Tuesday - Thursday: 1 1AM - 11 PM
Friday - Saturday: 11 AM - Midnight
What Insiders Are Saying
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
The food was superb! We tried several dishes, and nothing disappointed.
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.
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!
Wife is from peru .did not like her food not what she expected
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.
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!
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.
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.
food here are way too sour
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.
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!
The tasting menu! Excellent.
Enjoy the food, is something different. If you like fish would definetely recommend Ceviche
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
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.
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.
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!
Great service and ambiance. Food is definitely for an eater who is aware about the fusion theme.
Excellent lomo saltado and buns...the aeroporto is very nice, but they seem to have halved the portion.
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.
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.
This place is great!
Food is interesting and absolutely delicious!
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.
Food was all a little off except for one of four dishes we tried.
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.
Best Chinese Peruvian in DC
Awesome ... we love it here!
Outstanding food--truly extraordinary. Great place to share plates and have fun. Food is seriously good but not taken seriously!
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.
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.
Enjoyed my selection but choices are too limited for my taste. Service was excellent.
Very cool spot with great food
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)
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.