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Pollo Tropical

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3900 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-2342
+1 352-373-6550
11:00 - 23:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 23:00
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

Not even sure where to start. The food is absolutely amazing. Their pineapple rum and garlic sauces are outstanding! Every time I visit this location I always get the chicken spinach wrap, brown rice, black beans, and sweetened mango tea. Their chop trays are delicious, they also have a menu for people dieting, and a children's section.

Thank Ledieu N
Tampa, Florida
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

I really enjoy the food here, boneless chick and beans. The sauce station let's me make my own concoctions. Will go back.

Thank Melissa K
Tampa, Florida
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2015

Good fast food in a busy area. Service is quick and easy. Fast food is decent and inexpensive. Convenient location.

Thank rjr410
Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Cheap and rough. Go to McDonalds and have a chicken fillet burger instead. Fries were Overcooked, veggies on bun were wilted. Noisy kids everywhere.

Thank Susan T
Lincoln, Nebraska
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291 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

I visited for lunch, and was very pleased with my rice bowl. I ordered at the counter and was given a number and my food brought to me. The employees were friendly and helpful about the menu, and when they weren't helping customers, they were cleaning and tidying up. My lunch was tasty and filing and very fresh. Would love... More 

Hyderabad, India
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Needed to go for a quick lunch which would make me full and would not be costly and Polo Tropical was ideal for me. You can have a TropiChops. It had white/brown rice, chicken with red/black beans along with Kernel Corn, Sautéed Onions, Sautéed Peppers and Onions.

Thank kiva79
Altavilla Vicentina, Veneto, Italy
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

The food is always fresh, hot and full of flavor. The create your own tropichop is excellent with yellow rice and veggies. You MUST get the cilantro sauce and mango tea! we're obsessed with this place lately.

Thank Laura L
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015

Service is great. Staff is friendly. Plantains are delicious. The pork seems to be dry every time. I just order my black beans and rice with extra gravy and that compensates for the dry pork. Other than that, the meal is wonderful and I always top it off with their mango iced tea.

Thank CB32807
Gainesville, Florida
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2015

wouldnt go out of my way for this type of food. chicken is dry. seasonings are kinda stale. rice well i can say is uncle bens is better.

Thank feather2010
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

I have been to this Pollo Tropical many times before. Over the past couple of years the service and food seemed to be getting worse and worse. Since we have no Pollo Tropical where I live (in Tallahassee Florida) I visit one every time I can. Today's visit was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant was very clean. The staff were... More 

Thank Michael B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Fast food, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3900 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-2342
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 352-373-6550

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?