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395 Santa Monica Place Los Angeles, CA 90401 310-393-3300
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We were admittedly disappointed when we saw that Santa Monica Place had brought in a chain Mexican restaurant from out of state instead of bolstering one of our locals. But La Sandia, the more traditional venture from Denver chef Richard Sandoval (he also owns the mall’s Asian-Latin fusion spot, Zengo), exceeds expectations. A retractable roof covers a courtyard dotted with a trickling fountain and indoor greenery. The kitchen tries just hard enough, topping a warm huarache—a masa-based flatbread—with a mix of wild mushrooms and truffle oil, slow cooking beef brisket with a citrus-achiote sauce, and whipping up guacamole tableside. It’s unfortunate that slabs of dry white chicken meat suck the life out of what’s otherwise a lovely mole poblano. The bar offers a staggering number of tequilas, served by a knowledgeable staff.
Rating
Price
Categories
Mexican
Hours
Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-12am
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol
Full Bar
Standard of Attire
Casual
Delivery Service
No
Group-Friendly
Yes
Kid-Friendly
Yes
Good for
Lunch, Dinner
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Parking Option(s)
Garage
Carry-out
Yes
Reservations
Yes
Waiter Service
Yes
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