Anepalco Restaurant

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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.

Specials

Margarita Tuesday

Come and enjoy of our handcrafted flavored Margaritas.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 16, 2019

Ends: July 17, 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00AM-8:45PM

Happy Hour 5-7 pm Tuesday- Friday

Enjoy $5 Draft Beer, $6 Local Wines, $7 Well Cocktails (not inclusive tax and tips). Offer valid at bar area only.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 14, 2019

Ends: July 15, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-7:00PM

What 312 People Are Saying
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ST
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A modern mexican restaurant is exactly how I would describe Anepalco. Loved the decor and ambience. Their house margarita is the bomb! The food presentation is outstanding and, although a bit spicy, it was very tasty too!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Customer service is great. Very prompt and attentive.

S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service — a little pricey but worth every penny

JC
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best real Mexican food I've had anywhere, by a clear mile.
Party of 11, everyone was shocked with the quality of the food.

C
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious, gourmet Mexican food in LA/OC ! Highly recommended!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Staff was nice. We went for the Chilaquiles... sad it was very soggy. Mixed drinks were good.

D
Perth / WA
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times and never disappointed. The food is first class. By far not your ordinary Mexican food. The ambiance, music and atmosphere is very pleasant. As for service always attentive and professional.

TI
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated at a table next to the door leading out to the patio. Was a cool night not so we requested to move to a warmer spot within the restraunt. Our request wss honored after a short period of time and we were relocated by the hostess. our server Gabby was very warm, gracious, and hospitable. in actuality the entire staff fantastic in offering us genuine hospitality throughout our dining experience. Food presentation and taste are superb. great value and had an overall great experience. This was my second visit, and look forward to many more .

A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good was good. But the place was freezing cold. So our food got cold real quick.

S
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Anepalco every year during NAMM — for the great food, margaritas, and service. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with my customers. Very fair pricing for delicious food. Perfect amount of engagement from wait staff.

MH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the trendy decor and design of the space. The food all had beautiful presentation, even the appetizers. We loved everything that came out. They had a kids menu option for $10 for kids 10 and under. The 13 year olds did not like the options on the regular menu so that was unfortunately to have the entree cost and them not eat it. I hope to return here again.

IG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, Loved the brunch menu. Food was great as always.

C
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent good and great service.

BC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always superb and our server was great!

NA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptionally good. Great intense flavors, good variety to choose from, organic corn tortillas and a very good Spicy y Flaco margarita

s
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I love this restaurant. Service is attentive, drinks are well crafted and the food is always good and inventive. Hosted are company holiday party and everyone enjoyed their meal, drinks and desserts.
Only negative was the music was TOO LOUD. When we asked for it to be lowered, we were told that is how the manager likes it, so no. We couldn't hearour conversations very well.

Go for the food and the drinks.

J
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anepalco's brunch is awesome! The chilaquiles and divorciados are always on point. Drinks are great too. Everyone is friendly and offer great customer service.

DS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Anepalco is wonderful! The ONLY issue is the noise.....VERY loud, so be ready.
The food is OUTSTANDING!

FF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious! I never leave a comment on open table but this place is worth! Juanita was our server and I must say she was THE BEST! I’m coming back again and again and again!! So delicious!!!

RD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The tables are a metal mesh construction and very uncomfortable to rest one's arms on. Our table was outside on the patio and was pleasant but unfortunately, the restaurant is very close to a hospital; during the evening a number of ambulances with sirens and even a Life Flight helicopter landing nearby interrupted the otherwise romantic setting. Nevertheless, the food was excellent and the staff was very attentive. If not for the noise level, I would give this restaurant 5 stars, although it is rather expensive for what you get. One failing I noticed is that they cannot make a blended margarita - only on the rocks...what restaurant with a bar doesn't even have a blender?

ML
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drink are always amazing. It’s a prefect little spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

MB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've eaten at Anepalco a dozen times in the past year. The food is always excellent - the chef is very talented and were first introduced by our chef who loves the cuisine.

The service has gotten better over time and is now excellent as well.

This time our enjoyment was not complete because of the sound level - the music was too loud and when we said it was too loud and we would have to sit outside, they let us do that in 90+ degree weather. Sitting on the patio is nice but not when it's that hot. I really can't believe that most guests like the music that loud - it's reminiscent of a habana nightclub kind of loud.

We made a reservation to make certain we could have a table and sit inside. This was very disappointing.

But I would always recommend Anepalco and have for the excellent food and service.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was a big let down..

M
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food!!

L
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for modern and delicious Mexican food and great cocktails.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary treat!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everyone so nice and friendly. Food delicious. Better than I expected!

r
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was very good. Cocktails were excellent. Sat on the patio very noisy and helicopters landing at UCI very very loud.

MH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very good. The cocktails are perfect as is the food. Mole is to die for. The huevo divorciado is heaven on a plate

A
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juanita our server was great! Gracias por el gran servicio

HB
Orange County
109 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our party of five ordered water, a cocktail and a beer. It took a long time for the second beer to be delivered. We enjoyed the chips but the salsa quickly disappeared; it was not refilled. We ordered guacamole, but the chips were gone by the time it arrived. We asked for more chips, and waited a long time for the chips to come. Our experience started on a rather sour note. We were seated on the patio and could see our server busy at tables inside. The patio was noisy as there were many emergency sirens during dinner. We found the organization of the menu to be somewhat confusing. The note on the menu indicating that modifications cannot be made to menu items certainly narrowed the choices for vegetarians in the crowd. We all enjoyed our food, but the experience of waiting for chips and waiting for one of the beers and not understanding the menu and then waiting for our check left a bad taste in our mouth.

l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We ordered Steak Arrrachera with Chilaquiles not the other way around... we received 5 small pieces of steak and a mountain of chilaquiles... they need to change the name of this dish to Mount Chilaquiles

V
Orange County
105 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Mexican food. The enchiladas are outstanding as is anything with their homemade mole sauce. The chilaquiles are the BEST. They also have an excellent IPA on tap from Baja Brewing Company. The staff are friendly and courteous.

RT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Juanita our server was amazing. Made great recommendations and always made sure our glasses were filled. Such a great experience for us as well as our birthday boy friend!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations for this restaurant and showed up on time. We were not greeted by the host she just sat there and stared at us until we told her that we had a reservation in which she replied “let me see if there are any tables open for two”, as if we did not just say that we had shown up for a reservation. When we sat down the post handed us menus and walked away without saying anything, came back in for us a glass of water and when I asked if I could also order a cocktail and some chips and guacamole she told me that she would go grab my server for me and just walked away. She then yelled from across the restaurant “he knows”, but the other person in my party had not ordered their drink and they wanted to order an appetizer. The host then went and sat another couple who did not have a reservation and the server came up and started helping them first after we’ve been sitting there waiting for anything besides water. The service was so bad that we got up and left. I will literally never come here to eat because of how awful the service was.

T
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite foods are the Pork Belly Tacos, Agua Chile, and Spicy Flaca Margaritas!

J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had brunch on Sunday. Food was excellent and creative. Friendly service. The inside has a very high noise level - too much for my impaired hearing. Outside was warm but still comfortable. The only drawback, and it's significant, is the noise from ear-splitting ambulance sirens as they head for the UCI Medical Complex, which is directly across the street.

MJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a relaxed dinner. Very good food

CM
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food! Everything our party of 7 ordered was fantastic!! We even had dessert for breakfast! Corn cheesecake was excellent and I don’t even like cheesecake! A must if you are in the area!

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