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1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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Ranked #7 of 284 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW 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
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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22 restaurant reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Came here as solo traveller, had a fantastic Mexican meal with complimentary nachos to start, a delicious burrito, two fantastic and quite alcoholic margaritas, and some chocolate mud cake to finish... Was about $55 for my meal, but I would def go again and again...! Those margaritas.... !!

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San Diego
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15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

There are a lot of different varieties of "Mexican" food in San Diego. Some will say the food at Casa de Bandini (and its sister restaurants) isn't authentic but they use fresh and good quality ingredients, provide excellent service, and have a very attractive patio. It's worth trying and if you like it, you'll return. If not, there are plenty... More 

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Additional Information about Casa de Bandini

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

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