Guasaca

Erwin Square, #A-100, 2200 W Main St, Durham
(919) 294-8939

Recent Reviews

Terra L.

Consistently delicious and the catering is great, especially accommodating for particular instructions and dietary needs. This is our go to for work lunches!

Erin S.

I love Guasaca! It's affordable and healthy especially considering it's "fast" food. I love Arepas and theirs are delicious! The bowl option gets you bang for your buck too. The sauces are all amazing and I just wanna buy bottles of them haha. Would recommend for a quick meal!!

Erik Bradley

The food was super good. I have never had anything like it before. They also have a bunch of different sauces to suit your personal tastes. I had fish which was really soft and moist. Then I tried the shredded beef all of which were amazing. The guacamole was one of the best I've had. Deliciously yummy. I would recommend it and go back when I'm in the area.

Will Sutton

I went to this place yesterday for the first time. I had never heard of it before but my lovely wife recommended it. Little did I know that she had been there 3 times in a row before. I probably would have never noticed it in the Erwin Square area. But anywho, the photos of the Arepas looked amazing online. I knew that is what I wanted to try. It took a minute to find out what is an Arepa (a flat round, unleveaned Patty of soaked, ground kernels of maize or meal that can be grilled, baked or fried). To make a long story short, I highly recommend the signature vegetarian Arepa! It was amazing.

Dorian A.

What a great place for a tasty lunch of unique cuisine. I love this place when I am in the mood for something different.

Amy Y.

I really like this place! Husband asks to eat this almost every day as well, haha. It is relatively healthy-ish compared to what other options are out there for people who can't be bothered to cook. We tried the arepas before, but pretty quickly switched over to getting the bowls. Imo, the arepas were a little on the drier side. Now, my standard is... salad bowl, shredded chicken, plantains, onions, salsa, cole slaw, cheese, white rice. It is yum! There's enough flavors that I don't even need to use any additional sauce. The plantains add a nice sweetness to the dish, and the cheese is nice and gooey and melts over the bowl. The cole slaw and chicken are flavorful and have enough sauce in them as well. The amount of food is also a lot (we still eat the whole thing though, haha).

Quinton Smith

Great experience on a first time visit. The food was EXCELLENT, and with friendly staff to boot. Restaurant was also quite clean despite the lunch rush. Will absolutely be back, and soon.

Nilesh Patel

We love Guasaca and it’s a regular stop for us for fast food. Keep an eye out for Groupons there as there is often a good deal that makes it an even more pocket friendly night out.

Jafet Aparicio

Upon arriving I was greeted with a warm welcome from the entire crew in the front and in the back! Confused with what I wanted to get, the crew member helping me was extremely patient and even suggested a couple of menu options to help my decision which was something I really appreciated. With a smile in their face and friendly laughter, the overall experience was top of the line and impeccable. Cashier was extremely helpful regarding additional options to my food and the chips were a must! Overall very satisfied with my visit and look forward to coming back again.

copejenney

Had lunch here during a fast trip to Duke. Inexpensive, fresh tasting, and quick. I’d recommend getting two arepas if you are hungry. Loved the taste of the masa they use to make the arepas.

Tina McInerney

Delicious food. Different than the usual. Easy to customize and great customer service. Good option for vegetarians, also!

Mariah Leroux

Easily my favorite restaurant in the Triangle. Quick, cheap, and insanely delicious. Their veggie arepas never disappoint!

Yousif A.

Note to self: come back to this place. The wife got a bowl - hers was awesome. I got two arepas, one steak, one chicken. Picked plantains as one of my toppings which in retrospect, I probably should've mixed up. I truly appreciated the quality of their ingredients, I just ended up with too many plantains by the end of it. First world problems - alas. Yeah, the food tastes great.

Carly S.

For the price of their food, you get a good amount and it is packed full of flavor. I am just not personally a fan or the corn arepas. Besides that, this is a great location we have gone to multiple times for both carry out and catering and they have been awesome everytime! For catering they kindly label every arepa so you know what they are, as well as give many different kinds of sauces.

