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M Pocha, Durham, NC

M Pocha

4.8
4.8
261 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Pocha is short for Pojanmacha in Korea. The exact definition of Pojanmacha is "Tented Cart on Wheels" that serves street food with drinks. Over the years, pojanmacha has developed more into a brick and mortar style and has similar feel that of Japanese style Izakaya. It is an intimate but causal spot to share good food and drinks with friends. We focus on Asian fusion with a concentration on Korean food.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Phone number

    (919) 294-9177

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We rent out the restaurant for private events such as wedding receptions, graduation dinners, conference dinners or you just want an excuse to party. Just send an email with inquiry to mrestaurantsordering@gmail.com

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Cross Street

    5 points : Main st/ Morris st/E Chapel hill

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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What 261 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Hot spot

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Hot spot

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  1. A

    Andrew

    Raleigh

    306 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    306 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Dinner, M Restaurants are alway incredible and the Food amazing
  3. JS

    JoeS

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always! Gui is the best bartender, and the rest of the staff are always on point.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable as always. One of my favorite places to date night.
  5. SF

    SidFarkus

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu and food quality was outstanding.
  6. RT

    RayTbo

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The M restaurants are my favorite in the area, Pocha being at the top. Always love the food and experience.
  7. g

    gloria

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    we were 4 diners: one vegetarian, one meat-lover and one that doesn't tolerate hot and spicey and we all were loved shared plates. My favorite was the new dumplings
  8. KW

    KenW

    Charlotte

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always consistent, food always very tasty! Small energetic restaurant.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food, the beverages, and the staff are awesome. Tess and the team always make for the best experience. My only issue is that I crave their food for days after eating there. What a great issue to have!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. New favorite.
  11. AV

    ArturoV

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great combination of different flavors and very good recommendations from the server
  12. JJ

    JojoJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Overall the food is pretty good. As a vegetarian I had limited options available on the menu (so I can only speak to that). Would especially recommend it if you want to try different asian cuisines in the same meal.
  13. N

    Nape

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    It's as if they never figured on anyone with a shellfish allergy going there. Things you'd naturally expect not to contain shellfish do because of some paste they use. The server asked the chef and turns out they don't even know what does or doesn't contain it so they had to recommended only ordering the vegetarian items if you have a shellfish allergy because "most" of those don't have shellfish. Firstly, NONE of those should have shellfish because that's an animal. Second, um, are you trying to get people killed? I've come to expect this kind of total lack of preparation/comprehension from some cheap restaurants but this was a surprise considering the prices.
  14. CM

    ChristineMcKeown

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single thing was delicious!!! And the service was amazing!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like all other M Restaurants, the food is superb! Great "late night" vibe with Korean street food options. Small location with neon signage, upbeat music, and an open kitchen that's hustling!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and great service. It’s a small venue and fairly noisy.
  17. BJ

    BobJ

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the shrimp and crab dumplings, spicy pork buns and noodles.
  18. C

    Cara

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent last night! It was our first time and we can’t wait to go back. We tried the shrimp toast, pork steamed buns, garlic chili fries, dumplings, and Nasi Goreng. All were so incredibly tasty. Don’t miss out on the shrimp toast, pork steamed buns or chili fries! Definitely one of the best meals I have had in Durham. Next time we will try the fire noodles and a few other items. I’m already making reservations.
  19. L

