We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

El Pollo Ranchero

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
6324 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306-6408
+1 703-721-2000
11:00 - 22:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 19: English reviews
Fort Myers, Florida
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has the best chicken and their sauces are so good! I've tried a few different entrees there and have always enjoyed them. Fajita Salad, and a half Chicken with sides are my favorites!

Thank jordieg86
Grayson, Kentucky
Level Contributor
227 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped here looking for a good meal and found good salsa but not much else. Combo fajita that was just plain. And my service was not so good. My drink went dry and they didn't come back to check on me. Ill go down the street.

Thank Kevprichard
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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 

Thank Bougeotte18
Fort Myers, Florida
Level Contributor
43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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.

Thank sportsjunkie66
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 

Thank Wile-E-One
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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 

Thank psullivan904
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
49 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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!

Thank thetwocsmom
Franklin, North Carolina
Level Contributor
56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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.

Thank Wendy A
Level Contributor
211 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
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.

Thank HappyValley1000
Raleigh, NC
Level Contributor
64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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 

Thank Muck_Fichigan

Travellers who viewed El Pollo Ranchero also viewed


Been to El Pollo Ranchero? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Pollo Ranchero staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?