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My husband and I eat here multiple times a week. We crave it when we are out of town and can’t wait to get home to our favorite local spot. The el pastor tacos and cilantro jalapeño sauce are our favorites but honestly- everything on the menu is delicious. We love this place. The service and food are quite simply- amazing.
Ashley Holden via google.com - May 15, 2021
Love this place! Chicken is so tasty! I think my favorite is the green rice. All the sauces have great flavor. My picky kids even like to eat here. They like the yucca fries green rice and chicken legs.
Sandra Spencer via google.com - May 15, 2021
The best chicken I've ever had. And compostable containers, socially distanced, fast. Love love love... Job well done..
Jennifer Blanchard via google.com - May 14, 2021
Once you taste their chicken, you won't be able to eat one of those pathetic, grocery store rotisserie chickens ever again. Add their sauces to the mix, and this place will have you coming back again and again. The sides are delicious, and they actually had cactus on the menu! The new ribs were also good, and the cemitas and tacos ... read more
Brad Arnold via google.com - May 10, 2021
It was OK. The margaritas were expensive for a half of the cup and the rest is ice for 9.00. Not again. Chicken breast were dry but the thighs were juicy. Husband and I made tacos from the La Familia. Seasoning needed.
Cutie Mrs. via google.com - May 8, 2021
Excellent! Very tasty, authentic!
Bonitia Cleary via google.com - May 8, 2021
Great flavor and fabulous side dishes, the horchata is very tasty. Only problem is the long wait.
Janneth Vega via google.com - May 6, 2021
The smell alone will coax you into this place…fantastic chicken (and you get a ton of it on the cem
The smell alone will coax you into this place…fantastic chicken (and you get a ton of it on the cemitas/sandwiches). Everything from the bread down to the onions was great on my sandwich. Looking forward to trying a lot more in their menu.
Kevin Kellam via facebook.com - May 5, 2021
I highly recommend this restaurant, they have delicious food!!
Jua Espinoza via google.com - May 2, 2021
Pretty good ... read more
Caspa Clark via google.com - Apr 27, 2021
Best chicken in Charlottesville.
Adam Denton via google.com - Apr 27, 2021
The food was very tasty and we really enjoyed it! The chicken, street corn and tamales was the best
The food was very tasty and we really enjoyed it! The chicken, street corn and tamales was the best we ever had! Will definitely visit Al Carbon Chicken when we are in town!
Penny Fuller- Reed via facebook.com - Apr 19, 2021
Probably the best rotisserie chicken I've ever had in my life! Love this place! The food is so good
Probably the best rotisserie chicken I've ever had in my life! Love this place! The food is so good and not overly greasy like other places. Also they don't slather their tacos with cheese and sauce to make up for the lack of flavor. It holds up by itself and that truly makes this place worth a visit!
Chase W. via yelp.com - Apr 19, 2021
I SWEAR BY THIS CHICKEN PLACE. I just absolutely adore them. Have been eating here since I started a
I SWEAR BY THIS CHICKEN PLACE. I just absolutely adore them. Have been eating here since I started at UVA, when they were still a small and homey shop to after they expanded. Just cannot love them more. The chicken is so tender and juicy, and packed with flavors! The sides are delicious - my favs are the Plantains and Green Poblano r ... read more
Christine L. via yelp.com - Apr 18, 2021
I'm hesitant to even write this review because I'm exposing the most hidden gem in Charlottesville.
I'm hesitant to even write this review because I'm exposing the most hidden gem in Charlottesville. I went to UVA for 4 years and never went here until I visited a friend years later. Don't sleep on Al Carbon!!! You can't go wrong. Get the family meal. Street corn. Churros. Margaritas. Really anything. This place is probably about to ... read more
Laura M. via yelp.com - Apr 14, 2021
I love this place. Order the Para Para (half a chicken with 2 sides and salsa) with esquites (world's best corn dish) and either frijoles charros (pinto beans) or green piblano rice.
Marc Campbel via google.com - Apr 13, 2021
Highly recommend. Chicken, plantains, rice, salsas, sauces, everything we've had we've definitely en
Highly recommend. Chicken, plantains, rice, salsas, sauces, everything we've had we've definitely enjoyed and we always make it a priority to order from here when we're visiting Charlottesville. A can't miss for our family.
Stacey R. via yelp.com - Apr 13, 2021
Always fresh, delicious food. I highly recommend both the plantains and the Mac and cheese. Online ordering makes pick up really easy.
Colin Thomas via google.com - Apr 10, 2021
Great fresh ingredients and delicious roasted chicken. Friendly curious staff. Recommended for lunch or a quick bite when on Route 29.
Anna B via google.com - Apr 10, 2021
They get it right.....Inexpensive, quality food....very clean and great people.
