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BOTANAS (APPETIZERS)‏
Nachos Supremo
Crisp fried tortilla chips, melted cheese, chorizo, sour cream, jalapenos, guacamole & salsa.
8.25
Chicken+1.50
Beef+1.50
Soft Taco Sampler
Four small soft corn tortillas, two carnitas & two carne asada, topped w/ fresh onion, cilantro, guacamole & salsa Quemada.
12.95
Concha De Guacamole
A crisp flour shell filled w/ guacamole, sprinkled w/ cheese & served w/ our Casa tortilla chips.
7.50
Quesadilla De Bandini
Flour tortilla folded, melted cheese, mild green chilies & salsa, cut in wedges & served w/ guacamole & sour cream.
7.95
Beef+1.50
Chicken+1.50
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
A traditional Mexican coastal favorite w/ avocado, celery, tomatoes, cucumber, onions & shrimp.
10.95
Antojitos De Bandini
A sampler platter of nachos, quesadilla, chicken flautas & beef taquitos. Served w/ guacamole, sour cream & salsa ranchera on the side.
15.95
Mucihismos Taquitos
Mini rolled tacos w/ beef or chicken, topped w/ cheese & served w/ salsa Quemada.
Small8.75
Large11.95
Queso Fundido With Chorizo
Traditional botana of melted jack cheese, topped w/ spicy beef chorizo, & roasted California chiles, served w/ our fresh hand made flour or corn tortillas.
8.95
Ceviche
A classic seafood dish of citrus marinated shrimp w/ chopped tomato, cilantro, onion, cucumbers & avocado w/ a bite of serrano. Served w/ crispy corn tostaditas.
10.95
ENSALADAS ESPECIALES (SPECIAL SALADS)
Taco Loco
A crispy oversized flour tortilla enfolds a bounty of shredded beef or chicken, frijoles, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, tomatoes, w/ guacamole & sour cream on the side. A lavish feast of a taco!
10.95
Tostada Corona
An incredible salad on a crisp flour tortilla crown. Layered w/ frijoles, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, slices of avocado & two kinds of cheese, all topped w/ guacamole & sour cream. Your choice of dressing on the side.
8.95
Chicken Taco Salad
Chunks of‏ grilled chicken, cheese, black beans, tomatoes, avocado slices & lettuce tossed w/ our lightly spiced house dressing. Served in a concha shell surrounded w/ crispy tortilla chips.
10.95
Tostada De Bandini
A tower of 3 tostadas, one shredded chicken, one shredded beef, & one frijoles covered w/ shredded lettuce, tomatoes, two kinds of cheese, guacamole & sour cream. Slices of avocados add the final touch!
10.95
Ensalada Fiesta Tropical
Salad greens‏ w/ morsels of grilled chicken, chunks of avocado & oranges, slices of grapes & black olives, sweet peppers & crispy red chipotle tortilla strips & our own spicy mango, chipotle lime dressing. Served in a crispy concha shell.
11.50
With shrimp13.50
Chicken Fajita Salad
Chicken sautéed w/ onions, bell peppers, mushrooms & tomatoes. Served on a bed of garden greens, topped w/ avocado, tomato, black beans, & cilantro lime dressing.
11.95
Bandni Chicken And Avogado Salad
A giant crisp flour tortilla shell filled w/ salad greens, tomatoes, cheese, red bell peppers, hard boiled egg & chicken. Topped w/ avocado & guacamole & served w/ your choice of dressing on the side.
11.95
Seafood Tostada
Shrimp, crab & guacamole highlight this colorful salad, accented w/ bits of tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, avocado slices & shredded lettace, all topping two crispy tortillas.
15.95
Ultimate Caesar Salad
Your choice of Mexican spiced shrimp or chicken, sprinkled w/ parmesan cheese, served w/ sliced avocado & quesadilla wedges.
Grilled chicken11.95
Spiced shrimp13.95
Shrimp Ole Salad
Shrimp & avocado surround fresh garden greens, garnished w/ cucumber, tomatoes, olives & house dressing. Our spicy sauce is served on the side.
12.95
SOPAS (SOUPS)‏
Sopa Azteca
One of the most typical of Mexican vegetable soups. With chunks of avocado, topped w/ sour cream, a sprinkle of cheese & a sprig of cilantro.
5.95
Chicken Tortilla Soup
A traditional, flavorful recipe.
6.95
Albondigas Soup
With fresh vegetables & our delicious, homemade meatballs.
6.95
PLATILLOS TRADICIONALES
La Especial De La Casa
Our most‏ magnificent Mexican combination plates w/ carne asada, green chile & cheese tamal, chicken enchilada, concha of frijoles, Mexican rice & guacamole. A perfect sampling of many of our popular Mexican items.
