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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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 25
    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
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My family and I are Mexican food snobs and always in search of a new place to add to our growing list of great Mexican food restaurants. Casa de Bandini was firing on all cylinders from the moment we walked in the door. We were promptly seated and Gabriel, our server, took care of every... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Wynnette T
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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202 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

My family and I are Mexican food snobs and always in search of a new place to add to our growing list of great Mexican food restaurants. Casa de Bandini was firing on all cylinders from the moment we walked in the door. We were promptly seated and Gabriel, our server, took care of every need. Those who are looking... More 

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Fresno, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It's one of the most beautiful Mexican restaurants! The patio is great, too. A huge menu with lots of fresh seafood. Tradional dishes and more! Great waiter, Jose, who kept our party of eight full with salsa chips and drinks.

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Anaheim, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

As a native SoCal resident, I grew up on Mexican food and we enjoy it once or twice a week. Casa de Bandini is one of the best in Southern California, with excellent food and service. I recently had a Taco Sampler plate, with four small street tacos, two Carnitas and two Carne Asada, served with an incredible citrusy salsa.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our family had Mothers Day here. Outdoors is best, much less noisy. Beautiful setting, strolling musicians are nice. Food is very good, a little pricey. An excellent place for special occasions. Maugeritas are large and good. We all enjoyed what we ordered. Still miss the Old Town location.

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Palatine, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Visited after a conference and had a fantastic seafood salad and raspberry margarita. This area is usually very expensive and my total dinner was under $25. Also They have half price appetizers and $2 off margaritas during happy hour. There is a really nice outdoor mall next door for shopping as well.

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Bonsall, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I tried a burrito with chicken and mango salsa. It was packed with chicken and the tortilla fell apart when I picked it up...too heavy with chicken! No problem, it ws great eaten with a fork. Nice selection of margaritas. Wish list: I wish their chips were half as good as Chipolte.

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California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We loved this restaurant! Great service, amazing food, and great drinks!! They even had a mariachi band walking around!!! Would go back all the time!

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal of Carne Asada tacos and Chicken w/ avocado tacos followed by an amazing deep-fried icecream. Our server Yvette was competent and charming!

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San Marcos, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

We've gone here for years, maybe 1/2 times per year. I think the reason now for our visits being so spread apart is because the food and service are average but the price tag is just too high. $13-18 per entree for so so food and costly beverages just doesn't cut it nowadays. The atmosphere is great and lively but... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Great atmosphere and the wait was not too bad on a Tuesday night. Service is hit and miss here. House Margaritas are week so its worth it to upgrade to top shelf made fresh. Food was hot and good.

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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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, 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?