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Casa de Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Watchung, New Jersey
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a group of 9 staying at the nearby Omni hotel. We called and got a last minute reservation for a group of us coming from a day at the Lego park - we were super casual, not really "restaurant ready" :) They seated us promptly, and were very accommodating to the 3 kids present. The food was very... More 

Thank Nancy W
Encinitas, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loud & fun. My Pina Colada was yummy. The food is okay.This place is close to my house, so it's nice to get out after work. The happy hr is at the bar which is very limited on chairs. The happy hr food is just ok. I find it rather greasy and extremely limited. The Chips, Salsa and guacamole is... More 

Thank Bestreviews100
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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279 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! We love this place & I would give 5 stars if we didn't have such a grouchy waitress. She seemed very put out with our family as a whole. I don't want to go into much detail, bottom line she was rude. Food? Amazing! I ordered chicken fajitas, one of my kids ordered the quesadilla, one kid ordered chicken... More 

Thank luvlifeandtravel
Calgary, Canada
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been here twice with fairly large groups (13 and 10). The food is delicious and and large portions. Best of all when I got the bill I was surprised at how reasonable the price was! The restaurant is fun, I think on Wednesday and Sunday they have a Mariachi band, loads of fun. This is a great spot,... More 

Thank garybia
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for a birthday lunch. The food is very good and the portions are very generous. It really is a beautifully decorated restaurant and the staff is very friendly.

Thank Joann T
Encinitas, California
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106 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we first arrived I noticed it was quite noisy for 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon. Friends were seated in a booth and the noise was quite tolerable. Had a great meal of chips and salsa, Bandini salad, enchiladas, chevice, with beer and mango ice tea to go around. The food was excellent and large portions enough to box and... More 

Thank guinness/currant
Oceanside, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chips and salsa are yummy, the entrees are always good (I usually just get the cheese enchiladas, boring, but they're tasty), the margaritas are a decent pour, the musicians are fun, and it's all a decent price. My only drawback from going here more often is the wait. Every time I've gone there's been a huge waiting list. Plus,... More 

Thank Swedegirl1
Carlsbad, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

My husband and I have always loved this restaurant and have been there a number of times. The food is generally good, atmosphere is great and good margaritas. In consideration of past experiences, I gave this review a 3. Today, however, was terrible, and based solely on today's visit, they would get a 1. I had the Tequila lime shrimp,... More 

Thank bogeysmom2015
Santa Cruz, California
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92 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Mid-week, late dinner. Still quite crowded at 8:30 and we were seated next to a raucous table of six. Decor is a little El Torito but probably fine for Carlsbad. Attentive but not intrusive service. Two in the party had the carnitas plate and the third had the burrito carne asada de la casa. Ample portion size, the carnitas were... More 

San Diego, California
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100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Casa de Bandini is located in the Forum Shops in Carlsbad. It’s one of the upscale Mexican Restaurants which always seems to be a fiesta. The restaurant décor and staff uniforms add to the pleasantness of this fine choice. Traditional Mexican dishes are served here and there always is a crowd waiting for a table. There are three dining areas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Gluten Free, Latin
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-634-3443
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?