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La Sandia Stapleton

4.5
634 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 634 people are saying
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vipmar14
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and amazing food! I recommend La Sandia Stapleton for coyoles, family or groups

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Lkiki
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The margaritas here are amazing!! There are so many different flavors and the best ones I’ve had in all of Denver.

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Jana
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The drinks and hangar steak tacos were exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The manager was rude to our party when he sat us. But our server was absolutely amazing. She was so attentive not only to our table but all her others as a well as making all the cocktails for the restaurant. Food was delicious as always but definitely dissatisfied with the managers attitude. Will be contacting the owners.

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vipTommy
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food and outstanding service. Definitely will dine again.

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NancyU
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Six for lunch on a Saturday... first in the door. Drinks were good (and generous). Guacamole was excellent... tacos (also generously stuffed) and cheese enchiladas were devoured. Rice and black beans were so-so, and mostly left on the plates. STill... nice way to spend time with friends!

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vip2dinersplusfriends
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner with friends. The Guac, chips and Spicy margarita were wonderful. The tacos were good as well. We had a fun evening!

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vipBirdy
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The reservation was confirmed, but the restaurant was closed.

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Enjoyable
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and enjoyable!

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Scylla
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and our server was wonderful. The tables are far apart so it felt safe to dine inside. We ate the veggie enchilada, which was full of flavor! We adored the queso and the sweet plantains as well. Wine choices were good and margaritas had a spicy twist.
Plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options.

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vipJennyM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome everything

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KatrinaW
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. Wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We sat outside and it was perfect weather for it. Server was fine but seemed rushed and seemed preoccupied. She never told us her name. Because all of the servers were wearing masks, it was hard to find her when we needed something.

The guacamole was excellent. Chips and salsa were delicious.

My chicken enchilada platter presentation was beautiful but the chicken was dry and flavorless. My husband’s tacos were cold and our other dinner partner told me that his fish tacos were average and he’d recommend somewhere else next time we got together.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The staff is great, the food could be a little better.

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GSCS
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We would recommend…will return again someday…easy to find & parking too!

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AmyB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was pretty good, not crazy memorable though.

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manic0103
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was meeting a friend from out of town who was staying by the airport and another friend recommended this restaurant. IT WAS PHENOMENAL! Honestly, probably the best Mexican food I've had in Denver and I've lived here 23 years. Our waiter was Mario and he was very attentive. The hostess was very friendly and very nice when I called to say we'd be a few minutes late for our reservation check in time due to traffic.
We had the queso, chips and salsa which were very, very good. Our crew ordered shrimp fajitas, fish tacos and veggie tacos. All three loved their meals. The refried black beans are astounding. I subbed the cotija rice for regular rice and loved it. The AC was out but they were doing an incredible job with fans. (I hate extreme heat and was wearing pants, short sleeve shirt and sandals. I was completely comfortable.) In this COVID era, and record breaking heat, it is no wonder that they are struggling to get the HVAC repaired. It did not take away from our meal at all, nor anyone else's based on how full the restaurant and patio were on a Wednesday night. I have to return to the airport area of town today and am contemplating going back for a late lunch - it was that good!

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janeincolorado
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff showed genuine care for our party. Excellent service.

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disappointed
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Fix your a/c (especially when it’s 100degrees), spend some time improving kitchen skills, serve the food warm and clean the tabletops of that sticky film and you might have a decent eatery.

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vipLadyDi
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter didn’t bring chips and salsa and got my order wrong!

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AmyE
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved our waitress Fernanda i think her name was n i forgot she was super sweet and the god runner too. They were so on their game tonight best experience I’ve had there

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Foodie
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking to go out somewhere with my sister with everything opening back up. This was a great place to sit and have drinks, good conversation & good food. Looking forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Taco Tuesday!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The chicken quesadillas were bland, but the guacamole was great!

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vipttddy22604
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find for us! We loved everything about La Sandia! Great food, phenomenal service, and best of all fantastic tasting drinks! I’d highly recommend La Sandia to everyone that enjoy Mexican style cuisine!

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LornaZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a reunion of lifelong friends after 18-months of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns. We had a five-hour lunch as we were able to catch up. Our waiter Joseph was outstanding as was LuPita, the restaurant manager. Thank you from us all.

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BradP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a tremendous meal last evening at La Sandia, excellent service...but most importantly the food was excellent. Thanks.

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vipTamara
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos were spectacular, lots of flavor and my margarita totally hit the spot.

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JonathanW
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The place still has a Covid pall about it. No Menus, short staffed. When we asked for a menu, they had to go print it, which took forever. Guttenberg press, perhaps?
Anyway, we found menu on small screen (really uninviting and hard to get an overall look at choices), and ordered. Food was very good, with generous portions. There were no spoons for the sauces and salsas, which made eating sloppy.
La Sandia was a nice joint, and could be again with a little updating, to get back on track after the Lockdown. Best of luck!
We'll check in again in the post pandemic future....

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NateD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Everything was off. Service was mediocre but the food wasn’t very good.

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MarkB
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food that is well presented with great service.

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vipDomonickI
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very limited “Mexican food” menu. Food was bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and so were the drinks. Staff was great. Definitely found my new favorite Mexican restaurant.

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vipJennyM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Arrived at 1155 for 12 reservation. Doors opened at 1205 then we were 2nd sat ... server took one drink order promptly no chips salsa then it was 10-15 minutes before he came back .. table that was sat after us had drinks chips salsa and appetizer out before we had the rest of our order placed.
Other than that it was our first time and it was delicious

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sfw4C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good dinner on a Monday night .. They maintained social distancing so it was quiet and calm inside. Service and for were good

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JillB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the food! For Mexican it is definitely on the fancier side, but that was ok by me. They had a nice happy hour. I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good but service was mediocre at best. Restaurants need to stop using Covid as an excuse or reason for poor service.

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DanielR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We've eaten at quite a few Sandoval restaurants and all are amazing. We were just not impressed with this one. Food was just OK.....decor and ambiance was lacking. We won't be back. Tamayo is quite a bit better. Toro is their best....

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

As always the margs were amazing!!!

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La Sandia Stapleton is rated 4.5 stars by 634 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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