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El Chalan Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner


Pollo al Vino
chicken breasts, coocked with red wine, carrots, raisins, and spices
Arroz a la Chiclayana
Peruvian style chicken cooked ini cilantro with rice and beer, garnished with peas and pimientos. Please allow 25 minutes to prepare
Aji de Gallina a la Arequipena
Shredded chicken cooked in a creamy peanut, garlic, onion sauce
Cabrito Norteno
goat stew cooked in vinegar, onion, and spice, served w/ rice and beans
Seco a la Huachana
beef stew cooked in cilantro sauce and spices, served with rice and beans
Steak du Jour
rib eye steak served with onions, eggs, and rice
Cau Cau a la Limena
tripe stew cooked with potato, peas and spices, served with rice
Pescado a lo Macho
tilapia fish, served fried or poached, topped with a seafood sauce
Pescado Frito Estilo Chalan
fried tilapia topped with mushroom and shrimp served w/ rice and potato
Picante de Camarones
shrimp in a peanut chili sauce
Cau Cau de Mariscos
seafood stew cooked with potato, peas and spices, served with rice
Pescado a la Chorillana
tilapia fish served fried or poached with onions, tomatoes and spices
Tres Leches
Dessert of the Day
Sopa de Pollo
chicken soup
Cazuela de Res
beef and vegetable soup
Chupe de Camarones
shrimp chowder with rice, egg, and spices
Ensalada Mixta
tossed salad with chalan dressing
Palta con Palmito
slices of avocado and hearts of palm
Ceviche de Pescado
fresh fish marinated in a mixture of lemon juice and seasoning
Ceviche Mixto
fish, shrimp, and squid marinated in a mixture of lemon juice and seasoning
Choros a la Chalaca
Fresh marinated mussels garnished with a marinade of onion, tomato, corn, and pepper
Camarones a la Limena
shrimp sautée in garlic and butter
Causa a la Criolla
tuna salad served in between mashed potatoes
Anticuchos el Chalan
marinated beef hearts
Papa a la Huancaina
boiled potatoes topped with a creamy cheese sauce
Arroz con Mariscos
peruvian style paella, rice cooked with seafood & fish in white wine and spices. Please allow 25 minutes to prepare
Lomo Saltado
our famous stripped beef sautée with fired potato, onion, and tomato, served with rice
Filet Mignon con Salsa de Champinones
filet mignon served with a mushroom sauce
seafood soup with fish, shrimp, clams, and mussels
Vegetariano el Chalan
vegetarian dish, chick peas / spinach stew
Pollo Saltado
chicken sautéed with fried potato, onion, and tomato, served with rice
El Chalan Restaurant was founded in 1975 by Pedro and Elsa Espinoza. The first Peruvian restaurant in the Metropolitan DC area. We are family owned business and we have kept the same menu and quality for the last 42 years. El Chalan to this day, is still a world renowned restaurant. Join us to expierence typical Peruvian cuisine.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Peruvian, Latin
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The flavors and the food was so fresh... I felt eating in Peru.... the Arroz con Mariscos just perfect... it remembered me the beautiful Lima city and Mancora...nice place 🙂👍

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank lydiapes
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Went for lunch with colleagues. Forgot my phone on the table. Came back to pick it up after about 20 minutes. They had not found it. Checked “Find My iPhone.” Showed that it was still at El Chalán. Went back again looking for it. Nothing....More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

I have practically visited every Peruvian restaurant in the DC metropolitan area, including northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs. El Chalan remains my favorite after several decades. Lomo saltado, ceviche mixto, and seco are my favorite dishes. Many moons ago, I asked the owner how she...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank L8111CQalejandrob
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Having never eaten at a Peruvian restaurant we decided to step down into this cellar restaurant. The service was good but with a slightly different style. I; however, enjoyed the interaction with staff. There were some unusual dishes. I tried a Peruvian special--well prepared &...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank John B
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

A friend and I happened to run into this hidden place. It looks tiny from the outside, but it actually isn't. The food was good, the pisco sour was nice and the bread was very tasty with the aji. The paella was a bit overcooked,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Shela01
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Went here for dinner with a friend who recommended this place and from all the positive reviews was looking forward to it. Perhaps they were having an off night but I was not impressed. There was a large group in the room as you entered...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Keith P
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

El Chalan is always our first stop when we visit Washington. The food is uniformly delicious and the service always gracious.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank KKGreenport
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We went there for lunch and had a great experience. We ordered Anticucho and they were delicious. For main entree I had the goat and my friend had the lomo saltado. She loved it! For drinks we had pisco! I love the ambiance and the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Terratravel1
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

I had not eaten at El Chalan in around five years. I often order Ají de Gallina, and I did and thought it was delicious. A business associate had the chicken in wine sauce and thought it was excellent. Two negatives are that it is...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank 572juanb
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We had some wonderful experiences with Peruvian food back in our home London, but we were always appalled there by how expensive these restaurants can get. We tried, on the recommendation of a local, this El Chalan resto in D.C. and we have to say...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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