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La Sandia Stapleton
La Sandia Stapleton

La Sandia Stapleton Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/lasandiacantina/
  • Email: info@richardsandoval.com
  • Phone: (303) 373-9100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Happy Hour At the Tequila Bar, Lounge and Patio: Sunday - Friday: 4:00pm - Close, Saturday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Burk (720) 946-1433
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special Events For more information on special/private events, please contact Jason Escalona at (303) 373-9100.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between E 47th & E 46th
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from La Sandia Stapleton
La Sandia Tequila Cantina serves internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s high quality, authentic Mexican cuisine. Featuring familiar favorites prepared with high quality ingredients, guests can dine and gather over dinner and drinks. The expanded tequila bar and lounge features over 150 tequilas and mezcals and handcrafted margaritas. Warm, Latin-inspired service will round out your experience at La Sandia. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a group of 10 and the restaurant seemed very busy, but that does not excuse having to wait almost 1 hour to get a few pitchers of margaritas. During this time we did not see our waiter once to even ask to order. Little to say, we left after the Margs came. Additionally, after the waiter apologized, he didn't even comp any drinks! Only got us another pitcher of margarita that tasted like lemonade! Awful although the park meadows location is one of my favorites."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We made reservations through Open Table, but when we got there, we found out they'd been accidently cancelled. Then we were asked to wait 10-15 minutes for a table, so we went to the bar, where it took 10 minutes just to get the bartenders attention, but then our table was ready. When the host took us to our table there were several open tables in the restaurant. When we sat down our sever told us they were very backed up and it would be 30-40 minutes before we got drinks (we should have stayed at the bar?!) Our food arrived but it was not per the menu and our server never really apologized for his or the restaurants poor service. All in all it was a miserable experience and we won't go back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was amazing, but that's where the compliments stop. I had made reservations for a party of five, but we were seated at a table for four. It was a tight squeeze, but made it work. There was only one bar tender on a Friday night! We were able to completely finish our meals while we waited on our second round of drinks. To top things off, I received a call from La Sandia, while we were eating, saying that we were late for our reservation and our table was going to be given away. This location needs to get their stuff together! If you want to visit this restaurant, please visit the location down in Lone Tree at Park Meadows for a much more satisfactory dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our second visit to this northeast Denver outpost was just as terrific as our first. Parking is easier than at the Park Meadows branch of this eatery, and week nights are less crowded. The tableside-prepared guacamole and the chile relleno never disappoint, and the fish tacos were also fabulous. The flan is also perfect--flavorful and smooth as velvet."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food was very good which comes quickly, nice menu selection, typical low end tequilas for margaritas but a couple nice upgrades. Table we were at was too small for the four large plates that came. Only real negative was it was too noisy (Saturday night) for easy conversation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We frequent the Park Meadows La Sandia quite often. The menu at this one was very different and was missing several of our favorite items. In addition, the tortilla soup didn't taste like the Park Meadows La Sandia......it wasn't nearly as good. I think from now on, we will stick with Park Meadows, better menu and better food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was both good & not so good. Previous visit in bar area w/ bar menu: terrific, variety of flavors, a special "La Sandia" approach to traditional mex dishes. But in dining room, we were shown to a table deep in the back, even after making a reservation with a special request to accommodate an elderly dinner with oxygen machine. The server was good, to better...but was assigned too many tables to follow through & return frequently enough. The noise level was high. Food: Tacos are nice; al pastor is delicious. Sweet corn tamale was nice, but not fantastic. Cheese enchiladas had an odd flavor, just a bit unpleasant - unable to finish. The tortilla soup was distinct approach unique to this restaurant, appreciated the brave attempt."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Waitstaff was short staffed but our server worked so hard we didn't even notice. Website advertises taco Tuesdays and drink specials but doesn't make it very clear that these deals are in the bar only. The salsa was good. I ordered al pastor tacos, nice big portions. Chicken tacos were dry."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Had a nice dinner. The table was ready when we got there. Made a special request in the reservation, but it wasn't paid attention to. The food at this place is always good and the price is pretty reasonable. Will surely return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Beautiful presentations, excellent food, great service, pleasant atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This restaurant seemed to fit right in with the atmosphere of Northfield Stapleton. It was vibrant yet kid-friendly. The food was delicious and our waiter was excellent."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Try somewhere else If you're looking for an intimate Saturday night dinner. Great during the week!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation and still ended up waiting for 15 minutes. What's the point of a reservation? On top of that our group of 6 was sat at a 4-top with extra chairs, not sure why?! I don't know why the staff would do this knowing how gigantic their plates are when the good comes out and there was no room. Also, the service was slow, not really sure why considering the restaurant was packed and noisy and we saw staff running around. The good was decent, nothing special, like something you can get at a chain. The drinks were good, but for a tequila "bar" I would've expected to be able to choose mine in my margarita, again, nothing special here. Overall, it was okay."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The fresh made quac mixed right at the table was wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've been to La Sandia before and enjoyed my experience; however, this time they let me down. It was restaurant week so I would think their service would be pretty good, not so. They seemed to be short on staff. The restaurant wasn't full, only about half of the tables, but it took a long time for them to come to our table and then they did not check on us often. They also changed the recipe for their small soft corn tacos. I loved the flavor of the fish tacos, but the shell was quite chewy and hard to bite."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My friends and i decided to venture out to a new place. Unfortunately it wasn't what we expected. The service was bad.. The waiter forgot our food and drinks in two occasions.. He was not knowledgeable of the menu and he took forever to actually take our order and bring our food out. The food was not bad but it lacked in flavor.. It was too much in some bites and def not enough others. E rice was se i raw and lumpy... The refried beans were dry and the tortilla strips in the soup tasted a bit stale. Overall, think that the price was o high for food that wasn't worth it. We will not be going back to La Sandia anytime soon"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 8pm for 4 people, but still had to wait 20 minutes. There was a large party there apparently taking up space. Since they were so busy with the party it took forever for drinks and guac to come to the table. Food was good, but service was lacking. Were we were seated, the lighting was horrible. Very hard to read the menu."