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El Pollo Rico

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932 North Kenmore Street, 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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Washington, DC
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ever since it opened this was my go to chicken place for take out -- always excellent. However, the last three take out chickens have been very dry. In fact my wife won't eat today's take out chicken. Looking for a new chicken place -- any recommendations?

Thank nick_jemma
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been eating there over 20 years and it is the best. have not found anything close to that peruvian taste.

Thank Janet P
Bentonville, Arkansas
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Such good Peruvian food!! Huge servings so you can easily share. The food was so good and very hot so you can tell it was fresh. My kids loved it too. So yummmmmy and great prices!

Thank Momof2boyz2015
Leesburg, Virginia
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157 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is simple but SO amazing! The half chicken is more food than you might expect especially with the two sides you get. If you prefer spicy get the green sauce or the white/yellow sauce is tasty not so spicy. There are usually long lines around meal times but it's fast moving. Parking is limited so you might... More 

Thank HBH2336
Charlotte, North Carolina
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93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best values for lunch and one of the best tasting meals I had during my stay. Don't be afraid to get the HOT sauce with your charcoal grilled chicken. It is really not that hot. Slaw was good as well. Would have eaten here more than once if we had discovered it earlier in our... More 

Thank william B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the El Pollo Rico since 1990 and knew the owners they always friendly and the chicken the best of the best. You feeling back home.

Arlington, Virginia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great value and such a clean place. Smells great from blocks away and the staff is amazing. I can't cook chicken myself at their prices! Try it if you are on a high-protein diet or serve it like you made it!!!

Thank Shannon S
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

You know you are going to good restaurant when you can smell the food cooking two blocks away. The chicken here reminds of Food I ate in Lima Peru. Great food, wonderful service at a great price.

Thank Chris C
Virginia Beach, VA USA
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Was looking on phone for some good Peruvian type chicken and this place popped up at the top. Gave it a try and we are glad we did. Not a lot of options here. Chicken and a choice of I believe four different sides (you get 2). The sauces that come with the chicken were great. Chicken probably best I... More 

Thank HoosierBob
Arlington, Virginia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

While parking can be a bit of a challenge and the lines can be long...... it is worth the wait. The staff is very friendly and there is a wide variety of patrons from all walks of life.

Thank P W

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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 North Kenmore Street, 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?