China Chilcano

4.6
1960 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Peruvian, Chinese, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 1 1AM - 11 PM
Friday - Saturday: 11 AM - Midnight
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Phone number
(202) 783-0941
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
José Andrés; Head Chef Carlos Delgado
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Catering
Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between E St. NW & D St. NW
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Parking details
There are numerous public lots in the vicinity, as well as metered street parking at some hours.
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Public transit
Nearby metro stops include Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter (green/yellow), and Gallery Place/Chinatown (red/green/yellow)
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Special events & promotions
Please visit our website and sign up for our mailing list to receive the latest information and updates on special events at China Chilcano.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 1960 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First off, the staff was super. When we arrived the place was very crowded and several tables were lingering after paying making us delayed for our reservation. The manager on duty Maureen was very solicitous, offered us Pisco Sours immediately and was very attentive and made sure we got a table as soon as possible. The food is highly stylized Peruvian versions of the class favorites, with major nods going to the pulpo appetizer, the chunta salad, the lomo saltado, the dim sum appetizer and the pulpo main course. The place is very upbeat and high tempo, but it works very nicely and is located in Penn Quarter.

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LG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend coming in to town from Massachusetts and I was tasked with making arrangements for a dinner get together. I immediately made a reservation at China Chilcano as it has become a clear favorite over the past couple of years. I knew it would be a great choice, and it was. :-)

We each had a different ceviche (salmon, tuna and octopus), and otherwise shared several vegetables, sushi rolls, sashimi and amazing cocktail drinks.

The restaurant was completely full, so I was glad we had a reservation. The waiter and manager were both very attentive and helpful despite the obvious busyness, and we greatly enjoyed our meal and our time together.

And, although this may not matter to some, I personally love patronizing José Andres restaurants because of all his amazing work to help people in need, whether in Puerto Rico or Mexico or elsewhere. I love his heart and am happy to support him!

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PO
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The tasting menu was served too fast and had too much food, and had dishes that were not easy to share (I.e. one small egg)

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b
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu was intriguing and varied. I had the ceviche de pulpa and the unagi donburi; both were delicious. I'm already looking forward to going back.

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

Tasting menu is unique and fun. We tried out about 10 different dishes which were all very tasty. We probably wouldn’t do the tasting menu again, but would go back again. Some dishes that stood out were the ceviche, shumai, and the lomo saltado. It was a bit crowded and very loud so if you’re looking for a quieter option, this is not it.

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RF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb! We tried several dishes, and nothing disappointed.

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ML
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and a fun, vibrant atmosphere. We tried the tasting menu for 2 people and it was 11 small courses plus 2 desserts. Tried their Pisco sours as well, very authentic. Our favorites from the tasting menu were the ceviche, the lomo saltado, the chaufa, and their various dumplings. Everything was authentically done yet elevated in its presentation and creative! A great find.

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

The food was fantastic, the only thing we didn't care for was the siu mai. Soup dumplings were a major highlight as well as the dancing yucca. The waiter wasn't too helpful with some questions but no complaints about the overall service- food and drinks came out timely. It's a bit pricey for the quantity of food, but quality is excellent!

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DT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Wife is from peru .did not like her food not what she expected

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S
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was my second time at China Chilcano and my wife's first. The highlight is the pisco sour which is excellent, if on the expensive side. The food is all tasty and imaginative, but again, expensive for the size of the portions and compared with the other Jose Andres restaurants. Service both times I have been to China Chilcano is spotty. We were sitting for more than 10 minutes when I asked a waiter if he was our waiter. He was not, but agreed to help us. The first time I came to China Chilcano I also was not served for about 10 minutes after being seated. I had to remind servers a few times about dishes we had ordered and which had not shown up. I don't know of any restaurant that has a similar menu to China Chilcano, so despite it being overpriced and the service being so so, I would still recommend giving it a try. That said, when we are in that part of DC, we will be more likely to go to Jaleo or Oyamel. Since Jose Andres owns both of those, I am sure he will not be upset.

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OD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit, and our server, Luis, made excellent suggestions to introduce us to the menu, from cocktails to dessert. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We will definitely return!