16.75
Carne Asada And Shrimp Combination
Well seasoned traditional carne asada & a three large shrimp brochette grilled quickly to retain their juices. Served on bed of Mexican rice w/ black beans & guacamole on the side.
17.95
Carne Asada Tampiquena
Carne asada deliciously seasoned, grilled & topped w/ mild green California chile & grilled onion. Served w/ a cheese enchilada, frijoles & guacamole.
15.95
Mole Poblano
Truly traditional sautéed chicken tenders cooked in our original Mole Poblano sauce, topped w/ fresh onion & sesame seeds. Served w/ Mexican rice & frijoles.
13.95
Arroz Con Pollo
Tasty shredded‏ chicken specially seasoned & cooked w/ bell peppers, tomatoes & onions. Served on a bed of Mexican rice w/ a concha of frijoles. Hot tortillas on request.
11.75
Tacos De Carne Asada
Slices of juicy seasoned steak in two large tacos, w/ guacamole, salsa fresca, ranchero sauce, frijoles & Mexican rice.
12.95
Burrto Carne Asada De La Casa
A large burrito filled w/ marinated carne asada, guacamole, lettuce & tomato. Topped w/ cheese sauce & served w/ frijoles.
12.95
Carnitas A Aa Michoacan
Golden brown succulent morsels of pork traditionally enjoyed w/ soft hot tortillas, guacamole, salsa & frijoles. A favorite from the Mexican state of Michoacan.
14.50
Fajitas De Bandini
Your choice‏ of beef, chicken or a combo of both, specially marinated w/ traditional fajitas seasonings & sautéed w/ bell peppers, onions, tomatoes & mushrooms. Served w/ tortillas, guacamole, rice & frijoles.
14.95
This is a feast fit for two!
FAVORITES‏
Burrito De Bandini
A long time customer favorite! A large burrito filled w/ juicy seasoned shredded beef & frijoles, topped w/ cheese sauce & sour cream, & served w/ Mexican rice.
10.95
Chimichanga
A large flour tortilla w/ your choice of shredded chicken or beef w/ beans & rice, fried to a golden brown then topped w/ salsa roja & melted cheese. Garnished w/ cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa roja & sour cream on the side.
11.95
Especial De Flautas
Three large crispy, corn tortillas filled w/ seasoned chicken & vegetables, garnished w/ lettuce, tomato, cheese, guacamole & sour cream. Served w/ frijoles, Mexican rice & salsa on the side.
12.95
Grilled Chicken And Avocada Tacos
Soft corn‏ tortillas filled w/ seasoned strips of grilled chicken breast, sliced avocados & served w/ jalapeno white sauce, Mexican rice & black beans.
12.95
Tamales
Two homemade tamales, one chicken w/ salsa espan ˜ola, & one green chile & cheese topped w/ salsa verde. Both topped w/ cheese & served w/ Mexican rice & frijoles.
12.95
Pollo Fundido
A very popular, deep-fried, crispy folded flour tortilla filled w/ tender seasoned shredded chicken, then covered w/ melted cheese sauce. Served w/ rice.
11.95
ENCHILADAS
Enchiladas Suizas
Traditional enchiladas prepared w/ seasoned shredded chicken & topped w/ salsa verde, cheese & sour cream. Served w/ a concha of frijoles & Mexican rice.
11.95
Enchiladas Verdes
Two enchiladas stuffed w/ cheese & topped w/ our salsa verde, sour cream, more cheese & roasted california chilies. Served w/ frijoles & Mexican rice.
10.95
Enchiladas Rancheras
Two cheese enchiladas w/ salsa verde & ranchera sauce, topped w/ sour cream & served w/ guacamole, frijoles & Mexican rice.
11.95
Enchiladas De Tlaquepaque
Two large‏ chicken, cheese & green chile enchiladas topped w/ salsa verde & more cheese. Served w/ Mexican rice & frijoles.
12.50
Enchiladas Huastecas
One chicken enchilada w/ salsa verde & one beef enchilada w/ salsa roja, topped w/ sour cream. Served w/ a concha of frijoles & Mexican rice.
12.50
Enchiladas Populares
One shredded‏ chicken enchilada w/ salsa verde, one beef enchilada w/ salsa roja, one cheese enchilada w/ creamy jalapeno sauce. Served w/ Mexican rice & frijoles.
13.75
Chicken Mole Enchiladas
Two chicken enchiladas in mole poblano sauce, topped w/ fresh onion, cotija cheese & sesame seeds. Served w/ Mexican rice & frijoles.
12.75
Enchiladas Del Mar
Crab, shrimp & pescado blanco enchiladas in creamy, spicy jalapeno sauce. Served w/ arroz amarillo & black beans.
17.95
LAS COMBINACIONES‏
Combination plates are served w/ Mexican rice & frijoles
De Los Diguenos
Beef taco, cheese enchilada, chile relleno
12.75
De Pio Pico
