Nazca Mochica

4.7
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706 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

We look forward to welcoming you.
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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

A cocktail option for the restaurant week beverage choice too.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Piscos will get you! No more than two.

Only two complaints: we went for restaurant week, so the dish didn't come with rice, which would have been nice; and they fried squid or something and put it on top of the lobster and shrimp causa, they only gave us one piece!

Really wonderful evening. Will go back

SR
Baltimore
116 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Unfortunately drinks/wine ordered didn’t make it to the table in time to enjoy with dinner. We cancelled them and waitress was very appropriate in response. Unfortunately again, however, final bill did not reflect cancelling of all that was ordered. But handled politely when we noted. Portions definitely not huge for the price. But not overly small. Excellent octopus.

t
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the food. My guests were very impressed with the menu and the presentation. What they liked even more was the taste of the meal. Not just pretty food but substantial and quality food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and experience!

g
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will go back here every time I'm in DC. It was a fantastic meal, great service, terrific wine selection. The cocktail before our meal was very unique and tasty.
My guests had the octopus and the shredded chicken, I had the tuna. We went here because one of my guests was born in Peru; she was so pleased with the authenticity and would recommend it to her family, which is a HUGE compliment!

WB
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! It did not disappoint!

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our evening here was fantastic! Thank you.

JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dining experience. Great ambiance,food and service. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and would recommend this spot to others.

GT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I ordered a chupe de camarones which was really good. However, I would advise to include instead of fingerling potatoes the real yellow which are frozen in most markets to make it more like the original.
Also, I would reduce a little the rice quantity and add it with the soup liquid. It is supposed that the rice is cooked in the soup and not come apart like a side dish that in this case has been added after soup is done. Other than that everything was perfect.

D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Better Peruvian food than elsewhere in DC. Fun place for a lunch or dinner.

GT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered a tiradito and grilled squid which were excellent. This last one is challenging because it was not extra cooked not raw, was crispy outside and soft inside, perfect combination and also, the rest of elements in the dish were so great (ocopa cream, potatoes, etc.).

KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Will definitely return!!

d
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Second time there when visiting Washington DC

N
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Peruvian food, in a stylish location, excellent and attentive service. Will go there again.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners I've had in DC. The food was amazing-we ordered the scallop/shrimp cebiche, lomo saltado, and arroz con mariscos and would recommend all three. The tiramisu for dessert was just okay. I've had the pisco sour in the downstairs bar for happy hour and those are delicious as well. Likewise, the ambience and service were great. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious new dishes!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Peruvian restaurant in the area! And I am a tough judge because I am Peruvian :)

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner

MK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went 2 days ago and have already recommended to 4 people. Every bite was great, but the ceviche! Unreal. I dreamt about it. The service at Nazca Mochica was also phenomenal. Our table was wiped down and our silverware was replaced after each course. Our waiter was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, made great recommendations (ceviche!), and was considerate of my unique tomato allergy. Can’t wait to return!

TA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had never eaten at a Peruvian restaurant before, but were delighted by our experience at this lovely boutique restaurant near Dupont Circle. After a delightful cocktail, and a helpful description of the foods by our server, we ventured into the dining. My wife and a delish seafood dish with prawn, mussels, shrimp and calamari. It was served a bed of infused jasmine rice. My entrée was a tuna steak with a tasty sauce and red onions. My only negative comment, which I gave to the matre'di was the tuna could have been less well cooked. But it was still good. This meal had some heat, but not too much.
Our desserts where cooling gelato. I will also say the artwork was very nice, in fact I took some pictures.

U
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, so was the grapefruit beer. The spacing between tables were a little tight, but doable. The service is great!! The only thing I wish would change is the portion size of the food; I only wish they were bigger! Haha. It was my first time here and I'd love to go again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing.

A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a Peruvian friend who brought us here. The food is authentic and delicious. We will definitely return and be sure to try the server’s recommendations.

MJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our experience at Nazca Mochica, starting with the cocktails and cebiche and ending with the delicious entrees we ordered -- the pollo and the pulpo. This was our first Peruvian meal and we wish you'd open a restaurant in Boston!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Poor service overall. Food arrived before drinks and refills took longer to arrive than the main dishes. Server was never around despite other staff offering to help us locate her. Really disappointing experience given the high praise from other reviewers.

EE
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful in every way - food, service, ambience. Japaneser-influenced Peruvian which is delicious. Check it out!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience from reservation to reception to service drink and food...

LG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress made good recommendations. We weren’t rushed at all but had attentive service. The food was delicious.

GP
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, impeccable service, neat cool place.

GP
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressive place. You are transported to Lima, Peru. Food quality is great and service impeccable

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only reservation about Nazca Mochica is that this restaurant has ruined DC for me! Why? This is the ONLY place I want to dine, so my husband and I eat here whenever we are in town. The food is light — but profound — creative, gorgeously presented. The staff is deeply committed to providing the most interesting, delicious representation of modern Peruvian cuisine, and they succeed brilliantly. They care about your experience and delight at your appreciation of what they put out. Oh, and the wine list is excellent. We discovered an incredible Peruvian Tanat that I would love to have in our wine cellar... This is how I want to eat!! Bravo, Nazca Mochica!

DA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have dined in Nazca several times in the past and I used to love the place, but the last couple if times were a disappointment and tonight was the worst. I will not return.

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great Friday night dinner! The food was excellent and the portions were filling. Definitely a highlight of the week! Will be back!

AP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We were not seated until 15 minutes after our scheduled reservation time. Even though our server had only 3 tables, we could not get her attention or any prompt service. For a shared appetizer and basic entrees, it took 75 minutes. Food was fine, but not worth the price.

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Our server was from Peru, authentic.

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fresh and delicious. Love this place! Will be back soon.

PL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was great evening. Wonderful staff!

T
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Disappointed that at learning at learning at 4.15 pm on the day of the reservation that we would be on the first floor and not upstairs as requested. Apparently there was a private party booked upstairs. We had never been before and this restaurant was requested by my out of town guests. I had no idea what the space looked like. It seemed to me that they must have known before the day of reservation that we could not be accommodated upstairs.

The food and drinks were good as was the service and luckily no one was at the bar. But we had low stools, no backs, seating for two of us and a banquette seating for the other two. Originally we were going to be six, but I changed it to four as one couple had a bad back problem. Thank goodness or we would have had to leave and find somewhere else. We are all “seniors” and it was not comfortable nor conducive to dining as opposed to just drinks and nibbles. I would hesitate to return.

GT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was really good, and the service was great, always waiter checking on us. Will go back soon. Thanks Nazca Mochica.

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