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La Sandia

4.1
822 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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 contemporary techniques and skillful presentation. Guests will rediscover classics, such as taqueria-style tacos made with soft, corn tortillas and flavorful fillings such as chicken tinga and adobo marinated pork. Sophisticated dishes such as the Carne Asada and Salmon Adobado will expand visitors’ perception of Mexican cuisine. With over 250 varieties, La Sandia’s Tequila Bar showcases the diversity of agave-based spirits. House infused Tequilas and Tequila flights are different ways to explore the collection. A menu of handcrafted, Latin cocktails includes Tropical Fruit Margaritas, Mojitos and Sangria. Guests will also enjoy La Sandia’s menu of Mexican beers and list of Latin wines.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 822 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.0
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3.8
ambience
3.8
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great very good food and quite

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious steak tacos, pork carnitas, and watermelon agua fresca. Always a great experience.

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MichelleW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I previously dined at the restaurant a few times over the last 10 years and always enjoyed the food. However, as I have dined in many restaurants over the years, I realize that there isn’t very many options and no real creativity in the food as compared to other Mexican food restaurants. In addition, I came for brunch on a Saturday due to an email I received three weeks ago announcing bottomless brunch for $19.99 to only get there to find it it had been canceled due to customers not wanting it. In fact, the manager said that “over 60 people had walked out” because they wanted lunch and not brunch. Clearly, it was not introduced properly as every brunch venue I’ve been a patron of also offered a lunch menu as an option. The food has become lack luster and I don’t see myself as ever returning.

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Silenceisgoldendc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It’s hard for everyone during the Covid-19 distancing, but the staff did a nice job. My date and I enjoyed ourselves.

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Clawhorn63
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service.....we will come back next year on our annual trip to NVA and DC

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jrmgonzo
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back and eating out at one of our favorites. Margaritas were great also.

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MaryLouZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the new brunch it was excellent.

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ToniA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The food taste frozen and the waitress was very quiet with low energy.

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AmyG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the food exceptionally good. The server was friendly and timing of the meal was paced just right. My husband and I had the carnitas with sweet plantains on the side. Both were as good as any we’ve ever had. The couple with us felt the same way about their tacos and veggie fajitas. This is an excellent Mexican restaurant and we definitely plan to come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Chicken dishes were some of the worst; dry and bland

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Jiten
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food quality was very ordinary. I ordered a fajita and it was served in a plastic tray. It had a table spoon of guacamole and the fajitas were bathing in oil. It was really a disappointing experience and this thing costs $18 bucks. My wife had a similar experience on her dish. Not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The waitress was unfamiliar with the menu and the bar was slow to make our drinks.

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vipCynthiaO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for brunch here and service was great! Had a passion fruit, a blood orange mimosa the burrito! Very good!!

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KayMM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was not too tasty and not alot of options. Sangria was juice, didn't really taste like wine or any liquor. Appetizer was small but they gave you chips with salsa. Decor was old.

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IsraelA
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was cold well at least mine was. My family really liked it. Service could be better but I think the waiter was new so we understand. Food was really cold tho but starving so just ate wish I would’ve brought it up.

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Brian57
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I've eaten here before and it's been hit or miss - this last time was a miss. This was on a 3-day weekend on a Sunday evening at 7:15 following a movie. The place was not crowded at all and we were seated first by the bar. There were 3 in our party and we asked to be moved to a quieter location - they were seating everyone near the front by the bar to make the place look busier than it was. Service wasn't fast, but it wasn't slow either - just...there. I ordered a draft beer which arrived several minutes later and the beer was flat - probably near the end of the keg - but a bit disappointing. Next I ordered the 3 street tacos - 3 different types -what I ended up being served was 3 chicken tacos - none of the tacos I ordered were chicken. My wife ordered carnitas - they came back a few minutes later and told her they were out of carnitas but had ...you guessed it - chicken....so, this visit was not one for the ages....the next time I want to go to a restaurant following a flick, I think I'll try a different place - this one has played out for me

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vipGerryN
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selection at La Sandia is always superb. I always get the fresh guacamole served tableside. & the pozole which is hearty & filling. You can also choose to be seated in the bar area where it’s busy or opt for a quieter ambience inside. Come during happy hour for the best value on drinks & appetizers!

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HappyEater
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Good food, terrible service. Would go again in the hopes of having a more responsive server.

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vipMbo1
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great guacamole and carnitas

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LouH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Guacamole was very good but rest of food was mediocre.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Customer service is excellent. wait staff was extremely attentive. Managers are so very polite and hospitable. I would highly recommend La Sandia for family or group gatherings. Muchas gracias a managers Silvia and Amari (sp?).

