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
30 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (13)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
  • Excellent food, poor service
    vtvalenz
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    Excellent food, except for the crispy rice. The quesos fundidos with mushrooms and chorizo were AMAZING. The tortillas are excellent, very fresh. The service was terrible! The server never brought my daughter's dessert (not charged though) but were charged for husband's birthday dessert (removed from check when we asked about it). We waited a long time between ordering appetizers and entrees, and waited almost 15 minutes from the time we received the check to the time we paid it. I complained to the manager who is trying hard to train the servers, and he is the longest standing manager of 3 1/2 months.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hostess was unbelievably rude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Hostess was unbelievably rude and mean, and even though we had a reservation, would not seat us until everyone else who had not had a reservation, got seated. We ended up getting seated way after our reservation time. We complained to the manager and he gave us a few free appetizers. So after that everything was fine. Would probably not go here again because of that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for Mexican food.
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    Good place for Mexican food. Sometimes inconsistent. But usually very good.
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  • i've dined at La Sandia, many
    cosmicgirl
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    i've dined at La Sandia, many times and it never fails to impress. Beautiful food. Interesting drinks and warm friendly service. Love the place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Not bad food but blah restaurant.
    Live2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    Table side guacamole was a joke. It consisted of the waitress mashing the avocado with a soap spoon into a bowl already filled with the other ingredients. The mushroom flat bread was very good but the main dishes were no better than average. When the waitress brought the check, I asked for the dessert menu and was told the kitchen closed 25 minutes ago. I thought this was outrageous because they accepted a 9 PM reservation. The service was blah and not particularly attentive. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had not been to the dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2012
    We had not been to the dining deck at Santa Monica Place before our visit to La Sandia, and it was a very enjoyable experience. The restaurant is very open and airy with a lot of variety in the seating/table options. There is enough space between tables/parties so that it is not loud. Our favorite item was the sweet corn tamale-the rest of the food was great as well however the sweet corn tamale was an unexpected gem. the menu has classic favorites but also has some unique touches as well. We also felt that the prices were reasonable for the restaurant type.
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  • Good food and service. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    Good food and service. The salsa is awesome! Guac made at the table. Sweet corn tamales were delicious. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My fave spot in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    I love this restaurant. It covers a few key bases for me (I live in the neighborhood): 1) It's perfect for a business lunch in that oh-so-L.A. sort of way. 2) It's perfect for romantic dinner or brunch with friends 3) It's perfect for taking out-of-town visitors who want that whole "eating outdoors" thing... breeze, palm tree views, blue skies. 4) Just craving a margarita? Cozy up to the bar. 5) Really excellent & flavorful Mexican food, every single time. If you're there on a weekend at night it's gonna be crowded, and that's when things inside get a little too noisy. So if you want a quiet romantic dinner, come on the late side during the week. Or if you're lucky and can get an outside table on one of the 2 patios, you'll be
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food has been excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2012
    The food has been excellent both times I've gone. The service has been extremely friendly but has been slow both times. Due to the slowness of service each time, we have been comped churros by the manager without having asked. That has made the wait more than worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service. We barely saw
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Bad service. We barely saw hour waiter. When he did show up, he would get the orders wrong. Our one course dinner took over two hours. Food was below average. Very bland. My steak was over cooked. It's too bad the food and service are not good here because the decor is very nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    My husband an I were looking forward to dining there before we went to Cirque Du Soliel. We were seated right away as we had reservations. The waiter was great, the margaritas were good, but the food was tasteless. I had carnitas tacos and my tortillas were linp and dripping in oil! The carnitas meat had very little flavor and the beans were blah. I'm Mexican and I cook mexican food and this is not traditional mexican food. We will not dine there again.
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  • Restaurant was great. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Restaurant was great. The flowers ordered from the link in reservation e-mail, was not 100%. The flowers arrived in poor condition, almost dead to be exact. Luckily the restaurant went out of their way to replace the flowers. The restaurant itself was a great experience.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for margaritas, chips and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/2/2012
    Go for margaritas, chips and salsa; skip dinner - too expensive and underwhelming; might be good for lunch on a beautiful spring/summer day in Santa Monica. Still there are so many other wonderful and better places for Mexican/Spanish and/or similar fusion foods in Los Angeles!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will not return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    Food was ok,beans and rice were bland and had no taste.not what you would expect from a well known chef. Service was horrible, never once got a drink refill. Never saw our waitress after we ordered until we flagged someone down to get the bill, then she returned.Other staff brought out the food, she never even checked on us after the food came out to make sure it was right.
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  • La Sandia--too big for its britches
    Canyongal
    Dined on 1/16/2012
    Food was overpriced. Drinks weak. Boring atmosphere. Mexican food shouldn't be so 'highbrow'.
