Epcot’s World Showcase is one of the top destinations that Guests head to when looking to enjoy some amazing dining. Each country is home to multiple dining options including quick service and table service restaurants, and the Mexico Pavilion features some of the most popular locations of all. From to-go margaritas and snacks and a cozy tequila bar to table service dining next to a river and munching on Mexican classics while watching the fireworks, there is no shortage of amazing dining in the pavilion. Let’s check out all of the dining choices that Guests can enjoy in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.
San Angel Inn Restaurante
The restaurant that most Guests are familiar with in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion is San Angel Inn Restaurante. This table service restaurant is located inside of the pavilion’s pyramid and is situated along the gently flowing river where boats from The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros float by. Since the inside of the pyramid is always lit to feel like twilight, San Angel Inn Restaurante has an added level of charm with the marketplace and courtyard just beyond being gently lit with overhead string lights. The theme of the restaurant itself is a 17th century hacienda with large tile floors, comfortable high back wooden chairs, and brightly colored linens that Guests can enjoy while looking out past the river at another ancient pyramid and smoking volcano. Open for lunch and dinner each day, the menu at San Angel Inn Restaurante focuses on traditional Mexican cuisine with appetizer choices such as Sopa Azteca, Guacamole, Queso Fundido, and Toastadas de Pollo. Entrée choices include delicious options such as Pollo a Las Rajas featuring grilled chicken breast with roasted garlic potatoes, onions, poblano peppers, corn, and a poblano pepper cream sauce and Camarones a la Diabla with Guiajillo pepper and garlic shrimp with poblano rice and crispy brussel sprouts. Other choices include Enchiladas de Pollo, Tacos de Ribeye, Carne Asada, Chuleta de Puerco, and Pescado A La Veracruzana. In addition to desserts such as Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Tres Leche de Horchata, and Brownie Sundae, Guests can also enjoy the specialty Chocolate “Fiesta” Pyramid which is being offered for the 50th anniversary and features a chocolate pyramid filled with chocolate mousse and toffee served with a Tres Leche Cake and ice cream. Guests dining at San Angel Inn Restaurante can also opt to enjoy the Mexico Regional Culinary Adventure which features a three course prix fixe menu chosen by the chef that varies depending on which region it is highlighting. No traditional Mexican meal is complete without some tequila and Guests can also enjoy specialty cocktails such as the San Angel Inn Premium Tequila Flight, La Cava Avocado Margarita, Black Magic Margarita, and San Angel Inn Margarita.
La Cava del Tequila
Also found inside of the pyramid in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion just steps away from San Angel Inn Restaurante is La Cava del Tequila. This very popular tequila bar is a small spot that welcomes Guests to either order a beverage to go at the bar or settle into one of several booths and small tables. The interior features low ceilings with wooden beams, brightly tiled flooring, exposed vaulted brick behind the bar, wooden accents, warm lighting, and a beautifully detailed mural behind the booth seating. Tequila is obviously the star at La Cava del Tequila and the location features over two hundred choices for Guests to explore from a menu featuring individual pours, flights, and specialty cocktails. The most popular drink option served up is the La Cava Avocado which features Tromba blanco tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, and lime juice served frozen with a hibiscus salt rim. Other inventive choices include The Wild One with Teremana blanco tequila, mango-passion fruit puree, ancho verde chile liqueur, lime juice, applejack, ginger cordial and black ant salt rim and the Pina Loca with ginger pineapple juice, ilegal mezcal, ancho reyes chile liquor, and a black ant salt rim. Guests who are seated at one of La Cava del Tequila’s tables can also enjoy small plates such as chips with salsa, guacamole, and queso. La Cava del Tequila is a must do for many Guests and can frequently have a line to get in, so those who are set on visiting should try to arrive right when it opens to avoid a long wait!
