La Sandia
La Sandia

La Sandia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/lasandiavirginia/index.htm
  • Phone: 7038932222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm to close; Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm; Hora Feliz: Sunday-Friday 4:00pm to 9:00pm at the bar and patio area. (Happy hour is first come, first serve basis)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Gamaliel Coronado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: 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 innovative techniques and presentation.
  • Private Party Contact: JC Sanabria 8775097635
  • Special Events: La Sandia's dynamic private and semi-private spaces accommodate parties of 20-300 guests. Our special events team will work with you to tailor a lunch, dinner or cocktail reception that meets your special event needs.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking garages located on both entrances to mall
A word from La Sandia
Internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, recognized as the Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine, is expanding his culinary reach with La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Bar. At La Sandia, Chef Sandoval combines authentic Mexican ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques to create light dishes with vibrant, contrasting flavors.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
La Sandia reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (23)great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (14)kid-friendly (11)special occasion (10)vibrant bar scene (7)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (3)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The portions are crazy small, and the food lacks flavor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • origami
    origamiVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    First time visit because of restaurant week. Did not like water melon drink. Food was just OK. Wood chair is hard and uncomfortable.
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  • Busy even on a Tuesday night.
    LoveMole
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As challenging as it is to find chicken mole on menus in an area that is peppered with Mexican-style restaurants, La Sandia has the better recipe of the two restaurants I'm aware of that make it. The food is usually excellent, and was quite good this time as well. The pork was a little over-charred and dry, but had a refreshingly natural flavor that was unhindered by heavy spices or sauces. While the hostess accommodated a table request well, the server was slow to notice our presence and inattentive. The kitchen staff handled an allergy with excellent care and even came out to make sure everything was satisfactory and inform us which dishes to avoid. Overall, the visit was afflicted by the time spent wondering if we would be served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mexican ole!
    CandB
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We always enjoy the food here at La Sandia. The elevation of Mexican foods and flavors are so well done. The margaritas are second to none and the extensive, did I mention extensive, tequilla choices are top notch too!! They'll make your margarita with whatever you ask for!! Our service was less than stellar, but it was restaurant week and the place was busy. This is a great place to take someone who may be hesitant to have Mexican food, as the platters (fajitas) are always a hit!! Those who are more adventurous, will not be disappointed either. And finally, make sure to order the tableside guacamole . . .mmmmm. Ole!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fantastic
    seawhere
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was delicious, the presentation gorgeous, and the meal was a step above any place with a similar menu. Will be going there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find, Inside Tyson's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Was looking for some upscale Mexican, and had a craving for mole, and this didn't disappoint. We were seated quickly even though there was a bit of a pileup at the door, waiters were polite and efficient, and food came quickly. Mole was pretty delicious, something you can't find easily at the average Mexican around here, and there were a lot of low cal options as well. The only thing that was less than pleasant was the noise level. The place is a very modern design, and all hard surfaces and it was not easy to have a quiet dinner. Very convenient for dinner and a movie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another solid meal
    DrewVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Another very good meal at La Sandia. Different from all the other Mexican/Tex-Mex places around.
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  • Excellent Once Again
    ArthurmanVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had the carnitas, and house margaritas. The meat was excellent--lean and flavorful--and comes with rice, beans, guacomole, green sauce, and habanero (hot) sauce, which goes into wonderful, warm, and soft tacos. We had lots to take home for lunch the next day. The house margaritas also are excellent--we get our first one on the rocks with ice, and a second one straight up, which we pour into our glasses from the first one.
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  • Delicious!
