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Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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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 6 days ago via mobile

Just had a fabulous Mexican dinner at Casa few Bandini. Spouse had Carnitas Burrito. I had Enchiladas Souza. Both were delicious. Our server Nancy recommended the Cadillac Margarita, skinny style. Yum. Will definitely be returning on our next visit to Carlsbad, CA.

Thank Lynn M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visit. It was Mothers Day. They don't take reservations but they told me that when I called so I was expecting that. Place was crowded for brunch but, again, it was Mothers Day. Service was good for how crowded it was and food...More

Thank peterloaiza
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice looking place but every thing our party tasted was terribly bland food.. I don't understand the lines waiting to get in this place. Maybe they we giving something away ....never again

Thank Bracciolla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here for a family member's birthday dinner. Wide variety of choices for dinner, awesome peach margarita. The extra special tequila shot is worth it! Dinner tasted great, nothing bad here.

Thank mytravel360
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone raved about their meal and everyone had something different. Good food and great margaritas.

Thank johnwY8305UO
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped in on Good Friday, early evening with daughter and her family. Already a line of about 15 parties, we decided on patio seating so we were at our table in less then 10 minutes. The weather was a bit cool but the space heaters...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Casa de Bandini is a beautiful restaurant inside and has a beautiful patio outside. It is a great place to take guests for a memorable Mexican food experience. The prices are reasonable, and the food is always consistent and delicious. The portions are big! My...More

Thank chrisross1950
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Been going to Casa de Bandini for years. First in Old Town San Diego and now in Carlsbad. The environment is fast fun and loud. There are always mariachi playing all over (make sure you request and give them a little $) Fish is fresh...More

Thank gloriaas19492468
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I enjoy this place because the atmosphere is delightful, and the food is delicious. A step up from just "Going out for Mexican."

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Went here recently on a Friday night, was that ever a mistake. This is an extremely busy place. It would be considered a trendy place. My wife and i had the taco appetizer and then the Macho Combo. The Tacos were very good and had...More

Thank Phil_and_Sandy_2008
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How far is the restaurant from Omni La Costa
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
I want to know if you are open? Did you close when the Old Town restaurant did?
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"
Do you need reservations here?
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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.