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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, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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