A new restaurant and a rebuilt old restaurant, both under the same roof, are now open in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. Overlooking World Showcase Lagoon, La Hacienda de San Angel is a 267-seat table service restaurant, while the reopened La Cantina de San Angel is now a 150-seat quick service restaurant.
La Cantina opens daily at 11 a.m. and will serve lunch and dinner. Guests will be able to sit under the covered patio area or enjoy the air conditioning inside until mid-afternoon. Then the inside dining area closes to make way for the 4 p.m. opening of La Hacienda for dinner.
La Hacienda features starters like queso fundido (warm cheese with poblano pepper and chorizo) accompanied by homemade tortillas ($12.50). Entrées include a mixed grill for two with flank steak, chicken, chorizo and vegetables or a seafood version with grouper, shrimp and scallops ($49.95); flank steak with spring onions, refried beans and cactus leaves ($25.95); and grilled talapia with roasted corn and cactus leaves ($23.95). Dessert specialties include chocolate churros ($7.95), sweet tamales ($7.95) and Mexican Ice Cream ($6.25).
La Cantina’s menu features many traditional favorites including; chicken and beef tacos on fresh handmade corn tortillas ($10.95-$11.95), nachos ($9.95), cheese empanadas ($10.95), guacamole and chips ($7.25), warm churros ($3.95) and Mexican popsicles ($3.95).
Of course, margaritas will be available for a mid-day break from your World Showcase journey, or to enjoy with your evening meal. La Hacienda will also have its own “tequila ambassador” and feature tequila flights ($18).
With the new architectural design, guests can enjoy the panoramic waterfront views of the IllumiNations fireworks while they dine. Combining two of Mexico’s most important cultural gifts – art and food- the restauranteurs hope to transport guests back to a different time and place, one in which they are welcomed into the old-world, countryside house of their gracious Mexican hosts.
Original pieces of art adorn each room in La Hacienda, which are set to resemble different living areas, such as the living room, grand salon, pantry and artist’s studio.
“It’s an honor to bring the traditions, style and flavors of Mexico to the World Showcase at Epcot,” said Richard D. Debler, president of San Angel Inn. “This project is filled with passion, inspiration and pride.”
Guests can reserve seating through Disney’s main reservation line at 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).
Here’s a look at the grand opening. You’ll see the ribbon cutting with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, an interview with Richard Debler and a look at Illuminations from the restaurant.
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