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IT
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Drinks were very creative and inventive! Most of the dishes we ordered were delish - in particular all the dim sum, the steak and the fried rice. The classic and beet ceviches were also excellent. The salad with the hearts of palm was only okay and the chicken stew was so bland we didn’t finish it. Service was pretty terrible and we had to chase down wait staff to take serving plates away and order more drinks.

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food from Jose Andres as per usual! It's a great blend of Peruvian, Chinese, and Japanese dishes that is sure to contain something to please everybody.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

food here are way too sour

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T
Philadelphia
216 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

China Chilcano is superb in every respect. We simply cannot imagine a better, more consistent and exciting restaurant. The wild catfish in a grilled bao bun is phenomenal -- as are so many other dishes on both ends of the Peruvian to Asian spectrum their creative menu presents.

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k
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC. The food is fresh and delicious and interesting. The dim sum is creative and fun. I always bring my "out of town" foodie friends to this restaurant and nobody is ever disappointed!

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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu! Excellent.

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoy the food, is something different. If you like fish would definetely recommend Ceviche

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CR
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, really enjoyed the food and flavor options. Next time might have to do the Jose option which is kind of pricey $75 per person but would be a great way to taste a lot of the options

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b
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, outside the box. The creative South American-Asian cuisine took us some time to make our choices. But all were first rate. The shrimp are flavorful, not bland, no matter which Version you try. The dump,8ngs , crisp and zesty, Pisco Sours go with anything.

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OT
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very busy Sunday night—crowded and loud—but CC moved everything along very efficiently. The menu here is fantastic, with a page of entres, tapas, and side dishes. There were 3 of us and we shared about 7 small dishes, including one entre. Every single thing was exceptional. I cannot remember the names of things, except for the beef entre and shrimp/pork dumplings, which I highly recommend. I am really looking forward to my next visit there.

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had several dishes: chaufa con pato, causa rellena, pulpo al olivo and ceviche. All were beautifully presented and flavorful. The Malbec we had was also great. Our only complaint would have been that two of the dishes were slightly over salted. Great experience overall!

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MD
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Food is definitely for an eater who is aware about the fusion theme.

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lomo saltado and buns...the aeroporto is very nice, but they seem to have halved the portion.

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PS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Many employees standing around but dishes lingered on the table. Wouldn't make eye contact to see if they could help. Seemed not to be well trained or at all into it. Not the service I would expect from a Jose restaurant especially at the prices.

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EK
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived after a matinee at the Shakespeare Theatre when it was cold and raining. The restaurant’s warm and welcoming ambiance was most welcomed. We were quickly seated, ordered a bottle of wine and checked out the menu. The three of us ordered 2 dishes each and shared. All was delicious, dumplings, ceviche, shrimp, beef and we shared a wonderful dessert. Our waiter was helpful and just a delightful person and added to our experience.

We’ve been here before and shall return.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great!

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MK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is interesting and absolutely delicious!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow, but very friendly and attentive. If you are going for lunch, I would definitely recommend the “lunch in an hour” option. However, the food was delicious and I will definitely return for dinner.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was all a little off except for one of four dishes we tried.

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g
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently operates at a high level with great service and creative food offerings, as well as familiar ones. Never even had only a mediocre meal there. Jose makes it always seem new.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese Peruvian in DC

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CW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ... we love it here!

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JF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food--truly extraordinary. Great place to share plates and have fun. Food is seriously good but not taken seriously!

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b
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Reservation is one time, and you end up getting seated 30 mins later. If the Chefs menu is supposed to be the best dishes, I don’t think I’ll be back.

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us went for dinner. Two ordered the tasting menu and two ordered several plates to share. Each of us loved every single dish. I have never experienced that. Outstanding menu.

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DD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed my selection but choices are too limited for my taste. Service was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool spot with great food

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B
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good and attentive. Food was delicious except the ceviche of the day (cod). I usually love ceviches but this one might have been the worst flavor-combination I've ever had. Also too much juice and no chips/cracker or anything to scoop with.
Pegao Norteño (lamb) was the best dish and Szechuan Chili Wontons (shrimp & pork) were second best. I also liked their special drink (Can't remember the name)

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ST
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Read a review about CC in 1843 years ago. Looked forward to visiting. Took my nephew, who lives in DC area. We were not disappointed.

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