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Stellar Mexican Restaurant El Naranjo Is Closing in Downtown Austin

Chef Iliana de la Vega’s recently opened South Lamar location will remain open

A person holding up a blue tortilla with a shrimp on it with one hand and spooning a bowl of shrimp with the other
The camarones y hongos a la macha from El Naranjo
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

El Naranjo, the downtown Austin Mexican restaurant from chef Iliana de la Vega, is closing. The 85 Rainey Street restaurant’s last dinner service will be on Saturday, November 16, with lunch ending on Friday, October 4, and brunch on Sunday, October 13.

However, El Naranjo co-owners de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba’s recently opened South Lamar expansion, which took over the old El Chipiron space on 2717 South Lamar Boulevard in mid-September, will remain open.

“While it’s a difficult decision, in order to continue doing what we love—and having fun with it along the way—we have made the decision to end services on Rainey Street,” de la Vega and Torrealba shared in a statement.

The South Lamar El Naranjo will add brunch service starting on Sunday, October 20. Then its hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday for brunch, and then 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. It will expand for lunch at a later date.

They opened El Naranjo in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1997, which they had to close because of political troubles in the region, and moved to Texas. They reopened El Naranjo as a food truck in Austin on Rainey Street, and then transitioned it into a restaurant with a focus on Oaxacan dishes in 2012. De la Vega was a James Beard Award semifinalist chef this year.

El Naranjo

85 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 474-2776 Visit Website

El Naranjo [South Lamar]

2717 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704