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About 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.
McLean, VA 22102
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)
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking garages located on both entrances to mall
Tyson's Corner Metro; Silver Line
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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.
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.
La Sandia Ratings and Reviews
The waiter was no where to be found when we needed him, I could understand if it were to be busy but it wasn’t actually. Given the wrong drink to my son and forgot about my other sons drink on top of that. Took about 30 min for him to receive his as well. We didn’t feel welcomed just more of a rush feeling. Felt like he didn’t know what he was doing in a way. But we did give him a good tip even though it should have been $8 from a $140 bill
Food and service were good as usual. The staff was knowledgeable about gluten sensitivities. Unfortunately, they haven't had GF chips for us on our last two visits, but on this visit they offered to drain the fryer and make chips for us in fresh oil. Since it would have taken awhile, we declined the offer. However, the fact that they were willing to go through the effort to provide them for us was appreciated. Food was great as always. The restaurant wasn't all that busy so I was a little surprised that they chose to seat us so close to other guests, especially since we have kids, but it turned out fine.
The restaurant was VERY cold. Nearly everyone there had to keep their coats on.
My dinner arrived COLD!! The soup had not been heated at all. Then I tried the taco and enchilada and they too were only like warm. I asked that the soup be heated. It was returned to me and it was now a little more than lukewarm.
After I tried the taco and enchilada and found them cold I asked that they too be reheated. They were then returned to me after being “reheated” and were slightly warm, NOT hot!
The waitress did as she was asked and took the things to be reheated but she didn’t seem to know what to say about the situation. It was. Very disappointing meal. I will not be returning. I used to really enjoy this restaurant.
Had a gift card and decided to use it at this location for a date night. Ultimately, it was pretty disappointing. Initial greeting at host stand was the first red flag... felt like we were bothering the young man working based on his interaction with us. Were seated in the back at a nice table that was quiet and were near several other couples out on dates as well. Very nice décor and overall ambiance in the room. Took over 10 minutes before our server greeted us. She seemed pleasant enough, but nothing special or notable. She accidentally knocked the straw from my water glass and I had to ask for a replacement, the one that landed on the floor stayed their throughout our entire stay. Ordered nachos and they came very quickly and were quite good! Great app for the menu as prep is quick and it arrived at the table very quickly. Tried to order a bottle of garnache but after about 5 minutes we were told by our server that they were out. We ordered a bottle of tempranillo, bartender came this time to let us know it was also out of stock. The next two wines we hoped for were also out of stock. Settled on the red Sangria... was tasty, but the apples used were very mealy. They staff began setting up for a large part right next to us, we asked if they could put the party somewhere else or move us so we would not be next to a large group; this was a good thing as it was mostly kids and they were quite loud even several tables away. We ordered the Garlic Shimp Tamal and the steak fajitas. The tamal was tasty and a pretty good dish overall. The steak for the fajitas was cooked to a proper med-rare and the accompaniment items were nice; however, the steak was quite small for fajitas and it tasted like the grill had not been cleaned in some time. I couldn't taste the meat or any seasoning... only dirty grill. skipped dessert as a result. getting the check also took over 10 minutes. We'll be heading to Rio in RTC from now on. No urgency or attention to detail.
The service was not what I would expect. I took my employees for a holiday lunch. My first employee arrived and they made her wait at the bar even though they weren’t busy. Then they wanted to squeeze 6 people in 2 two tops and we said no. They put 3 together. Did I mention they weren’t busy?
One of my employees is Mexican American and she told me the chili relleno was not properly prepared. She returned it but was never asked why. (The chili was not roasted enough and the batter was thick and tough). Her replacement meal took so long we were all past finished. I commented and was told “the kitchen is crazy.” I don’t think the server rushed the order as is common for a return. He just let it sit in the queue.
After complaining twice, no manager. I guess no one cares.
It was really bad experience. After we ordered, musicians came for a private party and the music was way too loud and literally ruined our dining experience. We already see having drinks and ordered the food, and we were stuck. Kids were very mad and irritated.
