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El Pollo Rico

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Barbecue, Mexican, Peruvian
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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
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Delivery
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 107
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 3
    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
Most recent review
Plain atmosphere, but great food.

Atmosphere: It is like walking into a open cafeteria with the ordering counters in the back. The décor is unremarkable; this place is almost like a truck stop with tables littered throughout the floor. You are served on plastic trays with Styrofoam plates and plastic forks. Price: A half chicken... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
KAP20142014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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202 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Spanish first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Atmosphere: It is like walking into a open cafeteria with the ordering counters in the back. The décor is unremarkable; this place is almost like a truck stop with tables littered throughout the floor. You are served on plastic trays with Styrofoam plates and plastic forks. Price: A half chicken with 2 sides is less than $10. Food: the chicken... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Having tried El Pollo Rico several times, I don't get the fuss about the joint. The chicken is good, but I don't find it to be as great as the overall rating here would indicate. The kicker for me are the sides. Greasy fries and veggies straight from a can, sitting in a warming tray. Add to it the attitude... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had never heard of this place until a friend took me here one day after Church. The place was busy but the order line moved quickly. I got the 1/2 chicken and my friend got the 1/2 chicken. We each also got the fries and coleslaw. Our order was served quickly and it was hot, tasty and delicious. I... More 

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Good, inexpensive chicken and fries. I used to live a block away from this restaurant and for like $5 you can get. 1/4 rotisserie chicken and fries that melt in your mouth. Fun, casual locals restaurant. It helps if you speak Spanish, but many of the employees speak English.

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Arlington, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I've only eaten at a handful of Peruvian chicken places, but this one is the best so far (despite a lack of yucca). There aren't many options, but they do what they do very very well. I was getting takeout, and I was in and out (despite a line) in about 5 minutes. The chicken was juicy and flavorful, the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Being going to this Peruvian style restaurants for many times the only one thing I can say this is the best place(the only place) that you can take your family to eat Peruvian style broiler chicken, is so good that if you go one time alone you will go again but this time with family or friends

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Quito, Ecuador
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is what Pollo a la brasa should taste like. So delicious. Honestly I don't know what else to say to get to the minimum, because it isn't necessary. But go there and get some chicken!

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Annapolis, Maryland
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Be prepared for long lines, bad customer service, limited English speaking staff, but be prepared to absolutely love your food. This place offers some of the best grilled and rotisserie style chicken in Arlington. While the place is literally a hole in the wall, tucked into a residential/commercial area, they do make some of the best chicken in the area.... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place is not nearly as exceptional as it used to be. The fact that there are now so many different chicken-on-a-spit places in Northern Virginia has really raised the bar a lot higher than it used to be, and I can think of at least two (Crisp and Juicy and Nando's) that I consider better for both food value... More 

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Dickerson, Maryland
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138 reviews 138 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Ate dinner her with my wife while we were in Arlington and truly enjoyed it. The chicken was great; we split a whole one with coleslaw and fries as sides. As others have noted, it is quite a simple menu and they have it down to a science to manage the throughput. To me, that deserves four stars and I... 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: Barbecue, Mexican, Peruvian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?