View Full Version : San Angel Inn Review....Thumbs UP!!!!

09-02-2007, 07:20 PM
We had ADR's for San Angel Inn on 8/26. I actually tried to cancel them after reading so many bad reviews here but everything else was booked solid so I decided to take a chance and keep our ressie. I am so glad I did! The food was delicious!! I was really expecting it to be horrible but much to our surprise we loved it! The service was fantastic - in fact it couldn't have been any better. Our waiter was wonderful. I wasn't really crazy about the items they have on the menu so I asked if they could make me enchiladas. He said absolutely and told me they could make whatever I wanted:)So...I ordered chicken & cheese enchiladas with refried beans and rice on the side. It was delicious!! DH loved his meal as well. I thought I'd post it and let everyone know:) keep those ressies!! I should mention that we are from NY and are used to authentic mexican food...not TexMex...also I had heard that the tables were really close together - DH and I both felt they were no closer together than any mexican restaurant that we visit here at home...in fact there was probably more room here.:goodvibes

09-02-2007, 08:25 PM
Glad to hear you enjoyed it! We loved it last year and we have an ADR for our upcoming trip! I can't wait! :thumbsup2

09-02-2007, 09:27 PM
Terrific news! I think part of the reason why it gets such mediocre/bad reviews is that it doesn't measure up to Tex-Mex standards from the U.S.(BTW-love that stuff). The fact that they will make what you want might make a big difference to many here. Thanks for the report.:earsboy:

09-02-2007, 10:12 PM
We had eaten at San Angel a few times years ago, and had always had good food/service. We took a break after reading some negative reviews. During our two week visit this summer, my DD requested to eat there - she liked looking at the "boats" go by. So me, DD, and my mom tried it and really had a great lunch!!! Food and service were wonderful, and we'd definitely go back again!!!

Paul in CT
09-02-2007, 10:13 PM
Thanks for your review! My DW and I have an ADR for our upcoming December trip. We almost dined there in 1989 with our kids. This will be our first time and we are now "empty nesters" so it will be a lot less expensive. ;)

09-02-2007, 11:14 PM
Thanks for posting this! My mom and I have ADR's coming up next week and I was a little nervous after the so-so reviews I've read on here. I booked anyway because I love Mexican food, it's something different, and we've always wanted to sit and watch the boats go by. We mention it EVERY time we ride El Rio del Tiempo!


09-02-2007, 11:27 PM
Glad you enjoyed it; it has long been a favorite of ours, and one of the only places we try and make a stop at each trip (AKL for Jiko/Boma being the other). I'll be eating there in a few weeks myself!

09-03-2007, 07:28 AM
We always eat at San Angel every trip. But the last few times have been not so great. I told DW about you ordering not from the menu. This has sparked our interest in eating there again, in hopes it will live up to the good ol days when we really enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

09-03-2007, 08:13 AM
Thank you so much for the review. We have almost canceled this many times. We will be there soon - I'll post our experience too!

09-03-2007, 09:09 AM
Its always been one of our favorites! We have 7:00pm ressies on Sunday, Dec. 16th and can't wait. We always request to sit by the water, its relaxing and romantic :love: ...even if there are fifty kids around, including our own, but our kids love the place too! Our kids enjoy waving at people riding by on "Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros" the ride formerly known as "El Rio del Tiempo". ;)

09-03-2007, 09:31 AM
Sounds yummy, glad you enjoyed your meal. :butterfly

09-03-2007, 09:51 PM
We ate there in December of 2006 and enjoyed it. The atmosphere was so romantic.:goodvibes

09-04-2007, 03:46 PM
You know, I'm really glad you posted this!! I too have been debating keeping my ressie. I only booked it based on what I remember of the ambience from back in my teenage years. I knew FH and I would have a romantic time there. But after seeing the food options, my picky eater probably wouldn't enjoy it so much - and honestly didn't see anything that appealed to me either! Your food choice sounds exactly what I'd want, so I'll be ordering that for myself. And since I know it's pretty customizable, I don't have any fears about FH finding anything for himself either! Thanks a bunch!!

Hey, I have read reviews stating that the chips and salsa were pretty crummy - like chips out of a bag or something, not freshly made. What did you think of the chips and salsa? Pretty much to me, if the chips and salsa are bad the whole thing's gonna suck. Love my chips and salsa! LOL. Any thoughts?

09-04-2007, 03:50 PM
thanks for posting! I was also nervous about eating here because so many people said it was terrible, but we were keeping our ressie's anyway....we'll be eating there for the first time opn our October trip and I am very happy to hear that it is a good place to eat!!

09-04-2007, 05:38 PM
Honestly, it is not the best WDW restaurant, but it is good and the atmosphere can not be beat. I had the chicken mole and enjoyed it....the chocolate chicken dish? and my husband had the sampler meal which he enjoyed. We also got an appetizer which was good, I think the nachos. We have four teens and a toddler and our teens went around the countries with their little sister so we could have time to ourselves to eat a romantic dinner and spend time together as a couple in the different countries. We where too full for dessert, but did later have pastries and coffee in France and it was the bomb!:thumbsup2

09-05-2007, 06:42 PM
Thanks for posting this. We have an ADR and I was getting nervous about it.

