Poca Madre

4.8
284 reviews
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Mexican
Poca Madre is an upscale Mexican restaurant by Chef Victor Albisu, offering a refined contemporary dining experience in the heart of the nation's capital. Open for dinner, seven days a week, Poca Madre’s menu takes a refined look at Mexican dining with sumptuous dishes like sweetbreads Veracruz, pato al pastor and sablefish with plantain maduro miso.

The restaurant is located in DC’s Chinatown at 777 I (EYE) Street NW, with the main entrance in the breezeway between I and K Streets. Designed by Swatchroom, the 70-seat interior is accented with colors of deep green and black, complimented with gold and bronze accents. An outdoor lounge available for enjoyment in the warmer months.

Albisu also owns Taco Bamba, a Mexican street food-inspired takeout counter with a location in DC next to Poca Madre as well as locations in Falls Church, Vienna and Springfield, VA.
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Specials

Taco Omakase

In addition to the regular a la carte menu, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only we offer a taco omakase. The 12-course experience is $90 per person.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 14, 2019

Ends: June 15, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 284 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco omakase was amazing! One of the best tasting menus I’ve had in DC

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff. The team is eager to share their knowledge of the sumptuous food that Poca Madre has created. The drinks are out of this world. This is a true GEM in DC.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Drinks were great, they even made a beautiful mock-tail for my wife. Service was great, food was tasty/interesting.

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CR
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible wait staff, great atmosphere, and the food is another level.

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k
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was terrific. Server - Eddie - terrific. Busboys in too much of a hurry to remove plates and drinks. Lousy table next to misbehaving kids with aloof parents.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We took 2 friends for a wedding dinner everyone an everything was great. It was 12 of us and we used a private room - awesome... Ford at the restaurant coordinated everything - he's great too.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal all around. Great food, fun and innovative flavors, and at very reasonable price points. 5 stars!

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AU
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I did the Taco Omakase and were not disappointed. Each mini taco course was unique and tasty, and we were pretty full by the end of the meal. It was a bit pricey but overall a great experience.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food

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Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience dining at Poca Madre, and it was absolutely perfect, start to finish. Delicious food, inventively prepared and beautifully presented, lovely ambiance, and service that went above and beyond. Our waiter, Robert, and the manager, Brad, both couldn’t do enough for us and for our friend, who was celebrating a birthday. Poca Madre is a great addition to the DC dining scene. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing! He did a great job of breaking down the flavors in every dish and he was spot on! The Waygu was amazing!!!

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DC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Had high hopes for a DC restaurant with Mexico City cuisine but this has succumbed to the small plate preciousness of DC trendy. Food was good, sometimes very good, but the whole gestalt was just out of sync with a cuisine that should be robust and refined at the same time. When the dishwasher is working harder than the chef you know there's too much emphasis on presentation and not enough on hungry customers. The decor, btw, is dismal and depressing, aside from the fact that you feel like you're eating in a work site as construction continues on Tech Plaza.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ll be thinking about this place for a long time. So great!

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CL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! The sable fish and ceviches are the best!

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SC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and server super helpful. Welcome cocktail was exceptional!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious. Service was great! Would recommend it to my friends)

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LO
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and creative Mexican inspired food and very attentive service.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We were celebrating ny wife's birthday and we enjoyed ourselves.

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding food and beverage experience. An extra treat if you have Jan (pronounced Yan) serving you. His passion for and knowledge of mezcal is unmatched and elevated an already delightful dinner.

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OM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice ambiance and good service! Wonderful décor. I tried the Mexican chardonnay however was glad they had one from Monterey, CA. Unfortunately I was not able to try the NOT Guacamole as they did not have any avocado on the menu. Very refreshing place! If you cannot go to Mexico than bring Mexico to DC!

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous and innovative food. Great service. Drinks were great. And a beautiful atmosphere.

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think we all know the gastronomy of this place is outstanding, however what really keeps me coming back is the ever-changing menu, different food selections all the time while still keeping the staples like the duck or the Tomahawk and the Mezcal libations are to die for.

Five stars all around for PM and high praises to chef Albisu.

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EG
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place ever
I will recommend to everyone for sure
It’s so good and the service and the place is treasure I love it
I’m coming back again next Monday

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was sooo amazingly delicious! The staff were very nice. I’d absolutely go back... the taco tasting menu sounds so good and I’m sad it wasn’t available on the day we went.

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I’ve had in dc. Everything was packed with flavor, and the whole experience really complimented the food.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal- unexpected location for wonderful restaurant. Cannot beat the octopus or donuts!!

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KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Poca Madre. The food is amazing. Everything we tried was delicious - we wanted seconds! Service is great also.

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a
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not your usual Mexican restaurant. The chef is following in the footsteps of Enrique Olvera from Pujol, and creates very interesting dishes. For people who want to try something new, and good. Highly recommended.

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J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the four course tasting menu with drink pairings. The food was perfect. It was served family style and there was enough to feed all four of us (10 Courses). Everyone left the table satisfied and enthralled by the quality of the food and its presentation. The two Ceviche, Pollo con Mole and Arroz Cremoso stood out. It was a delightful evening to catch up with friends. We will definitely meet friends there again!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unique and ambiance was amazing; boisterous but not overbearing

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JK
London
28 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around stellar!

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RA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mexican takes on fine dining at poca madre. The entrees are full of flavor and leave you speechless and wanting more.

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic experience at Poca Madre! The staff was very good and the food was excellent. We had the four course meal with cocktail pairing and each course was unique, well presented, and absolutely delicious! I will be returning soon.

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BI
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fenomenal and the service was spectacular!!! Great restaurant!!!

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CD
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for our 3 year anniversary. We selected the Taco Omakase which was 12 courses of delicious small bite food, paired with 5 varying drinks.

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Jacksonville
102 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful interior, ambiance & food (taste & presentation). Could not be more delighted by the experience. Typically do not repeat visit restaurants on subsequent trips to major cities but this one I would. Highly recommend

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food and experience were average overall, and nothing about this restaurant made me feel motivated to return.

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LC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. Definitely try it.

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Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to eat in DC. Great food, great atmosphere, great service. It is a hidden treasure. Have dined there about 6 times, always fantastic!.They start you with a small complimentary custom cocktail which always tastes great. They specialize in creative drinks with a mezcal focus; however, they have superlative drinks with every ingredient.

They have many small and medium size plate options as well as larger dishes that can be shared. Among my favorites are the different cerviches and the octopus. The service is always wonderful. We have gotten to know Ramon, who is a character. He makes your meal fun and provides attentive service.

While I have dined there a few times, I want to return and try there 4 course dinner. Have heard it is excellent. The ambiance of the restaurant is quite good; however, it isn't what would call a "quiet dining experience". It is a fun vibe, not loud but not "stuffy" quiet dining.

The prices are not inexpensive, but the quality is phenomenal and well worth the cost. Everyone with whom I have dined with at the restaurant has been very happy and plans to return. Confident your experience with be similar.

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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For the most part, the six plates we shared were Very Good. The hamachi ceviche, however was not made with fresh fish given the pronounced amine flavor under the sauce. That first bite discolored what otherwise would have been a very positive experience. It's hard to recommend a restaurant to a friend if the discussion is, "Yes, but don't order the ceviche."

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