La Sandia

4.5
874 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 874 people are saying
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MariaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

German was really nice, we celebrating my daughter and husband birthday was perfect.

La Sandia
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Maria! Thank you for coming in to celebrate your family's birthdays with us! We're so thrilled we could make it a perfect La Sandia dining experience! We welcome the shoutout for German and we'll be sure to pass it on. Looking forward to your next visit with us!

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Ntha31
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place! We reserved a table for my wife’s birthday for dinner. Our server was very friendly and they allowed us to bring our own birthday cake! They even gave us candles and let us sing happy birthday. Food was great and the drinks were incredible. Not very noisy and just a great place to have dinner. Would definitely recommend! The only minor thing I would say was I was seated on the booth/couch seating and I’m 5’11 and I felt like I was sinking in the seat. After sitting for 3 hours it was a little uncomfortable. But other than that a great place!

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BFriars55
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience3

None of us enjoyed our entrees. Seemed overly tart and acidic, without other flavors to balance out. Server was borderline surly, quite rude to my Mom when she reminded him she’d please like more salsa to go with the tortilla chips. Overall, a “meh” experience that literally left a sour taste in my mouth.

La Sandia
Responded on January 12, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to review La Sandia. We’re disappointed to hear that your experience was less than amazing and that your server was not engaging. We prepare our dishes with expertise and high quality ingredients so they are flavorful and enjoyable so it's rare when we hear this type of feedback. We appreciate you sharing as it helps us improve going forward. We hope you'll give La Sandia another try, as we truly are committed to providing a great experience for all of our guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Okay experience. I will go back anytime soon.

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DCInsider
Panama
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Slow service and the food was just okay. I have given this place se eral tried and don’t plan to return.

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vipIn2goodfood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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SamuelR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The was great service not so much. We had empty bottles and glasses half way through our meal and the waiter was no where to be found. We got up to order our own drinks with the bartender. Sadly that’s were a tip reflects on.

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vipKrupalS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Gave us chicken enchiladas when we had requested the vegetarian ones and didn’t apologize for it

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MOMar
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful service

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JKai
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The steak tacos are really good and worth it.
Food was served very quickly and there is nothing to complain about anything.

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AndrewW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow and you could tell food was sitting under heat lamp for awhile.

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PrestonW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, unfortunately for some reason even though they had numerous tables open they decided to put guests right next to us. So instead of us ordering dessert and a second round of drinks we decided to leave.

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KatyLady
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of seven including two children. We had excellent and quick service and everything was delicious. We were glad to be able to make a reservation as other places in the neighborhood would not allow us to make reservation for more than six people. We did not feel like we were a problem for the restaurant.

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MAUREENS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff were lovely. I will return just for the people there. I had the shrimp diablo and it was good, but I don't think it was worth the price.

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Sonia
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We loved the fact that the waiter wore a mask and we could sit anywhere we liked. Food was good. My Berry margarita was terrific. The only item they could improve is the lemonade that came with the kids meals. They didn't like it because it was watery. I tried it and didn't think it was even lemonade. The staff were friendly and the place was really clean.

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MikeD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I used open table to book and specifically asked for a good table for a special event (birthday). I asked to be away from any serving areas and kitchen. A sullen teenage hostess seated us right next to the servers area. The day was saved with a decent waiter and excellent food. Would I return? Maybe but competition is fierce with good restaurants so why put up with so-so customer service? You can do better La Sandia.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time great food

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GurmeetS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible service, so so food and very bad vibe. Nothing more needs to be said

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SusanG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent guacamole! The best. Extensive wine and beverage selection.

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vipNotasgoodashoped
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was bland. Margaritas were great

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EliH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Our top pick for authentic, fresh and tasty Mexican, and awesome drinks!

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vipJillian
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Super slow service.

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vipGreat
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy LaSsndia. Delicious food and great service.

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IsisG
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food and the service! Great quality and not overpriced!

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PilarM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s really good food here and I like that it’s in the mall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment

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Abadnight
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great when they got it right.

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vipVictoriaN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and service. Very noisy inside. Great little find esp in a mall!

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TheHow
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Every time we eat at La Sandra, we are very satisfied.

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LarryB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Reserved a table for Mother's Day. Sat out in a little area facing the mall. Not too loud, even with all of the people going by. Service was okay and food was satisfying.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Sent back the enchiladas as they were sour from the tomato sauce & also Ask our server if the had refined beans (very nicely) and he had the manager come over with a very rude attitude . Seemed like they must get complaints often based on the way we we’re treated. =(

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Sunkist7210
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and came out quickly. Watermelon cucumber infused tequila margarita was tasty. All of our drinks took a long time to get and sometimes had salt, other times not - no consistency with the alcoholic drink orders. Nachos needed more cheese in my opinion. Chicken/Steak fajitas, pork tacos, and flautas were delicious.

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reggieg
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was poor, waiter was almost confrontational with my friends. After service we had to wait for almost an hr because he couldn't figure out the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I keep coming back because everything is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Nice personnel. Good food. Nice vibe.

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vipEthiopianGem
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Underwhelming food. Big rice grains that seemed old. Beans, ugh. The only fresh food item and saving grace was shrimp tacos.

The server was pleasant and attentive. My mojito was average. COVID protocol was good so the environment felt safe. For a mall location especially, it was quiet on a weekday afternoon.

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HarrisK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was solid and was exactly what we needed before a mall day.

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience with us at La Sandia! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five-star review and we hope to see you again in the restaurant soon.

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vipLaurie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and atmosphere were wonderful! We went for lunch on Sunday to beat the crowds and enjoy a date with no kids! Loved our attentive server. The food was even more fabulous than usual. I had the best burrito ever! We can’t go to La Sandia and not get the guacamole. It was so good....as usual.

If you haven’t yet found your way to La Sandia, do yourself a favor and go! If you haven’t been in a while, go back. In either case, you will thank me. ;)

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We truly have the best guests! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a glowing review and sharing your experience with us. We hope to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our time at La Sandia- it’s our go to restaurant! The fajitas are always so good. we tried to the Guacamole as well and it was very fresh. Our waitress was great as well! Thank you!

La Sandia
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are delighted to see you enjoyed your experience at La Sandia! We are always striving to create amazing experiences for our guests, so If there is anything else we can do on your next visit to make it a five-star experience, please let us know. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Morenita
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was not good, we got our food, the waiter did not comeback to check on us. We have to request the utensils, the person that delivered the food was not friendly. The food was ok. Will not be coming back! Sorry

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La Sandia is rated 4.5 stars by 874 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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