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Casa de Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 1
    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
Fantastic Mexican restaurant with vibrant atmosphere !

Casa de Bandini was my first time to a Mexican restaurant. It means:" house of Bandini" after Juan Bandini (1800 – 1859) who was an early settler of what would become San Diego, California. Bandini built his iconic large U-shaped house, Casa de Bandini, in 1829. It is a cool traditional Mexican... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Saeed S
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Mashhad, Iran
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Mashhad, Iran
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Casa de Bandini was my first time to a Mexican restaurant. It means:" house of Bandini" after Juan Bandini (1800 – 1859) who was an early settler of what would become San Diego, California. Bandini built his iconic large U-shaped house, Casa de Bandini, in 1829. It is a cool traditional Mexican restaurant with a wide range of foods from... More 

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Casa de Bandido is a modern building, nicely decorated in Mexican theme. We arrived around 5:30 on a Saturday and got in with minimal waiting; however when we left there was a substantial waiting list. Live musicians circulating through the restaurant was a nice touch. The food was very good. Portions were ample. Price was reasonable (considering this is California).... More 

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Escondido, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We always enjoy our meals here! Great place to meet up with family or friends. Love the bar, dining rooms and outdoor patio. Friendly servers, fast service, wonderful food. Marianchis perform often too!

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Encinitas, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We just celebrated our retirement with a party on the patio at Casa de Bandini. Ingrid (our party coordinator) took care of everything without a glitch. The bartenders made fabulous margaritas and the food was out of this world. The tequila lime shrimp was a crowd pleaser along with the strolling mariachis. I would definitely have a party here again.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The chicken fajitas salad was delicious, a nice blend of chicken, peppers, onions and more. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. Best of all, they have a nice outdoor dining area so we could bring our little dachshund with us! This was not our first visit. It certainly won't be our last!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

Nice patio, great food, casual atmosphere. Gluten free options (corn) and menu too, which I need, so it is always appreciated. Nice fresh, warm corn tortillas with my meal, yum! This place has tons of indoor seating as well.

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Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I'm a big fan of Mexican food, so I've eaten at too many Mexican restaurants to count. The atmosphere and decor, the mariaci band, the waitstaff in traditional Mexican attire all were plusses to my visit. The food was very good. I had the tequila Lime shrimp which came with a very tasty Amarillo style rice. The shrimp was tender... More 

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San Marcos, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I have been here many times and I guess by virtue of that I guess I must like it because I keep going back. Its not because I think the food is great or the prices are great but its more like a fun place and the food is good enough and the prices are not too high. This is... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love Mexican food. This place has it all, traditional and current trends like Mexican style salads and such. The mariachi band was entertaining and talented. The service fluctuates, sometimes great, sometimes just ok. I would recommend this restaurant. Go early on Fridays and Saturdays, the wait can be lengthy.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Food, service excellent. I find the noise level near deafening. I like to sit outside the cantos or on the patio

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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: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?