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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

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Visitor rating
  • 96
    Excellent
  • 51
    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
Excellent authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine

We have visited this restaurant several times over the last few years and each time it does not disappoint! The food is fantastic, the outdoor patio just beautiful and the staff are friendly and professional. Great for families and everyone else! Definitely a must!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
mkbkck
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Garden City, New York
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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173 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Garden City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We have visited this restaurant several times over the last few years and each time it does not disappoint! The food is fantastic, the outdoor patio just beautiful and the staff are friendly and professional. Great for families and everyone else! Definitely a must!

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San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This was a favorite restaurant of ours when they were in Old Town many years ago. This was the first time we went since they relocated to Carlsbad. We had a large party and everyone was thrilled with the food they ordered. Generous portions, quality food, great service and really nice atmosphere. We sat inside, cool day, but patio is... More 

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Tustin, California, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We managed to find a table in the bar with no reservation at 7:30 at night! WOW! We could have waited 15 minutes for a table. Ambiance was buzzing and the margarita's were excellent! We had a combo appetizer plate and still had to take some home. I would definitely return but with a bigger appetite.

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Kalamazoo, MI
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Upon local and TA recommendations we went to CdB for dinner. Didn't think the food was anything special other than the deep fried ice cream! Service was rather poor and curt.

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Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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