Steven K via google.com - Apr 10, 2021
I'm never one to order chicken at a restaurant because anyone can cook chicken right? Wrong. I was a
I'm never one to order chicken at a restaurant because anyone can cook chicken right? Wrong. I was a firm believer in that statement until I had Al Carbon. Now I am a firm believer in that no one can cook chicken EXCEPT Al Carbon. The chicken was unreal. I ordered 2 chicken tacos and 2 fish tacos figuring that the fish would be bette ... read more
Margaret H. via yelp.com - Apr 8, 2021
The food was incredible! The chicken's seasoning was perfect, and the fried plantains were not to sweeet but not bland either. One of the best places in town and I highly recommend it!
Sebastian Krushkal via google.com - Apr 5, 2021
WOW! This is one of those unassuming places that just amazes you. From the moment you walk in, you l
WOW! This is one of those unassuming places that just amazes you. From the moment you walk in, you love the smell. We were excited to order. We got tacos and burritos and were not disappointed. The chicken and beef were succulent and delicious. I only wished we lived in Charlottesville because we would be regulars. If you appreciate ... read more
Nancy S. via yelp.com - Apr 5, 2021
New ribs are AWESOME. It felt sacreligious to not get the rottis chicken, but the ribs were phenomen
New ribs are AWESOME. It felt sacreligious to not get the rottis chicken, but the ribs were phenomenal. I hate when BBQ places serve ribs "fall of the bone" and they're basically slimey stewed mush..... NOT THESE! Nice meaty texture but still tender and delish tangy/sweet tequila lime flavor.
Owen B. via yelp.com - Apr 5, 2021
The fried plantains with sweet sauce were worth coming here alone, but everything else was tasty. We
The fried plantains with sweet sauce were worth coming here alone, but everything else was tasty. We particularly liked the al pastor taco, the cilantro sauce, and the tamale with beans and sour cream was good we will definitely go there again!
susantO9600LC via tripadvisor.com - Apr 3, 2021
Fresh and delicious! All the sauces and salsas were so flavorful. That rotisserie chicken was super
Fresh and delicious! All the sauces and salsas were so flavorful. That rotisserie chicken was super moist, with tons of flavor.
Amy K. via yelp.com - Apr 3, 2021
The chicken melts in your mouth, so good!
Kristina Chisler via google.com - Apr 1, 2021
Bery good ... read more
aimee Zeron via google.com - Mar 30, 2021
Amazing, delicious food, everything taste good, they get a lot of foot traffic which should say something about them. I feel like they don't advertise enough ... read more
Fernando M via google.com - Mar 28, 2021
Absolutely delicious. Chicken was perfect and street corn was phenomenal. Definitely a must have!
Torey Schultz via google.com - Mar 28, 2021
I have had everything on the menu. Always fresh, great price... very tasty. Ribs, chicken, chorizo tacos are awesome!
NY OB via google.com - Mar 26, 2021
Honestly one of the yummiest authentic places here in Charlottesville. Can't wait to try all their f
Honestly one of the yummiest authentic places here in Charlottesville. Can't wait to try all their food!
Llenifer V. via yelp.com - Mar 23, 2021
The food is great and their rotisserie chicken seasoned down to the bone!
S Beauford via google.com - Mar 22, 2021
¡Muy bien amigos!
Erik Hatcher via google.com - Mar 20, 2021
The food is fantastic and has been for years, I live 2 hours away and made a road trip planned around eating the chicken and grilled veggies, they have options for everyone from lone diners to familys of 40+ people. One of the best spots in Charlottesville ... read more
DBL D via google.com - Mar 6, 2021
Had the carnitas sandwich and it was really good and bigger than I expected. The street corn was fantastic as well.
David Schenck via google.com - Mar 3, 2021
Good is amazing and prices are very affordable. The chicken is moist and tasty , the sides are great
Good is amazing and prices are very affordable. The chicken is moist and tasty , the sides are great as well as the salsas ! I highly recommend!
Andrea K. via yelp.com - Feb 28, 2021
Chicken is always bomb. But, I have to say the carry out service is top notch. The team makes sure y
Chicken is always bomb. But, I have to say the carry out service is top notch. The team makes sure you have your entire order ready in a timely manner and they are super nice ... read more
Vanessa A. via yelp.com - Feb 27, 2021
Food was absolutely amazing girlfriend and I got the ribs and they were fall off the bone! So tender!
Daniel Keene via google.com - Feb 24, 2021
Yes. Yes. Yes. My family and I eat here. My office orders lunch from here. You absolutely can't go wrong with this restaurant. The food is sooo fresh, service is awesome.
Pamela Hernandez via google.com - Feb 21, 2021
This place is definitely a hidden gem. The food is delicious and always fresh. I love that I can ord
This place is definitely a hidden gem. The food is delicious and always fresh. I love that I can order and pay online. They seem to be doing a great job keeping up with COVID-19 precautions. I highly recommend the chicken, fries, and street corn.
