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China Chilcano, Washington, DC
Award-winning

China Chilcano

4.6
4.6
3365 Reviews
$31 to $50
Peruvian
China Chilcano celebrates the rich culinary diversity of Peru and brings an exciting exploration of this multicultural cuisine to our Nation’s Capital. The restaurant, led by award-winning chef José Andrés, honors Peru’s deeply rooted and diverse heritage, including its native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines; its name an homage to Peru’s renowned fish stew and its popular national drink, the Chilcano.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 68 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Peruvian, Chinese, Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 783-0941
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Daniel Lugo
  • Private party facilities
    At China Chilcano, our Events Team works closely with our Head Chef Daniel Lugo and expert beverage team to create memorable, delicious experiences. Whether you’re booking a birthday dinner for 10 or a cocktail reception for 200, we’re excited to create a unique event together!
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (202) 810-8286
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross street
    E Street and D Street NW
  • Parking details
    There are numerous public lots in the vicinity, as well as metered street parking at some hours.
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place Chinatown or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,365 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Innovative

  • District of Columbia

    Innovative

3,365 Reviews
  1. Juan

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and excellent food. Love the environment.

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  2. DiegoG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner with friends! I had a Cristal and we ordered the Pollo a la Brasa and to be honest it was better than what I would’ve imagined. Loved the 3 sauces that it came with. China Chilcano never disappoints.

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  3. Bethgs

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    divine choices all involved passionfruit. Also loved blistered shishito peppers. Lunch in Lima is a great deal.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had all the specials for the day and they were all excellent, as we’ve come to expect. Service was particularly excellent, with our server Alissa(Allie) being not only attentive but pleasant and accommodating. We had 3 of the four desserts offered, and each were spectacularly delicious and impressive, created with a multitude of separate components and touches.

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  5. JoKl

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful food and outstanding service. A winner!

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  6. Norawonions

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated at a table right under a fan, which was in loud and non stop throughout dinner. Service was good at first and then slow. Looked like not enuf servers. F No options that weren’t spicy.

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  7. AlanS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An eclectic menu of exceptional food, inventively prepared and presented.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is always good and the menu has some great staples.

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  9. CTFoodie

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Wonderful food, terrific service - but VERY loud. This is not a place for conversation. But oh, the food is Superb!

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  10. Valarie

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Efficient service, great fresh food. Loved the chicken stew!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my wife for Valentines Day dinner. Greeted immediately. Little bit of a wait but we’re encouraged to hit the bar while we wait. Good energy. Very organized. Had the chefs five course menu. Will be back. Delicious food. Wan tans, dumplings, lomo saltado, dancing yuca (amazing) , shrimp saltado, and ceviche. Fried rice too. We had a lot of fun.

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  12. Nick

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food portions were small, but expensive. The descriptions of the food didn’t always match the dish.

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  13. LindsayS

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at China Chicano is worth going for, no doubt! However, I would not recommend going on Valentine's Day. Once we got seated, I was sitting further away from my partner than I was the person sitting next to us. It was pretty hard to hear my partner throughout dinner because of how close we were to the two tables on either side of us. I could also barely get out from behind the table to use the restroom because I bumped the table and person to our left while doing so. Our server was great and attentive. Our dessert order was taken to the wrong table and we waited for quite some time. Once our server figured out what happened, he immediately corrected it. Like I said, the food was great and the variety was super interesting. I wasn't a fan of the fact that most of their cocktails were made with gin. All in all, it was a good experience but I would be mindful of when you go. The timing seemed to impact the price significantly as well. We'll definitely try again!

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  14. KalaS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time for our 1 year anniversary with our 2 year old son! It was peaceful

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the lunar new year menu. Great place to take a party of 5 to share lots of amazing food. We were so happy with our service and the incredible food!!

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  16. BivinP

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and dining experience was exceptional. The service was most courteous. Highly recommended for any occasion. Don’t forget to try their Char siu buns and the traditional Peruvian custard dessert. Can’t wait for another excuse to return here.

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  17. foodie1

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and flavorful. Dim sum, Yucca, and Lomo was ordered.

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  18. JulietteW

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the Chicano tasting menu paired one with wine & the other with cocktails. The food is outstanding with a great variety of items. The flavors are rich and delicious. Enjoyed the cocktails better than the wines but it depend on your taste which you prefer. Come hungry…it’s a lot of food!

