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El Naranjo

El Naranjo

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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    The experts at Serious Eats and Austin Chronicle recommend this place
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    Gregg A.
    "3 different types of mole and the tres leches is excellent!"(14 Tips)
    Crystal M.
    "Highly recommend the Chile Poblano Relleno de Picadillo Oaxaqueño."(2 Tips)
    Kla
    "The best traditional mexican restaurant in town."(2 Tips)
    Erika L.
    "... had Huevos Benedictos, Tacos Dorados w/ potato & goat cheese, Enchiladas..."(3 Tips)
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 17, 2013
    Chef Iliana de la Vega operated a world-famous restaurant in Oaxaca. Lucky for us, she made the move to Austin, where her classically modern restaurant and traditional Mexican cuisine are a huge hit.
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerNovember 25, 2014
    Featured on Eat St. The best Mexican food in Austin (maybe even in the US) and it's in a truck. Her name is the Iliana De La Vega and she is not just an expert but the expert in Mexican cuisine.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 22, 2013
    El Naranja has impressive tequila and mescal collection; all can be shaken into margaritas (though choosing an ultra high-end one may make the bartender cringe). Start with the $7 house margarita.
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris RoseJuly 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best Mexican food around from one of Oaxaca's best chefs. There's a different mole every month--check for special menus too!
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AMay 5, 2019
    Incredible food and margaritas. Get a coveted front patio table if you can.
  • Erika L.heart icon on user image
    Erika LoyaSeptember 11, 2016
    We've had Huevos Benedictos, Tacos Dorados w/ potato & goat cheese, Enchiladas Granatizadas, & Enfrijoladas. Pan Dulce made daily Everything is Delicious!!!
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    Erika LoyaSeptember 11, 2016
    Huevos Benedictos, Tacos Dorados w/potato & Goat Cheese, Enfrijoladas, Enchiladas Granatizadas. Pan Dulce made daily! Everything is Delicious
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerNovember 25, 2014
    Apparently the mole sauce could be made out of 100 ingredients. Illiana says forget what you know about Mexican food because it is natural, lots of vegetables and fresh.
  • Crystal M.
    Crystal M.September 22, 2012
    ¡Excelente! This former food truck (only in Austin !?!)i is now a fantastic traditional Mexican restaurant. Highly recommend the Chile Poblano Relleno de Picadillo Oaxaqueño.
  • Klaheart icon on user image
    KlaMay 1, 2013
    Try "Chiles pasilla oaxaqueños relleno de quesillo". OMG is a very pleasent and spicy explosion in your mouth. The best traditional mexican restaurant in town.
  • Cooking Channel
    Cooking ChannelFebruary 28, 2012
    Acclaimed chef Iliana de la Vega serves up authentic Oaxacan cuisine at her El Naranjo mobile trailer in Austin, Texas. We suggest the Mole Rojo.
  • Ricardo G.
    Ricardo GuerreroApril 6, 2013
    Try the Enchiladas Verdes - #NOM! Veggie-stuffed enchiladas with salsa verde & avocados to replace the cheese & cream. Gluten & dairy free. That's how I roll!
  • Kristy R.heart icon on user image
    Kristy RosenackerAugust 21, 2018
    Awesome ceviche and the Mexican style filet (I can’t pronounce it, let alone spell it) is amazing!
  • Tinker B.heart icon on user image
    Tinker BellJuly 26, 2017
    The mole, the Angus beef steak is omg amazing. The queso and chips mmmmm and the quac us fantastic.
  • Dan
    DanJuly 19, 2015
    Definitely a place that you must to visit if you want to breakfast on Sunday morning here in Austin Tx
  • Nathan C.heart icon on user image
    Nathan ChurchFebruary 27, 2016
    We tried several dishes and all were amazing. Second orders of guac and apps.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StaciokasAugust 28, 2013
    Try the pork with mole amarillo...delicious! And ask for CT John as your server...you won't be disappointed!
  • Gregg A.heart icon on user image
    Gregg AndersonApril 3, 2019
    3 different types of mole and the tres leches is excellent!