Daniel Ace

Overall, this is a very good place. They are very plugged in with Duke Hospital/University community so they stay pretty busy with customers even during the holidays. Quality food at fair prices. A solid winning combination.

Elizabeth G Powell

Neat quick less expensive place to eat for that area. They will offer a taste of something to make sure you will like it. Def recommend trying them out.

Florian Emmerich

Great place with amazing Arepas, the food is finger licking delicious. Go there!

Chris Dillman

First time at this joint. Food was super good. Had a shredded pork bowl with black eyed peas, black beans, pico, and their signature guacamole concoction. Super tasty and super filling. Service was wonderful as well. Thanks for the effort folks!

Elizabeth Evans

I ordered Guasaca for an event that benefited the organization I work for. It was such an easy process and the manager Mauricio is so patient and easy to work with. If I could give this place a 6th star, I really would. My team is so grateful for businesses like this and hope to continue partnering in the future.

Jennifer Hennigan

Fresh food at a reasonable price and infinitely better than Chipotle or Moe's. The cilantro sauce is delicious and unique. Haven't had anything like it elsewhere.

Allan Voichuk

Good food. The staff at this location are a little disorganized. Still a good place for fast and healthy food options. I'd go back.

Lindsey C

Sometimes I eat here for lunch multiple days in a row. Not because it's convenient (it's not... parking can be tough at lunchtime), but because I just adore their arepas that much. The guasaca and cilantro sauce are amazing.

Lizzie Gerber

Very fresh and yummy. It would be great if the bowl could be larger.That being said, I did think the quality of food was above average.

Kong L.

Guasaca! Guasaca! Guasaca! I remember trying this years ago and I didn't like it. I decided to give it another try and it was such a hit! It was deliciously amazing! I love the simplistic menu and options. The arepas were hot and fresh. The filling was on point. I think one arepa is enough. Honestly, I overate but eating two. I have no regrets, it was that good. I love the space of this location. There were plenty of seating all around, although the parking lot is quite small. For the price, you can't beat the quality food here!

Kaushik Hatti

I was staying in that area for a week and ate at several places around there. Guasaca was the best and I ate here twice! I am sure to visit them whenever I am around that place. Great food.

Mark H.

Guasaca really impressed me. I went in with no real expectations but was really blown away by the flavors and types of arepas you can choose from. Lots of sitting room inside and out, so I say go for it!

Jessica Olivares

Absolutely terrible to work with for businesses. I am having a lunch meeting at work today and tried to call in my order yesterday (they do not have a pick up option available online without entering a credit card number -someone else was paying so I did not have a card number available), after calling over 10 times they finally answer and state they are unable to take orders over the phone, I question this and then am told "if you call tomorrow at 11am we could probably take your order over the phone then". It is currently almost noon and no answer after several co-workers and myself have tried calling. My work meeting is at noon as well. This is a very bad look for Guasaca and I do not recommend for any other businesses wanting to feed their employees. I now have to have someone to stand in line and hold up the Guasaca line with all of my co workers food orders. Not smart Guasaca!!

Nikia C.

YELP REVIEW INTRO Oops! Excuse the spill ... but here's the tea!! Location: 4/5 Parking: 5/5 Outside appearance: 4/5 Inside appearance: 5/5 Hospitality: 4/5 Food: 5/5 Price: 4/5 I love the arepas! The bread is always crisp on the outside and nice on the inside. I typically stuff my arepas with grilled chicken, beans, cheese, and pico. Even with the toppings, the bread hold up & doesn't crumble or get soggy. The salads are great too. The plantains are phenomenal!! There wasn't a line when I went & ordering was a breeze. The food was still hot inside & fresh!! I typically get the "green" and the "orange" sauce. Green is tasty & orange is spicy. They have specialty bottled drinks as well as fountain drinks. The inside of the restaurant was clean, open, bright, & welcoming. I would recommend this place to anyone!

r largo

great food!

