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Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
+1 760-634-3443
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“chips and salsa” (33 reviews)
“fajitas” (17 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009-8402
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You know it's good when you gotta wait. I had unexpected traveling guests from Canada and they wanted Mexican food.No Problem! Living in San Diego, the first thing that comes to mind is 'Old Town'. Being a large group I called to make reservations. Long...More

Thank triptosip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Mexican food in Old Town San Diego. Love this location. This place makes you feel like you went back in time. I love Old Town and all its history. Fun for the entire family.

Thank Peter V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool Mexican restaurant located in a small mall. Had the chicken chimichanga and it was very good and quite large also had a glass of sangria which was very good as well good service nice place.

Thank JimmyJackk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good-sized portions. Peach margarita was tasty. Food was quite bland which was surprising. Looked like their happy hour is very popular in the bar and most of the restaurant area was young families.

Thank PatDSalemOR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best Mexican Restaurant in San Diego! Best Margaritas also! Used to go down to the Old Town Location when I first arrived in San Diego, in the '70's. So glad they moved to No. County! Take people from out of town to this place all...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 18 March 2018

Everything I was looking from in a Mexican Restaurant. Friendly service. Excellent food. Perfect patio

Thank Nigelcat
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This is my go to place in San Diego for Mexican food, even though I live in Rancho Bernardo. The staff is always friendly and accommodating and the food never disappoints. I love the grilled chicken tacos and carne asada tacos. The meat is juicy...More

Thank hlynn85
Reviewed 10 March 2018

This is really a fun restaurant! If you are in the Forum area in Carlsbad, CA and in the mood for Mexican food, fun and great Margaritas, this is the place for you. The restaurant has a very pleasant, casual, and friendly atmosphere. It is...More

Thank ParvizM2013
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Every time we go here to eat it's the same. Perfect. The hospitality, warm welcome, happy bartenders, good drinks and excellent food. Great chips and salsa too. Roomy bar area for sitting at the bar or at high tops close by; all with a view...More

1  Thank John R
Reviewed 4 March 2018

The food is great but a little pricey for Mexican food. Very noisy inside, but in good weather the outside patio is great!

Thank Sandi F
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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"
27 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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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