    Teeda
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Went here for lunch with my sister and cousin and it was amazing! We had the steak quesadillas for an appetizer. The tasted freshly prepared and not pre-made and reheated. The steak was so juicy and tender that it practically melted in your mouth. To drink, I had the tropical fruit (on the rocks, mango flavored). It was delightful. My sister had the mango mojito. It was so fresh and refreshing. For my entrée I ordered the iron skillet steak fajitas. Like the steak from the quesadilla, it practically melted. So tender! My sister ordered the carne asada. Also delicious. My cousin had the chicken tacos. I didn't try it but she said it was good. Overall, great experience, great food. Will DEF go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Mexican Food
    Birthday
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My wife and I dined here for fathers day and enjoyed the cusine thoroughly. The service was excellent, quick and attentive. The only downside to this restaurant was the hard wood chairs without any padding in the seats. I will red omens this restaurant to my family and friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty modern Mexican food
    ducky115
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The margaritas, guacamole and mole are delicious! But our server gave us the bill without asking if we wanted dessert, so I have no idea about the flan. Shucks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebratory lunch
    AmyM
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Went out with a group of people to celebrate a friend's graduation. All of the food was delicious but our waiter would disapper for long periods of time. We did need to get back to work and spent over an hour in the restaurant. Overall, it was a great place and I know we will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Stopped in prior to my movie. There were two big groups dining...the restaurant was LOUD with noise from the guests (not even music)!!! With metal ceilings and glass dividers there is no place for the noise to go. Not that this shouldn't be a fun and vibrant place (it looks the part), but I couldn't hear my dinner companion much less my own thoughts. Food was ok.
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  • Disappointing Brunch
    AndrewE
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to La Sandia many times and decided to try it out for Mother's Day brunch. We came away disappointed with the experience. Besides some of the tried an true appetizers being there usual excellent, all of the dishes we order off the brunch menu left us uninspired. Making the matters worse our server was not very good. She could not even get the drink order correct, just sodas, waters and juices! Throughout the meal she was somewhat inattentive. Overall not a good showing for brunch. I would not try it again, but will continue with their lunch and dinner service which appears to be there strong suit. in the end a lot of food and money was wasted.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 416 reviews are from the La Sandia reviews archive.
  • Good food, Atmosphere
    ChetVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Good food, good service, lots of people watching, yuppie(is that still a word?) crowd
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    Sammy
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Not worth the drive from Sterling to Tyson's Corner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The drinks and ambiance was great, but the food wasn't seasoned as well as I thought it would be. The $11 guacamole bowl was also very small. I expected more.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    ChantalVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    La Sandia has changed dramatically and not for the better. It used to be a great place to get high end Mexican style food. They no longer have a wine list - just some swill in red and white. AWFUL! The quality of the food has dropped significantly. Part of our appetizer order didn't show up until after the entrees. We will never go back.
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  • Menu not as diverse as used to be
    Nisha
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I've gone to La Sandia a few times since it opened and have always enjoyed the fact that their menu was not like the typical Mexican places in the area. The food there seemed to be more authentic than the typical burritos and tacos. However, this time, I noticed that they have changed their menu and have become a typical Mexican resterant down to now serving chips and salsa when you are seated. Since the prices are higher than regular Mexican places, with about the same type of food, I probably won't be back.
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  • At Tyson's
    Sandytx
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This is one of the restaurants at Tysons and it is a super spot for an informal meal. Very good service. Happy Hour prices were excellent!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than the average for DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I've been to La Sandia several times. The food has ranged from good to great. Their house specials tend to be the best - standard fare like the fajitas, not so much.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out.
    HerzogEisenherz
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My wife's favorite Mexican place so far out here in Fairfax/Tyson/McLean/Arlington area. She grew up on border in Texas and spent lots of time in Mexico so finding food that actually comes close to Mexican style she grew up with made her happy.. Service was great on our visit. Seated right away and attentive waiter. Good quality food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food only fair
    GoodFood4MeVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We've dined here three times. This was the last time. The location is super convienent so we keep trying hoping something will change. We ordered three steak fajitas and one BBQ chicken salad. The steak was undercooked and did not have much flavor. The lettuce in the salad was not fresh and contained pieces of the core. The chicken was bland. I recommend trying one of the other restaurants at Tyson's mall.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dinner spot in Tyson's
    novaruss
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    La Sandia has really good food and drinks. We enjoy having dinner there when we're out shopping. The Chicken Mole' Poblano is my favorite thing to get there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alright
    Ziggy13VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Second time here, the first time the food was much better. This time, I feel the food was overcooked and under seasoned. The service was outstanding though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dirty tables, floor bathrooms
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The server was inept, they table was dirty, one dish came out lacking chicken. The bathroom had not paper.Nothing positive all negative. Have eaten here before, i was good, this time it was a disaster. No management in sight.
