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Thanksgiving turkey was easy to order and delicious. Amazing and worth every penny.
Lisa Lampe via google.com - Nov 28, 2020
Definitely coming back for the carnitas!
Sara Bellum via google.com - Nov 23, 2020
I always love eating here! Food ...
I always love eating here! Food is super affordable and high quality every time. I especially love their poblano rice (made with cilantro) and their jalapeño cilantro sauce!
Jeeyeon M. via yelp.com - Nov 23, 2020
Delicious tacos and generous portions!
Jordan Coiro via google.com - Nov 17, 2020
Awesome food, their chicken was delicious and their sweet sauce was crazy good. They also make really good pork tacos and yummy yellow rice. Plus their staff was friendly. Great experience.
Alex Jenny via google.com - Nov 16, 2020
Ordered dinner to go.... the chicken is delicious! The street corn 🤤🤗 and the plantains with that
Ordered dinner to go.... the chicken is delicious! The street corn 🤤🤗 and the plantains with that sweet sauce! I have no idea why I had never eaten here before .... I will definitely be back!
Laura Payne via facebook.com - Nov 12, 2020
Go in grab some churros for the ...
Go in grab some churros for the way back home promise you will love these place. Amazing chicken the staff is great they treat you like family.
Jaime M. via yelp.com - Nov 11, 2020
Food was very good. Nice portion size.
Ernest Chambers via google.com - Nov 9, 2020
We absolutely love this place! ...
We absolutely love this place! The food is amazing and authentic. This is our go to place. We have an Airbnb and recommend Al Carbon to our guest and they all come back with raving reviews.
Teresa M. via yelp.com - Nov 7, 2020
Amazing tacos. I've tried all of their meats and its all so tender and flavorful. Great selection of salsas for dipping the tacos.
Jason S via google.com - Nov 5, 2020
The food and staff are amazing!!!!
Claudia Wells via google.com - Nov 2, 2020
Some of the best chicken you will ...
Some of the best chicken you will ever have! The chicken is the star of the show, with its perfectly roasted and season skin to its juicy and flavorful meat, but the sides want to steal the show. The rice is not your ordinary rice, its bursting with poblano flavor! The nopalitos are just the right texture and the roasted onion with j ... read more
Joe M. via yelp.com - Nov 1, 2020
Al Carbon is amazing! I have friends ...
Al Carbon is amazing! I have friends who rave about it, so I had to try it. The chicken was fantastic, as well as the street corn and Mac & cheese. I ordered for takeout, and the meal was made quickly and the service was great. The meals are a really good bang for your buck as well! Highly recommend!
Elizabeth M. via yelp.com - Oct 30, 2020
Wow! Exceeded expectations. Covid compliant with a cool, hands free thermometer. Very good service and excellent food. Great value! Thank you!
DJ Bickers via google.com - Oct 25, 2020
Delicious sandwich - worth the 10 minute wait. Lots of space to spread out in the waiting area too which was nice here during COVID.
James Lester via google.com - Oct 25, 2020
Absolutely Delicious Chicken & Plantains
This chicken is absolutely amazing! We live 5 hours away but travel to the Charlottesville area frequently and always stop at Al Carbon. The food speaks for itself! I’ve never been disappointed with anything on the menu. Make sure to order the fried plantains and...sweet sauce. The staff are so friendly and go above and beyond to sat ... read more
MoxieCheetah via tripadvisor.ca - Oct 25, 2020
The place looks "normal" from outside ...
The place looks "normal" from outside but the quality is really great and staff is very friendly. Had a great dinner there with fantastic and authentic Latino food. Loved my tamal, had some nice small dishes and churros.
nic s. via yelp.com - Oct 25, 2020
Absolutely the best chicken and sandwiches in VA. Incredibly nice staff and smooth online ordering.
Ethan Tate via google.com - Oct 22, 2020
We had lunch at Al Carbon Chicken ...
We had lunch at Al Carbon Chicken last week.....passed by it 100 times and had never seen it before!

When we walked in we were immediately greeted by the pleasant gentleman behind the counter who took our order and took the time to patiently answer our questions, etc.  Before I forget to mention, the place was CLEAN CLEAN CLEA
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Larry W. via yelp.com - Oct 20, 2020
Al Carbon Chicken is the perfect ...
