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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. It was just a tiny bit loud there.

DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful. I took a chance and it paid off. The owner shared some great information about life, culture and food in Peru and my server was fantastic. I enjoyed Peruvian cocktails, appetizers, enteee and dessert.

DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Items felt overpriced and I wish i had known that the still water cost extra.

W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall food was good. Skip the Yuquitas a la Huancaina it should not be considered any representation of a true Huancaina it shouldn’t even be an appetizer should be a side and even then it’s not worth it. Ceviches are good as are the Tiradito, Causitas and Short Rib. As for entrees Aji de Gallina was flavorless the Pulpo is a must. Absolutely delicious. The Lomo Saltado was tasty but Seco was mediocre. For vegetarians the Coliflor was good. Had Alfajor and Creme brûlée for dessert and both were delicious. All in all some really good food with a few missteps.

CV
Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nazca Mochica is beautifully appointed. The food is good but not great, and there was a bit of a disconnect between the service and the offerings on the menu: questions were half-answered, with neither clear information nor conviction. The flavorful but tough lomo saltado has potential; the high prices will delay the rush back for a second take.

AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was so rushed.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new larger portions were unexpected and great. Everything was delicious as usual. The special fish was a bit hit with everyone. We will be back!

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely time! The cocktails and meal were delicious. The atmosphere was just right for catching up with old friends!

SW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food good. VERY loud. Ambiance just average. Website pics deceiving. Meals came before we finished our drinks and before wine. They need to work on their "pacing". Don't think I will go back.

SF
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Nazca Mochica! The staff was friendly and accommodating. Our table on the patio was comfortable, and the food was delicious. We'll definitely be back.

S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience. Food is very good as usual

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service. My only big complaint was that there were many, many mosquitos in the restaurant that made dinner out of me. I left with more than 15 bites by the end of dinner and was swatting mosquitos away from my dinner date most of the evening.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, highly attentive staff

M
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Wasn’t worth it- the majority of the food was cold . Very disappointed that we paid over $50 a person for a place like this. I will not be returning. The only good thing was the waiter who was sweet and the ceviche dish. The rest was poor and the ambiance on the third floor sucks. The second floor is nice and makes it better.

NS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently superb menu, quality, flavor and pleasant. Re commend always to friends locally and out of town visitors, in particular.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was really good but it was cold when they served it. Service was great. Try the coca sour, it’s really good!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It was restaurant week but food was nothing special. Nice atmosphere though.

s
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Food was good. Service could have been better with the addition of more staff

DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great but the tuna ( I believe it was can tuna) . Salad part was good. If you want to try something new don’t order the below item.

TUNA NAZCAMOCHICA SALAD (V)
Tuna in olive oil, mixed greens, cherry toma

GQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Peruvian food! This restaurant is an excellent choice for a date night out; cozy romantic atmosphere paired with delicious food. For a fantastic dinner you will never forget, try the Lomo Salteado and Pescado en Escabeche for the main course and the Alfajores and Suspiro Limeno for dessert.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food, good service.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great shrimp soup which was delicious. The big group we ate with enjoyed everything and the drinks were great too! Definitely will be back.

MN
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing service was great ! The place has a nice vibe

AP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Portion size small, server didn’t offer rice on the side for the lomo saltado, not the best Peruvian food

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, atmosphere is nice, but the service was so so.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

S
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday, and he loved it! We went to happy hour first (goes until 7 PM) for cheaper drinks and an app, and then enjoyed some seafood dishes and drinks. I came here because I saw on Open Table that it was good for a date night, and I 100% agree. There was a nice ambience, complete with candles on every table. Very good service as well. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert provided great service. It was both elegant and kid friendly at the same time. We really enjoyed the drinks and our meal. We will be back!

g
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dined here about 4-5 times. Always great food and service. Reasonably priced.

C
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place has an amazing twist on Peruvian food. The balance of flavors is done very well and it takes traditional recipes to another level. Service was great and I never felt unattended

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food! Everything perfect. It is not cheap but it is worth.

AR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We allowed our server to make selections for us. We had two appetizers and two entrees. Everything was delicious, including the cocktails. We are looking forward to returning to this restaurant the next time we are in DC.

JM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great hosts who helped us navigated the menu. there are certain Peruvian wines that he gave us to taste, which I would agree with him, it's not worth trying. Overall good food, good atmosphere, and close to authentic.

V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautifully served and tasteful dishes (shortribs, grilled octopus!!!!) and delicious cocktails plus good advice from the waiting staff made this dinner an excellent experience

MS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Peruvian, I can say this is my favorite Peruvian Restaurant in the area. Thanks!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Ceviche was very good

k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from start to finish and wonderful presentation of the best of Peruvian food with a creative twist. I can completely understand the Michelin recognition. The ceviches are uniformly delicious and alone make a visit worthwhile.

CC
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting DC and looking to try different restaurants. The drinks and food were excellent.

DL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dining experience! First time and it had a cool ambiance, good food and great service! A wonderful hidden gem in Dupont!

Z
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great customer friendly service!

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