09-05-2007, 09:52 PM
As far as the chips and salsa go.....I was all ready for the tostitos everyone talked about...and I didn't think they tasted like tostitos at all. I will say that they didn't taste exactly like the fresh baked ones we get here either but I didn't eat that many because our appetizers came so quickly. I would say the chips were just ok...not bad but ok. As an appetizer I got the Ceviche and DH got the nachos which he loved. The ceviche was delicous and very fresh. For dessert DH had the flan and I had just a scoop of vanilla ice cream because I was so stuffed. Much to my surprise I can say that this meal was one of my favs of the week:)

09-09-2007, 12:29 PM
Excellent, thanx for posting.

09-09-2007, 01:53 PM
I'm glad OP enjoyed their experience, however I can honestly say for us it was the worst meal of the stay! Our server was very nice but had difficulty understanding what we were trying to order. As a result we had at least one mistake with each course. And it seemed to take forever for the replacements to show up. Also, DD ordered the steak and wanted it well-done, it came back so rare it was oozing! We asked to server to have it cooked a bit longer and she didn't bring back the entree until our desserts were being served. Overall, the food was lukewarm when served, the meat was tough, and the dessert selection did not appeal to us at all. I would never eat there again unless there were some changes to the menu.

Of course, as OP has proven...it might have been a completely different experience with a different server, on a different night!

09-09-2007, 01:56 PM
BTW, I thought the chips & salsa were great. For us though, there were seven of us seated at the table and they only brought one basket...which they never refilled. I actually would have preferred just eating the chips/salsa and forgeting about the rest of the meal!

Also, an iced tea warning -- it comes pre-sweetened, so don't order it if you normally don't put any sweetener it.

09-19-2007, 10:58 AM
We enjoyed this restaurant so much last year that we'll be going back this year. The setting cannot be beat. My food (vegetarian plate) was tasty, if fairly standard tex-mex food. My husband's dish (can't remember what it was, but it's in one of the cookbooks I bought), was exceptional. And what's not to like about margaritas? Thumbs up for me as well.

09-19-2007, 11:13 AM
You don't know how glad I am to hear that you can order just chicken enchiladas - that is always what my DS gets. He will be soooo happy, I was so worried he wouldn't want anything on the menu.

09-19-2007, 11:53 AM
Was just about to do a search for a review on this place:) I booked an ADR last night for Sept 28th as it was all i could get at EPCOT and wasn't sure I'd done the right thing.Glad you enjoyed it.:goodvibes

09-19-2007, 02:28 PM
Ok - I looked it up. This is what my husband ordered:

Pollo a las Rajas - Grilled chicken breast served over red peppers, onions, chile poblano, chorizo and melted cheese $19.50

It was actually in a yummy sour cream type sauce. Very different - and we both thought it was delicious.

You can access the whole menu here:


Now, when does that tequila bar open?

09-23-2007, 05:03 PM
Thanks for posting. Me and 15 of my family/friends will be eating there on December 30th so its great to hear positive feedback.

Paul in CT
09-23-2007, 07:24 PM
I am happy to see the good reviews. My DW and I are going to SAI for the first time in December for dinner. We almost went there in 1989 with our little ones, but changed our mind when we saw they did not have tacos on the kids menu. ;)

09-23-2007, 07:51 PM
We just ate here last week. We actually gave up our Concourse Steakhouse for San Angel. (DH doesnt like Concourse and he wanted Mexican food)

My meal--Appetizer--tortilla soup. Wonderful and very fresh tasting
Entree---Tacos Al Pastor--the best meal of my trip. I love Tacos al Pastor. These were excellent.
Dessert---bread pudding. Hard as a brick. Seriously--my fork couldnt even penetrate it.:mad:

DH meal--Appetizer--Sopa Tradicional--very good
Entree--Carne Asada--very boring. No flavor, meat was charred. No suace over the enchilada.
Dessert--Rice Pudding--very creamy and tasty

BTW we had lunch menu.

09-24-2007, 07:22 AM
We enjoyed it too. We were seated immediately and the waiter was very nice.

I also didn't feel that the tables were really that close together. I felt that they way they had them arranged gives you enough room around you without feeling that the people at the next table are sitting with you. I'm from NY too so maybe that's why it seemed roomy.:lmao:

We had the combination plate and I thought it was very good, except that I didn't like some seasoning that was on the steak. Not sure what it was, but I ate it anyway, so it wasn't that bad :rotfl:

09-24-2007, 11:24 AM
Ok - I looked it up. This is what my husband ordered:

Pollo a las Rajas - Grilled chicken breast served over red peppers, onions, chile poblano, chorizo and melted cheese $19.50

It was actually in a yummy sour cream type sauce. Very different - and we both thought it was delicious.

