Last night my husband and I had the privilege of attending the grand opening of La Cantina and La Hacienda de San Angel at Epcot. I’ll be the first to admit that Mexican cuisine is not a favorite of mine but I tried several tasty dishes…and liked most of them. Before I give you all the details check out this video with San Angel LLC president and CEO Rick Debler.
The event started at La Cantina where we were greeted by a lively mariachi band and servers with trays full of food and beverages to sample. We don’t drink alcohol to the endless supply of Margaritas didn’t interest but we did enjoy the fruity agua fresco. We spent about an hour mingling and sampling Mexican delicacies like the Empanadas de Queso, Chiles toreados y chorizitos, Tacos de Camarones, Pedcado a la Talla and Tacos de carne.
My favorites were the Tacos de Camarones (shrimp tacos) pictured above and the Empanadas de Queso which were creamy and cheesy…with a kick. My least favorite was the Tacos de Carne, which were tasy but too dry for my palatte.
We were later led into La Hacienda which is beautifully decorated with a perfect balance of relaxing muted walls and festive accents and lighting fixtures. I love the fact that each room in La Hacienda had a different style of lighting fixture and each was beautiful in its own way.
La Cantina de San Angel, the counter service restaurant, opens daily at 11am and will serve both lunch and dinner. The menu features many traditional favorites including chicken and beef tacos on fresh, handmade corn tortillas, nachos, cheese empanadas, guacamole and chips, with warm churros and Mexican popsicles. La Cantina offers a selection of Margaritas, sodas, agua fresco, jarritos, pink lemonade, water and iced trea to cool you off on a hoy Florida day.
La Hacienda, the table service restaurant, opens daily for dinner at 4pm and accepts Advanced Dining Reservations. The menu features a mixed grill for two with flank steak, chicken, chorizo and vegetables or a seafood version with grouper, shrimp and scallops as well as Tacos de Camarones, Arrachera and more.
Perched on World Showcase Lagoon, the patio of La Cantina is the perfect place to watch Illuminations Reflections of Earth we were able to grab a table and watch the evening’s extravaganza in comfort.
We will definitely return to La Cantina and La Hacienda de San Angel on future trips to Epcot. I can’t wait to share these traditional Mexican delicacies with the rest of my family.