La Sandia

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830 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 830 people are saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
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57% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was thrown off immediately because our server thought that the kitchen closed at 7:00pm even though my reservation was for 7:00pm. She rushed us to order including handing us menus in spite of the fact that it went against their COVID policy. She eventually told us that she was incorrect about the closing time just to follow up with bringing me the incorrect order. The food was subpar except for the crab guacamole. My first and last visit.

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vipFoodie
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

We usually go there for the beef fajitas. They change their menu and display when serving this item. There was no seasoning and it’s sad because it used to be consistent. I will likely not go back again

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deena
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful should have gone to Taco Bell

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HishamG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food does not taste the same as the last time we dined there (about 2 months ago). Quality and portions of food went down!
Waiter took too long to serve requests, such as bringing additional tortillas. I had to ask a bussboy to bring them.
Also, at the end, the waiter came with the bill. Reviewing the bill for a couple of seconds and found the total amount to be higher than expected ($140). Waiter was watching from behind my back, and immediately asked to pull the bill and correct it, that is without me asking him to do so. I have the suspicion that the waiter knew the bill was wrong and thought it will pass by the customer w/o noticing, but I could be wrong! Waiter came back with the correct bill afterwards. Not a good experience to have.

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vipMalka
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were disappointed. We had enjoyed La Sandia in pre-Covid visits. We understood that menus are often limited right now. However, we found the portions small. The tortias for th fish tacos were soggy. In general the seasonings were lacking. Service was slow.

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vipHansH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and good service.

La Sandia
Responded on December 11, 2020

We're thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience at La Sandia - Tysons Corner! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five star review. We look forward to serving you again very soon!

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vipEnglishNYer
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The staff handled the covid policies very well making us feel comfortable while also checking in to make sure we had everything we needed.

La Sandia
Responded on December 10, 2020

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us a five star review. Our company places customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to achieving this with each patron. Its customers like you that make our job truly wonderful. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Everything was fine except for the veggie enchiladas. Either too much vinegar or too much tomatillo in the sauce. Extremely sour tasting.

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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
2 reviews
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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jrmgonzobday
Washington DC
7 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
23 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
3 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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La Sandia is rated 4 stars by 830 OpenTable diners.

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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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