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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.

7852L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican

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)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 893-2222

Website:
http://www.eatlasandia.com/tysons-corner-va/

Parking Details:
Parking garages located on both entrances to mall

Public Transit:
Tyson's Corner Metro; Silver Line

Executive Chef:
Miguel Martinez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Private Room, 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.

Join us Monday-Friday for Vamonos Lunch! Choose one of your favorite lunch choices, served express, for just $9.95.

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.9

ambience

3.7

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

63% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (5)
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Worth the Drive (2)
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People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2012

I go to La Sandia frequently. The food is consistently good and the service is good as well, although the ambiance leaves something to be desired. It's often very loud, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, and the metal paneling and wood floors reflect sound rather than absorbing it, making it even worse.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2012

service coulod have been better. Waiter was slow, never refilled by tea, had to ask him for spoons. But he was pleasant and it was ok, because we were chatting.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 27, 2012

Good food, good happy hour and good for groups! Very accommodating staff which made for a successful office happy hour!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 24, 2012

The food was excellent at a reasonable price. The staff was very attentive although our server's energy level did not match the rest of the staff, or the restaurant itself. He was knowledgable and pleasant though. Great place and if we ever want to be tortured by the traffic to be in the area again we will come back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2012

We had a great time..good authentic Mexican food. It's real Mexican..not tex-mex.

Had the Chicken Tamale Mole. Need a bit more mole sauce, but was very good and moist. Wife had the fish tacos...Snapper..they looked great, wife said they were fantastic.

enjoy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Upon arriving early for our reservation, the hostess was able to accomodate us, but not without a lot of confusion and back and forth between the hostesses and a manager. We were led to our table, only to be led back to the waiting area because the table was not actually ready. We were finally seated, and after a few lonely minutes without a drink menu, our server came and from then on out took good care of us. We ordered the tableside quacamole, which was great. Our entrees were slow in coming, but worth the wait. The carnitas were excellent, as were the pork tamales. Delicious margeritas, too. Overall a good experience, a little noisy and kid-heavy, but we would definitely go back.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Great food. Speedy service. Desserts are super small, don't bother sharing unless you only expect a bite....although I did notice once we got the bill that the cost of the dessert was less than three bucks which explains the portion size. Overall everything was great!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 16, 2012

We had an early dinner before a 7 PM movie. Dinneer and service were excellent, and it was nice and quiet on the outside patio (still inside the mall). The server was most attentive without being obtrusive. We get the same thing every time--classic margaritas and carnitas, and they never fail to please!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2012

Beyond excellent! This is my local favorite! Table-side guacamole is outstanding; don't miss the carne asada.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2012

We love La Sandia. It is our favorite Tyson's Corner restaurant and love that it is so large that there isn't often a long wait. The other restaurants in the mall aren't good enough to justify the waits they expect people to endure, but if needed, I would wait for La Sandia.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2012

My wife and I went for Valentine's Day special and they had the most amazing Tamales. My wife ordered their jumbo shrimp and she swears by it now. Service is very good and waiters are quick but not rushed. Outside patio seating facing the mall atrium is the best area to sit. A friendly place with very authentic Latin American food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2012

The food was very good. I thought that the guacamole could have used a tad more salt, but my boyfriend disagrees. My boyfriend said the food was more authentic than most (he's Mexican). We had a lovely time at dinner there two days ago.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2012

The food was amazing. My complaints are about the service and the price. The waiter seemed disinterested and rarely came by to check on us. Again, the food was amazing and i cant stress that enough but for the price the portion sizes are a little small. The margaritas definitely arent worth it for the price (8-10 dollars for a highball glass that's 50% ice). The restaurant is in the middle of a busy mall so there is little that can be done about the noise or the traffic. I would come back here for special occasions from time to time and Im glad that we found a high end mexican restaurant. However, we finished our dinner with the sense that our experience wasnt worth what we paid.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2012

Wonderful food and a great experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2012

We were wowed by the mahi-mahi tamal, presenting in a molcajete (volcanic rock mixing bowl) covered in a delicious, spicy salsa verde. Perfect meal, which my husband and I split. Eager, efficient wait staff and delicious horchada. A very nice evening!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2012

I have eaten at Sandia several times and very much enjoyed it, but Friday night was terrible. Our drinks were watery; we had to work way too hard to get our waitress's attention who brought us our check before we'd really even tasted our entree We were not able to order dessert; it just took too much work. The guacamole was fabulous, but the sauces that should have been served with our tacos were missing, and again, we couldn't get our waitress's attention in order to address the issue. The manager came round towards the end of the meal, but we were so annoyed, we just wanted to leave.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2012

Great place for fajitas! Can't wait for my next visit!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2012

The food is very high quality and service is amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2011

