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Nazca Mochica, Washington, DC

Nazca Mochica

4.5
4.5
747 Reviews
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Nazca Mochica has been designed to provide both a fine dining and casual experience. At the full service Nazca Restaurant you are invited to encounter Peruvian traditional food, such as causitas, anticuchos, lomo saltado, and seco de cordero.

Mochica’s pisco and cebiche bars feature made-to-order cebiche, paired with the Peruvian national spirit, Pisco, in a variety of cocktails, including the famous Pisco Sour. Guests sitting at the cebiche bar will have the opportunity to talk to the chefs and see them crafting a variety of cebiche dishes. Chefs may provide suggestions based on what is in season and to the patrons’ tastes. Mochica will also serve delectable tapas-style Peruvian and other South American dishes.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian, South American, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 733-3170

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    We cater small (minimum 10 people) to large (over 100) parties. Please give us a call and ask to speak with a manager for additional details.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Nazca Mochica can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Walter Lopez: (844) 499-0649

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    17th St. NW

  • Parking details

    Street parking; free parking on Sundays and holidays. Garage parking across the street.

  • Public transit

    Red line: Dupont Circle Metro Station - walk East until 17th Street; corner of 17th and P Streets, NW (2 blocks)<br /><br />Green line: U Street - walk South towards P Street, make a right and walk towards 17th Street<br /><br />Blue/Orange/Silver: McPherson Square - walk North on 15th Street, make a left on P Street, walk towards 17th Street<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 747 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DL

    DanaLawrence

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After coming here for a friends graduation dinner, I knew this was the place I wanted to come back to for my birthday. The food, service, and experience again was amazing! Would highly recommend for any occasion.
  2. BB

    BarcelonaBoi

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food that tastes just like Lima.
  3. P

    Picky123

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food, reliable and tasty. Excellent service great dinner for a large group. Ceviche, causas,lomo salteado , all delicious
  4. R

    Rachel

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is the only DC restaurant we happily return to! A diverse and exciting cocktail list, menu options for literally anyone, and such great flavors through every course. We have always had very knowledgeable and friendly servers which really takes the experience over the top. The pulpo and cebiche are not to be missed. We can't wait to return.
  5. w

    wonkifer

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Much better quality and value that other Peruvian places in DC. Really enjoyed the dishes we ordered but as always overpriced drinks and TOO MUCH NOISE which really undermine pleasure in dining for me and visiting with friends. Turn down the music, really wish it would close up the kitchen and add some carpets and wall and ceiling covering to reduce the noise.
  6. SS

    SandyS

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was so rushed, beginning from the moment we got in the door, that it made our dining experience uncomfortable. When two of us (out of a party of four) arrived, they wanted us to confirm that the other two were coming, because they had a very full list of reservations for the night. Once we were seated, the waiter almost immediately came to take our order. We told him we hadn't even picked up the menu yet, so he started explaining it, talking so fast that none of us could easily understand him (and this was in English!) It continued that way. Plates were removed from the table before others were finished, and then the server would come back and ask if we were done, despite having food on my fork halfway to my mouth. This would have been fine if we were headed to theater, but we weren't. I'd still recommend Nazca, because they have wonderful ceviche, but I'd caution other guests to be prepared for the speed.
  7. RM

    RashadM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is fantastic. My wife is Peruvian. She said it reminds her of being back home. The flavors and seasonings are perfect. There is no salt and pepper on tables, for good reasons. Not needed. Fantastic staff. The only issue is the way the lighting and the colors of the decor make taken pictures difficult.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food 😊
  9. N

    Neighbor

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! Loved the jazz playing in the background tonight!
  10. RS

    RachelleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food and experience overall was fantastic! :)
  11. J

    Jorge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible experience Spectacular food, impeccable service There is nothing I can say that would be negative. It was an overall very delightful experience with a great ambiance to match
  12. J

    Jonathan

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ceviche was to die for. Portions were a bit small and not as hot as it could have been. The flavors were there, meal size and temperatures were the only drawback for me. Service was good. And a nice space.
  13. TT

