Wednesday, April 11, 2012

La Hacienda de San Angel - Restaurant Review #1

Sorry that's it been a long time since my last post here but now I'm finally getting to the first restaurant review ever here at Grading Disney and our first restaurant is.....La Hacienda de San Angel! This new addition to the Mexico pavilion adds another great dinning option to the World showcase which is already full of some of the best restaurants on Disney property. Let's how La Hacienda ranks on the scale!

La Hacienda de San Angel Review
1. Taste - I have eaten at San Angel several times and I have yet to have a meal that wasn't good. La Hacienda's menu is full of authentic Mexican options both big and small. The appetizers portion is especially good because it is packed with options which, although small, are very tasty. Some of my favorites include the botana and taquiza appetizers and the pollo al pastor as a main course. Score 8.5 out of 10
2. Value - La Hacienda certainly isn't the most expensive place for Disney standards but it isn't really a value either. Dinner can run as much as $40 a person if you were to get an appetizer and dessert along with your meal which may be more than many people expect to pay for a casual mexican dinner. Score: 6.75 out of 10
3. Menu - The menu of this restaurant is not long on choices but it does do a good job of having a variety of dinners. There is a diverse sampling of Mexican dishes available there but the lack of choices means that some might not find exactly what they are looking for. Score: 7.5 out of 10
4. Atmosphere - The environment of La Hacienda is very relaxed and inviting. Upon entering you will feel as if you are in a large Mexican ranch as the name implies. You will truly feel like the guest in a Mexican household in the laid back dining room. Plus if you get the right seat and come at the right time you can catch glimpses of illuminations while you eat your dinner. Score 8 out of 10
5. Popularity - Compared with other restaurants of the World Showcase La Hacienda seems easy to get reservations for and to get into on short notice. Perhaps this is because it is new and not as well know but whatever the case, La Hacienda can draw pretty good crowds but often is not completely full Score 8 out of 10

Score 7.75 out of 10 - La Hacienda is a solid Mexican restaurant with a great atmosphere and good food and even occasional fireworks views. Still if you are looking for the best value and dinning experience there are better options in Epcot and throughout Disney property.