I brought my girlfriend for NYE and ordered the fixed price dinner for two. Our meals were great. She ordered the soupes and I ordered the spicy guacamole as appetizers. Soupes were tasty. We shared tacos for two, which came out in a molcajete. The beef, cheese, sauce, and mushrooms were bubbling from the heat. What a presentation. And delicious. As the dessert, we shared churos with dipping sauces. We shared a pitcher of white sangria, which we quickly finished because of how great it was. Overall, we gad a great time. I like the attention given by our server, and the manager came by to make sure we were satisfied with everything. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone. And their Happy Hour is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2011

Service was great but food didn't meet expectations. Our party found the mole a bit too spicy, and the pork carnitas somewhat dry. The banana empanadas were good but so small for the price paid. The churros were pretty good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2011

Overall very good. The Pastor tacos were good, a little bland, and not a very large portion. The service is a bit spotty, but not enough to complain about. Food delivery was odd. 1-2 minutes after we ordered our food came out. Yeah because we were hungry. Our dessert took over 10 minutes to show...it was just sorbet, so I don't know why that took so long. There aren't too many tex/mex/latin restaurants in McLean to go to, so this will most likely be my choice if I have a craving and need to get in and out for lunch.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2011

The food was a little bit salty, but my family enjoyed their dishes overall. Next time I go there, I'm going to tell the server to not put any salt on my fajita. I think the service could've been better if we went there sometime other than than the day after Christmas.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2011

was disappointed as they were a little overwhelmed with holiday traffic. tableside guacamole wasn't table side. things took longer than usual and our server seemed to always be in a hurry. we've been there before and will return again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2011

Normally i don't Ike places at the mall.... this is one of the exceptions. Great to relax in after shopping. Love the fresh made guac. Appreciate if they say spicy it has a kick to it. My prawns were perfectly cooked. Husbands fish was tasty. What didn't i like? One of the issues was sides .... i suggested a swap of plaintains as an option.... the server at that pointed started to comment on the calories .... i don't want comments on calories unless i ask! Now it is helpful that you commented about the fish with capers having a strong smell as that could be an issue.... and i liked that when i asked if i should have the ribs or the shrimp.... you Tod me why you preferred one over the other.... but calories... please don't tell me!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2011

We loved, loved, loved the Molcajete Tacos for Two!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2011

The food was fantastic. The ambiance was relaxing and fun. But the waitress was aweful. Either there was a severe language barrier or she truely just didn't know what she was doing. This was a mexican restaurant so we ordered margaritas with salt. She didn't understand what we meant, so rather than bringing us what we asked for, she brought us margaritas with no salt, but gave us a table salt shaker instead. We couldn't believe that a waitress at a mexican restaurant could get something so basic so completely wrong. We had to go to the bartender directly to request our drinksto be made correctly. Other than that, the meal as a whole was fantastic.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2011

Food was pretty good. I ordered the ceviche and 3 steak tacos, while my friend had the carne asada steak. The waiter was for the most part attentive and our experience was overall decent. Restaurant is fine for mall fare; I would go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2011

a little pricey for the food quantity and quality. Service was mediocre. Not worth repeating

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2011

Wonderful guacamole appetizer and extensive menu selections. Nice ambiance. Will recommend to friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2011

Our family of four enjoyed the food at LaSandia, but were overwhelmed by the noise and clatter of the dining room. Our waiter was thoughtful enough to notice that the first place we were seated was too distractingly loud so he offered to move us to a better location. Though it was better, it was still uncomfortably loud and, while we would never deny others the right to have as much noisy frivolity at dinner, it really got in the way of our conversation. Acoustically all the surfaces (tile, glass, wood, metal ceiling) were noise-reflecting--speaking as an architect, they should mix in some acoustically absorptive finishes.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2011

Wonderful Mexican food with very fresh ingredients, perfect presentation, and in a very nice, yet non stuffy atmosphere. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2011

odd mall seating

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2011

service slow but food excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2011

Interesting menu, very good service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2011

Excellent food as always at La Sandia. Definitely a mix between Spanish and Mexican (upscale Mexican food as they say.) Recommendation - Vegetable Fajitas and Cheese Enchilada's - AMAZING! The service was also very great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2011

This place is one of my favorite restaurants in the Tyson's area and one of the best Mexican restaurants in all of Northern Virginia. The table-side guac is always solid and the tacos can't be beat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2011

I enjoy this restaurant and feel they are on top of their service, their food is consistent and my kids ate everything on their plates.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2011

Service was quick and attentive. Entrees were excellent; table-side guacomole was as good as any I've ever had. Seating out in the mall area is great for people watching!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2011

This was the absolute best experience i have ever had at a restaurant. The staff was kind, helpful, polite and extremely professional. More than 5 stars!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2011

The service was great and the Mexican food was good. The steak was a little stringy, but enjoyable. The drinks, mojitos and margaritas, are creative and good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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