Al Carbon Chicken is the perfect lunch spot! My husband and I both ordered the Para Papa, which is a meal that comes with a half chicken, 2 sides and 1 salsa. We tried the fried plantains, green poblano rice, yellow rice and street corn for sides. We also both chose the mild salsa, medium and spicy are also available. The chicken was ... read more
Stephanie J. via yelp.com - Oct 19, 2020
Holy cow, how have I never been ...
Holy cow, how have I never been to this place before?! Ordered a veritable feast for takeout and didn't regret a single pick. The chicken is obviously amazing, but definitely also try the fried plantains with the delectable pink sauce (whatever it's called), roasted vegetables, street corn, and rice. Very quick, and super high qualit ... read more
A.C. R. via yelp.com - Oct 18, 2020
Al Carbon Chicken is hands down ...
Al Carbon Chicken is hands down THE best restaurant in Charlottesville. So good, we had to have it twice for dinner in the 5 days we were there.

Their rotisserie chicken is roasted to perfection. We generally go for the dark meats, but the white meats was very juicy and good too.
Other worthy mentions are the fried yucca,
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Ju L. via yelp.com - Oct 13, 2020
I love this place and everytime we visit my mom we order the family meal. But tonight the chicken was raw and uncooked and we had to throw much of it away. Unfortunately, we cant drive back to return and exchange as we are heading back home to Virginia Beach. :-( ... read more
Wilson P via google.com - Oct 11, 2020
I cannot recommend this place enough ...
I cannot recommend this place enough, particularly during COVID. Their takeout has been fast, efficient, and effective. I go to Al Carbon any time I'm craving tacos, but their whole chickens are also delicious and can give you a meal for days!

P.S. always get Yuca on the side!
Sam P. via yelp.com - Oct 5, 2020
My family and I shared a whole chicken, several different sides (nopales, sweet plantains, elote) along with some tacos. We were blown away with the flavors being offered here. Everything was delicious! We ended up getting some more elotes to share, because those were ridiculously good, and some churros for the kids. Super pleased wi ... read more
Fabio Patino via google.com - Oct 4, 2020
Reasonably priced and everything on the menu is excellentYou can taste the quality of the ingredi
Reasonably priced and everything on the menu is excellent You can taste the quality of the ingredients Personal favorite is the Cemita with Milanesa ... read more
Joe Chasse via facebook.com - Oct 4, 2020
La semitas especiales son las más gtande y ricas ... read more
Saul Ochoa via google.com - Sep 30, 2020
Great food. Went here for the take-out ...
Great food. Went here for the take-out and was super easy to order ahead and pick up. The chicken was authentic with all those sauces. It can really feed a bunch a people at an affordable price. I recommend the yucca over the fries, but you definitely should get the chip and guac! It was really great.
The churros were really fres
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Craig S. via yelp.com - Sep 27, 2020
Fresh, yummy especially when chicken ...
Fresh, yummy especially when chicken is well seasoned. Yucca fries are a must. Price is reasonable.
Pug D. via yelp.com - Sep 26, 2020
EXCELLENT! !
Andre' LeCompte via google.com - Sep 24, 2020
Amazing tacos (especially the chorizo), flavorful sauces, and a good value!
julia suozzi via google.com - Sep 24, 2020
This is our second time, getting food from Al Carbon and our experiences were spread out a bit. Ordered the family meal (chicken and sides). Also guacamole, choriqueso, and churros. Food is good and made in-house. 6-7 out of 10. Portions are a little meager. 4-5 out of 10. 4 stars instead of 3 because it's a local business. It's g ... read more
Brian Gunn via google.com - Sep 19, 2020
This place is one of the best restaurants I Charlottesville. The rotisserie chicken is out this world, and the tacos are amazing. I ordered 5 different flavors, and each was awesome, flavorful, and fresh. The street corn is amazing. I highly recommend this place. I wish I lived closer, but I am glad I don't because I would spend ... read more
Robert Guenther via google.com - Sep 16, 2020
Very nice chicken ... read more
Marius Mostrag via google.com - Sep 16, 2020
Stopped by while in town for business. Y’all this chicken is GOOD! If I am ever back in town, I am stopping here first!
Judson LeCompte via google.com - Sep 15, 2020
This place deserves all the business ...
This place deserves all the business and positive reviews in the world. I *always* come with another person so that we can each get our favorite two dishes and split halfway because I never satisfy my craving with just one type of dish here.

