El Naranjo

4.6
546 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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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, food, and service!

LM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

F
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu, fresh ingredients, superbly executed.

P
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Our waitress made it special

CK
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What are the 7 sacred chilies?...

k
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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

AT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Loved the margaritas, bread service, guac and appetizers. We liked the corn tortillas as well. The entrees were a let down and did not stand up to the mark in terms of flavors.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, knowledgable wait staff. Quality, tasty, innovative food and drinks. Comfortable, intimate dining rooms.

JE
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Innnovative food by a world class chef! One of our favorite restaurants in Austin.

W
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hated when we at our last bite... This is one of our favorite restaurants. Outstanding food and service. Sea Bass was delicious as well as the guacamole.

P
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef - Iliana - will often visit your table to meet you and check on your enjoyment of the meal.

V
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! We will be back! Everything was just perfect! Mole and that queso! Oh and who is the photographer? Such great pictures! Everything was just perfect!

NG
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

R
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
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.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal!

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RV
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
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.

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

L
New England
6 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!!

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.

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

Anniversary

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.

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.

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,

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!

OT
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.

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.

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

Ate a lovely meal with the grandkids

OT
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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