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Casa de Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine amidst lavish dining...
Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine amidst lavish dining rooms and an enchanting outdoor patio at Casa de Bandini, located at The Forum in Carlsbad.
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Food, Service and Atmosphere

My husband and I had dinner here. I had the Enchiladas Suizas which is one of my favorites. My husband and I had the Chicken Fajitas. The food was very good and seemed to be more authentic than most Mexican restaurants. The prices are average. There were strolling musicians that added to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
lakelovinglady
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had dinner here. I had the Enchiladas Suizas which is one of my favorites. My husband and I had the Chicken Fajitas. The food was very good and seemed to be more authentic than most Mexican restaurants. The prices are average. There were strolling musicians that added to the ambience of the already very warm and... More 

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Encinitas, California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Former Mexican-style restaurant at this location was a bust. It is now "officially" salvaged. We liked Casa de Bandini when it was in Old Town SD; fantastic setting but ordinary food. This place is a comfy setting with nice patio, good enough food. Good service. We like lunch here but don't need dinner after. Watch out for bees near big... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

excellent Mexican food, relaxing atmosphere. Had lunch on the patios. Hubby had the Carnitas, large portion, delicious. I had vegetarian tacos: zucchini, peppers, mushrooms & corn. Couldn't finish. Pleasant staff.

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Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Quick seating, even at lunch time. Another delightful lunch on the patio. Of course, we were greeted with fresh salsa and hot chips. Yum. Always a treat! I had the Carne Asada taco plate with meat that was so tender it literally melted in your mouth. Sides of beans and rice along with guacamole and fresh salsa. Plenty of food... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

What a treat for Diane Powers to open her restaurant in Carlsbad. The deco is so authentic and food is great. A long wait from the closing of her restaurant in Old Town San Diego to opening the new one in Carlsbad. Worth the wait.

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Newhall, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This was our second visit to this location, having grown up eating at the original in Old Town SD for many years. The patio was perfect for our dog, and they were attentive to all of our needs, including our pooch. I had the ceviche (fabulous) and my hubby had tropical chicken salad tostada. He had a margarita and I... More 

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Columbus, Oh
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We arrived during a busy Saturday night but were seating right away outside on the lovely patio. The heaters keep it nice and warm and the wait staff keeps the ball rolling so your order for drinks arrives quickly. I appreciate that the waitresses wear authentic outfits and that there is a marriachi trio playing in the restaurant. Its always... More 

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San Diego
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We always go here when in San Diego, meet family and friends. Food is very good, atmosphere doesn't get any better. The Mariachi band came to our table and sang cucurrucucu la poloma, made big points with wife

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los angeles, CA
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

i m not much of a fan of Mexican food and cannot tell how authentic it is, but if u like to have wonderful time, this is a great place to go to. The waitress at our table has such a pleasant personality with her big smile and happy attitude, it just brighten up my day. Food wise, my fish... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A must if you like Mexican food. Some of the best I have ever eaten.Food was served hot, margheritas were wonderful and service was fantastic.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-634-3443

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine amidst lavish dining rooms and an enchanting outdoor patio at Casa de Bandini, located at The Forum in Carlsbad.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?