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Holiday Specials 2019

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Casa de Bandini’s holiday menu has arrived! Feast on delicious seasonal specials like Turkey Mole Tamales, Pumpkin Flan and Enchiladas Navideñas!

Join us for National Taco Day!

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Spice up your National Taco Day fiesta and enjoy four carnitas street tacos for $8 at Casa de Bandini. That’s only $2 per taco, all day! (No substitutions allowed.)

Casa de Bandini Hosts Tequila Tasting Dinner with Local Distiller CaliFino, Oct. 10

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Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini will host a multi-course tequila tasting dinner featuring Carlsbad premium tequila brand, CaliFino, on Thursday, October 10 at 6 p.m.

CaliFino “P.O.G.” cocktails (made with passion fruit, orange and guava) will be served upon arrival followed by a multi-course meal, with dishes paired with reposado, añejo or super añejo tequilas. The evening’s menu includes Camaroncito Quesdailla with mango salsa; Fiesta Ensalada with cilantro-lime dressing; Carne Asada with crab enchilada topped with jalapeño cheese sauce, arroz Amarillo and guacamole. CaliFino will then debut its “Tequila Gelato” for dessert.

Guests will also get to hear directly from owner Miguel Luna on the history of the company, and how CaliFino tequila is made.

The brand’s name CaliFino comes from its mission to introduce California to the world’s finest tequilas. Created by Miguel Luna and Phil Salvagio (best known as players for the San Diego Sockers), CaliFino launched in 2014 to share the tequila that the Luna family has been making since 1975. CaliFino tequila is made from the finest, hand-selected blue agave, grown in the historical Arandas Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

Casa de Bandini is located at The Forum Carlsbad, 1901 Calle Barcelona. Tickets are $65 each. Reservations are required. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit www.bandini-califino.eventbrite.com.

San Diego Restaurant Week is Back! Sept. 22-29

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Love trying new restaurants? San Diego Restaurant Week is the perfect time to do just that! Check out the specials Casa de Bandini will be serving for San Diego Restaurant Week, September 22-29.

Nominate Us in San Diego CityBeat’s “Best of San Diego” Poll!

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Nominations are now open for San Diego CityBeat’s “Best of San Diego” poll!

Please help us win in the following categories:

  • Best Happy Hour
  • Best Margarita
  • Best Michelada
  • Best Burrito
  • Best Family Restaurant
  • Best Fish Tacos
  • Best Mexican Restaurant
  • Best Restaurant Staff
  • Best San Diego Restaurant
  • Best Tacos

Nominations close on August 13. Final voting will take place August 28-September 17 for the top 5 nominations.

Visit http://bit.ly/CityBeatBandini to learn more.

It’s National Tequila Day at Casa de Bandini!

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Wednesday, July 24 is National Tequila Day and Casa de Bandini is celebrating with $18 flights of Casa Noble 100% organic, blue agave tequila – allday long!

Flights are available in Crystal, Reposado and Añejo. Crystal is known for its flavors of honey, buttery-sweet agave with a hint of citrus, Reposado for its aromas of vanilla and lemongrass, and toasted oak flavors, and Añejo for its complex aromas of dried fruit and flavors such as vanilla and butterscotch.

While we can’t wait to celebrate with you, please remember to enjoy responsibly!

Enter Casa de Bandini’s National Avocado Day Social Media Contest!

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Break out your best avocado and guacamole puns for National Avocado Day!

Visit us on Facebook and caption our “famous” guacamole with the funniest pun you can think of. The most creative entry will receive a $50 gift certificate to Casa de Bandini! Spend your gift certificate on dinner (or $50 worth of guacamole!)

One winner will be announced on July 31 at 3 p.m.

*Limit one entry per person.

Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini Celebrates 10 Years in Carlsbad

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June 28-30 Celebration Includes Tequila Tastings, Food and Drink Specials

Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini Mexican Restaurant has called Carlsbad “casa’ for 10 years! To celebrate a decade of delicious Mexican cuisine, stunning outdoor dining and beautiful Latin American-inspired ambiance, the restaurant is offering discounts on favorite dishes that were on the original menu when Casa de Bandini first opened in 1980. These long-term favorites include Enchiladas Suizas, Carnitas a la Michoacan and the Cheese Crisp Special. Throughout the weekend, guests will also enjoy discounts on house margaritas and tequila tastings from various vendors, including Casamigos.

Casa de Bandini was originally opened by Powers in 1980 in San Diego’s Old Town State Historic Park. Powers took inspiration from Juan Bandini – a Peruvian who immigrated to San Diego as one of early California’s first Dons – and Mexico’s early period of elegant living and dining to fill Casa de Bandini with beautiful art collections from Peru and magnificent gilt gold mirrors.

When it came time to relocate in 2005, Powers spent four years searching for the perfect place that would become Casa de Bandini’s new home. She found it in The Forum in Carlsbad and many long-time diners will recognize the large, hand-wrought iron chandeliers and antique leaded-glass window panels in the dining room, all original from the first location. The Mexican Cantera stone fountain centered in the Talavera tiled pool was first found in Mexico by Powers in the late 1970s and was the focal point in the patio she designed for the original Casa de Bandini.

“So many guests say they are incredibly thankful that they’re able to enjoy the experience of Old Town in North County,” said General Manager Gilbert Gastelum, a longtime Powers’ employee.

At the center of an incredible dining experience is the quality ingredients Casa de Bandini uses for its award-winning dishes and daily handmade corn and flour tortillas. Wednesday through Sunday evenings, diners also enjoy the added pleasure of being serenaded by Casa de Bandini’s famous mariachi group, Cielito Lindo. Originally from Mexico City, the group has been part of the Bandini family since 1995.

Casa de Bandini is located at 1901 Calle Barcelona in The Forum shopping center in Carlsbad. It is part of Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group, which also includes Casa Guadalajara in Old Town, Casa de Pico in La Mesa and Casa Sol y Mar in Del Mar Highlands. For more information, visit www.casadebandini.com

Casamigos Tequila Tasting Dinner

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Casa de Bandini will host a multi-course tequila tasting dinner featuring premium tequila brand, Casamigos on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a four-course meal including favorites such as Camarones Envueltos, bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers with mango dressing; Fiesta Ensalada with cilantro-lime dressing; Carne Asada with Tequila Lime Shrimp; and Sopapillas, fried puff pastries sprinkled with cinnamon and served with ice cream and honey for dessert. Dishes will be paired with Casamigos Silver, Reposado and Añejo tequila, a classic margarita and a delicious Mezcal cocktail to go with dessert.

Created by longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, Casamigos launched in 2013 on the premise of creating the best-tasting, smoothest tequila. Casamigos tequila is made from the finest, hand-selected Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of Jalisco, Mexico. The brand’s name comes from the Spanish “casa” and “amigos,” meaning house and friends, making it a perfect fit for customers of Casa de Bandini.

During dinner guests will hear from experts on the development and production of tequila, including how it originates from the city of Tequila in Mexico, and how it remains one of Mexico’s most popular alcoholic beverages today.

Casa de Bandini is located at The Forum Carlsbad, 1901 Calle Barcelona. Tickets are $50 each. To RSVP, please call 760.634.3443.

Casa de Bandini Father’s Day Brunch Menu

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This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a beautiful brunch buffet featuring favorites such as buttermilk pancakes, cheese enchiladas, Huevos con Chorizo and Fiesta Potatoes. Only $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 10 years and younger.

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