Pollo a las Rajas is my favorite. :thumbsup2 It is just about my favorite dish on property. I always have that when I go to the San Angel Inn. Makes me want to change my ADR for January, but my girls want to do the Princess dinner at Norway. And since it is my twins birthday.... they win!

09-24-2007, 11:36 AM
It is good news to hear/read that several posters have been Really enjoying San Angel Inn lately.. I was getting really nervous about all the bad reports I have been reading on the DIS. I do realize people have different expectations when it comes to WDW dining.

We love this place and always get at least one ADR per visit..... :thumbsup2

Disney owl
12-01-2007, 06:03 AM
We saw this restaurant for the 1st time in August but couldn't get in

Glad you enjoyed your meal

12-01-2007, 10:54 AM
We ate there this past Monday night (candlelight processional dinner) unfortunatley it was not great at all. The appetizers were very good but the entrees were blah. I had the sope traditional app. corn tortillas with chicken its was yummy. My dh had the tortilla soup great as well. My entree was ok it was mahi mahi in a spanish sauce , My dh ordered the plato combination dinner.There was what was suppose to be a steak on the plate it was like leather, Our only guess was that it had been sitting on the grill way too long. Dessert dh had the flan and enjoyed it. I ordered the bread pudding ummm.... dry and yucky is the only way to describe it. I like to try different restaurants in EPCOT but don't think we will go back here again.

12-01-2007, 08:30 PM
Well, I guess I have to chime in here to tell of a horrible experience here at San Angel Inn. Lets talk food first, then service. The food that I got was AWFUL. I was glad that I was on the dining plan, because if I had to pay right then and there, I would have refused. I am not sure of the dish that I got but it had grilled chicken over a white sauce with peppers, etc in it. Sounded from the menu to be real good. Well, the chicken was hard as a rock. Like it was cooked yesterday. The sauce was real plain and I'm still not sure what was down in it other than the peppers which were ok. My DD got the chicken fingers. Well, make that chicken finger. One. Not 2 or 3. One. Huh? Who serves ONE chicken finger? DW got something, took one bite and decided to use our snack credit later on as her dinner. It was terrible. Just terrible.

As for the service. Now here is where I have a HUGE problem. The waiter had NO IDEA what he was doing. Taking orders, he looked lost. Delivering the food, he dropped 2 dishes on the floor which we had to wait to be cooked again. He had absolutely no idea why he kept walking over to the table as he would walk over, look at us and leave. He wouldn't say a word. Unfortunately for him, there were 6 of us on the dining plan and 6 of us who were not. How will he handle that, I wondered? Well, he eventually got a manager to do it. I saw him go get someone to do it for him.

Ok, here is the real kicker. After we all ordered drinks, he came back with them and put a margarita in front of my 8 yr old nephew! :scared1: Holy Cow! Enough said there.

Well, I don't think that it needs to be said that I will NEVER even think the name San Angel Inn again, never mind go there.

I hope that those of you with ADR's have a much better experience then we did. I have heard good things about it, that is why I wanted to give it a try. It must have good nights and bad nights, but I am not willing to give it a try again.

Eeyore's My Favorite
12-01-2007, 08:38 PM
Well, I don't think that it needs to be said that I will NEVER even think the name San Angel Inn again, never mind go there.

I hope that those of you with ADR's have a much better experience then we did. I have heard good things about it, that is why I wanted to give it a try. It must have good nights and bad nights, but I am not willing to give it a try again.

Glad to know we weren't the only ones to have a horrible meal & horrible service there. So much so that we won't go back again. We'll eat at the Cantina outside before eating inside again. The atmosphere, food and margaritas are much, much better in the cantina & you can actually walk between tables out there too!! :goodvibes

12-01-2007, 11:04 PM
Two thumbs down on this one - if I had more thumbs they would be down too. It has been years since we were there and decided to give it a try again. The service and atmosphere were great but the food was awful. The steak and beef flauta were just okay and the unrecognizable chicken enchilada was awful. My friend had the pollo las rajas and the chicken was dry over a bed of slop. Will cross this one off the list forever unless I see a complete redo of the menu. When it frist opened the enchiladas, tacos and chile rellenos were great.

12-02-2007, 11:52 AM
I really enjoyed my meal there, but the rest of my family simply thought it was so-so but the atmosphere made up for it. I'd highly recommend the Tacos Al Pastor to anyone as it has probably been the best dish I've had on property.

12-03-2007, 11:11 AM
Thanks for the Review, Glad you had a nice time and meal.

We will be Eating here on our next trip no matter What the Reviews.
I've learned from past experiances that you have to try restaurants
for yourself and then make up your own mind whether it's good or not.
We almost got scared into canceling our ADRs on a Restaurant where
we had our Best meal on our whole trip.
The Restaurants that everyone loved we thought that they were awful!
So you never Know!:thumbsup2