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.
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 11:00pm
Poca Madre's extensive selection of steaks and various slow-roasted meats served with vibrant herb sauces, such as chimichurris and fresh salsas, is the backbone of the menu. Chef Victor Albisu’s Peruvian heritage shows itself in the form of a Latin raw bar of ceviches, tiraditos and crudos.View Private Dining Details
One of the best meals I have had recently. Service is fantastic, in a beautifully designed restaurant. The shrimp ceviche and the octopus are my favorite dishes. The desserts are incredible as well.
Blew us away from start to finish!
We arrived at 6:45 pm. We ordered small plates and one large plate to share. As we inquired we could have been told that was a lot of food! But that’s subjective. However we didn’t receive our large plate til 8:30 and attempts to flag someone down to inquire were unsuccessful. It would have been helpful to be told that the restaurant was understaffed ? The mains take an hour? (We had duck - it was delicious but we were too full to enjoy it)
We really enjoyed the food and service. On Friday night the restaurant was packed and the noise from the bar meant it was hard to talk without leaning across the table and speaking loudly
This is a phenomenal new restaurant for DC. Fit for foodies and definitely special. Great value for money. I will be bringing out of town guests here and coming back myself. The amazing cocktails alone are worth the return visit. Only negative, is I wish they had a larger space to accommodate more people. I suspect it won't be long before its impossible to get a table.
It was an incredible experience. The service, the food and the ambience were all superb. I highly recommend the restaurant.
Victor Albisu's latest food venture will not disappoint, in any fashion. What he and his head chef, Faiz Ally, are doing with Mexican food should be experienced by anyone that loves amazing food, foodie or not. Everything was first class; the service, the ambience, the amazing hand crafted cocktails and of course the menu. I'd advise leaving your menu choices up to the chef, makes for an even better experience.
Terrific food that was creative and tasty. Service was outstanding. Menu is a bit confusing but waiter was extremely helpful in making choices. Location is a bit tricky to find but not impossible. Standard review request that if one makes a reservation I wish restaurants would seat at a good table. Had to ask to be moved. Next door is a lower cost quick service restaurant owned by same. I look forward to trying it based on my favorable experience.
It was an incredible meal. I loved it so much I made another reservation in the future. Thank you so much for not only having great service but delicious food. The fusion was so unpredictable and imaginative I was amazed the whole time.
Poca Madre offered fantastic food. The welcome drinks to the salsa was so different and delicious. Just love the beginning to the end.
We had an amazing first time dining experience. We were celebrating a birthday and they not only comped the dessert but also had the chef come out and say hello after we raved about the meal. They were extremely customer service focused but not in an annoying checking in every 3 minutes kind of way. The portions were just the right size and the complimentary cocktail is a generous touch. We're definitely coming back.
Food being the overriding concern for most will find authentically tasty, well prepared Overall, our dining experience was well worth finding the side entrance!!
Amazingly creative dishes with authentic flavors. Service was excellent. Great for groups or intimate date night.
Best dinner in a long time. Great service and interesting space. Will go back. Octopus with mole blanca fantastic. Note to others who wrote bad reviews, this is no tapas restaurant and you all must be difficult you know whats.
Arrogant server seemed to be disturbed because we did not order alcohol. Then he practically told us what we should order. He really spoiled our experience and there are too many excellent restaurants in DC to go back here.
Blown away. Word to anyone that would like to experience this new restaurant, the address is hard to find, it’s bustles behind their other restaurant with the same address.
But back to what matters, this is a must dine experience. If you are sick of the only fine dining options all being American, French, and Italian - this is the place for you. It’s quiet, personal, upscale but not stuffy, and what matters most, fun and delicious.
We opted for the shared course, and we got so much food for our money, and it was all different, presented beautifully, and exceptionally delicious. They also are prepared to serve a world class meal around your food allergies and needs, our was fully gluten free from appetizer to dessert!
I will be back and everyone should go, Poca Madre is the beginning of greatness.
Food was delicious. Authentic modern twist. Really enjoyed.
Our server was very nice but the service was bad. It’s a tapas place, so service won’t be fast, but we sat for ten minutes before someone even gave us water, and it was clear the table of six next to us was a higher priority. Food was tasty except too much cilantro (that was not mentioned on menu). Bad for people who think cilantro tastes like soap.
This was one of the best meals I've ever had. We opted for the tasting menu and every dish was incredible. We spent nearly 4 hours here eating and drinking and it was an incredible experience from start to finish. I could not recommend this place more!
I liked Poca Madre but I didn't love it. The service was lovely and the food was delicious but for me, too many different ingredients in many of the dishes so that you are not exactly sure what you are eating. A bit frou frou for my taste. But others could love it, it depends on your point of view. I wished for a more expansive and less costly wine list for those who are not keen on mezcal-based cocktails...Also there are not wines by the glass for less than $12. It adds up quickly when you want to have more than one, as the first pour was not overly generous...
The entire staff was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu. From the moment we sat down we were greeted with a delicious beverage and then were walked through a fantastic menu of Mexican Fusion. Being it was our anniversary, the staff was so wonderful to us. The sous chef came out and served several dishes himself and at the end even Victor Albisu came out to chat with us. A truly remarkable experience. I strongly recommend the Pato Al Pastor and any beverage on the menu. The aguachile cevhice was also fantastic.
