La Sandia
La Sandia

La Sandia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/lasandiavirginia/index.htm
  • Phone: (703) 893-2222
  • 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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La Sandia reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (27)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (19)kid-friendly (14)special occasion (11)vibrant bar scene (10)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Im sure when the place is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2009
    Im sure when the place is full, it is quite noisy. Partions that they have would not break up the noise much. Colorful, but not useful. I ordered the sangria, which was very unmentionable. Tasted like water flavored with fruit. We ordered our meal and within 5 minutes we had our food. The portions were good, not too much and not too litte. The service was very good and attentive. I had beef enchiladas, which were well seasoned, and the beef was very tender. Salsa and chips were provided and the chips were crisp and not oily. Salsa was perfect, not too hot. We didnt order dessert, they didnt seem worth it. $3 for little tastings. We went elsewhere for dessert.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Overall the food was delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/22/2009
    Overall the food was delicious. Our server Juan was great and his recommendations made our meal even better. The manager, Minh was very nice during the table visit. Appetizers were good. Ceviche was very, very good and we enjoyed the guacomole. We ordered the chicken/shrimp fajitias and the ahi tuna salad. Our entrees were a good portion and tasted grea. This was a nice dinner after an early movie at Tysons. Mojiotios were made perfectly. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was very good - the tuna
    JeffHVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2009
    Food was very good - the tuna on the Chile Crusted Tuna Salad was perfectly seared and well seasoned. When the manager stopped by and found it was our first visit he had the kitchen bring us a corn tamal on the house. The Mexican Chicken Soup was very good - however, ask the waitress to explain the offer to add a mixed salad or soup of the day for $3 to any entree or appitizer - we were charged $6 and given a somewhat unclear explanation that it was to be ordered in place of a side dish (how that works with an appetizer is unclear) The waitress went to speak with the manager, however, we were late and had to leave before they could offer a correction or explanation. Other than a confusing menu, the food and service was excellent.
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  • the presentation was excellent,
    IthinkyoushouldknowVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2009
    the presentation was excellent, the chicken was a good quality and the food was very good. Price was reasonable. It was a little loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good as usual and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2009
    Food was good as usual and prices are decent. Only complaint is that the chairs are uncomfortable.
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  • Thought it was great!! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2009
    Thought it was great!! The food and service was wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Notable tequila list, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2009
    Notable tequila list, not wine list. Sangria very delicious; food is excellent and absolutely fresh.
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    notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • very good service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2009
    very good service and food was delicious! kids food was great too
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch is tremendous. Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2009
    Brunch is tremendous. Authentic Mexican breakfast is not easy to find. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good place to go with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2009
    Very good place to go with big groups such as moms' night out. Fun cocktails. Food is a bit overpriced for what you get. Be careful also as serve staff will push you to get more food than you necessary.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, some Tex-Mex,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2009
    Great food, some Tex-Mex, but mostly authentic Mexican, which is fabulous. Taste sensation! It's in the mall, but definitely the most inventive food option there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go to this restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2009
    Don't go to this restaurant. This was one of the worst meals that I have ever had. The food arrived and looked as if random leftovers had been tossed together and tasted worse. Service was strange at best and the margaritas a mixture of lime juice and seltzer. The food is NOT good. I will never go to this restaurant again.
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  • Overall the staff was fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2009
    Overall the staff was fabulous but the hostess wanted to place us in the worst tables in the entire place. It was for the most part open and she first put us at a table where we would have literally been sitting on top of someone else and then she put us in an awkward spot kind of in the middle of the room. Luckily the waitress noticed we were not happy and moved us right away. The food was excellent, portions were perfect even though they were smaller for restaurant week. Pork Carnitas are out of this world, I'd eat them again and again!
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  • It was average. My ceviche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2009
    It was average. My ceviche was oversalted, overseasoned, and cooked! The tamales were very dry. Was not impressed with the restaurant though the menu looked good. My friend had the salmon and she said it was good. The drinks were very tasty. It's a good place for being at the mall, but nothing special.
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  • Great variety of tequila's.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2009
    Great variety of tequila's. Food was just...ehh (fair). Nothing really notable or especially tasty in regards to the food. Hanging out at the bar seems more appealing.
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  • nothing short of wonderful!
    Kristin
    Dined on 8/23/2009
    nothing short of wonderful! food was fabulous!! customer service was excellent. we will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Good service, very authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2009
    Good service, very authentic Mexican food. Recommend the pork cantinas or the mole. Service has improved.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2009
    I thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. The service was great. I would recommned the guacamole and the sangria.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Very good friendly service.
    WorldtravellerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2009
    Very good friendly service. The manager came over and acknowledged that I made my reservation via OpenTable. Nice.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Sandia was magnifico! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2009
    La Sandia was magnifico! The enchiladas were excellent, and my wife's salmon was cooked to perfection. The fresh guacuamole, prepared at the table, was some of the best we've had in Greater Washington; moreover, you cannot go wrong with the frozen Mango margarita. La Sandia is also very kid friendly. The kid menu offers a few traditional kiddie plates plus a beverage and scoop of ice cream for $7. To top it off, the service was outstanding! We will definitely be back! In fact, I cannot wait to take their happy hour during the week :-)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2009
    Great restaurant and food! I'm annoyed that the OpenTable reservation link from the restaurant's website yields no points -- had I seen this more prominently, I would have just come to OpenTable to make my reservation and get points. Minor snafu on an otherwise delicious evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The food is all fresh, nothing
    VIPwithOpenTableVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2009
    The food is all fresh, nothing canned. It was delicious and the service was great!
