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El Pollo Rico

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932 N Kenmore St, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
+1 703-522-3220
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Utica, New York
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96 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Quick lunch room style service and good food. The portions are huge. The place has to be good with so many native Hispanic patrons coming there.

Thank RunForristRun
Arlington, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best Peruvian Chicken in America! Busy. Don't wait until close - You may miss out on the goodness!!!

Thank dcdps5911
Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

El Pollo Rico is our go to for casual and delicious takeout dining. The chicken is amazing! There is always a line but it moves quickly. You will not be disappointed.

Thank lkgfoster
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

You know a restaurant is good when the locals eat at it. Pollo Rico has an entire cross section of customers: Families with young kids, office workers, laborers and everyone in between. Prices are low, and the food is great. Recommend.

Thank Cristie C
Northern Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Tried them all. This place has the best Peruvian style rotisserie chicken. PERIOD! Not much ambience. We do carryout.

Thank othellobel
Arlington, Virginia
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

I was visiting a friend, it was dinner time, no time to cook. At her suggestion, we went to Pollo Rico and bought a whole chicken and coleslaw to go. Just the aroma in the shop set the salivary glands going! We were not disappointed!! Juicy, the, so very flavourful! The sauces were fabulous, too. The coleslaw was to sweet... More 

Thank Shelley W
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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223 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

We stopped here after seeing so many reviews. The line was out the door. All they serve is Rotisserie Chicken ,french fries, rice and cole slaw. They also have a few desserts. Simple and super. Tasty seasoned rotisserie chicken cooked to perfection. We were six in our party and all ate with leftovers for $40. Great place

1 Thank Idreamov
Arlington, Virginia
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182 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

El Pollo Rico (the Rich Chicken--as in tasty, not wealthy) is not a place where high-end business deals are shaped in fancy settings. This is a place to go if you are looking for comfort food (chicken and fries) and a simple setting that allows you to get down to the business of eating! Simple, to the point, and a... More 

Thank DrChipB
Arlington, Virginia
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

We eat there almost every month. It's a regular in our "what's for dinner" routine. We live in Arlington and this is the best - most consistent Peruvian chicken in town. Only one other compares, but El Pollo Rico wins out because is closer (& a slightly better price). The menu is simple. Whole, Half or Quarter chicken. That's it... More 

Thank DCJim40
Vicksburg, Mississippi
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73 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Went there or lunch and it was a fantastic experience. Chicken was out of this word and the line and service was super fast! They only do one thing, but they do it super well.

Thank Emailrobert

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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, Parking Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, 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: +1 703-522-3220

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