  • ben r.heart icon on user image
    ben robbinsJune 21, 2015
    Ceviche and mole negro are amazing. The cocktails are great too.
  • Charles S.heart icon on user image
    Charles ShermanFebruary 9, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The eggs Benedict are wonderful. Service is slow so have a drink and relax
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    ptFebruary 26, 2018
    Must order the Mole Negro (we would recommend it paired with the duck)!!
  • Jess P.
    Jess PendletonDecember 31, 2013
    Try the special fungus quesadillas. "The Truffle of Mexico" it may not be, but it is delicious nonetheless.
  • Christina X.
    Christina XuMarch 13, 2013
    Get the duck as your mole protein. It is perfectly cooked!!
  • Melody F.
    Melody FuryMay 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's hard to go wrong with anything here but their molé with duck and sea bass are wickedly good.
  • Annie P.heart icon on user image
    Annie ParkFebruary 23, 2017
    Good quality food and surprisingly huge portions. Do not overorder!
  • Ricardo G.
    Ricardo GuerreroApril 6, 2013
    Try the Flourless Chocolate Torte with Vanilla Sorbet - Dark chocolate &, again, no gluten or dairy FTW! #NOM!
  • Alencia J.
    Alencia JohnsonJuly 13, 2013
    Amazing!! Gazpacho was perfection and its a great place for large parties.
  • Chrystal P.heart icon on user image
    Chrystal PaulosMay 12, 2018
    Mole was very good but I’ve had better. Staff was nice and food ok. I like the Indian food down the street better and it’s cheaper than El Naranjo...
  • sheldon
    sheldonMarch 10, 2013
    Get the guacamole and mix with the salsa mâcha!!
  • Casey D.heart icon on user image
    Casey DukeFebruary 4, 2015
    The soup of the day was fabulous. Excellent service!
  • Michael S.heart icon on user image
    Michael SporerMay 9, 2015
    Amazing mole, especially with pork chop. Everything else.
  • Marina K.
    Marina K.March 15, 2011
    Mix & match both the tacos and tacos dorados. The portion size is just right for trying them all.
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    😀September 5, 2016
    Get the molé!! It's the chefs specialty
  • Ruchita M.heart icon on user image
    Ruchita MehtaAugust 24, 2018
    Yum is an understatement!
  • Anna C.
    Anna CatherineApril 6, 2014
    Try the fundido with mushrooms!
  • Johnny T.
    Johnny TijerinaJuly 26, 2013
    Request Alex! He is an amazing waiter!
  • Will M.
    Will McKennaJuly 29, 2012
    Cochinita pibil - great!
  • Maria R.
    Maria RiofrioAugust 18, 2013
    Try the Pan Dulce. Amazing!!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out El Naranjo as seen on Eat Street Read more
  • Chase V.heart icon on user image
    Chase Van BibberAugust 16, 2015
    Skirt steak was amazing
  • Teresa C.
    Loving this trailer kitchen / cottage remodel Oaxacan treat! Read more
  • E P.
    E PMay 15, 2013
    Try Chuletas de Cordero. Heavenly!
  • Katherine
    KatherineAugust 27, 2012
    It's a restaurant now, not a trailer anymore, and it's beautiful.
  • Kenneth S.
    Kenneth SaundersOctober 5, 2013
    I love this place so much
  • Prashant 🚀 A.
    Prashant 🚀 AgarwalMarch 13, 2013
    Amazing guac!
  • Carlos V.
    Carlos VillaviejaJuly 27, 2013
    Real espresso coffee
  • Michelle W.heart icon on user image
    Michelle WilesJuly 9, 2018
    Vegetarian options are meh
  • Paul B.
    Paul BradleyJanuary 20, 2013
    Food is only mediocre, especially for the price. Service could be better. "Specially" drinks are around $11.
  • Teresa C.
    Teresa Carbajal RavetOctober 30, 2010
    El mole coloradito is the best.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KahnJune 30, 2012
    The tres leches is more like angel food cake with pretty icing over it. Skip it.
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