La Hacienda de San Angel is the best Mexican spot in Epcot. Here's what my party of 2 got for $73.
My dad and I spent $73 dining at La Hacienda de San Angel at Epcot in Disney World.
The restaurant has a stunning view of the World Showcase Lagoon and serves Mexican-inspired fare.
We split two appetizers and one entrée, plus complimentary chips and salsa.
La Hacienda de San Angel is located across the pathway from the giant pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion.
There are two table-service restaurants in the Mexico portion of Epcot's World Showcase: San Angel Inn Restaurante and La Hacienda de San Angel.
San Angel Inn is located inside the main pyramid-shaped building, but La Hacienda is across the path, right on the water of the World Showcase Lagoon.
Checking in for our reservation at La Hacienda de San Angel was easy.
I used the My Disney Experience app to check in for our reservation about 10 minutes before our dining time.
I was prompted to give how many guests were dining, if we had any food allergies or restrictions, and if we were celebrating anything.
After checking in, my dad and I waited at a nearby bench for the text message that our table was ready. When we were called, we walked to the restaurant's outdoor host stand and were led to our table.
Water-view tables at the restaurant are the best, but they're hard to get.
The inside of the restaurant is bright and airy, thanks to the large wall of windows that overlooks the World Showcase Lagoon.
The tables right up on the windows are great for watching the sunset or even the nighttime spectacular "Harmonious." They're hard to get and there's no guarantee, but you can request a window table while checking in.
Since my dad and I had an earlier reservation at 5 p.m., the restaurant wasn't full yet, and we were lucky to get a window table with a view of the park.
The menu is filled with traditional Mexican-inspired dishes.
I love dining here because the menu has dishes inspired by different regions of Mexico, rather than just boring ground-beef tacos and basic enchiladas.
Appetizers range from $6 to $15 and entrées cost anywhere from $27 to $68 (for a meal meant for two).
We also got complimentary chips and salsa.
My dad and I split the queso fundido to start.
The appetizer section of the menu at La Hacienda de San Angel is filled with tasty-looking dishes. It was hard for us to decide what we wanted, so we got two things that sounded good.
The first thing we ordered was the queso fundido ($15).
The dish came out bubbling in a medium-sized cast-iron skillet. The melty dip was thick and made for great cheese-pull photos.
It was topped with flavorful pieces of chorizo sausage and grilled onions and peppers. It was also served with flour tortillas, which we used to make a sort of cheese taco.
We also ordered the tlayuda, which is like a flat, crispy tostada.
The crunchy taco shell of the tlayuda ($15) was topped with savory barbacoa beef, spicy chipotle black beans, chorizo, Mexican sour cream, and tangy pickled onions.
We split the dish into smaller pieces so it was easier to eat.
Once I finally got a bite into my mouth, it was like a symphony of flavor and texture with the crispy shell, juicy beef, spicy beans, and chorizo.
It was all cooled down by the sour cream, and the pickled onion helped to cut through all of the flavors.
Splitting an entrée made our meal more affordable.
I've eaten at La Hacienda de San Angel quite a few times, and each visit I like to try something new. This time, my dad and I split the alambre de res ($33), which our server said was his favorite and big enough for two.
When the sizzling plate came out to our table I understood why it was good for sharing.
The entrée was a savory mix of perfectly cooked, medium-rare chunks of beef tenderloin; salty bacon; and grilled poblano peppers, bell peppers, and onions all tossed in melted Monterey Jack cheese.
The platter was served with tangy salsa verde and large plates of rice and beans. We were also given more warm flour tortillas to make our own tacos.
Our alambre de res was delicious and plenty big for sharing.
After assembling my first taco, I was impressed by how much steak was actually in the dish. There was easily enough meat for us to make two or three tacos each.
The salsa verde added a nice fresh flavor to the very savory dish, which added a bit of brightness that I thought it needed.
Splitting the entrée was our best move here. It saved us some money to get dessert somewhere else in World Showcase, and the portion was definitely large enough.
We ended up spending $73, and I've already made reservations to return.
In total, our two appetizers and one entrée cost $73 with the tip.
We were able to use our Disney Vacation Club discount to save 10% on our bill before the tip, which was another good money saver.
There's a plethora of table-service and quick-service options across Epcot, but La Hacienda de San Angel is one of my favorites. The restaurant's waterfront views paired with a delicious array of menu options make for a great experience.
I always look forward to dining there — in fact, I've already booked my next reservation.
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