La Sandia

4.3
703 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, recognized as the Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine, is expanding his culinary reach with La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Bar. At La Sandia, Chef Sandoval combines authentic Mexican ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques to create light dishes with vibrant, contrasting flavors.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm to close

Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Hora Feliz: Sunday-Friday 4:00pm to 9:00pm at the bar and patio area. (Happy hour is first come, first serve basis)
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Phone number
(703) 893-2222
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Miguel Martinez
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Parking details
Parking garages located on both entrances to mall
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Public transit
Tyson's Corner Metro; Silver Line
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Special events & promotions
La Sandia's dynamic private and semi-private spaces accommodate parties of 20-300 guests. Our special events team will work with you to tailor a lunch, dinner or cocktail reception that meets your special event needs.

Join us Monday-Friday for Vamonos Lunch! Choose one of your favorite lunch choices, served express, for just $9.95.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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 innovative techniques and presentation.

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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Too many things going wrong at this place. Uncoordinated, inexperienced service, mediocre food and drinks. Have given La Sandia multiple chances, but our most recent trip will likely be our last.

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JD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. will be back. The express lunch was a perfect choice for me and my guest we were I and out in under 500 calories!

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K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

very average Restaurant and with the bar sitting right in the middle of the restaurant it is limited to a very small open air area where everybody apparently wants to sit! The back of the restaurant it is not very inviting no windows, no view I can sell them be seen by the servers!

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D
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy this place. Interesting menu, lots of variety and everything pleases.

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VI
Philadelphia
141 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A Mexican mall restaurant. Tiny margaritas that were more ice than drink. Guacamole mixed tableside with a friendly server. Delicious smokey salsa with tortilla chips was worth ordering again. Large portions for entrees. An average place for a meal when hankering for Mexican.

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P
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat on a table in the "patio" area that opens on to the mall. We both ordered from the specialty "mole" menu, and we were both delighted with our meal. My only complaint was that there was a large party inside (and they were setting up for another one, so we moved outside--but the restaurant next door had a gathering of some kind as well, and it was noisier than we would have liked.

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KR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Tasty fajitas. Pleasant service.

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M
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Don’t bother!

We were there on a Friday night. There were a bunch of people at the bar but not many at tables. We were seated and proceeded to have to wait for ten minutes or more to get the manager to notice that no one had helped us. As a side note, there were easily 20 waitstaff standing around. A woman (she never introduced herself so I don’t know her name) took our order. We waited quite a while for our drinks whiz arrived at the same time our dinners arrived. My mother’s shrimp enchiladas had 6 tiny salad size shrimp (about the size of a dime) that’s all. My pork carnitas had some hard pieces and a bunch of fat. The assistant manager came over and asked what was wrong. He then told us that there was not much he could do since the manager was not around.

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LS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's a mall restaurant, so convenience is one of its hallmarks. The menu looked good and had something for everyone in our party. Free chips and salsa are a plus! My margarita might as well have been virgin, so that was disappointing. I ordered the salmon, and specifically asked for it to be undercooked/rare and it came out overdone and dry, really disappointed in the way the fish was cooked, but the flavors of the dish in general were really good!!!

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OT
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for an even better value. The service was good and the guacamole was even better. We love coming here.

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B
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent service. My group enjoyed everything

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sampler was delicious and enough food for two people (we weren’t that hungry but still)

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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We ordered four different tacos and each one of them were really bland and boring without any flavor. The tortillas were stale and the chicken tortilla soup was incredibly salty. Service was slow and when we provided feedback on the food the server seemed confused and just took our plate away. I will not return to this mexican restaurant when there are so many better ones around!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

If you have a craving for Latin food, then Sandia delivers. I've visited at least four times, this last time we had waiter problems- don't know if they just did not have enough, but it was hard to catch our waiter and I had to get up and go to the bar to get a glass of water. What ever happened to greeting your guests by placing water on the table first? Anyway I wish they would bring back the chicken with mole- that was a treat. The fajitas are good and I like their table salsa. The last experience was really marred by the fact that I had to serve myself the water.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Easy reservations for 2 at 6:30 on a Friday. Excellent happy hour drinks and menu. Happy hour till 9:00! Regular margarita $5 and "infused" margarita $6. Under half price, I think. Good strength and good taste. The infused tequila (I ordered serrano) had detectable picante but not overdone. Chips were fresh but apparently unsalted -- bleah. The red salsa had no bite at all and little taste. I asked for tomatillo (salsa verde) and it was good, very limey and a little zip. There the zip ended. Shredded beef soft tacos and shredded beef enchiladas were very bland, almost tasteless. Is the Northern Virginia customer taste profile that wimpy? Now on the positive side the service was outstanding -- our server Josh was excellent and earned extra. We hadn't visited for several months so maybe this was an off night in the seasonings department. We'll probably come back if only for the margaritas.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was EXCELLENT!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, as always, but I always have a problem finding exactly what I want. This is a modern Mexican restaurant so finding authentic Mexican is not what you would find there. I liked the server but she was not as attentive as I would have hoped but we were on the ‘patio’ and she had other tables inside. Noise on the ‘patio’ was loud since you are sitting in the mall.