    Livie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I’d been to M Pocha a week prior with a close friend. We’d gotten resys on a Saturday, which is a pretty busy time. The food, service, vibe, music, drinks - everything - was phenomenal! Being my first visit there, I was excited to book again for a date night. So I did. Long story short, the experience was vastly different. The service was okay, the drinks weren’t as well made, the food didn’t hit the mark and the overall ambiance was just “off”. So that’s what I’m going to attribute it to. Everyone was having an off night. My first experience was so good that I’m hoping to patronize again and regain the excitement I first had for the restaurant. To go from such a high to such a blah space was disheartening. But again, I’m chalking it up to an off night. First visit: - Gai lan (so exceptional that we ordered it twice) - Shrimp toast (tasty, chock full of shrimp) - Meat Mandu (good flavor, a bit limp though) - Spicy Pork Buns (soooo good, amazing even) - Strawberry cheesecake wontons (ask for this dessert, it’s delish) - Drinks: Dragons’s something? (it has mezcal, hibiscus and jalapeño and was a great blend of smoky, sweet and spicy) Second visit: - Lobster Mac n cheese (just okay, I wouldn’t order again) - Meat Mandu (my date ordered. These were more firm this time around) - Chicken Karaage (chicken was cooked to perfection, and sauce was very good) - Xiang Mian (left A LOT to be desired. Drowned in chili oil, hard to pull other flavors out. I ate a few bites and trashed it) - Cranberry Gin & Tonic (seasonal drink, had high hopes but it was too boozy with a strange aftertaste) I asked for a different drink because I didn’t care for the Cranberry G&T. Asked for the Dragon drink with Mezcal, Jalapeño and Hibiscus again thinking it would be a sure thing. I was WRONG. The drink was again too boozy, other flavors didn’t shine through and it was hella spicy. Hardly tasted any hibiscus. I concluded the bartender didn’t taste either drink
  20. RY

    RafaelYser

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious eats, with good service. Restaurant is small so don't expect much room or last minute availability. Overall well worth it
  21. l

    live2eat

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always love M Pocha. Food is delicious, friendly service, fun atmosphere, and a great vibe.
  22. DN

    DiannN

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice for exotic plates to share. It's a small place, so be sure to reserve.
  23. HS

    HannahS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Durham! Love the Gai Lan
  24. AF

    AnneF

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    One of our favorites. The food and service never disappoints.
  25. NB

    NatB

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so different and so good! We thoroughly enjoyed the Chinese broccoli, Kim chi soup and fried rice. My husband said it was the best meal he has had in a while. We sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly and attentive. Great experience.
  26. ML

    MaxL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fire noodles. Fun seats at the counter which are on the glass facing the street, like an aquarium. Also they have sparkling sake and I haven’t seen that any where else before.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and very good service! Already talking about going again soon!
  28. p

    perk

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    The waiter was great, the lack of five stars for service was for the restaurant itself and the rules. Why let me book a 9:30 reservation if I’m going to be rushed ordering, and when I do order, nothing is staggered or coursed out. Everything came basically at once, crowding an already cramped table. Food was great but this was not a great experience for my second time here.
  29. AP

    AnonymousPickyAsian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    xiao mian, shrimp toast, nasi goreng, in that order.
  30. x

    xa88

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Food was overpriced. This is a tiny space with tiny chairs--larger bodies aren't welcome. I was brought the wrong drink. Their expectations for reservations (putting in a credit card, a text telling you to check in 20 minutes early, additional requests to confirm beyond one) are excessive. Get over yourself.
  31. M

    Michael

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Second time going. Shrimp undercooked, noodles and rice super oily. Loud and cramped. I wanted to like this place though, love M Sushi and M Tempura.
  32. JS

    JoeS

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food as always. Great service as always. Favorite restaurant still!
  33. FN

    FoodiesinNC

    Raleigh

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and delicious food (again)!
  34. LR

    LisaR

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    MPocha continues to be my favorite restaurant in Durham! I love all the vegetarian options, and the food is all so very tasty and interesting! They also offer really fun drinks! To top it off, the servers always remember you and are super friendly and speedy! Love everything about this place!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great! Seating is not for the elderly, but great none,-the-less.
  36. SH

    StephenH

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome meal. Every dish was great. Drinks were great. Can’t wait to come back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff - always a winning combination
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flavorful food with great ambiance and service.
  39. IO

    IlzeO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming space, great service, tasty food. Thank you!
  40. D

    Darby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super pleasant staff and the food was probably the best I've had in Durham in a while. A bonus was all the vegan options, which is hard to come by. Would not pass up.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

M Pocha offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 294-9177.

M Pocha is rated 4.8 stars by 261 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for M Pocha

101 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    5 points : Main st/ Morris st/E Chapel hill

  • Neighbourhood

    Durham

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 294-9177

  • Private party facilities

    We rent out the restaurant for private events such as wedding receptions, graduation dinners, conference dinners or you just want an excuse to party. Just send an email with inquiry to mrestaurantsordering@gmail.com

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