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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 120
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 3
    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
High End Mexican Cuisine

Loved this place! Great food, lots of choices, patio dining, mariachis, over-sized drinks, attentive service...what's not to love?

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Rick81669
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Newport Beach, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Newport Beach, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Loved this place! Great food, lots of choices, patio dining, mariachis, over-sized drinks, attentive service...what's not to love?

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Lindon, Utah
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was packed, but I'm not sure why. The food was mediocre, service was slow (and terrible). Portions were small, and the price was expensive. You can get far more food for your money going to one of the taco shops nearby. This restaurant is located in one of the expensive malls in northern San Diego County. That's probably... More 

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Vista, California
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Love this place for their happy hour. You can sit outside of the bar for hh and inside the bar area. There is other outside seating but in the dinning area that does not offer the hh pricing. I use to go to the original place in Old Town. It is nice to have a bit of it in North... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We were looking for a Mexican restaurant in Carlsbad and this one got great reviews on Yelp Large crowd. Large restaurant. Large disappointment. We ordered an assortment of food wanting to give more than one thing a try. The combo plate (my husband gave it a zero star) looked like someone served it with a shovel. Nothing was appetizing or... More 

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Oakdale, California
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Always have enjoyed this family run restaurant. Goes back when they were in Old Town San Diego. I ordered the two seafood enchilada's in a white sauce, loved them. One had the fish taco on the light menu and throughly enjoyed it.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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182 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good food, nice atmosphere, strong drinks Stopping off for a quick lunch, we ended up spending two hours here enjoying our meal and margaritas (Cadillac margarita with Grand Marnier shot). Definitely recommend.

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seattle, Wa
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

We were craving some good Mexican food. Upon arrival we saw a lot of people waiting outside so we thought we'd have to wait a long time for table but were seated in less than 10 minutes. One of the house specialties is the Green chile and corn tamale. The tamale was fresh and soft and delicious. The crispy shrimp... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Love the atmosphere! The service is good as well...however, the food was very mediocre...the queso was terrible, and the tacos were just average. The kids loved the mariachi band....probably a good place to just sit at the bar for drinks...don't go there for the food...

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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

While it may be a little overdone it is a lot of fun - especially for people visiting the area! Very friendly staff and the food is fantastic.

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Busy is good in terms of judging restaurants. Arrived before 6 PM on Friday and got in w/o waiting. Later and you'll be waiting for a table. Large, varied menu. I had beef and chicken enchiladas. Both very good. Portions are large, probably more than you can eat. Restaurant is nicely decorated, pleasant surroundings. Only complaint - fairly noisy eating... More 

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Additional Information about Casa de Bandini

Address: 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
Phone Number: +1 760-634-3443
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  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
Cuisine: Mexican

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

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?