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  • Great Mex Oasis in DC Metro
    BetterwBaconVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    There are so few good Mexican restaurants in this area. Most is Tex-Mex or El Salvadorian and not very good at that. Food is excellent here. Highly recommend carnitas and carne asada. Ask for the 2 kinds of habenero sauces. Orange jalepeno margarita also very good. Service ok. Not sure how well they are paying attention. My husband asked for no tamal and beans instead. What he got was 2 tamals and no beans and an extra charge on the bill for the tamal. Server took it off check no problem. But there did seem to be some confusion in the front of the house. Food runners walking around aimlessly to match food with diners. Despite all this, still worth it for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    goodfood
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Richard Sandoval never fails to impress! Delicious as always.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty, but didn't blow me away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We were seated out in the mall section, so that's why the ambience score is 3 stars. Not awful. I got the hanger steak with shrimp, which was only okay, but I give it a little bit of a break because you shouldn't really be ordering steak at a Mexican place anyway. Shrimp was good, well-seasoned. The chips and salsa that came out before the meal were great, and the server came around frequently to check on our drinks. Good service, even when a computer glitch dumped our order. They still got everything right, and all the folks who came around to our table did their jobs well considering how busy it was. The appetizers are good, but I'd suggest sticking to the traditional Mexican fare on the menu if you want to get their good stuff.
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  • Poor Food
    anns
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We dine at la sandia quite often and are happy with the food. But today the food was not at all good. We informed the server and he informed the manager. The manager apologized for it and offered some free food vouchers. Happy with the service, that he took note of it. Hopefully the quality and taste of food becomes as good as it was before.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I went on Valentine's
    Jeronimo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went on Valentine's Day. They were swamped, naturally, but we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time. The service wasn't the best, but it certainly wasn't bad all things considered. The food is sometimes a 3 and sometimes a 4. My chicken tinga tacos were really great. My wife's steak tacos were not only average. For the price, however, it's definitely worth it once in a while.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food, if it were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Love the food, if it were a free standing restaurant in a cute part of town it would be worthy of a Washingtonian mention. The mall atmosphere takes it down a notch and acoustics are pretty lousy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food and drinks were great. The service was amazing. Recommend this place for HH.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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  • Make sure to try their brunch!
    NeverGoingBackVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We already love going to la Sandia for the amazing food and the great happy hour (drinks, food, and prices are great!), but we had never been for brunch before. Delicious!! We will definitely go back. Very simple, small menu, but still found myself not able to decide what to get because it all looked so good. I went with their version of the eggs Benedict. Poached eggs over corn cakes and carnitas with a mole sauce. Comes with a delicious sweet potato hash and friend plantains. All of it was very well prepared. Can't wait to go back and try something else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Trying
    diner
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great place. Located inside a mall. Would suggest sitting outside (your still indoors but you can see the people walking around the mall while you eat). Good selection of tequilas.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The guacamole was pretty expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The guacamole was pretty expensive for a small portion. The chopped salad wasn't very fresh. Overall, the food was okay.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgot to log us in for Open Table
    MintyJulepVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Rectified their mistake the next day. Waiter was wonderful as we celebrated our daughters birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    LisMaRiAb
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Despite all the good reviews that this restaurant has, I wasn't impressed by it. I most say that what I liked the most and would recommend is the guacamole. This restaurant is not different from most Mexican restaurant in the area. A friend recommended Zengo, and knowing the restaurant was from the same owner, I was expecting a really nice experience with the food. My husband ordered carne asada, and when I asked him how was it, he said OK... They served the meat with a service of a tamale which was really good. Drinks were also good. Our server took really good care of us. We brought a cake and the restaurant took care of it and when it was time for dessert they came with the cake, and even sliced it for us.. That was really nice of them.
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    great for lunch
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  • Great Authentic Mexican place
    Nicole
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    All of our entrees was perfectly cooked and the margaritas, sangria, and mango mojitos were so fresh. Definitely would recommend and will be going back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair Service and Poor Food
    MikeT
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Went for lunch and sat in the bar area. Only 4 people total at the bar, but service was slow. Appetizer were fair. Ordered the Steak tacos as an entree and was not impressed. Food was very dry, beans were cold as was the rice. Waited for sometime to order a dessert. The churros and they took about 25 minutes to come out. Overall just a fair experience and will not return.
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