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JackD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was great.
Much attention from servers was good, frequently checking if we wanted anything.
Noise was too loud---had to shout to be heard in conversation.

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StellaF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Salsa was bland and had no flavor. Weird shade of brown. Chips were thick and bland as well. Drinks were okay—ordered house margarita. Food was just ok. We go here because it is never crowded but it’s easy to see why.

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CarolJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Decent restaurant- great ambience. Food was ok- didn’t care for the sweet corn cake- avoid if you dislike cheese with your corn.

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vipOutEast
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just not great.
Don’t expect something exciting or wonderfully flavorful.
Food was okay but not fabulous.
Selections need an update. Making the chips a little less fried could be a start. Try different beans rather than the old school refried (and full of fat) beans.
If you’re trying to eat fresh, healthy food, it will be difficult to find here.
Staff really tries — they’re cheerful and friendly but the restaurant needs attention.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Took a while before our waitress took our order. We had a few issues and one dis was incorrect and the waitress forgot to bring the salt and lemon as we politely asked. The restaurant was not very busy and the service was slow. I would probably give it another chance, however I wouldn’t recommend quite yet. Sorry, just being honest.

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MTQ1
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good staff that accommodated my large party.

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Annj
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

It was my first time at this restaurant but I will be returning. The food and atmosphere were great. We weren't sure about the waitress though. I'm not sure that she ever said anything and we were not sure if she understood us. Perhaps she is just a quiet person. She was very nice though. Wonderful restaurant.

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vipSean
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small mistake occurred with the restaurant — management could not have been more responsive and professional.

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restondiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The fajitas were $23 and came with very little meat and veggies. We eat here often and the quality of the food has decreased.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We couldn't hear each other to have a conversation at a circular table of 8. We waited 10 minutes for water, and 30 for our first drink. Our waiter we thought was the bus boy when he dropped the water - no greeting. He kept running off like a chicken with his head cut off, and it was uncomfortable to watch. He had a habit of serving one table and making a mad dash to the kitchen w/o making eye contact w/ other tables. We ran out of flour tortillas for the fajitas and it took over 10 minutes for them to bring more. He never checked on us after serving the food or first round of drinks, and when we got his attention to say one of us had not received a meal, it took 15 minutes for that meal to arrive at the table. That person also was told they had run out of her special water drink. She happened to be the birthday guest of the evening, but we had never mentioned it to restaurant staff. She loves Uncle Julio's and had not chosen this restaurant. None of us enjoyed the first time experience, and we drove 45 minutes to get there. I am fairly sure none of us will be going back.

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JuanitaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Ate here before watching a movie.Not impressed with the server. First she brings food that no one in our section ordered. When she brought our taco salads, she brought the wrong one for my friend. The server was frazzled.

La Sandia
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hi Juanita - First and foremost, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so sorry to hear that your service was not up to our usual standards. We will address these concerns with our staff to ensure this does not happen again. We hope that you will give La Sandia another chance in the future!

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Brooke
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was so salty and small portions for the price tag of each entree.

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JudyE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We each had the mixed tacos - very tasty and nice to be able to have the variety of flavors. Excellent cocktails, too!

La Sandia
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks so much for taking time to leave us a review, Judy! We are glad that you enjoyed the cocktails & the tacos. We hope you will come back and visit us again at La Sandia! :)

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Multipass
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service... good food

La Sandia
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review - we hope you can come back and visit us again soon!

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vipArcher
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We came on a Tuesday and the restaurant appeared to be understaffed due to multiple large parties. The server and manager were really great in addressing an issue my dining partner had, but overall, it took the server a long time to take our dinner order and then we waited even longer for our food. The food ended up coming out lukewarm and not fresh. I don't think it's necessarily the fault of our server or the manager on duty, but it wasn't the best dining experience for either of us.

La Sandia
Responded on November 7, 2019

Dear Archer - I am sorry to hear we were not able to provide you with desirable level of service and food expectations while dining at La Sandia. We appreciate your feedback and will take this as an opportunity to continuously improve our operations and hospitality.

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PaulinaR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday. Service was great and food was really good. My friends liked the place as well. We had a great time :)

La Sandia
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us, Paulina! We hope you had a wonderful day and please come back and see us again soon.

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Iceman295
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, definitely not our last!! Great dining experience all the way around!!

La Sandia
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you so much, that makes our day! We look forward to welcoming you back to La Sandia.

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La Sandia is rated 4.1 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

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