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“Raising my score for Bandini- No Mariachi problem now” 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 #11 of 277 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.
Encinitas CA
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Raising my score for Bandini- No Mariachi problem now”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

In the past we have loved the food at Casa De Bandini, but the Mariachi's were out of control loud. We like to go out to dinner, eat good food and be able to talk. But the mariachi's would come to our section of Bandini and "camp out" for 10 minutes or more and it completely cut off conversation.

We like their music in moderation, but we don't want it to overpower us. We felt like victims to their desire to play for dollars at the tables surrounding us.

So we essentially stopped going to Bandini and switched over to Miguel's, Garcia's and El Callejon. But this last Saturday we went to Bandini and the mariachi's were very contained and the experience was wonderful.

We like the food at Bandini the best of all these other mentioned venues. If the mariachi's continue to be contained we will be regulars!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Better than traveling to mexico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

While visiting carlsbad we came across this place while shopping. Atmosphere and setting were perfectly authentic to mexico. We both has the 2 course lunch special for $10. Was a little worried when the entre was 1 taco. However, i was so big i could not finish it. Will be going back tomorrow for desert only. Amazing find with no passport required.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carlsbad, California
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Live Mariachi's”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This place gets rave reviews from many people. It is not my favorite. Lots of noise when it gets full. Live music which adds to the noise level.

Visited December 2012
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Maryland
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great mexican”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Outstanding food, presentation, quantity and mariachi band! Best Mexican restaurant anywhere in california

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Bandini Norte es Bueno!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

A long time fan of Casa de Bandini in Old Town San Diego, I am very pleased to see that its move up the coast did nothing to change the fantastic food and atmosphere of this great restaurant.

Visited October 2012
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