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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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Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food was pretty good but the chicken was a little dry. The smoky flavor was excellent though. Service was fair--nothing to write home about. Prices were reasonable.

Thank Melody M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best charcoal cooked chicken ever! Delicioso! I will eat that chicken everyday if i can! Yuca frita (fried yuca) especially good also.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I lived in Peru for 4 years and this is the closest I've encountered to authentic pollo a la brasa--the sides are exactly as they would come in Peru and if you grab an Inca cola it's almost like being there. Even the Styrofoam and cramped tables are exactly as you would find! There's usually a line but it moves... More 

Thank Sara M
Arlington, Virginia
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As I wrote for Crisp and Juicy, I look for 3 things from a Peruvian chicken place: Chicken, sauce, sides with ratings weighted towards the chicken… because it’s a chicken place. The chicken is pretty good. 4 star in its category. I wouldn’t rank it #1 in Arlington, but certainly top 5 of the 15+ places I’ve tried. Again, it’s... More 

Thank Terpshooters
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The chicken is out of this world. We were at the door then they opened at 11am and there was already a small gathering waiting for the doors to open. Within 20 minutes half of the restaurant was filled. The decor is very bare bones but the food absolutely make up for it.

Thank Graystoke1
Bryans Road, Maryland
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93 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This spot was recommended by a coworker as a place to taste some great peruvian style chicken. Upon arrival, didn't notice anything exceptional. Routine menu, been to a few spots like this before. I did notice a great half chicken special however, well priced; so I ordered it. The plate looked impressive. A nice big piece of well roasted chicken... More 

Thank tryto82
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In an era of ever more elaborate meals and exorbitant prices, I settle for no frills community experience every time. I used to do lunch here when I worked at FDIC but it turned into a once or twice a month ritual before evolving into a full blown addiction. I have had Peruvian Chicken before but never this flavorful. I... More 

Thank BlackBear54
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the chicken and steak we got here... Lots of food, great prices, and very tasty. Good service and very convenient to the Ballston metro.

1 Thank Lori O
Bakersfield, California
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The chicken was tasty, and nice and moist, drumstick meat pretty much fell off the bone, even the breast meat which many places end up being dry. I had the coleslaw and fries, which were both good. I don't know that I've had Peruvian food before, but being from California, the flavor reminded me of the mesquite chicken they make... More 

1 Thank Brett S
Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing fancy, but the food is fantastic. Great place for families. You can eat in or carry out. Eat there as much as possible.

Thank karynlcarter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Peruvian, Latin, Fast Food, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?