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Anepalco Restaurant

4.3
429 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Offers

  • Margarita Tuesday

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM

    Come and enjoy of our handcrafted flavored Margaritas.
  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM

    Specials on Wines, Tap Beers and Well Cocktails and Appetizers. Tuesday-Friday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Bar Area Only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 429 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Definitely was nit what I expected… maybe I should’ve looked more into detail but the food was trash, the drinks were trash, service was bad. After I complained about the food our waiter pretty much didn’t want to come back to check on us and took forever to give us our bill. We also were celebrating 2 birthdays as noted and they didn’t even do anything like all restaurants do when celebrating. The bill was ridiculous for all the nasty food we got which weren’t hard plates enchiladas, chicken tacos dorados, chilaquiles, birria, and kids plate of chicken quesadilla which was like dog food. Absolutely the worst place I can say I have ever been to. I will not return, I am writing this review so y’all can be aware. Do not waste your time and money. Absolutely the worst & overly high priced. The pictures may look appetizing but be aware it’s all for show, it’s disgusting & my food made at home is 10000x better. A waste of $350!

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rubisc
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was delicious! It’s definitely noisy, but my friend and I didn’t mind. I used to live in Mexico City and this gave me a hipster Mexican vibe much like La Condesa in Mexico City. My friend and I tried the cocktails El Diablo and El Coquito—both very good. The Diablo one is Jamaica with Mezcal and lime and tajin, super tasty. We had the chilaquiles with eggs—both green and red are very good, not soggy! The corn cheesecake was very unique, tastes interesting but in a delicious way. Will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and great service. Love coming here.

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vipTrudy
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner out on the patio, very pleasant and food delicious. Had Aguachile and pork belly tacos.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while and what better night than New Years Eve.. I get on my Open Table app and schedule a reservation for 8:45PM.. my date and I drove an hour to the restaurant and when we arrive and are seated and the server asks what we would like to drink and eat and for us to hurry because they close in 15 minutes. I have no idea why they would allow a reservation at 8:45PM knowing they are going to close at 9pm. We decided to leave immediately. Very poor service.

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vipFernando
Orange County
223 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Without Daniel it’s not the same

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!!! One of my all time favorite!!! Margaritas are amazing here.

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JonathanH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anepalco is one of our favorite restaurants and always love the food, drinks, desserts, and service.

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JayR
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food was nasty… it was not authentic Mexican food all.

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Cabbie
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was very busy, even with that our food and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Worst server. Restaurant was Out of basic things such as milk and dessert. We were there for a thanksgiving dinner a party of 12 and she refused to take a picture. Miriam the server used the excuse that they were understaffed and couldn’t take a couple seconds to take a picture. Was force to tip $60 for a bad service. As a first timer I would never come back to this place very disappointed.

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RubenO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Music a little loud to carry a conversation
Asked for special way for food to be served and was informed that they do not like to change their presentation
Seems odd for an informal place
Not a 5 star Michelin restaurant
But food and service are very good
Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from start to finish. All food and drink was spot on. Food was cooked to perfection. Tasty and full of flavor. The Chicken Mole, Carne Asada, Esquites and Corn Cheesecake.
Staff was friendly and took the time to answer questions about our meals.

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vipMonicaV
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

They really went downhill after COVID. Their menu sucks bad service is meh. This was one of my favorite places, sad to see the level of food and seer ice now.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was good and staff were friendly. I remember the food being way better in the past. I have had the green chilaquiles before and I remember them being so good! This time I ordered them again and they were just ok. They were like mush and needed more flavor. Food was also a bit overpriced.

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DeniseA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing lol

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vipMarcL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, service was great!! Attached to hotel so no a lot of parking and was noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've tried so many trendy Mexican place for good Mexican food. We finally found it here. Definitely coming back with an empty stomach

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Antoinette927
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a group of 6 and we all enjoyed are dinner. This was are first time at this restaurant Our only problem is we were 3 different families and could not pay separately had to pay one bill.

