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EL Guanaco

Salvadoran, South American
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415 Water St SW, Olympia, WA 98501-1046
+1 360-352-5759
11:00 - 22:00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Generous servings of good Salvadorian food. No reservations needed for lunch. Reasonable prices for good food & service.

Thank Pat L
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

The pupusas are very very good, fresh and not greasy like you find elsewhere sometimes. I had two but could have easily handled a 3rd. Next time I'll get rice and beans with it too. My companions had enchiladas and tacos and liked them. I tried a taste of the refried beans and they were excellent. The prices are reasonable.... More 

Thank annetho
Olympia, Washington
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

El Guanaco is a great place for a quick plate of cheese, vegetable OR pork pupusas with beans and rice. Hands down. Not that thrilled about other dishes, but if you crave a pupusa, you will not be disappointed.

Thank Gracehue
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

We moved up from San Diego in 2012 and had yet to find excellent central American cuisine. With family & friends, we've had half dozen different menu items in the last couple of weeks. All were outstanding! The steak, fajitas, enchiladas, carne asada and others were the best - fresh, not heavily seasoned, and perfectly prepared. El Guanaco is a... More 

Thank Jim M
Clearwater, Florida
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588 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2015

So excited when we drove by and saw an El Salvadorian restaurant. My mouth was watering for papusas. I ordered a cheese, a meet and a tostado. The cheese papusa was the best. My other two items we OK. My friend ordered an enchilada with beans and rice and liked her meal. Very good service, soda refills. It was just... More 

Thank Gena C
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2015

The pupusas are a must try item. I make a meal of them. Service can be.... disinterested most times I come in. I don't bother ordering draught beer any more because it seems they don't get much action in their bar and one time I even got a 3/4 full mug. I wisecracked the waitress about it, but she didn't... More 

Thank tubasteve
Kent, Washington
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99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

We have eat at El Guanaco many times, just for dinner and family events. The staff is super friendly (especially once they found out I lived in El Salvador for 4 years). The food is always fresh. I really enjoy the pupusa and the platanos fritos. The only down side is that it does not have a parking lot.

Thank Glowdaddy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Salvadoran, South American
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 415 Water St SW, Olympia, WA 98501-1046
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-352-5759

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