Nazca Mochica

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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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

A
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 8, 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
Chicago
3 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.

ON
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The restaurant has scented candles that overpowered the space.

CP
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 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.

KS
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.

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 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.

OT
Washington DC
2 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.

N
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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.

JL
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really super great. Lovely food service and atmosphere

D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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!

ED
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. the waiter was rushing us, the food was not good.

V
Washington DC
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

SS
Washington DC
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.

AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 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.

JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

MP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

JK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

A cocktail option for the restaurant week beverage choice too.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
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 on January 14, 2020
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 on January 14, 2020
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 on January 11, 2020
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!

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