Poca Madre

4.7
204 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.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 26, 2019

Ends: February 27, 2118

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

What 204 People Are Saying
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KF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, excellent service, delicious and unique food!

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KH
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the modernized - traditional dishes. The menu has a good variety and the food was well prepared... Especially the octopus dish. Our second favorite was the rice dish. They have a great mezcal selection and the cocktails were very well balanced. We will be back.

Our server was very helpful and had a strong knowledge of both the dishes and the cocktails.

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AE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food. Top notch cocktails. Beautiful space. Period. Great spot.

Service was good - but food came out uncomfortably fast and all at once. Seemed a bit rushed.

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

Excellent experience.

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MC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply amazing...the snapper aquachile, the pulpo, and brussel sprouts were our favorites!

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible experience every time! I have brought my friends here on multiple times and we always enjoy ourselves. Highly recomend!

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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s Mexican but not as you know it, delicious creative and delicate Mexican food that is on the next level. The barman Jan is a delight and a fountain of knowledge as far as Mescal goes. Highly recommended, warning no corn chips and guacamole in sight ... replaced with an out of this world dinning experience.

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B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hamachi "ceviche" and shrimp & chorizo masa dumplings were pretty good. The pato al pastor and chocolate mousse were fantastic. Worth going just for those two dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Coming back next week!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were impressed with the menu and loved all our choices. We don’t eat meat —just fish and veggies and there were some great options. Our waiter wasn’t that patient with us —we needed lots of guidance— so that was a bit off putting. We will be back though because the food was stellar.

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was loud but man did the food make up for it. The burrito is a must - I was skeptical that all those rich flavors would work together but they really did!

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k
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered all the vegetarian dishes. Truly amazing flavors. Don't expect tequila though... only mezcal (and wine and beer). We were in a back corner so ambiance was ok. Can't wait to go back!

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were great. Our waiter Ramone was exceptional.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This was one of our favorite places but las

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Poca madre is a terrific restaurant and a welcome addition to the downtown area. The food is excellent and the accommodations comfortable. The shrimp and chorizo dumplings is one of the better restaurant dishes I have eaten in a long time. The margarita is legit and the moles excellent. We sampled about 10 items between four adults and there was not a loser in the bunch. I can highly recommend this restaurant and am looking forward to returning!

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MF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the unique, beautifully conceived menu. Each dish was artfully constricted with layers of flavors. Rob was a great server. Will definitely be returning.

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J
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food & cocktails. Highly encourage you order the duck! Our server was extremely knowledgeable of the menu.

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l
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous; each dish was memorable. Server was very attentive and catered to each of our dietary restrictions/peculiarities.

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DC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Poca Madre was such a phenomenal surprise, I was simply looking for something new for my hubby and I to explore and it's now the top of our favorite restaurants listing. Edgar, our server and the staff was so attentive and thoughtful when recommending menu items, the food was divine and flavorful and everything we ate (an appetizer of homemade crips corn tortillas with salsa, to tapas plates to a foam-topped tres leches bowl dessert we didn't even think we had room for) left us wanting to return for more. If you enjoy Taco Bamba, this is the same chef, only a bit more upscale and worth every penny. We are definitely telling our friends about this place and can't wait to return!

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ramon was a great waiter!

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. This time I tried their four course tasting, which was an incredible bargain at $65 a head, considering the amount of food provided. Will definitely be trying it again. This has become a go-to restaurant for me in the area, and will be until it inevitably becomes too difficult to get a table on short notice, once people find out about the quality on offer here.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly innovative, surprising, and delicious food. Excellent service.

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was excellent. We tried two different ceviches, dumplings, charred octopus, and tacos of the day. My wife loves octopus and we have eaten it all over the country. She says this was her favorite octopus, exceeding Sushi Taro. I have to agree. Everything was super tasty. The drinks were also great and they have a huge menu of Mezcals. We had an event after dinner and we arrived late thanks to terrible DC traffic. We sprung it on the waiter that we needed to be out in half an hour after ordering and he reshuffled the order of the dishes so we were actually able to do it! The other thing I really enjoyed was that this restaurant was way quieter than most DC restaurants, although it was a Tuesday. Why are people in DC always screaming at their tables!? A refreshing change.

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! The omikase was amazing and service impeccable!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service. Exceptional food. Enjoyed the experience very much

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DV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for a family birthday. Great service, excellent food. Will definitely return here for another event.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic. Edgar, our server was attentive but not overly so. The cocktails were delicious - especially appreciated the complimentary welcome one! The menu is pricey but it was an excellent experience! I will definitely go again and will do the tasting menu.

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at great price. Tasting menu is excellent value. Fantastic selection of mezcal and even some delicious Mexican wine

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ES
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service were excellent!! The best all around experience we have had!!

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o
Washington DC
313 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The cuisine at Poca Madre, which could best be described as Nuevo Mexican, was executed very successfully. There were several particularly memorable dishes. These included a small plate with octopus in both a mole sauce and a crema (the sauces complemented rather than clashed). Another was s shared main dish, a whole fried fish that came with slaw and tortillas that could be used to assemble divine fish tacos (albeit at a per-bite cost far exceeding that charged at the commonly owned taqueira on the other side of the wall behind us). Desserts were also excellent: freshly fried donuts with a caramel sauce, and a chocolate mousse with peanuts and ice cream.
This was the unusual restaurant where, instead of being provided an amuse bouche at the beginning of the meal, one receives a mini-cocktail. This, like much of what is on the full cocktail list, is mezcal-based.
While our server was excellent, at a restaurant at this price point, our first courses and desserts should have been presented simultaneously.
The restaurant's noise level is reasonable. For most of our meal, there was no background music; we did not lament its absence.

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k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and amazing. Such interesting drinks and food.

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JD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service! A bit expensive but definitely worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service attentive but not intrusive. The drinks were also interesting and delicious. This place is a hidden gem.

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Miami
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately the service was so poor the entire dining experience was disappointing.
It took about 30 minutes to get our cocktails with several try’s before they were prepared correctly. Our courses were sent out slowly. The food was very good but they have service issues that impact the experience.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is super creative and flavorful. Three of us tried many sides and one of the main dishes. We liked everything and LOVED several of the sides dishes. Sauces were divine. Tortillas even more divine. Our favorite was the Tacos del Dia. mmmmmm. Wine list is interesting with many unusual selections, some of which won't break the bank. Ambiance is very cozy and personal. Our waiters (Andrew and Robert) were GREAT. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Delicious food.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Great food, cool drinks and great staff. Best Mexican in DC. Will definitely be back!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Octopus plate and cuttlefish ceviche were awesome!
The wagyu lobster caviar burrito was also great!

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S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is excellent and really creative, I have been there several times and always tops

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MM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ridiculously awesome in every way. Ramone was top notch is his recommendations and service. 2 page mezcal list was impressive. They were out of the ribeye, but he and the chef worked out something pretty amazing. Wonderful place all around.

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