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  19. Melrik

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful time celebrating a special occasion at China Chilcano. We started with two perfectly balanced cocktails and then dove into the Chef's Testing Menu with a wine pairing. The service was attentive and the atmosphere was festive for an all-around outstanding experience.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was extraordinary! The food was amazing, the atmosphere, the service, spectacular. We started with the classic ceviche, the fish of the day was flounder and was really good. We then ordered the dim sum that had all three Siu mai (chicken, traditional, and dorado). These were amazing! The dorado with quail egg is making me salivate just writing about it. For our final order, we had the Tallarin Zhen Fe. At this point, I was already full from the Dim Sum and wasn’t expecting to eat any more. I was wrong! This ended up being my favorite! The flavors, the noodles! Unlike a traditional style noodle dish. Amazing. Lastly, for desert we had a salted caramel and passionfruit mix. The flavors and mixture! On paper you don’t know what to think, but this combination worked extremely well and I found myself licking the spoon when it was all done. I would definitely recommend coming here to eat if you want a unique spin on traditional Chinese food or even if you want something regular, I would definitely swing by and check it out.

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  21. CecilieK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food - so tasty and invitingly derved. Attentive and politi service.

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  22. Beatriz

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time at China Chilcano but thought this time the dishes we ordered were outstanding! Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of our dishes. The dessert I picked had a beautiful presentation- it resembled a bullfighting ring! José Andrés and his team at CC need to be commended. Great job! 🤩👏🏻👏🏻

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  23. DavidI

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, unique dishes. An excellent experience.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Angel was amazing! Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. Had a great time!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This menu is so fun and provides such a great experience… I always enjoy sharing this restaurant with friends!

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  26. Raspberryberet

    Washington DC

    90 reviews

    2.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ceviches were good but ridiculously expensive for three tiny pieces of fish however well concocted. One of them had far too much thick sauce which overwhelmed the fish. The wild shrimp dish was good but one of ordered an "authentic" dish of pureed potatoes with chicken salad which sounded interestingly different and turned out to be quite unpleasant. Probably other things on the menu that could have been much better to choose. Not sure we'll go back ever. Pretty expensive and although nice to find different items on offer, not really a successful meal. Nice server.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, Great drinks and absolutely great service

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome service. Awesome food. Can’t wait to come back.

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  29. Diner360

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for lunch. Staff was excellent. The food has really dropped off though, sweet sauces in place of better spices and techniques, so food was meh. But it's a nice place to meet a friend.

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  30. PeggyH

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience and location is great! Most of the food was off-the hook delicious: yucca fries, siu mei, ceviche, lomo saltado. The brussels sprouts were so salty that no one in our party of six could eat them. Two members of our party ordered the brunch sharing menu and at least two of their items never arrived but we were charged for them.

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  31. Anju

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. We had initial challenges with our server. The restaurant management made some changes and responded appropriately. We were able to experience each dish. the restaurant manager explained to us our order and food experience, including the desserts. They were divine.

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  32. KolbyS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good experience either way slower service. Portions weren’t huge.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. The Cocktails were disappointing.

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  34. MicheleL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for restaurant week with husband and a friend. Interesting flavors, textures and choices for vegetarians. Pisco Mule was delicious too. Not as crazy about the condensed milk custard and the banana desserts, but still worth trying for the experience. Thank you!

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  35. SpecialK

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Service on a quiet and rainy Sunday afternoon for Restaurant Week. Hannah was absolutely a delight and has a wonderful knowledge of the food and ingredients. Her suggestions were spot on. I will be back when I return to DC in the summer. Thank you for being so very accommodating :)

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  36. StacyP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing. The food, the atmosphere, staff, it truly has it all. Our server Allie was wonderful. We dined the last day of Restaurant week. We looked at both menus and decided on the full menu. It did not disappoint. Allie made sure we knew what we were getting and that we did not order too much to start. She wanted to make sure we enjoyed our food and the experience. We will be back and will definitely recommend it. It might be our go to place whenever we are in DC for CAPS games!!

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  37. diane

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent!! So glad we dined during restaurant week. Delicious!!

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  38. PatrickC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place! The food is so fun, flavorful and delicious! All of the staff are terrific, and the atmosphere is just all-around great! Will always highly recommend!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Seating at a table that was sunken and difficult to sit down, get up, and servers had problems providing proper service was not ideal for a night out with family.

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  40. Chris

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for lunch during winter restaurant week. Overall, a great value for what is offered. All 3 of the courses were delicious! I really enjoyed the dancing yucca, Ají de Gallina, and the banana dessert. My only complaint is it was a little loud. I would definitely recommend China Chilcano to friends and family visiting DC.

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FAQs

China Chilcano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 783-0941.

China Chilcano is rated 4.6 stars by 3365 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 68 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for China Chilcano

418 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    E Street and D Street NW
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Peruvian, Chinese, Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There are numerous public lots in the vicinity, as well as metered street parking at some hours.
  • Public transit
    Gallery Place Chinatown or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Daniel Lugo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 783-0941
  • Private party facilities
    At China Chilcano, our Events Team works closely with our Head Chef Daniel Lugo and expert beverage team to create memorable, delicious experiences. Whether you’re booking a birthday dinner for 10 or a cocktail reception for 200, we’re excited to create a unique event together!
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (202) 810-8286
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