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Good place and great mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/29/2009
    Good place and great mexican food. Very Authentic. My wife and I have been back many times. Sometimes their waiters are not aware of who is sitting where, but the food is fantastic!
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    great for lunch
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  • Food was very good. The waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    Food was very good. The waiter described it as a fusion of traditional Cal-Mex with a modern flair, and he was right. Portions were more restrained than a normal Cal-Mex place, but the much better quality of the ingredients and more care in preparation made up for it. The (almost out of fashion) trend of making (mashing) the Guacamole at the table has finally come to Northern Virginia, with good results (it could use some garlic and light heat, rather than the offered jalapenos).
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • This type of restaurant would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/13/2009
    This type of restaurant would be a lot more appealing if it were located outside of a shopping mall. The food was excellent and the service outstanding.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good service, decent mexican
    SunilVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2009
    Good service, decent mexican menu, some attempt at authenticity in the ethnic cuisine. overall, a decent choice for a variety in your weekend leaisurely bite to eat with a glass of sangria or a margarita!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Let me preface this review
    MattVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2009
    Let me preface this review by saying that you would have to consider Tysons Corner a neighborhood for this to be a "neighborhood gem"...I actually do, and I think it's great that chef Richard Sandoval opened a restaurant in our mall. The main mistake we made was eating SO many tortilla chips because the salsa was DEE-lish-ous, and then chasing those with the "appetizer" tamales, which could be a meal in themselves (and also sport a wonderful sauce)...I enjoyed my watermelon agua fresca, and wish I hadn't ordered an entree, because we were too full for dessert! We will be back, and will order lighter, saving room for a cup of chocolate abuelita.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Love the food here! It's all
    VIPwithOpenTableVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2009
    Love the food here! It's all fresh and sure tastes like it!
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Good all around. Would recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    Good all around. Would recommend this for anyone who likes Mexican/Tex Mex food. More authentic than your typical restaurant.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went to La Sandia to meet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2009
    Went to La Sandia to meet friends for drinks after work. The happy hour menu was affordable and tasty. I had the spicy orange margarita, which was a nice change from the normal margaritas one finds at most Mexican restaurants. The tequila flights that the restaurant offers looked quite tempting as well.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was not satisfied with my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/5/2009
    I was not satisfied with my first and only experience at La Sandia. I was excited to be able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at a spanish restaurant with live music. The music and food were great, the service however was in need of work. After sitting for well over 10 minutes with no greeting of any kind from any server or manager. We were finally greeted by our server, whom i had noticed passed by about 5 times before finally noticing us. I did not feel that our server was happy to be serving us and pretty much didn't come over to the table at any timely fashion at all. Not when we had requested refills, not to ask how the food was, etc. Again, Maybe it was just the service. I would definatly go there for the food and ambiance thouhg.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good mexican food is hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/5/2009
    Good mexican food is hard to find. I was very impressed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • They have finished their decorating
    USATravelorVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2009
    They have finished their decorating since the last time we dined here. The walls are now painted and they have added candles as wall sconces. The guacamole is outstanding! The food is also outstanding! Service was very fast and attentive. The food came out quickly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • La Sandia means "watermelon"
    VIPwithOpenTableVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2009
    La Sandia means "watermelon" in Spanish. The restaurant is well known for its watermelon drinks. The food is delicious and freshly prepared. Nothing comes from a canned; which is a nice change from other Mexican/Spanish restaurants. I've been to La Sandia several times and I will continue to patronize it.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2009
    Very good food. Service was good, but entrees came out too quickly (long before we finished the appetizers).
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • The food was fine, however
    zanexecVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2009
    The food was fine, however the host/hostess needs to pay more attention. I received a no-show notice..but I was there eating lunch with my client. We were the first to arrive at 11:30am, a little hard to miss huh?
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We had a great meal. The restaurant
    ChantalVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2009
    We had a great meal. The restaurant called to confirm and made a point of asking if we had any special requests. They even asked if we'd prefer a booth with a long table versus a round table for our large party of 9. Waitstaff was very accomodating, attentive to the kids, and understanding of one of our guests tardiness. It was a Sunday evening and not so busy. You can't tell you're in a mall.
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    kid-friendly
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  • The food and drinks are great;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2009
    The food and drinks are great; the service good. Why allow smoking at the bar? It permeates the restaurant. Isn't Tysons Corner Center a smoke-free environment?
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  • The food was excellent. The
    Crzy4shooz
    Dined on 3/13/2009
    The food was excellent. The staff was very friendly. I enjoyed my first visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Food selections were different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/5/2009
    Food selections were different and interesting. Very Tasty. A little pricey for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet