La Sandia - Santa Monica
La Sandia - Santa Monica

La Sandia - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/lasandiasm/
  • Phone: 3103933300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily 4pm - close
    Happy Hour: Sunday-Friday All Night Happy Hour at the Tequila Bar and Lounge.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Eduardo Barrios
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: La Sandia offers a variety of semi-private and private dining experiences: host an intimate dinner at our Chef's table; celebrate with handcrafted cocktails on our outdoor patio, which features unparalleled views of the Promenade; progress from the Tequila Bar to a seated lunch or dinner in the dining room, where a retractable roof and open skies create a festive, courtyard setting. Our private event menus and Tequila Bar packages showcase the best of La Sandia's modern Mexican cuisine and cocktails. For details, contact our Private Event Manager or visit www.richardsandoval.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Kandis Leigh 818-751-3053x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway Blvd & 3rd Street
  • Public Transit: The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Rapid 3 stops regularly in front of the Santa Monica Place mall at the corner of 4th and Broadway. For full schedule and information, please visit: http://bigbluebus.com/busroutes/schedule.asp?bus_route=33&dayofweek=weekdays
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: conveniently
A word from La Sandia - Santa Monica
Modern Mexican Cuisine. Outdoor tequila bar & lounge. Sweeping views of the Third Street Promenade.

At La Sandia, internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval uses innovative culinary techniques and fresh, local ingredients to raise authentic Mexican recipes to new heights. Enjoy Chef Sandoval's modern Mexican flavors with selections from our Tequila Bar - we offer over 100 Tequilas and Mezcals, as well as handcrafted margaritas. Warm, Latin-inspired service will round out your experience. Buen provecho y salud!

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La Sandia - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (14)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (7)fit for foodies (6)hot spot (6)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (5)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Lisa H
    Jersey
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times and loved it. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much this visit. The food was OK but the orange margarita was not great. It may have just been an off night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vacation at home
    drewdaven
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great service and delicious food in a beautiful setting. I felt a million miles away while still near home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not sure but...
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is very good. The guacamole is fresh, made at your table. The carnitas are lean and crispy. I however, would give the rice a "D". They have a large selection of tequilas. The place is HUGE and in a busy mall so the noise level is high even with high ceilings doorways opened to the mall. Probably because of its size, the service is a little on the slow side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    Ashli
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was awesome, your service was amazing, and your bus boy even helps our table out with questions! Thank you for a memorable dinner in Santa Monica. It truly made our trip worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet, relaxing, good food
    TPBRVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The service was top-notch, and the restaurant is lovely and quiet. The food was very good...fresh tableside guacamole was nice, and my carnitas dish was very tender. The only food items we didn't care for were the beans that came with the carnitas and the chicken enchiladas (both too spicy but some folks may like them that way). Our server was attentive and overall we enjoyed it very much.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I went there for DIne L.A for lunch. and there were no menus printed out. Had to order from the regular menu
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    Traveller
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Staff seemed disorganized on arrival. Wait staff were effective. Good guacamole. All else was average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous Mexican
    Fitzy
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Our family loved La Sandia in Santa Monica so much we had dinner there two nights in a row! Outstanding Guacomole, fresh ingredients and icy cold Marghrettias. Service was excellent and the lively crowd added to the atmosphere. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican food
    JoleneVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Loved all the watermelon (sandia) drinks! Really good guacamole too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best Mexican Restaurants
    WestLAFoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I say one of the best because I don't try all the Mexican restaurants in my area, but out of all that I've been to La Sandía is my favorite. Amazing margaritas, THE BEST guacamole and great food overall. The staff is always great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    cyberbeatnik
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food is Mexican but with a little flair. The portions are fairy generous. I recommend the bar/cantina area over the main restaurant unless you want a quiet scene.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tourist trap
    alilabelleVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    this place is a total tourist trap disguised as a pretty, interesting restaurant. i should of known that it would be since it is in santa monica place, but i took a chance. the chairs are way too short compared to the table. it seems silly but it made for a very awkward experience. the margaritas were really weak and the food just wasn't good. the guacamole was really bland. we were seated out on the patio and it was loud and felt like we were in the mall rather than the restaurant. they needed to section it off with some greenery or something. all in all, there are about 100 better mexican restaurants on the westside that i'd rather go to.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place!
