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Charcoal roasted chicken from El Pollo Rico
Charcoal roasted chicken from El Pollo Rico
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Where to Order Succulent Roast Chicken Around D.C.

Find birds with South America, Asian, and the Middle Eastern accents

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Charcoal roasted chicken from El Pollo Rico
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Whether it’s served Peruvian-style — roasted over glowing coals with herb-speckled, bronzed skin — Italian-themed, or prepared in a classic French manner, roast chicken is a democratic dish that provides comfort food across many price points. From carryouts to fine-dining institutions, D.C. area favorites like El Pollo Rico and Le Diplomate have built their reputations on roast chicken. More recent arrivals, from Maydan and Chloe to just-opened Nina May and Brasserie Liberté, are staking their own claims to the hearty speciality.

Here’s a list of local restaurants serving the most exciting takes on roast chicken right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Primrose

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3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 248-4558
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Aside from its wine list and its reputation from serving some of D.C.’s top frites, this Brookland bistro has drawn attention for a spicy-sweet whole roast chicken ($50) stuffed with herbs de Provence and served with chicken jus, those thick fries, and salad. —Gabe Hiatt

2. Huacatay

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2314 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 795-9940
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Three years ago, this homegrown restaurant arrived in Edgewood, providing the Northeast neighborhood with an excellent takeout or dine-in option for Peruvian-style bird.

3. Maydan

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1346 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 370-3696
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Maydan’s central wood-burning hearth churns out family-style portions of protein, including a whole-roast chicken spiced with turmeric and coriander that comes with a side of garlicky toum.

Maggie Margolis tends the blazing central hearth at Maydan.
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4. Chicken + Whiskey

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1738 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-2456
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This quick-service eatery unites two South American dining traditions under one roof. Chef Enrique Limardo came up with a recipe for Venezuelan arepas stuffed with Peruvian chicken. The namesake chicken, brined for 12 hours, can be the centerpiece of a meal rounded out with Peruvian-Chinese chifa fried rice.

Kitchen staff cutting up roast birds at Chicken + Whiskey.
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5. Bistrot du Coin

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1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6969
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This classically French, Dupont Circle mainstay serves oven-roasted chicken with a side of crispy french fries. The late-fall harvest season, when Beaujolais Nouveau is prime for pairing with hearty dishes, is the best time to order it.

6. Patsy's American

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8051 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 552-5100
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Patsy’s American, one of the latest additions to Northern Virginia’s revered Great American Restaurants group, is part of an enormous three-piece complex in Tysons Corner. A half-portion of Bell & Evans farmbird that’s rubbed with spices, smoked, and slow-roasted sells out quickly.

7. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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The half roasted chicken at James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate is a favorite for fans of simple, French-style birds. The chicken is cooked with fresh rosemary and butter and accompanied by potato puree with roasted chicken jus.

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8. Nina May

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1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 518-3609
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At this local-sourcing Logan Circle newcomer, chef-partner Colin McClimans is channeling comforting dishes, including a classic take on a whole-cooked chicken served with roast potatoes, mustard greens, and caramelized pan jus over a crusty section of brioche he bakes himself.

9. Brasserie Liberté

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3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 878-8404
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At both lunch and dinner, roast chicken takes center stage at this recently opened French restaurant with a fanciful style. For $19.95, chef Jaryd Hearn prepares a lavender-honey roast chicken breast served on a bed of braised cabbage and smashed potatoes.

10. Kinship

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1015 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-7700
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This might be the most indulgent, succulent bird in town. Chef Eric Ziebold prepares a whole-roast chicken with a lemon-garlic panade stuffed under the skin. The $60 platter comes with pommes rissolées (home fries) and frisee salad. It’s fired to order and takes upwards of an hour to prepare, so be prepared for a leisurely meal.

Whole roast chicken from Kinship
Whole roast chicken from Kinship
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11. Estuary

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950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 844-5895
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Inside the new Conrad Hotel, celebrity chef brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio prepare Chesapeake-style dishes, including a roast chicken that’s served with the crispy skin on a bed of sunflower seed risotto and charred broccoli.

12. Central

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-0015
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In downtown D.C., the legacy of chef Michel Richard lives on with one of his signature dishes — a perfectly cooked rotisserie chicken served with root vegetables.

13. El Pollo Rico (Multiple locations)

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932 N Kenmore St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-3220
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There are many Peruvian-style chicken restaurants scattered throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and critically acclaimed El Pollo Rico is the granddaddy of them all. Just look for the giant plume of smoke and follow the scent of spice-rubbed rotisserie chicken that hangs in the air. Be sure to load up on the aioli, hot sauce, and fried yuca, too.

 Charcoal broiled chicken at El Pollo Rico
Charcoal broiled chicken at El Pollo Rico
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14. Thompson Italian

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124 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 269-0893
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The wife-and-husband team of Katherine and Gabe Thompson recently opened a family-style Italian restaurant in Falls Church that’s simultaneously a suburban neighborhood haunt and a destination dining spot. The roast chicken has a distinct Italian-style accent, served with marsala-braised Cipollini onions, polenta, and mushrooms.

