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Casa de Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 72
    Very good
  • 28
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  • 3
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  • 4
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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
Very good Mexican Cuisine

Our group of about 13 descended on Casa de Bandini for a Tuesday evening social dinner. Our server, Maria, was friendly, courteous and efficient. It was a nice balmy summer evening and we sat outside in the patio. We had drinks ranging from margaritas to beer and water. We decided to order four... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
gordonc11
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Carlsbad, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Tustin, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We experienced good service, average Mexican food. Fajitas were not what we are used to. They have cut corners wit this dish. Vegetables were not sauted, they were all mixed up. small portion. Salmon salad was good.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Very popular spot in Carlsbad. Went for lunch with friends. We had the fish burrito which was a tad spicy, fish tacos, and ceviche. All were good but nothing special.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Our group of about 13 descended on Casa de Bandini for a Tuesday evening social dinner. Our server, Maria, was friendly, courteous and efficient. It was a nice balmy summer evening and we sat outside in the patio. We had drinks ranging from margaritas to beer and water. We decided to order four of the big appetizer plates. They were... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We called for priority seating (they don't take reservations) on a Monday night. The restaurant was not full. We were seated outside at our request after about 5 minutes. The outdoor area was very nice. We had some drinks including a peach margarita and virgin Pina Coladas. They were all very good. We had the guacamole appetizer which was also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My son who is stationed at Camp Pendleton wanted Mexican food. Casa de Bandini came up on Tripadvisor so we decided to go there! Awesome choice! We arrived on Sunday at about 4:45 and had to wait about 20 minutes. Service was amazing and food was incredible! So much we had to send our leftovers with him back to base... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The first time I reviewed this place I was disappointed that the food was not unique. When I returned on my last visit, I was pleasantly surprised. They had a special lunch menu with a "Summer Grill" offered. It consisted of succulent roast beef with roasted vegetables. It was healthy and delicious. The salsa was especially good as well. Ask... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Location is ideal. Great ambiance. Priced just right. Quality food. Though it does get crowded around 4:30 for afterwork gatherings.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We are so glad we found Casa de Bandini again! We went to this restaurant all the time when it was in Old Town San Diego. We were so sad when it wasn't there one year. But, it is here and hopefully to stay. It was just as good as it was back in Old Town. We are looking for... More 

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Solana Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My sister was visiting from Chicagoland and could hardly wait to have Casa de Bandini 's delicious tamales! We enjoyed a peaceful meal on the entryway patio, with gentle breezes blowing, while the attentive staff served our marvelous meal. There were 6 adults and a 3yo in our party and we all enjoyed our meals: deliciously seasoned fresh food, attractively... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Great chips and salsa and everyone enjoyed their entree. Lovely patio dining with attentive service. Prices are quite reasonable, especially the lunch specials menu items. I would rate this among the very best Mexican restaurants, worth getting off the freeway on the way to or from San Diego!

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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, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?