Skip to main content

Top 25 places to get an arepa in North America

Pabellón, reina pepiada, o pollo. We pulled a list of the top places to get an arepa in North America. Never tried one before? It’s essentially a sandwich that’s made with ground maize dough and originates from the northern region of South America. You’ll find them on the menus of many Colombian and Venezuelan restaurants and once you try one, you’ll be hooked for life. Let’s dig in.

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the top 25 restaurants with arepas in North America according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant category that mentioned arepas in reviews and are not part of a national chain, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.


  1. Chellas Arepa Kitchen: Lancaster, PA
  2. Ellana’s Kitchen & More: Newton, MA
  3. Bolivar & Lincoln Venezuelan Cafe: Chicago, IL
  4. Cariaco: Glendale, CA
  5. Mi Pana: Lincoln Acres, CA
  6. 11 Degrees North: Chicago, IL
  7. Pana Food Truck: Santa Cruz, CA
  8. Arepas Capitol Venezuelan Restaurant: Woodbridge, VA
  9. Arepa Pueblo: Pembroke Pines, FL
  10. El Pilón: Portland, OR
  11. 11 Chicks: Saint Petersburg, FL
  12. Amara Chocolate & Coffee: Pasadena, CA
  13. Arrechissimo Restaurant: Cincinnati, OH
  14. Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine: Pasadena, CA
  15. Alchemy Bakery & Store: Prospect, KY
  16. Guava Tree Cafe: Albuquerque, NM
  17. Arepitas: Harker Heights, TX
  18. Santarepa Cafe: Santa Fe, NM
  19. Root Down: Denver, CO
  20. Rica Arepa: Chicago, IL


  1. Pomarosa Coffee Shop & Kitchen: Toronto, ON
  2. Arepera: Montréal, QC
  3. Bocadillo: Montréal, QC
  4. Heaven Restaurant Bar: Calgary, AB
  5. Avila Arepa: Edmonton, AB