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El Pollo Rico

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

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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
Best chicken ever!

Love this place. It's inexpensive and seriously, it's the most delicious, juicy chicken around. It's a must have. Only con is the parking, bring your patience with you!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Anna P
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Topeka, Kansas
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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222 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Topeka, Kansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Love this place. It's inexpensive and seriously, it's the most delicious, juicy chicken around. It's a must have. Only con is the parking, bring your patience with you!

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Pasadena, California
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134 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My wife and I loved the chicken we ordered here, and we very much enjoyed the open seating area. The standard plate is a quarter chicken with two sides. The sides include plain rice, coleslaw, or fries. All three sides were delicious. The restaurant also provides a green chili sauce that pairs wonderfully with the chicken.

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Clinton, MD
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This has to be one of the best Peruvian chicken places, outside of traveling to Peru. Do not let the long lines, which there are at times, discourage you. You will not be disappointed. The lines move fast. Seasoned well, and never overcooked. Very casual atmosphere. You will not be disappointed!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Seasoning is fantastic. Chicken is one of the best I've ever had and sides are awesome. I love the rice, because it tastes just like how we cook in Brazil. Try and get addicted!

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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Went there for dinner with friends while touring Washington, DC. There are lines of patrons waiting to dine. Do not be discouraged. Staff has the line moving, ordering and serving down to a science. They do not have many options to choose from, simply chicken, a few sides and sauces. Super delicious chicken. Highly recommended and pretty close to the... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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
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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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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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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, Spanish, Chicken Wings

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?