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JenniferA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lively vibe, chilaquiles with barbacoa and the Flan chocolate cake were so delicious! The drinks were yummy, too! Salud!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service

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stevenb
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Ambiance was good bit food was bland. Had the mole chicken and daughter had enchiladas. Would not go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal, and the food was AMAZING!

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vipTeriR
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and authentic Mexican food. The server was very attentive and offered excellent advice on the food. I highly recommend this little place.

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ChaseK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing menu, great drinks! Was hoping to catch the Dodgers game but the TV didn't have normal cable channels (i.e. TBS/TBT, etc).

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AdrianaC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The ambiance, decor, and drinks are the best part. The kids menu seems to be a bit vague and this caused a bit of inconvenience. My daughter wanted scrambled eggs and they brought her scrambled eggs with ham (it did not specify scrambled eggs and ham). In order to avoid any complications, I ordered a side of scrambled eggs and they brought me an entire children's plate of scrambled eggs leaving me with lots of food for a child. As we were leaving I asked for box and packed my food to go. I accidently left it on the table and walked away (literally 3 mins), and when I returned to ask for my box of 2 orders of scrambled eggs (which I was charged for) it had already been tossed in the trash......bummer. If you have any doubts or questions, don't hesitate to ask in order to avoid any complicated situations or orders.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Add another umbrella for shade. Had to eat in the sun and it was very uncomfortable.

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vipDenise
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was delicious and well presented

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AngieC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Rude uninviting customer service. They aren't accommodation for guest. They don't even ask how you want your eggs.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been wanting to try out Anepalco, the food was amazing. Authentic food is hard to come by, this place within exceed your food expectations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very limited vegetarian menu. Though menu said no modifications allowed, they did allow us to remove meat from enchiladas and quesadilla. Very tasty corn esquitas. Guacamole presentation was nice as were the chips and salsa, different giving whole round tostada and 3 different salsas. Enchiladas had no flavor. Fit the purpose of the quick business dinner in a convenient location. There were some interesting and different non-veg options, including one with duck, but I did not get a chance to try.

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KathyT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We made reservations for 12:30 and didn’t get seated until 1:40 on a Saturday. It’s frustrating when you make reservations and have to wait a very long time. What’s the point of a reservation system if you’re waiting over an hour for your table. The hostess tried to make it right with us personally by getting our first round of drinks, but we couldn’t take that from her. We’ve loved this restaurant for years and the chilaquiles are what brings us back every time. Hopefully we’ll dine here again and the experience will be better.

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vipyum2
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The front staff was not welcoming and that set the tone for the lunch experience. Food and service were subpar. I ordered the green chilaquiles without eggs and the server suggested al pastor. However, my order still came with eggs so I sent my food back. My husband's enchilada was just okay. Location is on a busy street so it was noisy. All in all, it was a disappointing meal and service was unsatisfactory. I can't find anything positive about this establishment. I do not recommend spending the time and money at this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service was slow, and not a lot of people were there. The birria carried a heavy fatty taste.

The mole was over cooked. And the drinks were so so

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MayraR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took Dad out for his birthday. This restaurant did not disappoint. Our server was excellent and very attentive. Drinks were delicious and food was delectable. The ambiance is nice and the presentation of every food item we ordered was beautiful. Will definitely be returning soon.

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BrianaB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Lovely server, she was very kind and attentive. Will definitely go back!

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RIDGEYNESS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Service was good but we didn’t enjoy our food. Both the items we ordered were dry and not tasteful. We should’ve asked for something different but just kept on with our meal. Oh well. We’ll definitely visit the other location for their brunch because their dinner items were very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome! We had a big group and the reservation was close to their closing time. They were willing to accommodate us so we didn’t have to rush through our meal. Everyone loved the food and had a great time here.

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CN8898
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time for any occasion, very grateful for the hospitality!

BR
BereniceR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience3

Food was very salty and very expensive, not ever coming back or recommend it.

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Anepalco Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 456-9642.

Anepalco Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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