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El Chalan Restaurant

1924 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2131
+1 202-293-2765
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good46%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“lomo saltado” (41 reviews)
“goat stew” (24 reviews)
“ceviche” (48 reviews)
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Peruvian, Latin, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1924 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2131
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Felix V
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

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

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

Thank Shela01
Reviewed 17 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

Thank Keith P
Reviewed 10 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.

Thank KKGreenport
Reviewed 6 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

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

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

Thank MariusDrag
Reviewed 23 July 2018

This was a great find in Washington, DC. I had never had Peruvian food before, but I am glad we tried this cozy little gem. The service was excellent from the moment we walked in, which I appreciated. We tried a couple of new (to...More

Thank Don C
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
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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