One of the newer additions to Epcot’s table serving dining options, La Hacienda de San Angel is a cozy sit-down restaurant located across from the temple pyramid that serves as the focal point of the Mexican pavilion. Here are five things we think you’ll love about dining at La Hacienda de San Angel.
5. The Margaritas
Enough said, right? The restaurant has become well-known for its unique and delicious margaritas, from the Mango Blueberry Basil to my personal favorite, the Orange Mango Fire Margarita—which, of course, features a Tajin chili powder rim to kick up some extra heat. For the age 21 and older Disney fan, this restaurant’s drinks are fruity and flavorful, but still pack a punch. Whether you’re in the mood for a Classic Margarita or are feeling adventurous and opt for the Avocado Margarita, there’s a sweet and spicy cocktail for every palate.
4. The View
La Hacienda de San Angel features a wall of windows overlooking the lagoon, making for a great place to unwind and experience the sights of the World Showcase without having to fight the crowds outdoors. Some of the restaurant’s booths actually face the windows to offer diners a prime opportunity to relax and enjoy the view while sinking their teeth into popular favorites like the Pollo al Pastor, Achiote marinated half chicken served with roasted vegetables, beans and pineapple relish, or the Gorditas corn cakes stuffed with chorizo, potatoes and arugula and topped with chipotle sauce and sour cream.
3. The Show
Better yet, La Hacienda de San Angel is my absolute favorite location to watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. If you book a dining reservation close to park closing, you’ll be able to get a front row seat to Epcot’s breathtaking fireworks extravaganza. Try to request a table by the window, or if that’s not possible, the staff is more than happy to allow you to stand (or fill in empty seats) closer to the windows to enjoy the show as the lights dim and the music is piped into the restaurant. You can enjoy what is—in my opinion—the best view of IllumiNations from within the comfort of an air-conditioned restaurant, and all without having to stake out your spot on the pavement outside an hour in advance.
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2. The Ambiance
While Mexico’s other table service restaurant, San Angel Inn, gets raves for its dark, romantic ambiance and location overlooking the Three Caballeros boat ride (and an erupting volcano!), La Hacienda de San Angel is somewhat more casual and relaxed. The décor may be a bit more subtle than your typical Mexican restaurant, but it’s still absolutely beautiful; you’ll dine under soaring, patterned ceilings with whimsical star sconces and paper lanterns dangling overhead.
1. The Platters
At Hacienda de San Angel, there’s no need to choose just one entree. Whether you’re a seafood lover or a true carnivore at heart, the restaurant serves up platters piled high with an assortment of mouth-watering mixed grill items designed to feed two guests. The Del Mar is piled high with shrimp, fish, and scallops, and the La Hacienda offers sizzling New York strip, a smaller serving of the popular Pollo al Pastor, and a sampling of chorizo. Both platters come with rice and beans, fresh salsas, and grilled veggies.