El Naranjo

4.7
430 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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(512) 474-2776
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Iliana de la Vega
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Driskill
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 430 People Are Saying
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for drinks and dinner ceviche was awesome

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MK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always cherished as a favorite stop in Austin, Naranjo features carefully crafted Mexican staples and regional fare from Oaxaca.

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IA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Quality of food is not what it used to be. The Fall dulce drink tasted like diluted tequila, tge guacamole waa not spicy at all, cochinita pibil was dry and not good, either. Maybe the flavors are gear towards American taste. I am mexican and I waa very disappointed.

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YC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real mexican food, nothing tex-mex
And it’s delicious

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Authentic Mexican food , none of the Texmex the real thing .

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v
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, and so was the service! Place is on the pricey side but the culinary art in the dishes served justified the prices in my opinion.

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KZ
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here several times. Always bring family when they come to town. Lindsey is amazing!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic gourmet Mexican!

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JB
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands down my favorite restaurant - not only in Austin, but anywhere.

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and the moles were bordering on magical!

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E
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT in Austin. Awesome location, great vibe, DELICIOUS comfort food... need I say more?

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LB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Interior Mexican food with a great menu, and the best trés leches ever!

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TN
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Let me start by saying I have NEVER written a review of ANY restaurant on any site. Naranjo started off great and turned out TERRIBLE. Kitchens make mistakes, servers make mistakes and that's totally cool, but when no one claims responsibility or tries to resolve the issue, that's bad business. We started off ordering drinks and starters--both were really good. The restaurant was busy, server was attentive, but not aggressive.

We waited, waited and WAITED for our entree (about 40 minutes). We never once complained or asked.
No one from the restaurant said anything to us until our server uncomfortably mentioned our meal was accidentally given to someone else and they started eating it. Kinda funny, right? They said, they were making a new meal--fast. She promised we would have it ASAP. Five minutes, 10 minutes, 15 passed...seriously? No one said anything to us again, no manager, no server, no one. I don't care about free anything (that was not what I was looking for), but acknowledge we are still there with no meal. Finally when another table next to us that sat down after us received its food, we decided if we could catch her attention, we were going to say if the food wasn't coming out, we wanted the bill. And guess what? It was not ready. So we paid the bill two hours after we walked in the doors without eating any entrees.

The food we ate was good. The food the people around us were eating looked great, we only wish we could have tried some. If you venture to go to Naranjo, we hope you don't have the same experience as us.

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C
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

A real disappointment. We picked it for the gluten free options which turned out to be extremely limited. 3 mole choices- just one was GF. And unless you wanted red meat, it narrowed the choices more. Even the tostadas were fried in the same oil as churros so they weren't GF. I went with the fish which was not even served hot, as if it had been pre- prepared- and for the money was a small portion. The night that we went, our table for 4 was in the corner surrounded by large parties that were loud. No thanks.

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LO
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is still really good, ambiance is fine in dining room. Lighting too bright & a bad odor in bathroom (not caused by recent user). Service was quite slow & prices very high for overall experience.

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite interior Mexican food. Fresh ingredients expertly prepared make for a dining experience to remember.

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LE
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Austin restaurant. Upscale Mexican cuisine.

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n
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiance and I went on a date at El Naranjo and the food blew us away! We had the ceviche (it was a special that night) and split a couple of small plates, and the mole enchiladas were outstanding. I am still dreaming about them! The waiter was very friendly and it was clear that he was passionate about the food too. Overall we had a great time.

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h
Miami
78 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very well prepared Mexican food. One of our friends was of Mexican heritage and enjoyed the dinner. Some dishes can be quite spicy.

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AG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Given the boil notice, I definitely understand the need to sell water—I don't think a $6 bottled water helps with the situation though.

Nevertheless, I really (and I mean really) love the food. Price was a bit steep but totally worth it. I was raised in Mexico and although every state has its own flavors and dishes—your food definitely reminded me of home.

Totally coming again!!

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i
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Food, "it is the real Mexican Food".
The quesadillas are amazing, the "Conchas" a sweet Mexican pastry is delicious , great service.
Any day any time you can enjoy the great menu from this place.

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RM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chocolate mole con pollo is always complex and delicious; the pasilla was spicy hot, flavorful and outstanding. Margaritas are the best!

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z
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very poor service. Rigid and non understanding staff. I specifically mentioned this was a special occasion. We very not made to feel special. Requested a table change change since they gave us a table tightly fitted between two tables. Staff was not willing to listen or change despite the fact that 80% of the tables were empty.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are interested in wonderful interior mexican food in a very nice setting with great service, this is the restaurant that you want to go to.

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FT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. We loved the ceviche, margaritas, crab tostadas, and cute little complimentary chibatta bites. It was very noisy, and the mole portions were pretty small for the price.

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TV
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service and amazing food!

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TS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Drinks were also spot on. Spent a special evening celebrating. Don’t miss it.

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RL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Saturday Brunch on the first taste of fall day in Austin. Great service and unforgettable Oaxacan Cusine.

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L
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Food was excellent and service was really good. Will return.

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d
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. The cocktails and food were outstanding.

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DB
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, really great food! Lots of great appetizers make up a full meal!

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MR
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want authentic Mexican food, you need to try El Naranjo. I love the enchiladas verdes, and make sure to come early and try the Conchas, definitely the best I ever had including the ones in Mexico, no kidding.

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CS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Went for dinner for restaurant week only to find out that was for lunch only.
One of the martinis (desert sour or something like that) sounded good from the description, however it tasted like liquid smoke. No mention of "smoked" in the description.

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C
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saturday Brunch was delicious! We had a very large group....took the entire front dining area to seat us! Waitstaff was wonderful.....very attentive! Hibiscus tea was very good. I had the omelet and my husband had Carne Guisada.....both were very good! The Pan Dulce was awesome.....so tender! The Bacon was delicious! A real gem on this street of small restaurants!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best quesadillas see ever ate! And the sangria was superb. A perfect place for lunch or special occasion fine, authentic Mexican dining. Highly recommend this initiate dining experience.

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JG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special time with special friends and awesome food. Will return.

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B
Nashville
68 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The queso fundido was as advertised---awesome! The mole' was outstanding. The service is outstanding! I highly recommend El Naranjo.

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LM
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best concha ever! Excellent service and food and Bloody Mary. Construction was noisy but all the rest was great.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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s
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service (Dustin), and wonderful food. I had the braised short ribs with goat cheese mashed potatoes (very tasty). My wife had the shrimp with a jicama-pineapple slaw that was also fantastic. Based on an online recommendation, we started with fundido, and we were not disappointed. This place is a real find for us. We will dine there again... hopefully soon. Thank you El Naranjo!

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