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China Chilcano, Washington, DC
Award-winning

China Chilcano

4.7
4.7
3474 Reviews
$31 to $50
Peruvian
China Chilcano celebrates the rich culinary diversity of Peru and brings an exciting exploration of this multicultural cuisine to our Nation’s Capital. The restaurant, led by award-winning chef José Andrés, honors Peru’s deeply rooted and diverse heritage, including its native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines; its name an homage to Peru’s renowned fish stew and its popular national drink, the Chilcano.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 80 times today
Experiences are available.

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Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Peruvian, Chinese, Japanese
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 783-0941
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Daniel Lugo
  • Private party facilities
    At China Chilcano, our Events Team works closely with our Head Chef Daniel Lugo and expert beverage team to create memorable, delicious experiences. Whether you’re booking a birthday dinner for 10 or a cocktail reception for 200, we’re excited to create a unique event together!
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Area
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross Street
    E Street and D Street NW
  • Parking Details
    There are numerous public lots in the vicinity, as well as metered street parking at some hours.
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place Chinatown or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Honkaku Spirits Shōchū Dinner

    USD 150.00 per person

    Prepaid

    5 June 2024 only
    Join us at China Chilcano as we celebrate Shōchū, an intensely artisanal Japanese spirit, with an exclusive dinner. At this extraordinarily rare opportunity hosted by Stephen Lyman of Honkaku Spirits, guests will experience exciting, curated shōchū, perfectly paired with China Chilcano's vibrant offerings. Throughout this one-night-only experience, enjoy courses featuring our unagi causa, hiramasa tiradito, duck canelones, and more. Each course will be paired with cocktails or unique expressions of Shōchū presented by Honkaku.

Offers

  • AAPI Heritage Month

    17 May - 31 May 2024
    Sun - Thu - 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm,Fri - Sat - 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Chefs Kevin Tien, Tim Ma and Daniel Lugo team up for a two week culinary collaboration! Enjoy special menus at China Chilcano and Moon Rabbit featuring unique dishes, plus a special preview of Tim Ma’s new concept, Kata. Explore a fusion of flavors from Vietnam, Japan, China and more through culinary specials like Unagi Causa and Matcha Cheesecake. Specials will be offered in the restaurants from May 17th through 31st with a portion of proceeds benefiting Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate.

What 3,474 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Innovative

3,474 Reviews
  1. Dusty

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious flavors, great service, very knowledgeable and helpful wait staff, outstanding food.

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  2. MSDC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to China Chicano a few times and have enjoyed every meal. The food is uniquely delicious and the signature drinks contribute to our return. I enjoy the lively, casual atmosphere and excellent service. I often bring guests from out of town to enjoy this savory style in DC. Reservations recommended. It’s a popular spot.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend the Chilcano tasting experience! My family and I are Peruvian and it was wonderful being able to try our most loved plates as well as some unique takes on other dishes.

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  4. PMTexas

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing lomo saltado, floating yuccas and suspiro limeno. Excellent food, and a proud representative of Peruvian cuisine.

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  5. ScipioX

    Greater Boston

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    China Chilcano always offers superlative food and friendly, efficient service! Be sure to try a discount sour or chilcano with a macerado infusion to kick off your meal.

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  6. HuttonB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    China Chilcano is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. It is always delicious.

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  7. ChrisB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a magical experience. Enjoyed a memorable chefs' dinner featuring three of the region's best chefs highlighting Asian fusion cuisine, and supporting the fight against AAPI hate. The food was incredible, the drink pairings were inspired, and the service was fabulous. So impressed and well fed! Thank you so much for such a fantastic evening.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The noise level was absolutely unacceptable. When the chefs were explaining the dishes even though they were within ten feet they were drown out by the background music and overall noise level and it was even difficult to carry on a table conversation!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dishes served by friendly staff. 10/10 would go back. Had the Mother’s Day tasting meal. Everything was delicious.
    China ChilcanoResponded 7 days ago
    Hey there! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your Mother's Day meal with us. It's great to know that our dishes hit the mark and you appreciated our friendly staff. We're honored to be a part of your dining experience and we can't wait to serve you again soon. Thanks for choosing China Chilcano!

