La Sandia Stapleton

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$30 and under
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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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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant was not busy but it took forever to get something once we ordered. This means we waited for drinks, for the appetizers, and for dinner while no one cared that our drink glasses were empty or that our guacamole appetizer was long gone.
The server did not write down our order and repeated the wrong order back to me. I corrected him and he still brought the wrong order.
When dinner arrived, the plates were pushed in between all the dirty plates and glasses. Even when the check arrived, no attempt was made to clear the dishes.
We have been to this location frequently in the past but we will think twice before returning.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded 4 hours ago

I hope you will accept my sincere apology, as I am very disappointed to learn how our service team handled your evening. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and our team clearly let you down. We will meet with our service team to ensure something like this does not happen again. If you would like to further discuss your visit and hopefully earn a second chance, please email us at guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm so I can see about making things right and earning back your business

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service wasn’t good — our server was aloof and seemed spaced out. He needed to be reminded to bring us our appetizer (table side guacamole) which came after our entrées, and the food was greasy and lacking flavor. Never going back.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded 4 hours ago

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 pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and your visit was clearly not up to our standards.We will talk to our chef, to ensure only the best quality ingredients and value are served to our guests. We will also work with servers on overall service. To further discuss your visit and ways we can earn a 2nd chance please email guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm

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PZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to deliver great food and service. Love taking out of town family and friends here. They are always Impressed!

LC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Table was dirty, had to ask for it to be wiped off. She walked off, never said anything. Came back to wipe down, the the server sets down napkins on wet table!
Gal who delivered table side quac, didn't say a work. Uniform was filthy. We had to mash up our avocados, she barely did.
Never rec'd chips for our quac, we waited 5 minutes for chips & salsa before we could eat it.
Tacos greasy.
Ordered steak nachos, steak was only on 5 chips, same with cheese sauce.
Server gave us someone else's bill
First time experience was not good.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on October 3, 2019

Dear Lisa, I hope you will accept my sincere apology, as I am very disappointed to learn how our service team handled your evening. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and our team clearly let you down. We will meet with our service team to ensure something like this does not happen again and address the overly greasy tacos with our kitchen. If you would like to further discuss your visit and hopefully earn a second chance, please email us at guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing considering the large amount of people in the restaurant. Food was very good. Definitely going back soon!

MM
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Solid Mexican food and drinks. It’s a family atmosphere so here were lots of kids , made it loud. Service was great.

AR
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Delicious food okay service.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was great. Food was just ok.

DP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

with some hesitation I can recommend La Sandia for good Mexican food. Service is generally a bit slow and prices seem to have increased recently...

SL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Drinks are way overpriced and food was not very good. Staff was nice and friendly.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on September 5, 2019

Susan, I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your food when you came to La Sandia. However, I am glad that our staff upheld our high standard of service. If there is any specific feedback you can provide about your food, I will meet with our chef about your meal, so that we can deliver the best quality ingredients and value served to our guests. If you would like to further discuss your experience, please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.co m. Thank you for the feedback.

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food is delicious! I’ve been there a couple times and though every time I go the wait is terrible, I go back for the food!

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on September 5, 2019

Dear MoniqueB, We are so glad to hear that the food is worth the wait! Thank you for taking the time to write a revie. We hope the next time you come in there won't be such a long wait, but we do hope to see you again soon for more delicious food!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My sister wanted Mexican food before she headed to S.Korea for a year. So I just "googled" what was close. La Sandia Stapleton came up as closest. When we arrived I remembered that I'd been there before.
Nice location in a open mall type area. Parking wasn't too bad (found some behind the restaurant. It was a Tuesday night at 7pm. The restaurant was 1/2 full. The service was good. The guy with the tableside Gauc didn't mix it very well....mouthful of salt, then a mouthful of spice...very uneven. I had the mixed platter of street tacos. Passible.
It's not great. It's not awful. But a 1/2 full restaurant is all you need to know.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on August 22, 2019

Dear Deb, 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. I will make sure to address your feedback with our team so we can make sure the guacamole meets our standards every time going forward. We value our guest feedback, so if there is anything else we can do to improve and keep our restaurant more than 1/2 full, please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.co m Warm Regards, Molly Guest Experience Team

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R
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything was really good, except the service. First, my girlfriend has diet restrictions and asked for no beans in her burrito. When it came out, it had beans in it, so they took it back, but by the time they brought out a new one, me and my girlfriends mom were almost finished. Second, we hardly saw our server. The girls had to ask one of my managers for more drinks more then one occasion. It was my girlfriends mom's birthday, so our server told her the options and she said what she wanted but by the time my girlfriend could say what she wanted, our server walked away so fast, we couldn't even flag her back. The food and atmosphere were great for the Sunday brunch! But the service needs work. Please train your servers better!

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on August 22, 2019

Dear Ramon, I hope you will accept my sincere apology, as I am very disappointed to learn how our service team handled your evening. We pride ourselves on excellent food and service, and our team clearly let you down. We will meet with our service team to ensure something like this does not happen again. If you would like to further discuss your visit and hopefully earn a second chance, please email us at guestrelations@richardsandoval.co m Warm Regards, Molly Guest Experience Team

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CL
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I though the food was a little bland for a Mexican restaurant.

BE
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place. We came for a business lunch and we were pleased with the atmosphere. The food was delicious. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was very good and the server was attentive to our requests. The food was very good, freshly made. However, it was a bit too eclectic.

