to $3 a piece. Seriously!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We live nearby and have been here before, but came on June 28, 2014 specifically for "National Ceviche Day," for which "LA Eater" said: DOWNTOWN—Mo-Chica is doing a slew of ceviche dishes on June 28 for National Ceviche Day. Think Lobster Ceviche for $15 with aji mirasol and sea urchin leche de tigre. LA Eater had it wrong, but Zarate honored the advertisement and came up with 2 "specials" in about 5 minutes. The shrimp ceviche with sweet chili sauce was excellent, as was the tuna ceviche with ricotta & grapefruit. Also had our favorites: Anticucho de Pulpo (octopus) and the Colita de Res (oxtail)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner! Will absolutely come back many times."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Interesting twist on Peruvian fare. If you like sushi you'll love the ceviche here. Carefully crafted food selections with layers of flavor that I enjoyed eating!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fun, energetic, tasty. If you are looking for this then this is it. Was disappointed in the artichoke. Wasn't cooked enough, was very small for sharing, not much flavor. Octopus that was grilled and had a spicy sauce was delicious....was served on top of delicious potatoes. Quinoa with wild mushrooms was fabulous. Would have ordered more, but we were full. All of the items that were served at the tables around us looked so interesting. Wish we knew what each item was so we could order a different variety next time."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • " One of our favorites. Peruvian with tapas and each one better than the last! We will go here before theater at the Ahmanson! Plan on being back often!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at this restaurant. This was the final spot of a day for food stops and it was the highlight. We shared everything, the cocktails were great, the seafood dishes were fresh, and it was an evening of taste this, taste that because of the small plates. It was fun and gave us a chance to taste a lot of items on the menu. Definitely fit for foodies."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The restaurant is located near the corner of 7th and Grand, so it is very convenient for a night out in downtown LA. The ambience was ruined for me right away by a homeless woman who seemed to be high as a kite and was hugging unsuspecting guests as they waited for a table. The restaurant was full and noisy and vibrant. The food was absolutely delicious. They masterfully executed creative combinations - the quinoa mushroom risotto and the ceviche albacore were two of my favorites. The service was typical American - lots of hovering and checking in, anxious about clearing the table the second you put your fork down, rushing to get the bill, etc.. However the food trumps any negatives."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "the food is great. reserve in advance--it's crowded, even early."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was great, from the salads to the dessert! The music loud, the talk loud the restaurant atmosphere Funky. We are senior citizens and loved it but if you are fussy, don't like noise don't go!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent ceviche and everything else we got was just as good. Our waiter Jason was charming and professional. He brought out a little tray of 3 cookies with a candle on it since he knew we were celebrating my birthday. A very nice touch!! Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Despite the late seating for our reserved table and the fact that the food came out with no regard to who actually ordered it, the food was very good."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Didn't disappoint me. This is my third time. Chef Zapate's unique mix of flavors makes for a great lunch."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food here is excellent, my favorite dish is the Quinotto, its a mushroom quinoa risotto, with parmesan and every bite you taste the olive oil. I also love the Lomo Saltado, although I wish for the price they gave you a little more, the dish they serve it in looks like the entire entree can be eaten in two bites. There is also a stew like dish made with pork, forgot name of it, that is really delicious though and another favorite these little bites of chicken with a slightly spicy sauce, love those. The pisco sour drinks are very good too. Unfortunately I am allergic to pineapple so I can't have many other drinks on the menu that have pineapple but my friend had one and said it was very good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014