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gppnj
06-20-2007, 11:42 AM
I ate at San Angel Inn Restaurant a few weeks ago. I just wanted to let everyone know that it was wonderful.

In the early days of Epcot, San Angel Inn was one of my favorite restaurants. However, at some point, that place took a wrong turn. The menu devolved into almost entirely Tex Mex, which basically made it just a more expensive, fancier version of its sister outside.

This trip, I decided to give it a try again, and I'm so glad I did. The menu is back to what it was like originally. There were two other people in my party. All of our appetizers and entrees were delicious. It's not like it was so authentic that I thought I was in Mexico, but it was definitely much closer to authentic Mexican than it was the last time I ate there. And there were only one or two menu items that I'd classify as blatantly Tex Mex.

If you had given up on the San Angel Inn like I had, you might want to give it another look.

Minniespal
06-21-2007, 06:11 AM
Enjoyed reading your review ~ Thanx for sharing.

Rustysmom
06-21-2007, 06:15 AM
What did you order? We're going in August and I don't know what I should order.

the4princesses
06-21-2007, 01:35 PM
We are going to San Angel Inn in September, and I am also wondering what to order:confused3!! Please post what you ordered. It would be a great help.

Robert P
06-21-2007, 02:12 PM
What items did you try??

gppnj
06-21-2007, 03:07 PM
What items did you try??

Duh. My apologies too all for not saying what I ate right off the bat.

For an appetizer, I ordered the Nachos. My favorite food is cheese. I had been at WDW for six days at that point, and I had eaten nothing with cheese the whole time, so I figured I could get my fix from some plain old nachos. These were a cut above what I'd get at a local restaurant. Very tasty.

For my entree, I had the Filete Motuleno. Delicious. What made it work was that it wasn't a crap piece of meat under all that stuff. The meat was a good enough cut that you could eat it all by itself, which is what I'd expect for almost $30.

My one friend had the Camarones con Fideos. He said it was the best thing he had had the entire trip. (He had 7/8 of his stomach removed because of an aneurysm [or is that embolism?]. I was afraid he wouldn't be able to eat anything at this restaurant, and it turned out to be his favorite.)

I think my other friend had the Pollo a las Rajas, and he liked that, too.

The margarita I had was just OK. Nothing wrong with it, but it wasn't amazing like everything else there was.

Magic2000
06-22-2007, 07:47 AM
We haven't eaten at San Angel in a few years either, because our last meal there wasn't too good. But my DD really wanted to try it this visit - I think she just wants to watch the boats go by! So we're giving it a try! Thanks for the review - I'm a little less nervous now!

Mdlex
06-22-2007, 01:41 PM
For an appetizer, I ordered the Nachos. My favorite food is cheese. I had been at WDW for six days at that point, and I had eaten nothing with cheese the whole time, so I figured I could get my fix from some plain old nachos. These were a cut above what I'd get at a local restaurant. Very tasty.


I had read on numerous threads that the nachos there were really bad. Other reviews had compared the chips to a cheap brand of tortilla chips. Did you find this to be true?

Lisacarolr
06-24-2007, 09:49 AM
We've dined at San Angel a few times over the years. We like the Pollo a las Rajas. It is in one of the newer Disney cookbooks. We made it at home first, then ordered there to compare.

We didn't have a priority seating. We walked up to the podium, and we were told there were no seats available. We called 407-wdw-dine and were seated in 20 minutes.

klinlin
06-24-2007, 10:19 AM
We didn't have a priority seating. We walked up to the podium, and we were told there were no seats available. We called 407-wdw-dine and were seated in 20 minutes.

We had a similar, though opposite, experience at WCC. It was pouring rain, and we didn't feel like leaving WL. I called Dining and they said nothing until
8:30pm. Walked down to WCC, and they seated all 6 of us right away. You think they'd be looking at the same computer.:confused3

Schucraig
06-24-2007, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the review!:thumbsup2

lomillerin
06-29-2007, 02:02 AM
We've dined at San Angel a few times over the years. We like the Pollo a las Rajas. It is in one of the newer Disney cookbooks. We made it at home first, then ordered there to compare.

