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Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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Ranked #8 of 277 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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82% Recommend
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English first
Riverside County
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is arguably the best Mexican restaurant in North County San Diego. It is certainly better than anyone that I have tried in the area. So it is a must stop if you are visiting the area. It is worth driving to. Try to get there early enough for Happy Hour as the small house margaritas are $4.50, On Wednesday... More

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Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I fethced some Mexican take-out for the family staying at Four Seasons based on recommendation from the hotel. The place was hopping on a Thursday night, with nice decor, and looked like a fun place to have seated dinner. Our take-out meal was really delightful - we live in Texas and know Tex-Mex, and this was one of our better... More

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florham park, nj
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The food was pretty good, the ambiance is fun and Mexican - decor, server attire, Mariachi band...Wait staff could have been a bit more attentive.

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Carlsbad, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This has become a favorite "Go-To" restaurant for birthdays so it's no surprise it was the place chosen by my daughter for her birthday. Service was prompt and the chips and salsa were brought to the table immediately upon our seating. With the current drought in California. water is not automatically brought to the table; you need to request it... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Coming from Canada, our palates for Mexican food are not particularly sophisticated (at a higher level than fast-food Mexican, but not by much...), so when we do go on SoCal vactions, we tend to eat Mexican (alot). We ran across this restaurant a few years ago after taking a wrong turn, and enjoyed our meals then, and during our just... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We've eaten here everytime we're in the area, which is about twice per year. When we want great Mexican food we take off and come here (we live about 2 hours away) and we love it that much. Atmosphere is very nice, people are great, and the food is to "rave" about! Have never had a bad meal or bad... More

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Carlsbad, CA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great location and many different kinds of seats inside and out. Great little bar with wide screens and fun bartenders. Excellent chips and salsa. Thin/crispy and spicy fresh salsa. Chili Releno was one of the best I ever had. Top of the line margarita's in a Grande glass/mug if you want it big. Go early as the place really fills... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

We went here based on the trip advisor rating and review, it also wasn't too far from where we stayed. Service was prompt, the surroundings were colourful and wonderful. Our waiter did a great job as well, and our meals were plentiful and tasty. We went home with full bellies. The 'Chocolada' virgin margarita was pretty good too.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Casa de Bandini is an authentic Mexican restaurant applying to everything from the furniture to some of the best Mexican food I (and my colleagues) have enjoyed anywhere. Ranging from seafood (Mexican style) to traditional taco salads are outstanding and reasonably priced. The setting reminded me of visiting in a person's nicely furnished hacienda while enjoying food for which the... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Every year we do a road trip to the western USA and this is a required stop for us! The food is beyond delish and every bite reminds us of Mexico and the wonderful flavours there. The margaritas are amazing and will have you wishing you could just sit and relax there all day. In the evenings they have a... More

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