La Sandia

3.9
839 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Chef Richard Sandoval, internationally recognized as the Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine, elevates Mexican cooking to new heights at La Sandia. Inspired by his culinary mantra of ‘old ways, new hands,’ Chef Sandoval reinterprets traditional dishes with contemporary techniques and skillful presentation. Guests will rediscover classics, such as taqueria-style tacos made with soft, corn tortillas and flavorful fillings such as chicken tinga and adobo marinated pork. Sophisticated dishes such as the Carne Asada and Salmon Adobado will expand visitors’ perception of Mexican cuisine. With over 250 varieties, La Sandia’s Tequila Bar showcases the diversity of agave-based spirits. House infused Tequilas and Tequila flights are different ways to explore the collection. A menu of handcrafted, Latin cocktails includes Tropical Fruit Margaritas, Mojitos and Sangria. Guests will also enjoy La Sandia’s menu of Mexican beers and list of Latin wines.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 839 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
3.9
Service
3.8
Ambience
3.7
Value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarleshaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Upbeat staff! Clean and socially distanced! Resevation timeframe was good. Great atmosphere as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super quick service!! Staff was friendly. Place was beautiful and a clean atmosphere.

Highly recommend for special occasions, birthdays, etc..

We went here for dinner at 6pm and all the food was so good and well prepared. The wait staff are really amazing, positive energy and professional service. I also wanted to specially thank the assistant manager Pedro for accommodating the cake I brought to surprise my girlfriend.

FYI: For anyone that comes to this place, order the carne asada from the Chef’s Special! You will not be disappointed.

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FayL
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The food is always amazing and the salsa is best I’ve ever had!

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vipHansH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Had a wonderful time. Would highly recommend.

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vipTMac
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Stands out from the rest in preparation and presentation form most Mexican fair.
You will not be disappointed.

La Sandia
Responded on 9 February 2021

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us a five star review. Our company places customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to achieving this with each patron. Its customers like you that make our job truly wonderful. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipRealFoodie
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Need to dine here more often. Beautiful presentation and quality.

La Sandia
Responded on 9 February 2021

Thank you for the five star review! Our team is always striving to create a phenomenal experience for our guests. Reviews like this reassure us that we are doing just that. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was not delicious it was just ok.

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SarahS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Very enjoyable. Food was excellent and so was service. They need cushions in the wooden chairs.

La Sandia
Responded on 9 February 2021

Thanks very much for your review. I'm glad you felt the service and food were done well. It is something we've worked hard on and we're pleased our efforts resonated with you. I also want to thank you for your feedback about the chairs, we will be taken your comments into consideration when making future changes. Hope to serve you again soon.

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AsliA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great time, it was a reunion for my friends and I. The waiter was not pushy, gave us time to order.

The hostess was incredibly sweet, I even asked the hostess that was there when we left what the previous host name was and for the life of me I can not remember it might have been Leslie. Anyway she was super friendly and sweet and very welcoming.

La Sandia
Responded on 9 February 2021

Dear AsliA, Thank you for telling us about your recent experience at La Sandia - Tysons Corner and for such a nice review. We work really hard to offer great service and I'm so happy to see that reflected in your comments. I made sure that Leslie got the recognition she deserved. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was thrown off immediately because our server thought that the kitchen closed at 7:00pm even though my reservation was for 7:00pm. She rushed us to order including handing us menus in spite of the fact that it went against their COVID policy. She eventually told us that she was incorrect about the closing time just to follow up with bringing me the incorrect order. The food was subpar except for the crab guacamole. My first and last visit.

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vipFoodie
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

We usually go there for the beef fajitas. They change their menu and display when serving this item. There was no seasoning and it’s sad because it used to be consistent. I will likely not go back again

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deena
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Awful should have gone to Taco Bell

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HishamG
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Food does not taste the same as the last time we dined there (about 2 months ago). Quality and portions of food went down!
Waiter took too long to serve requests, such as bringing additional tortillas. I had to ask a bussboy to bring them.
Also, at the end, the waiter came with the bill. Reviewing the bill for a couple of seconds and found the total amount to be higher than expected ($140). Waiter was watching from behind my back, and immediately asked to pull the bill and correct it, that is without me asking him to do so. I have the suspicion that the waiter knew the bill was wrong and thought it will pass by the customer w/o noticing, but I could be wrong! Waiter came back with the correct bill afterwards. Not a good experience to have.

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vipMalka
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We were disappointed. We had enjoyed La Sandia in pre-Covid visits. We understood that menus are often limited right now. However, we found the portions small. The tortias for th fish tacos were soggy. In general the seasonings were lacking. Service was slow.

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vipHansH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Food and good service.

La Sandia
Responded on 11 December 2020

We're thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience at La Sandia - Tysons Corner! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five star review. We look forward to serving you again very soon!

