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El Guanaco

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Mexican, Latin, Salvadoran, South American, Central American, Spanish
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331 NE 44th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334-1443
+1 954-351-0792
Thu - Tue 09:00 - 20:00
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very cute, relaxing, basic, but elegant restaurant that serves a very extensive variety of Mexican and Central American specialties. They use high quality, fresh ingredients which shows in the flavors. The kitchen is out in the open and is fun to watch the prepping and cooking. The staff and management are very friendly, attentive and courteous. Prices are adequate... More 

1 Thank ZoeRM
Miami Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing all of the reviews, finally came in to see what the fuss was all about. Parking was challenging, but we waited it out. Carmen greeted us like we were regulars. The papusa were great...also steak fajitas. The Margarita was strong...it was a great lunch!

Thank A-ARON H
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Had the chorizo and steak tacos. Perfect size comes with three. Not too much food so we didn't leave feeling stuffed, but quite satisfied. Loved the rice and beans: white rice with corn, green peas and carrots on it. Food came quick and service was friendly. Would highly recommend.

1 Thank Stephanie B
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We chose El Guanaco for its proximity to our hotel and excellent reviews. It is a very unassuming exterior and the inside is tight but elegant. Friendly service and our waitress answered all of our questions. The El Salvadorian influence intrigued us as the menu had a few extras. I convinced my wife to ditch her go to chimichangas and... More 

1 Thank 7Zach7
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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398 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I've visited this restaurant several times in order to work my way through the menu before writing this review. I was hoping to find some outstanding dishes. Bottomline, is that this restaurant beats its competition in Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park. Service starts with complimentary chips and salsa. Although not pureed, the salsa is not chunky and it's not a... More 

1 Thank Layne O
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I first tried this restaurant at the recommendation of a friend over a year ago. Since then, I go at least 2-3 times per month. Great food and friendly staff. My top picks are the enchiladas, burrito, and grilled steak with onions. Love their fried green plantains.

1 Thank SoireeTraveler
Oakland Park, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Love eating here. The food is great, the price is right, and the service is friendly and good. We go there for lunch and dinner. Doesn't matter what you order, because it is all good.

1 Thank yellowrose908
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55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after a recommendation from a shop owner in the area. Boy, are we glad we did! This is a small restaurant in a small building. The food was amazing! We ordered way too much since we wanted to try everything! We had tacos and enchiladas which were delicious! The pupusas were awesome! We tried the... More 

1 Thank Ann M
Miami, Florida
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147 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Arrived here at 2PM which was perfect, missing the lunch crowd. This is a very small restaurant in Oakland Park. Parking available right in front. We started off with the queso fundido with chips. Yummy and gooey like a good queso fundido. I ordered the combo plate which includes 1 taco, 1 tostada, and 1 enchilada de queso served with... More 

Thank Letty0
Gavle, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Perfect for spicy mexican/salvadorian food. Nice/friendly staff which are interested in your well being during your visit. Highly recomended :)

Thank ChrisKl88

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Salvadoran, South American, Central American, Spanish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 331 NE 44th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334-1443
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Broward County  >  Oakland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 954-351-0792
Mexican and El Salvadoran

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