Two tacos, beef or chicken
11.50
De Ysadora
Chile relleno, tamale, enchilada verde
12.75
De San Miguel
Two enchiladas; cheese, beef or chicken
11.50
De Estudillo
Cheese enchilada, chile relleno
11.50
De Alvarado
Chile relleno, beef taco, tamale
12.75
De Machado
Cheese enchilada, beef taco
11.50
Tres Amigos
Three soft tacos; one carne asada, one grilled chicken & one carnitas
14.95
Macho Grande
17.95
POQUITOS
Served w/ rice & frijoles.
Your choice of one
Taco
Beef or chicken
9.95
Enchilada
Cheese, beef or chicken
9.95
Chicken Tamal
9.95
HEALTHY DINING‏
Chicken And Black Bean Tostada
A crisp corn tortilla topped w/ shredded chicken, black beans, shredded lettuce, tomato, olives & spiced w/ salsa ranchera on the side. Sprinkled w/ parmesan cheese.
9.95
Enchiladas Verdes De Pollo
Seasoned chicken wrapped in two corn tortillas & topped w/ tomatillo sauce. Served w/ a concha of black beans on the side & sprinkled w/ parmesan cheese.
10.95
Fiesta Fajitas
All vegetable‏ fajitas w/ eight kinds of fresh vegetables sautéed & seasoned w/ achiote sauce. Served w/ soft tortillas, black beans & rice.
10.95
California Taco
Grilled chicken & avocado taco w/ cabbage, salsa ranchera & black beans.
8.50
Arroz Con Pollo A La Mexicana
Morsels of chicken breast w/ bell peppers, tomatoes & onions, served w/ Mexican rice, black beans & tortillas upon request.
11.75
Mexican Stir Fry
Zucchini, bell peppers, onions & more fresh vegetables sauteed w/ shredded chicken in achiote sauce. Served over a bed of Mexican rice.
10.95
Fish Burrito
Tender chunks of grilled pescado blanco wrapped in a flour tortilla, garnished w/ cabbage & spicy vegetable sauce. Served w/ black beans & salsa fresca on the side.
11.95
Sopa Azteca
One of the most typical of Mexican vegetable soups. With chunks of avocado, topped w/ sour cream, a sprinkle of cheese & a sprig of cilantro.
5.95
Ensalada Tropical
Avocado, oranges, fresh pineapple, sliced grapes, black olives, sweet red peppers, mixed greens, tossed w/ spicy mango chipotle lime dressing.
9.95
Chicken+1.55
Shrimp+3.55
Grilled Chicken And Avocado Burrito
Grilled chicken, avocado & mango burrito w/ mango chipotle sauce. Served w/ black beans.
9.95
DESAYUNOS (BREAKFAST)
Available until 2pm. Served w/ papas a la Bandini, frijoles & hot tortillas.
Huevos Rancheros Mexicanos
Fried eggs on crispy corn tortillas w/ salsa española & melted cheese.
8.95
Carne asada+4.00
Fiesta Fajita Omelette
An omelette filled w/ a variety of fresh vegetables sautéed & seasoned w/ a magnificent achiote sauce, topped w/ a cheese sauce & served w/ black beans.
8.95
Huevos Rancheros A La Bandini
Fried eggs & soft corn tortillas w/ salsa española cheese, & grilled marinated top sirloin.
11.95
Huevos Con Chorizo
Eggs scrambled w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, cilantro & Mexican sausage.
8.95
Scrambled Eggs Mexicans
Eggs scrambled‏ w/ tomatoes, bell peppers, onions & cilantro.
7.95
Machaca
Shredded beef combined w/ scrambled eggs, tomatoes, mild peppers & onions.
8.95
Ranchera Omelette
Shredded beef, mild green chilies & topped w/ Española sauce & cheese.
9.95
Avocado Omelette Espanol
An enormous Mexican omelette w/ green chilies, inside a surprise of slices of avocado. All topped w/ salsa española & cheese. Flour or corn tortillas on request.
9.95
About
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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here on our Legoland vacation from the East Coast, based on strength of the TA reviews. Did not disappoint! Super fun, lively atmosphere with a mariachi band playing, really friendly attentive service and the food was wonderful. Especially recommend the enchiladas populares (a...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Christina W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the second visit to Carlsbad and second visit to Casa de Bandini. We were not disappointed we came back. The service was great and the food delicious. The portions are huge. I had the burrito de bandini and my wife had shrimp with...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank guyfritzjr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waaaay too much sweet and sour mix in the margarita's. They are terrible. The food was just awful and I would never, ever come back.

