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.
This was our first time at the restaurant. Everything we ate was excellent, the flavoring unique, great presentation, fabulous service. The only downside is that our parking cost $15. We have never dined on Rainey street for this reason. El Naranjo is definitely worth visiting.
My S.O and i just came back from visiting CDMX and were desperate for some molé and a fine dining experience. El Naranjo delivered! I've never felt so wined and dined in my life.
Oaxacan restaurant. They make serious and beautiful food.
The restaurant is set in an old home. You enter and are immediately met by a friendly bar staff. In Oaxaca you are met at the door with a Copito of Mezcal. At El Naranjo you can do exactly that with a fine selection of cocktails and single village Mezcal.
As we were seated we were immediately offered refills on our cocktails, and quickly decided on a tuna ceviche and a queso dish. The tortillas and the subtlety cured fish were the stars of this course.
When an experience starts high. Sometimes it takes a dip. Our waiter was initially too interested in his ego, and not being personally embarrassed. He didn’t know where the duck came from, he was unable to properly explain why the nopalitos did not meet our expectations. The nopalito salad course was a bit more fresh, and frankly slimey than my friend and I were anticipating. Our waiter failed to explain the artistic decision of the chef. She chose not to cure the nopalito the same way many might expect.
We addressed this with the manager, and the staff was immediately apologetic for this mistake. We received explanations from both the manager and the chef/owner. Handling mistakes in a professional manner is what separates the amateurs from the pros.
Our group of 4 ordered 4 different entrees, my sea bass was fantastic. The fish was delicate, tender, moist, beautiful. The duck and mole were exquisite. The sauce work was deep, dark, and complex. The dark was rendered perfectly. Moist. Tender. This was an artfully prepared dish. Another friend got the rellenos, the sauce was deep but still snappy, the cheese and peppers worked well. The ability to marry the simple and complex are akin to the juxtaposition of the sacred and profane. Beautiful, surprising, strange and genuine. The mole Amarillo was fantastic.
Mexican food should be considered with the best of fine dining, and this restaurant is an incredible ambassador for that position.
Food was great and the service was extremely friendly! Excellent for an upscale date night on Rainey.
The restaurant and service were excellent. However, it’s Mexican food where the appetizers like guacamole are $12 and the meals are $27-35. It’s pretty hard to justify 3 beef tacos for $30, even though they are very good and tasty.
The food is always first rate and true to El Naranjo's Oaxacan origins. Unfortunately we were seated in a semi outdoor enclosed area occupied by a couple of a large table of noisy people.
The ability to have a civilized conversation was zero.
When will Austin restaurants have the balls to cousel guests when they are two loud?????????
We were four at our table and everyone was happy with their meals. The restaurant was more on the quiet than noisy side, which is something we always desire. The décor was soothing to the senses, and overall ambiance was relaxing. Our reservation was 6:00 PM on a Saturday. The restaurant did become busier later in our stay. We will certainly return when looking for interior Mexican cuisine and a relaxing evening.
I love El Naranjo. I would definitely recommend it. My only complaint is that the lighting in the little room where we were seated was kind of harsh. Softer, warmer lighting would make that room perfect.
The food id great but it is very pricey. 100 dollars for two with a drink each.
First class authentic Mexican. Highly recommended. A real plus is the drink program, including an extensive mezcal selection.
All around a great experience. Took it nice and slow and shared a couple different plates.
Always a great brunch place.
It was awesome. Our server had a positive attitude and was always there and ready when we needed him. The food was delicious and the perfect portion, not to big or to small. Price was average for other restaurants in the area.
Always wonderful food. Excellent service. Authentic Oaxaca recipes. You can get salad with prickly pear cactus paddles (!) - nopalitos - here.
Delicious but pricey. Very celiac friendly so we don’t mind paying for it. We were seated 30 min past our reservation which was annoying with a large group. I assume Saturday night got busy.