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La Sandia - Santa Monica

Modern Mexican Cuisine. Outdoor tequila bar & lounge. Sweeping views of the Third Street Promenade.

At La Sandia, internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval uses innovative culinary techniques and fresh, local ingredients to raise authentic Mexican recipes to new heights. Enjoy Chef Sandoval's modern Mexican flavors with selections from our Tequila Bar - we offer over 100 Tequilas and Mezcals, as well as handcrafted margaritas. Warm, Latin-inspired service will round out your experience. Buen provecho y salud!

21 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
(21 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 21 reviews
5 stars
(9)
4 stars
(8)
3 stars
(2)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • good for groups(6)
  • fit for foodies(3)
  • great for outdoor dining(3)
  • great for lunch(2)
  • neighborhood gem(2)
  • vibrant bar scene(2)
La Sandia - Santa Monica Reviews List
Review 1 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/14/2015
 2011
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/14/2015
 2011
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Review 2 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 6/29/2013
 2012
Dined on 6/29/2013
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 6/29/2013
 2012
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Review 3 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/31/2014
 2010
Dined on 10/31/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 10/31/2014
 2010
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Review 4 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2014
 2012
Dined on 1/30/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/30/2014
 2012
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Review 5 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/01/2014
 2012
Dined on 12/01/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 12/01/2014
 2012
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Review 6 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2011
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Review 7 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/12/2014
 2009
Dined on 12/12/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/12/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 8 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Very pleased

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We had not been here for a good long time, and finally made it back again for an NFL Sunday and it was a great spot to hang out and watch the game. The bar doesn't have sound on, but everyone was still pretty plugged in, and the staff stayed highly attentive on drinks and food orders. And the food is excellent -- some of the better Mexican we've had in a very long time. We will be back more often!!"
Dined on 1/10/2015
 2004
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

As always, a pleasant experience

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Be sure to check in the with the host & see if you can sit outside, the view of the promenade with a fresh bowl guacamole & chips is fantastic! The hostess & waitress are very friendly."
Dined on 12/17/2014
 2009
Special Features: great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Awful - just awful

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Dined on 12/07/2014
 2013
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2013
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Was looking forward to some Mexican in LA. What a mistake choosing this restaurant. Not only was the food incredibly bland, the drinks were watered down and the service was terrible. Our waiter was very unprofessional and to top things off spilled my daughter's drink all over her because he was reaching to put a napkin under her glass mid-way through her dinner. Also, we had specifically asked for her meal to be vegetarian and it arrived chock full of chicken. The vegetarian options are very limited here. I would never return nor would I recommend this. Eating in the food court would be better than this"
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2013
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Ratings-Only Reviews for La Sandia - Santa Monica
Based on the average of (11) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
4 out of 6 recommend this product
Food 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Service 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic