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
34 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (15)fit for foodies (11)hot spot (11)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (9)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (7)romantic (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Service
    Master
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Perfect to take out of town guests for quick shopping, beach, and a casual but nice dining experience. Margarita were on expensive side at $9 for basic, but kids menu at $4 compensates for family dining (kids menu came with main, rice, beans and ice cream). Portion is large, manager is very professional and friendly, and wait staff is on top of everything. Outdoor dining at cold night required a jacket, but the heater provided enough warmth in the end. The place is a perfect spot to relax if you're in for a shopping day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SM Place trreat
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    This Mexican gourmet restaurant is not only in a huge space, it serves delicious food. We were introduced to it by a Travelzoo offering and it was truly a DEAL! We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    RaffyVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I was expecting more so hard to give a fair review! Service was just ok- had to always ask for refills and always seemed out the server. Ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but really crazy service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Four gals, Saturday evening, 7:00...just the facts. It was so noisy we couldn't hear ourselves, and we were in the "quiet" booth in the back. The food is great, all fresh ingredients. We ordered drinks first and the waiter kept telling us we want different drinks. We just wanted simple, tequila with lime....he kept telling us to get crazy fruit drinks. We didn't want them, told him over and over. He finally brought our drinks but they were not what we ordered FOR SURE. They were very sweet drinks, some kind of concoction.. Then he told is what food to order, we compromised part of what he ordered and what we wanted, the food was good. It was so noisy we couldn't believe it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Sandia in Santa Monica - perfect
    PMH61
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Our table on the patio was great. Right under the heat lamp although it wasn't really too cold. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    sjcarter
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We went to dinner here on sat January 11th with a group of 16. The service was slow and the waiter didn't come around often enough. The food was ok, nothing special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Satisfied
    Pavie105
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I love La Sandia and everyone I take for dinner enjoys it too. Good food at good prices. The restaurant is also so beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed w/ Food/Ambience
    KlonglcswVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    First of all the hostess was great. She was very flexible with our changes to reservation (I see why-the restaurant was empty). The restaurant itself is very worn. Seated in a booth with ripped/missing leather. We asked to move as the entire restaurant was empty except for one large party. The hostess had a great attitude. The food was average. Much more like a chain mexican restaurant than a restaurant by Richard Sandoval. The drinks also were really quite poor. The pitchers of cadillac margaritas tasted like they were made with powdered lemonade. It had a distinct taste that was unlike any margarita I have ever tasted. We were celebrating with friends but had we been on our own, we likely would have left.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good overall
    FkobVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    The salsa that comes with the chips is delicious! The chicken quesadilla was a disappointment - thin, with no real chicken in it. The chicken fajita was very good. Would go back if in the area again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot Tamales!
    FoodHunterVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    We enjoyed the restaurant--this was a repeat visit for us and we were not disappointed. We shared a lobster roll and the festival Tamales. Both were very tasty and very reasonably priced. Service is friendly and upbeat. Definitely thinking of going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New find
    MrMaxeroo
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The first waiter said that the menu was "Modern Mexican". Not sure what that meant for the food we ordered seemed to be just Mexican food. However, it was very good no matter what it is called. The chips were outstanding, although a bit too thin to for the tableside made guacamole. The entrees very tasty. My wife said it was the best shrimp salad she had ever had. I ordered the combo fajitas. The chicken was too dry, but the beef was excellent. The black beans were fantastic. I didn't like the "platoon" service. There were at least four different servers. When I needed another drink, I didn't know who to flag down. All good people, but I would prefer only one waiter or waitress. We will return and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great a good place to go.
    artist
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    You just have check it out your self. Excellent food and experiance. Good as a group and hot spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not so good evening
    CarrieVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    We have been to La Sandia many times. This last visit we found the service to be poor . Water and chips never came, until we asked for them. Waiter was well informed on the menu but not attentive. I think that there was not enough help that evening. We were also seated near unruly children that hung over our booth. As the Moms left they flipped us off. I will plan on sitting in the bar area should we return. Cannot leave a private message in any detail that makes sense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing restaurant, delicious
    Pavie105
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Amazing restaurant, delicious drinks, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar looks great
    foodforthought
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I think it's great if you're looking for a bar. The bar drinks and bar atmosphere are great but if you are going for a restaurant experience it would not be my first choice. The hostess sat us in the back which she said had a feeling of being outdoors, but it did not. I ordered the fish tacos from the light menu and my husband ordered hanger steak. His was very good but mine hardly had any fish. It was all lettuce.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best Mexican Cuisine,
    CocoVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The best Mexican Cuisine, excellent service as usual.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place for lunch
    SherieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    My colleague recommended La Sandia for his birthday lunch. The restaurant is beautifully designed with the bar prominently featured in front. We were greeted by the manager and quickly sat in the patio out front. Our server was very quick to take our drink orders and describe the specials on the menu. The moles sounded great but seeing as I had to return to work, I stuck with the healthy tacos. I loved the tacos and thought they were innovative with great flavor. The mango salsa and guacamole which accompanied the tacos were delicious. My coworker comes for happy hour often and loves both La Sandia and Zengo next door. Sounds like a return visit is in order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    we had a small group, excellent location, great waiter, the white sangria is DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good Southwestern Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Its a great addition to the downtown SM area. I've been for lunch and dinner, always good service and the food is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good!
    iluvfood
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    I loved that they had a light menu option and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun outdoor spot
    mbinla
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Great for groups, the outdoor area is casual and fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, bad service
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Waitress made several mistakes including forgetting one of the entres. The chips and view make up for the bad service. The actual food from the menu is mediocre,
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FOOD! Everyone at our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    GREAT FOOD! Everyone at our table raved about how good their food was! We had so much fun too... Beautiful interior design and good service makes this a good choice for special occasions.The service was really good and handled our group beautifully, although things were a little slow at the bar. Everything went else perfectly... I will be back again, most definitely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic n yummy!
    LuvRichSan
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    The food was great, the restaurant was chic yet casual. Very good service. I love Pampano in NYC and this was an equally awesome yet different experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special, food was
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Nothing special, food was conventional, expensive as expected but I was not impressed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh...
    HappyCamperVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    I'd heard a lot about La Sandia since it opened and after finally going, I was unimpressed. The bench seats in the bar booth areas are falling apart and peeling, the menus were literally coated with margaritas/drinks/food chunks, and the food tasted bland and uninspired. The saving grace was our server who was friendly, helpful, and thorough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best Mexican restaurant
    CocoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    The best Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasted Of Money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Someone suggested we go to La Sandia for our Wedding Anniversary night out. . We both felt that the restaurant was tired. Plants had bug holes, a booth across from us had torn seat cushioning. The walls had no color and the only sense of life was the rock music playing. Music that did not fit the setting at all. I thought with this owners reputation we were going to a trendy, vibrant and foodie place. We left after a boring meal. I half thought I would write a note to corporate about our experience as they have all the elements to make it a great experience but I am guessing no one cares to bring it all together and create excellence. Sad.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    All areas underwhelmed. I was hoping for a special night with clients and it felt like a very Americanized chain restaurant. It's in a mall and lived up to what you might expect from a mall restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mexican!
    Foodielover1VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Delicious food, wonderful margarita (not too sweet). We sat outside and it was comfortable. Nothing special for a view since your sitting outside in a mall, but the food and service made it a great experience. Our server JT was very good and knowledgable. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    they had no reservation for my group! it was embarrassing!! what happened???
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok
    Blondemumsy
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    I found the hostess to be condescending. The waiter was ok but not on top of keeping beverages full. Food was so so. Salsa was fabulous that was the best thing there. Noise was almost unbearable I don't know how the staff can hear your order
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sangria sangria sangria!
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    The sangria was amazing. Staff was wonderful. Prices reasonable. And good delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, food was just ok, margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Loud, food was just ok, margaritas were awful, prices ok, service was attentive but our server just wasn't very polished.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looks Nice: Should Not Serve Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    The sauces on my plate were not a good pairing for the pork that I was eating. Half of the pork was a pile of fat and not edible. The other half was overlooked to being dark, and was greasy. The tea tasted like soap (and was probably in a poorly-rinsed glass). The tortillas needed more cooking. While in the parking lot after lunch, each of the four at lunch said they would never return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate