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M Pocha, Durham, NC

M Pocha

4.8
4.8
219 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Pocha is short for Pojanmacha in Korea. The exact definition of Pojanmacha is "Tented Cart on Wheels" that serves street food with drinks. Over the years, pojanmacha has developed more into a brick and mortar style and has similar feel that of Japanese style Izakaya. It is an intimate but causal spot to share good food and drinks with friends. We focus on Asian fusion with a concentration on Korean food.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Phone number

    (919) 294-9177

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We rent out the restaurant for private events such as wedding receptions, graduation dinners, conference dinners or you just want an excuse to party. Just send an email with inquiry to mrestaurantsordering@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Cross street

    5 points : Main st/ Morris st/E Chapel hill

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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What 219 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Service

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Best Value

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tremendous experience. The food and cocktails are so excellent.
  2. j

    joanie

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, delicious food and drinks; excellent saki selection
  3. GK

    GoodKarma

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Excellent customer service; each dish presented to maximize appeal; interest flavors
  4. DG

    DavidG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Durham. We sat at the bar, and our server was attentive and most helpful. It was fascinating to watch the chefs at work. The food was marvelous. We plan to try all the M restaurants (this was our second), but I have a feeling this will be our favorite.
  5. JJ

    JJdurham

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, drinks, ambiance/vibes, and service. It’s really the whole package. Chili garlic fries are a hidden gem.
  6. BF

    BenjaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and service on a date night. So good!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails. Great service! Overall 10/10 experience.
  8. DM

    DavidM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food. Portions were larger than expected.
  9. CM

    ChristyM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Consistently good food. Lobster Mac and cheese is next level.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great and so tasty! We loved the steamed pork buns and the nasi goreng.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Was nice, pricey and small but very cute and delicious
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place doesn’t miss! Burger, Dumplings, Noodles and Rice is next level.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome spot. Such great food, awesome environment, great service. Loved it.
  14. K

    Keecks

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! Some of the Japanese dishes are no authentic but delicious on its own way. We had Chinese broccoli which was delicious. For main we had fatty pork and Nagasaki chanpon. Both also delicious.
  15. L

    Luvtodine

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    M Pocha is delicious and amazing Korean street food with a really cozy vibe. Perfectly situated in downtown Durham with bar seats at the window for fun people watching! Interesting creative cocktails and incredible small plates for sharing!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gee was excellent!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Durham! The food is amazing! Staff are so friendly! Value is great!! So happy every time I eat there!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Birthday. We love M sushi and wanted to give this a try. Good and service were fantastic.
  19. RF

    RegularFoodie

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was such a great dining experience. Waiter was excellent, very knowledgeable about food and beverage menu. We split 7 dishes between 4 people and loved all of them.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the vibes to the food and cocktails, everything was incredible. Great service. Can’t miss with the spicy pork buns.
  21. CB

    CarlB

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fantastic. I need to go back and hit all the items that I did not try yet. Absolutely a 10 experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant so much! Unpretentious and so delicious! Delightful service! Great value!
  23. YA

    YogaAly

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a great little spot! We enjoyed sitting at the bar and taking our time selecting various dishes to try. The bartender and one of the cooks were wonderful informative and interactive. They made a very good meal be something special. We especially enjoyed the broccoli appetizer and the fiery noodle dishes. We passed on the cocktails as they are quite expensive and opted for beer instead. We will absolutely be back.
  24. CH

    ChrisH

    Las Vegas

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    great little nook, fine drinks, small but great food, close to DPAC, so we hit a concert after.
  25. M

    Mower4275

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    first time at M Pocha. counter seating facing window and it was good - if conversation lapsed you had a whole new show on the sidewalk, plus the interaction with the passing pedestrians and drivers. Anyway, great food - meat mandu were the best we have ever had. the spicy fries were excellent. Pocha burger was great, and the DIY steamed buns were delicious. service was on point and the staff was friendly and very present. thanks for a great meal!
  26. j

    jatti

    Greensboro

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for our first date night since having a baby and it was an excellent choice. We were early so it was pretty quiet and the food came out super fast. We had the lobster “Mac” and cheese (the Mac was actually tteok a Korean rice cake), the pork buns, shrimp toast, pork belly chasu don and their dessert and it was all fantastic! Highly recommend
  28. TZ