CW
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoy the food and drinks but it can get pricey even with two people sharing 1 app and 1 entree and some margs.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting friends

CS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fun place for a cozy date. We ordered appetizers from the happy hour menu that were filling and delicious. We enjoyed the Serrano-infused margaritas. We would go back.

OT
Denver
116 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We dined on a Friday night. We had the chicken zarape and skillet pork carnitas. Both were very good. I really liked the charro beans and the creamy white rice. Did not eat all my meal so it was plenty of food. Good chips/salsa though the guacamoles seem a bit expensive.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner and had enough to eat. We hope to welcome you back to La Sandia soon for more delicious food.

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KC
Denver
67 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and cocktails at La Sandia are delicious! Don't leave here without trying one of their tequila infused cocktails. My favorite is the La Sandia with watermelon and cucumber infused liquor. Also, have one of their tableside prepared guacamole. So fresh and wonderful! Happy hour is a great time to try many of their specialties for less. And dining on the patio is great for viewing the sunset and people watching. Love it!

SD
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We love Richard Sandoval's restaurants and dining. And La Sandia brunch is no exception. However, our experience on this one occasion didn't quite live up to our usual expectations.
The server got several orders incorrect and mixed up drinks. I think it was because they were short staffed and the server was pulling double duty as wait staff and bar. Other than that, our group did enjoy ourselves.

S
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service and decor. The food was just ok. Small portions for the price and the rice was crunchy and dried out. Will give it another try though.

SN
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Sadly, tabletops were filthy. If you can’t clean tabletops, then use tablecloths. Our server was also bartender. Despite almost empty restaurant on a Sunday, the host seated our table of three in a far-off corner. On a positive note, the guacamole made tableside was among best ever. Prices are high. Overall, not a good value.

AG
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Menu has gone down hill. Service was poor. Portions were small. Not going back. La Sandia in Lone Tree used to be my favorite place.

E
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome! Food was excellent, however, the server really added to the meal. We had a great time.

SS
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was slow we ordered appetizers which our server kept saying was on its way
Not!!!

SJ
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

A group of friends and I went there for the 1st time to celebrate a birthday. I made an online reservation to ensure we'd have a table ready on time and despite not being busy when we arrived we still waited 10-15 mins before sitting. We were a group of 6 and were sat in a small round table and there was food and water on the ground. We requested a different roomier table and a gentleman discussed with our hostess that they waited in the section we'd move to would be overwhelmed with big parties. We moved and our waiter took about 10 minutes to greet and offer water. He didn't come back. Then a female came over with a drink to which we let her know we hadn't even ordered. She was very apologetic and took our drink order. We then didn't see her or our waiter again. We had to wave individuals down to get in our food order and drink refills. This all going on while several tables are unoccupied. We had appetizers and they were tasty, however based on the service received I'm not planning on going back anytime soon.

AV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was awful - food took forever and the staff never acknowledged how long we had to wait for our food. When they brought out our main entrees we were still missing our sides. Will not be returning to dine at this restaurant

MF
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place deserves the great reviews it has. Best tableside guac I have had! Margaritas were good and large selection of tequilas.

LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Overpriced and service was terrible. The food came before our drinks arrived which made me think it was not so fresh. We had to search for our server on several occasions to order additional drinks. Disappointing...

D
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

God range of Mexican style appetizers and excellent Serrano margaritas. We went because it was convenient and Mexican food is usually quick and satisfying. This proved to be correct on both counts. Quick service, nice ambiance, and it was happy hour at 7:30pm on a Monday. This was a nice surprise and made dinner pretty reasonable.

SS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Guacamole made fresh at our table. Street tacos, enchiladas and horchata were all amazing. Reyna was attentive and helpful, as was the hostess and FOH manager. Restrooms clean and the decor was clever and inviting. Looking forward to our next visit.

S
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dynamic flavors & visually appealing presentation in each dish. Plus awesome salsa! Highly recommend!

JW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food delicious, from the Mole Coloradito Enchiladas to,the chocolate tres leches cake, the service was impeccable. Our server, Reyna, was super attentive.

JK
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I really enjoyed the food and drinks from La Sandia. They truly were fantastic. I’m just extremely disappointed in the service. I had made the reservation days prior to my friends and I coming in to celebrate one of their 25th birthdays, and we were seated at a tiny table that could barely fit four people. When we asked to move to a large table, we were able to do so, but our server made us carry our silverware, cups and chips and salsa over to the other table. He hardly checked in on us and asked if we needed anything. He also seemed kind of arrogant and treated us like we were stupid or something. One more thing that really upset me was my friend’s birthday was never acknowledged by anyone in the restaurant. I’ve worked in the hospitality industry in different hotels and restaurants, and I always made the diner’s experience a little extra special if I knew there was a celebration taking place. I will be back simply for the food and drinks, but I might just sit at the bar.

CW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was yummy! Great service and the food was excellent.

f
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Over the past year or so, I've reduced how often I come to this location. I used to give this location 5 stars and would recommend it. However, the quality of the food and the experience had been noticeably declining, from my perspective. Then there was this weekend. The food was great. The plate presentation was surprizingly attractive (hanger steak and chicken fajitas). The food tasted very good. Assuming this location can keep up with the expectations now re-established by my recent enjoyable experience, I'll be coming back more often again.

KR
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was superb. Liked the new look to the bar area and dining.

GJ
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and Management were very nice and professional.

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