Top 5 Spots for Mexican Food at Walt Disney World

We like our top 5 lists here at WDW for Grownups and today we're going to check out our top five favorite spots for Mexican food (and drinks!) when you're at Disney World. The majority of the locations (four out of five) are located in Epcot, but you'll also want to drop by Disney Springs.

Where's your favorite spot for Mexican food at Walt Disney World?Where's your favorite spot for Mexican food at Walt Disney World?

So without further ado, let's check out the top 5 spots for good Mexican food at Disney World, plus one that we can't wait to check out!

One of our favorite counter service restaurants in all of Disney World is the Cantina de San Angel in Epcot's Mexico pavilion. This outdoor quick service spot is home to some really great food, including a long time favorite: Cheese Empanadas.

Empanadas at the Cantina de San AngelEmpanadas at the Cantina de San Angel

What makes the empanadas so good? It's cheese and fried dough. Nothing is better than that. The nachos at the Cantina are also delish and big enough to share. The margaritas here are OK but we'd recommend getting a margarita at La Cava (to go) and then enjoying a yummy meal at the Cantina.

Speaking of La Cava del Tequila...if you're looking for the BEST margaritas at Disney World you need to mosey on over to La Cava (you'll find it tucked inside the pyramid in Mexico's pavilion).

La Cava del TequilaLa Cava del Tequila

A small bit of advice: if you want a table, make plans to arrive at La Cava as soon as it opens and you'll likely be able to get a table. Otherwise you'll either have to wait for a seat or get your drink to go. This place has been super popular ever since it opened waaayyy back in 2009!

We've mentioned this a few times before but we LOVE the Avocado Margarita at La Cava. If that sounds too weird there are many other options including tequila flights.

And if you're hungry, we recommend the Trio Combo with chips, guacamole, and queso.

Trio Combo at La CavaTrio Combo at La Cava

Staying inside the pyramid, another one of our favorite spots is just a few steps away from La Cava. We're talking about the San Angel Inn. The first time we dined here we were a bit wary as people have strong opinions about the restaurant, either loving it or really disliking it.

Our meal was delicious and we'd definitely return. A favorite was the Carne Asada: a grilled New York strip steak served with a cheese enchilada, refried black beans, rice, and guacamole. And you can't beat the views at San Angel Inn!

Carne Asada at San Angel InnCarne Asada at San Angel Inn

One final stop in Epcot's Mexico pavilion has to be La Hacienda de San Angel, located just next door to the Cantina.

This dinner-only spot is a great place to dine before IllumiNations (great views of the Lagoon), but you'll also find a menu full of deliciousness here. Our friends at the Disney Food Blog are huge fans of the Crema de Elote, or Cream of Corn Soup.

Crema de Elote - Cream of Corn SoupCrema de Elote - Cream of Corn Soup

For dinner the options include a Taco Sampler, NY Steak, Carnitas Yucatecas (Pork confit (carnitas Yucatan style) with pico de gallo, cabbage, citrus juice and avocado salsa), and more. The menu is full of fresh, Mexican cuisine, and you'll also find some great margaritas!

One more thing to mention about Epcot's Mexico pavilion: a new margarita kiosk is opening soon. Choza Margarita is slated to open this spring (soon, we hope!). The outdoor tequileria will serve food including tacos, empanadas, chips, and fresh guacamole in addition to the stars of the show: hand-crafted margaritas.

The final spot on our list is Frontera Cocina by Rick Balyess in Disney Springs.

Shrimp Mojo de Ajo at Frontera CocinaShrimp Mojo de Ajo at Frontera Cocina

The restaurant opened last summer features a menu full of delicious food items and some really interesting drinks. And while the spot is a good place to sit and enjoy a meal, there's also a walkup window if you prefer to eat on the run.

Some favorites at Frontera Cocina include the margaritas (of course), the Queso Fundido served with warm corn tortillas, Carnitas, and Shrimp Mojo de Ajo. If you order a side dish you can't go wrong with the Queso Anejo Mashed Potatoes. Yes, really.

Queso Anejo Mashed Potatoes at Frontera CocinaQueso Anejo Mashed Potatoes at Frontera Cocina

So there you have it, a top five list of the best spots for Mexican food at Disney World. We'd love to hear your favorite. Leave us a comment and tell us where we should eat on our next visit!

Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:32:

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This post made me so hungry.

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