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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was amazing. I had carne asada tacos. Tortillas were homemade. So juicy and flavorful. My granddaughter who is picky, ate her entire plate of chicken enchiladas. Chips come with a queso dip and salsa

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 3, 2024

Really good. In fact we came back a second time. It's a busy place, you can check the wait time on their website and get on the wait list from there if you wish. In our case we had a 20 minute drive and the...wait list said 30-35 minutes so we put our names on it. Got there in 25 minutes and were seated right away, the hostess was very friendly. We were immediately served warm chips and salsa (very good), server came right over to take our drink order (Margaritas of course). They were really good. The first night I had the Burrito Carne Asada de la Casa, my girlfriend had the Especial de Flautas, both delicious. The second time I had the Tacos de Carne Asada and she had Fajitas. The server was great both times. They have a "tortilla bar". You can eat there and watch them make tortillas fresh. I believer there were 6-8 seats.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed December 28, 2023 via mobile

I absolutely loved the food and the patio ambience here! Only one warning- the servings are too big! My rating would be 5 if not for that. Plentiful chips and salsa on the side. The house margarita was yummy!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed September 19, 2023

Huge portions, great service and presentation of good amazing! Server very nice! We ate on patio, a bit more quiet.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 8, 2023

A relaxing spot with good food and service. Free chips and salsa are appreciated at a time when many restaurants are charging for them. The chicken enchiladas are excellent. Parking is easy, and the prices are better than most places.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed April 26, 2023

Free parking and excellent atmosphere. We ate inside but they have a festive patio with heaters too. Staff was very pleasant and most attentive. Wife and I split the chicken fajitas and they were perfecto! we also enjoyed Cadillac margarita's! This is a great restaurant...for couples or families or business dinners.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 22, 2023

Salsa and chops were excellent!! The taco combination was great. My enchiladas verdes? Was great. Chile relleno was a bit too much of everything and not enough chile. The asado was great but i got full. Great ambience. Friendly wait staff.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 20, 2023

We stopped here after spending the day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We were quoted a wait time of an hour, so we started to wander around the mall, but were seated in less than 15 minutes. Our server was fantastic, very helpful...and attentive. We ordered the Enchiladas Populares, Pollo Fundido, Chicken Fajitas, and the Especial de Flautas; everything was excellent. Our only regret is that we visited on our last day of vacation, so we could not take any leftovers home (the portions are very large). For dessert, we shared the mango cake, tres leches cake, and the chocolate lava cake. Throughout the meal, there are also friendly musicians who stroll around playing for birthdays, anniversaries, or just any requests. A very fun atmosphere, combined with the great food, and I can see why it is such a popular place. Highly recommended, we'd definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 6, 2023 via mobile

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Is there a new chef? The salsa was spicier than usual, and the guacamole dip, which is usually perfection, was so spicy my family and I couldn’t eat it all - and we love guacamole! The food seemed...a bit saltier than usual too. PLEASE go back to your original recipes! We can add our own salt, and ask for some spicier salsa if desired, but just serve the basic delicious recipes! Thank you!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 10, 2023

We have been here a few times and it never disappoints. We were quoted a 30-minute wait but saw a table open in the bar area and asked if we could sit there. We started off with queso (the cheese did harden as it sat)....Our food and drinks came quickly. I got the Cheese crisp special which was so good but couldn't finish it. My husband got seafood enchiladas, which were also very good! We will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 12, 2023 via mobile

We are new to Carlsbad and we Googled to fine Mexican cuisine with great margaritas and this restaurant came up. Quickly this is a hard STOP 🛑. My friend ordered our food once I left the table to wash my hands. I was back in...maybe 4 minutes and the food came out while I was sitting down. It was awful. It must have been sitting on the plate waiting for room in the microwave. Cold and hard. Margarita. If it had tequila in it, well… it didn’t. Water down terrible. 80.00 for terrible food and water for a margarita. To end I just want to say I can’t remember the last time I wrote a bad review but there was nothing good about this place. Also my friend ordered mine without cheese on top and it was smothered with cheese. Pass this place by.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed October 14, 2022

We are a family of four and went for dinner. We were seated on the outskirts and a waitress said she would be with us after being seated a few minutes after arrival. Waited about 20 minutes and decided to get drinks at the bar...while my wife would wait to order food for the rest of the family. I went to the bar and was not so warmly greeted by a patron who told me to "Calm down bro!" in not such a calm voice. Said I just wanted to get some drinks for my family after which point he did not relent in "calming down" the situation--at which point I left the bar since no drink is worth a fight. After about another 10 minutes (maybe 20?) my wife was still waiting for service. We left and shall never return.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed August 25, 2022

The moment we stepped in, I really liked the decor and vibe of the place. They interiors had vivid colors and there were a number of TVs tuned to different sport channels. Before we placed the order, the server dropped off a bowl of fresh...chips and salsa at our table. The salsa was a little bland, in my opinion. We ended up ordering a Mole Poblano traditional plate and an Enchiladas Espinacas. The food tasted really good, and the quantity was huge! The Mole Poblano came with tortillas on the side, it was well flavored and the salsa verde on the enchilada was very tasty as well! Both the dishes were served very hot. There was hardly any wait when we went in on a weekday night, but I'm guessing it would be a different game on the weekends.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 8, 2022 via mobile

The manager of the restaurant assaulted me when we were there today. We've been customers for years. We like the food. The only music we've ever heard has been mariachis, but today the piped in music was excessively loud. We asked 3 times to have...it turned down. They didn't. Asked to speak to the manager. She reacted as if she was personally insulted that we were not happy with the music. She told us to leave and not come back. I said, "Really? I'm going to post your comment online." She then grabbed my wrist and tried to snatch my phone out of my hand. I said, "That's assault. I'm calling the police." Again, she grabbed my wrist and tried to snatch my phone from me. She wasn't wearing a name tag so I asked what her name was. She said, "That's none of your business." I asked the hostess what her name was and she ordered her not to answer. All the workers appeared to be afraid of her. I have filed a police report with the Carlsbad Police Dept. Obviously, we won't be going back. Seriously, we went for lunch to enjoy my husband's day off of work and this is how Casa De Bandini treats us? We never even got to order. This is appalling treatment of customers.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022 via mobile

A great restaurant. Fantastic food, fantastic service and incredible margaritas. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Always a return trip planned. Never lets me down.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Karen_Timberlake
June 22, 2016|
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Response from IdahoCathie | 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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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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CASA DE BANDINI, Carlsbad - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Casa de Bandini is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5