Impressed with the service the most! Loved the descriptions of the food. Loved the authenticity. Ate items that I would never have cooked myself. All excellent tastes with multiple and complex flavor profiles.
Amazing dishes! I love the starters. The avocado dish was a bit sour but I think my taste isn't just what the chef is presenting. I really like the combinations!
Poca Madre is fabulous! It's tucked away in an an alley, so upon entering you get a vibe of exclusivity. The aesthetic is dark and moody with black and deep "agave" green accents. Felt very chic, especially with the dim lighting.
The menu is well designed and the traditional Mexican dishes (a.k.a the ones with the grasshoppers-Chapulines) are delicious and approachable. I highly recommend anything that comes with the in-house made corn tortillas and the shareable duck entree. The corn tortillas are the freshest I have ever tasted and the duck entree was a fun "do it yourself taco assembly."
The desserts are not to be missed. The mezcal pairings are a nice way to end the meal and are a wonderfully unique digestif.
The service is excellent here, and it was nice that Chef Victor Albisu came out and greeted each table (or at least he stopped by ours!)
Fantastic experience! Highly recommend.
I have traveled the world eating excellent food (to give you context) and this restaurant lived up to online reviews. The chef came to chat and share information on almost every course, waitstaff so warm and efficient, the seasonal cocktail an incredible sensory experience and the food, well, YUMMM!
Everything was absolutely fantastic! I got the tasting menu and every single dish was superb. Highly highly recommend this restaurant.
Starting with the positive, the food was very good! Really enjoyed the corn risotto, decadent burrito with wagyu beef, lobster and truffle, and the moist sablefish (I'm putting ginger in my black beans from now on). Cocktails were just OK for the money; didn't hate them but wouldn't order them again. The problem was the service. It was very "off" from start to finish. The bartender was...I think the best word is sulky. All she needed to do was smile and feign interest in her job, but it just wasn't happening. The hostess was equally sullen. After a drink at the bar we asked to be seated. We had a reservation, and the dining room was half-empty. The unsmiling hostess looked at her screen, tapped on her keyboard and...walked away. We started to follow her until we realized she had gone into the kitchen. Awkward. She returned with a manager about 5 minutes later...and walked right past us without a word of explanation or apology. After changing over a 4-top to a 2-top, the hostess grabbed menus and motioned for us to follow. Luckily, our waiter was very friendly and engaging. We discussed a few of the items on the menu, he provided helpful feedback (this dish is very spicy, this one is big, this one is small, etc.), we decided on our order and...he never came back. Instead, the manager came over to take our order and proceeded to question our choices and express concern that we weren't ordering enough food. We stuck with our order despite his up-selling efforts (it turned out to be plenty of food). He recommended having the corn risotto as a starter but we asked for all three dishes to be served at the same time. Of course, we were served the corn risotto first and it got cold while we waited for our other two dishes to arrive. At that point we threw in the towel and skipped dessert. I'd eaten at Del Campo several times and loved it, and I like Taco Bamba. Maybe it was just a bad night, but for the price Poca Madre needs to step up its service to match its food.
Great and interesting food!
We loved the look and taste. We made a mistake on the day of the reservation but we were welcome!!
Unexpected and excellent food. The menu was a bit confusing and unclear (the only modest downside and easy to fix!) but each dish we received was more delicious than the last. I would definitely go back.
Even though it’s been weeks since we dined here before the Elton John concert, I’m still remembering how much I liked it and we are planning to return soon.
Delicious food and accommodating, attentive service. The format is uncommon with sharing plates of various sizes, so I definitely recommend heeding the advice of your server.
I will be back again.
Absolutely love this restaurant. This was my second trip and both times both the service and food were impeccable.
Fantastic and excellently prepared, well presented small and karge plate. Innovative combinations and preparation.
This place is an absolute must!
Charming and inexpensive way to celebrate my birthday when friends were out of town.
Contemporary Mexican cuisine is back in the DC area! Our Tasting Menu experience was off the chart - rivaling Quintonil - the hottest restaurant in Mexico City. We had excellent service and personal attention from the manager and the chefs - without being anyone special. TORTILLAS CON MANTEQUILLA was fresh and savory. SHRIMP & CUTTLEFISH CEVICHE and NOT ‘GUACAMOLE’ were new interpretations of traditional dishes. HUITSQUITES are divine - although honestly what they call truffles are really corn truffles (Huitlacoche). DEFINITELY get all the above AND GRILLED WHOLE LOBSTER A LA TALLA. Also, the AUTUMN OLIVE PORK CHULETA 'ARABE' is locally-sourced pork with 6 days of effort put into its preparation. Leave room for dessert - it comes with the tasting menu.
We are not fans of mezcal cocktails, although the bartenders did display expertise in making these. If you love smoky, you'll enjoy these. Next time, we will order beer and wine to go with the tasting menu rather than have the wine and cocktail pairings.
All in all, this place is worth going downtown. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
Miracles happen here...definitely best Mexican restaurant in DC! Can’t wait to go back.
Terrific food, Mexican, with serious and talented embellishment in ny view. The raw fish dishes were well prepared, the cooked fish dishes were outstanding. Lots of interesting sauces, vegetables creative and excellent. Very good wine list. Returning soon.
They provided a surprise birthday treat