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Choza de Margarita
Guests looking to enjoy a more convenient grab-and-go margarita or snack in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion should head to Choza de Margarita. This convenient quick service location is housed in its own stand-alone building near the front of the pavilion and features an extensive menu that Guests can order from at a convenient counter. Choza de Margarita features several signature margaritas served on the rocks including the Smoky Pineapple with mezcal ilegal blanco, pineapple-ginger juice, ancho reyes chili liqueur, and a tajin chile-lime powdered rim and the Black Magic with Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, blackberry puree, LeJay black currant liqueur, lime, and mint. Other on the rocks options include the Wild Passion, The Cucumber, and Top Shelf Classics. Guests who are looking to enjoy a colder option on a hot day in Epcot can enjoy several frozen margaritas from Choza de Margarita that are all great options. The Wild Strawberry features tequila, strawberry-pricly pear puree, and LeJay Cassis, the Classic Lime combines tequila, lime sweet-and-sour, orange liqueur, and a salted rim, the Mango Loco features tequila, orange liqueur, wild passion fruit, and mango puree, and the Fiesta features a layered combination of all three frozen flavors. In addition to margaritas, Guests can sip on Dos Equis Amber, Dos Equis Lager, or a Michelada which combines Dos Equis with clamato lime, orange juice, Maggi, salsa valentina, Worcestershire, and soy sauce. The Conga at Choza de Margarita is a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage that is essentially a fruit punch with orange, pineapple, and lime juice. Choza de Margarita also serves up some delicious Mexican cuisine including Tacos de Cochinita, Empanadas de Barbacoa, Guacamole, Tostada de Pollo, and Elote which is sweet corn on the cob smothered with chipotle aioli, queso cotija, and a tajin chili-lime powder.
La Cantina de San Angel
The other quick service location found in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion is also located in the front of the area right on the shores of World Showcase Lagoon. La Cantina de San Angel is an outdoor dining location where Guests can conveniently order food and beverages from several different counters and then enjoy them with stunning views of the water. The open air patio features a small roof that allows Guest to remain shaded while eating but also enjoy the breeze, and Guests who score a table near the railings can also enjoy some unparalleled views of Harmonious each night. Open for lunch and dinner each day, La Cantina de San Angel features a menu of traditional Mexican favorites including Pollo Cascabel with marinated grilled chicken, rice, corn, spicy tomato sauce, pickled onions, queso fresco, and cilantro. Guests can also enjoy Tacos de Pollo, Tacos de Barbacoa, and Tacos de Pescaso or opt for the Tacos Trio which allows them to sample one of each kind. Empanadas con Queso, Nachos, and Guacamole with Totopos round out the entrees and Guests can also add on sides to their meals with choices including rice, fried plantains, black beans, nacho cheese, and sour cream. A sweet offering at La Cantina de San Angel includes the crispy Churros which are served with a decadent chocolate hazelnut spread to dip into. La Cantina de San Angel also offers up some delicious beverages including Jarritos which are traditional Mexican sodas with pineapple, mango, or fruit punch flavors, Tecate Light Draft Beer, Mango Frozen Margarita, Mexican Sangria, Jalepeno Margarita on the Rock, and Lime Frozen Margarita. La Cantina de San Angel is a great option to enjoy when Guests want to indulge in some delicious Mexican cuisine, but in a quick service setting.
La Hacienda de San Angel
The final dining option in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion is the table service La Hacienda de San Angel which features an inviting interior with large windows overlooking beautiful World Showcase Lagoon. Open for dinner only, La Hacienda de San Angel offers up a menu that highlights cuisine from regions across Mexico that Guests can enjoy in a dining room with vaulted and beamed ceilings, colorful chandeliers, brightly colored booths, and traditional tiled flooring. Appetizers on the menu include Queso Fundido, Guacamole, Flautas, and Tlayuda which features Oaxacan tostada, barbacoa beef, chipotle black beans, chorizo, Mexican sour cream, and pickled onions for a hearty beginning to the meal. The main entrees at La Hacienda de San Angel include options such as Tacos de Camarones, Chile Relleno, Alambre de Res, Pollo Poblano, and Cochinita Pibil which is achiote-marinated braised pork with black beans, pickled onions, oregano, corn tortillas, rice, and beans. Guests can also order from the house specialties which are more expensive options that include Pescado del Dia with seared snapper, Osso Buco a la Mexicana with braised short rib, or Carne Asada with a ancho agave marinated New York Strip. A seafood feast can be enjoyed with the Parrillada del Mar which serves two Guests and includes grilled shrimp, fish, scallops, vegetables, esquites, and corn tortillas with the option of adding snapper and New York Strip as enhancements. Dessert at La Hacienda de San Angel is absolutely worth saving room for with choices including the Chocolate “Fiesta” Pyramid, Tres Leches, Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Sorbet Trio, and Chocoflan which is a creamy Mexican custard and chocolate sponge cake topped with cajeta and toasted almonds. Margaritas are also offered at the restaurant and Guests can order favorites featured throughout the Mexico Pavilion including La Cava Avocado, Blood Orange, Black Magic, The Wild One, and The Cucumber.
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