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About Anepalco Restaurant

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.

3737 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

Cross Street:
City Dr.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 456-9642

Website:
http://www.anepalco.com/

Catering:
Tell us a few details of your occasion, and we can create an special menu for your event.

Parking Details:
Additional Parking Structure located in the back of the Ayres Hotel

Public Transit:
UCI Medical Center, ALOHotel, Disneyland, Angel's Stadium, Double Tree

Executive Chef:
Daniel Godinez

Private Party Facilities:
Ayres Hotel has two wonderful and beautiful Private Rooms to offer to our guests. Call us today for an appointment, and get a tour of the Cardiff or Alpine Room.

Private Party Contact:
Amaryllis Lopez/Jose Cerrudo : (714) 456-9642

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Anepalco Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

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4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Sunday Lunch (3)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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Special Occasion (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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Good for Birthdays (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Our dining experience was rather mixed. The loud music almost blasted us out of our seats, but did tone down a bit when the bar crowd arrived, but the bar crowd was louder than the music! My husband and I like a quiet evening of conversation, but this was obviously not the place for conversation. This tiny place was also very crowded as far as tables. The waiter seemed to have a difficult time getting through the small aisle. As far as the food, my husband ordered duck carnitas which he enjoyed very much. I tasted it and it was outstanding! I ordered the ceviche. It was good, but the pieces of octopus, shrimp, and fish were cut up so tiny as to be unrecognizable. I maybe should have ordered the octopus or squid. My husband ordered a glass of the one and only IPA they had. It was not recognizable as an IPA, it was so blah. My glass of red wine was decent. Will we go back? I doubt it, but that Duck Carnitas dish was sure good!!! I suspect there are other inspirational dishes on the menu, as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We go to Anepalco frequently for Sunday brunch and it never disappoints! The chilaquiles is the best I've ever had and the margaritas and delicious!! The quesadilla that I ordered recently was spectacular! My husband and I go anytime we crave delicious, upscale Mexican food!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I read that the chilaquiles was one of their signature items we ordered both the Red and Green chile versions. Both were dry and lacked authentic flavor, not impressed at all. The service was friendly, the drinks were good and enjoyed the patio setting. Yes the noise coming from the hospital (medivac) was very loud.

There are many better restaurants that I will continue to go to.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food. I always enjoy sitting outside on the patio. Unfortunately, the restaurant is across from UCI Medical Center so there are the occasional ambulance sirens you may have to deal with. Aside from that, the outdoor patio still allows for normal speaking voice conversation. I'm sure the indoor seating is pleasant. The food is delicious. Try the Tortilla Soup and the Chilaquiles.

Tags: Tapas, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wonderful patio for brunch - but it can get quite hot in the summer. Love that they take reservations on Open Table. Some of the best chilequiles I've had in my life. Will definitely be coming back again. Also of note - the guava french toast --- AH-MAZING.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The place was nice, the service was kind and knowledgeable. The food was tasty and sofisticased. It was my first time, sure to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Tapas
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great evening! Food, drinks & service excellent; relaxed, knowable & friendly. Thank you also for offering Open Table Reso's. The OC is ever more crowded, it's worth it to me to have a reservation. Great place - Thank You!

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Casual, Happy Hour, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food was delicious. My only reason for 4 stars vs 5 is the poached egg in the Perdido plate was not poached, it was practically raw.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Happy hour specials are only served in the bar and not on their popular outdoor patio. We were told we could not buy a drink at the bar at happy hour prices and take it on the patio. So we bought no bar drinks since we did not want to move to the bar for dinner. I have been here for lunch several times. Service was better at Lunch. Food was good and much better than what you might expect from a hotel restaurant.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 25, 2017

They have some of the best food in Orange! Great if you love Mexican Food with a little twist. Their handcrafted alcoholic beverages are AMAZING!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2017

06-23-17
We have wait 20 minutes at the table waiting for our server, every time we flag a waiter passing by they kept on saying “oh I’m sorry this is not my table let me call your waitress” etc, etc, this kept on going for a while there was three waiters and one waitress and no service, we had to go get our own drinks at the bar,

