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“Good Mexican” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Casa de Bandini

Casa de Bandini
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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Ranked #12 of 271 restaurants in Carlsbad
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.
Rancho Santa Fe, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Good food and atomosphere, but can be a long wait if you arrive between 5:45 and 7:15, they don't take reservations. The only thing we dislike are the Mariachis, loud and annoying, otherwise 5 stars. Not many good Mexican choices in the area unless you go to the coast.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Rosa, California
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Excellent San Diego area, Mexican.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Differrent location , still really good mex food . A San Diego classic since it 's time in Old Town for many years. Same owners, similar menu .Very tasty fresh Mex food. Nice space in a mall.. A bit out of the way but it satisfies the palette when looking for Mexican food. Classic margs are as good as they were way back in Old Town era. We rediscovered this place in our visit and was pleased that it was still top notch.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Bienvenido a Mexico, fun place to share a margarita with friends.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I have been a big fan of casa de bandini for many years. I just love the fun atmosphere of the bar. Expect the typical mexican restaurant: loud mariachis band, lots of colors, packed with families. Casa de bandini is a fun place to share a margarita with friends or to celebrate a birthday, now if you are looking for a romantic place........hmmm maybe this is not the right place for you. Food: huge portion / basic quality / fair price / big menu. Great for happy hours. Located in an outdoor mall so parking is easy.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vista
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Food is good...however..if you are looking for something more quiet or intimate...not your place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Food was good, I tend to like smaller more intimate settings. This place is crowded. If you like the hang on the the beeper thing this is your place. The food was actually quite good but could not hear my guest at all and we had to yell. (also had my debit card number lifted there and sold to Nigeria...so well...)

Visited August 2012
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San Diego, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“High blood pressure stay away”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Possibly the saltiest food I have ever eaten anywhere in my life! However, if you don't mind that, and don't mind yelling to be heard at your own table, then the atmosphere, the music, the drinks and the service are stellar. Go for lunch or Happy Hour for good prices and good selections.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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