Poca Madre

4.7
148 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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What 148 People Are Saying
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RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, great place!

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service - the chef and team were great about my multiple food allergies/restrictions and not once did I feel like an inconvenience. Food was delicious.

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CZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious, creative Mexican cuisine and drinks - from the complimentary cocktail and tortilla/mole to start through to the amazing deserts and aperitivo. Stellar service from Ramon. One of the better meals I have ever had, anywhere.

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AS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great birthday dinner at Poca Madre. Recommend trying a variety of cocktails (all of them were delicious!). Also, don't miss the two ceviche dishes, the brussels sprouts, and the duck al pastor!

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JJ
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I made reservations at Poca Madre because the Post review said “conversation was easy” but when it is full of people I found it noisy
Service was great food very good but was a little more expensive than I thought it would be

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are spoiled in DC with variety of great food options and over the years it is hard to leave impressed or want to come back. Not the case for me with Poca Madre, this restaurant is always leaving me wanting to come back and talk about experience for days.
This is my favorite spot in town now and I can't recommend it enough. The staff is always attentive, food is amazing. Drinks are creative. We got to meet the chef both times, which is super cool.
Strongest recommendations and my personal favorites are shrimp and cuttlefish ceviche, hamachi ceviche, King burrito, duck al pastor and please don't miss Cafe Ahumano cocktail, great presentation and it is very very tasty.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, drinks, ambiance and exceptional service from a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Can’t wait to return.

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my wife here for her birthday for an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this restaurant. They were even happy to take into consideration my wife's dietary restrictions and gave us a birthday desert with the restriction in mind. The service and attention to detail to keep their guests happy was unbelievable. We have been to several DC restaurants over the years and this is by far our favorite restaurant in the DC area!

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r
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as well as service was great. Especially our server, Garrett was friendly, knowledgeable of the dishes and provided good recommendation for cocktails and food. Even the chief came to us to thank for visit.
Overall it was was a great experience at this restaurant.

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OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Mexican food and service

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RB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every bite!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Poca Madre has elevated Mexican food to a whole new level. They should be on the top DC restaurants list, right along with Bresca, Dabney, and the like.

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AF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for NYE and it was absolutely incredible. My new favorite restaurant! I do have to say it did unfortunately start off on the wrong foot. We booked our reservation weeks ahead of time and it did not mention the need for a credit card at time of booking. Days or weeks had gone by and I got a call out of the blue asking for my credit card to hold my reservation. This was a major turn off and I think it should have been handled differently. BUT the moment we got there for dinner, everything was perfect. Great service, gorgeous decor and unbelievable dishes!! We were greeted with drinks (one of which I was allergic to) and they instead brought me a glass of rose! It was so good. We were then given a salsa that was unlike any salsa I have ever had. It was creamy and smokey and perfect. We then got the ceviche on special which had just enough kick, and then got the octopus. My fiancé was very hesitant in trying it and I said to trust me. And it certainly did not disappoint! He loved it! We also got the cauliflower which I thought tasted like it was inspired by a Bloomin Onion but on a whole new fancier/sophisticated level. Then ended with the duck tacos. Oh boy. It was surprisingly a lot of food and every single bite was to die for. We didn’t have any room left for dessert but were given a little bite to end the evening. We will be back very soon.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot. Robert is an outstanding server, very knowledgeable and gracious. Amin’s mezcal recommendations were on point. Love this restaurant!

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing service, delicious food, fun atmosphere!! Brussel sprouts and cauliflower were delicious and drinks were unusual and tasty!

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DT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Certainly deserving of every accolade it recieves, Poca Madre will undoubtedly grow into one of DC's must-visit restaurants. I won't try to describe the experience to you, as it would be like trying to describe sex to a virgin, but unless you do it completely wrong you're going to enjoy it.

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k
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing true Mexican food. Every dish was beautiful to look at and tasted better than we expected. So many kinds of mole--I never even heard of beet mole before! Vegetable dishes were abundant and so full of flavor. Definitely worth many return visits.

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KE
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food! Cannot wait to come back for the full tasting menu!

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing contemporary Mexican. Pato al Pastor was phenomenal.

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RT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from folks working on Christmas Eve. Very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Overall dishes were great and well-flavored and well balanced. One or two needed more acidity / contrast to make them pop but were still delicious.

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RH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was expecting a good experience, but never expected such a good expirience.
Food was amazing, the Ceviche - amazing, the added Mezkal at the ens of it.
The Brussels sprouts, wow.
The duck.
Each dish was just superb.
And on top of it all - the person that orchestrated the whole ceremony - Robert.
Such a great experience. We could never pick a better place to celebrate Christmas.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Came back twice in less than a month. Unbelievable that I was able to get a table so easily here - I doubt that will be the case for long. Enjoy it before too many people find out how incredible the food is here.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, warm and knowledgeable service, beautiful setting Can’t want to go back!

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H
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef creates amazing combinations worthy of a Michelin Star. Some people in our party wished there were some simpler recipes without anything “weird”

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Order the duck.

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LC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from the time we walked into the restaurant, starting with a delicious and free pre-dinner cocktail for everyone. The chef went out of his way to accommodate a milk allergy for 9ne of our party, sending over a menu showing which items could be modified or not. The food was amazing. We ordered a number of smaLl plates to share and everything we ordered was amazing. We will definitely be back again!

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RV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a pleasant surprise. First time but won't be the last. The food and cocktails here are amazing. I want to come back and try their tasting menu. The best Mexican food I have ever tried. Categorizing it doesn't even seem fair. If you are a foodie and in the DC area you need to stop by this place. It will not disappoint you.

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an INCREDIBLE surprise. Stumbled into this place thinking I would have a unique "elevated" Mexican dining experience. After we sat down and ordered the tasting menu, I realized this was fine dining through and through. I can't say enough good things about this place. If you want one of the most unique, laid back yet fine dining experiences in the city, add this to your list. You won't be disappointed.

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MG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous gourmet Mexican food!

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s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff at every level. The food is always amazing and the somm gave us a great recommendation when the wine I wanted was not available. I love this place

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HH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The space is very inviting. Feels very open, but tables aren't crammed together. Handcrafted mezcal cocktails were all very inventive and delicious. The service at the start was a little slow, but picked up as it went along. Nice touches such as a welcome cocktail and a complimentary house dessert. All the dishes we had were really good. The pulpo laminado was insanely good, and we all shared the pork for the table - made THE best tacos. Would definitely go back.

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PK
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Really, i just miss Del Campo. My sense is that the food at this replacement is overly creative--to
complicated which interferes with taste. The ceviches were too spicy, for example. The burrito was
sabotaged by the truffles. And also was too expensive.

The space feels cramped and the wall erected to divide Poca Madre and the Taco side was not particularly attractive.

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R
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Imaginative and modern rendition of Mexican cuisine. Excellent service. i will gladly go back there.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu with pairings was excellent!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! My new favorite place.

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MW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique cuisine, excellent service and staff
Deserts are are definitely worth trying

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LG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently wonderful food and service. one of my favorite restaurants in DC.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Wonderful flavors. Not everything was perfect but there were some real high points. Nice service. Also, cocktails very well balanced.

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RD
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The menu is not user friendly. Servers have to explain both the individual items and their respective portion sizes.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pocamadre is simply sublime. Everything about our experience was so amazing. The cuisine is, obviously, carefully considered and perfectly prepared. The service is so spot-on and gracious, without even an iota of pretension. We’re definitely going back.

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