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Dining at Disney World is a big part of the experience for my family. On every trip, we like to mix in a few new restaurants with some of our favorites. One of our absolute favorites is La Hacienda de San Angel. My son and husband love it because Mexican food is one of their favorite cuisines. I, on the other hand, am not a huge Mexican food fan, but do love a good dessert. Luckily, we can all agree on La Hacienda de San Angel. Here is my review of La Hacienda de San Angel.
Surprisingly, the decor of La Hacienda isn’t that of your typical Mexican restaurant. The walls aren’t covered with colorful Mexican blankets and sombreros. Additionally, the tables aren’t covered in Mexican tiles either. Instead, the restaurant is decorated with neutral walls, rich colored fabrics in modern stripes, and dark wood. In small choice areas, you will see displays of Mexican pottery or brass plates. The light fixtures are gorgeous 3D stars. It is a more sophisticated and modern take on the Mexican decor.
La Hacienda is located on the water side of the World Showcase promenade of Epcot’s Mexico pavilion. One entire wall of the restaurant is made up of floor-to-ceiling picture windows which overlook World Showcase Lagoon. The decor of the restaurant appears to be designed so that guests will focus on the view outside instead of on the restaurant’s interior. This make for a very tranquil atmosphere inside the restaurant.
Like I said above, La Hacienda is located in Epcot in World Showcase. You will find it in the Mexico pavilion, across the promenade from the pyramid. This is a great location for a couple of reasons. First, it is really convenient if you are already in Epcot. Secondly, because Mexico is one of the first countries you come to when you enter World Showcase, it is not a terribly long walk from the front of the park. Thirdly, due to its location at the water’s edge, if you can score a late reservation time, you may be able to watch the fireworks show while eating. The downside to the restaurant being located inside a park is that you must have park admission to dine here.
You have probably have guessed by now that the food at La Hacienda is Mexican. It is so good! This is some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever eaten. It is not your typical Mexican food, however. The dishes are more of a gourmet take on Mexican. On the menu, you will find such options as snapper with roasted tomatillos and queso fresca, sirloin steak with a tequila butter cascabel pepper reduction, and shrimp tacos with a chipotle lime aioli. For kids, you can get tacos, quesadillas, and chicken tenders. I had the sirloin steak the last time we were at La Hacienda. It is one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The steak was so tender and flavorful. My son loved the quesadillas. My husband thought his snapper was delicious. For dessert, we had the apple empanadas, which were wonderful. To see the full menu, visit allears.net.
There is no entertainment at La Hacienda de San Angel. However, because of the windows and great views of the water, you don’t really need any. Even if you aren’t dining late enough to watch the fireworks, you can still enjoy the view of the water and the Friendship boats traveling across World Showcase Lagoon. It is nice and quiet inside the restaurant which is a nice break from the crowds outside.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
La Hacienda does participate with the Disney Dining Plan. It will cost you one table service credit per person to eat here. If paying out of pocket, you can expect to pay between $15-30 per person for this meal. If looking purely at the monetary value, this is an average use of your dining credits. However, if you factor in the value of the experience, the taste of the food, and the view, you may find, like we do, that this is a good use of your table credits.
In short, we love La Hacienda de San Angel. Since we discovered it a few trips ago, it has become a must-do restaurant on every trip. My son loves it because he is a huge fan of Mexican food. I love it because the food is good and the decor is not that typical Mexican fiesta feel. The restaurant is nice, quiet, and subdued. The views out the windows are beautiful. This place gives you a nice little break from the heat and crowds while also filling your belly with some awesome grub. I highly recommend La Hacienda for your next trip. For help planning your Disney World trip, see my step-by-step guide, quick tips, and best resources. Happy travels!
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