Whether you’re looking for a family friendly place to cool off for lunch, or a romantic dinner before Illuminations, San Angel Inn in the Mexico Pavilion will not disappoint! Here’s 8 reasons I love it, and I think you will too:
1. The Theming
Disney restaurants are known for their theming, and San Angel Inn is one of the best! The restaurant is nestled between the indoor shopping area, which mimics a Mexican plaza, and a Mayan pyramid and volcano that provides entertainment throughout your meal. You truly feel like you’re in an outdoor café on the edge of a Mexican city.
2. It’s Always Romance O’Clock
The San Angel Inn’s lighting creates a perpetual twilight, which means no matter what time you dine, it feels like evening. This means that even if the only dinner reservation you can get is 5:10pm, you can still have the feel of a romantic evening!
3. Shop While You Wait
If you arrive early for your reservation, or are lucky enough to get on the list without a reservation, some of Epcot’s best shopping is just a few steps away! Mexican artisans have everything from blankets and toys to silver and glassware…and even tequila for sale.
4. The Appetizers
Even though the complimentary chips and salsa are delicious, you’ll want to try at least one thing from the appetizer menu, which features traditional tortilla soup, queso fundito, guacamole, and a Caesar salad that has been served at the San Angel Inn in Mexico City for over 50 years.
5. The Margaritas
There’s a whole section of the menu dedicated to Handcrafted Premium Margaritas, and they do not disappoint! Highlights include the frozen La Cava Avocado, the Blood Orange which is topped with wildberry foam, and the Horchata. They even have a margarita called the Maelstrom, named after the old ride in the neighboring Norway pavilion.
6. The Entrees
This is not your regular old Mexican restaurant. The entrees are original, featuring traditional Mexican flavors in dishes that I have not seen at other Mexican restaurants. Even the classic items are done in an interesting way, like the Tacos al Pastor featuring grilled pork and roasted pineapple. My favorite dish is the Pollo a la Rajas, which features perfectly cooked grilled chicken breast with onions, red peppers, and a heavenly cream sauce. (Hint: it’s several dollars cheaper at lunch than at dinner!)
7. The Desserts
Most involve caramel, caramel, and more caramel, and they’re all delicious if you have any room left!!
Disney is known for taking great care of visitors with allergies, with the exception being some World Showcase restaurants because they are not run by Disney. Even though San Angel Inn fits into that category, it does a great job catering to guests with allergies and has plenty of options, especially for guests who are gluten-free!