I've had everything on the menu from the cactus with chorizo, half chicken, sweet plan
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Stephanie R. via yelp.com - Sep 14, 2020
Get the tacos. As good as fancy tacos downtown but less expensive.
James Garrett via google.com - Sep 11, 2020
HONEST REVIEW! If you're looking ...
HONEST REVIEW! If you're looking for something addictive, delicious, and DIFFERENT, Al Carbon is your restaurant. Their chicken is cooked in their special ovens for the entire day. Go ahead and get a half-order meal with a side of FRIED YUCCA, their BEST SIDE. Their special yellow and green sauces will have drooling on the way to the ... read more
Layne R. via yelp.com - Sep 10, 2020
Al Carbon is our go to family dinner ...
Al Carbon is our go to family dinner take out. The food is always fantastic and the service is as well.
Emma B. via yelp.com - Sep 7, 2020
My partner and I ordered a family menu (la familia), which came with a whole chicken and three sides. We chose street corn, beans, and green rice. Beans were just okay but the corn and rice were really good. The chicken was yummy too, as it was cooked nicely. For sauce, we got aji and chipotle crema- both were not spicy at all but we ... read more
C. Kim via google.com - Sep 7, 2020
I've patronize this business for ...
I've patronize this business for 5 years!  Always great food & great service!  Highly recommended!
Roberta Dawn H. via yelp.com - Aug 31, 2020
Wow...I am IMPRESSED! Great tasting food and I was stuffed after half of my sandwich! Highly recommend!
Brandy Wingler via google.com - Aug 28, 2020
Very tasty food, and almost all doubt a great job of wearing masks ... read more
Jon H via google.com - Aug 17, 2020
My wife and I love Al Carbon - we order from here almost weekly. We are glad they have adapted to the COVID environment and are still providing fresh, delicious meals for takeout. We always order the Taco combo with Chicken, Carne Asada, Pastor Pork, and Carnitas and a chicken burrito. Their Choriqueso Dip is also very unique and del ... read more
Chip Gerstenmaier via google.com - Aug 16, 2020
Local gem, phenomenal food. Whole ...
Local gem, phenomenal food. Whole chicken, half chicken...mix of tacos...can't go wrong! I'd post pictures but the food did not last long enough. Did I mention the fried plantains? ... read more
Nathan R. via yelp.com - Aug 14, 2020
We had Al Carbon twice during our ...
We had Al Carbon twice during our visit to Charlottesville and both times it was absolutely delicious. We tried the chicken, esquites, yucca fries, street corn, guacamole and chips. Highly recommend this restaurant. The service is also great and they're managing the covid situation very well. Everything is spaced out as you wait or i ... read more
En K. via yelp.com - Aug 14, 2020
Al Carbon has some of the best food in town. They have a lot of options beyond their chicken (which
Al Carbon has some of the best food in town. They have a lot of options beyond their chicken (which is delicious). I love their tacos. The staff are helpful and friendly. Great service.
Laura Shumaker Drummond via facebook.com - Aug 8, 2020
Good food! Great service! Will ...
Good food! Great service! Will come back again. Everything that we ordered was very well handed and delicious ... read more
Moises L. via yelp.com - Aug 8, 2020
Family meal is a joke! A large side of street corn is one cob. The food is good but their sides are not family sizes. Expensive for what we ordered.
Brian Frazier via google.com - Aug 7, 2020
I don't hold with Mexican restaurants ...
I don't hold with Mexican restaurants that don't bring out chips and salsa, sorry. Food was not bad, but the decor is concrete floor and plastic dinette. Not much like eating out, IMO.
Alan H. via yelp.com - Aug 5, 2020
great Peruvian food!
Brienna Gerard via google.com - Aug 3, 2020
Holee yum. Great menu, fresh, delicious ...
Holee yum. Great menu, fresh, delicious, a bunch of options. The kind of of place where it's easy to over order because of the outstanding sides.  They are taking good steps to be safe with Covid and have takeout. Don't let the lousy parking lot deter you, completely worth the trip.
A R. via yelp.com - Aug 1, 2020
I got the house special cemita sandwich and it was overwhelming in the best imaginable way, and they're takeout setup during covid times is efficient.
Scott Otis via google.com - Jul 29, 2020
Really good Peruvian chicken!!! ...
Really good Peruvian chicken!!! The staff was very friendly and helpful. The green poblano rice is worth a try, very light and fluff. I also tried the esquites with cream...delicious!!!
