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#1 User is offline   yulilin 

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 09:43 AM

Yesterday we tried the new La Cantina de San Angel Inn restaurant in Mexico at Epcot. We had eaten in the old one a couple of times and found the food to be below average. We went around 12:30pm and saw alot of people sitting in the outdoor area, there were 2 CM standing by the door to the Hacienda and when we approached they opened the door for us. I guess not alot of people knew that you could eat inside before 2:30pm because it was fairly empty, got a table next to one of the big windows overlooking the lagoon. The Hacienda is really pretty, plenty of mexican artwork and decor, I liked the fact that the music being played was not only your traditional mexican music (mariachi) but also they played plenty of contemporary mexican artists (Luis Miguel, ALejandro Fernandez, Mana)
On to the food my daughter is not the adventureous type so she got the chicken strips with chips, grapes and a drink, she said it was good. My son and I got the chicken tacos with pico de gallo and chips. We enjoyed them, they come in 3 little tacos with the pico de gallo in a little plastic container so you can put as much or as little as you want. The chips were freshly made and still warm which was great, the chicken was good the only thing is that the portion is tiny, but they pack the plate with the chips so you can fill up. For dessert we tried the churros with dulce de leche, the churros where on the hard side but when you dunked it in the dulce the leche it was better. Overall I give La Cantina de San Angel a 7, the food was a bit better than before,the good thing is that they still have the little kiosk in front that sell more mexican food and the flautas there a re good, so you can buy that and still eat indoors. Also I find that this restaurant is a little overpriced, $11 for 3 tiny tacos and a bunch of chips is expensive to me.
I did talk to a CM inside the Hacienda and they said that at night they do dim the lights and pump the music for Illuminations. Great because I made res. for my daughter's 10th b-day in October to eat here at night. So I'll have that report in Oct.
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 02:18 PM

Thanks for the report. I'd like to check this place out sometime soon, but like you, I find the prices to be higher than I'd like.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 10:50 AM

my brother is going in a few weeks, I would like to try it myself
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 09:39 AM

We had our dinner at La Hacienda yesterday for Steph's B-Day, at check in (7:45pm) I requested to be seated near a window to enjoy the fireworks, they gave us a beeper and around 8:10pm we were escorted inside, the table that they offered us was not what we wanted so I asked the girl at the podium if we could wait a little longer for a better table, they had us wait for about 10 more minutes and we got a great table in the main room, close to the restrooms, with a wonderful view of the lagoon. Service was lightning fast, waiter got our drink order and we had chips and 2 types of salsa withing minutes of being seated. My daughter ordered from the kids menu the nachos with beef and cheese (really big plate) my son had the taquiza (3 types of tacos, beef,pork and chicken) and I had the shrimp tacos with rice. All the food was very good. Then they dimmed the lights, not all the way out so you could still see your food and pumped in the music and the view for illuminations was great, everyone clapped at the end. They brought my daughter a vanilla ice cream with a churro and sang Las Maņanitas a traditional mexican song they sing on b-days. We left around 9:30pm.
The only con I would give this restaurants is that the whole staff seemed a little rushed, I didn't feel rushed by them, is just they all moved so fast all around, maybe it's because we were seated close to the kitchen doors and I could see people going in and out.
It was a great experience and I would try this restaurant again.
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 02:24 PM

Excellent review. I tried it twice during my last trip. It is rather expensive. I did order an app and a dessert and found combining both was substantial without paying a huge price for an entree.

We were (me and a couple of friends) seated next to a window. The view of Illuminations was nice however, the windows do have breaks where you might have some obstruction. It was still very good though. The one thing I found interesting was how quiet the fireworks were during the show. The Illuminations fireworks are typically very loud, but inside the windows those same fireworks sounded like very tiny pops. I was amazed!
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 04:11 PM

I appreciate the reviews. We have two ADR's for our December trip: one for lunch and one for dinner. We're excited about the dinner one because it is timed perfectly for catching Illuminations while we're still eating. Hopefully we'll get a good table.
I've heard a few good things about the Margaritas from other sources, but I'm not sure what to think. I'm very finicky about mine, and I hate the "touristy" watered-down ones you get at most restaurants. I like mine with attitude! Any observations?
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 08:21 PM

the maragrita flight inside is great

so is the tequila flight
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Posted 26 October 2010 - 06:16 PM

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I'm very finicky about mine, and I hate the "touristy" watered-down ones you get at most restaurants. I like mine with attitude! Any observations?


One way to avoid a "touristy" margarita is to order it "on the rocks." There are 2 potential pitfalls w/this 1. I can't remember if you can at LHdSA 2. you have to like a margarita on the rocks...enjoy either way!!!

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:39 PM

View PostMJMcBride, on 25 October 2010 - 08:21 PM, said:

the maragrita flight inside is great

so is the tequila flight


There is a margarita flight?!!? How was I not already aware of this? Anyone want to make a margarita flight date during Reunion?
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:51 AM

That's one of the reasons I always order mine on the rocks! :D

Is the Tequila Flight the same one they have inside (in La Cava Del Tequila)? I've had that one, and it's pretty good.

As for a Margarita Flight date during Reunion, that sounds pretty cool. I'll check our schedule and post which dates we're going to be at San Angel.... or at least at Epcot. ;)
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Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:28 PM

View PostMousekedude, on 28 October 2010 - 11:51 AM, said:

That's one of the reasons I always order mine on the rocks! :D

Is the Tequila Flight the same one they have inside (in La Cava Del Tequila)? I've had that one, and it's pretty good.

As for a Margarita Flight date during Reunion, that sounds pretty cool. I'll check our schedule and post which dates we're going to be at San Angel.... or at least at Epcot. ;)


i'm talking about the cave of tequila
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Posted 04 November 2010 - 12:34 PM

View PostMJMcBride, on 28 October 2010 - 09:28 PM, said:

i'm talking about the cave of tequila

Oh, okay. I thought we were talking about the new Hacienda de San Angel...
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Posted 04 November 2010 - 06:50 PM

View PostMousekedude, on 04 November 2010 - 12:34 PM, said:

Oh, okay. I thought we were talking about the new Hacienda de San Angel...



we were, when I said "inside" I should have been more specific. my bad
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