As part of the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot you have the opportunity to enter the ancient Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl and take the Gran Fiesta Boat Tour guided by the Three Caballeros Donald Duck, Panchito Pistoles, and José Carioca. This upbeat, humorous log ride is a fun way to start your trip in Mexico, and the lines are always short. The best part about it is that while on your boat tour you get a perfect, tantalizing view of the San Angel Inn Restaurante.
Mexico is a unique pavilion with a number of dining choices, but we’ve always been drawn to San Angel Inn Restaurante because of the atmosphere, background and mood. (It’s very reminiscent of the Blue Bayou restaurant inside New Orleans Square, part of Adventure Land in Disneyland Park.) The restaurant is within the temple, behind the attractions, the vendors and shopping, the museum and the small historical models and tours, and is covered by a romantic starry night sky and encircled by a river with a volcano in the distance.
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San Angel Inn Restaurante (TS)
Epcot | World Showcase | Mexico Pavilion
Walt Disney World, Florida
Our server, Juanito, at San Angel Inn Restaurante was quite literally, of any restaurant I’ve ever dined at, incomparable. Attentive but not crowding, intuitive without smothering, in fact if I didn’t know better I would have thought he was our personal butler. The minute we took the last sip of our drinks, he showed up magically to refill them. He recommended foods that fit our personal tastes, and he was so patient with our over-tired babies who got a little bit of spice on their tongues.
This was our family’s favorite restaurant of the trip, not just because of Juanito, or the ambiance, but because of the heavenly food!
We opted for the Traditional Mexican Dinner which included a full three course dinner. For appetizers we enjoyed Tostadas de Tinga; tortilla chips covered in chicken, chipotle, beans and sauces. For our entrées we devoured the Fish Tacos; flour tortillas stuffed with fish, cabbage and the most succulent spices including chipotle-lime aioli and green tomatillo sauce; and for dessert we dined on Crema Bavaria; a mousse topped with fresh berries and cinnamon.
► For Kids: Some dishes are pretty spicy, so be wary of that, but otherwise there are great options for kids and a really unique dining experience. Make sure you ride the boat while you’re in the temple.
We love this restaurant! And a whole bunch of other restaurants at Walt Disney World. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments!