Emma’s Chicken



Price Range : Under $10 ($)

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    Yelp rating
    4 stars


Adress: 279 S Van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22304

Phone: (703) 751-0100

Work Hours

Mon 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm-7:00 pm

Business info

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    Health Score
    85 out of 100
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    Vegetarian Options
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    Takes Reservations
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    Accepts Credit Cards
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    Good For
    Lunch, Dinner
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    Private Lot
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    Bike Parking
  • accessibility
    Good for Kids
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    Good for Groups
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    Noise Level
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    Good For Happy Hour
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    Outdoor Seating
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    Has TV
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  • Thomas D.

    star star star star star_border 21 February 2021

    The old lady in front is a piece of work, someone get her help or get her laid or something Jesus.

    .........But perhaps she takes her frustrations out on the dank chicken marinade recipe. Great taste. They could however do a little better to combat the neighboring pollo a brasa joints. Emmas charge for every little thing where it is included everywhere else.

    Praying for your happiness baby girl or whomever the angry old lady working the front is. God bless.

  • Maria M.

    star star_border star_border star_border star_border 10 February 2021

    First time experience, from the entrance down to the food.

    Customer service: eh. I ordered half a chicken with rice and beans. Because it doesn't say beans CANNOT be ordered as a side, I was charged 2.80 more from the menu price for half Chicken and two sides.

    Food: horrible! Tasteless food! Oily rice. Tasteless soupy beans. "Yellow" sauce is not even yellow. Super bland. Not sure how this place has 4 stars. It was super dry and nothing was juicy or cracklin' skin.

    Honestly, I won't be going back, ever.

  • Bob T.

    star star star star star_border 5 February 2021

    Just tried it.  Chicken is very good.  So the rating I gave is for the chicken.  I paid for white meat which was extra, and was given dark...  There's a charbroil sign out front but the chicken is rotisserie.  

    The empanada was not my favorite, the sweet dough taste more cornbreadish but my son liked it a lot.  Plenty of filling.  

    The fresh fries was a nice accompaniment.  I don't understand why rice and beans can't be your two side choices... instead of fries and salad.  It's actually cheaper to make.  But who cares, the chicken makes up for it.

    I'd recommend.  Do check your food before you leave but yum!

  • Matthew S.

    star star star star star_border 2 February 2021

    I went here once before, and I learned a quick lesson about restaurants when I left it.

    Don't judge a book by it's cover.

    Yes, the owner is a bit gruff, but the prices and the quality of the food back up the amazing product. I got a half chicken with fries and rice, and nothing disappointed. The chicken has mucho sabor (or lots of flavor). So do the fries and the rice. The sauces they give you are spot on in terms of spice and authenticity.

    I give credit to them for making the fries fresh. They tasted better because of it, and you get a lot of them.

    It also helps if you speak Spanish to the staff because they will be nicer to you and more accommodating. Never come across as an ugly American when trying ethic food. Even if your language skills are spotty, the fact you are trying speaks volumes.

    I will be back. You should come give these folks a try!

  • Willie R.

    star star star star star_border 1 February 2021

    I used to live really close to Emma's Chicken and sort of let it fall off my radar once I moved into D.C. However, I went back today and was pleased with the same experience I am used to.

    First things first: In my experience, the chicken itself is hit or miss. It was nice and tender today, and well-seasoned, but I have been there before and gotten chicken that needed sauce or something because it was so dry. So, you may be taking your chances a little.

    Aside from that, Emma's is sort of a typical Peruvian chicken place but with a neighborhood feel. Half the people who come in there are regulars and know the staff by name, which is great. They have Jarritos (win win win!), which is always my beverage of choice.

    The salad is sort of a random mix of lettuce, shredded carrots, and a few other little things, but it is a fine little accompaniment to a big ol' plate of chicken and yucca (the quarter chicken plate). On that note, the portion size is substantial without being a big hot mess, which I appreciate.

    Yes, the sauces. I always love mojo (the white sauce) with my yucca, and their green sauce is spicy. The green sauce used to taste like STRAIGHT peppers, but it is better and more complex now, which is a much-appreciated improvement.

    Can't say I'm in love with their alfajores, which are unusually dry. But on the whole, Emma's is a 3.5, which I'm rounding up to 4 for its local friendliness.

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