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About La Sandia Stapleton

La Sandia Tequila Cantina serves internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s high quality, authentic Mexican cuisine. Featuring familiar favorites prepared with high quality ingredients, guests can dine and gather over dinner and drinks. The expanded tequila bar and lounge features over 150 tequilas and mezcals and handcrafted margaritas. Warm, Latin-inspired service will round out your experience at La Sandia.

8340 Northfield Blvd
Unit 1690
Denver, CO 80238
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour At the Tequila Bar, Lounge and Patio: Sunday - Friday: 4:00pm - Close, Saturday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
Between E 47th & E 46th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 373-9100

Website:
http://www.richardsandoval.com/lasandiacantina/

Catering:
Private and semi-private areas available for groups of all sizes. Both reception or seated dinner options are available with customized menus and full bar capabilities.

Executive Chef:
Richard Sandoval

Private Party Facilities:
Great spaces for all types of events, including: corporate events, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties, holiday parties, and anniversaries. Richard Sandoval Restaurants has a variety of spaces, customized menus, and full bar options available in our 5 Denver area restaurants – enjoy our terrace views, versatile indoor & outdoor spaces, central/walking distance to convention center, and discounted or complimentary valet. With in-house event planners, who have access to all of our restaurants, we will simplify the planning process for any group.

Private Party Contact:
Tanya Gaines: tgaines@richardsandoval.com: (720) 946-1433

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Special Events & Promotions:
Special Events For more information on special/private events, please contact Tanya Gaines @ 720-946-1443.

La Sandia Stapleton Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

63% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Bar Seating (4)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was pretty good, but the service was bad. It took forever to get our drinks and then our food. It even took our waitress a long time to give us our check. We finally had to ask another waiter if he could get our check for us. I would not recommend going there.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Jenny was extremely nice and helpful, on the phone and in person, overall, the service was wonderful, fast and pleasant.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Been going here for years and it is on a steady decline. Service has gone downhill- terrible. Noise level is ridiculous. Food is edible but nothing like the gorgeous plates we used to salivate over. So disappointed, should have known something was up when they kept dropping the price of the Groupon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Really great service and delicious food. We were going to the Improv down the street and they served us very quickly. It was appreciated!

Tags: Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

WAY overpriced for flavorless Mexican. There much better places in Denver to have great Mexican food at half the price.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food sucks…..................................................................................:.:.::::::::::::

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

My husband and I ate dinner here while in Stapleton on business, and had a great dinner sitting outside on a nice September night. The food was all really good, and abundant. The chunky guacamole was good but I preferred eating it with the homemade chips (and salsa) rather than on the large cracker. My combo plate of stuffed chile pepper, enchilada and quesadilla with chicken Tika (with good rice and beans) was tasty and I brought half homeless my husband also liked his steak fajita platter.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was mediocre. The service was excellent.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The service was great. Food was real good. The salsa was delicious. The only drawback were
the black beans. They do not look appetizing on your plate. They taste just fine, but I should have ordered whole beans with my meal. The tacos were very good. Rice was also good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Sports, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great place to meet up for lunch with people from north of Denver!

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Server was great but the food was not very good. Our nachos were super soggy, the burger was a mess. The guacamole was good, but its expensive at $11. Their agua frescas are very good.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Tortilla soup not what was expected. Seemed like a thick enchilada sauce as a base instead of a nice light broth base.

Tableside guacamole was nothing special and small.

Fish taco was "fishy" - seemed not fresh.

Service was SO slow and inattentive.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was good, but the service was terribly slow. They didn't seat us for 10 minutes and we had a reservation. The margarita I ordered took 15 minutes to be delivered after having to ask for it twice. My date and I had empty water glasses on multiple occasions and our food took over 40 minutes to arrive after we had ordered. Our server never came over to apologize for the delays and she wasn't even the one to deliver our food or bring us our check. Never going back there.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Waited 20 minutes for a table despite having reservations, if I wasn't meeting friends I would have went elsewhere. Took another 10 minutes to get water, then another 10 to order drinks. Finally I asked a waiter if we could order food, but had finished 1st drinks before we were able to order food, so had to order more drinks. Food took forever to come out, drinks took even longer (by the time we received our 2nd round of drinks, we had eaten all the food). Had to hunt down the waitress to get the bill, then waited another 15 minutes for her so we could pay. Plan on being here a LONG time for ok food (very small portions), weak drinks, and horrible service.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Service was slow, really slow and music was too loud. Ordered Shrimp fajita , didn't like a seasoning at all. One of my friends ordered Salmon Adobado and it was so dry. Another friend ordered margarita and didn't enjoy it . They probably use the cheapest alcohol for their drinks.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Mothers birthday/family reunion

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I love la sandia, however, very disappointed that they have changed their happy hour - and not just a little - a lot! I would come here all the time for happy hour all night, bottomless guacamole for $5.00 a couple and taco tues all night every Tuesday..... Happy hour is now only until 6pm, no more bottomless quac and Taco Tues is only until 6pm. You guys had one of the best happy hours ever and your bar and patio seating rocks. I am so sad that I have to find a new happy hour place!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food. Enjoyed nice atmosphere during meal with my family. Service was great. Didn't have hot sauce so gave me some habanero sauce. Amazing. Would recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Huevos Rsncheros very disappointing.
Only 1 egg
Chips in plate tasteless

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This place would be overpriced if not for their Groupon and happy hour. That being said, the food is fantastic (except the tres leches- it was dry and they used canned whipped cream).