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank crunch6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Noisy but it promotes animated conversation. Casual dress code. Endless chips and salsa. Dishes were large. We have lunch for tomorrow. They were great at special orders, like extra jalapenos in the dish or less salt on the margheritas. Two thumbs up!

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank haroldl29
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Reasonable service though a bit slow for lunch. Tasty standard Mexican fare for lunch. Good sized avocado pieces when called for. Chips crispy and salsa just the right amount of spiciness.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank christine l
Reviewed October 24, 2019 via mobile

I had the Taco Loco salad and my wife had a quesadilla and both were excellent. This restaurant makes everything fresh including a delicious salsa. It reminded me of the Original Rio Bravo in Atlanta when Ray Schoenbaum owned it.

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank MWRAtlanta
Reviewed October 20, 2019 via mobile

Good margaritas, fun atmosphere, excellent Mexican comfort food. Loved the chips with 3 dips, ceviche and outdoor seating. Not low cal but worth the splurge!

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank DJMXX
Reviewed October 9, 2019 via mobile

3.5 rating. There was a big line and fairly long wait on a Saturday night for a table for 6. We were finally seated outdoors and served chips with salsa...which was tasty. We all ordered our food and waited a fairly long time for it...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank momr2d2
Reviewed October 8, 2019

We visited with a large family of 10 this evening and were treated to excellent service. We started with one of their tasty margaritas and selected with some difficulty(many items to choose from) an entree off the extensive menu. Chili Colorado was my choice. I...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank Don H
Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

We recently went to have Mexican Food while staying in Oceanside. Out server VICTOR was beyond excellent. I had a specific item I wanted to order with out onions ( allergic to them )and he said they were not able to do that today. Instead...More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Karen_Timberlake
June 22, 2016|
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Response from 879cathiem | Reviewed this property |
We were staying at La Costa when we ate there and it was just down the road - maybe 5 minutes. Double check on Google Earth or another map app or ask at La Costa's guest services to confirm. Enjoy!
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Vicky K
February 19, 2016|
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Response from Read W | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I live in Oregon and went to eat there in October, last year. So, best bet for hours is to phone the restaurant . . . kind of "old school"
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JSKazoo
February 27, 2015|
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Response from calmtnman | Reviewed this property |
They do not take true reservations, but you can call ahead and estimate what time you will arrive and they will put you on the waiting list when you call.
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