Rico Tropical Grill


Whether you are looking for a unique experience of fresh healthy and Tropical items every day made from scratch, Rico Tropical Grill is the perfect destination for an excellent and complete healthy lunch with tasty Latin flavors. The restaurant you were waiting for is here. Be ready for a Tropical experience in Kennesaw. We are more than excited to please you with a Rico flavor.

Cesar Correa
745 Chastain RD NW Suite 2020
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Rico Restaurant


  •   This is not a chain.  If you like any sort of Latin American food then you should try this place.  It's Columbian based for the most part if I remember what Caesar the owner told me correctly.  Everything on the menu is made in house except the deserts which are made at different local restaurant and which are amazing.  All of the ingredients are high quality and will likely surprise you.  I get the pork bowl multiple times per week.  They don't have a traditional “Americanized” mild salsa though but it's not really needed.  Help support your local businesses now more than ever

    thumb Robbie R.

      Awesome!   Our second visit.  We will be back again.  Very unique mix of ingredients making a personalized lunch.  Great roasted corn and black beans with quality chicken for a reasonable price.  Mango sauce and salsa available! Staff was very vested in making it a good experience.  

    Another trip, another great experience. Cuban bowl and Cuban sandwich both highly recommended. Sweet plantains are awesome.

    thumb Ron B.

      Honestly had know idea this spot was dOwn the treat from my house!! Honestly soo happy I found it it's like getting food from back home  while “home”… Food is seasoned nicely and full of flavor and great how you can build your own meals to your liking if you want!

    thumb Christina R.
  •   I had seen reviews of Rico Tropical Grill but just forgot about this relatively new restaurant – until lunch yesterday, and let me assure you, I will not forget it again! I told the owner as he came around to check on my friend and me that this was the freshest, most flavorful food, and it is so affordable! The interior may look like more of a casual, quick place, which it is, but the food could come from the most sophisticated restaurant ever! I chose a salad base with the pork (soooo flavorful and tender!) with add-ons of black beans, pico, cheddar, sour cream, and guac, along with a guava empanada, and the cheese bread to share (pandebono), which is a little ball of delicious dough with cheese inside. The guava empanada, which was only $1.95, was the perfect size for one, but it was so delicious, creamy and fruity with a perfect, made to order pastry, was so delicious that I wish I had ordered another ; ) My friend got a beef empanada, and she said it was the best one she had ever eaten! She ordered the bowl with rice and black beans, topped with chicken and some other goodies that I can't remember. The young lady at the register recommended the dressings for us, and we got a chipotle and an avocado ranch, and both were fabulous. Honestly I can't say enough good things about the food here, and they have CRUSHED ice, my favorite! I asked the owner to tell me about their Cuban sandwich because that is my husband's favorite, and he said that their customers say it is the best they have ever had. I can't wait to take my husband so that we can do a taste test! Even if you have to drive a ways to get here, come to Rico for lunch or dinner. You will be very happy!! (With all of my food and a drink, the total was only $14.79!)

    thumb Nora M.

      First time here but not the last. Thought everything was great and then tried the pork Arepas. Mind blowing, so good and juicy. Friendly staff and god service.

    thumb Steve C.

      Omg! It was a improved version of chipotle. I'm a food lover and I can assure you'll like their food 🙂

    thumb Atoosa S.
  •   This place is delicious! We are always looking for good Spanish food and this is it! The food is fresh and tastes homemade. I got the chicken arepa and it was delicious! My husband got the bowl with rice beans and beef tenderloin and it was so fresh tasting and had such great flavor. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant is really clean and well kept. Would definitely recommend this place!

    thumb Christen G.

      Our first time here but certainly not the last. My wife and i had the best Cuban sandwich we have ever had including the ones in little Havana in Miami. Service was great and the food even better. Great value also. The sandwich was full of meet and bread was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.

    thumb Kam K.

      We've been here a few times and overall it's pretty good food. The Cuban sandwiches are a favorite as well as the yuca fries. I've had the salad bowl with grilled beef and toppings. The portions are big and the service is efficient.

    thumb Marie L.
  •   My favorite drink and delicious food  we will definitely be back!! This might just be my new Saturday/Sunday lunch spot.

    thumb Yvette M.

      Excellent food, excellent service, great music a good atmosphere. I had the burrito bowl with grill chicken and can I say it was delicious!!   Add the RICO! Spicy sauce topped it off just right to me!!

    thumb Rick R.

