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La Sandia Stapleton

4.2
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566 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 566 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.1
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4.0
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3.8
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShawneA
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The guacamole is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mexican chopped salad for lunch was fulfilling

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RWW51
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Everything good. Just took forever to pay the check

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NeilL
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, love this place! Definitely will be going back without question!

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vipCynthiaS
Denver
107 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice outdoor patio. Hostess was not friendly and our server wasn’t too friendly either. The margarita had no alcohol in it (or very little). I enjoy Richard Sandoval’s restaurants but was not very impressed with the servers at La Sandia. And the neighborhood! Good grief! Very chaotic with low riders and screaming children.

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vipRichardH
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great quality and well prepared, not blow you away good but tasty and well executed. Cocktails and service are great! Would definitely visit again. Would be a great place to go with friends as the staff is terrific and seems very capable of managing groups.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. We had 7:30 reservations when they closed at 8pm. They never rushed us out of there. I think it was 9:30 before we left. Thank you for a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The staff was very friendly but the food awful unfortunately....

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Disappointed that there was no corn tamale. Food we did have, was delicious. Server was spectacular.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

My meal had a very odd taste, and I think the menu options are a bit overpriced.

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STWreview
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant! It has become a go-to for work events. I would highly recommend. Be sure to try their salsa and queso--both are unique and delicious.

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SantiagoA
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Food was good but their service was horrible. The waitresses were rude the entire time complaining that they worked all day, that they had to be the bartender also because they didn't have one etc. Made a comment to Scott the manager and he was rude also blaming their bad service on covid. We've been eating out at many different restaurants and had nothing but good service during this pandemic. We won't be coming here again.

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SueG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Queso was good. Chips not so much.
Steak tacos were great. Burritos not. Fajitas not great either. Not many toppings.
Other couple with us said they would never be back.

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Gingkogirl
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During the Covid quarantine, a foursome of us (> 68 y/o) have been in a bubble together. We started out getting take out from various restaurants. We have now graduated to dine in when the establishment is serious about social distancing. Today, we tried La Sandia-Central Park/Northfield area.

We are experienced Mexican food eaters and are particular. All in all, this food was right up there with the best. Between the four of us, we ordered: Chiicken nachos, chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, and beef burrito. We all got stars for the “clean plate club.” All of the food was nicely plated, just the right saucy, nice and hot to the table, and seasoned well.

The frozen slushy margarita had by two of us, was delightful on this hot summer day.

All in all, we voted that we would return here again.

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KatieD
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It took quite a while to get our drink delivered, we had ordered a pitcher of margaritas. I asked the server a couple of times, then finally went into the restaurant (we were sitting on the patio) to ask about it and the drink order was sitting on the bar ready. The pitcher was cracked in a couple of places and also not fully clean (there appeared to be residue from some strawberry margs left over it in, which is not appetizing). Overall it could be better.

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AvsFan
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was really good, including the house margaritas which actually were great! Menu was more limited than I remember (maybe in this time?)

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SyrennaK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Sandia is a great Mexican restaurant, tucked away within a shopping center. It was quiet on a Thursday evening. The host and waitress we had were very attentive. Food was delicious and exceeded expectations. Drinks were all handmade and equally as delicious!

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DenverDiners
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outdoor seating without a lot of passers-by. Awesome place to dine outdoors in the summer, particularly with the current pandemic.

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vipCindy
Denver
85 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood enchiladas were excellent, great service, thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service the last two visits has not been great. The first time, one person picked up our credit cards to have the other ring us out, but neither did. We waited forever and almost missed our movie. This time the runner kept trying to give us food that wasn't ours and our food to the table that had heated and waiting to leave. 2 not so good experiences

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were amazing and so was the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brunch was ok. We booked first thing so we could catch a early movie. Only ones in the restaurant. The waitress had some issues explaining some of the dishes. I wished they’d had more option. I thought about the waffles but who wants ice cream on their morning waffles, well maybe some but not me.

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KatyS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good food and great, friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great! The valentine pre set menu was delicious and affordable

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AdminLady
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ordered the mixed fajitas, the crispy fish street tacos, and plantains. All were very good. Wait staff was attentive and food arrived quickly. Recommend the corn cake for dessert!

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vipLovejoy
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Chicken Zarape is delicious! Server could have been more attentive, brought us check before asking if we wanted another drink (which we did).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good, a little bland. Server was amazing. Drinks were yummy.

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vipMark
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Sat at the bar for happy hour. food and margs were great!

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ElTy
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was great but we we’re very disappointed with the mimosas..

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Customerreview101
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tried this restaurant for the first time. We went for Sunday brunch. The food wasn’t too bad, definitely edible. I will however say don’t waste your money on bottomless brunch. The mimosas are orange juice and a dash of champagne. Tasted my friends drink and you wouldn’t even know it was a mimosa. Probably won’t return.

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Katie
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We had a coupon for bogo entress which was exciting, but neither the enfrijoladas or the churro waffles were that exciting. They were good, but didn't have too much flavor. But our server was very nice!

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vipBobz
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were there on a quiet Monday night, but we still had a great dinner.
Food was very good, waiter was helpful and attentive.

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vipVegas
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Carna Asada was tough and fatty/grisly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

So disappointed by our server, who barely came to see us, refilled drinks only under duress, never asked about our meals or needs, and responded to every request with visible resentment. The food was good, but not good enough to make up for the dreadful service.

CJ
vipCapnJJ
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

They have happy hour...but will not give you those prices in the dining room for drinks. I simply got my own and kept a tab open at the bar. Stupid.

The food is so so in general and underwhelming for the price. No points for open table reservation. I won’t be back.

JC
vipJonC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Ordered shrimp fajitas and portobello mushroom fajitas. Shrimp fajitas were great, but portobello fajitas was more baby corn than mushrooms and not a good value.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you so much for taking time to leave us a review - we will address the portobello fajitas with our culinary staff. We hope you will visit La Sandia again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

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 on October 17, 2019

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
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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 on October 17, 2019

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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PatZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LisaC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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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La Sandia Stapleton is rated 4.2 stars by 566 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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