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La Sandia Stapleton

4.4
626 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
What 626 people are saying
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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
17 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
10 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
31 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
13 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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vipMichaelB
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food that is well presented with great service.

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vipDomonickI
Denver
10 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.

JM
vipJennyM
Denver
11 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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MichelleS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu tacos and margaritas were tasty and refreshing. Dont forget to get the churros for dessert. The service was awesome!

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on May 3, 2021

Dear Michelle, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a positive review and we are pleased that you had such a wonderful experience at our restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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JimB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food okay. Little spice in salsa. Decor worn and shabby. Service good.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on May 3, 2021

Dear Jim, Thanks very much for your candid review. I am glad you felt the service was done well. It is something we have worked hard on and we are pleased our efforts resonated with you. I also want to thank you for your feedback and criticisms. I’ll be sharing your comments with the management team so that we can improve our offerings in the future. I hope you will allow us to serve you again soon.

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LynneG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my husband and our son for our first "dining in" restaurant lunch in over a year. Sandia adhered to Covid safety protocols so we felt very comfortable dining there.

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vipPass
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Server was average at best; asked 3 times for more salsa and he still never brought it

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PatriciaM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service-nice patio /vegetarian options

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are delighted to see you enjoyed your experience at La Sandia! We are always striving to create amazing experiences for our guests, so If there is anything else we can do on your next visit to make it a five-star experience, please let us know. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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BrendaG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and fast service. Loved the food and the drinks.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on May 3, 2021

We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your experience with us at La Sandia! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a five-star review and we hope to see you again in the restaurant soon.

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AshleyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was bland and overpriced. The margaritas were weak

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EatingOut7014
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat indoors, and it was well ventilated with tables spaced apart. The service was friendly and helpful, not overly formal or fussy. The food was excellent with great sauces and flavors. I think we were the last people to leave at the end of the evening but the staff never made us feel rushed.

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on April 6, 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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gb618
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

lovely evening - good food all around. margaritas were great!

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on April 6, 2021

We are delighted to see you enjoyed your experience at La Sandia! We are always striving to create amazing experiences for our guests, so If there is anything else we can do on your next visit to make it a five-star experience, please let us know. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Booblies
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beans and rice were cold. Tacos were a little soggy.
Service was good!

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on April 6, 2021

Dear Karen, Thank you for taking the time to give us a 4-Star review. I am glad you felt the service was well done. It is something we have worked hard on and we are pleased our efforts resonated with you. I also want to thank you for your candid feedback regarding the food. I’ll be sharing your comments with the Chef, so that we can improve our offerings in the future. I hope you will allow us another chance to give you a true La Sandia experience soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Way overpriced for the amount of food given

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize that you were not happy with your experience. We value all types of feedback so that we may make every improvement possible for our guests. I’ll be sharing your comments with the management team so that we can improve our offerings in the future. I hope you will allow us another chance to give you a true La Sandia experience soon.

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Kpearl
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Covid precautions are well-adhered to. The service was a little off-putting at first, but when they realized we weren’t there to be demanding or self-absorbed customers they were wonderful. That speaks more regarding the clientele than the restaurant or their employees.
Food was great! Very thoughtful in their carefully prepared dishes with flavor and attention to detail. Service was prompt, polite and very friendly after the ice was broken.
Ambiance is greatly affected by covid- you can tell they’ve had to pair down. That’s ok: we’re all in this together!

La Sandia Stapleton
Responded on March 24, 2021

Hello Kpearl, 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation on Open Table for 7:45 PM last night. We arrived on time and had to wait for the host to return to the desk. Once there, he explained to three other parties without reservations that there would be an extensive wait - all three parties left. I approached the desk and said hello and told the host that we had a reservation and I gave him my name. He never made eye contact & immediately started shaking his head, while he stared down at his iPad. He sort of chuckled and said, “Where? In Tysons Corner Virginia?” I then pulled out my phone and showed him the reservation and he scoffed saying, “that is the third reservation tonight has not shown up in our system.” Instead of apologizing (which he never did), he asked to see my phone and asked me to scroll through my app to show him something. Finally, I told him he needed to take a step back and take a breath because his tone of voice was very offensive and not welcoming at all. I told him I could empathize with him because I was in the restaurant business and have had experience with Open Table- I felt as though I was having a coaching and counseling session with one of my employees, reminding him that it was his job to overlook technical difficulties and take good care of his customers. At about that time, my friend approached the host stand and said, “let’s just go.” At that point we left – again, no apology no empathy, he just let us leave while shrugging his shoulders with a smug look on his face. Absolutely shocking and disappointing!

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La Sandia Stapleton is rated 4.4 stars by 626 OpenTable diners.

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