We didn't have a priority seating. We walked up to the podium, and we were told there were no seats available. We called 407-wdw-dine and were seated in 20 minutes.

Can you describe the Pollo a las Rajas? Is the chicken white meat? Does it come with rice or beans?

wilma-bride
06-29-2007, 04:59 AM
Thanks for the review. I'm not an adventurous diner at all so probably wouldn't choose it for myself though.

Andy123
06-29-2007, 04:51 PM
The last time my wife & I ate there I noticed a change as well... I am a big fan of the Mole Poblano. In the past this dish, which was supposed to be very spicy, was not. It was very tasty, but I felt the dish always focused on the chocolate aspect vs. the spicy. Well, the last time we went, the dish had definitely gotten a re-do. The spice was there, and boy was it good! made my face read and my nose run... good stuff.

Disney owl
07-04-2007, 08:29 AM
Thanks for sharing

ntsammy5
07-04-2007, 10:56 AM
Duh.
My one friend had the Camarones con Fideos. He said it was the best thing he had had the entire trip.

DS GF had that too. She's from Columbia and LOVED it. I too skipped San Angel for a few years but when we went last Sept and Dec it was great! I love it! Great atmosphere too!

Eeyore's My Favorite
07-08-2007, 08:25 PM
We ate at San Angel 2 years ago on the DDP and we wouldn't go back. The food was horrible, the restaurant was so overcrowded it wasn't funny and it was horribly slow. Just my opinion, but we won't be going back.

Mickey - here we come.............:woohoo:

Artoo
07-09-2007, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the review - I enjoyed reading it! San Angel Inn was one of my most favorite restaurants in all of WDW when my family and I went there back in the 80's. I especially love the atmosphere. I'll be going back to San Angel for dinner on my honeymoon trip and am glad to hear that you've had positive things to say about it! :goodvibes

chloelovesdisney
07-20-2007, 12:24 AM
Thanks for the review! We will be trying San Angel Inn for the first time on August 3rd. :cool1:

Amy&Dan
07-26-2007, 12:30 PM
We love San Angel and have had several really great meals there over the last year and half. The chips are Tostitos but the salsa I am pretty sure is homemade. The nachos are very good, they come with a Mexican sausage on them which makes them a bit different. Mexican food is really a hot topic, it has lots of different varieties from Mexico's many regions. And the various styles within the United States just makes it hard to pinpoint what good, authentic Mexican food really is!

We have also enjoyed the atmosphere (love the Hidden Mickey's in the volcano smoke) and had wonderful service each time we have been there.

I also agree the food tasted different than it did when we ate there the very first trip three years ago. That trip, it wasn't bad but I wasn't sure we would return. We did about a year and half later for the atmosphere alone and were surprised at how much better it was. It's stayed that way the last few visits.

I Believe n Fairies
07-26-2007, 04:10 PM
I feel so much better now!! I JUST made an ADR for Aug. I cancelled my ADR for Maya Grill for San Angel Inn. All of the reviews I've read about Maya Grill were not great, so I switched. I think DH will be excited, too. It looks beautiful, food sounds great.

Thanks for such a GREAT review!!!

jess20k
07-26-2007, 06:00 PM
I 100% agree that the Filete Motuleno is DELICIOUS! The meat is soooo tender! I also love the cheese, black beans and the fried plantains, that comes with that dish! I always order it when we go, which is everytime we visit WDW! San Angel Inn is one of our favorites!

jhryb
07-27-2007, 07:33 AM
I have an ADR at San Angel Inn in a couple of weeks. My husband really wants to try the restaurant, but I have been nervous because I have read so many poor reviews. We thought the restaurant looked so nice when we visited WDW last year. I am so happy to read some great reviews. Thanks.

MEM
07-27-2007, 11:16 AM
I am so glad to hear some positive reviews! I have looked at this restaurant with longing many times when visiting the Mexican pavilion but was put off by the negative reviews. Now if I can only get an ADR 32 days out and during free dining...