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Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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Ranked #12 of 270 restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Hoodsport, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I hadn't been to Casa Bandini since it was in Old Town. Visiting a friend she suggested we go there which was great! The location is very nice, when walking into the establishment I found it to be very festive & crowded which is always a good sign. We both enjoyed our meals. I had Cheese Enchiladas with rice and... More

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Campbell
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visited for lunch and pleased with the food and service. The guacamole was excellent as was my tostada with asada. My wife also was very pleased with her enchiladas. Try the 32 oz margarita (we shared it) but were glad not to drive after finishing it.

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Ireland
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102 reviews 102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Not much has changed, thank heavens, in this family favorite. Lovely outdoor dining, delicious and extensive menu, good selection of draft Mexican beers, attentive service. Each salsa is a perfect match for each dish, especially the relleno sauce. Always a delight to have lunch here when in SoCal!

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We used to go to Casa de Bandini when it was housed in Old Town, and I was so excited when I found it again. Same old delicious food. Marachi band was playing music. A very fun and authentic Mexican feel. The margaritas are to die for. I mixed the strawberry and mango flavors. YUM!

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San Diego, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is a sister restaurant to Casa Guadalajara in Old Town San Diego. The food is EXCELLENT, and the staff is great. It is a very noisy restaurant and, while fun, it is better to be seated outside if you can. There are wandering musicians, fresh homemade tortillas and all of the food is prepared to order. Friends from out... More

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mattapoisett, ma
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67 reviews 67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful spot! They make the tortillas in front of you and if you go over to watch they give you free samples!! They also had some great vegetarian options (my daughter got the veggie fajitas and loved them) and some "healthy options" ( I got the mango chicken burrito and it was awesome!) my husband loved his carnitas . You... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We had lunch here today. Chips and Salsa brought when we were seated. Had the beef nachos followed my the combination Fajitas. Tasted great and more than enough for 2 for lunch. Taking home the left overs! Vanessa R was our waitress and was super.

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Carlsbad, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We all have an idea of what Mexican food should be, colored by our own personal travels and experiences. The cuisine itself is influenced by many regional dishes from both Mexico, South America and yes, Tex Mex. The Casa de Bandini menu is varied and offers something for everyone. Simply follow the overwhelming advise of locals and visitors alike and... More

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San Diego, California
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660 reviews 660 reviews
386 restaurant reviews
1,321 helpful votes 1,321 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I came here with my friend the other day for lunch. I'd never been to this shopping area in Carlsbad. It's a nice area. The restaurant was really beautiful and spacious with a great outdoor patio area, perfect for a sunny day. It was a little chilly out so we ate inside. I ordered the taco combination plate (which is... More

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Carlsbad, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It's difficult to spew more superlatives about Casa de Bandini, but I'll try. This past week was Restaurant Week in San Diego area and this restaurant rolled out some of their most delectable fare for us once again. I just have to rave about the Taco Loco. It's a giant tortilla shell with huge amounts of chicken or beef, refried... More

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