    TheZenFoodist

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was top-notch! Our waitress was attentive, and friendly. She also made some great suggestions. The food was well balanced, deliciously flavorful, and had just the right amount of heat to let you know you're still alive. My husband loved the House of the Rising Sun cocktail. A very unique whiskey concoction with Bek Se Ju, charred lemon, and miso caramel. My only complaint is that it's a bit tight when you're seated at the bar/counter near the windows. If you like to spread out definitely ask for the table. We will definitely be back, it's the perfect place to have a nice Friday night meal to reward yourself after a long week.
  29. FN

    FoodiesinNC

    Raleigh

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything we ate—pork buns, meat mandu, chicken karaage, chili crisp garlic fries, and hot noodles! The service was amazing, and our server was attentive. We can’t wait to go back.
  30. H

    Hawaii50

    Raleigh

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. The service was wonderful and attentive. The energy in the place was fun and entertaining. All around a great experience!
  31. LM

    LaneM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Arriving at 6pm on a Saturday, this very small restaurant was packed - but we were seated at the window bar quickly by the attentive hostess. The bar space is very cramped with clear partitions separating every two diners. The server was generally attentive, providing water in a glass carafe when we were seated. Ordered DIY steamed pork buns, which were good, although the meat was a bit oily. Nasi Goreng was adequately spicy and flavorful. Kimchi stew was fine. Because of the cramped window bar space, there were an uncomfortable number of dishes and bowls served at the same time. It would be better for the kitchen/server to moderate the cadence of the service so that the meal didn’t feel so cramped. The restaurant was fairly loud when we were seated, but the first wave of diners were gone by 7 - and the ambiance became immediately more positive. Overall a good experience. When I return, we’ll look to reserve a table instead of a window bar space and dine a bit later in the evening.
  32. BW

    BobWithOneO

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, the chefs display exquisite attentiveness to the dishes they prepare, and we didn't get even close to making it through the sake list.
  33. S

    Sbaker

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    M Pocha is our 2nd home now. My wife & I go every Friday for date night . The staff is incredible, they are always smiling, laughing and having a good time even though they have to hustle. The chefs are insane, the food is amazing. If you’re looking for a stellar vibe M Pocha is your place.
  34. F

    Foodcritic1

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic flavors, prompt and attentive service, exceptional value. Another M gem!
  35. 3

    3grls1by

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One off favorites.
  36. j

    jptnc

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great! A serious pan-Asian place that takes pride in their quality dishes.
  37. BN

    BNom

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, good food, consistent quality and taste every time we are in town for visit always go to M Pocha and all the sister restaurants because we know we will get the same good quality food at each establishment.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food, service was excellent!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love everything about M Pocha! They have amazing vegetarian dishes! Very unpretentious and it’s all so delicious!! We had the broccoli, mango salad, veggie dumplings and jiang Jian noodles (mushroom and brown sauce)! Outstanding! I literally came two weeks in a row and ordered the same stuff! I couldn’t wait to get back!! I love sitting at the window and people watching! I only wish they had a bigger place so it was easier to get a table!!
  40. S

    Spencer

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We tried five dishes: - Chicken karaage: dry, not recommended - Spicy pork buns: delicious, DIY, fun to assemble, best dish we tried - Chashu don: pork belly was incredible but otherwise the dish was underwhelming - Xiao mian: decent but a little too much like bolognese - Chili crisp garlic fries with w/ kimchi aioli: dry, not recommended, although the aioli is to die for The wok was down so a number of dishes weren't options. Overall, a disappointment given how wonderful M Sushi and M Kokko are.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

M Pocha offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 294-9177.

M Pocha is rated 4.8 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for M Pocha

101 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5 points : Main st/ Morris st/E Chapel hill

  • Neighborhood

    Durham

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 294-9177

  • Private party facilities

    We rent out the restaurant for private events such as wedding receptions, graduation dinners, conference dinners or you just want an excuse to party. Just send an email with inquiry to mrestaurantsordering@gmail.com

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