Christopher R via tripadvisor.com - Feb 13, 2021
Delicious food every time! Al Carbon's chicken is leaps and bounds about the rotisserie chickens in the grocery stores. The flavor is consistent and the chicken moist. The side dishes are good as well especially the street corn (whether on or off the cob), fried plantains & mac and cheese. I also appreciate their use of paper-based c ... read more
April Rodgers via google.com - Feb 11, 2021
Queso and Chorizo dip on point!
Oscar Perez via google.com - Feb 11, 2021
Best charcoal grilled chicken and ribs in town!
Simona Hudson via google.com - Feb 6, 2021
Be sure to check your order before takeaway. After being handed the wrong order and having to then
Be sure to check your order before takeaway. After being handed the wrong order and having to then drive 20min each way to get the right one I was told by the rude manager “not to worry about it” thankfully the food is good and other staff very friendly, but this guy.... I ... read more
Tawna Shea via facebook.com - Feb 6, 2021
I love this rotisserie chicken. Taste like butter. The corn with cheese is great. Fried plantains an
I love this rotisserie chicken. Taste like butter. The corn with cheese is great. Fried plantains and so much more! Camita sandwich huge and delicious ... read more
Stephanie A. via yelp.com - Feb 6, 2021
Quick service! Easy to order online! Very reasonable prices. Food is delicious!!! Highly recommend!
Debbie Parmelee via google.com - Feb 5, 2021
I really want to read it one star so no one else will go and I don't have to wait in such long lines because it's so yummy. double check to make sure you're getting all the sauces you ordered because they get busy and sometimes that can be overlooked.
Brooke Plotnick via google.com - Jan 30, 2021
I always enjoy this place, great food in a nice atmosphere and the staff is friendly! Looking forward to trying the tequila ribs to give a review of that! Anyone tried them yet? ... read more
Jeffrey McFadden via google.com - Jan 30, 2021
This is a great restaurant. The chicken is amazing. The Camita sandwich is my favorite ... read more
Stephanie Anderegg-Maloy via google.com - Jan 27, 2021
(Translated by Google) Delicious food (Original) Deliciosa comida ... read more
Maria Ayala via google.com - Jan 24, 2021
A very nice way to have chicken ... read more
Jordan Hackworth via google.com - Jan 23, 2021
Went for lunch with my family and ordered the family meal. We all loved it was very good.
Went for lunch with my family and ordered the family meal. We all loved it was very good.
Ruth N Vega Estrada via facebook.com - Jan 22, 2021
Literal me encanto su comida y servicio recomendadisimo ... read more
yoselin pacas via google.com - Jan 17, 2021
Delicious rotisserie chicken and sides. But the tacos are *chef's kiss* amazing.
Sherry Bryant via google.com - Jan 12, 2021
It was really good. The chicken was delightful and we got to try Pork Ribs (which we were told were being added to the menu) - that was rich and savory. The drinks were enjoyable - and I would gladly go back again. I was slightly disappointed that there weren't more Peruvian options - but overall everything was great.
Roel Torres via google.com - Jan 4, 2021
Friendly staff, fresh and delicious food.
Kimberly Berglund via google.com - Jan 2, 2021
This place was amazing today. We get the sandwich without a bread bun with large lettuce leafs to re
This place was amazing today. We get the sandwich without a bread bun with large lettuce leafs to replace it. This was fresh, the warm food parts were warm, the cold food parts were cold, and the item was placed in the right container and cut for us. Great flavor, amazing customer support, and quickly prepared with all of the restric ... read more
Daniel G. via yelp.com - Jan 1, 2021
Not quite 5 stars but close! My favorite thing was the street corn, that was awesome. The chicken was really good too. I found the tacos to have good filling but the corn tortillas were very dry and sort of ruined my tacos. I'd like to try them again to see if it was a fluke given how good the other food was and everyone else's revie ... read more
Bruce Glazier via google.com - Dec 30, 2020
Does not taste like MEXICAN tacos. The chicken tastes like grocery store rotisserie chicken. Nothing
Does not taste like MEXICAN tacos. The chicken tastes like grocery store rotisserie chicken. Nothing special here, we were disappointed.
Dorrie H. via yelp.com - Dec 26, 2020
Chicken is well-seasoned and juicy, the sides are excellent too, i enjoy the yucca for example ... read more
Erick Resek via google.com - Dec 22, 2020
This place is amazing! Nice people, great food, super clean, I highly recommend.
Sarah Morris via google.com - Dec 15, 2020
Best chicken in C-ville. You owe yourself a visit to this spot. Please keep supporting them through the pandemic so we don't lose another great resteraunt. Their curbside pickup is very clearly covid compliant and quite speedy.
Jim Gaul via google.com - Dec 11, 2020
Great chicken and sides at such a reasonable price! A family meal can feed 3 people and comes with three sides as well! Their plantains are mouthwatering and the jicama fries, cactus, and green rice are also a must-try! Also, my friend has a lot of allergies but she can eat most things here which is also great ... read more
Alisa Erck via google.com - Dec 8, 2020
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