Anepalco Restaurant

4.7
238 reviews
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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.

Specials

Happy Hour Tuesday-Saturday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$5 Draft Beers, $6 Local Wines, $7 Well Cocktails

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 18, 2019

Ends: January 19, 2118

Availability: Tue-Sat 5:00PM-7:00PM

What 238 People Are Saying
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BB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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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
12 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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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food

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OT
Los Angeles
5 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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AP
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks, and service here was amazing. The cocktails were very good and refreshing. My husband had the Citrus Rye and he said it was one of the best drinks that he has had in a while. The guacamole was out of this world good! Our daughters had the macaroni and cheese which was also very good, and we had the vegetarian tacos which were delicious. Our server was very friendly and attentive. We will definitely come back here when we are in the Anaheim area again.

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LL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything. Food is fresh, handmade and delicious. Wait staff is excellent. Our new go-to place! Can’t wait to try dinner.

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SP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful Ext. The food is super and the staff was outstanding.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Always good food, but for a very small restaurant they are very busy! Sometimes it takes a while to get a waiter/waitress attention.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch..if you like Mexican cuisine

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OG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is just plain delicious. My husband said that his taste buds were dancing

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious innovative food and excellent, very hospitable service,

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OT
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my friend for his bday and their first time trying Anepalco, I have been there plenty and I knew they wouldn’t disappoint.. The place is really nice and cozy but their food is amazing I had the Chilaquiles and tried my friends Cuban torta and both were out of this world

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T
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food and very accommodating for such little space.

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VN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious! I got the short rib entree and hubby got the hangar steak with chiliquiles. We had enough leftovers to make the best breakfast bowl! We ended our meal with the impossible (or incredible?) cheesecake. It was one of the most delicious desserts we’ve ever had!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick brunch with a friend, amazing food and brunch punch!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought our “first time” friends here to love what we love about Anepalco. Happy hour until 7 on Saturday. Carne Asada, Short Ribs, tacos are all delicious. High top tables in the back are less crowded and quieter. Our wait staff was attentive without being intrusive, food always comes out perfectly timed (just let them know if you do not want to rush through appetizers). All in all a favorite restaurant still and fun, unnovative experience.

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RM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Five friends enjoyed an exceptional brunch. Each dish was mouth watering at first sight and full of savory aromas then tasty delights ranging from sweet, spicy to muy caliente!!! I ordered the Perdido which was duck in a savory sauce with papas surrounding two perfectly poached eggs. My compadres and comadre ordered huevos divorciados, amazing chilaquiles with just the right amount of sauce and heat, esquite (shucked corn) with a light sauce, chile relleno in a jalapeño emulsion ....all were exceptional and worth a fifth visit to Anepalco.

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MY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. The staff is very friendly and good with helping me order. I recommend help with ordering.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the BEST Mexican restaurant I've ever been to (and I've been to hundreds)! It's not a traditional "Tex Mex" place which is easy to tell from the menu and the pics of the food online. Everything is unique, creative, and delicious. There is nothing bland here at all - the dishes have lots of flavor and they are beautiful too. We had the Chilaquiles Arachera and the chicken Tinga enchiladas and both were amazing.

The restaurant itself is very nice and the service was perfect so we had a great time. Also, I've been too this restaurant about a dozen times and I've NEVER had a bad experience. They just know what they're doing and the place is run very, very well.

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good!

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SC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit for Sunday brunch. The Divorciados (green and red sauce over eggs and ham on tortillas) was delicious.

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LS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing flavors. I can't wait to try everything on the menu.

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EB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This was my first time here. I had read up on the best upcoming chefs in OC and came across this place/chef.
The food was mouth watering. My date and I ordered completely different flavor. I ordered the no-paella which is an incredible Mexican interpretation in paella. My dates was excellent too, just don’t remember the name of the dish. Our server was great. He looked like a boxer but served like a pro. My only two complaints would be, 1,the hostess might as well have been checking her Facebook, she seemed burdened to be there & 2, the location is a bit odd. It’s attached to a hotel and it’s hard to get over feeling like your at a hotel restaurant. It would be better suited in in downtown Santa Ana like playground or near the Anaheim packing district, a place people go to explore new things. But maybe that’s just me.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great, best margarita!

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love it there the food and drink are unique and delicious!

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ND
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The salsas were great. The food was decent but not as expected. The servers were pleasant but came over way too often. We were obviously trying to enjoy our conversation but they kept interrupting. The music was obnoxiously loud. I’m not sure what they are going for but it was not the experience I had hoped for. I’ll not return and would not recommend.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was not hot- like warm. Still tastes fine. Service was great.

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