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La Sandia - Santa Monica

La Sandia Santa Monica

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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  • Jetset Extra
    Jetset ExtraSeptember 14, 2013
    La Sandia, a Richard Sandoval Restaurant on the dining deck at Santa Monica Place, features traditional Mexican cuisine taken to a whole new level. Even if you are eating light, try the churros. Read more
  • Lizbeth R.
    Lizbeth RomeroNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything on the Brunch menu is delicious! And for dinner Jorge and I like to split the "molcajete" it's amazing!!! Their chips and salsa are always a plus! Cocktails also get 4 hearts from me :)
  • Queenie C.
    Queenie C.September 14, 2014
    The chips, guac, and salsa are good. The Mango margarita w/extra salt on the rim is good but the Mango mojito is way better. Barbacoa enchiladas are a must try. You can pass on the tortilla soup.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerSeptember 30, 2012
    One of the quieter locations along the Third Street Promenade. Go up in the early afternoon for lunch. Great margaritas, best outdoor seating, and amazing Carnitas tacos!
  • Briccio D.
    Briccio De LeonMay 2, 2013
    Amazing place for lunch. The food was spot on delicious. Get the Churro for dessert for a killer conclusion to your meal. I'll definitely be coming back!
  • Michael A.
    Michael ArmijoAugust 9, 2012
    Ugh-It was A+when 1st opened.Must use SYSCOproducts now vs farmfresh. For BEST go to Sta Fe,NM toTHE SHED.Wont go again unless advertise sources for their food. Be healthy,eat @home w/OWN ingredients.
  • Drew T.
    Drew TraversoneAugust 24, 2014
    We have been here many times, in recent visits the service and food has declined to the point where it is no longer worth it. We had to walk out on out last visit...
  • Zoe G.
    Zoe GurbuzDecember 30, 2011
    We sat at the bar and my Cadillac Margarita was weak. I had to request more tequila. My boyfriends Martini was missing the top part of the Martini glass!
  • Danny M.
    Danny MolayemAugust 10, 2010
    Some of the best Mexican food I've had in LA. I recommend the carne asada and the beef tacos with onions cilantro and salsa. For an appetizer the shrimp ceviche is bomb.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SmithJuly 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy Hour all night on Mondays! $5 margs, $3 tacos and tons of other good stuff.
  • Steven R.
    Steven RogersNovember 9, 2014
    Great food, not so stellar service. You'll have to personally ask for that water refill.
  • Rhilee K.
    Rhilee KirkpatrickJune 25, 2011
    Amazing place! Tortilla soup is so good. Awesome food and service! The ambiance is amazing too!!
  • Mariela M.
    Mariela MustafáJune 22, 2012
    Great food! Excellent fresh guacamole and watermelon agua fresca! Nice ambiance
  • Eve
    EveMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They must have changed the staff because the service is good. Love the fresh guacamole, cocktails, and carnitas
  • Curt R.
    Curt RollisonJuly 17, 2011
    The mango lemonade is crazy delicious! And don't pass on the tres leches for dessert.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlaskoJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is just average, but bottomless guacamole in the bar weekdays from 4 - 7 is definitely worth the $5.
  • OldLadyMan T.
    OldLadyMan TornãdoJanuary 17, 2013
    La Sandia was only ever as good as the sum total of their awesome staff. That staff no longer works here. BYE.
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FordNovember 14, 2012
    Excellent Mexican food. The guac is a must have. Good cocktails too.
  • Kelly N.
    Kelly NessMay 4, 2012
    $5 all u can eat quac mon -fri 4-7pm (happy hour) for up to 4 people!
  • Michael A.
    Michael ArmijoAugust 22, 2010
    Order the house margarita original (no strawberry or mango) with guacamole & the chicken quesadillas & you are 'set'. Yummy!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhamMarch 4, 2013
    Get the steak and eggs! Top it off with a cadillac margarita!!!
  • Angela W.
    Angela WienandMarch 18, 2012
    The guacamole is delicious ! The michelada is also very yummy!
  • Kate W.
    Kate WillsonSeptember 24, 2010
    Great hibiscus margarita and the pork tacos are delicious. Try the guacamole to start!
  • DRAZ
    DRAZJanuary 21, 2012
    Good tequila selection slow or non existent service at the bar!
  • Buy Local Market
    Buy Local MarketAugust 22, 2011
    Ask about 'Bucket Night.' You get a bucket of Mexican beer and a bucket of achiote wings for $25 from 4 to close
  • William H.
    William HendersonAugust 10, 2014
    Check in on Yelp for some amazing specials!
  • Alena L.
    Alena LaPerlaMay 15, 2015
    Great Mexican food; big portions, friendly personnel.
  • Teresa L.
    Teresa LaBelleFebruary 2, 2011
    Mango margaritas here are amazing. Great ambiance. TERRIBLE SERVICE.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrisenoSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go and sit at the full service bar. Jason is a great bartender
  • Joe B.
    Joe BautistaSeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The cream corn is soooooo good here
  • Emily D.
