Our tradition stems from the family recipes perfected over time and with passion that we now proudly serve to you, your family, and friends.
Owner Ismael Villegas

Ismael Villegas

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In 1979, Ismael Villegas, immigrated to the United States, and made Los Angeles, California his first stop. The oldest of six children and born in a tiny town in the central state of Guerrero, Mexico, Ismael’s first job was in a factory making newspaper dispensers. A year later, he followed his cousin to Atlanta, Georgia where he landed his first job in the restaurant industry.

Ismael spent one day as a dishwasher and the very next day started training as a cook’s assistant, mainly chopping and dicing produce. He quickly made his way to the top as head chef. Atlanta in the early 80’s had only a handful of Mexican restaurants. Ismael didn’t know it at the time, but he was learning his craft from some of the original restaurateurs that would later cover the southeast with restaurants.

In 1990, Ismael moved to Florence, South Carolina, where alongside a few partners, opened his first Mexican restaurant, a restaurant still operating there today. A year later, Casa Linda Mexican Restaurant was established in Sumter, South Carolina, where Ismael Villegas fulfilled a dream by opening his own restaurant. Today, Casa Linda is serving that original flavor Ismael mastered many years ago at our Forest Acres and Harbison/Irmo locations. On behalf of Ismael and family, we thank all of our loyal customers for providing us the opportunity to share what is, “The Taste of Mexico”.






Our mission is to ensure this dining experience is among your best. Casa Linda prepares each meal with the utmost care and the highest quality ingredients. We strive to maintain a clean and pleasant environment for our customers and their families. You’re the reason we put forth our best each and every day. The Villegas family would like to thank all of our customers for your loyalty, friendship and the opportunity to serve the taste of Mexico.


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