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I'll just stick to the margaritas! Not bad Latin food just over priced. Our waitress was nice but they appeared to be short handed. Took us 15 past our reservation to even be seated.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

It seems the quality of this place has gone down. The food was so so and the service was just bad. We had to get up threee times to get silverware for us and the two couples next to us. The sandía margarita was just watered down juice. I think I'll pass on this place from now on. Too bad. I used to love this place.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Fajitas were awesome - great presentation, smaller than you might see at other chain places, but quality was higher & it was PLENTY of food. Beans & rice accompanying, though, were flavorless & disappointing. House chips & salsa are very good. Hostess is verrrrrrry slow & the process for seating seems to take a lot longer than it should (& for the record, I used to be a hostess & a server, I'm pretty forgiving). Also, servers try very very hard to upsell & don't read the customer great about that if they aren't interested in apps, desserts, just want their nice meal in a timely fashion & then not to be forgotten about when the bill needs to get delivered (we were forgotten).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Was a great time with great food. The guac was amazing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Service was great! Everyone was very attentiive. Margaritas were good. Food a bit on the pricey side.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Cute restaurant but the food was just so so. Nothing to write home about and a little expensive for what you received. Service was okay. We had the guy with the really curly ponytail. He wasn't great about checking-in on us and he neglected to refill my drink.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Disappointed with the service we received (or lack thereof). I'd be willing to overlook this if the food was mind-blowing, but it was just...ok. Will not be returning.

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·Dined on June 3, 2017

Service is SLOW. We have come here twice and the same on. It's occasions.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Four of us met for dinner, restaurant was either understaffed or wait staff simply wasn't attentive. Servers were few and far between. Mixed results on the food delivery, enchiladas were good, pork skillet was sub-par, quesadilla was good, tacos were OK. Certainly didn't entice one to return. Drinks were good, once they finally arrived.

Probably will not return given the other alternatives in the area.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Decent food but nothing too special. Rice was dry and plain. Cocktails are delicious. Overall would rather eat elsewhere though for the price.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Worst dining experience I've ever had in my life! Not only was the food gross and the service is very very slow but the waitress (Gabby) was horrible to us. The The food and drinks were very expensive and we're not good at all they tasted frozen. Took forever for us to get our orders in and get our food and the waitress with hardly seen and it's not like the place was busy or she had other tables to deal with she was just nowhere to be found. Finally when we were heading out apparently the waitress wasn't happy with our tip that we left her for her crappy service so she brought the money back to us and said "here I think you need this more than I do!" I was so incredibly baffled I could not believe how rude she was! I immediately spoke with the manager about this incident which was the only saving grace because she was very nice and apologetic and refunded us our money but I will still never be back and I would highly advise against anybody spending there money here not worth it at all.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 16, 2017

We only went here, because another Groupon could not be used, since the restaurant closed and this was offered (same owners). We went for a late lunch. Apparently the kitchen staff was on break, because it took FOREVER for food to come. And for what? It was pretty much all re-warmed or re-heated (although, oddly still barely hot, like it had sat waiting for a while). The Carnitas were greasy, but "ok" (not near as good as they can be), the salsa seemed "watered down", the Mojitos refresing and minty, but $8! In general, the food was not cooked to order, but really "generic"., luke-warm, and absolutely no "sizzle".. there are so many better Mexican food experiences in Denver!

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Waiter was slow at best, had a hard time getting 3 people's order correct. Only was a le to order one drink waiter never came back to table after bringing food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Brunch menu options were limited. Food was basic Mexican food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

It was fine. Food was good, at least ours was . Not sure what was happening but 3 tables around complained about the food or service. Not sure what happened but made me question my choice.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our server, Patty was awesome! She was knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt. The food was also fantastic. We ordered the lunch trip, breakfast skillet, and huevos rancheros. Would definitely eat here again if in the area.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Be careful with reservations. We reserved 7pm timeframe and we're seated 30 min later. We knew cinco de mayo would be a little crazy but the manager never came by to apologize for forgotten reservation and we were there for over two hours waiting for our food. The server was great as well as the food but the hospitality was terrible!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food was good, but they need to capitalize on their mixed drinks. They did not have frozen margaritas for some reason. We settled for margaritas on the rocks, but the glasses were not served with salt on the rim. I switched to beer, thinking it's hard to mess that up. I requested salt, never arrived. The food arrived, but no silverware or napkins. I would try it again...the hostess was awesome, we called in advance as well as making a reservation. She seated us almost immediately after arriving.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 21, 2017

I recommend their Yummy green Chile pork stew and margaritas

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Food was amazing

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