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

Casa de Bandini
Ranked #12 of 323 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Gluten Free, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good Mexican”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 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
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133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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
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California
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106 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Vista
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121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 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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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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
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