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Two new Mexican restaurants, La Hacienda de San Angel and La Cantina de San Angel, open at Epcot

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Published: September 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Walt Disney World this evening officially debuted its second new table service restaurant at Epcot this summer, as it cut the ribbon on La Hacienda de San Angel in the park's Mexico pavilion.

Interior of La Hacienda de San Angel
Photo courtesy Disney

I'm back in Los Angeles, so I wasn't able to attend as I did for the opening of Via Napoli in the Italy pavilion last month. So I can't offer you a review of the new restaurant's food. But I can give you the menu line-up:

Entrees are $21.95 and up:

  • Mixed grill "La Hacienda" (flank steak, chicken and chorizo)
  • Mixed grill "Del Mar" (Mahi mahi, shrimp, scallops)
  • Flank steak
  • Chicken al Pastor
  • Roasted pork loin in mole sauce
  • Grilled tilapia
  • Fried shrimp tacos

Disney's taking reservations for La Hacienda, but only for dining dates for Oct. 15 and later. Until then, it's walk-in and first-come, first-served.

Don't confuse La Hacienda with Mexico's other, existing sit-down restaurant, San Angel Inn Restaurant, which remains inside the Mexico pavilion.

If you are looking for a less-expensive, counter-service option, Epcot's also reopened La Cantina de San Angel, located adjacent to La Hacienda.

Here's the new menu:

  • Beef tacos $11.95
  • Chicken tacos $10.95
  • Cheese empanadas $10.50
  • Nachos $9.95
  • Chips and guacamole $7.25
  • Kids meal (cheese empanda or chicken tenders) $6.99

Since many of you ask, here's the special drink menu at La Cantina (regular soft drinks also available):

  • Margaritas $8.99
  • Dos Equis $7.50
  • Aqua Fresca $3.99
  • Mexican soda $3.50

If you've eaten at either of these restaurants during soft openings, please give us a review in the comments.

Update: Our friend and restaurant critic Scott Joseph has video of the opening festivities, as well as some additional details about the two restaurants.

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on September 15, 2010 at 9:04 PM
So can you only get your selection of Tacos and Quesidilla's at the counter service still? That has been my main disappointemnt in eating options at Mexico. I know there is more to Mexican cusine than just tacos, but come on!
From 162.111.235.36 on September 16, 2010 at 4:48 AM
So the kids choices at the counter service are cheese empanadas or chicken fingers? What exactly does Disney think children eat? My son wouldn't want either of those, he'd prefer a taco or burrito. It's like at Pizzafari when the kids menu did not include pizza. It makes no sense. The people who plan the kids' meals at Disney restaurants must not have any children of their own or their kids must not eat a big variety of foods.

M Johnson

From 66.28.239.100 on September 16, 2010 at 5:40 AM
We ate at the quick service location at Mexico in Epcot on our last visit in May 2009. It had to be the worst food we have ever had on Disney property.

And we LOVE mexican.

From Robert Niles on September 16, 2010 at 7:05 AM
To be fair, Disney closed the old version of the counter service restaurant at Epcot and replaced it with this. I'd like to hear from someone who has tried this new version and can come it with the older one.

FWIW, there are kids tacos available on the children's menu at La Hacienda.

From Joshua Counsil on September 16, 2010 at 8:26 AM
Seems unadventurous. Scott Joseph - tell us what we need to know!
From Robert Niles on September 16, 2010 at 6:16 PM
Just updated the post above with his video and comments!
From 72.156.248.201 on September 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM
You need to review quickly...what a disappointment..
Lay out...tight back dining room with wait station right ..right by the table
Entry to bathrooms right next to entry to kitchen
Tables pushed together ..not balanced and level..no
tablecloth but tablecloth drink and app prices
Chips (stale)in wire baskets with 2 sauces attached????
Cheese app. bland rubberTaco app. ..the two bit cold corn taco taste over the
filling..
And then we stopped ..and could do no more..

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