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El Pollo Ranchero

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6324 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306-6408
+1 703-721-2000
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We love this place! It is a good alternative to home cooking on a busy day, and a family of 4 can eat for under $30. We stop by at least once a month. Our favorites? The Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken, the pupusas, the plantains, the Salvadorian coleslaw (curtido) and the empanadas. We usually call our take out order in and... More 

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Thank Bougeotte18
Fort Myers, Florida
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

First night in town after a long travel day. We tried a local restaurant not a chain for dinner. We were pleased with the service and the food. We had the rotisserie chicken. It was moist, tender and tasty. The sides were well portioned and delicious. You cannot go wrong if you are looking for this type of fare.

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Thank sportsjunkie66
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Dined at a table here a few months back and really liked it. Then began comparing all the rotisserie chicken places along Route 1 and stopped back by here for take-out - a popular choice, it seems! This is one of the top chicken places, with a slightly smoky taste to the chicken (not overpowering, like some) and yet still... More 

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Thank Wile-E-One
Alexandria, Virginia
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82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

I fed a family of three adults and two children on delicious chicken, yucca, plantains, and beans and rice for under $25, including tip. Where else in the DMV does that happen? And the staff patiently tended to my little ones despite the place being quite busy. The pollo a la brasa was succulent. And try the spicy "magic green... More 

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Thank psullivan904
Alexandria, Virginia
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49 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

The food here is awesome. I love the Rotisserie Chicken. It is FABULOUS, but so are the ENCHILADAS SUPREME! Ample-sized portions, reasonably priced!

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Thank thetwocsmom
Franklin, North Carolina
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

You can order roasted chicken. They give you a yellow sauce that tastes a little like ketchup but it's really good. Their ensalada de fruta is a tropical juice with minced apple in it, it's refreshing and awesome.

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Thank Wendy A
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155 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015 via mobile

Visited this restaurant when recently staying in the area. The decor is nothing fancy but clean. The 2 servers we encountered were very good. Food was also very good. The rotisserie chicken was particularly good. We would visit again in the future.

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Thank HappyValley1000
Raleigh, NC
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

Tried this place after as long day walking D.C. the service was quick and acceptable. A little slow on drink refills. The food portions were large and very well prepared. The chicken was fantastic and presented well. The atmosphere is typical but venue could be utilized better. 2 can eat for under 25 bucks. Although I cannot attest to authenticity,... More 

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Thank Muck_Fichigan
Alexandria, Virginia
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374 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

I wanted to try this place after reading some favorable reviews. The chicken was good, but not great. If I have to pay over $8,50 for a half chicken, I'd expect it to be a lot better than supermarket rotisserie chicken. Though it was coated with pretty good amount of spices, it didn't taste that great. Pupusas (especially cabbage and... More 

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Thank 808MikeN
Lexington, Kentucky
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117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

I was out for my evening walk and walked into this place after smelling the incredible aromas outside. The place is rather small and it looks like the bulk of its business is local takeout but you can sit down and enjoy a delicious meal complete with scratch made salsa and homemade chips. I came in on a Tuesday evening... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6324 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306-6408
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-721-2000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?