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Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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Ranked #14 of 276 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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English first
Clarksville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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San Diego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Living in San Diego, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants and we are very selective about our Mexican food. This restaurant used to be in Old Town. When it moved to Carlsbad we were thrilled. The food is authentic Mexican, they are generous with their margaritas, and the portions are enormous. The menu is pretty extensive and I have... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very good. I had enchiladas (chicken and cheese) and beans in a small tortilla shell. My wife had Pollo Acapulco, also excellent. I thought the salsa was hot without much flavor. Otherwise all great. Yes, we would come back.

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Okinawa, Japan
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Nice server, huge menu, pretty decor. Food experience was generic and what could expected from a chain restaurant. We didn't get the feeling that it was exactly authentic. The dining room was very loud and complete with a mariachi band.

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California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love thew food and the service. Always good. Very attractive decor. A bit noisey. Consider sitting outside where it is quieter.

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San Marcos, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We love the margaritas here, they have many kinds and sizes. The food is good, everything seems very fresh. Can be crowded on a Fri, Sat night. We frequently eat at the bar when the wait is too long.

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Echuca, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Great meal with fantastic friends, love the cadillac margarita, and between us we had six items from the menu, each one fantastic. Great atmosphere outside of an evening, or inside around the bar. Probably some of the best mexican food I've had.

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Gainesville
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The restaurant is set in an upscale shopping plaza. Very nice ambiance and excellent service. The food is very well prepared. The fish tacos were particularly good.

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Ithaca, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Awesome food and great service. Huge menu to choose from with lots of options. Margaritas are also great. Highly recommended.

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