China Chilcano

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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.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as usual! Our table was surprisingly quiet.

LK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but we weren't thrilled with our waiter. He didn't come to our table for 15 minutes after we were sat and then didn't even acknowledge it or apologize. I don't mind waiting if it's busy, but I need to do it with a drink in my hand. At least we had water (good service from the water guy). The food and drinks came quickly (thanks to the runners) and were all very tasty, but when we wanted to order dessert, again, no waiter. By the time he came, we told him we just want the check instead of dessert. Won't risk going back.

SO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very interesting mix of flavors and textures. The causa limeña is delicious and presented in a surprising way!

M
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing!

M
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply AMAZING food! Creative and delectable. Fantastic service, great ambiance.

CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Unique menu, creative dishes and reasonable pricing. Highly recommend China Chilcano.

H
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Disappointing birthday dinner.

Came here with my friend to celebrate her birthday. Called to let the host know we might be fifteen minutes late, told no worries. Get to the restaurant 10 minutes late and am told by the host that she was about to "no show" us (despite not being 15 minutes late). Host asks if we're still here to celebrate the birthday (thanks for ruining the surprise) and gets us to our seat. Once we sat down, a gentleman came to serve us water and left. Never saw our server. After sitting there for about 15minutes I wave the gentleman over. He asks if we'd like to order drinks. Considering that we had been sitting here for a while we were essentially ready to order most of our food. We order. Eventually we're two dishes in and our drinks still haven't arrived. Another 10minutes go by, I wave the server over and he tells us our drinks will be out shortly.

I really don't want to have to hate on a Jose Andres restaurant but this was by far the WORST experience ever. The server rarely came to our table. We had to wave him down anytime we needed anything. Moreover no one would clear our plates or drinks. We constantly had to wave someone over as well to grab them as they were starting to pile up.

We eventually ordered a second round of drinks and a fruit fly was in one of them... I know it's not our severs fault but it was just the cherry on top of the cake. We also ordered the arroz a la cubana and it was so dry and bland. It was just rice, egg, and some garnish. No sauce. Nothing. While the rest of the food was delicious (as always), that dish was extremely disappointing.

Between the host's attitude, the server's absence, the long wait for the drinks, and the blend dish, this made for a subpar experience. I'm extremely disappointed because I wanted my friend to have a wonderful experience for her birthday but it was a fail. We didn't even order dessert, we just wanted to get out of there ASAP. :(

CK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ceviche and the cocktails

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food and service was great. However, the hostess refused to give us a table because we didn't have a reservation and she didn't have tables. Then, while i was waiting, i opened my opentable app and did a reservation , told the hostess and we were seated. Why didn't she gave us a table if there were tables available?

MG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The tasting menu is overpriced. The quality is not really good.

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good! Nice food

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. My mom and I were visiting DC and had a late lunch here. We're Peruvian and tend to be picky with Peruvian fusion, but this place was fantastic. We had the shishito peppers, duck tiradito, chicken anticucho, California causa and tam tam. Chocolate cake for dessert. All dishes were very flavorful and the chocolate cake was just the right richness. Highly recommend this restaurant.

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal - delicious food, excellent service.

CT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent experience with the Think Food Group. We dined at mid day on a Sunday, the noise level was low so conversation was easy. The unfamiliar menu items were described clearly and accurately by very competent staff. The food is wonderfully balanced flavors and textures. The unfamiliar ingredients, become things you want to know better. A completely enjoyable experience.

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had the Chilcano tasting menu for 2. Everything was delicious, and we were pleasantly surprised when the dishes just kept coming out! Left feeling full but not overly stuffed. It was a great value for all that we got.

D
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Another excellent JA experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dim sum for a nice weekend lunch. The food was exceptional at a reasonable price. I will be returning.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, good sashimi, small dishes

r
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Asian and Peruvian fusion food. You will get addicted to the roasted corn snacks that come to each table! Beware.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; Chef Andres knocks it out of the park again

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place to eat

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all so amazing! Food, service, attention to my food allergies and their cautiousness to my restrictions! Made me feel safe and comfortable knowing I wouldn’t be fed something that could kill me!

DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love taking out-of-town friends to China Chilcano. The food is fresh, creative, & delicious. Service is top-notch — friendly & efficient. And contributing to Chef José Andres’s coffers helps support the great work of World Central Kitchen. I highly recommend this terrific restaurant.

FF
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A very inventive, very tasty restaurant. The food is varied and everything we had was excellent. The only problem was that we had to wait 45 minutes even though we had a reservation. I am not sure whether the restaurant booked people too close together or if people were just lingering longer than normal, but it was a little frustrating. The restaurant did comp us a round of drinks and our server was very attentive and quick. I would definitely go again despite the wait. The food was worth it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all around great staff

KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a delicious time. 4 of us sit in a high backed booth that allowed for easy conversation. The staff were very pleasant and efficient. We shared the tasting menu. It was amazing and more than enough food for 4. The octopus ceviche was a standout. Lomo saltado also very good.
Wish they did wine/spirit pairings. Even small poursor flights. One wine does not suit the tasting menu. They also would not allow tastings of Peruvian wines.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fun with family
We got to hang out and just do great food and libation with support from the waiter , enthusiasm from all of the FOH peeps
Big fun

f
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, and the restaurant was very gracious in lowering the volume of the speakers, as we felt we couldn't chat. The one comment I'd make the kitchen is to review the age of the oil they fry things in. Both the canchita (corn) in the bowls at the table, and the wantan we ordered, tasted like old, re-used oil had been used to fry them. It had a rancid flavor. Not very appealing. We happen to have grown up eating Peruvian cuisine at home and know that that's not the taste one wants to have.

BL
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

China Chilcano never disappoints - the food, drinks, atmosphere, and staff are all amazing. I live in the Midwest and come to DC multiple times a year for meetings. It blows my mind that there are always exciting new dishes and drinks on the menu.

During our most recent visit we ordered one of these dishes: the Choclo Antichuchero. All guests at our table thought it was one of the most delicious, novel dishes we'd ever eaten. And when it comes to drinks, Jopis is a mixology genius. Watching him create and serve dozens of drinks, for dozens of guests, in just minutes, is like watching a magician perform magic.

As usual, all guests who joined me for dinner most recently had one thing to say about China Chilcano: "Wow!"

PC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cuisine. Lots of flavours. Loved it all. I fully recommend.

SL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is so much fun and the food delicious. We had a super time at dinner there!

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, as always. I wish that is was a little less noisy, but given the popularity of this restaurant, that may be hard to achieve.

S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Extremely slow service. Our "Lunch" ended up taking two hours because we couldn't get waiters/staff attention. We asked for the check but it never came and we had to pay standing on our way out.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty and great service!

RF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it - Fantastic experience. The creativity and flavor of the food was wonderful. Not to mention that Jose Andres is a hero for having done all of the work he does for hurricane victims. Overall it was an outstanding invaluable experience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely attentive staff and delicious food!

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tuna donburi is wonderful. Love the food. The Suspiro Limena is an experience!!

JM
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent from beginning to end. I’m a vegetarian and they paid attention to that in my reservation and brought a menu labeled with all the food allergies and common requests on it.

Our food was so good - got the papas huancaina, cilantro dumplings, veggie noodles with an egg, a chicken stew, and a torts chocolate for dessert. One of the better meals I have had in awhile.

We will be going back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our Server, Joe, was 5 star. However the expediting of our food was not great. We did the tasting menu, and the food was shuffled out irregularly, at times getting 2 dishes at once with almost no explanation as to what we were getting.
The quality was excellent!
The Pisco Sour a bit sweeter than I am used to having, but great.
The desserts were amazing!
I was visiting daughter I DC, and when I am there in the future, I would go back!

H
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much worth a visit. Come hungry, and leave enough room for dessert, although it’ll be difficult because the dim sum are so amazing.

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