    Obie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is one of our "go to" for great Mexican food! Perfect environment for kids and adults. Great bar. Fun atmosphere. Food is delicious. Try the guac!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 137 reviews are from the La Sandia - Santa Monica reviews archive.
  • Disappointed at the food
    MyMelody
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Service was excellent but the food was really disappointing. We went for brunch and the portions were small. I ordered am omelet and it came out looking like a taquito. With no sides. The guacamole was really good but overall I won't go back there. It was an 11 dollar overpriced omelet and it didn't even taste good. :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Sandia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice Mexican Restaurant with good food. Service was efficient and food arrive in a good amount of time. Restaurant seems to cater to a lot of large groups so it can be noisy if they are hosting a bunch of groups at one time. Reservation is suggested as it is in the middle of the main mall/shopping area in santa monica.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a Mother's Day Eve dinner
    Manny
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed our meal like always, The kids have food they enjoy and wife and I can experiment with other items or order from our known favorites. The Pacifico Guacamole was great, spicy and sweet. At first there was a confusion and there wasn't a waiter for our table, but when we were ready to order I called over a passing waiter and he was more than pleasant about adding us to his tables and took good care of us from then.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Slow Service
    AfroPixPhoto
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Recommended by a UCLA doctor so we decided to try it. Salsa was excellent! Food was pretty good. We waited over 30 mins for our order to be taken and about another 30 for the food. Our appetizer arrived after the entree which was wierd. Otherwise good flavors.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew?
    HungryHippoVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Who knew a meal at the mall could be so...good? Seriously some of the best service we've experienced. Food is good, albeit a little overpriced, but gladly pay knowing that I'm being taken care of.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Overall the food was good, but the portions were incredibly small, making everything overpriced. Don't think we'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The margaritas are great and happy hour deals in the bar area are well worth it!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite spot!
    BobSVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We dine at La Sandia each time we visit California to see our son. Whether it's for drinks and guacamole or a full dinner, we enjoy it every time. The food is excellent and the margaritas even better!!! The staff is very friendly and accommodating! Will definitely be returning the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Mexican
    PlayfulTastebudVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I had wanted to try La Sandia for awhile and when a Travelzoo came up, I jumped on it. The food was delicious and the drinks quite yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Host was rude. My food was
    smgirl82
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Host was rude. My food was burned and the drinks were terrible. I will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Save your money.
    westsidefoodie
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Hostess was unfriendly and inconsiderate of reservation time. Was not welcoming. Bartender was okay, but others helping were really of no help. Slow service. Guac was awesome - about the only good thing from my experience. Wait staff was mediocre. Looked like he'd rather be somewhere else. Food was good...but there are way many more places to choose from than this spot. Save your money.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    mshotmex
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The service was absolutely wonderful. It's always a plearsure when excellant service is given.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I've been here many times and the food is consistently fresh and delicious. Each time I bring new friends here they love it too. Great atmosphere. I prefer sitting in the back of the restaurant rather than by the front by the bar. Can't go wrong here. Excellent margaritas too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for drinks and guacamole
    reviewerVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The drinks and guacamole are outstanding here. I can't really recommend the food here. We went for brunch and shared the shrimp fajitas, the breakfast fajitas, and the chopped salad. The fajitas weren't sizzling when they were taken out and the meat portion is small, and not of great quality. The shrimp in the shrimp fajitas are more like cocktail shrimp, they are so small! I will be back, but only for the quacamole and the margaritas. The restaurant itself is beautiful with great outdoor seating and an indoor/outdoor feeling throughout the restaurant. The architecture is that of a Mexican garden.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Blast!
