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Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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Ranked #10 of 277 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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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 NEW

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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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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289 reviews 289 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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Riverside County
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101 reviews 101 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is arguably the best Mexican restaurant in North County San Diego. It is certainly better than anyone that I have tried in the area. So it is a must stop if you are visiting the area. It is worth driving to. Try to get there early enough for Happy Hour as the small house margaritas are $4.50, On Wednesday... More

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Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I fethced some Mexican take-out for the family staying at Four Seasons based on recommendation from the hotel. The place was hopping on a Thursday night, with nice decor, and looked like a fun place to have seated dinner. Our take-out meal was really delightful - we live in Texas and know Tex-Mex, and this was one of our better... More

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florham park, nj
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The food was pretty good, the ambiance is fun and Mexican - decor, server attire, Mariachi band...Wait staff could have been a bit more attentive.

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Carlsbad, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This has become a favorite "Go-To" restaurant for birthdays so it's no surprise it was the place chosen by my daughter for her birthday. Service was prompt and the chips and salsa were brought to the table immediately upon our seating. With the current drought in California. water is not automatically brought to the table; you need to request it... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Coming from Canada, our palates for Mexican food are not particularly sophisticated (at a higher level than fast-food Mexican, but not by much...), so when we do go on SoCal vactions, we tend to eat Mexican (alot). We ran across this restaurant a few years ago after taking a wrong turn, and enjoyed our meals then, and during our just... More

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