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  • killer salsa, the chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2012
    killer salsa, the chicken dishes are amazing, try to creamed rice, the service is always really slow, they don't refill drinks including water, and they only bring one basket of chips and salsa
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good upscale Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Very good upscale Mexican food! Drinks are good and the service is great. Nights in Santa Monica can be cold and the "open flow" of the restaurant can be a bit chilly...food is a bit expensive but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best salsa ever! It's
    LAfoodie2
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    The best salsa ever! It's smoky with just the perfect amount of spice. Perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even with a reservation for
    danceaJEGVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    Even with a reservation for 5 they placed us at a dining room table for 12. When we asked them for a different table they said none were available, although less than 10 minutes later several large booths around our giant table opened up. Our waiter seemed incredibly stressed and his visits were few & far between. It took them a long time to even take our drink order and only brought one basket of chips for the long table they made us sit at. The guacamole was really good & the house margarita was great but the main dishes were nothing special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A PA review of La Sandia
    LMS4500
    Dined on 12/14/2011
    We thought the margaritas which they are noted for were superb. The food was excellent and the guacamole made at table side was to die for, the roasted corn soup, LaSandia salad, the chicken, all fresh and excellent. The noise that night was a bit much due to a Christmas party as can be expected at parties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's a nice place to hang
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    It's a nice place to hang out. The bar area was hopping but we got a table. We sat outside and it was cozy. The food was just okay. Our server needs more experience. He did a disappearing act and then later on, he became very attentive. I don't know if he was able to calm down and be of great service or he wants us to leave the place. There was no wait and there were several tables available so I don't know.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2011
    Very disappointed with the entire dining experience. Food was mediocre, the menu reads guacamole made tableside, but the guy bring everything in a bowl , tosses tomatoes, onions and avacadoes with a fork and that's it. Chips were stale and cold. They have a huge wrought iron chandelier that is not lit up to add warmth and ambience. The fountain is not running...The only good thing i have to say is the drinks were good. Very expensive for what u get...Think twice before going if u really are looking for good authentic mexican food.
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  • Really wasn't impressed. The
    amycarolwolff
    Dined on 10/13/2011
    Really wasn't impressed. The waiter had an attitude and that tainted the remainder of the evening.
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  • WE were there for lunch and
    DebbieWhVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2011
    WE were there for lunch and it was almost empty, so the atmosphere was great. Loved our table and the wait staff was nice. We ordered salads, as it was a hot day. That was a mistake. They are nothing special, and were a bit disappointing.
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  • We went to celebrate my Birthay.
    cosmicgirl
    Dined on 10/13/2011
    We went to celebrate my Birthay. And everything was wonderful
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • An upscale Mexican restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2011
    An upscale Mexican restaurant with an interesting menu & atmosphere, with a price point to match. Food was quite good although their fajita portion was rather skimpy and the pork chop dry. Our service was exceptional and their salsa, the best I've ever had. I often bring my own wine to a restaurant so I didn't appreciate the $25 corkage fee. All in all, worth a try.
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  • Not quite the authentic cucina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2011
    Not quite the authentic cucina food I was looking for, but good none the less.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service from the waiters is
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2011
    Service from the waiters is always a little lacking here, but the food is outstanding. Manager is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are visiting LA and were
    JerseyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2011
    We are visiting LA and were looking for good Mexican food in Santa Monica. La Sandia fit the bill. The food was great. Outstanding guacamole! A really good Margarita. Energetic without being too noisy.
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  • Great guacamole and watermelon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2011
    Great guacamole and watermelon juice! Recommended for lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • The food was FANTASTIC! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    The food was FANTASTIC! I love Mexican food and I've eaten at nearly every Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, La Sandia just moved to the top of my list. The only negative was our waiter. Not very attentive. However, there was a gentleman, I don't know who he was (manager?) came to our table several times to check on us, he was wonderful. So even though the waiter wasn't at his best, that wouldn't stop me from eating at La Sandia, a great spot!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asked to sit outside a perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/1/2011
    Asked to sit outside a perfect California afternoon. Views of the Third Street Promenade were interesting. Tableside prepared guacamole was delectable, and although I found the food delicious it lacked a touch of heat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming...
    Bretttinla
    Dined on 6/9/2011
    La Sandia is simply underwhelming - no other way to describe it. The food is decent, but not what you would expect from a notable chef in an incredible location. The staff is nice, but they don't go out of the way to make you feel welcome. I am writing this review after 4 visits over the past 6 months, so it isn't based upon one experience. I choose La Sandia for location and outdoor dining, but would not dine there if I weren't meeting friends at Santa Monica Place.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Food was delicious and so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2011
    Food was delicious and so were the drinks ;).Entire staff was very friendly and attentive. Would definitely return to again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Nice Mexican restaurant in
    SofiaVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2011
    Nice Mexican restaurant in the new Santa Monica Mall. The food was good, the service not so much. One of our dishes was wrong, and we had to wait an additional 20 minutes for the correct dish to be served.
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  • All else pales when compared
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2011
    All else pales when compared to the wonderful table side guacamole.
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  • Convenient location and parking.
    lunchanddinner
    Dined on 4/21/2011
    Convenient location and parking. The food was par.
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  • Great Restaurant. Service
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2011
    Great Restaurant. Service could have been a lot better on this visit, but in general, it is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The service was great and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2011
    The service was great and the staff was even better!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Mexican cuisine. Warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2011
    Unique Mexican cuisine. Warm service. Good drinks. Great option for interesting Mexican dining.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate