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Al Carbon Chicken

1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
+1 434-964-1052
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Peruvian, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I've tried many of the dishes here, and the pork is right up there with the best. Esquites for the win!

Thank GDubCville
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two of us shared a whole chicken, 2 kinds of rice, French fries and corn on the cob. Everything was delicious- the corn on the cob was the best I’ve ever eaten. It was very crowded and took about 15 minutes to get our food...More

Thank Kathleen O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a MUST eat on your trip to the C’Ville area. Yes, it’s not downtown and off the beaten path, but that’s what makes this place a true gem. It’s authentic Peruvian cuisine, that’s fast, delicious, and inexpensive. I would hands down recommend this...More

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ducked off 29 looking for a quick meal , but not the typical fast food . We discovered al carbon . The chicken is delightful - perfectly cooked over charcoal . The sides are good too. We had the guacamole and they prepared it...More

Thank makabi08
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Charlottesville for work and was looking for a unique, local spot, with delicious food. This place blew me away! I had the tacos and a side of fried plantains on my first visit. Yes, I said first. It was so good that...More

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

The Al Carbon chicken is absolutely amazing for a relaxed lunch. The chicken is flavorful and the dishes are very reasonably priced. They have unique side dishes as well. We tried the cactus! This place is muy deliciousa!

Thank Paris F
Reviewed 14 August 2018

We ordered half chicken and it was burned, we ended up going to other restaurant and had our family dinner. Maybe it was a bad batch.More

Myriam H, Manager at Al Carbon Chicken, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hey Ashley, thanks for taking some time to leave us a review. We're sorry to hear that your chicken was overcooked. We take a lot of pride in the food we serve, so it is disheartening to know that it did not meet your expectations....More

Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

It’s a bit pricy for chicken sandwich, but it is VERY GOOD. the place is far from fancy, but you can smell the charcoal-fired chicken ovens from 100 yards away. Cafeteria-style dining area that is always busy. If you’re looking for the atmosphere and ambiance...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Absolutely the best roasted chicken I have ever eaten! So worth the trip out 29N for those who avoid the traffic in this area. The sides are tasty and match up well with the incredible chicken cooked here. I return regularly for more chicken plus...More

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

I was anxious to visit given the great reviews. The rotisserie-style chicken was good, but I've had tastier and moister chicken. What really stuff out were the fried plantains, the corn on the cob and the sauces. Can't wait to go back and try some...More

Thank VitaminMoose
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27 February 2016|
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Response from Bryan J | Reviewed this property |
yes, they do have fries, but no pizza.
Jamie Y
11 December 2015|
Response from Laura Z | Reviewed this property |
The tacos, flautas, and huaraches are made with corn tortillas instead of flour. They have soup (caldo tlalpeño), fried plantains, green salad, grilled veggies, several rice dishes, yucca fries, and nopal cactus-- these are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-964-1052
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