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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 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 20:30
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Keswick, Virginia
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109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not complaining but if you read a review that mentions these- they are reviewing the wrong restaurant! Really good chicken with a choice of steak fries, rice or Cole slaw - that's it. A few desserts and a selection of beverages. Very popular!

Thank Peter R
Arlington, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you are in the mood for excellent Rotisserie Chicken, this is your place. This is a cafeteria style place, far from fancy, so plan on doing takeout on less you want to eat at cafeteria style tables and chairs (assuming you can find a seat).

1 Thank Jonathan S
Bend, Oregon
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110 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We checked into our hotel late, and needed to grab a bite. Saw this had good reviews, and chicken sounded good. We got there 30 minutes before they closed, so the line was short and there was parking outside. You just order chicken - light meat, dark meat, or whole chicken - and then your sides are a choice of... More 

2 Thank Cruisers58
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

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.

1 Thank James H
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 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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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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!

1 Thank Trisha G
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

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 

1 Thank Bradford C
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 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
Bradenton, Florida
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550 reviews
405 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

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.

1 Thank Jhonesnaps60
Alexandria, Virginia
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 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

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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?