La Sandia

4.2
865 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 865 people are saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Abadnight
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great when they got it right.

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vipVictoriaN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and service. Very noisy inside. Great little find esp in a mall!

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TheHow
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Every time we eat at La Sandra, we are very satisfied.

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LarryB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Reserved a table for Mother's Day. Sat out in a little area facing the mall. Not too loud, even with all of the people going by. Service was okay and food was satisfying.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Sent back the enchiladas as they were sour from the tomato sauce & also Ask our server if the had refined beans (very nicely) and he had the manager come over with a very rude attitude . Seemed like they must get complaints often based on the way we we’re treated. =(

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Manny
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and our waitress was wonderful.

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Sunkist7210
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and came out quickly. Watermelon cucumber infused tequila margarita was tasty. All of our drinks took a long time to get and sometimes had salt, other times not - no consistency with the alcoholic drink orders. Nachos needed more cheese in my opinion. Chicken/Steak fajitas, pork tacos, and flautas were delicious.

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reggieg
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was poor, waiter was almost confrontational with my friends. After service we had to wait for almost an hr because he couldn't figure out the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I keep coming back because everything is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Nice personnel. Good food. Nice vibe.

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vipEthiopianGem
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Underwhelming food. Big rice grains that seemed old. Beans, ugh. The only fresh food item and saving grace was shrimp tacos.

The server was pleasant and attentive. My mojito was average. COVID protocol was good so the environment felt safe. For a mall location especially, it was quiet on a weekday afternoon.

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HarrisK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was solid and was exactly what we needed before a mall day.

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience with us at La Sandia! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five-star review and we hope to see you again in the restaurant soon.

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vipLaurie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and atmosphere were wonderful! We went for lunch on Sunday to beat the crowds and enjoy a date with no kids! Loved our attentive server. The food was even more fabulous than usual. I had the best burrito ever! We can’t go to La Sandia and not get the guacamole. It was so good....as usual.

If you haven’t yet found your way to La Sandia, do yourself a favor and go! If you haven’t been in a while, go back. In either case, you will thank me. ;)

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We truly have the best guests! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review and sharing your experience with us. We hope to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our time at La Sandia- it’s our go to restaurant! The fajitas are always so good. we tried to the Guacamole as well and it was very fresh. Our waitress was great as well! Thank you!

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are delighted to see you enjoyed your experience at La Sandia! We are always striving to create amazing experiences for our guests, so If there is anything else we can do on your next visit to make it a five-star experience, please let us know. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Morenita
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was not good, we got our food, the waiter did not comeback to check on us. We have to request the utensils, the person that delivered the food was not friendly. The food was ok. Will not be coming back! Sorry

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vipMLVP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food - for us this is the best Mexican restaurant around. Great service and nice ambiance! Highly recommended!

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 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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ElizabethR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chicken nachos we shared were delicious! I loved their mojitos too! They really want you to have a reservation!

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We really appreciate the positive review and we are thrilled that our food was the best part of your experience. The chicken nachos are one of my favorite dishes as well! I hope you will come back and see us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Milestone Birthday son 21st Birthday

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience with us at La Sandia! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five-star review and we hope to see you again in the restaurant soon.

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vipHansH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Authentic traditional Mexican.

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi Hans, 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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JulyG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I will definitely come back!

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a positive review and we are pleased that you had such a wonderful experience at our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipJeanetteC
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were fantastic! Restaurant is in the mall, so the outdoor seating area is a “mall watcher” view so the ambience is food court quality, but the food is not!! It’s a very sophisticated menu & not Tex-mex at all!! Highly recommend this spot!! We will be back! Worth the trip across the bridge for this hidden Tysons Corner gem!

La Sandia
Responded on April 6, 2021

Hello Jeanette, We truly have the best guests! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review and sharing your experience with us. We are so pleased you enjoyed the food and we hope to serve you again soon!

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CameyO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4/20/21 Update to my last post: after mentioning our last experience to the manager, we were welcomed back to give them another opportunity to improve the customer service. I am so glad we went back. Tonight’s meal was one on the best! Fantastic service! Our waiter was attentive and never interrupting. Fun personality and wonderful service! The Fish tacos were some of the best I’ve had - fresh and flavorful! The guacamole was made to order and just perfect. Pedro, the manager, came to our table to check on us and he was most hospitable. Great meal and delightful experience! We will definitely be back in the future!

No waiter came to our table for the first 20 minutes we sat there. Then there was confusion over who was our actual waiter. No one came to ask if we’d like another round of margaritas, or dessert, or much of anything. When they did check on us, they were quick to respond, it’s just that they didn’t check on us hardly at all. I will assume they were understaffed, because the staff we dealt with were courteous. Maybe they were overwhelmed? But that’s why we made reservations...

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were great!

La Sandia
Responded on March 24, 2021

We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a positive review and we are pleased that you had such a wonderful experience at our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipSusanM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was really flavorful

La Sandia
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you so much for the four-star review! If there is anything we can do on your next visit to make it a five-star experience, please let us know. We hope to welcome you back to the restaurant again soon. Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall gods experience.

Food and cocktails were delicious.

Pricing is fair.

Service average.

La Sandia
Responded on March 11, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4-star review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the food and drinks on your visit and hope you will allow us to serve you again soon.

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CarleshaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
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 February 22, 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.

La Sandia
Responded on March 12, 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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FayL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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

La Sandia
Responded on March 11, 2021

Dear Fay, We really appreciate the positive review and we are thrilled that our food was the best part of your experience. The salsa is one of my favorite apps as well! I hope you will come back and see us again soon!

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vipHansH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipTMac
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

La Sandia
Responded on February 9, 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
32 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

La Sandia
Responded on February 9, 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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vipAjay
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurants are hurting during COVID, no doubt, and La Sandia is trying hard to go the extra mile and make people feel safe and at-home.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was not delicious it was just ok.

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vipSarahS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

La Sandia
Responded on February 9, 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 January 20, 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 February 9, 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 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
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 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 January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful should have gone to Taco Bell

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HishamG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 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
107 reviews
Dined on January 2, 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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La Sandia is rated 4.2 stars by 865 OpenTable diners.

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