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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene
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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  • 82
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 6
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  • 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
Very solid Mexican

I live close by and find Casa de Bandini to be very dependable. Good salsas, very good happy hour, mariachis, nice atmosphere; all in all a very good spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
coastaleddie
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Encinitas, CA
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Encinitas, CA
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I live close by and find Casa de Bandini to be very dependable. Good salsas, very good happy hour, mariachis, nice atmosphere; all in all a very good spot.

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Springfield, Missouri
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Service was awesome - very friendly staff. Ordered unique items to our experiences, but both of us later agreed, bland and nearly tasteless. Overall we left having had a great time with friends, but probably not soon returning.

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Thank FlyByRV
California
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106 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just moved back to our home in San Diego and while visiting Old Town discovered our favorite Mexican restaurant -- Casa de Bandini -- was no longer operating in a historical building. Taking advantage of San Diego Restaurant Week, we just "returned" to its location in Carlsbad. We were pleasantly surprised by the place, which was resplendent in its... More 

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Thank Liars N F
Dallas, Texas
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95 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a trip to Carlsbad, I had a late lunch here. It is a great atmosphere and reminded me of Texas. The Margaritas were good and I loved the chips and salsa. I would also recommend the guacamole. I had the shrimp fajitas and they were good. Good food and fun area to shop.

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Thank xxWOOGIExx
Oakdale, California
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Add to existing review please. In July 2015 we had dinner here, you can always rely on there food. We have been coming here since they were in Old Town

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Thank Buff2013
Oceanside, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great atmosphere with Mariachi band--fun and festive! Food is TERRIFIC. We were there Sunday 12/20 and it was very busy. Service was quick and efficient.

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San Ramon, California
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351 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We met some family members at the Casa de Bandini this morning. We got there about 1045am and waited until they opened at 11. The wait was worth it. The 6 of us were promptly seated, and our drink orders were taken. I ordered a Mexican Coffee (Kalhua, tequila and cream) which was ok, but certainly not as good as... More 

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Thank Rob M
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This is a sister property to Casa Guadalajara. We loved this place better. It is clean, beautifully decorated, and the service is amazing. I am a fussy eater and I loved the chicken fajitas. With the flour tortillas. It comes on a sizzling hot plate. And you make your own. We come to San Diego every year at this time... More 

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Thank AlbertaMandy1
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

5 different dinner plates & 5 huge successes. The service was outstanding, the decor was beautiful and the food was the absolute best. We spent almost the exact same dollar amount this morning at a breakfast place in La Jolla and it is truly not even a comparison.

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Thank standanfield
Buena Park, California
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216 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

On a Tuesday at 5pm I called wanting to make reservations and was told that they did not take reservations. I then asked if I can be placed on a waitlist if I can be there in 15 minutes and was told that there is no waitlist. I asked how long is the wait and was told that there is... 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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene

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?