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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La Sandia reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (22)great for lunch (15)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (9)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (5)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Decent food and fair service
    FromDCVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The food was good. Portions are not huge but are decent. The main issue was the service. We has to ask for everything - refills, silverware, check. We just didn't find our server. For example, my entree came with a small bowl of soup, yet we didn't have a spoon. If you are at the mall it's a good place to grab a meal, but not worth a trip for that alone.
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    kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in the Mall
    KyriakiChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    it is so much happiness having your Friday or Saturday night out with friends or "honey" it is inside one of the most sophisticated shopping mall and district in the north east and a great hang out for young, business, college age and professionals, even grandma and grandpa will enjoy the scene. La Sandia provides the fun, food and festivities all at once. the server and staff are warm and friendly and knows what you might enjoy depending on how you feel for the day, make sure you ask them.. Happy hour is fantastic, bring 20 of your friends & still show off paying the bill under $100, now that does not include the drinks. although, there are happy hour prices for beer & alcohol. must check & ask.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and terrific service
    SouthernFoodie
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    I had the carnitas and they were delicious! Our waitress was new and a little nervous however she did a terrific job.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salsa to die for!
    Happy
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Took my daughter to celebrate summer. The Salsa and chips they start you with are delicious! The chips are hot and the salsa smokey. Great! I followed with Pork Carnita tacos! Outstanding. My daughter loved the chicken tortilla soup. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un family friendly.
    Foodiefamily
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Called ahead and asked that even though we were a party of 10 (with 5 being kids) to use private room if it was empty. The manager said if it was not being used by a larger party, no problem. We arrived and Gaby the hostess rudely told us the private room was not an option to our party (not that either was occupied). Then sat my family next to the bar. I don't know about other moms but children and infants in a bar is not my type of family fun. Then the manager Juan comes over and asks to take away my infant stroller. I kindly asked to keep it- He proceeds LIE and tell me the restaurant is fully booked. Well it never reached over 50% capacity, a lot of empty tables for a place that was "full". Will not be going back, nor can I recommend,
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  • Food was OK. Service was poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    From the looks of La Sandia, it looks like a nice restaurant. The food was ok. The service was poor. The server forgot the milk for my daughter and my wife ordered a trio entree with soup and was not given a spoon. The server noticed that she didn't have a spoon and told us that he would bring one over and never did. We tasted the soup with our forks and it didn't taste good so we decided not to remind him that he forgot. Their signature guac tasted ok. I could have made the same thing at home for a lot cheaper. $9.95 for a small amount of guac is not worth it.
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  • Epic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    This is one of our favorite spots in the DMV! The mojito's are unbelievable, and before we knew it our group had downed two pitchers of their white sangria. We frequent often, and the drinks are ALWAYS spot on, and the food is EPIC, everything is authentic, the Guac is really good and everything we have tried has been yumtastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs to improve customer service
    Quique
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    I was looking for a new place to go to celebrate a special ocassion such as my husband's birthday, and a friend recommended me La Sandía. We made a table reservation and checked the Happy Hour menu online and I was so excited because we love tex-mex food and prices were reasonable. We ordered our food but one dish was not what we expected, others were OK - and our server never came back to check on us, we had to look for him every time we needed something, he was very busy serving other tables! We asked for silverware, napkins, glasses of water, etc.
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  • Dissapointed
    Dinexprt
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    After reading the description looked like a nice place to celebrate anniversary but instead we ordered apps and left. The hostess even tried to set us pinned in a corner next to a large family with kids when there were many other options. She finally set us at another high traffic table that looked into the kitchen. Would be an ok place for casual dining but atmosphere was lacking.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guacamole
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    The guacomole with ceviche was easily the best part of the meal. The entrees were good, but the guacamole was a standout.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    The good was excellent. They have plenty of seating. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good !'
    Arodz
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    La Sandia is always consistent when I dine there and usually it's a group of us that come. The staff is always helpful and attentive. My server this who's name I didn't get was awesome he was on top of everything. Food always consistent. Only area I see they need improvement would be in the consistency of their mixed drinks they always seem different every time I go there. Overall great experience!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    La Sandia serves high-quality Mexican food from multiple regions. The flavors are unique and pleasing, and the guacamole rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Brunch!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We have gone to Sandia for mother's day 3 years in a row now and the only problem we have had was that we always order too much food!! Everything is good and it is hard to choose what to get. The guacamole is made to order right at the table and alone is worth the trip. The only downside this year was that there was no flan on the dessert menu. An otherwise perfect visit!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Best Guacamole in the area!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    My wife and I often dine at La Sandia and the service and food are outstanding. The only thing that my wife noticed was that the menu had changed:( She loves seafood:)
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Always a fiesta
    Guacamolefan
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    La Sandia's food never disappoints. Besides the always great 'made at the table' fresh guacamole they are always wiling and able to create our requested dishes, even if they are off the menu . Love the ambiance, never had bad service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food was not good at all
    rocio
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    there were not Mexican flavor at all, tasted like can food
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicioso!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    My husband had the tamales and I had chicken mole poblano. Both were delicious and, thankfully, not hidden under a layer of cilantro (which we don't like.) The sangria rojo was delicious - if a little weak - but fine for a weeknight dinner with a drive home afterwards!
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  • A Cut Above Your Ordinary Mexican
    Vern
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    La Sandia is a cut above your ordinary run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant. Along with the normal Mexican dishes, the chef has created some great Latin American specialties such as his chorizo empanadas, which are to die for. This is not your normal TexMex restaurant and the food tends to be quite a bit more authentic. It could be a bit more spicy, however, but then I imagine that it has been toned down for the 'gringo' crowd. Service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • The dinner itself was great,
    DCAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    The dinner itself was great, and we had a very pleasant and accommodating server. However, we sat at the bar for a bit after dinner (around 9 pm), and were very surprised to see the bar staff cleaning the bar and basically shutting things down right in front of the patrons, during operating hours. This seemed odd to the both of us, with us both thinking that these activities should take place after hours. Hardly a way to encourage your guests to enjoy the bar area (and keep people around). The management really needs to rethink this...
