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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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Alexandria, Virginia
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank S6231ATdavidl
Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best chicken I have ever had. Amazing flavor - be sure and try the sauces. Prepare for a line.

Thank John Y
New York City, New York
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met a college buddy for lunch here. We hadn't seen one another in ages so we wanted a place with good food, affordable food, and where we could sit and catch up. This place fit the bill on all 3 areas for us. The chicken was perfectly seasoned and delicious.There was a wide range of sides to select from -... More 

1 Thank AMG3235
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch was great. Freshly charbroiled chicken with a side of fries or colsaw. Very busy place. Highly recommended

Thank Nabil J
Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 August 22, 2016 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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

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 

1 Thank Sara M

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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?