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vipEnglishNYer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. The staff handled the covid policies very well making us feel comfortable while also checking in to make sure we had everything we needed.

La Sandia
Responded on 10 December 2020

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us a five star review. Our company places customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to achieving this with each patron. Its customers like you that make our job truly wonderful. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Everything was fine except for the veggie enchiladas. Either too much vinegar or too much tomatillo in the sauce. Extremely sour tasting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great very good food and quite

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very delicious steak tacos, pork carnitas, and watermelon agua fresca. Always a great experience.

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MichelleW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

I previously dined at the restaurant a few times over the last 10 years and always enjoyed the food. However, as I have dined in many restaurants over the years, I realize that there isn’t very many options and no real creativity in the food as compared to other Mexican food restaurants. In addition, I came for brunch on a Saturday due to an email I received three weeks ago announcing bottomless brunch for $19.99 to only get there to find it it had been canceled due to customers not wanting it. In fact, the manager said that “over 60 people had walked out” because they wanted lunch and not brunch. Clearly, it was not introduced properly as every brunch venue I’ve been a patron of also offered a lunch menu as an option. The food has become lack luster and I don’t see myself as ever returning.

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Silenceisgoldendc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

It’s hard for everyone during the Covid-19 distancing, but the staff did a nice job. My date and I enjoyed ourselves.

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Clawhorn63
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great service.....we will come back next year on our annual trip to NVA and DC

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jrmgonzobday
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to be back and eating out at one of our favorites. Margaritas were great also.

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MaryLouZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We tried the new brunch it was excellent.

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ToniA
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

The food taste frozen and the waitress was very quiet with low energy.

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AmyG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We found the food exceptionally good. The server was friendly and timing of the meal was paced just right. My husband and I had the carnitas with sweet plantains on the side. Both were as good as any we’ve ever had. The couple with us felt the same way about their tacos and veggie fajitas. This is an excellent Mexican restaurant and we definitely plan to come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Chicken dishes were some of the worst; dry and bland

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Jiten
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The food quality was very ordinary. I ordered a fajita and it was served in a plastic tray. It had a table spoon of guacamole and the fajitas were bathing in oil. It was really a disappointing experience and this thing costs $18 bucks. My wife had a similar experience on her dish. Not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Server was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The waitress was unfamiliar with the menu and the bar was slow to make our drinks.

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vipCynthiaO
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time for brunch here and service was great! Had a passion fruit, a blood orange mimosa the burrito! Very good!!

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KayMM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was not too tasty and not alot of options. Sangria was juice, didn't really taste like wine or any liquor. Appetizer was small but they gave you chips with salsa. Decor was old.

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IsraelA
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was cold well at least mine was. My family really liked it. Service could be better but I think the waiter was new so we understand. Food was really cold tho but starving so just ate wish I would’ve brought it up.

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Brian57
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I've eaten here before and it's been hit or miss - this last time was a miss. This was on a 3-day weekend on a Sunday evening at 7:15 following a movie. The place was not crowded at all and we were seated first by the bar. There were 3 in our party and we asked to be moved to a quieter location - they were seating everyone near the front by the bar to make the place look busier than it was. Service wasn't fast, but it wasn't slow either - just...there. I ordered a draft beer which arrived several minutes later and the beer was flat - probably near the end of the keg - but a bit disappointing. Next I ordered the 3 street tacos - 3 different types -what I ended up being served was 3 chicken tacos - none of the tacos I ordered were chicken. My wife ordered carnitas - they came back a few minutes later and told her they were out of carnitas but had ...you guessed it - chicken....so, this visit was not one for the ages....the next time I want to go to a restaurant following a flick, I think I'll try a different place - this one has played out for me

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vipGerryN
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food selection at La Sandia is always superb. I always get the fresh guacamole served tableside. & the pozole which is hearty & filling. You can also choose to be seated in the bar area where it’s busy or opt for a quieter ambience inside. Come during happy hour for the best value on drinks & appetizers!

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HappyEater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Good food, terrible service. Would go again in the hopes of having a more responsive server.

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vipMbo1
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great guacamole and carnitas

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LouH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Guacamole was very good but rest of food was mediocre.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Customer service is excellent. wait staff was extremely attentive. Managers are so very polite and hospitable. I would highly recommend La Sandia for family or group gatherings. Muchas gracias a managers Silvia and Amari (sp?).

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JackD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Food was great.
Much attention from servers was good, frequently checking if we wanted anything.
Noise was too loud---had to shout to be heard in conversation.

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La Sandia is rated 3.9 stars by 839 OpenTable diners.

La Sandia does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.yiftee.com/gifts/egift_and_gift_cards/richard-sandoval-hospitality-denver.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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