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El Guanaco

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
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331 NE 44th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334-1443
+1 954-351-0792
09:00 - 20:00
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Thu - Tue 09:00 - 20:00
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Ft. Lauderdale
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stumbled onto this gem of a restaurant and you should as well. First of all, look past the outside which is not very attractive. Go in, order and you will be very pleasantly surprised. The restaurant offers a mix of Mexican, Salvadoran, "Spanish" cuisine and it does it all very well. The downside first: The place is not very large... More 

1 Thank yelena2002
Boise, Idaho
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place did NOT disappoint! The food was delicious (flavorful and authentic). Very reasonably priced, too. Friendly and professional staff. I can see why they are rated #1!!!!

Thank Kevin V
Malaga, Spain
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277 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This family run restaurant makes food like no other. Absolutely fantastic. Their Fajitas are to die for. Hot sizzling, delicious and lots of it. Good friendly service, but best book a table as the restaurant is small.

Thank Stewart1234567
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have bee to this place a few times. It is not Mexican. The menu is more of a fusion Mexican with Salvadorean food Pupusas - to Tacos & Enchiladas. While the food is served at the correct temperature the entire place locks ventilation and consequently you garments will have to get wash asap. Not a good place to take... More 

1 Thank Oscar V
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

My husband really enjoyed his breakfast but mine didn't seem to do much for me. I ordered the breakfast tacos and they really didn't have much flavor to them. I would definitely go back and try something different as the place was clean, well run, and friendly.

Thank shannendee
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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440 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

My wife and I found this place on TripAdvisor, and decided to give it a try. We were greeted and seated, by a friendly Carmen, who was also our server. Although she was the only server working, she managed to provide good service with a smile to all of her guests. I ordered the Salvadoran breakfast, and finished every last... More 

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116 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 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 11 November 2016 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 O
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59 reviews
50 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

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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, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
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?