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Disney World Dining: San Angel Inn

One Disney World Restaurant with great ambiance for couples is the San Angel Inn located in Mexico Pavilion in Epcot.

San Angel Inn provides authentic Mexican Cuisine in a romantic setting.  Although it is perfectly acceptable for families to eat here, the low lighting levels lend themselves well to special dinners for couples.

Housed within a giant Aztec Pyramid, the San Angel Inn resides in a perpetual state of night.  The inside of the pyramid is set up to look like a Mexican marketplace under the lights in the evening.  You can see what the marketplace looks like in the picture below.  The flash from the camera makes it look brighter than it actually is.  The lower lighting levels only causes a problem for taking good pictures.  Otherwise it really adds to the festive ambiance.

The picture below shows the San Angel Inn looking up from the river below on the Grand Fiesta Tour Boat Ride.  The simulated outdoor setting really adds to the charm of the restaurant.

San Angel Inn Review
The San Angel Inn has gotten mixed reviews over the years and frankly this has scared me away from dining here previously.  With all of the great Disney World Restaurants to choose from, I purposely stayed away from the San Angel Inn due to some poor reviews.  It was the fact that fellow High Point , NC resident Chip from Chip and Co Blog strongly endorsed San Angel Inn that I decided it was time to give it a try.  I am really glad that I did!

Once you are seated at the colorful tables equipped with the candle lit lanterns the waiter will bring out a paper cone of chips and salsa for you to enjoy.

My wife decided to try the house salad - "Ensalada De La Casa" $7 that included: Mixed greens with jicama, spicy pumpkin seeds, orange wedges, cilantro, mint, and homemade honey-mustard dressing.  She enjoyed the salad, but didn't consider it to be anything special.

For an entree my wife tried the "Mahi-Mahi A La Veracruzana." $23 This dish has Mahi-Mahi served over poblano rice, prepared with capers, olives, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions, seasoned with white wine.  She really enjoyed this dish and would definitely try it again in the future.

For my entree I tried the "Tacos De Ribeye" $24.  This ended up being 3 mini-tacos made of grilled ribeye served over flour tortillas topped with chipotle pepper sauce garnished with scallions and avocados.  This certainly was a dish that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend.

Other entree choices included:

  • Camerones Al Guajillo - Crispy shrimp with gaurjillo sauce served over potato relish.

  • Pollo A Las Rajas - Grilled chicken breast on a bed of poblano rice, served with a cream sauce of red peppers, onion strips and queso fresco. $24

  • Sirloin Con Chile Relleno - Grilled beef sirloin with chile ancho sauce served with a beans annd cheese stuffed pepper, poblano rive and fried plantains

  • Mole Poblano - Grilled Chicken Breast served over a bed of poblano rice with a classic mole sauce made of spices and a hint of chocolate, sprinkled with mixed nuts.
Great Dining Experience
My wife and I had a great dining experience at San Angel Inn.  We loved the ambiance and the food was better than we expected with the mixed reviews that we had read.  We would not hesitate to return in the future.

The San Angel Inn does participate on the Disney Dining Plan as a One Credit Table Service Restaurant and it also accepts the Tables In Wonderland discount.

If you enjoy real Mexican food then you should strongly consider dining at the San Angel Inn during your next Disney World Vacation.

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