    Luv4food
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I had my birthday party dinner there and it was amazing. The way they set up the food was great. The only thing I didn't like was that they would forget some of the meals and take 10-15 minutes to bring it to us afyer everyone else got there's. Overall I recommend this restaraunt.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre show dinner
    Tournesol
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Enjoyed a great pre Cirque du Soleil show dinner. Waitress was nice but drink order arrived after appetizers and had to reiterate the drink orders. Overall a great spot for lunch or dinner, close to the Pier. Food quality was ok. Great guacamole freshly made at your table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, better location
    radmanVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    You can get far better Mexican food for a lot less money. But you wouldn't be up on the dining deck at Santa Monica Place, blocks from the Pier, Promenade, and the beach. And what you are spending for is perfectly good generic Mexican food. But if you want your meal to be really good, and more authentic, head east young man. And what you spend on gas will be less than what you save on the food, too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Mexican
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Delicious variety of Mexican dishes prepared and presented beautifully. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There was good and bad....
    Calicakes
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    loved the salsa, portion size of entrees was too small. Shrimp/chicken fajitas consisted of 5 small shrimp and 3 slices of very overcooked chicken breast. Churros were really greasy. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection!
    DivineDiner
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    My family and I went to La Sandia to celebrate my daughter's 30th birthday - we were a group if 14. We arrived a little late due to traffic and parking (they really should mention about parking - the best place is in the mall parking structure #7 or 8) but our table was ready when we got there. Our waiter was courteous and attentive as was all the staff. And the food! I ordered one chicken and one shrimp enchilada with rice and black beans, and it was delicious!! Everyone loved what they ordered. The birthday girl got a complementary dessert - churros with a candle! The flan was also great!! I'd recommend this restaurant to everyone!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What Was Expected
    FairButTrue
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    For being a Mexican restaurant it did not have the feel of a Mexican restaurant. The music was overly loud and not a single Hispanic tune was played. I felt I was dinning in a disco. The appetizer that they are supposedly "famous" for, their guacamole, was not that good. It was just passable. Their margaritas were weak and unimpressive. The one strong point was their Carne Asada entree' which was heavenly. It was cooked just right and the sauce used was exceptional. I wouldn't return without a travelzoo offer though because the prices are a tad high.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good. They need to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Food is good. They need to work on service ( a lot)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was yummy and airy inside
    Catchsky
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was unexpectedly good! Music was a little loud and not suitable for a important conversation though. Staffs were all friendly and quick and no problem at all. Price is medium and it was worth it. I definitely go back there with my friends if I go near it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican, Okay Service
    TODiner721
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    La Sandia is a great place to go if you are looking for a tasty margarita and a bite to eat. However, how we spent two and half hours there I will NOT EVER UNDERSTAND!! The food was very tasty and the margaritas are recommended. The service however was slow and regretful. Our server was very nice, however seemed overwhelmed or just MIA. Took 20 minutes + to receive our appetizer. When the main course came out it was incorrect for my wife. My fajitas (with black beans and rice) did not have a spoon. I requested a spoon, and our server said he would get one but never returned. Dessert took about 20 + minutes to arrive at the table. Getting the check paid out another 20 + minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded expectation
    bdub
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Food was delicious. Server, Mariana, was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT
    Mari
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    HAD A GREAT TIME! OUR SERVER WAS SO ACCOMMODATING! GREAT DRINKS GREAT AMBIANCE!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food on a great day
    withjoy
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Santa Monica could not offer a better day: sunny and beautiful blue sky. La Sandia offered a perfect place to have a quiet business lunch. Excellent service, attention to details, great food presentation and grate taste. Margaritas are smooth and tasty, perfectly paired with guacamole and chips. Not quite the typical Mexican food, but very good. I would recommend to anybody to eat there at least once. Lunch is much quoter than dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.