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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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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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202 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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167 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 8 December 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
Keswick, Virginia
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109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 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 15 November 2016

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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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

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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50 reviews
43 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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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?