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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.

85 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Traditional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Driskill

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 474-2776

Website:
http://www.elnaranjorestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Iliana de la Vega

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Naranjo Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Cozy (6)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Spicy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Was really happy with our meal. We have 12 people from out of town and everyone loved their food and drinks. Spicy marg is amazing!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

BEST AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE , EXCELLENT SERVICE, LOVELY PLACE !!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN AUSTIN.
GREAT SERVICE. THE OWNER / CHEF VISIT EVERY TABLE AND IS TAKING CARE OF EVERY DISH.

GREAT PATIO !!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Best mole I have eaten outside Mexico, coupled with imaginative drink options and creative desserts in a fun neighborhood.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food and service. Would have enjoyed it more except for another table celebrating a birthday with one guy with a booming voice.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Despite the reservation they did not have our table. Tried to tell us the system made a mistake.
Limited menu and even the few things listed., two were no available.
No salsa!
The lávale is great. Food selection and taste not there.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

My wife and I had a great experience . The flavors were outstanding, the service was good and we were very happy from start to finish. Highly recommend. Great authentic Mexican!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Looking for somewhere to show visiting parents some authentic Mexican. Everyone’s food and drinks was fantastic, our server pointed out all his recommendations, and it was the perfect atmosphere for any party!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 3, 2017

El Naranjo continues as the best interior Mexican restaurant outside Mexico.
Dishes not only taste great, but presentation is attractive.

Prices are fair, and service is friendly and competent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The coffee was very good. The meals were beautiful and very flavorful. Overall very good. Service was good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Authentic delicious mexican food.
Great service.
It is a must to order the ceviche and for desert tres leches.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We loved the ceviche. It was the best I have ever had.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service was extraordinary! We happened to stumble upon the best chile en nogada I've had in my entire life!! I have two other top places in town where they offer this dish, but this.. this was beyond superior!

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 (El Paso)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Delicious and authentic Interior Mexican cuisine; not your everyday chip and salsa Tex Mex joint.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The staff was awesome, best service I've ever had. The food was delicious and of the finest products.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Perfect brunch!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The food and service was excellent. Margaritas were outstanding. Hadn't had hand made corn tortillas this good at a restaurant. I will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Dinner is always outstanding, food is prepared perfectly. Our waiter was very knowledgable as well. The Mole with chicken is outstanding as is the vegetable mole!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2014

The sea bass was cooked perfectly, if you have ever tried to cook sea bass, you'll know that's real easy. So one has to judge the dish based on the salty coconut sauce, and the rest of the dish, which was kinda poor compared to the usual at this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2013

Beautiful mole and chile rellenos. We bought the chef's salsa. Which is very special.
A really special dinner

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 28, 2013

After living in Mexico City for 3+ years, El Naranjo is better than all other interior Mexican restaurants where we have eaten.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 17, 2013

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 14, 2013

The food and cocktails were good - though I don't think good enough to return for the price. Overall the service was great, but I don't recommend for large groups. We did have a larger party and ended up waiting about an hour to split about 5-6 checks.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 13, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 1, 2013

Homemade Pan Dulce! Need I say more. Very authentic delicious mexican food. Service is great, the restaurant is so nice. You must try it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 30, 2013

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 30, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 30, 2013

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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