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El Pollo Rico

Mexican, Spanish
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952 Highway 133, Carbondale, CO
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
Real Good

I'm a Mexican I I always avoid to go to mexican restaurants outside the country, but we were in this mall in Carbondale and we decide to give it a try. I was expecting the same tex-mex taste, but instead I got a nice ceviche, and the rice was very good, just like home.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2014
Pamela S
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Nashville, Tennessee
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120 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended by locals, we dropped in to get a bite. Looked like a typical mexican restaurant, definitely, not high end. Quickly we were served chips and salsa which was so good we devoured it quickly and had to get a refill on the salsa. We don't drink so can't comment on the beverages we saw the other diners getting. Never... More 

Thank Wotsmith
Carbondale, Colorado
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This place really knows chicken! Grilled to perfection. Also delicious homemade chicken soup and posole. For a real treat, try the blue corn chicken enchiladas.

Thank Linda33342
Dearborn, Michigan
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Today was the third time I have dined at El Pollo Rico in the last two years. This place has a friendly server staff, reasonable prices, and, most importantly, excellent Mexican cuisine. My dinner today featured the best burrito I've ever encountered. My only complaint would probably not bother most customers : a sound system cranks out often-inane non-stop music,... More 

Thank horko
aspen, colorado
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60 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Really nice people working there, fantastic Margaritas and the chicken is superb. This is a great Mexican place with very reasonable prices and a nice ambiance. Highly recommended.

Thank lawaspen
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Stopped here on ski trip on recommendation of friend. We were very disappointed with both the service and the overall quality of the meal. It took forever once we ordered and food when it came was overlooked. They were busy but that is no excuse. I wouldn't go back or recommend, too many other chooses.

Thank pickytraveler55439
Hastings, MN
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

My wife loves three things when eating Mexican: a real margarita, hot, fresh chips with salsa, and cheese enchiladas. She found all three at El Pollo Loco, a small, busy, fabulous Mexican restaurant in Carbondale. Don't let the strip mall location fool you: this is really good food. We also enjoyed the ceviche and a pot of seafood cooked in... More 

Thank Kevin M
Eagle, Colorado
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We were visiting a friend at the nursing home in Carbondale. She said she would love to have some quacomole and refried beans for lunch. Since she was unable to go out, I went to El Pollo Rico at the suggestion of a gentleman who was also visiting a patient. It was a little difficult to get to the restaurant... More 

Thank bassman3
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I'm a Mexican I I always avoid to go to mexican restaurants outside the country, but we were in this mall in Carbondale and we decide to give it a try. I was expecting the same tex-mex taste, but instead I got a nice ceviche, and the rice was very good, just like home.

1 Thank Pamela S
Denver, CO
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Just came into town from Crested Butte. Stopped in this strip mall to get my bearings and found this restaurant. Really good Mexican food!

Thank GoldenRose19
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Well they have great atmosphere and good view but bad treatment also it is pretty small and food is not the best

Thank mackenzie S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 952 Highway 133, Carbondale, CO
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Carbondale

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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