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  10. ASmR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience every time. Food was amazing, ambiance was great, and service was good too!
    China ChilcanoResponded 7 days ago
    Hey ASmR, We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience at China Chilcano! It's great to know that you enjoyed our food, ambiance, and service. Your kind words mean a lot to us. We always strive to provide a memorable experience for our guests. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you for your support!

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  11. LiviaA

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mother’s Day was so special! We all loved the food, service and festive vibe! I can’t wait to come back with friends!!

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  12. Paul

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mateo took great care of us and we had an amazing dinner! He made great wine choices and our server and wait staff were awesome.
    China ChilcanoResponded 7 days ago
    Hi Paul, Thank you for the fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing dinner at China Chilcano. It's wonderful to know that our team was able to provide exceptional service and that you appreciated our wine selections. We strive to make every diner's experience memorable and it's heartening to know we succeeded. We look forward to serving you again soon! Best, The Management Team

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The servers (Alejandra and Chris) were terrific and the AGM (Mark) was super attentive. Great experience!

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  14. RaquelC

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was awesome! We had the Mother’s Day tasting menu. Every down was jam packed with flavor. Jose Andres has created a menu and experience unlike any other. I love the Chinese Peruvian inspired flavors. Love the concept of blending those two cultures. Drinks were fun too.
    China ChilcanoResponded 7 days ago
    Thanks for the feedback, RaquelC! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your Mother's Day tasting menu at China Chilcano. It's great to know that our diverse menu and blending of cultures appealed to you. We're also glad you enjoyed our drinks, which are a big part of our experience. We appreciate your kind words and look forward to serving you again soon! Best regards, The Management Team

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  15. Sarah

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and wonderful service. We had such a lovely evening with our daughter and her friend on her birthday. So fun!
    China ChilcanoResponded 6 days ago
    Thanks for visiting us, Sarah! We're thrilled to hear that you and your daughter had a wonderful evening at China Chilcano. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed our food and found our service wonderful. We always strive to create memorable experiences for our guests, and we're glad we could contribute to your daughter's special day. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thanks. Management.

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  16. Ribenaberi

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I gave this restaurant a bit of a challenge as I had to change the number of my party several times. However, Jennifer was very accommodating and understanding and I appreciated her world class customer service! Our server for the night, Chris, was impeccable in his delivery of his service and how he introduced us to the food as we all picked a tasting menu. Truly the experience at China Chilcano was well loved by all. There are no words for the food and everyone gasped as we ate the final dessert. Great experience and always happy to support Jose Andres!

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  17. Kate

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, great service, but really quite loud. It was very distracting to try to catch up with an old friend - and we are young and without hearing issues! For this reason, I would go back to a different JA spot for a great meal with less noise.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Ambience was great. Service was wonderful
    China ChilcanoResponded on 9 May 2024
    Hello, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our food and ambiance at China Chilcano. We strive to provide excellent service and it's always rewarding to hear when we've succeeded. We appreciate your high ratings and look forward to serving you again soon. Best regards, The Management Team

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  19. MannyR

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service and outstanding food. Enjoyed it.

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  20. Seeje

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I wish they’d fix the awful orange-y lighting but won’t let that stop me returning for the yummy food. Treated allergies well and with patience which was much appreciated.

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  21. SuePee

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fab food and cocktails. We had a couple different types of cocktails, couple of different kids of dumplings (pot stickers) and couple of different kinds of saltados. All were very flavorful. The only disappointment was the Brusselsprouts, and they offered us a complementary exchange for that, which really superb service.

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  22. Rick

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dining adventure. China Chilcano is another glimse into the creative genius of José Andres. My daughter and I loved the Brunch Tasting Menu and had a delightful meal.

