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About El Naranjo
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.
Austin, TX 78701
Mexican, Traditional Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Iliana de la Vega
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Naranjo Ratings and Reviews
What a surprise !! This was a great restaurant with a great menu and great service. Really not knowing what to expect, we were overwhelmed. The authenticity of the cuisine and of the decor were totally unexpected. While we had a Sunday brunch, I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone. Five stars.
Authentic Mexican maybe, the spicy food was so spicy, that all you could taste was heat.
The sea bass was good but smothered in the sauce and overall there was too much food on the plate. The beef tacos were basically sliders on a corn tortilla in place of a bun.
Everything was OK but nothing was unforgettable and I would not make a trip back.
It was packed though. So someone must like it.
Perfect Duck, Perfect Pork Chop. Each dish was done with a mole. I haven't decided what I think about moles, though. My first time. I think they were authentic, but the pipian verde needed salt and/or acid. The Mole Amarillo was a bit one dimensional, more acid? Cumin was very dominant.
It was very nice though.
We first encountered Iliana de la Vegas' cooking/menu in Oaxaca 11 years ago, and have been waiting for an opportunity to dine with her again, since she decamped to Austin. The neighborhood in Austin is a foodie neighborhood, a little funky, definitely shouting, "good restaurants"! We had the pipian verde chicken, guacamole with house-made chips (so good) and the sea bass with a pico de gallo topping. Really great. The waiter was extraordinarily attentive and pleasant, and Patricia came over, at Iliana's direction (who was away) to offer us a complementary dessert; we wish that we would have had room! Alas, next time. Easy to find, on Rainey Street, from downtown Austin. A car-ride or Lyft away. Worth the trip!
Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable but impossible to get attention after we had ordered to add on another item. Our reservation was at 8:15pm but the kitchen was very slow. We blew through our appetizers but were famished waiting for the food to come out. We had an appetizer, two salads, 4 cocktails, 1 beer and four entrees--$230 before tip. Food was tasty but overall experience was not what I would expect for a restaurant in the top 25 in Austin.
The restaurant actually read my requests from Open Table, and the chef herself came to our table 3 times to ensure the meal she custom prepared for me was acceptable! Service was over the top terrific, and the ambience and environment is lovely, warm and inviting.
Our dining experience at El Naranjo was one of the top dining experiences we've had in Austin over the last 10 years. The food was fresh, creative, flavorful and unique. The drink menu matched the food. The service was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. El Naranjo is now undoubtedly one of my top two Austin restaurants to go to for a special dining experience.
El Naranjo has become one of my favorite spots in Austin. The ceviches are always superb. I love the variety of dishes that the Chef creates. Super talented! I almost always leave with a jar of the Salsa Macha, which I use in my own home cooking. If you haven't tried it, you need to!
Not only is El Naranjo an authentic Mexican restaurant (so called "interior" food), but it is also one of Austin's top restaurants. The food is expertly prepared and beautifully presented, made with only the best quality ingredients. Try the black mole, it is extraordinary!
Coffee was cold, staff was rude, food was a-okay. I've never in my entire life left a negative restaurant review. We were late to our reservation, so it was cancelled by the system, which is totally understandable and not their fault at all. We chose to still wait for a new table, not sure if this had anything to do with the way the staff behaved, but they were incredibly unfriendly, not one single smile and every time we'd engage in conversation, they acted like they were doing us a huge favor. Our party was incredibly respectful—as always. We didn't even complain about the cold coffee. It's unfortunate because we really wanted to love this place.
el Naranjo is always reliable to knock the socks off out of town visitors and completely impress those that think Mexican food is only tacos, burritos and enchiladas. OK, Iliana de la Vega could knock your socks off with tacos, burritos or enchiladas too, but she and the wonderful staff at el Naranjo always have more to offer! The food is always amazing and creative, yet traditional, and it is always a joy to dine there!
Rainey Street near the river is an unusual and emerging location for many restaurants and bars. This is very close to a nice trail along the water, excellent for a walk before and after. The service, food, decor and the ambiance are all much better than expected and the overall value to price is very high. Highly recommended.
We were a group of 12 and were the only customers there. The service was mediocre at best. It took forever for the guacamole to arrive that they came the same time with our food. Food was so so, I could have ordered them from Chuys and not detect any difference.
I keep returning to El Naranjo because I love the quality of their food.
Ask for the day's special and you will never be disappointed. At one of my visits, I ordered the special of the day: Pipian: A light and delicately flavored dish that made my Foodie soul happy. Their margaritas are the best. I think part of their secret is the top shelf tequila used to make them. Chef ILIANA takes time to welcome guests and ensures everything is to your satisfaction.
The whole experience is worth the parking challenges at Rainey St.
Took out of town guests here last weekend! El Naranjo is located in a funky Austin neighborhood where old homes serve as little gastro pubs and restaurants that line the street for blocks. The area is eclectic and very active with people laughing, holding hands, bar hopping and meandering from place to place. Give yourself a few minutes to find a parking space. When you arrive, start with their Habanero Margarita - amazing! The food is authentic Oaxacan cuisine and if you like Mole, they have multiple varieties to choose from. This is the real thing. You just cannot go wrong with anything on this menu. We had the Tres Leches for desert and it was incredible - the best we have ever tasted. Highly recommend this place for any occasion!
hostess ignored us twice where several of us were waiting and we were the first to arrive.She assumed who was next and did not ask. I interrupted her 2nd attempt to interject that we had reservations and then with no aknowlgement proceeded to seat us.I chalked this to inexperience. The cocktail menu was extensive and had many options.We had house margs but they failed miserably. It was watered down and could not taste the teq.We returned to get Patron Silver with Contr.Better but I've had better in so many other Mexican restaurants.We ordered the guac and chips which were good but again had better. I chose the veg relleno and my girlfriend selected the light Mole with vegs.Both tasted good and we hope when we ret we have a better exp.
Had to wait 20 minutes even with reservation, waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu--I recommend the ceviche, great duck with mole and chilean sea bass. Good wine list, very annoying that there are no vintage dates for the wines. When asked why, the waiter said " they change a lot!! " (e.g. too much work for us). Wine over priced by about 20% but they were kind enough to cool the red wine down from 70 degrees to 65 so it was drinkable!
Even with the acoustic panels it was very noisy and warm (windows don't open in the house?) Nice modern decorations.
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