El Naranjo
El Naranjo
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El Naranjo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elnaranjo-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5124742776x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Traditional Mexican, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Iliana de la Vega
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Driskill
  • Parking: No
A word from El Naranjo
At El Naranjo, restaurant & bar, we are dedicated to serving delicious traditional Mexican food. We create savory salsas and moles, well-seasoned food, with great concern for finding a pleasing balance of flavors. We bake our own bread, make our own corn tortillas, and use fresh vegetables and herbs. While the food has a strong culinary resemblance to our former internationally acclaimed restaurant in Oaxaca, we draw from the many rich traditions of Mexican cooking. Join us for dinner, or come enjoy a margarita at our bar, ¡Buen apetito!
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El Naranjo reviews from OpenTable diners
  • salty sea bass with lazy jalapeno.
    Sicilian
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The sea bass was cooked perfectly, if you have ever tried to cook sea bass, you'll know that's real easy. So one has to judge the dish based on the salty coconut sauce, and the rest of the dish, which was kinda poor compared to the usual at this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Beautiful mole and chile rellenos. We bought the chef's salsa. Which is very special. A really special dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in a neat location
    DedicatedVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Rainey Street near the river is an unusual and emerging location for many restaurants and bars. This is very close to a nice trail along the water, excellent for a walk before and after. The service, food, decor and the ambiance are all much better than expected and the overall value to price is very high. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best real Mexican north of the Rio
    ColAVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    After living in Mexico City for 3+ years, El Naranjo is better than all other interior Mexican restaurants where we have eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a group of 12 and
    Michelle
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    We were a group of 12 and were the only customers there. The service was mediocre at best. It took forever for the guacamole to arrive that they came the same time with our food. Food was so so, I could have ordered them from Chuys and not detect any difference.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Good
    AmyC
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The food and cocktails were good - though I don't think good enough to return for the price. Overall the service was great, but I don't recommend for large groups. We did have a larger party and ended up waiting about an hour to split about 5-6 checks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special culinary experience
    Lili
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I keep returning to El Naranjo because I love the quality of their food. Ask for the day's special and you will never be disappointed. At one of my visits, I ordered the special of the day: Pipian: A light and delicately flavored dish that made my Foodie soul happy. Their margaritas are the best. I think part of their secret is the top shelf tequila used to make them. Chef ILIANA takes time to welcome guests and ensures everything is to your satisfaction. The whole experience is worth the parking challenges at Rainey St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Brunch Spot
    Chris
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Homemade Pan Dulce! Need I say more. Very authentic delicious mexican food. Service is great, the restaurant is so nice. You must try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find in Austin!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Took out of town guests here last weekend! El Naranjo is located in a funky Austin neighborhood where old homes serve as little gastro pubs and restaurants that line the street for blocks. The area is eclectic and very active with people laughing, holding hands, bar hopping and meandering from place to place. Give yourself a few minutes to find a parking space. When you arrive, start with their Habanero Margarita - amazing! The food is authentic Oaxacan cuisine and if you like Mole, they have multiple varieties to choose from. This is the real thing. You just cannot go wrong with anything on this menu. We had the Tres Leches for desert and it was incredible - the best we have ever tasted. Highly recommend this place for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mole!
    ErikS
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Had to wait 20 minutes even with reservation, waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu--I recommend the ceviche, great duck with mole and chilean sea bass. Good wine list, very annoying that there are no vintage dates for the wines. When asked why, the waiter said " they change a lot!! " (e.g. too much work for us). Wine over priced by about 20% but they were kind enough to cool the red wine down from 70 degrees to 65 so it was drinkable! Even with the acoustic panels it was very noisy and warm (windows don't open in the house?) Nice modern decorations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking forward to liking EN
    1stTimer
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    hostess ignored us twice where several of us were waiting and we were the first to arrive.She assumed who was next and did not ask. I interrupted her 2nd attempt to interject that we had reservations and then with no aknowlgement proceeded to seat us.I chalked this to inexperience. The cocktail menu was extensive and had many options.We had house margs but they failed miserably. It was watered down and could not taste the teq.We returned to get Patron Silver with Contr.Better but I've had better in so many other Mexican restaurants.We ordered the guac and chips which were good but again had better. I chose the veg relleno and my girlfriend selected the light Mole with vegs.Both tasted good and we hope when we ret we have a better exp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely the best mole I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Absolutely the best mole I have ever had and I am a little bit of a mole fanatic. I had the weekly special mole and it was incredible and my wife had the special Chile Relleno and she loved it as well. Highly recommend this restaurant for real interior Mexican restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still a gem
    austinFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We took family to dinner over the holiday and the food was great as usual. Give the Mexican Martini a try (with Corzo Silver) and the Langhe Nebbiolo with the Mole Poblano.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is Mexican cooking on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    This is Mexican cooking on a new plane, especially with mole sauces, which are done here better and in more variety than anywhere...this was true when the restaurant was located in Oaxaca, and is all the more true now in Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Everything was very good except chili rellenos were kind of doughy and mushy. Delicious ceviche and margaritas. Great, pleasant service. Nice atmosphere. We will go back for sure.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but...
