Anepalco Restaurant

4.5
262 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Anepalco is a modern Mexican restaurant located next to ALO Hotel in Orange, California. Our restaurant combines traditional Mexican ingredients with a modern twist. We focus on bringing flavors from all regions of Mexico to your palate. Come and try our famous chilaquiles, organic handmade tortillas, Huitlacoche Octopus tacos or al pastor tacos for lunch. Visit us for dinner where the menu gets sophisticated with a Agua Chile Negro, Chichilo Mole, Short Ribs Barbacoa with chochoyotes or Pork Belly Tacos. Treat yourself with a dessert like corn cake with nopal ice cream or an amazing Horchata Strawberry Cheesecake.

Anepalco have a great variety of Mexican wines from Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, and specialize in tequila and mezcal craft cocktails. Come and join us for a great dining experience by Chef Daniel Godinez.
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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was excited to try out this place. The ceviche barely had any fish/shrimp and the taste was bland...we tried it because the server said it was amazing. I had to stop an employee after they kept walking past our dirty dishes and ask him to please take our plates. This happened twice. They had a section on menu for tacos (2 tacos make up an order), but it turns out you can only order the same type of taco. They wouldn't let me mix which I found rather odd...most places let you do one of chicken and one of carnitas for example. I got the barbacoa tacos, but no garnish or salsa came with it...just the two tacos. At $14 per plate $7 per taco I expected a better presentation. I also had to ask for my water glass to be refilled twice. It's an interesting place, but the service needs work, the prices are high and they need to be more customer friendly.

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AB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anepalco is one of my favorite places to brunch with my friends and boyfriend. Delicious food and drinks, wonderful ambiance and great service!

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JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had been looking forward to dining at Anepalco for my BIRTHDAY. My girlfriend and I arrived at the restaurant on time and were promptly seated. There were two other tables seated inside. One was in the middle of their meal and the other had finished. Another couple arrived soon after, was seated, greeted, given water, bread, drink order taken, dinner order taken, and had their drinks served. No one had so much as said hello to us after we were seated. We left the restaurant and were thanked for dining with them. They didn't even know we were there and never served us. I have eaten here on many occasions and have always enjoyed my experience but this left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't know that I will ever go back.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was over priced and no chips and salsa were served unless you asked. Service was great but wouldn’t come here again.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered four entrees and none was good enough. I will not come back

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KP
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was outstanding! The mole tacos were of the highest quality, and yet reasonably priced. I will definitely go back to this restaurant.

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BB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality and interesting ingredients give this Mexican restaurant a leg up on the competition.

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LV
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anepalco always gives a new twist to Mexican food and never disappoints! Our server was personable and very attentive; she was able to steer us to the most recommended dishes and answered all of our questions. We'll definitely be back!

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RT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As we have come to expect, this place is THE place to get creative adult drinks and chilaquiles to die for. Service is always top notch and the food and ambience are the best. A definite must for us!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Terrible service so slow

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always great!

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MF
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat on the patio which was nice. Food was so authentic and just amazing. The Not Pa’ Ella is a very generous portion. Tacos were wonderful!

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MM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the specialty cocktails are absolutely to die for. We've already made reservations to go back, because there were so many food items on the menu we still have left to try! Incredible.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic independent Mexican restaurant. Lovely fresh food. Excellent service. Absolutely loved it!

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GS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service appears to be lacking every time I visit this restaurant. e.g. time to take order, get drinks, receive order, get any refills, check on order, receive check. Especially, when I'm visiting during a lunch hour, the time served always puts me over the hour.

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OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good fresh ingredients. Good value for price. Cool vibes

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Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anepalco! Great food, best chilaquiles in town (too bad they are only available on Sunday) and one of the best Margaritas ever!! Service is great and there is a beautiful outdoor patio which makes you forget you're in the middle of a busy intersection across from UCIMC. HIGHLY recommend Anepalco!

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EP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their twist on authentic Mexican food makes their food different, but delicious!

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JP
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great.

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EM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is extraordinarily awesome! The food is exquisitely delicious.

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d
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good & arrived quickly. The service prompt & friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my friend here for the legendary chilaquiles. Did not disappoint

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was wonderful! Only complaint is background music is up a bit loud. It was hard to enjoy a conversation with our table. We came to be together and catch up, not listen to the preprogrammed playlist. It was 2pm on a Saturday.

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V
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Anepalco many times for the excellent food and service, and this trip was more of the same! We especially want to thank our server, Juana, who is always kind and attentive. Anepalco is our favorite place for brunch, and we will be back soon.

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L
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints, especially their brunch. I’ve been coming here for several years and their special occasions brunches are just as good or better than their standard brunch, and the staff is always great. Highly recommend this place!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was great! Perfect dinner spot for a night out with my parents. Definitely recommend!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Staff very friendly and welcoming. Would dine here again.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought customers for business dinner. We ending up having ten people and sat outside. Everyone had drinks and a lot of food. Awesome value. The staff was amazing. This is not run of the mill Mexican food. It’s worth the visit.

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NP
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always delicious food, great service and good ambiance :)

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, drinks so good wonderful place for brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Gourmet status dishes. Everything we had at the table was creative and a new take on traditional Mexican flavors.

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L
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, never disappoints. And cocktails are out of this world spot on. Service is very outgoing and friendly.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great ambiance. Small quaint restaurant. Would go back.

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was some of the best "new" Mexican food I've ever eaten. Rather than plain old chips and salsa, Anepalco delivers a basket of freshly toasted, crispy corn tortillas with two kinds of salsa and an addictive creamy chili dip. My friend and I split some very untraditional yet delicious sopas with bone marrow and great pork tacos. Portion sizes were just right. Also, a creative cocktail menu. All this in a small unassuming restaurant in a hotel off the freeway. Plenty of parking. I highly recommend.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is pricey and not that very good.

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GM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We had s table outside with nice weather. enchiladas are amazing as was the guacamole and classic margarita. Service was spot on!

Overall I was pleasantly surprised for a restaurant that is in the Disney area and part of a hotel.

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MN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect happy hour menu! Great friendly, laid back environment .

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AG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is wonderful! The only complaint I have is that they seated us over 30 mins past our reservation and it took another 45 mins to get our food because their WiFi was down and they didn’t want to let anyone else sit until they got it back up (even though they had a bunch of open tables). We had to stand there until it was fixed.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was great. The restaurant was nice and comfy. Just the staff seemed annoyed.

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