the drinks where good as I stated on my previous posting finally our waiter Enrique comes to the table apologizing and explaining that he was just assigned to our table,
we requested one appetizer to be cut in pieces when the appetizers was served by Jose he told my wife in a short and dry manner that “the Chef refuses to cut the appetizer and that is the way is served” I thought that was rude and requested the Chef’s name Jose said the Chef’s name is Godinez I felt he was lying and requested Chef Godinez (The Owner) presence then Jose seen a bit nervous and replied a different name as he walked away from my table at that point I requested to talk to the Cesar the manager who was approaching or table at the time with additional bread that I had order for our table from him, I explained my situation to Cesar and recap to him that from my previous experience I was not expecting a good service but this visit had tip off the scale, he seen to be lost in transition I don’t think he will be able to understand anything about our bad experience with their staff , my complaint is mainly for the restaurant to correct their mistakes and train their personal to upscale their service I just want to share my experience at the Anapalco restaurant in Chapman Ave. the food continues to be great unfortunately their service sucks there is no service what so ever I must say that Enrique our waiter was trying to do his best therefor I have no complaint about him the rest of their staff makes me think otherwise like I said this is my second visit at this restaurant and definitely my last one and I WILL NOT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE
Hasta la vista Anepalco.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Cozy spot good for evening drinks and delicious food with someone special.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Excellent taste, great food and awesome "sazon". If you like the real Mexican food this is the place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

06/03/2017

I had my reservation for a party of six which only four of us went, I called ahead of time to notified of the party changes Lilly answer the phone she was quite short on her answers but not pleasant, my wife and I arrived early to have a drink at the bar while we waited for the rest of our party we order :
Flor de Pina Martini
Ponche (its like a sangria but better)
we tried to converse with the bartender but the guy needs a lot of polish, his a good guy but no PR what so ever, before our table was ready I had the
Mezcal Mule
it was very good too, once at the table we order three appetizers for the table we order the
Deconstructed Tacos
Spanish Octopus
Queso Fundido
all three plates where fantastic also the chips and bean mix they served at the table was very good too, the other couple brought a nice bottle of wine which we share at the table the waiter name Gustavo was always MIA it was a task to flag him down to order more of anything Note: this restaurant is small not more than 20 tables and it was half empty!!!,
as we tried to order our main dish the waiter comes to the table with the bill ????
so we explain that we needed to order our entries we had the following:
Carne asada
Not Pa’ Ella
all four of us share since we had the appetizers already
the restaurant is not luxurious but the drinks and the food are excellent
Unfortunately the staff needs a lot of polish as far as the food and drinks NO COMPLAINT there I really hope that Chef Godinez fix this issue with his staff and my best wishes to you Chef we really love your food and drinks.
My recommendation for this restaurant is: come with an open mind but don’t expect to get pamper if you are a foodie person this is your place just remember to turn the blind eye to the staff service and have a good time.

Tags: Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Food was delicious, service was exceptional!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was very good, as usual, and presentation is something to be seen. As to be expected, Anepalco's was very busy on May 5th, which somewhat affected the speed of service. Overall, our lunch worked out great. The menu has a wide variety of choices but it was not always clear what you get or what the choices were. For example, the signature Chilaquile comes with a variety of fillings which had to be explained by Alexandro, our friendly waiter. However, our waiter handled the situation gracefully.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 3, 2017

I'm great food but terrible service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Food was great...Loved the presentation, the cornbread and grilled bread were delicious and unique. Portions were good. Only complaint---way too noisy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Organic, Spicy, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Good spot for business meal. Creative Latin cuisine intrigues the palate!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

The deconstructed tacos were amazing. I would get a double order.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 6, 2017

The food was excellent and the portions were large. The craft cocktails we ordered were also excellent. We took some food home and it was great the next day. We will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch experience here. Carlos was a great server: attentive and friendly. The menu selection is not very wide and they are not open to modifications to the dishes but guess what, it seems they do things their way and very well at that. I ordered the chipotle chicken crepe ($12) and absolutely loved every bite! It had a kick in the chipotle/creamy yummy sauce. The side salad with vinaigrette complemented the crepe very nicely. Huge serving and super delicious. I paired it with guava margarita ($8). Husband enjoyed his enchilada with white rice ($12). It tasted spicier than my chipotle crepe. All in all - a fantastic lunch experience . We will return to try the other items on the menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Cocktails are amazing. Food was pretty good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2014

We've been to Anepalco's several times and enjoyed the unique mix of Mexican with French flair food. The servers are knowledgeable and very pleasant, the food is excellent, and the pricing is great. Recommend any of the egg dishes with either the red or green sauce. The sandwiches also looked good but we have yet to try them. Unique cocktails as well nicely prepared. We plan on returning to this and the Main Street location (which is smaller and a bit more crowded).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Every item was carefully done and presented. Check this place out if you are a foodie. Friendly staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2014