    Emily DangNovember 6, 2011
    The chicken enchiladas divorciadas are good cuz the sauces had some kick to it. The rice was really bland and not good. The beans were ok. All in all, this place is mediocre and over-priced.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeMarch 2, 2012
    Love it when they mix the guacamole at the table
  • brian M.
    brian MorelMay 14, 2012
    Guacamole was good...the fish tacos were underwhelming - a tad on the dry side
  • Orlando M.
    Orlando Morala JrDecember 9, 2010
    Try the Mango Mojita. Yummy with home made guacamole.
  • Jenna V.
    Jenna VandenbergOctober 10, 2010
    If you like your cocktail on the spicy side try Mezcal con Pepino!
  • Oren A.
    Oren ArbitAugust 4, 2010
    went here for friends and family opening. carnitas are the bomb!
  • Royce
    RoyceAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the fresh guacamole, carne asada, and mango margarita.
  • Janelle G.
    Janelle GonzalezJuly 15, 2013
    Hibiscus Margarita is a must try!!!!!
  • Royce
    RoyceApril 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the fresh guacamole - amazing!
  • Todd F.
    Todd FloraOctober 24, 2010
    MMMMmmmmm . . . Chicken Enchiladas are delicious choice if you aren't TOO hungry.
  • Ruben M.
    Ruben MarquezMay 10, 2012
    the guacamole tostada sampler is a joke! 6 small round chip size toatadas and thats it for 12 bucks is a rip off
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MonteroSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget the sangrita to clense the palette between shots
  • Justine  E.
    Justine  EzarikMay 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    THE FOOD HERE IS GOOD!!!!! YUM
  • Scott S.
    Scott SpiroFebruary 27, 2012
    Try the table side guacamole. It's quite good.
  • Mikey K.
    Mikey KilunOctober 20, 2011
    The margaritas are a no-suck guarantee!
  • Theresa F.
    Theresa FrancosAugust 23, 2010
    yummy chicken tacos and mezcal margarita =) Service needs improvement..
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole ColemanOctober 3, 2012
    Habenero blood orange margarita...love it!
  • RoomCritic
    RoomCriticJanuary 3, 2014
    Family friendly mexican food Read more
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RotterSeptember 6, 2010
    Best ever! Salmon & Cadillac marg = super perfect!
  • Janelle G.
    Janelle GonzalezJuly 16, 2013
    Hibiscus Margarita is addicting!!!
  • Ivana S.
    Ivana SifuentesNovember 24, 2013
    Do not order the Tres Leches Cake!
  • Hannah K.
    Hannah KNovember 18, 2011
    Get the guac spicy!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RosenfeldMay 27, 2011
    Warning: the hot in the guacamole is hot
  • Tomas B.
    Tomas BecklinApril 7, 2011
    Carnita sliders! Amazing!
  • Dan O.
    Dan OrtizMarch 27, 2011
    Good chips and salsa + house margarita is el jimador.
  • Susan D.
    Susan DAugust 26, 2012
    Great carnitas!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RuhmJanuary 19, 2012
    Good food but the service was sin par.
  • Fireball Tim L.
    Fireball Tim LawrenceSeptember 30, 2011
    Awesome Shrimp Tacos...
  • Jasmin
    JasminDecember 18, 2013
    They stop serving drinks at 9:45 and don't validate - LAME!
  • John H.
    John HsiangSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Over priced, but good ambiance and tasty well presented food.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SandarsOctober 2, 2010
    The habañero paste kicks ass!
  • Dean W.
    Dean WestcottAugust 30, 2010
    Order the guac extra spicey. Mouth on fire!
  • Philip R.
    Philip RoodJune 2, 2014
    NO SERVICE! At table for over 10 minutes with no server. And we left with nothing!
  • Eric S.
    Eric SaboSeptember 8, 2011
    Good burrito
  • Beba R.
    Beba RomanFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bad service. Good chips and salsa. Prefer Rosa Mexicana downtown LA
  • Maaham A.
    Maaham AzizSeptember 18, 2014
    Sandia chicken salad. Meh.
  • Jerett B.
    Jerett BlaskeyFebruary 19, 2011
    Never come here if you want prompt or good service.
  • Ter J.
    Ter JOctober 7, 2011
    Best Food, Terrible Service
  • Kellie
    KellieAugust 28, 2010
    Waited 2 hours for a table and finally left. Was a Friday night, but they told us 20 minutes, very frustrated.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RuhmJanuary 19, 2012
    *sub par.....
  • Charles & Hudson
    Charles & HudsonAugust 9, 2010
    Bad service, pretty space. Hope they get their act together.
  • A B.
    A BOctober 31, 2010
    Terrible service. Good food.
  • Patty
    PattyJanuary 21, 2013
    Worst service ever.
  • Jacqueline C.
    Jacqueline CastroJune 16, 2014
    Hay margarita light de sandia y limon. Muy buenas y menos de 150 cal!!! 👍👍👍
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