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Casa de Bandini

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“chips and salsa” (33 reviews)
“carnitas” (22 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m really not sure if you’re able to make reservations or not, but this place is always busy and the food is always delicious. There was a lot of birthdays going on which makes for a fun visit. We ordered beef burrito, cheese quesadilla and...More

Thank carolann k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty fish tacos. No batter on the fish. Thick pieces of tender fish. Corn tortillas were thick, warm and soft. Two tacos was more than I could finish, but oh so good. And inexpensive.

Thank RonSana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with friends from out of town as we wanted a casual fun evening. Food is good, however large portions so splitting may be advantageous. Strolling mariachis play indoors and out. Great margaritas and home made tortillas. All in all a fun experience.

Thank Valerie L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been dining with this restaurant when it was located in Old Town. Always great service and the ingredients true to the flavors of Mexico. Happy hour is our favorite time

Thank thorbol
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just a great vibe; always busy and always noisy so don’t plan on an intimate lunch or dinner here. Neither I or my friends have ever had a bad meal and the drinks are great. Service is attentive and friendly.

Thank DSieckman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large interior with Mexican decor and outdoor seating. I got the crab enchiladas which were good and had fresh crab (not fake krab). My wife got the chicken fajitas which were excellent. I got the peach margarita which was good. My wife got a strawberry...More

Thank tac0matraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this place and were very pleasantly surprised. The chips and salsa were fresh and tasty. My husband and I each had a margarita. (Strawberry for me and peach for him). My margarita was tasty. My husband liked mine better than his. Our...More

Thank Hawkgirl72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just had a great meal here with my brother John who lives in Encinitas and knows all the good restaurants in the area. Very friendly staff who welcomed us, gave great recommendations and prompt service. I really liked their selection of seafood based Mexican dishes...More

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We love Casa de Bandini. Great food, atmosphere and Margaritas. The Burrito de Bandini and the Fajitas (GF) are our staples.

Thank db7477
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Went here with my wife and two kids and we enjoyed large portions and tasty food. The mariachi band was an added bonus! Happy Hour til 7pm but they seemed to charge us the regular price for drinks 😕. Otherwise a great atmosphere and fun...More

Thank Mark L
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23 June 2016|
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Response from Cathie M | 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!
Vicky K
20 February 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"
28 February 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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