S.J. P. via yelp.com - Jul 29, 2020
Pick up was easy, staff was courteous ...
Pick up was easy, staff was courteous and helpful, and staff was also wearing masks and gloves. Got home and food was delicious. Cemitas sandwich with carnitas, entero chicken, street corn, maduros, and yuca were all perfection. Thank you for making this Floridian happy with a taste of home, minus the raging pandemic numbers there ri ... read more
Ashley R. via yelp.com - Jul 26, 2020
Delicious food, reasonable prices, friendly service, and owned by the nicest couple: everything you want in a restaurant! My husband and I have been eating at Al Carbon for years and whenever we have visitors, they always want to go there. They’re known for roast chicken but I also love the carne enchilada cemita, fries with cheese a ... read more
Julia Prince via google.com - Jul 19, 2020
I cannot say enough good things about Al Carbon! So yummy! We usually order the chicken sandwiches - the amount of cheese on those is heavenly. The chicken is cook perfectly. Always happy when we choose Al Carbon!
Devynn Banks via google.com - Jul 19, 2020
Amazing value with the la Familia menu choice . Delicious South American style roasted chicken and side dishes. Open for take out during COVID and there’s no better place for a delicious home meal.
Marc Mandeltort via google.com - Jul 18, 2020
I can't speak highly enough of ...
I can't speak highly enough of this place. One of my favorite places to eat in Charlottesville. The spicy chicken cemita and fried plantains is a fantastic choice. Highly recommend checking it out if you haven't been here.
Zach G. via yelp.com - Jul 18, 2020
Great food and great prices ... read more
Thomas L. Durbin via google.com - Jul 17, 2020
Staff was amazing and the chicken huarache made me cry tears of joy.
Ryan Singer via google.com - Jul 16, 2020
Delicious!!! Best chicken in cville!!!
Hunter Tyler via google.com - Jul 12, 2020
Delicious.
Tara Murray via google.com - Jul 11, 2020
Every time we come the food is consistently delicious! The guacamole is phenomenal and the chicken
Every time we come the food is consistently delicious! The guacamole is phenomenal and the chicken is our standard that we judge others by!
Jennifer Poole via facebook.com - Jul 11, 2020
Awesome food and staff ... read more
John and Jessica Rebert via google.com - Jul 10, 2020
Omg. Everything looked so good that we ordered twice as much as we could eat just so we could taste more of their dishes. We will definitely be back!
Erin Baugher via google.com - Jul 9, 2020
We were in Charlottesville for ...
We were in Charlottesville for the 4th of July weekend, since we were exploring the mountains nearby. The lack of food options was hire aggravating, but luckily al Carbon was open. We ordered the full chicken with a side of green rice, fried, and cheesy corn. Honestly, it was as good as any Peruvian chicken I've had and what I honest ... read more
Maheen S. via yelp.com - Jul 8, 2020
We just love this place. The chicken sandwiches are amazing. Al Carbon is my Mom's favorite so everytime family comes into town we wind up here. They are doing a great job with social distancing and being Covid compliant.
Elizabeth Jandl via google.com - Jul 6, 2020
i was going to have my grad dinner ...
i was going to have my grad dinner here... sad that didn't get to happen... BUT 12/10 recommend trying this place. Al Carbon is part of my "tried and true favs" yelp list. Tucked behind Kohr Bros with a parking lot FILLED with pot holes (beware), is this gem  of a restaurant that has just the most mouthwatering chicken and sides. pla ... read more
Katie L. via yelp.com - Jul 6, 2020
We have had takeout takeout from ...
We have had takeout takeout from here more times than I can count- and it's delicious every time!! They have two kinds of rice- yellow and green- both are so full of flavor! The plantains are fantastic!! I wish I had an order of those right now!! The real superstar here, without a doubt- is the chicken, of course!! It is soooo moist ... read more
Shelley R. via yelp.com - Jul 3, 2020
El Sabor Mejor!!!!!!!!!!
This is one of the best chickens I have ever consumed!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!! This chicken is moist and tender with crispy skin and loaded with flavor with a kiss of smoke. The salsas are all delicious with adjusted spice levels and all compliment the...More ... read more
steelhead187 via tripadvisor.com - Jul 1, 2020
Great food with friendly and efficient service. Lots of variety on the menu, but I haven't tried many things because the chicken is so consistently good. My favorite restaurant in town!
Brandon Myers via google.com - Jun 22, 2020
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