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“Good food, very noisy.”

El Chalan Restaurant
Ranked #229 of 3,556 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Latin, Peruvian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Description: 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.
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

I like this place very much. Fresh, hot, tasty paella, but this place desperately needs some sound absorbing features. If course, the louder it gets the louder some idiots get and it is an annoying cycle.

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Thank Richard B
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Very nice restaurant, small but attractive, and crowded to the gills with people who mostly seemed to be regulars and all seemed to enjoy themselves very much.

The food was very good. My one big complaint is that for a shrimp dish which was around $13.00 for lunch had only 6 or 7 very, very small shrimp in it. aND i DO MEN SMALL so I'd say there wasn't a whole lot of value although it came with tons and tons of seasoned rice if you want to count that as having value to the overall price.. Having said all that I did like the place and would go back again

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1  Thank mickey75
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We went here when we couldn't get into Founding Farmers - and it turned out to be a happy accident. Having had an expensive, small and awful meal at the Blue Duck Tavern it was nice to find the opposite end of the spectrum. Good hearty food, plenty of it and a bill that didn't leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

Give them a try.

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1  Thank twingytwangy
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I had never tried Peruvian food before, but I am so glad we ate here. The food was delicious. I enjoyed the Lomo Saltado and my red wine Sangria! We were fortunate to be there on a night with live music and it provided great atmosphere. The waiter provided quick service and was quick to refill water glasses. Just note that the restaurant itself is rather cramped.

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1  Thank Leigh S
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

At Chalan you can get all the well known Peruvian dishes. We tried the Ceviche, which was not so good. It was lacking chili and lime, we also tried very good anticuchos (grilled hearts) and an okay Aji de Gallina.The restaurant is cosy and the waiters are quite friendly. The biggest surprise we got was when we received the bill, there was a service fee of 18,5% added to the amount. We do not know if that was because we are tourists or if that is standard, but it was not written any places at the menu card or elsewhere.

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Thank MichaelBNielsen
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