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Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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Ranked #11 of 279 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
Detroit, MI
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We went the Casa de Bandini with a group of 8. The waitress was awesome, quick and patient, and gave each one of us all separate bills which was very nice. The menu offered a huge variety. The food was delicious. I ordered the fish taco special which was delicious. The margarita -- not so delicious. It tasted very syrupy,... More

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Coarsegold, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Celebrated my granddaughter's birthday here one night after her birthday because we couldn't get in on Friday. They take no reservations but you can call an hour ahead and get put on a list for inside dining or dining on the patio. It is a hopping place. I didn't get the Disney Small World imagery mentioned by previous reviewers, but... More

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Melbourne, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We have searched high and low for a great breakfast since arriving in California last week. Yesterday was a disaster at The Daily News near the beach but today we stumbled upon this place. Yolk is a great place to bring your kids. Food was just right and for ONCE since we got here the COFFEE was good. Service was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is the sort of place I'd visit weekly, as well as for special occasions. The building itself is modern as its part of a shopping mall, but once inside, the atmosphere changes and is homely and welcoming. The staff are excellent and very friendly. Service is top notch. The food is authentic Mexican, and some of the best I've... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a beautiful Mexican Food restaurant where the waiters and waitresses wear authentic Latino dress and there is a live Mariachi Band to serenade you! We ordered a large mango strawberry margarita which is 34 oz and very easy to split between two light weight drinkers. We also ordered the Turkey Picadillo Enchilada and split it, then we got... More

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Algonquin, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Seated quickly. Great selection of Mexican food. Margaritas galore, I had the mango! Had my 2 nephews and they accommodated our seating with the little ones! Would definitely recommend!

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

and the Margaritas were very powerful....so don't have on empty or near empty stomach! The Fish Taco was tasty, too!

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San Diego, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Casa de Bandini did not disappoint. The atmosphere is authentic, as is the food. I really enjoyed my grilled chicken tacos. My associate really enjoyed the carne asada salad. The service was good, too.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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292 reviews 292 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is a cute place with great atmosphere but the food fell flat. Maybe it was a bad day but we have had much better Mexican food elsewhere. Too bad since many people say that the food is good here. We would not go back here.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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130 reviews 130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is a fun place to go with family or large groups or just want to do happy hour. We were a party of four. They had a great mariachi group that put a festive flavor to the place. Kids love to dance to the music.. They have an extensive healthy eating menu. The chips and salsa are terrific. Margarita... More

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