    TalkTalk

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    If the food wasn't so fantastic, we'd have walked out. The space looked great, we had high hopes going on a recommendation from a friend to celebrate a birthday on Saturday night, 2/15. Took 30 minutes to get drinks. Tried to get water refilled 3 or 4 times to no avail. After ordering ceviche apps, they did arrive timely (Low level of prep, lol) however we suffered still for getting water refills, and for being able to get our entree orders in. Once we did, it was another 30 minutes until we learned that the server had apparently forgot the order. They did bring something to tide us over but then we waited for drink refills again. Sat with empty plates for a while, and still needed some drinks... Meanwhile, the dining room, while charming and sleek was overheated to the point that we were all sweating. Could have been great-needs some practice Finally we got the check, however by then we were frustrated from the whole experience.
  14. RC

    RoyC

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not much to say here. Everything about this place was wonderful. It was a little hard to find, at least to us. The entrance doors aren't at street level, and I wasn't looking up stairs or down stairs when there were so many other businesses with street level doors.
  15. L

    Lilianahiguita

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    So Disappointed! We tried this restaurant for Valentine’s Day and honestly we won’t come back. We have to wait (which is normal for this kind of day) but besides that we received cold food and really simple dishes for what we paid. Really simple food. My husband is a pastry chef and they put in the menu “chocolate truffle” and u don’t really feel it and I’m not gonna talk about the parfait (basically just yogurt with 5 berries) At the end we were hungry with a bill of 200 for this! The cebiche was good.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We went for Valentine’s Day where they had a special for $65 per person. Almost nothing about it was a special in terms of an actual de, but that isn’t what attracted us in the first place. We were intrigued to dine here because we saw some of our favorite dishes advertised on the special, such as “chorros,” which are special prepared mussels. My girlfriend was upset to find out they did not have any left when we got there. They were also out of lucuma gelato. Both of these are typical Peruvian flavors. We paid $16 extra just to try an extra item from the special menu which was no big deal but the special price could have easily been $40.
  17. A

    Abfabsix

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Valentines Dinner and we had the best experience ever! We got parking right in front of the restaurant. Food was awesome. Noise level was very low. It wasn’t over crowded. Reminded us of when we were in Peru. Loved everything about tonight!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and kind service. Peruvian cuisine at its best. A gem in Washington DC!
  19. AB

    AnaB

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there saturday night to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday... it was phenomenal. The food was delicious, perfect for sharing. We love peruvian food and the flavors were authentic and just plain wonderful. The kitchen was backed up and our food took a while but they gave us a plate of free yuquitas that was delicious. The braised short ribs, lomo saltado and fried rice were perfect! We will definitely go back when we go to D.C. again.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western KY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so so good. The sauce with the seco de carne was like a dream come true. Perfectly made pisco sours. Ceviche that makes you swoon. Thank you for doing such fine work.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time, the waiter’s recommendations were on point. Will be going back.
  22. JH

    JasonH

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and the service was great. We were there to celebrate my wife's birthday and the kitchen and wait staff generously gave us complimentary cookies with a candle at the end of our meal. We also enjoyed a drink at the bar for happy hour before heading up for dinner and the service there was attentive.
  23. ON

    ONE78

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The restaurant has scented candles that overpowered the space.
  24. CP

    CarlosP

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Not a good service. Small portions. Slow service. They always bring the wrong order. Pricey.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Dined here based on a Michelin Guide recommendation and had higher expectations. The food was tasty, but just ok. The presentation was also just ok. Service was barely satisfactory - empty dishes sat on the table for 20+ minutes, the waiter did not introduce himself, then he brought out our main course way too fast - we hadn’t even finished with appetizers. I’ve had better service at the casual Thai place next door. The place is unnecessarily loud, the decor is not special, and the entire experience was mediocre.
  26. KB

    KBen

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The service was pleasant and responsive. The noise from the downstairs bar was not disturbing at all. We enjoyed visiting and will be back again.
  27. K

    Kara

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    I was really excited about taking a friend for a birthday dinner here and to both try something new. Unfortunately the service fell very short.. our server did not provide us knowledge of the restaurant or dishes- even after we asked for him to tell us a little bit more of the overall restaurant and what it was about. He forgot our drink order, didn’t check back to see if we wanted additional drinks. The food came out fast and the taste was good, but not note worthy.. I asked the server to box up left overs which I had to go find him to ask if he had them ready after waiting 25 minutes once we had already finished our meal/ paid the check. He then acted as if he had never saw me before asking what table we were at and what i had ordered and then frantically ran around the kitchen to find them... Everyone has off days but for the price and quality of the restaurant that was expected i would not go back or recommend this restaurant over the other array of choices in DC there are to choose from. Both I and my friend were very underwhelmed and I felt bad that we had that experience for their birthday.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The food was good. When I visited this place a couple of years ago the food was tastier than now. I think the food portions are very small and price. My friends told me to go to another restaurant to get a real portion of food. Our bill was over $200 of a party of 3, and we kept hungry.
  29. N