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I had a great time here! Even though we didn't set a reservation until days before, they had room for us! The food was EXCELLENT and our server was amazing! They offered a Valentine's Day menu as well as their regular menu. We chose the Valentine's Day menu and I'm glad we did! The drinks were amazing as well and the dessert was out of this world! It was a great night!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Loved the food, had to read the menu using my cell phone because there was no light on our area. Add some light maybe on the walls or something."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Not super impressed with the meals we had. The food was bland and not unique. The salsa was great though! I thought the margaritas and mojitos were really sugary."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have been to La Sandia a number of times in the past and were very excited to see a "Daily Deal" discount coupon. We were disapointed in a number of things. First, the menu had changed significantly. The prices were cheaper (which is good for everyday dining, but made the value of the coupon really nonexistant) and they took off some of our favorite items. Secondly, our waiter was so busy that our service was terrible. He brought us our check before giving us the dessert options (which was part of our coupon), but by that point we were ready to be done with him so we left without it. The food was good, not great as in the past . The tableside guacamole made the whole experience worth it though."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. We were completely disappointed. Sorry to say such negative things about a supposed GREAT restaurant, but, we did not have a good experience. First, they forgot we were waiting at the bar for our table. I try to order one of their "specialty" margaritas, they were out. I try to order a specific beer on the menu, they were out. I finally ordered a sangria. We placed our food order with a GOOD waiter, our appetizer took forever. We get it and one minutes later our entree comes. My chicken was cold and it came with two large portions of plain rice and plain black beans. My husband did get a good chili rellano though. We were totally disappointed. Don't waste your time."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a Great Valentin'e dinner..!! The food was excellent, very tastefully done to perfection..!! The presentation was excellent...Our Waiter was very pleasant and very helpful in assisting us with our selections for main entree` appetizers and desert. and he provided us with excellent service throughout the evening. The Manager came to talk to us at the end of the evening and he was most pleasant to talk with and indeed very informative about the Restaurant ...We felt right at home at La Sandia.. Thanks for a Great Dining Experience"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit. Overall just mediocre. Very dark decor. Food had potential but very moderatly spiced and bland. One party had shrimp tacos which showed up as shrimp in a taco shell. that's it. I had chili relleno which was so undercooked the pepper was raw. And good grief, BUY SOME SPOONS! Try putting salsa on your taco with a fork! Even when asked for none would arrive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our reservations were for 5 pm and we were shown to a very small table even though it was early and there were many open 4 tops open. We like the extra room for our food. The host told us that all of those tables were already taken with reservations. I said, "So when we leave, all of these tables will be full?" He said "Yes." When we left an hour later, there were still 5 empty tables. I understand that the restaurant wants to fill as many tables as possible, but the comfort of your guests is also important."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Richard Sandoval has done it again! The upscale Mexican fare at this northeast Denver eatery is excellent, and a server named Lupita is fabulous. Although parking is not particularly convenient, the walk from parking lot to restaurant entrance is worth it--even in bad weather. The annual tamale fest is not to be missed, but save room for the velvety smooth flan."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We decided to have a family lunch at La Sandia due to the convenience of the location and the menu options we were able to view on-line. All six of us ordered something different and each of us really enjoyed what we had. The food was delivered quickly and prepared perfectly. Even my 10 year old who is a picky eater ate everything on his plate, including the salad! One of our party is gluten free, and there was no problem ensuring her meal was prepared according to the restriction. The service was very good and we'll definitely be back again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great food with all fresh ingredients, wonderful presentation, prices good, fresh upscale decor, not the mom and pop Mexican food. Always enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food was very good! Table side guacamole was delicious! We had carne asada and the tamale sampler and both were very tasty. The service was good and the ambiance is nice. They have a nice bar area and really nice patio. For the quality of food and level of service it is very reasonable!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "On a freezing night in Denver, we were seated next to a glass door that leaked cold air, even though most of the restaurant was pry. Staff was preoccupied with setting up for the next day, so we had to walk over to the bartender to get the wait staff to bring water, chips, etc."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "This was my second time here and the food was Amazing just like the first time. We got the handmade Guac this time and it was so good. The restaurant was lively and fun. Our waiter was a little bland, but he did his job and took care of us. We had a lot of time to kill so took our time eating and finishing our drinks and were not rushing at all. Can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The all home made was really evident. All dishes were excellent. The salsa was amazing."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Our first time at La Sandia was a pleasant dining experience. We enjoyed the food. Tasty and large portions. Good drinks. We will return."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great exciting unusual dishes, all are very delicious! Try the guacamole, as it is made fresh at the table. The tres leches cake was amazing as a dessert. Will most definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "The homemade items really make a difference. The salsa is outstanding."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We ordered the Tamale Combo as an appetizer. It was terrific. Our entrees were also very tasty. Serving size was adequate for all."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Food was delicious and fresh. Very pleasant. Service was slow as it was busy but it was only lunch... I clearly stated I had made the reservation through open table but then I received message I did not show up! Frustrating I had to justify it..."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Two thumbs up for the food and excellent customer service from Northfield, Stapleton - La Sandia branch! We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Very good food and service was outstanding. We were early for dinner, so not very crowded. Excellent guacamole and entrees!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We used a travelzoo voucher and it was worth every penny. The food is quality and not quantity. The restaurant is located in the Northfield area so parking is abundant and free if you park in the back. This restaurant has a variety of tasty alcoholic drinks as well. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. We will definitely dine her in the near future!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013