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La Sandia Stapleton

4.2
580 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.

Support La Sandia Stapleton during COVID-19

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

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Starting Feb 14, 2021

Enjoy our 3-course Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu for $35 per guest. (Available February 12th - 14th)

What 580 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLouannB
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Joseph was our server and he was excellent. He did not rush us and let us enjoy our appetizers and drinks.

We had the queso with chorizo and it was divine. I had the Carne Asada and it was cooked medium rare just as I requested. It is my favorite thing on the menu. My husband had the steak fajitas and was also very pleased.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded 3 days ago

Dear LouannB, Thank you for telling us about your recent experience at La Sandia - Stapleton and for such a nice review. We work really hard to offer great service and I'm so happy to see that reflected in your comments. I made sure that your Joseph got the recognition they deserved. Cheers!

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DarinG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No crown no Jamo but great cheeseA for effort cool

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks very much for your balanced and fair review. I'm glad you enjoyed the food. It is something we've worked hard on and we're pleased our efforts resonated with you. I also want to thank you for your feedback and criticisms over the liquor list. I have passed your comments on to our management team so they can be taken into consideration when we make changes next. Hope to serve you again soon.

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vipdcross
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Safe social distancing and food was good! Service delightful!

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vipsmiles
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good Food! Service was OKAY overall. I enjoyed going out to dinner with a friend to celebrate my birthday but I didn't feel the service was what it normally is.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on January 13, 2021

Dear smiles, Thank you for telling us about your recent experience at La Sandia - Stapleton. We really appreciate your candid feedback on our food and your overall dining experience. As always we will take your feedback and use it as a coaching opportunity to improve our operation. We hope to serve you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best margarita I’ve had in a long time and absolutely fantastic food

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on January 5, 2021

We really appreciate the positive review and we are thrilled that our food & Margaritas were the highlights of your visit. I hope you will come back and see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The food was taste-wise good! The lack of ample heating for patio seating was a huge disappointment. It was NYE and we are from out of town. Our food was cold within 1 min of being set on the table. Beans were cold, fajita meat cold, chairs were metal...the waitress was nice though. Just hate that we were reassured that it was a heated patio. We still needed scarves and blanket on sitting out there.... wasn’t windy thank God. The restaurant sign wasn’t lit up... looked blacked out like all the surrounding closed businesses- the Lyft driver or us couldn’t find it. When we finally saw it, we had drove passed it 2x already. Feel like to save any business these times...more of an effort needs to be done to make the dining al least sort of comfortable.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thanks very much for your balanced and fair review. I'm glad you felt the service was done well. It is something we've worked hard on and we're pleased our efforts resonated with you. However, I want to apologize that your overall experience and comfort level on the patio was not great. We've taken your thoughts to heart and we're planning on making some internal changes based on your comments. Hope to serve you again soon.

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vipShawnP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Food was great, service was amazing!! Will be back for sure.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on January 5, 2021

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us a five star review. Our company places customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to achieving this with each patron. Its customers like you that make our job truly wonderful. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipGaryT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. COVID protocols were all followed.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on December 28, 2020

Hi Gary, We are so glad you loved the food. Our company places customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to achieving this with each patron. Its customers like you that make our job truly wonderful. We are truly grateful that you took the time to leave us a five-star review and look forward to serving you again soon!

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GeriB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!! Huge fan, have love this place for years

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on December 11, 2020

We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us a five star review. Our company places customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to achieving this with each patron. Its customers like you that make our job truly wonderful. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Cary
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Day Denver went to Code Red restrictions was pleasantly surprised to be able to get a reservation, only ourselves and two other couples in the restaurant. It was nice!

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on December 11, 2020

Dear Cary, Thank you for the five star review! Our team is always striving to create a phenomenal experience for our guests. Reviews like this reassure us that we are doing just that. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A nice quiet dinner out!

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MarkB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. the food and drinks were amazing. Cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The staff was nice but the food lacked a lot of flavor.

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vipLouannB
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner here over the weekend. Our server, Guillermo was outstanding. He did not rush us and clearly a professional server. He recommended the Queso fundido for the fall weather and it was outstanding! I had the Carne Asada and my husband had the fajitas. Both were excellent. We will be back and glad to have found this restaurant in our new neighborhood!

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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
112 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
87 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
10 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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La Sandia Stapleton is rated 4.2 stars by 580 OpenTable diners.

La Sandia Stapleton does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.yiftee.com/gifts/egift_and_gift_cards/richard-sandoval-hospitality-denver.

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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