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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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 354 People Are Saying
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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am visiting from New York , I was at poca madre a year ago and I really love the place and food.
It is delicious and well presented service is wonderful.

m
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. From the moment we sat down to the moment we left. The cocktails were great and the food was incredible. The combination of flavors really sealed the deal for us. Would definitely return!

GB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

While we really enjoyed the drinks/'service and most of the food, for our final bill ($270) for two I may recommend trying somewhere else.

Worth it for Ceviche and Drinks.

T
Miami
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Currently one of the best Mexican restaurants in DC. Interesting foodie gourmand menu with great seafood ceviche choices and also many vegetarian options. Great location 1 block from City Center and the new Apple store. Have been 4 times and keeps getting better. Very stylish restaurant and as close as you will get to having dinner in a fine Mexico City restaurant without buying an airplane ticket!

MD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing culinary experience. The blend of flavors and cuisines was unique and very tasty.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service. Very pleasant staff that accommodated us well for a birthday celebration. The restaurant is fairly noisy, but not overbearing moly loud.

PB
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its Mexican food but not as I know it. Great selection of sharing plates and a mix of meat fish and veges. My highlight was the scallop ceviche. The wine selection is good if pricey.

CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’m visiting DC and a friend suggested, love it!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Omakase was awesome! 10/10 would eat again.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Over salted and overpriced. Will not return

OV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff is amazing, food in general was also delicious. Just one thing. Ceviche = a dish of marinated seafood. When we saw mango ceviche we did expect some type of seafood on it. ... can’t be only mango. If only mango the name should be different.

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Poca Madre was outstanding. The service was quite good. The only negative was a fire alarm in the building that drove out to the patio for a time. Also, the decor was somewhat nondescript.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and very creative food. I would eat at Poca Madre every night if I could!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, really inventive, beautifully presented, and above all - delicious.

R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great dinner experience. Glad to have found this restaurant and plan to return.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere! Just be aware there are small portions so things can add up but great date or dinner spot

C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very pleasant surprise. Excellent food, great service, very creative menu.
Will certainly go back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Can’t wait to go back.

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Really love this place!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
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 on September 15, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 14, 2019
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 on September 13, 2019
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
11 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.

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