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AP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Refried beans were terrible. I am afraid they were sitting around for a while before they served them. All the meals we ordered had refried beans that kind of ruined the dish. Service was very slow. The waitress did not keep our table clean. When we asked if there was any tequila in margaritas, because they seemed virgin, the waitress told us that it was happy hour so they intentionally use just a tiny bit of alcohol. That is understandable that drinks are cheaper so they should be smaller, but you can't serve people sour mix and pretend that's a margarita. Just make it smaller. Anyway, we appreciated the honesty 😂, she didn't really seemed to care. Poor experience overall.

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FA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service! Food and drink were very good. Lots of options.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went here for a birthday lunch with a few of my girlfriends. The food was excellent, the staff courteous and attentive, and I was pleasantly surprised by the free dessert! The churros are a must-have!

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KT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and great service. Will definitely go back!

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CT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great, but a little pricey. My favorite dish wasn't available but was able to find something new and it was great!

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LG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The La Sandia margarita and the guacamole were excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Order the guacamole that is made by your table. It is amazing. Everyone really liked the food and drinks. Great place.

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AW
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable on multiple visits and great service from Antonio

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Hostess was rude. Waitstaff is slow. I’ve been to the restaurant previously and the food is okay, but not good/great Mexican food. I think we will adjust going forward to Coastal Flats or Brio as a team.

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Q
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I thought the prices are high for Mexican food, but that is probably due to the high-rent district where it's located. One good thing: I didn't get any allergic/sensitivity reaction to the food. Usually I get a headache from restaurants that use flavor enhancers. La Sandia seems to serve pure food.

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LK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This restaurant was good, but it took a long time for that food to come out. The wait staff was overwhelmed on a Sunday evening. The restaurant didn't seem very busy, but we went through 4 baskets of chips in the hour before our food came, and we had to ask for the check after 2 hours.

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MH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

OUR ENTIRE PARTY GOT SICK FROM THE MEAL. We ordered tres leche and got a slice of cake with some sort of milk poured over. We do not plan to go back there. Very disappointing.

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BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We have been to this restaurant several times. The food and service are always fine, but the bar offerings are poor. The Margueritas are weak and yesterday-Mothers' Day with a special promotion for drinks including the Bloody Mary I ordered...it came with little vodka, no celery or lime. I ordered a second which had very little tomato mixer and olives...not what was advertised!

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time at this restaurant, and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced. My only complaint was the amount of time it took for my son to get his drink. We ordered at the same time, but his kid's chocolate milk came out way after our cocktails. He was snacking on chips and there wasn't even any water. His drink finally showed up when his food arrived.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The server was HORRIBLE.

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HO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had been following LaSandia on IG for a while before I got a chance to drive to Tyson's Corner. I went for Cinco de Mayo and the food didn't disappoint. While they were rather busy, the staff was good about bringing out food when it was done - even if it wasn't your waiter. I had the queso fundido with chorizo which was delicious, the braised beef tacos - also great and a side of what I thought was elote corn. Most of the pictures - including this one for review of LaSandia - show their elote or Mexican corn. As it was one of the main reasons I came - I was excited to try it. I could not find it anywhere on the menu and asked the waiter. He told me that it was seasonal, but one dish had it as a side, and he'd bring that. It definitely was NOT the elote corn. It was corn in something like a butter sauce with what I THINK was queso fresco - it also had very large kernel corn, which was throwing me. It wasn't very tasty, but past that - everything else was great and I'd definitely return!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Poor service. Did not receive the drinks we ordered and were charged for them.

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were promptly seated per our reservation, and then ignored for 15 mins. We didn't even see a waiter or server within 5 tables to ours. Adding to that was the small child running laps around our table. I love kids but I don't take dinner dates to Chuck E Cheese for a reason. No service or floor management was too much for me. We left for a nearby restaurant and had a great evening.

For the record I'm only rating service, of which there was none. No comment on food, value, etc.

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

So so Mexican but wouldn’t come here again. Food was very bland.

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. Fast service and delicious drinks.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service seems to be a problem. I have gone to this restaurant about 3 times during past year and each time service has been very slow......

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 4

The portions were very small. The overall taste was alright, not what would be expected from a celebrity chef restaurant.

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