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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” (38 reviews)
“goat stew” (23 reviews)
“ceviche” (43 reviews)
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Peruvian, Latin, South American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1924 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-2131
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pro: The food is perfect, fresh and proportioned. Service fantastic. Price reasonable. Small and intimate. Con: The main dining room is loud, so next visit we will wait to sit in bar area.

Thank EdWhiteaker
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

If you like steak and potatoes this is a good place. Was disappointed in the seafood selection. It is in a basement and small.

Thank lyntn
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Restaurant has ample food selection, and they do serve a great deal of food; however, most of the fish is tilapia. Food was decent, service poor.

Thank bibiluis
Reviewed 27 August 2017

El Chalan was my first experience with Peruvian cuisine and though it didn't generally look all that impressive the food was excellent. The atmosphere and service were okay but weren't enough to really stand out. However, the Lomo Saltado did stand out. Images of Lomo...More

Thank Trent R
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Fantastic service. Walked over without a reservation. We were early and it filled up as we sat there. Fresh bread immediately served with butter and a mustard type condiment that we really liked. Wish I knew the waiter's name since he was so great. We...More

Thank vino2go50
Reviewed 20 August 2017

My husband and I randomly found this nice Peruvian restaurant and had a great meal. We were early on a Saturday night and were seated immediately. Service was very good, attentive but he didn't hover. I ordered a dish recommended by our waiter, loom saltado...More

Thank punkiepam
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Happened into this place, and was nicely surprised. The food was very good. Service was rather slow. One of our orders was unavailable, and the waiter had to be asked to bring a menu back before we could choose a new item. Continually had to...More

Thank royces640
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We had dinner at El Chalan during a visit to Washington. I have eaten there several times over the years... I always try to eat there whenever I come to Washington. The food is consistently good and the service is excellent. It's not on the...More

Thank Wickie_carroll
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We found this restaurant by accident just walking past and reading the menu outside, so we went back later for dinner. The food was delicious home-style cooking with lots of flavour. Staff were helpful and efficient. It's a family-run restaurant. You have to start with...More

Thank philgey
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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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