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  23. OvidiaM

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and ambiance were amazing! The staff was phenomenal and attentive - they gave suggestions on food/drinks and everything was so good.

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  24. Pruegs

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoy the Peruvian food. Good quality and flavor. Reminds me of my time in Lima. Come here every time I am in DC.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service ok, food was delicious but rather small portions. We all had a scrimp dish as a main course but the hunger still lingered so we had to order a whole peruvian chicken to fill us up. Pisco Sour was ok... kinda missed the real pisco flavor You get in Peru.

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  26. AbeFroman

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate several of the dim sum plates and one of the specials. We were there intentionally on Tuesday to try the dim sum. We also had the passion fruit drinks. All of it was excellent!

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  27. MariaA

    New York City

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great, food as always very nice. Servers are always attentive.

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  28. MariaA

    New York City

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My colleague had allergies and they were able to change sauces to ensure he was fine.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pisco and ceviche was amazing , service very friendly and the concolon was the star of the night .

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service here was not good. To be clear, the servers and other staff were fine enough, but they seemed on edge about management, and everything seemed rushed. I talked to a manager about issues with communication regarding our reservation and he was dismissive. This is the kind of place where I'd question if waitstaff get all of their tips (I don't know if they do or don't, I'm just describing the vibe). The food was good, though.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is ok. Cevice is small for $20+. I’ve had better lomo saltado. Beef chunks were large and chewy. The dish with pork belly and bao buns was good. Service was just ok. Buss girl dropped a fork on my friend and stained his shirt. No apologies. We asked for hot sauce and lemon, never got it. Restaurant seemed to cater to tourists - one time meal, rather than locals who would return. Not coming back.

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  32. MariaA

    New York City

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it. The Loki saltado and ahí the gallina are really good!

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  33. MikeL

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate out whole meal based on server’s recommendations! Delicious!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, impeccable service. We were together with out of town relatives and all of the staff made us feel welcome and cared for. Each dish we had was delicious and beautifully presented - amazing combinations of flavors, textures, sensations. Delightful start to finish! Thanks!

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  35. Maggie

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the interesting combinations of flavors.

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  36. MardyF

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I enjoyed it. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. Everyone could not have been nicer. I never had Peruvian food and it was a great experience. But we left hungry. We went from there to Fridays and had second supper. We had full meals at a second restaurant. Maybe we should have better portion control but i am definitely used to restaurants providing more food. For the price, I would have expected a larger portion. I am happy I went but I won’t be back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Buuuuut… Even though we had a reservation thru OpenTable they made us wait 10-15 minutes. 👎🏼

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  38. GracieD

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not busy at all on a weekday for lunch. Everything was delicious, including the server.
    China ChilcanoResponded on 4 May 2024
    Hey GracieD, Thank you so much for your kind words and the perfect ratings! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your meal and found everything to be delicious. It's always a pleasure to hear that our guests had a great experience with us. We always aim to provide the best service and food, so we're glad to know we hit the mark for you. We look forward to serving you again soon at China Chilcano. Best wishes, The Management Team

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch date with a perfect menu. A beautiful time!

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  40. MariaA

    New York City

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, great food, always a favorite. Will come back.

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FAQs

China Chilcano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 783-0941.

China Chilcano is rated 4.7 stars by 3474 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 80 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for China Chilcano

418 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    E Street and D Street NW
  • Area
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Peruvian, Chinese, Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    There are numerous public lots in the vicinity, as well as metered street parking at some hours.
  • Public Transit
    Gallery Place Chinatown or Archives/Navy Memorial
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Daniel Lugo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 783-0941
  • Private party facilities
    At China Chilcano, our Events Team works closely with our Head Chef Daniel Lugo and expert beverage team to create memorable, delicious experiences. Whether you’re booking a birthday dinner for 10 or a cocktail reception for 200, we’re excited to create a unique event together!
  • Private party contact
    Coleen Bendig: (202) 638-1910
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