El Naranjo - Rainey

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$31 to $50
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Traditional Mexican

El Naranjo is an Austin, TX restaurant that is proud to serve up high quality, fresh Mexican cuisine that has an authentic traditional favor. You can always find something interesting on the menu and those who visit often will find that it changes regularly.

Some of the typical items you will find on the menu at El Naranjo include guacamole, empanadas, ceviche and camarones al chrimole. You can also enjoy a variety of different types of tacos. In addition, you can enjoy the homemade moles, all of which are made from scratch. You can choose from pork chop, duck breast and other items. El Naranjo is the place to dine for authentic flavor.

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LS
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very fine gourmet Mexican food

QO
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Have to admit being let down by the experience here. With the restaurant being ranked so high on Austin Eater, and with the reputation it has, the food was just sub-par. Supposedly known for their mole and Oaxacan food, we were left perplexed by what we were served. The mole was moderately flavorful, but watery. The duck was bland and chewy, only becoming barely palatable by trying to drench it in the accompanying mole. A tough feat, considering how watery said mole was. The Queso Fundido was fine, but, it's difficult to mess up melted cheese with sausage on top.

High marks, however, for the in-house made corn tortillas, which were excellent. But, when tortillas and queso are the highlights of a meal, you know there's something amiss.

Y
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, complex molé served with perfectly cooked duck breast. Ceviche very good as was the queso fundido con chorizo. Pepita flan delicate and perfectly done.

GI
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately this location will be closing November 16, but we will definitely go to the South Lamar location. Excellent interior Mexican food & great service!

TC
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The guacamole was divine, and the mole delicious. While dessert does not seem to be their strong point, the chocolate cake lacked flavor, everything was delicious. Our server was pleasant, informative, and attentive. We had a wonderful experience and highly recommend.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The short ribs were unbelievable.

MN
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and different. The spicing of the orange mole had depth and tremendous flavor. The pork was delicious as well. A great (and gluten-free friendly) dining experience

OT
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for great dinner with great hospitality!

V
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE El Naranjo! So excited to share it with our friends. Amazing food, great service and love the atmosphere.

HG
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal with amazing ingredients. The best Mexican restaurant in Austin

RC
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!

B
Austin
78 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all respects -- the mole is excellent, good margaritas, sancerre wine!

BL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a great location.

G
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food from a world-class chef. Would have like a few more “lunch” options on the “brunch” menu.

JP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience2

For such a highly touted restaurant, a huge disappointment. Service was very good as were the tuna tostadas and huiltacoche empanadas. The mole was adequate but considering the chef is from Oaxaca, also a disappointment. The nightly special, a delicious national specialty Chilies en Nogada, was truly lousy. While warned the dish would be served cold, the literally raw as opposed to typically roasted Chile was inedible. If you’re after upscale Mexican cuisine, look elsewhere and avoid this place completely.

CW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding - authentic style interior Mexican food. Lucia was our waitress and very helpful on drink and food selection. I would highly recommend ceviche for an appetizer and the enchiladas verdes and the street tacos.

MA
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Appetizers better than meal. Happy Hour Margarita good.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time

m
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were a group of 5. We had a reservation and were seated on time, although our party was incomplete. Our waitstaff was knowledgeable and friendly. The drinks and food were very good. I like the reusable non-plastic bags used for take out and the containers. My only issue was when the waitperson offered bread ("conchas") she failed to mention they were $4 apiece. Usually bread is on the house if it is offered and not ordered. I didn't say anything about it but was irked at the additional, silent $12 charge. Otherwise I think this restaurant is a jewel and I'm happy it's still in business and doing well.

f
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Nickel & Dimed!! We ordered cochinita pibil, delicious, HOWEVER, it only comes w/2 corn tortillas, mind you, there's enough meat for 4 large tacos. We ask for 2 more tortillas and salsa. $1 PER tortilla and $1.50 for salsa. REALLY?? The charge for tortillas I'd be able to look past, IF the order initially came w/4 tortillas. But Come On!!!!

GD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love El Naranjo and loved our waitress and loved the food and margaritas!!

I
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant , authentic Mexican cuisine, the only real Mexican food in the area. The food is extraordinary ,great service and very nice atmosphere .
We highly recommend it .

H
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Oaxacan dishes prepared lovingly and served enthusiastically by caring and friendly staff. The moles were sensuous on the palate.
Located in an old house, the place has the ambiance of a home where one feels like a regular special guest.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, food, and service!

LM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from our drinks/apps/dinner/dessert was incredible!! Wish I could remember our server’s name...she was a rock star!!! Definitely will be back next time we travel to Austin!!!

AE
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow service that evening. Food is too expensive for what you get. Light was flickering above table during all of dinner. Mexican food is a competitive market in Austin. Need to be better.

KZ
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious! We’ve been there several times and it never disappoints.

F
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu, fresh ingredients, superbly executed.

P
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding! I had their version of eggs Benedict, which were on a gordita and soooooo good! We will be back soon!

d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance made for one of the best meals and dining experiences I've had. The owners and/of managers of El Naranjo should be used as an example of how to run a restaurant. I cannot imagine how I could have had a better evening .

ML
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the mole. Well worth the wait. Had dark mole on duck. Spicey mole on enchiladas. Both excellent.

GS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very good food. Maybe a little pricey, but the ceviche is spectacular and everything is prepared with great care and taste. Staff is very courteous and helpful.

VS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely a place you’ll want to visit frequently. You can tell by the quality of their food that you can’t go wrong with whatever you order. The chilaquiles were the best I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to go back to try the rest!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good, entrees were a bit skimpy for the price. Great margaritas! The organica was delish!

NN
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I went here early on a Saturday evening for a date night. We had the ceviche, cochinita pibil, and sea bass. They were all delicious and perfectly prepared. But for my frugal nature, I'd be giving this place 5-stars. I'm spoiled by joints like Taco Deli that serve ridiculously good food in a taco for 25% of the price.

Another slight knock is their copious use of mirrors in the dining area. I caught too many reflections of myself to really enjoy the evening.

AO
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration. Our waitress made it special

CK
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food was superb and fresh. Guac was great, ceviche was fresh and good. Main dishes were tops.

DB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What are the 7 sacred chilies?...

k
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I would come back again for sure!!! Our waiter was great. The ceviche was amazing and the crab tostadas were out of this world! I only said the noise level loud because the group I was in was a bachelorette party and we were a little noisy!

DW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food wasn’t great. Wine was terrible. Service was good