El Naranjo, Austin’s celebrated authentic Oaxacan-inspired restaurant helmed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Iliana de la Vega and her partner Ernesto Torrealba, introduce a new twist to their monthly specials – each month, El Naranjo will draw inspiration from a different state in Mexico. The new initiative furthers El Naranjo’s mission to introduce diners to the regional complexities of Mexico. This month, February specials will be inspired by flavors from Michoacán featuring a house-made Torta de milanesa de pollo.  

Plus, El Naranjo will continue their successful Happy Hour menu, perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day with a cocktail and an authentic Mexican bite, offer a special Valentine’s Dinner with us

Happy Hour
Continuing this month, El Naranjo’s weekday Happy Hour will run Tuesday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m., offering guests $5 off appetizers, 25% off signature cocktails, and 20% off wine and beer by the glass. The restaurant will have rotating happy hour specials, and this month’s happy hour dish features small bite sopes with chorizo, chicharrón with salsa verde, chilorio, queso, crema and salsa.

“I’m thrilled to announce the continuation of El Naranjo’s successful Happy Hour, and with Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect time to celebrate with your loved one. It has been heartwarming to see people cozy up at the bar,  unwind, and savor a cocktail and a small bite together.” says Chef Iliana de la Vega.

February Specials

Cocktail of the Month

La Vida en Rosa

Tequila, coconut, raspberries, lemon, grapefruit tequila, Liquor 43, and pink peppercorn

Taco of the Month

Taco Villamelon

Steak, chorizo and chicharrón taco on a corn tortilla with lime, onion, cilantro and salsa verde.

Appetizer of the Month

Elotes de a calle

Mini corn on the cob with El Naranjo’s signature salsa macha flavored mayo, queso fresco and esquites (cooked corn served with crema and queso)

Main Course of the Month

Torta de milanesa de pollo

House made bolillo, chicken milanesa, avocado, mayo, tomato, beans and rajas

Dessert of the Month

Arroz con leche

Mexican style rice pudding with Raspberry sauce, cinnamon crumble and pink peppercorn meringue

 Valentine’s Dinner’s Specials 


Scallop Crudo

With carrot, cucumber,  and red bell pepper sauce

Main Course

Mole rosa con pulpo maya

Pink mole made with pine nuts and beets served with octopus



Churros with strawberry, chocolate and caramel sauce  

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