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El Pollo Rico

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Peruvian, Pizza, Barbecue, Spanish, Chicken Wings, South American
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932 North Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
703 522 3220
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Takeout

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  • 139
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  • 74
    Very good
  • 28
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  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good Chicken

Fast and excellent quality grilled chicken, no reservations. Large space, plenty of room for the family.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
bret l
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Arlington, Virginia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fast and excellent quality grilled chicken, no reservations. Large space, plenty of room for the family.

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Arlington, Virginia
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We often do lunch orders with these guys - always fresh and reliable. Not a huge selection but what they do, they do well - Chicken .... with some wicked sauces.

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Arlington, Virginia
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Holy cow. I've had a lot of Peruvian chicken in the DC area, but nothing comes close to El Pollo Rico's chicken. The chicken is unbelievably tasty and juicy. The venue itself is open, cafeteria-style seating. The sides are average, but don't let that throw you off. They're just fine, and comfortably play second-fiddle to this amazing chicken. The staff... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very casual, but good affordable food and easy to accommodate large groups quickly with no prior planning. Menu is limited to chicken and a couple sides. For better variety and sides we prefer Super Pollo on Wilson Blvd.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Half a chicken with rice ( or fries and coleslaw) for around $8.00 is the best value in town. This is only surpassed by the flavor and moistness of the chicken. A interesting treat was the Inca Kola, a yellow carbonated drink. There is always a line, out the door, but it moves quickly. Four guys push back from the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Smells like heaven, chicken is tender but has a crispy skin, sauces are addicting. Fries are coated in grease (in a good way) you can't tell from the outside perhaps but this restaurant is a real gem and very family friendly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

WOW, what can I say, this is in the middle of Arlington VA and as you drive to the location you can smell the chicken being prepared about a block away. The smell is alluring. The line to get into this place was outside the door but it went fast. The staff behind the counter is a fast and efficient.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We could smell the aroma of the chicken and spices as we were just pulling up the corner looking for a parking place. This place doesn't have a lot of signage, but your nose and the cars parked everywhere will tell you you found it. There will be a long line, but the staff is so fast and efficient It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Chicken was fabulous and the amount of spices on/in the chicken were spot on!! We shared the whole chicken with a family of four and it was just enough!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

They have the best broasted chicken ever. The atmosphere of the place is ok. There plenty of seating.😀!

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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, Pizza, Barbecue, Spanish, Chicken Wings, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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