Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican troops prevailed over French forces on May 5, 1862. Mexico’s soldiers, greatly outnumbered, defeated the army that was thought to be the most powerful in the world at the time. Though it did not stop the French from taking control of Mexico, the victory boosted the nation’s morale and determination to fight the invasion.
In honor of the holiday, Diane Powers first launched Old Town’s Cinco de Mayo festival in 1983. Today, she continues her tradition of celebrating Mexican culture with lively revelries at her Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants.
Specials on food and drinks include: the festive “Cincorita” margarita – strawberry, Midori (melon flavored liqueur) and lime in layers of green, white and red, paying homage to the Mexican flag; and a “Best of the West” Carne Asada and Shrimp Enchilada Plate, served with refried beans and achiote seasoned vegetables. Delicioso!
And, it wouldn’t be one of Powers’ distinguished events without strolling Mariachis and Folkloric dancers!
Also visit Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town for festive and authentic Cinco de Mayo attire and decorations for your own home or party.
Join us Thursday through Saturday, May 5–7, for live entertainment, promotional giveaways, delicious food and drink specials, and a fiesta unlike any other!
Have a special occasion coming up? A big family birthday, rehearsal dinner or company milestone? Give your gathering some fiesta flare by hosting it here at Casa de Bandini!
Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine and Birdbath Margaritas among beautifully decorated dining rooms and an enchanting outdoor patio. Decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, fine Mexican folk art, and colorful hand-painted murals, guests feel the warmth and romance of Mexico as soon as they enter the door. Our world-class strolling mariachis add a level of fun to the festive atmosphere.
Casa de Bandini offers abundant banquet and catering menu options, including gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining selections. Only the freshest ingredients are used for our 14 salsas and sauces made fresh daily, delicious selections of homemade salad dressings, and hot corn and flour tortillas prepared throughout the day. Choose from one of our affordable event packages, or let us work with you to custom design your perfect menu.
Give your guests a fiesta to remember!
To let us bring the fiesta to you, call us at 760-634-3443 to discuss party-to-go options or visit our website to view our take-out catering menu.
Now through Easter Sunday, every Friday is Fish Taco Friday at Casa de Bandini! Enjoy delicious discounts on your favorite fish taco plates and celebrate the start to your weekend. Come see us soon!
You’ve heard about love at first sight, but at Casa De Bandini we believe in love at first bite! This Valentine’s Day, bring your loved ones for an unforgettable authentic Mexican experience. Here at Casa De Bandini, we offer a variety of delicious Mexican dishes in generous portions perfect for sharing. Start your meal with our popular Antojitos De Bandini Platter, which includes a few favorites like our cheesy quesadillas, taquitos and nachos — all bursting with mouthwatering flavors.
Our beautiful ambiance and lovely décor are more than enough to make any guest fall head-over-heels. Decorated with colorful streamers and surrounded by splashing fountains, our courtyard is the ultimate destination for any romantic occasion. Sit under the stars as you enjoy the charming music of our strolling mariachi. Don’t forget to indulge in one of our birdbath margaritas as you listen to the festive tunes! In tasty flavors like strawberry or mango, these drinks are also big enough to share and are sure to get the fiesta started.
With delicious entrees like Tequila Lime Shrimp or Carne Asada Tampiqueña on our fabulous menu, it may be hard to pick just one! Room for dessert? Our Deep Fried Ice Cream is sure to get your appetite going again.
Make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable one. Fall in love with the taste of Mexico at Casa De Bandini!
Casa de Bandini is gearing up for San Diego Restaurant Week. Come visit us between January 17-24 for delicious deals on festive meals. Check out our special menus below.
If you’ve visited Casa de Bandini lately, you may have noticed our restaurant is alive with the holiday spirit. But did you know that much of our décor comes from the same artists and vendors found at Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town?
Throughout the Shops, you’ll find a large collection of wonderfully dressed Christmas trees adorned with hand-crafted ornaments, Mexican paper flowers, colorful ribbons, and – for something a little out of the ordinary – creative folk art masks, dolls and gourd ornaments. These pieces of art are stunning on a tree or as gifts!
If you’re searching for holiday pieces to decorate your mantel or dining room table, Bazaar del Mundo has a wide selection of hand-carved nativities and festive poinsettia table runners that will add holiday cheer to your home.
The holidays will be here before you know it! Visit Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town to find unique décor items from all over the world that will help turn your home into a holiday oasis. And, if you’re looking to host a holiday party at home, consider Casa de Bandini for your catering needs. We can bring the holiday fiesta to you! Visit our website or call 760-634-3443 for more information.
Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to remember past family and loved ones. Despite its title, the celebration is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the lives of those who have passed.
Celebrated annually on November 1 and 2, Casa de Bandini will continue the tradition of paying homage to the deceased with an elaborately decorated alter, and offer traditional Day of the Dead dishes such as Chicken Mole Enchiladas.
The festivities will also continue down at Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town. As part of the annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, the Bazaar del Mundo shops will be transformed into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and guest artists selling Day of the Dead-themed jewelry, handbags, accessories, prints and cards to promote the holiday. Exotic sounds will be provided by Latin American folk group Tinku.
Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and face painting both days. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults.
The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 2, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops will highlight its alters and offer treats and children’s crafts through closing at 5:30 p.m.
The event is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos three-day event, from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites.
Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day Saturday and Sunday, or take the trolley.