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  • A surprisingly good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    For some reason, I never really viewed this place as a top option when I dine in the Tysons Corner mall, but after a few meals there, I've got to say that I'm a convert. The food has always been very good, and the service always attentive. The ribs are a sleeper on the menu. You'd never think of a Mexican joint having good ribs, but they are some of the best in the area.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess seated us immediately.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Hostess seated us immediately. We were a group of 7 and arrived at 9PM. This was my 1st time at the restaurant however a couple of people in our group had come before. No waiters came to us until I went back to the hostess after being seated for over 15 min. Finally got our Chips/Salsa, took our beverage order and again disappeared for over 10 min. Upon his return he stated that the entire crew is exhausted as they had a busy night. Bad service, cold food. Did not even refill our water. The best part of the evening at La Sandia were the mints that I picked up when leaving this restaurant.
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  • It was pretty good Mexican.
    outnaboutVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    It was pretty good Mexican. The tortilla soup was way too salty - had to send it back. Chips and salsa are outstanding. Corn soup was very good, though almost too sweet. Traditional margarita was much better than the top end margarita. I thought the Carnes Asada was very good, and wife thought the Chicken dish was outstanding. Decor is upscale mall - thought it would be a little nicer ambiance. Waiter was very knowledgable, if a a little talkative. We decided we'd probably be back, though it wasn't out of this world.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serious Upscale Mexican in a Mall
    RLCinVAVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    The monthly festivals have been wonderful. First teh chili relleno, then the tamales, next the guacamole. Love this place. don't be fooled by the mall location, this is a serious restaurant!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was perfect. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Service was perfect. Food was amazing! Glad we picked this place, and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Great Customer Service!
    ChattyGirl
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    My parents were celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary and had JUST flown in from CA. They were tired and hungry and Emily and Juan made them welcome by greeting us and wishing them Happy Anniversary! Then Victor, our server, was very attentive and quick with the drinks. The surprise tres leches cake with sparkler at the end of the meal was especially nice and having Juan come over to speak to my Mom in Spanish with a sincere interest was the perfect ending to their long travel day! Love this place, and will always go back - but this night, they were especially spot on!!!
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    The restaurant is in a mall and it is absolutely mediocre and overpriced given the overall ambiance, food, service and overall experience..No water was offered from start to end. Drinks were ok. Mango Mojito was too sweet for my liking or I guess I should have informed about the level of sweetness I prefer. I ordered BBQ chicken chipotle salad which was good. Chicken Mole Poblano looked awful, no presentation at all.. but sauce was mole sauce was good. They did not bother to check if we wanted to eat dessert. For that price, I would recommend Seasons 52, Brio or Costal Flats. We have always loved the vibrant atmosphere in these restaurants.. Thought La Sandia would be good but not that great..
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  • No More La Sandia for Us!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Considering this is a Richard Sandoval restaurant we expected much more than we got from this establishment. It is inside the Tyson's Corner Center and activity around the restaurant is very hectic. We were seated on the indoor patio which was quite loud. Our waiter seemed overworked and showed up sporadically since he was also waiting on tables inside. I had tamales which were too dry and the filling was very sparse. The watermelon margarita was small (for $9.00), had very little alcohol and was filled with too many chunks of watermelon. Linda's enchiladas were chewy and not warm enough. Guacamole was too chunky and, believe me, I like chunky guac - but it was not mixed together properly. Selection of tequilas was quite good for Va.
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  • I love the feel of this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I love the feel of this place. The food was super yummy and be sure to order the guacamole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The homemade guacamole is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    The homemade guacamole is outstanding, a must if you go.
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  • Great for a ladies nite out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    Great for a ladies nite out. Also good for vegetarians.
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  • Good food - especially in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Good food - especially in a mall! Tamales are great
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    birthday
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Great dining experience! Guacamole was excellent as a starter! For a lighter dish the fish tacos are an excellent choice suggested by our server as well as the enchiladas!! Must try the "can't decide" dessert choice. Te tres leche and banana empanada are incredible!! The service was excellent and we would definitely dine again!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food/Drink/Service Trifecta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    This was our first visit to La Sandia - and it certainly won't be our last. From the margaritas (strong and flavorful), to the chips/salsa (warm and authentic), to the food itself (creative and tasty), to the service (attentive without being intrusive) the experience was a total success. The sopas de carnitas appetizer was an amazing combination of flavors - so good I almost ordered another one (it only came with three semi-small portions). The spicy orange margarita was as described (and I liked it) but I switched back to the cadillac tradicional as it was outstanding! Don't let the fact that this restaurant in a mall deter you from going - you'll be glad you did!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Food was excellent and so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Food was excellent and so was the service. A little on the loud side but then what place isn't where the food and spirits are lovely.....;-)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I enjoy the happy hour specials. I've told others about it.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • The food at La Sandia was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food at La Sandia was amazing. The restaurant was beautiful. The drinks were VERY tasty. My service was not good at all, but I don't think it was a reflection of the overall service. I saw all of the other wait staff performing outstandingly and with ease, I think it was just my waiter. I would definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The food was terrific, we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was terrific, we got shrimp and steak fajitas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Wonderful restaurant that my sister and I tried on Valentine's Day - the guacamole appetizer is muy delicioso!
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was not my first trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    This was not my first trip to this restaurant. The food as usual was good. The noise was too loud, and the service wasn't that great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic