China Chilcano

4.6
2224 reviews
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Peruvian
China Chilcano celebrates the fascinating intersection of cultures that defines the culinary spectrum of Peru, interpreted through the inimitable lens of chef José Andrés and his talented team. From traditional Peruvian to Chinese Chifa to Japanese Nikkei, China Chilcano will indulge diners in a spectacular menu featuring a wide range of unforgettable culinary juxtapositions.
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The Infatuation
7.5

Jose Andres’ new place isn’t quite up to the level of his other spots, but it’s a fun time for Peruvian, Japanese, and Chinese fusion.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place to try. Your sure wouldn’t find these food combinations anywhere else.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great southern food and attentive waiters

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VJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Flavorful and creative fusion cuisine.
Nice atmosphere and great service.
I’ll definitely be coming back in future trips to DC.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the service to the food was wonderful. I can’t wait to bring more friends back!

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DE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! The quinoa salad was delicious and pairs well with the tuna ceviche and the classic ceviche

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is definitely different and I wasn’t quite sure where to begin. I asked the waiter for help, followed his suggestions and what I had was outstanding! The cauliflower is the best I’ve had. We ordered dessert (I never order dessert) and it was amazing as well! I would definitely go again!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect if a bit noisy-- food OUTSTANDING.

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DH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

All of our items arrived at the same time and service was rushed through out the evening.

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m
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

for its pedigree, entree's lacked flavor, ceviche's were ok, nothing stood out

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BL
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Kansas and come to DC multiple times a year for meetings. As I make my flight reservations (months in advance), I start to crave the wonderful food, beverages, atmosphere, and service I always get at my favorite DC restaurant, China Chilcano.

I think it's comical that I live in Kansas and so often get to introduce DC-area friends to my favorite DC restaurant. They reliably ask, "How do you know about this place? And why haven't I been here before?" By the end of the night most agree that China Chilcano is now their favorite restaurant.

Besides amazing foods and drinks, there are those special people that make it all possible. Two of my favorites are Mario (the awesome manager) and Jopis (the gregarious, genius bartender). These two guys - and all the other employees of course - do whatever it takes to make sure all patrons have a wonderful China Chilcano experience.

Put ever so simply: You won't find a more fun, energetic, colorful, creative, well-conceived restaurant in DC. I hope you visit China Chilcano soon - so you too can say it's your favorite DC restaurant!

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DG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Original and delicious combinations.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great kitchen and atmosphere - feels like I'm almost in Lima. Be sure to take friends and order the ají de gallina - and possibly everything else on the menu because it's all delicious. Gracias mil, José Andrés!!!

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In DC for only a few days but really wanted to dine here. Managed to squeeze in a lunch for some Dim Sum and ceviche. Food, cocktails, and service were all exceptional. My daughter has a tree nut allergy and we were so impressed that they have a special allergen menu available. Highly recommended and we will definitely return on future trips.

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TB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch. Cool place. We loved the octopus ceviche!

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JJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Highly recommend.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, innovative food. We ordered the tasting menu which was just superb. After several tapas style plates, we were almost full -- and then the waiter told us that the mains were still to come! The restaurant did a good job of adjusting to my pescetarian dietary needs while also giving some meat dishes to my friends, though they did not tell me in time that the potato salad-like dish had chicken underneath it, which was unfortunate.

For three people, we had two types of ceviche, a dip with plaintain and vegetable chips, fried shuimai dumplings, roasted cauliflower, a fried rice, noodles, lomo saltado, yuca fries with bonito flakes that were out of this world, a custardy dessert, and popsicles. We also got pisco cocktails (a punch and a sour) that were truly delicious. 10/10 recommend despite the unfortunate chicken incident.

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o
Washington DC
313 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

China Chlicano's Peruvian-Asian fusion menu is a bit less accessible than those of the three other small-plates restaurants in the Penn Quarter neighborhood owned by the Jose Andres group. The food is generally well-prepared if not always memorable. The two go-to items I order on each visit there are the Pisco Sour cocktail (refreshing) and a rice-and-vegetable dish called Aeropuerto, which provides more bites, flavor and texture per buck than the bulk of the menu.

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FF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food is excellent. Hands down great. However the tasting menu is a bit overpriced. There are mainly carbs and egg as protein. You won’t get beef at all. The service was horrible, from the phone to the waitress. Seemingly unhappy and the bar backs or those who assist in picking up the dishes were rude and rushed to get the dishes off our table and interrupted far too soon and frequent. Sitting at the bar is better. If you do get the sampler understand that you cannot order 1 you must order 2 at a minimum as portions are made for 2 diners only. May return for happy hour

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellen

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of this world cuisine

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Q
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A couple of us were skeptical about getting brunch here but it was DELICIOUS. Jose Andres comes through again! Superbly light but flavorful, really good Dim Sum buns, and also enough vegan dishes (or dishes that easily can be made vegan) to give our vegan friend lots of options. I would definitely come back here!

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VJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We tried the Tasting Menu which was fantastic. Our server however did not explain what we were getting until after we asked him (13 dishes plus two desserts). We also had to ask for water refills and our drink order was forgotten and not delivered until halfway through. The service to put our food out also felt extremely rushed such that we had to request for them to wait until we were complete with the current dishes because there was no more room on our tiny table for two. Not sure if this had to do with the fact that we were a later night reservation but it definitely took away from the experience. Overall, the restaurant ambiance is chic, the food variety (this was our first time here) was excellent.

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ND
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, creative and very tasty food! Lamb dumplings with cumin lace were to die for

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K
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the "lunch in an hour". Each tapas dish brought a new and delicious melange of flavors! I totally want to return here.

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CT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love all the fun crazy food! The fish is so fresh, and the chicken is perfectly marinated and cooked. It’s so great to share the tapas!

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A
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place popped up as my boyfriend and I were planning a trip to D.C. It looked so good. And it was! The food was delicious and the server was nice and helpful. We loved it! Our favorite was the antichuco with mushroom. We will be coming back to try all the other delicious food!

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G
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Meal was almost entirely starch. A few tasty bits but for the $55 tasting menu it was just underwhelming.

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Go for dim sum Tuesday, regularly priced, the dim sum appetizers would seem expensive

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T
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A note of thanks to the hostess who responded to my OpenTable request for a relatively quiet table (in this very noisy restaurant) by accommodating my friend and I with a table in the back that was indeed (relatively) quiet. Where we could and did enjoy the food.

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LS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

China Chilcano is always great! I've never had bad service or a dish I didn't like.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappoints. Fantastic food in a really cool atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Definitely expensive for what it is. Very casual spot, good for kids, but virtually no value. We live close by and always hesitated on trying it for this reason. So many better restaurants in DC for the money you’ll spend here. That being said, if your in a bind or need a place to go with kids and don’t care about over paying, the food wasn’t bad.

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing!! The pisco sour started the incredible meal. Soup dumplings were fabulous, lotus buns with the right amount of pork belly, yum! Mushrooms with bok Choy to get a veggie in hubby. Duck noodle dish to finish. I’d do it again right now!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all fronts. Loved flavor and creativity of food.

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TM
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tasting Menu was definitely the way to go!!! Everything was so delicious. Great way to experience a new/interesting cuisine!

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PE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to enjoy a good meal. I was apprehensive about it as I did not want to fall victim to the celebrity chef craze, but I was pleasantly surprised. I will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Waiter was not warm or friendly. After leaving the restaurant I decided I’m pretty sure I was given the wrong drink— which was almost undrinkable— had to gulp it down in order to finish it.

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PT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the tasting menu and it was amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique and special experience.

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BF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

China Chilcano is great. It has a fun upbeat atmosphere, the food is tasty, and the drinks are delicious. They had no problem accommodating a group of 8. The fried rice with shrimp (aeropuerto) was especially delicious. This was my second visit and a must do anytime I visit the DC area.

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