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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
Impressively flavorful chicken. Jalapeño cilantro sauce is really good. Good service ... read more
Yohannes Worku via google.com - Jun 14, 2020
You're thinking to yourself: does this place really deserve all the hype? Just look at the pictures of the food and that's all you need to know.
Thomas Clark via google.com - Jun 12, 2020
Delicious food.
Rochelle Clark Alexander via google.com - Jun 6, 2020
You haven't tasted chicken is you ...
You haven't tasted chicken is you haven't been to Al Carbon! It is a amazing! A definitely must see if you are in Charlottesville! Family owned and operated! It's a great restaurant and offers a unique culinarily experience!
Lucas H. via yelp.com - Jun 4, 2020
Hands down the best food I ever ...
Hands down the best food I ever had. Fast, hot, fresh tasting and friendly staff who move fast. Fan for life!!!
M B. via yelp.com - May 28, 2020
This place can't be beat! Such ...
This place can't be beat! Such a great value for high quality, home-cooked food. The whole chicken feeds 4 people. Love trying the different salsas!
Chelsea H. via yelp.com - May 16, 2020
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J Harris via google.com - May 2, 2020
One of my most anticipated restaurant ...
One of my most anticipated restaurant visits. I had been wanting to try their well-spoken-of food for ages, but it didn't happen until a few weeks ago when we wanted a good local option for takeaway food. Al Carbon does the family meal the right way and their menu/style of serving makes it easy.

We got the familia, a whole ch
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Abi M. via yelp.com - Apr 30, 2020
One of my favorite restaurants in Cville! Everything is so flavorful and yummy. Super affordable to
One of my favorite restaurants in Cville! Everything is so flavorful and yummy. Super affordable too. Highly recommend the street corn and tamales 😋🙌🏼 ... read more
Caila Motto via facebook.com - Apr 27, 2020
Excellent food! Stop if you get a chance! The chicken is delicious. The sandwiches are great! The sides are phenomenal!!!
Sara De La Rosa via google.com - Mar 17, 2020
Authentic and real. Great smoky flavor.
Deano Deano via google.com - Mar 10, 2020
Great authentic Mexican food!
Leandra Hill via google.com - Mar 9, 2020
- delicious and juicy chicken- ...
- delicious and juicy chicken
- various side options as well: my favorite is the plantains
- service is phenomenal
- the only down side is the location: far from the university but this is subjective hence why still 5 stars
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Sei Young Y. via yelp.com - Mar 9, 2020
Fun!
James Temeyer via google.com - Mar 8, 2020
I have a conference in Charlottesville every March and this is the ONLY place we make sure to go every year! It's not like any other place we've ever been. The chicken is fantastic, the salsas are unique, the sides are very good, and the guacamole is worth the trip all by itself. 10/10, definitely recommend.
Mike Goff via google.com - Mar 8, 2020
Best (special) rotisserie chicken in town.
Steve O'Neil via google.com - Mar 6, 2020
Al Carbon is one of my favorite ...
Al Carbon is one of my favorite spots in Charlottesville!! I've been there 3 or 4 times now and it has never disappointed. They have a wide variety of foods on their menu, I've gotten the tacos which are great, but ever since I've gotten the chicken I've stuck to that for my entree. You can't go here without getting some sides, I per ... read more
Jillian D. via yelp.com - Mar 6, 2020
Pretty tasty!
My wife and I lived in C'ville for a couple years and would stop by here every few weeks. It can get a little crowded as the dining space is on the smaller side but there are generally lines out the door - because the...More ... read more
Shawn C via tripadvisor.com - Mar 5, 2020
Drove from Richmond to Charlottesville to visit with our daughter who takes off for parts way East of here on Saturday. She suggested Al Carbon because she loves it. We were not disappointed. Chicken was tender and the sides were well prepared. Well worth our trip mainly because we were able to see our daughter but also because our m ... read more
David Leopold via google.com - Mar 5, 2020
Great prices and great food at this restaurant! Each time I visit Charlottesville, I have to stop in to this restaurant to get the chicken!
Matthew Curcione via google.com - Mar 4, 2020
Always great quality food. You must try the esquites (which is pretty much Mexican street corn, off the cob & in a bowl) it's amazing! The cemitas are giant & delicious. The tacos are the real deal! I'm also very glad they vegetarian options as well.
C. C. via google.com - Mar 3, 2020
Extremely happy with the food. I will be back ... read more
Henry Fields via google.com - Mar 2, 2020
So goooooood! The tacos are amazing! Food was quick and prices were reasonable.
Anne Blair via google.com - Feb 27, 2020
Reminds me of home! You have to try the elote! Que rico!!!
Donald Giannangeli via google.com - Feb 27, 2020
Delicious food and comfortable atmosphere. The chicken is AMAZING! And the TACOS too!!
Jaruchan Palakawongs via google.com - Feb 26, 2020
Good tacos and chicken. Al carbon and pho 3 pho are probably my two fav places to eat lunch and dinner at.
Ashley Carter via google.com - Feb 25, 2020
The chicken is uh-mazing!
Molly D via google.com - Feb 22, 2020
Great, nice place and unique foods.
Great, nice place and unique foods.
WillIam Stevens via facebook.com - Feb 22, 2020
First time here and I'll definitely be back! Delicious food and great service!
Christian Paul Dehli via google.com - Feb 22, 2020
Soooo delicious!!!!
Gabriela Dehli via google.com - Feb 22, 2020
Been coming here on and off for 2 or 3 years now and have never been disappointed. Very great place and atmosphere ... read more
Kaleb Rod via google.com - Feb 21, 2020
The food and service is very good!! They let me taste the green rice to see if I liked it before I ordered it.
Y D TM via google.com - Feb 20, 2020
Best carbon rostisserie chicken in VA. Worth the drive.
Ivan Reyes via google.com - Feb 20, 2020
Great spot for a quick and casual ...
Great spot for a quick and casual, but yummy meal! The spice on the chicken is delicious and it's perfectly cooked. I definitely didn't opt for the healthy side options, getting the yucca fries, fried plantains, and the Mac & cheese - but they were all good and certainly filled me up. The star of the meal though were the sauces! We g ... read more
Alison W. via yelp.com - Feb 18, 2020
The best chicken in Charlottesville. It's rotisserie, not fried, and the sides are amazing. Try the chicken whole or in a 'cemita' sandwich with the long wispy strips of Oaxaca cheese. I also recommend the elotes and grilled jalpeños with onions.
Lee Talman via google.com - Feb 18, 2020
Anything with the rotisserie chicken is amazing! Moist and flavorful food.
Constance Hadley via google.com - Feb 16, 2020
One of the Best Family and Friends Joints Around
We have been coming here since they opened (years ago). It's my kids' top spot for flautas. The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken is great (and the family platter is awesome). It's one of my favorite places for traditional tacos as well. There's nothing fancy about it,...More ... read more
GSEarly via tripadvisor.com - Feb 12, 2020
Green sauce is AMAZING!! What’s in it? How can I make it at home??? ... read more
Nicholas Hale via google.com - Feb 12, 2020
Wonderful eat in or take out venue
This year for Thanksgiving we did the unthinkable and ordered two turkeys from Al Carbon. This, not something that is available every day. What a great success! The birds were spit-roasted over hardwood coals and the best we have enjoyed. We also ordered their large...More ... read more
Tom O via tripadvisor.com - Feb 11, 2020
My first time eating there was tonight. The chicken was good and tender with a great taste of seasonings on it. The pinto beans were great tasting also. I will be going back to try different items as well as getting more chicken 😋 ... read more
Tee Cee via google.com - Feb 10, 2020
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