15. Chloe

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1331 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 313-7007
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Chef-owner Haidar Karoum adds a Vietnamese flair to the roast chicken at this Navy Yard stalwart, brining it in a pho broth and air-drying it before roasting, then adding chile-lime dipping sauce and Asian greens.

Roast chicken at Chloe.
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1. Primrose

3000 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Aside from its wine list and its reputation from serving some of D.C.’s top frites, this Brookland bistro has drawn attention for a spicy-sweet whole roast chicken ($50) stuffed with herbs de Provence and served with chicken jus, those thick fries, and salad. —Gabe Hiatt

3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

2. Huacatay

2314 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Three years ago, this homegrown restaurant arrived in Edgewood, providing the Northeast neighborhood with an excellent takeout or dine-in option for Peruvian-style bird.

2314 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

3. Maydan

1346 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Maggie Margolis tends the blazing central hearth at Maydan.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Maydan’s central wood-burning hearth churns out family-style portions of protein, including a whole-roast chicken spiced with turmeric and coriander that comes with a side of garlicky toum.

1346 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Chicken + Whiskey

1738 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Kitchen staff cutting up roast birds at Chicken + Whiskey.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This quick-service eatery unites two South American dining traditions under one roof. Chef Enrique Limardo came up with a recipe for Venezuelan arepas stuffed with Peruvian chicken. The namesake chicken, brined for 12 hours, can be the centerpiece of a meal rounded out with Peruvian-Chinese chifa fried rice.

1738 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Bistrot du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

This classically French, Dupont Circle mainstay serves oven-roasted chicken with a side of crispy french fries. The late-fall harvest season, when Beaujolais Nouveau is prime for pairing with hearty dishes, is the best time to order it.

1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Patsy's American

8051 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

Patsy’s American, one of the latest additions to Northern Virginia’s revered Great American Restaurants group, is part of an enormous three-piece complex in Tysons Corner. A half-portion of Bell & Evans farmbird that’s rubbed with spices, smoked, and slow-roasted sells out quickly.

8051 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

7. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Le Diplomate
Le Diplomate
Official

The half roasted chicken at James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate is a favorite for fans of simple, French-style birds. The chicken is cooked with fresh rosemary and butter and accompanied by potato puree with roasted chicken jus.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Nina May

1337 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

At this local-sourcing Logan Circle newcomer, chef-partner Colin McClimans is channeling comforting dishes, including a classic take on a whole-cooked chicken served with roast potatoes, mustard greens, and caramelized pan jus over a crusty section of brioche he bakes himself.

1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Brasserie Liberté

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

At both lunch and dinner, roast chicken takes center stage at this recently opened French restaurant with a fanciful style. For $19.95, chef Jaryd Hearn prepares a lavender-honey roast chicken breast served on a bed of braised cabbage and smashed potatoes.

3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Kinship

1015 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Whole roast chicken from Kinship
Whole roast chicken from Kinship
Kinship [official]

This might be the most indulgent, succulent bird in town. Chef Eric Ziebold prepares a whole-roast chicken with a lemon-garlic panade stuffed under the skin. The $60 platter comes with pommes rissolées (home fries) and frisee salad. It’s fired to order and takes upwards of an hour to prepare, so be prepared for a leisurely meal.

1015 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Estuary

950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Inside the new Conrad Hotel, celebrity chef brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio prepare Chesapeake-style dishes, including a roast chicken that’s served with the crispy skin on a bed of sunflower seed risotto and charred broccoli.

950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Central

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

In downtown D.C., the legacy of chef Michel Richard lives on with one of his signature dishes — a perfectly cooked rotisserie chicken served with root vegetables.

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. El Pollo Rico (Multiple locations)

932 N Kenmore St, Arlington, VA 22201
 Charcoal broiled chicken at El Pollo Rico
Charcoal broiled chicken at El Pollo Rico
Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post via Getty Images

There are many Peruvian-style chicken restaurants scattered throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and critically acclaimed El Pollo Rico is the granddaddy of them all. Just look for the giant plume of smoke and follow the scent of spice-rubbed rotisserie chicken that hangs in the air. Be sure to load up on the aioli, hot sauce, and fried yuca, too.

932 N Kenmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

14. Thompson Italian

124 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

The wife-and-husband team of Katherine and Gabe Thompson recently opened a family-style Italian restaurant in Falls Church that’s simultaneously a suburban neighborhood haunt and a destination dining spot. The roast chicken has a distinct Italian-style accent, served with marsala-braised Cipollini onions, polenta, and mushrooms.

124 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

15. Chloe

1331 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Roast chicken at Chloe.
Chloe/Instagram

Chef-owner Haidar Karoum adds a Vietnamese flair to the roast chicken at this Navy Yard stalwart, brining it in a pho broth and air-drying it before roasting, then adding chile-lime dipping sauce and Asian greens.

1331 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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