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El Naranjo - South Lamar, Austin, TX

El Naranjo - South Lamar

4.7
4.7
474 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 520-5750

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Iliana de la Vega

  • Neighborhood

    South Austin

  • Cross street

    Menchaca Road

  • Parking details

    Outside retail parking and additional retail parking inside the garaje behind the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 474 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Iliana and her team are terrific. We were in town for a short trip and couldn’t have been happier with our meal at El Naranjo. The service was great, restaurant was clean, menu was creative and had options for everyone. The flavors were outstanding and balanced and the cocktail program was also standout.
  2. MV

    MatthewV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    incredible - very peculiar about my Mexican food, and this was everything you could imagine it would be. Would recommend to friends/family and go with them any day!
  3. J

    Jesse

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome and Friendly Customer Service! Wonderful food with reasonable portions. My in-laws wanted to come here for their anniversary and they loved every second of it, especially the coffee!
  4. LK

    LarryK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the spinach enchiladas with raisins and almonds. So tasty!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our experience at El Naranjo. Food is really really lgood, service amazing.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks and food were fabulous. Highly recommend.
  7. AR

    AngieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Our compliments to the chef!
  8. LA

    LucyA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely wonderful meal- the filete de res al chintextile was phenomenal! I know it's expensive but it's a very generous portion and *so* well prepared, its worth it. They made me a mocktail version of their margarita fresca and it was delicious and really reasonably priced!
  9. J

    Justine

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Amazing service and food! Will definitely return. Chef came by to say hello!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely incredible. Excellent service and vibe. Is a little on the loud side just because of the size of the space but amazing overall.
  11. L

    Linda

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from the cocktails to all of the food! We will be back!
  12. B

    Bullwinkle

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious —we especially enjoyed the dark mole and the pipian. It was noisy and very casual. Service was excellent and very friendly. Drinks were very very good.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was great. Took his time explaining the menu and made some great recommendations. The food was incredibly delicious and fresh. The Margarita might be the best in the city.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Naranjo was an incredible experience- the food was delicious (especially the black mole) as were the cocktails, and even the chef came to check on us. A wonderful time, I’ll definitely be back!
  15. JM

    JenniferM

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite meal! The mole with duck breast was divine as the Pastel Azteca.
  16. f

    foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktails, great service and fantastic mole
  17. GP

    GrahamP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was all excellent. We'll definitely be back!
  18. c

    chuck250

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a terrific meal. Mole with duck, outstanding. The Queso appetizer was excellent. Service staff extremely attentive. Not too expensive; certainly worth it.
  19. JM

    JMPS

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    25 minutes waiting for a bottle of Gramona cava… because it had to be chilled. This is nothing but unacceptable in this type of restaurant or what it aspires to be. Pathetic. Had to switch to a different sparkling wine. Undercooked tortilla chips (unbelievable they could not get something this basic right!); guacamole and green rice without a pinch of salt. The pollo adobado was incredibly bland, nowhere in MX would you eat something this tasteless. The queso fundido with corn fungus was very good as was the Cochinita pibil. The purple corn tortillas were also very good. A true disappointment as we drove from Houston to taste the cooking of the most recent winner of James Beard award for the best chef of Texas. We cannot understand how she won it but most certainly it was not with any of the dishes we tried this evening at El Naranjo
  20. A

    Awww

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    My main dish (mole) was served cold. When I complained about it, the whole plate got quickly reheated. Unfortunately only the top layer of the sauce came back warm.
  21. CR

    CynthiaR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was delicious from start to finish. The Organica Margarita was the best I've ever had - fresh squeezed limes and perfectly balanced. Guac and Queso Fundido with homemade blue corn tortillas were a great start to the meal. My husband had the duck mole and I had the shrimp with potatoes and mushrooms. The shrimp dish is sauteed in the chef's secret Salsa Macha (chile oil) and the flavor is slightly spicy and delicious. It's a generous portion and they sell the Salsa Macha if you want to take some home. The mole was complex and outstanding and the duck was perfectly cooked. We topped off the meal with the creamy basque cheesecake topped with berries. Our reservations were early and on the patio - it was way too hot so we opted to sit at the bar. Next time I'll try to reserve a table inside.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Brunch was not James beard quality. I’m hoping a dinner reservation would stand up better to that expectation.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Daybrunch
  24. LC

    LCTaylor

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best restaurants in Austin! Absolutely incredible flavors and very creative recipes. We will return on a regular basis!
  25. SB

    SloaneB

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service and an authentic Mexican brunch was delicious!!
  26. PE

    PinkysEye

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Can't wait to go back and try some other menu items. Incredible mole.
  27. CS

    CourtneyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious. Margaritas perfectly tart and not too sweet. Definitely get the weekly ceviche! Everything was to die for. James Beard is correct!
  28. KJ

    KevinJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I made a reservation, which was easy and convenient, of course. But, afterward I realized it was for the patio - not ideal for the time planned due to Texas heat. I called, day-of, and explained the occasion was for an anniversary celebration and the host took care of us finding a place comfortably inside. Couldn't have asked for better service form our server. We opted for a house specialty and another entrée and both were great. The filet steak was one of the best dishes we've ever had. Just a great place overall and cocktail menu is very enticing. Another perk - they brought out some bread rolls and an assortment of garnishments, one being "Salsa Macha." It was so delicious that we bought a jar to take home. Enjoy.
  29. W

    Whispers

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The smell and the taste of the foods I ate were not equal at all. Plus, we got served the wrong dessert the first time.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always great chef driven menu items.
  31. CE

    ColinE

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner with a humble chef. She was so excited and energetic to have won the best Chef award. An absolute delightful dining experience. Will definitely go back!
  32. RG

    RachelG

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were fresh and different. Our server was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. We had a few selections for appetizers. Especially loved the ceviche. I enjoyed the mole sauce with the Mahi Mahi tuna for dinner selection. For dessert, we tried the cheesecake which had a smokey flavor to it. We also had the flan and a flourless chocolate cake. Everything was very flavorful.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing authentic Mexican food.
  34. VM

    VMMATX

    Austin

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best Mexican food in Austin.
  35. B

    Boccadoodyaa

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, great service. Busy busy busy. Check your reservation is for the right table before you go (ie inside or out - out is next to a busy road!)
  36. LM

    LMGLHTX

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food -- high quality, simple and fresh ingredients, wonderful taste. Excellent service. Fun, culturally-accurate ambiance.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great environment, quality service and ingredients. Yummy drinks!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a gem! Everything clearly made with love.
  39. g

    gerardom

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    excelente el servicio , la comida MAGNIFICA y el ambiente muy agradable .
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service. No complaints. Best organico margaritas!! Fresh guacamole- perfect!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 474 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for El Naranjo - South Lamar

2717 S Lamar Blvd STE 1085 Austin, TX 78704

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Menchaca Road

  • Neighborhood

    South Austin

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Outside retail parking and additional retail parking inside the garaje behind the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Iliana de la Vega

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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