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San Angel Inn
Last Updated: April 2005
San Angel Inn. Copyright 2005. Scott Thomas Photography

One would hardly think upon entering the Pyramid of the Mexican pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase at Walt Disney World, they’ll come upon twilight in a Mexican piazza. Nor would you think to find a cozy restaurant on the banks of El Rio del Tiempo yet the San Angel Inn provides a quiet and intimate space to enjoy a meal and take a break from the crowds and heat.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is one of its greatest charms. Guests sit at tables lit by an oil lamp and little lighting is offered from the piazza, creating a very intimate eating experience. The restaurant seems muted and apart from the normal bustle of the park, a great break if you’re looking for one. It’s also a small restaurant, compared to some, and that helped its atmosphere as well. If you happen to be sat when the mariachi band is playing in the piazza, you can enjoy the music while waiting for your food. I enjoyed watching the boats on the El Rio del Tiempo which float right by the restaurant.

Mexican food is the fare here and plenty of it. Upon sitting down, tortilla chips and salsa are placed on the table. My sister ordered Ensalada Mexicana which could easily have fed two people and the tacos were small but there were three, stuffed full with spiced beef, green peppers and onion and were very filling. There was also a nacho platter, chicken tacos, burritos and quesadillas on the menu, all in generous portions. Though stuffed after our meal, the homemade desserts looked fabulous and there are several alcoholic beverages offered including margaritas. The service was fast and pleasant; our food arriving not ten minutes after we ordered it and our waiter was always present and helpful for the senoritas.

Advanced Dining Reservations (formerly Priority Seating) can be made for San Angel Inn 180 days out from your date. Although I’d never before seen a line for this restaurant, this past trip, my sister and I were seated immediately with our reservation though the hostess was telling others there was an hour wait and few seatings left for the dinner hours. Relaxing and delicious, the San Angel Inn was a pleasant surprise to find in a crowded Epcot.

Editor's Note: I would like to thank Krystal Thomas (tink85 on the DISBoards) for volunteering to do this PS Spotlight.

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