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My son loves Mexican food. It is his favorite type of food to eat. He loves it so much that he would eat it every single day. I, on the other hand, am not as big of a fan. There is a lot of Mexican food that I just don’t like. Luckily, we have found a restaurant at Disney World that everyone in my family can agree on–La Hacienda de San Angel. This has become one of our must-do restaurants during recent trips. Here is my review of La Hacienda de San Angel.
Surprisingly, the decor of La Hacienda doesn’t follow the pattern of your typical Mexican restaurants. That is, it doesn’t cover it’s walls 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 take on the Mexican culture.
La Hacienda is located on the water side of the World Showcase promenade of Epcot. 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.
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 it is located on the water’s edge, if you can score a late reservation time, you may be able to watch Illuminations 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 menu has 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.
There is no entertainment at La Hacienda. However, because of the windows and great views of the water, we didn’t miss it. Even if you aren’t dining late enough to watch Illuminations, 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. I hope you have enjoyed this review of La Hacienda de San Angel. Happy travels and have a magical day!