I've always liked the Mexico pavilion and it's one of my favorites because it has the feel of a bustling Mexican town square at night with a lot of activity. This motif is carried through to the restaurant and that's what makes it so special. It's like nighttime patio dining with the shops and craft kiosks on one side and the waterway for the Grand Fiesta Tour on the other side. If you are unfamiliar with the Gran Fiesta Tour Ride its like a shorter version of It’s a Small World but with with Donald Duck and the Three Caballeros. . Ride it, its fun!
The detail is great here but it’s dark. Like really dark. Use your cell phone to see the menu kind of dark. My son asked me, "is it as darker than Sci-Fi Dine In Theater?" Yes. "Is it darker than the AMC Fork and Screen in Disney Springs?" No, that’s a movie theater and that would be ridiculous. Kids. Anyhow, it was too dark to get some good pictures for you but I managed a few. I hate being that person who uses the flash on dark rides and dark restaurants but I did it a few times anyway.
This would be a great date spot with the nighttime effect, the dim lantern at your table and the salty margaritas. So romantic. That’s until the toddler next to you starts crying because the volcano in the background is making a scary noise. Yep, that happened today. It's OK, I am at Disney!
Overall, the feel of the place is pretty cool. I liked it. As much as one can like sitting in the dark by themselves. Seriously though, great atmosphere and theming. It reminds me of the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride going through it. And that restaurant is awesome!
This is a smaller menu with only 8 entrees to choose from. There are some soups and appetizers too but as far as selection goes, they could use a few more choices. I went with the Pollo las Rajas ($21), a chicken dish with onion and red pepper cream sauce, poblano rice and queso fresco. The piece of chicken was small and a little dry but the rice with the cream sauce is to die for. I could have eaten several bowls of that rice (with the onions picked out of course). The portion was decent and once I poured the tomatillo salsa over my chicken, I was good to go.
I ordered the Zolo Chardonnay($10) from Argentina. It came in a small champagne glass or what looks like the tequilla sipping glass from Cava del Tequila (Mexico pavilion). Basically it was small. It taste like it was oxidized so I asked for a Pinot Grigio instead and they were happy to accommodate the request. It ended up pairing well with the dish.
The kids menu features grilled chicken, steak or chicken tacos, quesadillas and fish. I always appreciate a restaurant that can offer kids something besides spaghetti, chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.
Prices range from $19 to $28 for lunch entrees with appetizers averaging $12 and desserts averaging $8. Most wine selections average $14 a glass and margaritas average $12. This would be a great restaurant to use a dining plan and it counts as one table service meal. Click here for Disney dining plan prices and information.
Overall the food is decent but can I just order the rice and sauce next time?
The Magic List
#3 Wonderful kids menu with good choices and healthy options.
#2 Complimentary chips and salsa! Something at Disney World for free!
#1 Amazing theming. I love watching the boats from the Gran Fiesta Tour going by.
The Not So Magical List
#3 It's rather dark in here and I know it's part of the atmosphere but it's a challenge for families with small children.
#2 Prices are a little steep for the size of wine and cocktails.
#1 Too few choices on the entree menu. I like variety!
Not just an obsessed theme park fan, I am also a professional theme park private guide and I own Orlando for Families, a vacation services company. I am a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, and also a certified specialist by Universal Orlando Resorts. I hold specialist certificates from Visit Orlando and Visit Florida as well.
I'm a busy professional and mom of two who enjoys visiting Walt Disney World several times a week, staying at theme park resorts (and off-site hotels) several times a month and dining in the parks and around Orlando every day.
I tell it like it is and hopefully my experiences, whether good or bad, will help guide you in the right direction on your next vacation to Orlando!