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El Pollo Rico

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Mexican, Peruvian, Barbecue
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932 North Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
703 522 3220
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 116
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  • 70
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Almost perfect

We were a bunch of tourists looking for a place to eat when we came across this place on Google Maps. 1. Food Excellent. It cost us 60$ for 7 people. This includes a drink\a dessert\main course. 2. They were not stingy with the fries. I would ditch the rice and opt for Coleslaw. 3. The chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Sowmya_Halady
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were a bunch of tourists looking for a place to eat when we came across this place on Google Maps. 1. Food Excellent. It cost us 60$ for 7 people. This includes a drink\a dessert\main course. 2. They were not stingy with the fries. I would ditch the rice and opt for Coleslaw. 3. The chicken was tendor and... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Wooow....only word i can describe about the food and ice cream we had there. The grilled chicken you must taste it there. Had tried a lot and variety of grilled chicken but this is the best I jad. We all enjoyed the food there. The ambience not that great but food is far better than any expectation. Hope everybody has... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

If you haven't been, get there!! Finger licking good. There's no place close that compares to El Pollo Rico. Seriously.So I guess it goes without saying that the chicken is amazing but their sauces are also fantastic.The fries and cole slaw are good too but I've started getting double fries because I don't want the cole slaw juice on my... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

They only do one thing, but they do it incredibly well. Peruvian chicken, fries, coleslaw (though if you want to trade out a side for rice, they'll do that too). Cheap, delicious, one of my favorites.

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Arlington, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The chicken is always good but the sides are not much to speak about. Fries are mediocre so be happy with the main course. Carry out is recommended.

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Arlington, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I first went to this unassuming, no tablecloth restaurant when they had just opened in Clarendon, VA. Operated by the same family ever since, their grilled chicken and fries -which is a Peruvian cuisine specialty is superb. The cost-benefit of their meals is simply second to none. When you see executives in expensive ties, law enforcement officers, construction workers and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Incredible tasting chicken...great fries and sauces and coleslaw!!! The staff is friendly and hard-working.

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Arlington, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love this place, I just wish they had more locations so that the one in Arlington is not jam packed from 11 AM to 2 PM Monday through Friday every week. The chicken is amazing, the steak fries and "mild" sauce perfect on the side, and the cole slaw is a nice sweet to balance the salty on the... More 

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Arlington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is the best Peruvian chicken I have tasted in the DC metro area and there are many others but El Pollo Rico is the best!! I started going to El Pollo Rico many years ago and am a loyal follower. They have a simple concept - CHICKEN, FRIES, COLE SLAW and off course the hot and mild sauces!! This... More 

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Arlington, VA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Locals in Arlington know that El Pollo Rico is an institution for pollo a la brasa - chicken grilled on a spit. Not the only place around, but perhaps the best, their sauce is the deciding factor. When you need flavorful chicken with steak fries, for a very reasonable price, go here. No atmosphere, it's all about the chicken and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 932 North Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703 522 3220

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Peruvian, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?