      We LOVE this place because if is delicious every single time we come! Everyone is SO nice! Brittany always remembers us and talks to our girls! The food is fresh, hot, comes out quickly and the restaurant is clean and has a great ambience. Our girls love the rice bowl and my husband and I are working our way through trying all of the Arepas! The grilled chicken I love and I always add grilled corn. The Ropa Vieja is amazing! The beef is SO tender and add some guacamole and it's perfect! The Reina Pepiada is delicious too if you like a cold Arepa. They have gluten free options and are great with accommodating other food allergies or dietary restrictions. This is definitely on our list of favorite local places!

    thumb Michelle G.
  •   I would invent time travel so I could go back in time to when I first started eating this wrap. It was just incredible, and as a starving 18 year old I couldn't appreciate taking the time to enjoy every bite and instead inhaled the whole darn thing like a raving lunatic. I went for a simple wrap and ordered one with chicken, corn, onions, sour cream, lettuce and yellow rice and black beans adorning it. Along with the wrap there was a plethora of sauces to choose from, I (not a spice fan) opted for mango and avocado. Both were, not to a surprise, absolutely freaking amazing.  The employees were so very friendly and acclimating. Southern hospitality at its finest. The owner, Ceaser, is an especially benevolent individual who, as loyal costumers, offered us a mango pie, on the house. The Rico! experience from the lively decor to the music that'll keep you dancing will make you keep going back again and again.

    thumb Saryn T.

      This place is AMAZING! I had the ropa vieja arepas which is like a corn pancake stuffed with shredded pork. There are sauces to put on it but honestly the pork was so succulent I didn't need it. My ex is from El Salvador and I haven't had a hand made from scratch tortilla since my last trip there. This place is AUTHENTIC! Even the passion fruit tea tastes fresh squeezed. The manager/owner is friendly and accommodating. Don't leave without trying the tiramisu. This is a must try if you are anywhere near Kennesaw.

    thumb Lisa B.

    I walked in and immediately knew I was in the right place. The menu has such a great variety and I like to eat clean so it's a great place with unique options like tostones, plantains, arepas, sandwiches and bowls. I wasn't too sure the difference between the arepas and tostones and the guy and the counter was EVERYTHING! He actually pulled both out. Explained the difference and let me know they're handmade each day  YASSSS. I went with the tostone. A sweet woman actually took me on another register to keep things moving and she suggested the black beans and rice which I added and my plate looks delicious

    thumb Maranda W.
  •   This is probably my favorite restaurant around, great Latin food, awesome atmosphere, I highly recommend the “picada” and the “tostones”

    thumb Adrian A.

      Wow…what a gem! I used to live in Tampa, and really enjoyed the amazing Cuban cuisine that can be sampled there. So, naturally, I have been searching for the best Cuban sandwich in the Atlanta area…and, hands-down, it can be found at Rico! For those familiar with Tampa landmarks, the Rico Cuban sandwich tastes like someone took the elegant, delicate version served by The Columbia and added some crazy-good down-home roasted pork from Pipo's (the flagship on Hillsborough, of course!). The result: Rico's Cuban sandwich is in a class of delicious all by itself.

    thumb Jeff G.

      Delicious food. The person who took our order was very helpful and gave me advice on how to top my tacos. He then helped us choose the best sauces to add to our food. Clean place with shared parking. Food came out pretty quickly and meal wasn't too pricey (less than $10 for fish tacos). Definitely coming back again!

    thumb Fatima B.
  •   Cobb county, if you are sleeping on Rico's- you are missing out. Not only is the food fresh, nutritious, and delicious but the staff is warm and friendly. The owner/manager and his wife are always there and truly care about the dining experience. The decor is modern and clean. They are currently obtaining the liquor license so I can only imagine the amazing things that will be coming out of this amazing fast casual restaurant!

    thumb Krystal E.

      This is my new favorite restaurant! The food is fresh and tastes great. Make sure you try their different sauces (on some tables or at the counter). The menu is small, but you can also make your own tacos, wraps, bowls, arepas, salads, etc with several choices of meats and toppings. The staff is always friendly and you get your order quickly. It's always very clean. My only complaint is I'm not a fan of the cold, metal chairs.

    thumb Mike N.

      Very nicely done for a quick eats place. The mahi mahi in the tacos was super fresh, black beans cooked perfect plantains very nice and all served in about 5 minutes. The Yucca fries seemed like they could use seasoning but never having them before in my life I'm not the proper judge. The staff was very friendly and restaurant was super clean, I would certainly be back and recommend to my friends.

    thumb Jeremy B.
  •   Step up from Pollo tropical for sure. Lots of sauce options and good friendly staff. Decent selection and really good well flavored healthy food options.

    thumb Mae R.

