Nazca Mochica

4.6
554 reviews
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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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Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Everything was delicious and cooked perfectly.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was pretty great. Service was horrendously slow. It was valentine's and they'd clearly overcommitted. Fine, I understand, but waiting 45 minutes for our table and 20-30 minutes for each course is not ok. Server was trying very hard and very apologetic but some kind of gesture - free drinks or a discount or something - would have been appropriate.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The fish cebiche appetizer and duck cebiche main were delicious, the deserts were also tasty. I will return for sure.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! Best Peruvian place in DC!

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SK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was friendly and extremely well informed about the food and wine list. Cerviche was some of the best I have ever eaten. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visit and will definitely be back. Excellent cocktails. Beautiful and delicious food. Knowledge and friendly service. I’d like to see a little more variety and vegetarian options. We enjoyed it! Cheers

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Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent food and perfect for a group. The shrimp dishes were perfect as was the Pisco Sour. Having just been to Peru we missed the potato pancake like dishes but will have to return to Peru I guess!

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CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thank you for all the staff. They were pleasant and were attentive.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friends and I came to vet whether we want to be brunch bloggers. Given our dining experience, we decided to start on our blog. We will return once it gets started!!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Our food and drinks were good, but the service was off. We got our cocktails as we were finishing our first course. I don't like it when a server places my used fork on the table. The food was BEAUTIFUL and tasty.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had ceviche for the first time and it was really good. Definitely coming back.

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EB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was so delicious. We came during restaurant week so we had the prix fixe menu and were not disappointed. The ceviche was one of the best I have had, as were the alfajores. Highly recommend!

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E
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date and I had a very good Restaurant Week dinner there on Saturday night. They were warm and welcoming and seated us right away. The service was excellent and the menu was creative and fun. We especially enjoyed the lamb dish and the pisco sours. It was a good value for the price. We would recommend the restaurant.

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NF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent with unique tastes and very creative presentation. Would be there often if I still lived in DC but, alas, was just visiting.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Need to update the carpet on the second floor. It’s a worn out/industrial carpet. Otherwise decent meal.

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SS
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found a new “go to” for when guests come in from out of town. Wife had Loma which was so good and I had seafood Paella. The rice in my Paella was super creamy and the perfect amount of spice. Don’t miss the rice pudding for dessert!

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SM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

First time at Nazca Mochica, being Peruvian myself had to go and try it. Went for my birthday with my son and daughter who are already young adults.
The host who eventually was our server was a great young man, had recently returned from a trip to Peru, tried his best to speak in Spanish and it was very good by the way.
The food presentation was phenomenal, the aroma, the portion sizes were elegantly fulfilling and inviting to savor the meal.
We ordered different dishes and asked for them to be placed at the center of the table to try them all. Only reason for my three stars on food is because unfortunately, we found that the Grilled Octopus and Anticuchos' flavors (two of the dishes we ordered) tasted exactly the same, not sure why when they are supposed to taste completely different from one another; we also noticed the dishes tend to have a sweet taste as if sugar would be one of the ingredients, when it should not be the case.
As for the Pisco Sour, it was delicious, Salud!
All in all well worth it having lunch at Nazca Mochica, we didn't fall in love with the food but did with everything else!

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but served cold. I don't think they could keep up with the crowd for restaurant week . There was also a horrible smell in the downstairs bar and the entryway of the upstairs restaurant. The food was good enough and service friendly enough to try again when they are not so busy. Definitely a no go if the smell is still there.

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Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and terrific ambience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the entire United States. Amazing food, ambiance and service. It’s on a whole other level than other restaurants.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service but pricey

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

portions too small and not enough variety (vegetarian or seafood)

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and accommodating, honored the request to serve item that had been altered from original menu offerings. A true gem in dining! Will return!

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for Restaurant Week and found the food to be fine but not great. Service was good and food was delivered quickly, though it certainly helped that for the majority of the meal we were the only ones in the restaurant! Overall I thought it was a nice experience and a good place to try Peruvian dishes, but don't feel compelled to return for any reason.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relatively quiet ambiance and good service. The ceviche is highly recommendable; we always order it. Overall, the food is tasty but the options are a bit limited.

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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. The vegetarian options were slim, but good. The only thing I objected too was ordering the vegetarian cauliflower.. only to be told later that the dressing was based in oyster sauce. If you advertise as vegetarian, please make it true!
Service was good, and the wine selection was excellent. The ambiance is pleasant, and the music low enough for good conversation.

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Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Quiet Peruvian restaurant with modern decor and very good food and drink service. Ceviche was outstanding. Entrees were a little disappointing, portions were on the small side and dishes were quite salty. Arroz con Mariscos, for example,was mostly rice. Took a time to settle our bill as no one seemed to know how exactly to deal with our gift certificate.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, we have gone there twice and tried almost everything on the menu. The ceviche is fantastic !!!! Cocktails are also good. Quiet and small restaurant.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Was extremely disappointed on New Year’s Eve to be seated on the top level. The ambiance in this space was absolutely terrible and left as if we were eating in a converted classroom. We chose this restaurant at an early time because during our previous visit, we loved the atmosphere and vibe however we felt like second class citizens having to sit upstairs on this special night.

This was not communicated when booking and would have changed our decision.

With that said, the food and service were fantastic.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Creative, unusual high-end Peruvian cuisine. We were very impressed particularly by the short ribs and the ceviche made using ricotta.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place! The waiters were very respectful and friendly.

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OM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! The ambiance was really nice and relaxedl.

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OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best go to spots. We love the drinks and the food!

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! I will definitely go back.

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OT
Pinehurst
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent! Ceviche was amazingly flavorful, a must have.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great restaurant, awesome food and delicious cocktails. Bit had a bad service experience. Hopefully just a hic-up.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great local place with great food and service. One of my favorites. .

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T
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The presentation of the food has greatly improved over the last several years.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails in a lovely ambiance, with excellent service.

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