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El Pollo Rico

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932 N Kenmore St, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
703 522 3220
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We tried this restaurant based upon the great reviews and the very high rank among the restaurants in Arlington. The chicken did not disappoint us--it was great! I agree with some of the other reviews that a better selection of sides would be nice, but the chicken is really great even with the limited sides.

Thank James H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I haven't been there in a while, but per my last visit, it needs to expand the menu. Chicken is relatively good, not the best per my taste and opinion.

Thank Eric I
Mansfield, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The most juicy and flavorful chicken around. I usually buy a whole chicken and eat it over a few days. I prefer the rice and fries as a side. Nice big steak fries. Yummy!

Thank Trisha G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

El Pollo Rico is an iconic DC spot, perhaps second only to Ben's (but a billion times better in my opinion). Even though the lines are almost always fairly long, they move quickly and the food is all ready to go, so the waiting isn't bad. The pollo a la braza is incredible; so juicy, tender, always cooked perfectly! I... More 

Thank Bradford C
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The amount of customers tells you this is a great very casual family local restaurant!!! Wait for parking as it worth tasting their roasted chicken, tasty rice, great fries and coleslaw. You can get a whole chicken, half or quarter with 2 sides. No other choices of meat just chicken!! Be prepared to wait in line depending on when you... More 

Thank 100candyg
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379 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The brasserie chicken was really good and the fried yuca complemented a really good meal the beans, rice and fried sweet banana added to the meal.

Thank Jhonesnaps60
Alexandria, Virginia
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As other reviewers have stated this place has been around for decades and always packed with people ..the chicken is succulent !!however they could improve on the variety of sides ..recently they added Rice as a choice instead of the potatoes and this is always sided with coleslaw which is the best coleslaw I have ever tasted !you get two... More 

Thank pioneertravler
Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Some of the best chicken, ever! The food was awesome and the servers were friendly and funny. Worth the drive.

Thank alf30067
Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This place has been around for decades now and always has a steady flow of patrons. It was one of the first of its kind in this area and is still in the lead!

Thank Luv2Travel_0001
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is a Peruvian chicken restaurant and their chicken is the best around. I'm a local and visit at least once a month. I usually get take-out but there is a simple dining room there and you can eat in. It's a very basic room with low-cost tables and chairs but no one seems to care since you're there for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Peruvian, Latin, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 932 N Kenmore St, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703 522 3220

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