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San Angel Inn Dining Review

  • Mar 13, 2010

A lot of people overlook San Angel Inn in Epcot’s World Showcase, and I have to ask myself “why?” San Angel Inn Authentic Mexican Cuisine has something for everyone, and if you give me a few moments I will show you some of the nuances that make it a restaurant you will not want to pass by on your walk around the World Showcase.

San Angel Inn Entryway

San Angel Inn Entryway

First off, let me talk about the ambiance:
When you walk into the marketplace you are greeted by what I feel is one of the most breathtaking views in Epcot. A beautiful wishing fountain greets you as you walk down the ramp. You hear the buzz of the people in the marketplace checking out the different wares for sale. The soft glow of the lights makes you feel like you have stepped back in time to Central Mexico. The view of the Aztec Pyramid in the background rises high over the marketplace, and upon walking into the restaurant the bold and beautiful colors of the tables are scattered before you. A gentle glow of the lamps on the table adds a sense of romance to this breath taking view.

San Angel Inn Pyramid and Dining Room

San Angel Inn Pyramid and Dining Room

You can hear the sounds of the newly updated Grand Fiesta Ride with Donald Duck in the background, which reminds you that you are not in Mexico, but still at Disney World. For some, this might be a bad thing; but for me, I want to remember I am at one of the greatest places on Earth: Walt Disney World!

Bring on the grub:
I recommend ordering the ceviche with any flavor of Frozen Margarita as an appetizer. If you don’t like seafood, the nachos are great, too. The Margarita is a lifesaver after a long day of trekking around the park. If you are there with a special someone be sure to mix those drinks up so you can sample one of each. You won’t be disappointed.

Tortilla Chips and Salsa are served to every table

Tortilla Chips and Salsa are served to every table

All the entrées are fantastic; I have yet to have anything I didn’t like. A fair warning though: the food here is different from the typical “American-ized” (I hope that’s a word) Mexican food you have back home. My first time eating here I was expecting just a traditional meal that I would have at my local restaurant (which is very good I might add –- shout out to La Hacienda), but I was caught off guard by the flavors and spices used at the San Angel Inn!

Combination Plato -- Enchilada, Burrito, Steak

Combination Plato -- Enchilada, Burrito, Steak

Be daring and try something new is what I always say when on vacation. (Insert cheesy sarcastic comment here!) What my family and I always do is order different items so we can sample more than one dish. Everything on the menu is full of flavor and just blows your taste buds out of the water.

Polly a las Rajas -- Grilled Chicken with Peppers, Onions, and Cheese

Polly a las Rajas -- Grilled Chicken with Peppers, Onions, and Cheese

If you have a child like we do, the childrens’ menu will not disappoint. It is by no means chicken fingers (where is that part on a chicken by the way?) or hamburgers. Your kids will be able to sample some good, authentic, Mexican cuisine.

On to dessert, all I can say is WOW! I could eat the items on the desert menu everyday for the rest of my life. (Of course I would probably weigh 800 pounds if I did.) I have never had Flan before I came to San Angel Inn, and though I have tried it since, none can compare to the texture, smell, and melt in your mouth goodness of the Flan they serve there.

You have heard the good; now on to the bad and the ugly:
For 2010, Disney has dropped the San Angel Inn from its Disney Dining Plan. This makes me quite upset! My family and I absolutely love eating here, but now are going to have to either pay money out of pocket or maybe try to pop in for a drink and dessert. If any Disney Execs are reading this, maybe they could do Chip a favor and add this wonderful restaurant back!

Editor’s Note: See comments below for good discussion on this topic; some restaurants may sign up for the plan later than others. Our fingers are crossed!

Wrap it up already:
OK…OK… Overall, the San Angel Inn dining experience is one of my personal favorites at Disney World. Between the romantic ambiance and the scrumptious food I can think of no better place to take my family. It is good for a romantic couple’s meal (try to get seated near the water) or for a fun family experience. The service there is second to none.

So next time you are on your trek around the World Showcase, stop by Mexico, have a delicious meal at San Angel Inn, and think of me… OK maybe not… Enjoy!

This article was written by Chip for the Disney Food Blog.

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March 13, 2010
I'm sure after reading this reading this review, people wouldn't overlook the San Angel Inn restaurant anymore!  I wonder why they were dropped from the Disney Dining Plan... but other than that, every aspect about it sounds amazing and the food looks so good!  Thanks for sharing, Chip :)
March 13, 2010
Great Review! I have to admit I'm one of those people that thought the San Angel Inn looked incredible, but wasn't sure that I wanted to eat there.

After reading your review, I may now have to rethink that (as long as I don't have to give up a meal at Le Cellier to do it!).
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review by . September 09, 2010
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Disney World Dining: San Angel Inn   One Disney World Restaurant with great ambiance for couples is the San Angel Inn located in Mexico Pavilion in Epcot.      San Angel Inn provides authentic Mexican Cuisine in a romantic setting.  Although it is perfectly acceptable for families to eat here, the low lighting levels lend themselves well to special dinners for couples.        Housed within a giant Aztec Pyramid, the San Angel Inn resides …
Quick Tip by . October 30, 2010
posted in Only WDWorld
Wonderful food, exceptional service make this a dining "must."
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Corporate Description: San Angel Inn restaurant in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot theme park features Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner. This restaurant, modeled after a hacienda that dates back to 1692, serves dishes of chicken and beef doused in spicy chocolate mole sauces, seafood grilled or marinated in Spanish onions and avocado sauce, and tortilla chips slathered with melted cheeses, Mexican sausage and sourAfter your entrée at San Angel Inn, select a homemade dessert, such as the vanilla custard in syrup, topped with roasted almonds, or the white chocolate and golden raisin bread pudding served with Mexican milk caramel.The frozen margaritas of San Angel Inn are a refreshing addition to any meal, or an enjoyable way for Guests 21 years of age or older to cool down after the day's activities. Also available are a variety of Mexican beers, wines and coffees, including the Patron XO Café Liqueur in coffee with whipped cream.Ancient Ambience of Mayan Ruins in San Angel Inn RestaurantSan Angel Inn simmers with romance under perpetual twilight where Mayan ruins lend an ancient ambience. Sit near the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros attraction and watch the boats drift by as part of this intimate dining experience. (Source:http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/dining/san-angel-inn/ )
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