    Neighbor

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service as always! Looking forward to coming back soon.
  30. CD

    CosmopolitanDiner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Not ever having had this kind of cuisine, I was expecting to see and taste dishes that were unfamiliar to me (and I mean this in a positive way). This was the case, although it was not exactly a gastronomical epiphany: everything was good, freshly prepared, well presented, overall pleasing—but I was not particularly overwhelmed. This felt like an attempt to glorify a cuisine that may otherwise be quite plain; it means well, and is well executed. Some of the tastes were indeed pleasantly new and unusual. Original, interesting cocktails. This is a restaurant quiet enough to have a conversation, no TV screen in sight—a definite plus! The decor is tasteful but subdued. Attentive staff, perhaps a little too eager to take your plate away as soon as you stop eating (on a Thursday night the place was far from full, so there was no need to rush us out). They were able to answer questions about the menu (always a good sign). Some of the items were blatantly overpriced, given the nature of the ingredients and the preparation involved—quite common in DC, unfortunately. Still, I am glad I tried it (it was not recommended to me; I just wanted to try a kind of cuisine I did not know); this is a place I might revisit, unlike many other restaurants that I just cross off my list as "not worth it," but I would appreciate it if some of the items were more realistically priced.
  31. JL

    JonathanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really super great. Lovely food service and atmosphere
  32. D

    Donna

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My cousin and I went for a restaurant week dinner and loved it. So glad to have a great Peruvian place in DC!
  33. ED

    EvaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible. the waiter was rushing us, the food was not good.
  34. V

    Vittorio

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    this is the best Peruvian restaurant I have visited in the area. And they emphasize seafood, which is the best part of the coastal Peru cuisine
  35. SS

    SuzanneS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Very disappointing! If you're looking for Peruvian food, there are much better restaurants in DC. This place is insanely over-priced and the food was terrible! Portions were tiny, the alfajor dessert was literally one oreo-sized cookie on a plate that they probably buy in packs like oreos at a grocery store. Avoid the aji de gallina at all costs - it tastes like and looks like canned chicken I could've bought at the grocery store for a dollar. It was literally shredded chicken in a bowl with an olive (singular) on top. Basically, this food is CVS level quality at a Michelin price, and doesn't reflect Peruvian cuisine (I should know, since I live there). I left feeling totally ripped off.
  36. AG

    AGee

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The food wasn’t good. Salty with extremely small portions. Wine pairing wasn’t great. The table was drafty. Service wasn’t great. Just overall unimpressive and uninspiring. Not at all what I would expect from a Michelin-rated restaurant. Don’t think I’ll be back.
  37. JC

    JaimeC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Mom’s birthday. The portions were disappointingly small. Not worth the price but fairly tasty
  38. MP

    MPishu

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food quality did not match the price imo. There are better places for Peruvian cuisine in DC.
  39. JK

    JocK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was amazing! The quality and portion was good. The service could’ve been better.
  40. KH

    KristaH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    A cocktail option for the restaurant week beverage choice too.

FAQs

Nazca Mochica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Nazca Mochica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 733-3170.

Nazca Mochica is rated 4.5 stars by 747 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    17th St. NW

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian, South American, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking; free parking on Sundays and holidays. Garage parking across the street.

  • Public transit

    Red line: Dupont Circle Metro Station - walk East until 17th Street; corner of 17th and P Streets, NW (2 blocks)Green line: U Street - walk South towards P Street, make a right and walk towards 17th StreetBlue/Orange/Silver: McPherson Square - walk North on 15th Street, make a left on P Street, walk towards 17th Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 733-3170

  • Catering

    We cater small (minimum 10 people) to large (over 100) parties. Please give us a call and ask to speak with a manager for additional details.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Nazca Mochica can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Walter Lopez: (844) 499-0649

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