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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
The food was amazing, as was the service. The brunch menu had excellent choices and the food was cooked to perfection. We had the poached eggs with the gorditas and the Hollandaise sauce, which included poblano pepper and gave it a nice punch. We will definitely be back!
Nice, intimate setting in a repurposed home on hip Rainey street. Absolutely delicious food! Really enjoyed their unique recipes for traditional dishes like mole, chile relleno, and empanadas, as well as an unusual appetizer spread and between-course snacks with small rolls. Service was attentive and chef/bartender were open to special requests. Will definitely go back. Just sad that they are closed on Mondays :(
This is a first-rate restaurant that takes care to present interior Mexico cooking at its best. The appetizers are excellent, and the small plates enough to make up a full meal. The moles are superb, particularly those from Oaxaca, where the chef had a restaurant for many years. The salsas are excellent, particularly the Salsa Macha (though not too spicy), which you can also buy.
Overall disappointed. The actual menu was different from the website (went there specifically because of a dish that was listed on the website but wasn’t offered at the restaurant), and the overall quality of food was less than expected. It is a fairly expensive restaurant and not one that I’ll be returning to.
Excellent experience. The food is amazing. If you don't understand what interior Mexican food is, then you may not want it, so don't eat here if this is the case. Mildly spiced, it is not Tex-Mex. Most of the negative reviews here seem to be from people that dont get this concept.
LOVED the mole. All of the appetizers we had were delicious--queso fundido, ceviche, and guacamole.
And another thing--it is pricey, and given that this is a higher-quality dining experience, don't expect a plate overflowing with excessive food. This is gourmet food beautifully presented.
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!
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