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Casa de Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Portland, Oregon
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Large group of 30+ arrived at the restaurant on a busy Friday evening around 6pm. Broke up into pods of 6-7 to make it easier to get seated (no formal reservations taken here, fyi). All tables were seated within 15 minutes! Great service and fun, wide-ranging menu of authentic mexican dishes. Many seafood options. Get the guacamole to start and... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the food was very good, the combo fajitas are delicious and come sizzling. The atmosphere is very jovial and perfect for small or large groups including families.

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1 Thank amanda b
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Casa de Bandini is located in a shopping center with a lot of name-brand stores. It's a nicer Mexican restaurant. My husband and I split the dip trio (guacamole, jalapeño queso, bean dip) and the fish tacos. It was all good but nothing spectacular.

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Danville, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jam packed. For a reason. It's YUM! If you want authentic, traditional Mexican food and atmosphere this is the place. Call ahead one hour to get your name on the list but still expect a wait. Good news though- the outdoor mall it's located in is worth strolling through while you wait for your pager to buzz. It's pretty loud... More 

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Carlsbad
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quality of good is very good. The staff is very attentive and goes out of their way to please. I recommend this place. Good food and fun tooo.

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Palm Desert, Ca
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Decore great service but incredibly bad foo!!! OK so it's Friday night and is very busy busy beyond belief but the food is so far removed from Mexican food.... Chicken Fajitas absolutely unseasoned with absolutely zero favor thrown on top of social onions peppers unacceptable if you go to a Mexican restaurant.... My wife's combo plate first of all... More 

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in back of the "Forum" in South Carlsbad, Casa de Bandini has some of the best Mexican food in North San Diego County. I prefer to go on a sunny day when you can enjoy the patio, but it is just as nice inside. It does get a little noisy when it is busy, but worth the annoyance. Service... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

The very best food and top notch service. You cannot go wrong by dining here. The wait can be long but great food and service will be worth the wait. Authentic Mexican food and decor. We dine there often and are never disappointed. Great servers and bartenders in the bar area. I would give 10 plus stars to this restaurant.

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Carlsbad, California
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I won't go back, poor service, waited to long to order and then waited to long to get food. it is also very noise and a lot of questionable people.

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Carlsbad, California
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We go at least twice a month, delicious food. Great service, the only thing that stinks is the long wait time on the weekends. Go before 6 or after 8 if you don't want to wait

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?