San Angel Inn Candlelight Processional Dinner

The three of us had a 5:15 Candlelight Processional Dining Package reservation at San Angel Inn, which included guaranteed seating to that evening’s 8:15 Candlelight Processional show.  Our meal there included an appetizer, entree, and dessert of our choice plus a non-alcoholic beverage for $71.50 each (plus tax & gratuity).

But for me, I can’t dine at San Angel Inn without getting a margarita…

And my margarita of choice here is always the…

Avocado Margarita with Tequila, Melon Liqueur, fresh Avocado, Agave Nectar, fresh Lime Juice, served frozen with hibiscus salt rim – $14.50

I’ve always loved the avocado margaritas that I’ve had at either San Angel Inn or La Cava del Tequila.  However, I’ve not had much luck with these at the other Mexican restaurant, La Hacienda de San Angel.   Twice I’ve had it at La Hacienda and twice I’ve been disappointed.  But this time I was at San Angel Inn and the avocado margarita was great!  My daughter also ordered and enjoyed an avocado margarita.

Along with margaritas and other beverage choices (soda for the kids and iced tea for me) we were served their complimentary Chips and Salsas…

Then it was time to make our choices for the first two courses which were included with our dining package.  We were able to choose from any of the appetizers and entrees listed on their menu, no limitations.

 

My daughter chose this for her appetizer…

Tlacoyos de Chilorio – Corn Cakes topped with Refried Black Beans, Pork Chilorio, Queso Fresco, Sour Cream, and Green Tomatillo Sauce

And a view from the side…

My son also ordered this for his appetizer except he requested his to be without the refried beans and his request was granted.

While these were good, I still like my appetizer better…

Tostadas de Tinga – Pulled Chicken seasoned with Roasted Tomato and Chipotle Peppers, served over Tostadas with Refried Black Beans, fresh Green Tomatillo Sauce, Queso Fresco, and Sour Cream

Like the avocado margarita, this is something that I can’t visit San Angel without getting. The chicken is always so juicy and flavorful.  I’ve had these before in place of an entree.  An avocado margarita, the tostadas and dessert make for a perfect meal!

But we were paying $71.50 for the dining package this time so I of course ordered an entree.  I decided to try one of the Chef’s Recommendations…

 

 

 

 

Huachinango a la Veracruzana – Red Snapper served atop roasted potatoes with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette, and a Veracruzana sauce made with capers, olives, bell peppers, Spanish onions and tomatoes

 

This was delicious!  I was quite pleased with my choice.

 

If you’ve been following along on this trip report, you might remember that my son had ordered steak twice already (including for lunch at Coral Reef)…and this was only our 3rd day of the trip.  But apparently he hadn’t yet reached his steak quota because he again ordered steak for dinner…

 

Carne Asada – Grilled Sirloin served with a cheese enchilada, rice and guacamole 

This normally also comes with refried black beans, red bell peppers, and onions but he asked that they hold all of these things.  So instead they gave him an extra serving of rice. He said this steak was good.  Much better than the one he had had for lunch at Coral Reef, but not quite as good as the one he had the day before at Chefs de France.  But there will be more steaks in his future on this trip, so we will see if the Chefs’ steak maintains his #1 position.

So I ordered seafood and my son had beef.  Wanting to be different, that left either chicken or pork for my daughter.  She chose this…

Lomo de Puerco en Salsa Verde – Pork in roasted green sauce, and Poblano peppers.  Served with corn-potato puree, melted cheese and nopales

And a different view…

She also liked her entree choice so we were 5 for 5 so far with our appetizers and entrees.  Would this continue with dessert?

 

I’m happy to report that it did.  We enjoyed all three of our dessert choices.  Going from good to best, I’ll start with my daughter’s choice…

Mousse de Chocolate – Chocolate mousse topped with fresh berries, whipped cream and a piece of almond brittle candy

While this was good, my dessert choice was better…

 

Pastel de Queso con Cajeta – Cheese cake topped with caramel sauce “cajeta” and slivered almonds and served with fresh berries

I’ve had this before and enjoyed it.  And I again really enjoyed it this time.  However, I have to admit that I liked my son’s choice even more…

 

Crema Bavaria – Creamy Bavarian mousse topped with cinnamon, orange liqueur and vanilla sauce and served with fresh berries

 

Also, our server again noticed my son’s Birthday button and brought out a 4th complimentary ice cream dessert with a lit candle.  Several servers then gathered around our table and sang “Las Mananitas”, a traditional Mexican birthday song.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos, only a video which I’m unable to post here on a free wordpress account.

So if we had been paying out of pocket for this meal, both my meal and my daughter’s would have cost $50 and my son’s would have been $53.  This does not take into account my Tables in Wonderland 20% discount, which I was only able to use for the two margaritas.  So I ended up paying $18.50 – $21.50 each for the privilege of having a guaranteed seat at the Candlelight Processional.  This was more than the $13.27 and $16.27 extra that I had paid for the dining package at Chefs de France.  So even though the package price was a bit higher at Chefs ($75.99, compared to $71.50 at San Angel Inn), because the prices of our food choices were pricier at Chefs we were able to get a little more “bang for our buck”.  But YMMV, so I recommend that you take a close look at the restaurant menus and crunch the numbers before deciding which restaurant (last year there were 17 different restaurant options) to choose for the dining package or if you want to do the dining package at all.  Remember you can always stand in line and take your chances on getting a seat!

And that just leaves the ratings and rankings.  Since we all enjoyed all three courses of this meal I would rate this meal at least 4 1/2 stars, maybe even a full 5 stars.  I love the atmosphere/theme of this restaurant and I’ve found the food and service to always be good.  And then there’s the avocado margaritas!  I’d have to say that San Angel Inn is one of my favorite restaurants at Epcot.  However, my opinion seems to differ from that of Trip Advisor and Yelp reviewers, who only rated San Angel Inn 4 and 3 1/2 stars.   As for its ranking, San Angel Inn ranks #273 of the nearly 3000 restaurants in the Orlando area reviewed

 

 

 

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