El Naranjo - South Lamar

4.7
207 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 enchipotlados. In addition, you can enjoy the homemade moles, all of which are made from scratch. El Naranjo is the place to dine for authentic flavor.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 207 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLola
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the ceviche is outstanding! the Guacamole,and the quesadillas .

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BairdC
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Need to come back and try the rest of the menu.

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Audrey
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Much more casual than the other location was.

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Anne
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Celebrating a birthday for a party of 6 with reservations for 6 pm. Immediately seated and waiter was attentive. Food was well prepared and would definitely return.

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JasonS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was sublime. The service, the atmosphere, the cocktails, and of course, the food... was all perfect. We were the last table near closing and did not feel rushed at all.

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Matty
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and cocktails. I love interior Mexican cuisine and this is a place to get it. Wonderful staff and clean simple atmosphere.

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vipRebeccaR
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Waited 20 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. Food overall tasty but overpriced for what it was. Drinks also overpriced. Service was great. Unlikely to return.

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vipMarkH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice surprise! Not your typical Mexican restaurant. Outstanding service. Fun cocktails. Creative and very tasty dishes on every part of the menu. We were delighted with every course. Since we didn't sample every dish, I won't recommend specifics -- and the menu might change. I think it's the sort of place where you can't go wrong in what you order.

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AngelaV
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a taste of authentic, Oaxacan Mexican food, this is your best bet in Austin. The owner takes great pride in her dishes and sauces. Enjoy!

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kenW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place- never had bad service or a bad dish---

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DavidP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Interesting and palate-pleasing selection of out-of-the- ordinary cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

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james
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Did not follow CDC Guidelines nor local guidelines and felt it necessary to make their own, restrictive rules.

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AnnaH
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Naranjo is one of our favorite spots in Austin! The service is fast and knowledgeable, the food is excellent, and the ambiance is so relaxing. Love it!

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MikeB
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Exceptional and unique food & drink every time we go.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and was able to answer any questions that we had and explain more about the dishes. A wonderful experience all around

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vipKatieC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and amazing customer service. Highly recommend

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RandallS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! First time at El Naranjo since they moved from Rainey Street! This location is a lot more convenient so we will be coming back often!

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EricB
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. The food and drinks were excellent. The service and attention by Julie was perfect. We look forward to our next visit.

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Sofia
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far some of the best food I’ve had in a while, I felt like I was back home in Mexico City having a meal. There was plenty of “happy dancing” during and after every dish, I cannot recommend this place enough. Definitely worth the 2 hour drive from San Antonio, even for the huitlacoche empanadas alone.

Thank you for a fantastic meal and great hospitality! I cannot wait to come back ♥️🍊

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Katie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fabulous! Creative, flavorful and fresh! Staff knew how to guide us on menu options and were very informative with the descriptions. Very attentive without being intrusive. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was amazing! What a great find!

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AJM90
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome service!! Everyone was very friendly and attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is beyond delicious! It’s elevated, creative, Mexican cuisine. The margaritas are also delicious. I don’t live in Austin, but when I go back I will return. Probably the best meal we had in a foodie city with so much great dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food. Lovely service. Will return, definitely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I expected more from El Naranjo. Ambiance wasn’t great. The food was good, but the presentation of my husbands mole w duck - I expected more. Our server, though attentive, was a low talker so difficult to hear her and, we felt rushed during our meal. We had 8pm reservations and the kitchen closed at 9? We had to rush to get our orders in. They were cleaning the restaurant and stacking chairs while we were there. Definitely not what I was expecting.

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Ethan
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for accommodating inside last night! Great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

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Mike
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasantly surprised by this place. Everything we ordered far exceeded our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday brunch. My mom had heard about it and just had to go. My favorite thing was the cafe de olla—so flavorful and always fresh. Everyone loved their meal and the appetizers. All the staff was very kind and attentive. Can’t wait to go back to try dinner!

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vipPilotGal
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Guacamole I've ever had! Off the charts. Other food was great too. Service was attentive and prompt. A little loud for the business conversations I needed to have...

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vipBarry
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best mole i've ever had. Service was outstanding. Dont forget the margaritas. Perfect dining experience.

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LolitaG
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I think the food was delicious.
Our friends were so happy and that made us feel great.
We are from Mexico, so we know good Mexican food.
We tasted the salsas and the tortillas and bread wow fantastic.
We recommend El Naranjo to all our friend from now on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yum!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I was honestly pretty disappointed as I love Mexican food. Maybe I just didn’t go on the right evening or something - we got an app and enchiladas. I did not enjoy any of them or the drinks. Again, could be a weird coincidence but I won’t be going back there again on my own dime ever again.

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MichaelC
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, fantastic food and service. Mexican food like you're not going to find anywhere else in Austin

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vipRobertL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and like a quick trip to Oaxaca!

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AnthonyK
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and tasty unique food. We all especially enjoyed the ceviche and homemade tortillas .

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vipMargarita
Austin
39 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

We chose to sit outside because of Covid safety. However the noise of Lamar traffic was annoying. In the future, I would choose indoors. The food was excellent. The service was a bit slow.

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MegR
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oustanding every time. The salsa matcha is my absolute favorite. Make sure to try the queso Oaxaca fundido with huitalocoche! If you like shrimp, do not pass on the camarones y hongos a la macha. My husband always gets the cochinita pibil and it delivers!

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ElNaranjoGroupie
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for the Sunday brunch. It was incredible. The Huevos Benedicto we amazing as were the Chilaquiles! Highly recommend these.

FAQs

El Naranjo - South Lamar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 520-5750.

El Naranjo - South Lamar is rated 4.7 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.