Ricky Cleveland

This place is always good. It will make you say chipotle who?!!!!!! food is a million times better. Way more flavor and its actually served hot!

Adiva S.

For the price, quantity and taste combination, this little Venezuelan restaurant was an absolute hit in durham. The ingredients are fresh, and the food is SUPER filling. I never spent more than $10 there (2 arepas for ~$7 and i was full). The guasaca sauce is to die for, and the veggie, meat and fish options are all great. If you're trying to be low carb, just switch to a salad bowl and it'll be just as filling. We also used guasaca to cater many on campus events at Duke when I was a student there, and every time the food would run out quickly given the sheer number of guasaca lovers. It's quick, cheap, healthy (if you make it so), filing and tasty - a bomb combo!

Connie X.

Guasaca is like Chipotle, but with Venezuelan food. They have arepas, bowls, or salads that you can easily customize to your liking. It's great if you're looking for a healthy, fast-casual meal. On the other hand, I feel like if you're coming in every day for lunch or dinner, you'll very easily get tired of the food here. My first time coming to Guasaca, I made my own salad bowl with plantains (YUM), shredded pork, pico de gallo, and guasaca (which is similar to guacamole, except I tasted a lot more lime and cilantro in the mix). The pico de gallo made my salad super watery. But overall, the meal tasted very well-balanced. Just the right amount of flavor in my pork, too, without it tasting super salty. I have yet to come back again to try their arepas. But the salad left me feeling very satisfied!

Eduardo Sandoval

First time in and I was really impressed. The service was quick and friendly. The arepa was cooked perfectly with a little crunch. The avocado chicken was awsome and the banana that I added to it was delicious! I will definitely be back!

Chuck Hicks

Great food and great service! The menu is varied enough that anybody can find what the want. We had arepas but bowls are available too. We can’t wait to go back!

Ling J.

Came here with a friend because I had $6 off an order through groupon. It was the first time I had arepas & was pleasantly surprised by how fresh everything was. We tried the following Chicken - solid Beef - my friend said this was his favorite out of everything, the most flavorful Steak - my favorite, not dry and seasoned well Tilapia - eh, I would pass. I thought it was going to be a piece of tilapia but it was shredded (think canned tuna texture) Pork - I don't eat pork but my friend said it was tender Avocado chicken - pretty much a piece of chicken covered in guac, probably wouldn't get it again. The guac is sweeter than the ones at chipotle I'm pretty sure it's because of the kind of onion(?) they use, and chips aren't as salty. The people who work here are super nice and sweet too!

Collette Jackson

This South American restaurant has the best Arepas in town. The service is quick and friendly. I placed my order via telephone and it was ready in 5 minutes, being that I said I would pick it in a 10 minutes.

Corinne Goudreault

This food is so good! The arepas have always been fresh and well cooked when I have been there. The filling is always delicious. Their signature avocado sauce is good with everything. The salsas are very cilantro heavy so I stay away from them. Definitely recommend. Their catering is good as well.

Barbara Maha

Stumbled into the place. Great casual restaurant near Duke hospital. Low cost for a great taste. Staff was kind enough to walk my father through the menu as he had never had arepas before. I like the corn based arepas best. Guacamole was also very good.

Jorge E. Estrada

Food here is just great. Arepas are very tasty. Service is fast and the place is always clean. I thing prices are fair. To me 1 arepa is just right for lunch, 2 of them are just too much. The cilantro sauce they prepare, is the best.

Ariel B.

Fun place to get arepas! Came in and made my own arepa and really thought it was excellent. I loved the price and the options for fillings. I took an arepa with avocado chicken, black beans, the spicy sauce, cheese and plantains on the side. Had to say that the arepa itself was the least tasty part (and I've had some good arepas in my life). However the fillings were so tasty, and I really loved the flavor of the avocados and chicken. The place itself is really cute and there is a lot of seating. Service was also great. Overall solid experience here!