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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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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 114
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  • 69
    Very good
  • 26
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Best chicken in Arlington

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Kendra K
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Arlington, Virginia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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213 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Arlington, Virginia
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

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
Senior Contributor
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
Senior Contributor
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
15 helpful votes 15 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
Senior Contributor
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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was disappointed to see that they are now offering smaller pieces of chicken and quality had suffered. Chicken was undercooked and did not taste as good. I will probably return after a few months to see if they had fixed it.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The wife and I eat here multiple times a month. We joke that it is our crack. It is our go to when we do not cook. They know they have a good thing and they keep it simple. We usually take it to go as we live just off Ft. Myer.

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Arlington, Virginia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Simple, clean atmosphere but you are going for the food, whether you dine in or take it to go. My husband and I meet a friend here for a mid-week dinner at 7 PM. The place was not very busy. We ordered at the counter and were promptly served. I had the 1/4 chicken with fries and rice. I'm not... 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?