San Angel Inn has been a longtime favorite of mine. My husband and I dine there regularly whenever we go visit Epcot in Walt Disney World®.
One of the main reasons we continue to go back is the incredible ambiance. Located inside the Mexico Pavilion, it appears as if night has fallen over you. Looming in the distance is an ancient Mayan temple flanked by a very foreboding volcano.
It's quite similar in it's layout and feel to the Blue Bayou in Disneyland® as The Gran Fiesta Tour (a boat ride starring the Three Caballeros) snakes it's way between the restaurant and the Mayan Temple.
It goes without saying, that due to it's location inside the Mexico pavilion, that San Angel Inn serves Mexican food. Their menu serves up a mix of seafood, steak, and chicken dishes. There's something for everyone here to love. And generally speaking, their food is consistently fresh and tasty!
We always start off with their fresh, house-made guacamole (chips and salsa come free). It's consistently delicious. And with the Orlando heat, the fact that it's a cold appetizer makes it even more delectable.
My personal favorite is Pollo A Las Rajas, which six months ago had been removed when they revamped their menu. But guess what? It's back! The dish is made up of all natural grilled chicken breast over a bed of roasted garlic potatoes with onion, red peppers, corn and poblano pepper cream sauce topped with queso fresco. Yum!
My husband always gets the Carne Asada Tampiquena — New York Strip served with cheese mole enchilada, chipotle rice, black beans, guacamole, onions, and poblano rajas. He always let's me have a bite and it's so good!
You can view their full menu here.
Like all of the pavilion restaurants at World Showcase, the wait staff of San Angel Inn is from the country of that pavilion, in this case Mexico. We've had a few servers who weren't overly attentive or friendly, but for the most part, the service here has been above average. And we very much enjoy the small Spanish phrases they throw in while serving.
While not the toughest reservation to get at Epcot, reserving a meal at San Angel Inn can be a challenge. If you can't find a peak dining time, try an off-peak time — an early lunch or early dinner. (We have some great tips for making advanced dining reservations here.) And make sure you don't accidentally make a reservation for La Hacienda de San Angel — that's a completely different restaurant, and you will be disappointed.
Overall, I would highly recommend anyone to try San Angel Inn at least once. Wether you're celebrating your anniversary, or just having a big family reunion, San Angel Inn provides the perfect atmosphere for a memorable dining experience.