    lindsaydenae
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We had booked a reservation for a large group for my husband's birthday, but when we arrived, promptly at the reservation time with all ten of us in tow, we were told it would take a "little while" for them to set the table up. We stood awkwardly in the bar area for over an hour before sitting. By the time we sat, it was very late and many of the specials and other menu items were already gone for the evening. In addition, the management didn't apologize, much less offer any kind of gratis food, drinks, etc to mitigate the fact that they had potentially ruined our evening. Had our plans not been more flexible, we would have had to go hungry. That said, the food was impeccable and the staff in general was very helpful and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interior Mexican Delight on Rainey
    MichaelSVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The best black bean soup I ever had. Thick, toasted tortilla strips, avocado chunks, spicy. Life is good. The sauteed mushrooms were exquisite. Umami and wonderful spicy sauce. Then the fresh fish tacos came out. The fish was spicy and fresh. The coleslaw crispy and accompanying black beans full of earthy flavor. We will be back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the chefs. Thye have
    Discerning
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Love the chefs. Thye have integrity and can cook like the pros they r.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic and surprising flavors!
    K8er
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    The amarillo mole with duck is brilliant, with bright flavors and perfectly cooked duck, and the darker mole is a combination of flavors I've never seen before. It was earthy and chocolatey and I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    ChefMichael
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Always a treat to visit Chef Iliana and her little piece of Mexico so cloae to the capitol. And the Pan de Muerto? Better than Mexicos...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite dishes: The mole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Favorite dishes: The mole of the day which was dark was great, the rajas con crema was rich and tasty, the smoked salsa was excellent. Also enjoyed the cocktail with cognac and orange in it
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We took a group into this
    RGCN
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    We took a group into this restaurant and every one thought of food was very special. Some of them even asked all we found to special restaurant. The food is quite characteristic for central Mexico.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Treat!
    CasiNada
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    When your wife has a passion for cooking... even to the point of teaching cooking classes for 10 years... it is hard to impress her at a restaurant. So, when her birthday comes up and its time to give her a treat that will mean something to her, taking her out to dinner is risky business. El Naranjo was her choice and a pleasure to share with another friend also celebrating a birthday. My lady knows Oaxaca... having attended a cooking school there a few years ago. She loved the authentic approaches and the special twists here and there to make our dinners stand out. Usually her response to "So, Honey, how is it?" goes something like... "I can do better." But, not at El Naranjo!!! Thank you. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mole
    CCobbster
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    What a great variety of interior Mexican mole recipes, unique for this Iowa born boy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Nibs22
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Everything we had was excellent! The soup of the day was black bean soup, which was the best black bean soup I've ever had. It's a family recipe of the chef's. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar
    FoodieX4VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We love this restaurant! We have eaten here several times and each and every time is a pleasant dining experience. The soup of the day is always delicious no matter what it is. This time it was black bean, last time, it was a chilled variety. The chayote squash salad is always yummy. The stuffed poblano pepper with vegetables wrapped in puff pastry, so good!!! And their desserts! The flan is amazing. I tried the green tea ice cream, very flavorful. Glad I restricted myself to one scoop, and not three, I would have eaten all three scoops even after being full after a fantastic meal. And the homemade rolls with spicy butter and their house made condiments, we look forward to those. Love the little woven basket they come in. Wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed
    Niki
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Great atmosphere, attentive chef, trying to be interesting, but some of the dishes just don't quite work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hospitality and haute cuisine
    kasls
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Proprietors could not be more welcoming; fine service and menu and exceptional food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High Quality
    jubileeblue
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    El Naranjo serves a high quality interior style Mexican food. It is really closer to what you would find in Spain. They have special moles, soups and sauces. The Bacalao (Cod) was excellent and the Duck was quite good. They both had interesting spices which had flavors that stayed with you long after the bite. The service was great although the place was a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Animated dinner
    ZipgurlVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    A friend from San Antonio and I made reservations for 8 pm, not knowing how traffic would be. We actually arrived at the El Naranjo an hour early and they were able to accommodate us. Our waiter, Kevin, was fabulous. He was so animated and really passionate about the food and the wine. While there weren't a lot of people there when we first arrived, the place was pretty full soon afterwards and it did get a little loud, but we were having so much fun we didn't really care. The food was fabulous as always. This is one of my new favorites and I'm looking forward to starting tasting my way through their tequila menu! This is a real gem for our community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TMI
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Our second visit to this restaurant. The food was again very good. Homemade corn tortillas were fresh and not gummy like so many corn tortillas. I was disappointed in the queso, which was just melted cheese with no seasoning, perhaps traditional, but boring. We had the special chili relleno - filled with ground beef and pork, plus peaches and some other fruits, traditional almond sauce. It was delicious - but at room temperature. Don't know if that was how it was supposed to be served. Our waiter explained the menu items in excruciating detail, but didn't mention that. He was annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Winner!
    Yourstruly
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I made a bet with a friend that my beloved Lakeway neighborhood Oaxacan restaurant was as good as hers. I lost. The food here is spectacular. I will still frequent my local favorite, but El Naranjo beats it on every level!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly Recommended Cuisine of Mex.
    TechExechTransplantVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Four of us went to El Naranjo for a second visit. Just as good as the first. For those who like a variety of central mexican dishes, this is your place. I am not the first person to go to run and try Mexican, but my first visit sold me on El Naranjo. This visit I had the sea bass with a wonderful sauce (non-spicy) - it was truly delectable. My last visit I had the classic mole' - it was a delight. The rest of my party was also highly complimentary about their selections as well. The service was also prompt and our waiter was both highly knowledgable and very helpful. We haven't tried outside yet, but the atmosphere inside is clean and a slightly funky version of elegant, with the lights not too bright. Very nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Patience rewarded
    Gappus
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Awesome food and great vibe, but don't show up starving because it takes them a while to get the (very, very good) food out to you. Might have been because the day we were there, there were two large parties taking a lot of the wait staff's attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    I had heard that El Naranjo had great food. I was not expecting the upscale atmosphere and cool vibe there. Just another reason to enjoy the restaurant. Our waiter, Jonathan, was excellent, giving just the right amount of service to be helpful and attentive. Of course, as I'd heard from friends, our dinner was excellent. We especially enjoyed the cactus paddle salad that Jonathan had suggested and the tres leche dessert which WAS the best I'd ever had (as he said it would be!). We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    The balance of flavors is unparalleled. Additionally, there is a subdued boldness that leaves one in near ecstasy. Multi-layered, broad and deep. The restaurant's singularity makes it a primary destination. Thanx.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved food...great for vegetarians
    SoniaAustin
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    The atmosphere, services and food at La Naranjo was amazing. We had a great time. I had the vegetarian chile relleno and loved it. Both our wine bottles were also very good. Everyone in our party of 6 really enjoyed their meals including the mole, and presentation was also very good. If I could make any suggestions, it would be to add a vegetarian appetizer. I found the chile with cream appetizer a little rich. It would be great if there was another vegetarian appetizer that had less cheese/cream. Will definitely be back for more at La Naranjo.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is Mexican cooking at
    Ieuan
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    This is Mexican cooking at its best. The restaurant originates in Oaxaca and the chef makes a speciality of southern Mexican cooking. A rang of Oaxcan moles are othered. We ordered a Chile Enogada and a Pescado Tikin-Xic, both of which were some of the best dishes we have enjoyed at any restaurant, including many of the best restaurants in Mexico. We dined early and benefited from the Happy Hour with excellent Margaritas and Appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and miss
    Gary66
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Great food. Pleasant space but noise levels unacceptable. Service a little slow to start with but picked up as the evening went on. Would like to dine there again but would not go back on a Friday or Saturday evening.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was my favorite restaurant
    HBFII
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Was my favorite restaurant in Oaxaca, now my favorite in Texas.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.