China Chilcano

4.6
1876 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
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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 1876 People Are Saying
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EM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good and drinks were outstanding as usual. Tried the tenderloin this time and the flavor was amazing.

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

Really cool and bright atmosphere. Heard about the aeropuerto and gave it a try. Smelled delicious, but too salty for my personal taste. One of my friends who also ordered the dish thought the same thing. The dumplings, though, were my favorite part of the meal. I liked the pre-fixe option so you can try a little bit of everything. Raspberry lychee Popsicle was great! Something nice and refreshing at the end of the meal.

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

Great menu of appealing food. Super-attentive to allergy list, even recommending something on the menu I hadn't noticed, but which I ordered and found delicious. Good red wine choices, excellent service from both bus-staff and waitress. We're eager to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Ceviche was fantastic!!!

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

My husband and I chose this restaurant to take his sister and brother in law as part of a gift to them, knowing that all of us admire Jose Andres and had not yet been to China Chilcano. The experience reinforced that excellent food cannot fully compensate for service and design flaws. I did not enjoy where I was seated - drab, dark and offered little ambiance, including busy wait staff frequently very close by. We had to remind the waiter that our wine had not been served, but the worst was when our guests were looking forward to ordering desserts and the waiter brought our check without asking if they would want dessert or coffee. My husband and I both had the $55 tasting menu and the others ordered a variety of other dishes. All of the food was interesting and excellent!

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and incredible service- manager Maureen made our night!!! Great place to celebrate with excellent food.

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l
New England
47 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service. Unfortunately, the great Latin music was replaced early on with a lousy technopop dance track that killed the ambiance.

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NS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Not authentic Peruvian food, lacked flavor and seasoning in almost every dish. Poorly made and prepared.

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing so much flavors that you feel you are in Peru!

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JP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband here for his 30th birthday. He has a great pallet and a taste for fine cuisine. We were blown away by the service and the incredible food! Will definitely recommend to anyone looking to go on a fancy date or celebrate a milestone!

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us celebrated a friend's birthday. The food and service are excellent and we were surprised by the very reasonable bill given all the apps, mains, desserts and drinks we had ordered. The complex menu of different fusion cuisines is a bit hard to understand (unfamiliar) but just follow the servers' recommendations and you'll be fine! Outstanding dishes: apps: Dancing Yucca. Main- Lomo Saltado, Salmon Tiradito ceviche, Aeropuerto Fried Rice. ALL THE DESSERTS!
We were also happy to support one of Chef Jose Andreas' restaurants. We are so appreciative of all his good works. He went to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and fed many thousands, setting up cooking and distribution quickly where the bureaucracy could not move quickly enough.
THANK YOU CHEF JOSE ANDREAS.

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F
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Good food food ambiance

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CF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a unique and fun menu with a variety of flavors. Recommend for people wanting to explore food. Was delicious. Highly recommend a cocktail.

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BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, interesting and delicious food, tasty pisco cocktails...recommend!

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

China Chilcano is one of the unique dining experiences that you won't find just anywhere. As part of the Jose Andres restaurant collection, it offers a predictably high-quality dining experience. China Chilcano is especially good if you can't make up your mind whether you want Peruvian, Chinese, or Japanese cuisine. Here, you can have all three!

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CD
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had dinner here before a Capitals game - interesting/fun menu. Enjoyed all of our dishes (noodles, dim sum, ceviche). Service was attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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ST
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes were perfect! New tastes and pleasant surprises did not disappoint. Cannot wait to return.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Some of the food was served too cold. Pork belly should be served really hot in order to maintain the crispiness.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was amazing, but the ceviche and the Xiao Long Bao stood out. The service was wonderful, and we were even presented with a glass of champagne to celebrate our upcoming wedding! I only wish we saved room for dessert because it looked delicious!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 experience

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Handled food allergies like a pro. Food was fresh and very favorable.

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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience

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S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always good at China Chilcano, but sometimes it is just great. Between the beet ceviche, the dumplings and the amazing Arroz con Mariscos, this was one of those great evenings. PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING THE ARROZ CON MARISCOS TO THE REGULAR MENU. It’s that good!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect anniversary evening out. Service was stellar and the food was remarkable.

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N
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food. Lots of creative options on the menu. Servers are great at helping you choose if you’re not sure.

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d
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal and attentive service. Will definitely go back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks were great. $12 for a handful of tiny dumplings is a bit steep.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good and service were both wonderful! The noise level with the music and the diners plus the vibrant lighting was a little overwhelming at times.

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AG
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent dinner at China Chilcano. So glad to return time after time.

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DA
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So good! Eat here if you get the chance and get the suspiro. Everything we ate was wonderful and the service is very good.

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It deserves Bib Gourmand third time (2019) in a row!

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HL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch set menu ($20 per person) was a lot of food. We really enjoyed unique taste of every dish that we had. Fantastic food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was very nice and the service fast. The drinks were not too great unfortunately, I ordered a pisco sour but needed more lemon. The food, some plates were great ( chaufa con pato, ensalada de chonta) and the dessert was excellent (ponderación). The prices were pretty fair but i would’ve liked for the portions to be bigger.

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EK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to China Chilcano for lunch. For the Federal Govt consulting crowd, it is easy to get to. Right in Chinatown. There is a lunch menu where you pick 3 things from it, and so it's easy to decide what you would like. The food is delicious, creative, and everything you would expect from a Jose Andres restaurant. The service is top-notch with very friendly and attentive servers. The pick 3 lunch menu will be served and completed in 1 hour if you have a time crunch. For non-business lunches, the cocktails are amazing (they specialize in pisco sours of all flavors) and the wine list is great too. There are creative non-alcoholic drinks as well. I highly recommend China Chilcano for the food, ambiance, amazing staff and good location. There is a parking garage 1 block south (D St and 7th St NW) for $11 after 5pm.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My group of friends had a wonderful evening at China Chilcano. We worked our way through several dishes, which were delivered to the table for all to share. Our favorites were the Chicken Katsu, with chicken that was crispy on the outside, a wonderful Asian slaw and fresh steamed buns and then the Pulpo al Olivo Rosita Yimura (Nikkei) with octopus shaved paper thin. It was truly remarkable. All of the staff were helpful, from the front desk which immediately seated our group even though we arrived early, to our knowledgeable waiter, and the bar manager. We loved the pisco cocktails and the pisco sour was just perfection in a coupe. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender was attentive, food was lovely

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you could dial back the music so we could hear ourselves speak, that would greatly improve the otherwise wonderful experience.

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PR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Creative, very flavorful dishes. Outstanding service.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was not what I expected. Very basic to be –Peruvian Dish–

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