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El Chalan Restaurant

1924 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2131
+1 202-293-2765
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good49%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lomo saltado” (40 reviews)
“goat stew” (23 reviews)
“ceviche” (45 reviews)
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Peruvian, Latin, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1924 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2131
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here based on the recommendation of the bartender at the hotel where we were staying. We enjoy Peruvian food, and it was within easy walking distance. We are so glad we visited! We made reservations, party of 3. It was full, and...More

Thank jennygirl57
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Amazing pisco sours, fabulous food, great prices, and a "I feel like I am in Europe on vacation" atmosphere. You can't go wrong with this place. I have brought a few different friends here for dinner during the week and on weekends and I (and...More

Thank renee_wolforth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably some of the best Peruvian food in the DC area. The location is in the basement and centrally located to the World Bank , the Metro and other tourist friendly places. This place was recommended to me by a Peruvian person and it did...More

Thank Sundncr
Reviewed 7 April 2018

This is a nice place in a not so presumptuous location but inside is very nice. The food was very good, at leas my ceviche was very well done. Is very popular and full of people but the service was good at fast. The only...More

Thank claudiast
Reviewed 4 March 2018

You get authentic Peruvian food served in a small and cozy restaurant. I have a gone a couple of times now, and it never disappoints. The best day to go seems to be Saturday when the office staff is not in town!

Thank DanteMR
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

... to satisfy my nostalgia for pisco sour and ceviche. Very nice decor in brick-laid basement. This is a white table cloth restaurant with good service (disclaimer, was there almost at closing, so the place wasn't busy). Pisco and ceviche were very good - as...More

Thank Maxim B
Reviewed 4 February 2018

This is an excellent restaurant serving higher end Peruvian cuisine. They don't take reservations for parties under 6. My son and I went on a Friday night for dinner when they opened at 5:30 and there were still several tables available at 7 pm. We...More

Thank 5StarDivaFamily
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Our first night in DC, went out to scout out possible restaurants & happened to see this little place. Situated "below-stairs" and decorated in a warm & welcoming style. My husband had the seafood ceviche & raved about it! Mini-loaf of excellent bread, served with...More

Thank loose51
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Seated at lunch without reservation and it was very busy. Service OK, ceviche was excellent although the paella and seafood stew were only average and calamari was the most abundant seafood in both. I think we must not have ordered the right things based on...More

Thank Happy415
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Had gone to El Chalan a couple of times and I was impressed. This time the good food was overshadowed by extremely poor service. Our waiter had to be sought out at least three different times during the meal, including when one in our party...More

Thank DM10468
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1924 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2131
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-293-2765
  • E-mail
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.
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