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El Naranjo - South Lamar, Austin, TX

El Naranjo - South Lamar

4.7
4.7
549 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 37 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 549 people are saying

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

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  • Austin

    Fit for Foodies

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    Fit for Foodies

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  1. CT

    CarlosT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal with great service! The Mole was epico!
  2. BD

    BethD

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So thrilled to have experienced El Naranjo while visiting friends in Austin. Chef Iliana de la Vega's Oaxacan-inspired menu just earned a well-deserved James Beard award - we were lucky to get in for Sunday brunch. Terrific bloody mary's, outstanding fundido with mushrooms, guac and fish tacos - really everything was special. Chocolate flan for dessert? Yes please! New Orleans could use a satellite restaurant - what do you say chef Iliana!
  3. MI

    MICHAELS

    Austin

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    First of all I really hate being negative but my wife and I were expecting a lot more from El Naranjo considering the chef just won a James Beard award. We were disappointed with the entire meal and the service. None of the food was impressive. The service was just sort of ok. The cocktails we had were the best part. We just felt really let down by the whole experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delish. The traditional mole was Sooooo good - all the many flavors! We will be back to try more things.
  5. R

    Rocdoc

    Austin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food lived up to the hype. Delicious.
  6. L

    Lane

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a pleasure to dine at El Naranjo! The guacamole is the best I've ever had, and it is consistent. In fact, everything is consistently good. I've tried various dishes, but for me the Duck with dark mole is sublime and never disappoints. I also appreciate the quality of the margaritas, and the wine list. Viva!
  7. DB

    DavidB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food was incredible and we will be coming back. The space was adequate but I think there is so much potential with this chef and his food that they deserve a better space.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Two birthdays being celebrated.
  9. J

    Jeff

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, from drinks to dessert.
  10. MC

    MichaelC

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We'd return for the Pulpo y Papas alone but we also enjoyed the Empanadas de Huitlacoche and the Mole Amarillo. We're just beginning our love affair with this restaurant so we'll have conquered the entire menu before too long. The service was excellent and the prices affordable.
  11. s

    smfoodie

    Austin

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic food! Took a while to get service, but then it was great! Can’t wait to go back!
  12. WS

    WesS

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely amazing food and good service. Weird location but will be back.
  13. FF

    FoodFan

    Austin

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food presented by great service (by Jammie). Good margaritas. Highly recommended.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Accommodated our group of 9.
  15. EM

    EnriqueM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful people working there. Wonderful disposition.
  16. JG

    JeffG

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Made a reservation for my wifes B-Day for Sunday Brunch. Was seated on time. Service was very quick and friendly. Food was very good. They comped our shared desert which was their cheesecake. The best we've had! Overall a real nice experience!
  17. GM

    GregM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu was expansive, service was great, drinks were fantastic. Food was fantastic and they even made a variety of mocktails for my boyfriend that mimic'd their cocktails. Most places you get a variation of a Shirley Temple, but they were actually able to replicate their own cocktails. And again, because it's worth repeating, their food was delicious, fresh and hearty, but not heavy. So authentic. Would recommend.
  18. R

    Robinhood

    Austin

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Given the James Beard award, I had expectations that exceeded the food we ate. It was good, but not mind blowing. The service was excellent.
  19. m

    melim

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I was very excited to eat here, James Beard Award winner. Disappointed in the over cooked duck and the lack of depth in the mole. Other dishes were excellent, but when we were chased off our table (with open tables in the restaurant) I really felt my $350.00 experience was ruined. I understand limits and reservations but we weren’t told we needed to be off our reserved table in a timeframe. Very embarrassed for the rest of my party that were finishing their drinks.
  20. LM

    LindsayM

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food. Fresh, inspired and very easy to accommodate my allergy and intolerances to gluten, soy and tomatoes. Excellent service too.
  21. JS

    JenniferS

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The CAMARONES ENCHIPOTLADOS (shrimp in a chipotle cream sauce) appetizer was absolutely amazing. This is one of the best things I've ever eaten. So good. We also go the guacamole which was good. I had the COSTILLAS DE RES A LOS DOS CHILES (short rib with goat cheese mashed potatoes) which was also very yummy. The margaritas were delicious. I will definitely be going back to try some of the other menu items.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had high expectations since the restaurant was a James Beard award winner. Nothing blew our minds...good, but not extraordinary.
  23. DP

    DevinP

    Austin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was interesting but not particularly special, considering this restaurant just wont a James Beard award. Service was the best part of the meal. Cocktails were all spectacular. All things considered, I'll definitely be going back
  24. C

    Coolchange

    Austin

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious, fresh and authentic. Best fish tacos I have had in my life! Mole was excellent. Extensive tequila menu.
  25. GM

    GilbertM

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    This was a great find overall, the food and service were amazing. Highly recommend. The reason why this is not 5 stars is the acoustics in the space were very bad. It was very loud and at times made it hard to have a conversation with our friends.
  26. a

    agw1

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. The only improvement I would make would be parking; but I don't see how that would be possible on that site.
  27. c

    cindyf

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous brunch! Great selection of dishes and cocktails and you absolutely must try the pan dulce- best we've ever had!
  28. CB

    CBeats

    Central Texas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Service was phenomenal, but the food was just okay
  29. C

    Coug

    Austin

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Congratulations being the best!! We try a different menu item every week. Never disappointed. Love the lamb chops, pork shank, and everything. Dine at one of the finest locally owned restaurants in ATX.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The flavors here are little treasures for discovery.
  31. DW

    DWALK

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant and vibe. Chef who just won James Beard for Best Chef in Texas was behind bar cleaning glasses and mingling with guests, this was great and humbling to see. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes great food.
  32. S

    Stace

    Austin

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love El Naranjo! Food was exceptional from apps to dinner to desert! Drinks were top notch & our waiter was excellent! Highly recommend this south ATX gem!
  33. G

    Gabo1981

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and friendly service. Nice mix or traditional and modern recipes.
  34. c

    cindyf

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated promptly and taken care of by friendly, attentive staff. The cocktails are a must, as is the ceviche! My husband had the mole fish with ahi tuna, and it was exquisite! It's a high energy environment, but we didn't feel rushed or overwhelmed with noise and activity. Can't wait to return!
  35. MC

    MarisaC

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was phenomenal! Chef came out to greet tables and was very friendly and genuine. Service was good, our drinks took longer than usual to come from the bar, but no big deal. We were running 10 mins late and called as soon as the restaurant opened to notify them, we were still within the 15 min grace period when we arrived but the host did firmly remind us that we had to be done and out by a certain time. Emme was our waitress and she was very nice and helpful with recommendations. The ceviche was so great! Huge chunks of ahi tuna, and so flavorful. I had the chamorro (pork shank) and it was amazing! The meat fell off the bone by just touching it with a fork. My husband had the lamb chops and those were equally as amazing. El Naranjo is one of our new favorites!
  36. K

    jeffK

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique food selection. Fabulous flavors. Great service.
  37. FD

    FredD

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were excellent. We sat at the bar.
  38. LM

    LynnM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So awesome!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Great value.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, good cocktails, great evening out.

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 549 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 37 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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