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Casa de Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family visited this restaurant the day after Thanksgiving so our visit may not have been representative. The decor is eclectic and amazing with lovely romantic dining spaces and a beautiful bar area. The servers worked hard but there weren't enough of them to manage all of the tables. There were 4 hostesses which seemed to be too many. I... More 

Thank IrvineHarley
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Attractive and fun atmosphere and attentive staff, but think we must have been there on an off night. The frozen Margaritas were watery, the tacos dry, the fajitas disappointing. But our waitress was friendly and couldn't have been more helpful.

Thank katmurf3
United States
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is an excellent value for the money. I recommend the fish tacos. The prices are affordable and the serving sizes are generous enough that you can have leftovers the next day. The Mariachi band is appropriate if the meeting is festive. However, if the news is sad, then this might be sub-optimal. I think the restaurant could be... More 

Thank Joe W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic presentation...wonderful flavors...service was impeccable. My only regret is that I didn't have a margarita.

Thank LoneTreeGuy
Carlsbad, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our "go to" Mexican restaurant when we are looking for more than take out. Very nice atmosphere inside and a large patio with lots of plants and nice fountain. Service is top notch. Chips and salsa will arrive at your table just after you do. The salsa has a nice depth of flavor and not too much heat... More 

Thank Don W
Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We eat here about once a month. I have never had anything there I don't like. Great margaritas! I especially like the cilantro lime shrimp plate. The staff and atmosphere are always on point.

Thank _tsteele3400
Oceanside, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I usually round out the weekend with a Sunday visit to Casa de Bandini. The food is authentic, fresh and delicious. I am especially fond of their Grilled Carnitas Burrito and their Chicken Tortilla Soup. They make a great salsa and chips, not to mention the Margaritas. The service is always top-notch, and if you have a chance to sit... More 

Thank Jeannie E
New York, NY
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has some solid Mexican food and a great atmosphere to go with it too. At first I was concerned that it might be overpriced or overhyped due to its location in a fancy shopping area but thankfully that is no problem. Would definitely come back here again or recommend it to someone else.

Thank Natek3232
San Diego, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Excellent menu! Being on a restrictive diet usually makes it hard to choose food, but I found it easier here. I had the carne asada and shrimp - well cooked, along with the salad. I can't have cheese or beans or rice, so they gave me a nice sized salad. All very tasty. My companions also had plates that were... More 

Thank GloriaMaria0403
Salt Lake City, Utah
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

If you love traditional "comida mexicana" this is your place. Extensive menu of everything you can imagine. Great ambiance, salsa and chips are killer and service is outstanding. Would highly recommend!!

Thank Bruce R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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?