Met a colleague for lunch and really enjoyed the meal! Great, creative use of seasonings! I will definitely come back when I'm in this area!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 21, 2014

Arrived prior to our 11am reservation. Checked in. After 20 minutes, we asked again and we're seated. The notes I made on the open table reservation form were not acknowledged. We had a 1.5yr old, and a high chair and kids menu still had to be requested. Birthday wasn't acknowledged. After 10 minutes they took our drink order. Another 15 minutes went by before we ordered food. Upon service of the food, another beer was ordered. Said beer was not brought until the food was nearly gone. Food was delicious. I would consider going back just for the chilaquiles.The waters were kept full. We finally got the check, but while we were waiting for them to process everything, they asked for our high chair. Overall the service was just poor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2014

The food took so long to cook, the portion was way too small, you leave still feeling hungry, and you have to eat a lot of bread to feel full.
The food was excellent, but I would not come back because the price was too high for a cafe.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2014

The staff was wonderful in making sure that our table was set up properly and ahead of our reserved time. The staff was courteous and attentive. The food was very tasty and the presentation was outstanding. We had a party of 11 and never felt rushed or that we were an inconvenience. We were welcomed and well taken care of. Outstanding restaurant!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2014

You can't really call this Mexican food per se, but it does nod in that direction. But you can definitely see the French influence as well. We were a party of four and everyone loved their dishes. Me and my friend both ordered the "not Pa'ella" and it was really, really good! I have been to Barcelona and this paella was better than what I had there... Can't wait to go back and try other things as well. Kind of in a strange location, you go into the Ayres Hotel lobby and then into the restaurant, but who cares, it is wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 26, 2014

This place is almost perfect. Had the Huevos Divorciados, which was probably hands down the best breakfast,( except for the old Delaneys in Newport) except...we had to wait what seemed eternity for our meal to show up. This also applied to the coffee, which took forever also to arrive. But once they finally made the coffee, it flowed. You would think they would be prepared for their guests ahead of time. Perhaps they were short of staff, yes maybe they got slammed, but everyone was seated so it wasn't like people were still waiting on line outside.
So if you're patient, you will be rewarded with the most marvelous food you can eat anywhere.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 20, 2014

If this amazing food were served up in a trendier location there would be lines out the door. Till them I'm going to keep coming back here without needing a reservation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2014

We had a large group and overall we enjoyed the experience. We had three vegetarians who had very limited options. We probably would have picked another restaurant if we knew this.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2014

Seated promptly upon arriving at our brunch reservation time. Initial service for drinks and explaining menu were fine. Parking was adequate and the decor looked fine. Actually, water and coffee were constantly being filled without request, so kudos for being attentive.

We had a wide selection of entrees, but they were all over seasoned - we couldn't finish them. Even the zucchini soup was over salted. It was 45 minutes from ordering to food arriving. I couldn't get anyone to bring our check and when they did, it took forever to have them come back to pick it up. We spent close to 2 hours there - totally frustrating.

Salty food, slow kitchen, and automatically adding a tip for a group of 6 is lame.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 29, 2014

It was Sunday and I didn't know where to go for lunch. Looked on OpenTable for a recommendation and found this spot. Got the Cuban sandwich and was pleasantly surprised! It totally hit the spot! Lots of flavor! And the Chilaquiles with carnitas was pretty good too! I definitely will comeback again!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 22, 2014

The food here is great but between always waiting 15 mins to sit (even when the restaurant is EMPTY)a waitress whispering like I'm in a really expensive restaurant, to not letting me sit down before my whole party arrives, to the cook refusing to change his recipes...even though it's really close to me, and I love the food, this place is maddening to dine at, it's literally embarrassing every time I bring friends here

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 13, 2014

We really enjoyed the food at Anepalco's. The service was really attentive. The ambiance is so-so. But the food makes up for the lack of ambiance. We tried to sit outside but it is overlooking the parking lot and the street is quite noisy so we sat inside and it was a bit cold.I had a delicious beet salad and the ratatouile burger. My husband loved his food as did our friends who were with us. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 3, 2014

This restaurant is attached to a hotel, but ignore that. The food is great and you should give it a try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 1, 2014

DO NOT plan to eat and run, you will be here for a little while, does not matter if its breakfast, lunch or dinner. I have been to both locations and the food is fabulous. Not sure if they have increased their pricing but it was a little high this last weekend, 6 people 117.00 that includes gratuity.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 28, 2014

The bloody mary's , red chilaquilies and chipotle crepes were all amazingly delicious. The service was pretty good too. If you are in the area you have to check this place out the food is worth the trip.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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