      Absolutely love this place. Been here half a dozen times and everything I (and my companions) have ordered has been delicious; Arepa Ropa Vieja, Tostone Puerco Asado, and the Cuban Sandwich are stand-outs. You can't go wrong with the Yuca Fries as a side; their texture is perfect and are even better when dipped in any one of the table-side sauces.  Everything is very fresh, the portions generous, a great value, and the service is fast and exceedingly friendly. Very comfortable, clean atmosphere with excellent music playing overhead. With the Build Your Own Bowl or Salad, make sure you get the Mango Pico as one of your toppings; it is fantastic and pairs well with any of the proteins.

    thumb Missus D.

      Love this place. They serve arepas, tostones, yucca, plantains, etc. I really like that it's not your typical run of the mill Spanish food. It all has flavor and the offer variety. Delicious food!

    thumb Larsen W.
  •   This is a great choice for a delicious quick lunch. The restaurant is new and very clean.  The menu has lots of options from tacos, bowls, and wraps to arepas, sandwiches and tostones.

    I had the Cuban sandwich with an order of yucca fries. The sandwich was full of flavor and the pork was very well cooked. The sandwich was huge and well worth the money.  The yucca fries were really good but I was disappointed that an order meant only 2 fries.  They have a good variety of dipping sauces.  The cilantro garlic was by far my favorite!
    If in the area, definitely give this place a try.  You won't regret it.

    thumb Marilyn B.

      The food here is always amazing (I recommend the puerco asado arepa), and the staff is so incredibly hospitable. The owner goes out of his way to make sure you're having a great experience, all while constantly having a huge smile on his face. Today, the owner noticed that I forgot to mention I'm a KSU student (they give you a 15% discount if you show your ID), and he proceeded gave us a complimentary order of sweet plantains that were absolutely to die for. I highly recommend this place if you want an affordable but quality meal with above average service! I'll definitely be back soon!

    thumb Gabriela D.

      Delicious ropa Vieja sandwich and yucca fries! Also, two yucca fries were complementary with my sandwich. The sandwich is very large and half will be saved for my dinner. Staff is VERY friendly and helpful. Fresh, good food! Will be returning.

    thumb Katie W.
  •   Fast casual has taken over the restaurant industry. Everyone wants to be the next Chipotle, without the food poisoning. This place is after a Caribbean/South American vibe in its menu, but the surroundings are pure Chipotle in the bright lights, cement floor and counter ordering. Of course that's not a bad thing when the food is good and prices are reasonable. This place delivers on those.

    We split an arepa and a ropa vieja bowl. They let us load up the bowl with corn, sour cream, red onion, lettuce, mango pico, cucumbers, yellow rice and black beans – more than enough for us to share and feel full. Mango agua fresca needs to be part of your life.

    The gentleman at the register, apparently the manager, could not have been more helpful and friendly as we newbies navigated our order. Because this location is hidden from view on Chastain, I'm afraid lots of people go past not even aware of it. Seek it out for lunch some day soon.

    thumb Mark A.

      Decided to try something new for dinner and couldn't be happier. I for sure will be a repeat customer!

    The food was hot, fresh, and fresh. The staff was amazing. Very friendly and willing to answer any and all questions regarding the menu. I even let them decide how to prepare my meal (puerca asada). It was a home run for sure and if you aren't sure what you want or how you want it, ask for suggestions!

    thumb Jimmy A.

      This is a great quick lunch spot! It's almost like a Chipotle with a Cuban twist. You can choose a few options like a salad bowl or rice bowl and choose your proteins and toppings and sauce. Or you can order from the regular menu, which has options like sandwiches and chicken dishes and fried plantains.

    I had the salad bowl with grilled chicken – pretty basic, but I dressed it up with mango salsa and roasted corn. My boyfriend got the rice bowl with pulled pork, and he was the winner of the taste contest for sure. We also tried the agua fresca in mango, which is a less sweet (or watered down version if you will) version of mango juice. It tasted more like cantaloupe to me, but regardless, it was the perfect not-to-sweet drink.

    Everyone was so nice to us, and a manager even stopped to check if we enjoyed our food. If you have leftovers, you can bring their sauces home in little containers. And I must say, every one we tried was great. I'm going use some leftover cilantro garlic sauce on fish I think! I would definitely recommend this place.

    thumb Danielle S.



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