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M Pocha, Durham, NC

M Pocha

4.8
4.8
242 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.

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2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • New Years Eve 5 course dinner

    US$95.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 30 - Dec 31, 2022
    We want to offer you a experience you won't forget! We are doing a 5 course tasting menu for New Years eve weekend, because why limit yourself to 1 day of splurging and fun? We have 2 menus to choose from, one will be completely vegan. All the dishes are Asian inspired with a creative twist. We will offer 2 seatings Friday and 3 seatings Saturday, tickets will sell fast. More information will be posted on our social media. #mpocha_restaurant on instagram or M restaurants on facebook. Please make a note in your reservation which menus you will be choosing, and any dietary restrictions that we can do our best to accommodate.

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What 242 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Food

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Best Overall

  • Durham

    Best Food

  • Durham

    Best Service

  • Durham

    Best Value

  • Durham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Durham

    Hot Spot

  • Durham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. L

    Livie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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
  2. 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
  3. l

    live2eat

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always love M Pocha. Food is delicious, friendly service, fun atmosphere, and a great vibe.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. AF

    AnneF

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

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

    NatB

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. AP

    AnonymousPickyAsian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    xiao mian, shrimp toast, nasi goreng, in that order.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. JS

    JoeS

    Raleigh

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

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

    FoodiesinNC

    Raleigh

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and delicious food (again)!
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

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

    IlzeO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming space, great service, tasty food. Thank you!
  21. 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.
  22. K

    Krazikatt

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    M Pocha was very accommodating for our large group, even though it's a small restaurant. The server took my food allergies very seriously, which was much appreciated, and all of the food was delicious. I'll definitely be back.
  23. j

    jatti

    Greensboro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places for great food!!!
  24. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tremendous experience. The food and cocktails are so excellent.
  25. j

    joanie

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, delicious food and drinks; excellent saki selection
  26. GK

    GoodKarma

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Excellent customer service; each dish presented to maximize appeal; interest flavors
  27. DG

    DavidG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Durham. We sat at the bar, and our server was attentive and most helpful. It was fascinating to watch the chefs at work. The food was marvelous. We plan to try all the M restaurants (this was our second), but I have a feeling this will be our favorite.
  28. JJ

    JJdurham

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, drinks, ambiance/vibes, and service. It’s really the whole package. Chili garlic fries are a hidden gem.
  29. BF

    BenjaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and service on a date night. So good!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails. Great service! Overall 10/10 experience.
  31. DM

    DavidM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and food. Portions were larger than expected.
  32. CM

    ChristyM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Consistently good food. Lobster Mac and cheese is next level.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great and so tasty! We loved the steamed pork buns and the nasi goreng.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Was nice, pricey and small but very cute and delicious
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place doesn’t miss! Burger, Dumplings, Noodles and Rice is next level.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome spot. Such great food, awesome environment, great service. Loved it.
  37. K

    Keecks

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! Some of the Japanese dishes are no authentic but delicious on its own way. We had Chinese broccoli which was delicious. For main we had fatty pork and Nagasaki chanpon. Both also delicious.
  38. L

    Luvtodine

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    M Pocha is delicious and amazing Korean street food with a really cozy vibe. Perfectly situated in downtown Durham with bar seats at the window for fun people watching! Interesting creative cocktails and incredible small plates for sharing!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gee was excellent!
  40. LR

    LisaR

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Durham! The food is amazing! Staff are so friendly! Value is great!! So happy every time I eat there!

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 242 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
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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