Arrived at La Sandia just before our reservation time and was immediately seated. Service was prompt, polite, friendly and accurate. We chose to sit on the "patio" (facing the mall), and the noise was a bit more than we'd like; I recommend sitting "inside" (the whole restaurant is in the mall).
The food was delicious! We had the appetizer platter, chicken mole and the carnitas. All dishes were tasty and beautifully presented. As a native of El Paso, Texas, I can say authoritatively this IS authentic Mexican food.
Love the carnitas here and the table top guacamole was great albeit could have used a bit more salt. My friends ordered enchiladas and they looked great. When I am looking for authentic Mexican food I often go to Sandia. It also helps that they have good servers. Altogether a very positive dining experience.
Based on the other reviews, I had high expectations for La Sandia. We arrived at 6 PM on a weekday and it was rather dead in the restaurant, but the bar seemed to have a good business going. Waiter was a bit on the odd side. He seemed very uncomfortable explaining things to us. When we asked what was good on the menu, he essentially rattled off 50% of the menu as his "favorites". OK....that wasn't really very helpful. We all ordered drinks and water. The margaritas came out with glasses packed with ice...the water glasses came with three ice cubes at best. And every refill of water had NO ice cubes! I ordered the pork carnitas...they were dry and really not flavorful. Others said their meals were good. Next time I'll try a different restaurant instead.
Excellent and unique Mexican cuisine with something for everyone. Interesting twists on typical dishes. Well mixed margaritas and a wide selection of tequilas for even the most particular palate. Attentive and friendly servers round out a delightful dining experience!
I've been going here for years. My favorite dish is the Chicken Zarape. That being said, I do feel the quality has declined the last couple of years. The creamy white rice that comes with it used to be absolutely divine. It was so soft and creamy it was like eating some secret food of the Gods that mere mortals weren't supposed to have. And to think it was just rice. Over the past few years, my family has never encountered the consistency of the rice that La Sandia used to serve. It's more coarse now and definitely not the same. It's still decent, but it's not something that makes us want to go back every week like it used to be. The chicken itself is still decent, although the flavors don't quite pop as much any more.
The other dishes are decent and I would venture to say if you eat here, you'll be pleased with the flavor profiles of the dishes. However, I have heard much griping from friends about the value of the guacamole. It's quite expensive for what you actually get. They make it in front of you, but it's really not that entertaining to watch them make it and I'd rather they cut a few bucks off the cost and make it in the kitchen so I don't have to sit awkwardly while my conversation is interrupted by the waiter trying to make conversation while he makes the guacamole for me. I've made better tasting guacamole at home for much less than I pay here.
The margaritas are a little expensive too, however I guess that goes with the area around here.
My husband and I were excited to come to one of our favorite Mexican places as a Cinco de Mayo date night before our baby arrives next month. The live band was great unfortunately they definitely should not have placed them in the restaurant! It was deafening and we weren't even sitting very close! If you tried to go to the bar, it was actually painful! The service was a little slow and lacking as well. We were a bit disappointed this time around.
While La Sandia is usually a favorite of mine for pre-movie dinner and drinks, on Cinco de Mayo you want to be anywhere but here. The small space crammed a 5 piece mariachi band in that played eardrum-rupturing music, making it impossible to communicate with anything but hand signals. To add insult to head pounding injury, the margaritas were all sour mix. As regulars, we felt taken advantage of with the low quality margs which we know to be reliably good. And as patrons looking to have some festive Mexican food, we felt like the loud music was a ploy to keep people from lingering. So we did leave, after asking the waitress to speak with the manager about the noise, and after waiting half an hour for bad drinks. We went to the neighboring Gorson Biersch where the drinks, food, service, and noise level were so enjoyable, we have a new favorite spot.
Went for Cinco De Mayo and it was extremely busy as expexted, food, service and band were good. The only bad thing was the volume of the band playing, they did not need speakers in such a small area, they were so loud you could not have a conversation amongst the table. So we quickly ate and left would have loved to spend more time.
Since we were there on Cinco de Mayo there was a live band playing. The music was entirely too loud. We could not hear each other and were having to practically yell in order to hear each other.
I appreciate the thought of having the live music for the occasion but it made the dinner an unpleasant experience because we could not hear each other.
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