Nazca Mochica

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672 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Peruvian
Nazca Mochica has been designed to provide both a fine dining and casual experience. At the full service Nazca Restaurant you are invited to encounter Peruvian traditional food, such as causitas, anticuchos, lomo saltado, and seco de cordero.

Mochica’s pisco and cebiche bars feature made-to-order cebiche, paired with the Peruvian national spirit, Pisco, in a variety of cocktails, including the famous Pisco Sour. Guests sitting at the cebiche bar will have the opportunity to talk to the chefs and see them crafting a variety of cebiche dishes. Chefs may provide suggestions based on what is in season and to the patrons’ tastes. Mochica will also serve delectable tapas-style Peruvian and other South American dishes.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Special Offers

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Have you tasted our Peruvian grandmother's turkey recipe? Then you know there is no better place to be than Nazca Mochica for Thanksgiving!

Thursday, 28 November, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Are you ready to dance your way into 2020 Peruvian style? Don't know what that means? Come, and find out!

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 672 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We were not seated until 15 minutes after our scheduled reservation time. Even though our server had only 3 tables, we could not get her attention or any prompt service. For a shared appetizer and basic entrees, it took 75 minutes. Food was fine, but not worth the price.

P
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Our server was from Peru, authentic.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fresh and delicious. Love this place! Will be back soon.

PL
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was great evening. Wonderful staff!

T
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed that at learning at learning at 4.15 pm on the day of the reservation that we would be on the first floor and not upstairs as requested. Apparently there was a private party booked upstairs. We had never been before and this restaurant was requested by my out of town guests. I had no idea what the space looked like. It seemed to me that they must have known before the day of reservation that we could not be accommodated upstairs.

The food and drinks were good as was the service and luckily no one was at the bar. But we had low stools, no backs, seating for two of us and a banquette seating for the other two. Originally we were going to be six, but I changed it to four as one couple had a bad back problem. Thank goodness or we would have had to leave and find somewhere else. We are all “seniors” and it was not comfortable nor conducive to dining as opposed to just drinks and nibbles. I would hesitate to return.

GT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good, and the service was great, always waiter checking on us. Will go back soon. Thanks Nazca Mochica.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and awesome food as always!

EN
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gnocchi was immaculate. The service was also amazing.

JW
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Although staff was pleasant, the food was luke warm and two requests were ignored. Not major, but wasteful. If asked if you’d like rice and the response is ‘no,’ then don’t bring rice. Responses to questions by the waiter had to be repeated. Perhaps, the restaurant was understaffed that night.

The ceviche had raw onions, which showed me they had not been added during the preparation, but after, making the end result a mediocre one. It also should have been nice and chilled.

C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fantastic cebiche - I wish we'd tried them all! I would pass on the ribs and grilled octopus in the future, but the classic chilcanos were delicious.

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! The decor is beautiful - clean lines, interesting wall art and just a lovely vibe. Service was attentive without being intrusive and the food was incredible. Mostly had the ceviches and they were all the perfect balance of salt, acid and fresh seafood. Yum! Go!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Luv it. Will be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. It was just a tiny bit loud there.

RM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely location decor, and highly attentive service, the flavors were wonderful.

DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was wonderful. I took a chance and it paid off. The owner shared some great information about life, culture and food in Peru and my server was fantastic. I enjoyed Peruvian cocktails, appetizers, enteee and dessert.

DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Items felt overpriced and I wish i had known that the still water cost extra.

W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall food was good. Skip the Yuquitas a la Huancaina it should not be considered any representation of a true Huancaina it shouldn’t even be an appetizer should be a side and even then it’s not worth it. Ceviches are good as are the Tiradito, Causitas and Short Rib. As for entrees Aji de Gallina was flavorless the Pulpo is a must. Absolutely delicious. The Lomo Saltado was tasty but Seco was mediocre. For vegetarians the Coliflor was good. Had Alfajor and Creme brûlée for dessert and both were delicious. All in all some really good food with a few missteps.

CV
Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nazca Mochica is beautifully appointed. The food is good but not great, and there was a bit of a disconnect between the service and the offerings on the menu: questions were half-answered, with neither clear information nor conviction. The flavorful but tough lomo saltado has potential; the high prices will delay the rush back for a second take.

PW
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting DC and thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. The food was fresh and very flavorful. Our waiter was friendly and efficient too

AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was so rushed.

OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new larger portions were unexpected and great. Everything was delicious as usual. The special fish was a bit hit with everyone. We will be back!

T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely time! The cocktails and meal were delicious. The atmosphere was just right for catching up with old friends!

SW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food good. VERY loud. Ambiance just average. Website pics deceiving. Meals came before we finished our drinks and before wine. They need to work on their "pacing". Don't think I will go back.

SF
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Nazca Mochica! The staff was friendly and accommodating. Our table on the patio was comfortable, and the food was delicious. We'll definitely be back.

S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience. Food is very good as usual

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service. My only big complaint was that there were many, many mosquitos in the restaurant that made dinner out of me. I left with more than 15 bites by the end of dinner and was swatting mosquitos away from my dinner date most of the evening.

RM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, highly attentive staff

M
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Wasn’t worth it- the majority of the food was cold . Very disappointed that we paid over $50 a person for a place like this. I will not be returning. The only good thing was the waiter who was sweet and the ceviche dish. The rest was poor and the ambiance on the third floor sucks. The second floor is nice and makes it better.

NS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently superb menu, quality, flavor and pleasant. Re commend always to friends locally and out of town visitors, in particular.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was really good but it was cold when they served it. Service was great. Try the coca sour, it’s really good!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It was restaurant week but food was nothing special. Nice atmosphere though.

s
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Food was good. Service could have been better with the addition of more staff

DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great but the tuna ( I believe it was can tuna) . Salad part was good. If you want to try something new don’t order the below item.

TUNA NAZCAMOCHICA SALAD (V)
Tuna in olive oil, mixed greens, cherry toma

GQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Peruvian food! This restaurant is an excellent choice for a date night out; cozy romantic atmosphere paired with delicious food. For a fantastic dinner you will never forget, try the Lomo Salteado and Pescado en Escabeche for the main course and the Alfajores and Suspiro Limeno for dessert.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food, good service.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance is great! Very little food for the price however. Definitely would recommend for a special occasion or drinks.

OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great shrimp soup which was delicious. The big group we ate with enjoyed everything and the drinks were great too! Definitely will be back.

MN
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing service was great ! The place has a nice vibe

AP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Portion size small, server didn’t offer rice on the side for the lomo saltado, not the best Peruvian food

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, atmosphere is nice, but the service was so so.

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