El Naranjo

4.6
523 reviews
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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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Austin
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food at El Naranjo is fine, but not anything special. As such it is way, way over-priced.

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Austin
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

This restaurant has very good food. Everything was was excellent. The problem is that Rainey St is a disaster. And that spills into the restaurant. It was so loud in there we could barely speak to each other. I enjoyed the food, but I’ll probably never go back because of the unfortunate location.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!

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RV
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Pretty good for the first time, definitely going back to try more dishes..

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined there more than once and there has been a consistency of high quality and tasteful cocktails and meals and terrific service. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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d
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

This is the second time that I have visited El Naranjo. The first time was excellent. Our server was informative and enthusiastic. However this time our server was not good. We ordered 3 small plates at his recommendation. Two of the 3 were great. One of the items came out cold. When he came by to check on us, I told him everything tasted great but one item was cold. He just responded. Oh, ok and moved on. Weird. The happy hour priced queso fundido , guacamole, and margaritas is a great deal. Prices at Naranjo are high, food good, but I expect better service if I'm going to spend the money. Will try a different spot on my next visit to Austin

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the mole was as amazing as they said! We sat on the back patio and was so awesome!!

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

An hour before I received my food - eggs.....and 20 minutes before a drink got to my table of 2. Not coming back.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. We had excellent suggestions and shared several different dishes. All were wonderful.

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VG
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and nice atmospher. Our waiter offered us a pleasant experience.

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B
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had lunchtime small plates for sharing. The cheviche was outstanding! The tostada base of the crab tostada was tough. The tamarindo margaritas were excellent. Highly recommended for a splurge lunch,

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VB
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner spot. Three kinds of mole sauce are the house specialty. Waiter was great—- explaining each dish and offering excellent recommendations. We will be back!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joshua was a fantastic server. Great breakfast menu and we look forward to going back for dinner. Can’t wait. Highly recommend this place. Chill vibe and energetic surroundings. Cool place to spend the day or evening.

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RR
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic drinks and food! Waiter knew his menu like a chef.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate a lovely meal with the grandkids

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

All together a great meal, sorta wish the quest fundido was bigger because it was that delicious. The entrees were huge could barely finish mine

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MK
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome meal and probably the best service I have ever had in any restaurant, simply awesome!

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CH
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Excellent mole and pibil.
Don’t miss this wonderful food experience

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SE
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is the 3rd time i visit and the service is getting worse, it seems like it is improvised and not professional, food preparation was great and now it is just ok. Still a good option for Mexican, but just not the best, crispy tacos still great.

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PA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very delicious, real mexican flavor.

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AH
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great interior Mexican... definitely would recommend.

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NM
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, authentic food. A lovely reprieve from the louder streets of Austin.

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JR
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This wasn’t a pleasant Sunday brunch experience. We had a reservation and were quickly sit down with very little welcoming. The main dining room was warm with customers sweating. It took about 30 mins for the place to cool. It took our sever almost 12 minutes to finally address us, returned with water 4 mins later, and he felt rushed with us. We had asked for one concha each (5 of us) and he came back with one. The food (eggs, tortillas, beans, and potatoes) took over an hour to come to our table. We were never asked for additional tortillas or breads, even though our baskets (and water glasses) sat empty for awhile. It wasn’t actually very packed, must have been something with kitchen. I appreciate the food here, but service was very subpar. We could tell other customers were getting frustrated. I’m a regular, but shall have to explore other places with interior Mexican.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best place ever! we love el naranjo

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always wonderful and the staff is friendly and professional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Mexican food!!! Liliana was our server and she was so kind. The chef even came out and said hello to us! Will definitely come back next time we’re in Austin!

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DO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service could have been better.

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WI
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best Interior Mexican food I have ever enjoyed. Can’t wait to go back again.

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r
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience sampling a great menu of tasty choices

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Most excellent. Very authentic, high quality. We had Michelada’s, Chips, mole, fish tacos, chilequilles (sp?), black beans (both), flan. All items where knocked out of the park awesomeness.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Ridiculously loud. Two Large parties stuffed in the room with us.

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MO
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Went there with high expectations due to reputation of chef and other reviews. Pricy and very mediocre is what I would say about both the presentation and quality of both appetizers and entrees. I definitely don't recommend the chile rellenos (which is one of my favorite foods). Flavors were interesting and original, but texture (rellenos were soggy and seemed steamed) and very unappetizing in appearance. Unfortunately, the tres leeches cake was not moist enough. Overall, very disappointing.

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d
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time to El Naranjo. I thought the food was excellent. Ordered the Sea Bass with curry. Thought it would be more flavorful. It was a cooked perfectly but was a little bland for my liking. The guacamole and queso fundido were wonderful and the bread plate delicious. Margarita was average. Atmosphere was nice and the server was very attentive and gave great food descriptions. Will definitely return

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R
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Reservation was easy to make online and we were seated quickly upon arrival. The food was authentic mexican dishes very different from the usual Tex-Mex offerings at a Mexican restaurant. Would visit again.

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SC
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely innovative Mexican restaurant. Wonderful moles.

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Austin
31 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited El Naranjo for Easter brunch—five of us, friends and relatives. Everyone agreed that it was terrific. Alex, our server, gave good advice and took fine care of us. The service in general was excellent even on this very, very busy day. Food—well, if you like Oaxacan food you’ll love this menu. Appetizers—housemade corn tortillas, guacamole, queso were plenty to share. My huevos Benedictos were a fine combination of a spicy but not too spicy sauce (and they are willing to give you all sauces on the side), beautifully poached egg, and pork. Everything was beautifully done—the flourless chocolate almond cake was moist, light and delicious. Wonderful!

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican Restaurant in Austin

Great location and service. Amazing Mexican Craft Beer and sparkling water he

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The mole is over the top. Very authentic in every way. Great margaritas to boot.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and interesting flavors. Pork served with a great mole was way undercooked.

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