Poca Madre

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$31 to $50
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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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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 335 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, good ambiance. We’ll definetely return to try more things. Thanks

MG
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was top notch. Our server knew his stuff with our Mezcal Flight, chosen specifically by the bar manager. The food was fresh, unique and adventurous. The scuttlefish and shrimp ceviche was in the top 20 dishes I've ever had. (If you go, ask your server to put a little mezcal in the coconut milk after you've finished most of the dish....life changing.) It was definitely pricey, but worth every penny.

M
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food, cocktails, service. Lots of DC restaurants get a huge amount of hype and don’t live up to it. This place deserves all accolades. Every course was delicious. The Sablefish was one of the best seafood dishes I’ve ever had. The duck was equally excellent. Will definitely go back!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails, service and food were all amazing!! It’s pretty pricey though so definitely a “special night out” for us. The Campeon cocktail is my new favorite drink in dc!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really good, especially the octopus! Very friendly staff!

VS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great it was worth the money, a different view in mexican food and it was great. The only bad thing is that is loud.

w
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the visit. Creative, delicious, authentic and attentive service. Will definitely return.

h
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, superb service. Highly recommend the pulpo and the charred cabbage taco plate.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was terrible

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING was amazing. Enough said.

C
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, that was awesome. Do the taco tasting menu, for sure.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been. Waiter was first class and really liked how he explained everything. I'll definitely go back.

m
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly outstanding dining experience. Unique flavors that don't overpower each other. Service was impeccable. Cannot wait to return to DC so that I can eat there again. Not inexpensive but completely worth it.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An extraordinary meal. We were 3 and we had the 4 course chef's meal. The service was outstanding and we enjoyed sharing our thoughts on dishes that we would like to sample. Our favorites were the first 2 courses - cuttlefish and shrimp pasta, sashimis, and oh that corn risotto with herbs and burrata plus the oxtail and grilled cabbage soft tacos. WOW. I have to take my hat off to the servers who accompanied us, warned us about quantities (it was seriously copious) and recommended the drink pairings. Delightful cocktails to start and red and white wines to discover. We cannot wait to return. My only criticisms would be the speed - we needed more time to savor, to eat, to digest, given the quantities. I know Americans expect to eat fast but I would recommend that you specifically ask to slow it down if you like a more mellow pace. Save room fro the warm donuts with dulce de leche dipping sauce ... Bravo to the entire team!

CS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing. One-dimensional, overly spiced Mexican-ish.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with great service. Beautiful venue!

h
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just outstanding

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the twelve course Dinner. Excellent Value for money, but unfortunately with lots of spicy sauces that killed some of the excellent flavours of the meal. Anyway, a good Experience.

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my mind, the dinner that my friend and I had at Poca Madre was worth the money. It's certainly not going to be a dinner I can do frequently, but everything I had was amazing and I was amazed with how good the food was all night long. The burrito sounded super decadent from the description, and for the price point, I was really hesitant. But it was the best burrito I've ever had in my life, and they really did an amazing job matching the flavor profiles of all the crazy sounding ingredients. I'd recommend this restaurant to any foodie looking for a great bite in Chinatown, or DC in general.

GQ
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was as good as the service. The waiter was very knowledgeable and had great recommendations. They were cautious with my gluten allergy, very appreciated.

RV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were amazing! We had the testing menu. Service seem a bit off. At times we would get 2 plates at once but then for our last dish we waited for more than 20 minutes. Everything was delicious though. We would definitely come back but order a la carte.

CA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is fabulous - great service, food portions are perfect, on point cocktails - just go!!

DM
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tasty and inventive, with an extensive mezcal list.

NC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and everything. Highly recommend!

SP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ok, the king burrito is amazing. This place is expensive and the portions are small, but holy cow there is so much flavor in every bite! Great cocktails as well. The old fashioned is top notch.

PK
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I love the concept but not the practice of Poca Madre. The menu choices are limited and to eat well you are pushed to severely overpriced dishes for two--which doesn't work if you are not there on a romantic date.

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and creative food. Wonderful ambiance and attentive service.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food

AO
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My grievance was with the entrees and overall price. The Halibut, and Pollo con Mole Sauce is a miserably over priced fish sandwich and two pieces of fried chicken with barely any mole sauce on it. There was absolutely ZERO culinary presentation with each dish for the price paid, which was a HUGE let down. Even then, drinks were average and dessert (Strawberry Paletas) was probably the only decent thing I ate, but NOT enough to make up for the let down. To sum this up you’re 100x better off going to Masa 14 (which I highly recommend for brunch) or Oyamel for the price I paid (~ $80).

To the restaurant owner all I can say is no discount or free entree within my next visit will make up for this, or make me want to consider coming back. Thanks but no thanks.

JJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th time with Poca Madre. Simply outstanding. Food presentation and quality are Top 10 in DC. This is a must visit.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors!

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MM
Orlando
80 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter and the drinks were both 5 stars. The food was very good. My wife and I did not care for the shrimp and cuttlefish app (tho it was beautiful to look at). The risotto and octopus were both fantastic. The all hail the king burrito was an experience...not sure if I can get on board with caviar on a burrito...but I was happy to try it.

G
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poca Madre is possibly the most underrated restaurant in DC. The food and drinks are innovative and delicious. The service is by far the best in the city. When it took a long time to bring out one of our dishes, the staff and manager apologized and brought out a free appetizer to tide us over. Kieran, our wonderful waiter, brought us sparkling rose to celebrate our birthdays. Nobody rushed us. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had to wait an unreasonable amount of time for a cocktail and to get our waters refilled but otherwise it was an incredible experience. Would absolutely go back in a heartbeat.

Get the Chicken Mole!!!

A
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Oaxacan cuisine. Very informed and friendly waiters. It was a crime how few folks were there to enjoy the food. Would go back again. Try the duck.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Went with family and the place gets too loud.

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

Incredible!! Great bang for your buck. The best dining experience I’ve ever had. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. LOVE!

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

Great food and immaculate service. Looking forward to trying more dishes!

AN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new fave in DC!
I could only get a late reservation (8:45 pm) two weeks out but it was worth the wait! Fantastic flavors and the best service I have had in DC (thanks Rob!!). Very impressed and will certainly be back multiple times.

I had the corn risotto, hamachi ceviche and sablefish. The mousse dessert was also delectable. 5-stars!

CB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent service, fun selection of mezcal, terrific food. Made a point to bring my dad during his visit to the area, we all loved it.

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