Busalacchi's A Modo Mio
Busalacchi's A Modo Mio

Busalacchi's A Modo Mio

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.busalacchis.com/
  • Phone: 6192980119
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am - 2:00pm


    Sat and Sun: 2:00pm- 10:00


    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Busalacchi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a newly remodeled upstairs dining that seats up to 65.
  • Private Party Contact: Joey Busalacchi 6192980119
  • Entertainment: Live music Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pennsylvania
  • Public Transit: Bus stop within 2 blocks.
    Taxi stand 2 blocks away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking
A word from Busalacchi's A Modo Mio
We opened this restaurant in 1986 for Joe to showcase his culinary talents and to have a place for our customers to come to have a fine meal and always feel "at home." We carefully select our staff so that they become a part of our family and then in turn, you do too!

After spending much time in our restaurants, our son Joey decided that he, too, wanted to become a part of them. We feel so confident in his skills that we have now turned the management of Busalacchi's over to him.

Please enjoy your time with us, and if there is anything at all that we can do for you please do not hesitate to ask. We want you to have a memorable dining experience at Busalacchi's.
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Busalacchi's A Modo Mio reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (33)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (28)romantic (23)special occasion (21)good for groups (14)notable wine list (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Not What It Used To Be... Sorry
    Anne
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My last trip to Busalacchi's in Hillcrest was in the 1980s and it was so special in its previous location that I treated it as my special occasion restaurant. Now instead of various rooms that provide privacy, there is one main great room. There was a loud party sitting in the corner of the room so their conversations and laughter were forced on the rest of the diners. In the past, the waiters made the customers feel doted upon. Our waiter this week was in a routine and seemed quite bored with it. The food was subpar with the exception of their lobster bisque which was outstanding. I had the veal marsala which was overly sweet and just nothing special, especially when compared to the meals in the past at this restaurant. Too bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It's a HIT or MISS restaurant
    Jobdude
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This past Sunday the food was good but the service was lacking. Our waiter, Arturo or Alberto (I think) was less than personable. We tried to engage him in conversation, make him laugh or smile, but that was for naught. One drink that we ordered the soda was flat. We mentioned it to the waiter, after having to flag him down (restaurant was NOT busy), he took the glass back to the bar and brought another one with the same flat soda. We don't think he mentioned the flat soda to the waiter, otherwise we would hope the waiter would have checked the soda to see why it was flat and change it. It wasn't until we were done with our meal that the waiter became a little more personable, but I am guessing that's cause it was time to bring the check.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming patio with good food
    FoodieSanDiegoVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We have been here many time and brought friends for restaurant week. They enjoyed their meal but the poor service caused me and my husband to get the wrong orders. They were eager to fix the mistake but I had to wait for most of the meal for my fish to be prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not recommend for SDRW
    MaryKenVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    When we got to this restaurant, it was almost empty. The waiter seemed very disappointed that we were ordering from the SDRW menu. After ordering, the service was really slow. A table of four (who came in AFTER we did) got their wine & appetizers before we did. The espresso my husband ordered with his dessert came about 15 minutes BEFORE we were finally served dessert. We had been told dessert was chocolate cake, but the waiter put a one & a half inch square piece of cheesecake in front of each of us, while we observed the table of four being served a (much larger) piece of chocolate cake. We finished our wine & dessert & waited for the check. We waited & waited. Ultimately, we had to just put the cash on the table and leave.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il mio modo è un buon modo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very classy Italian family-style restaurant. The service was next to none. I will be revisiting this little gem...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sicilian Food
    Luigi
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food at Busalacchi is done in the traditional Sicilian way and is delicious. I hosted my 80th birthday party in the patio for 62 people and they all raved about the food. The service and ambiance was great! I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week at Busalacchi's
    JANE
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The menu choices were outstanding and the waiter allowed us to mix and match from the $25 and $35 menus. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Nice!
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Really enjoyed our restaurant week experience here - fantastic menu, wonderful wine list, really enjoyed a Super Tuscan. Great outdoor dining, great service, and most importantly, a tasty and beautiful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ravioli
    Tasty
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The butternut squash ravioli was to die for! I wasn't too impressed with the spaghetti bolognese. Too heavy and very bland. Definitely wouldn't order again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    RonYWendy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nice atmosphere, we sat outside. Food was really good so we even ordered more than we should! The cannoli she'll actually did seem stale tasting...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was better than the service. They kind of left us hanging. Brought an iced tea that was already presweetened without asking which we wanted. Good thing I'm not diabetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We found this neighborhood gem and had a fantastic meal. We had osso buco & short ribs that were best we have ever had. We eat out a lot & at high end restaurants. Mario, our waiter was great. He helped make it a memorable evening. We plan on going again before we leave town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hfcb1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been 3-4 times and have consistently enjoyed our dinner very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sophia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved everything about my experience here! The server was very knowledgeable and polite. Food was outstanding! I suffer from celiacs disease and they catered to my need for gluten free food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best!
    JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in SD...we bring family and friends there conatsntly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Patio
    Babs4316VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We hadn't been here in years, but we'd be having drinks down the street and thought dinner here might be a good fit. The patio is very nice on a lovely summer evening and really made our night. Service was capable but not particularly thoughtful or friendly. The food was only marginal... short ribs were good, salmon with gnocchi was acceptable, shrimp was only okay. The wine list is overpriced. Dessert was good -- we all shared a nice cannolli... how can you go wrong there? A table full of crying babies didn't enhance our stay and we left earlier than we had planned. Just wasn't thrilled - not sure why others think it's so great - seems to be full of "regulars" with their own little name plates reserving tables which is cool.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A fun place to go in hillcrest for great Italian food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints.
    Rose
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Busalacchi's A Modo Mio is a favorite of mine. The service is always spot on; Joey B. is out and about making sure everything is just right. Besides the fact that every dish is delicious, you never leave feeling overstuffed. Great place for a birthday dinner - ask Mario to sing Happy Birthday in Italian. One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superior
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was excellent. Superior evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Hillcrest. We recommend it to all our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Happy Hour!
    BiondaVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Beat the crowds and enjoy their delicious happy hour specials.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Best Italian for me in San Diego! We always take out of town guests
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego! Always the best of everything. Always feel very welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 429 reviews are from the Busalacchi's A Modo Mio reviews archive.
  • Great Italian
    Lee123VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    this was my first visit to Busalacchi's, and will not be my last. I will definitely return anytime I am in San Diego. the atmosphere was very elegant, the staff was friendly and the waitress I had was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. my food was exceptional, enjoyed every bite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    TRev75
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great service. Thank you Mario! Food had great taste and a romantic outside patio
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, patio service...not
    KenW
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This was our second visit to Busalacchi's -our first visit a few weeks ago was a spur of the moment stop for dessert, service and food in the main dining room were great (made at another Busalacchi restaurant, Cafe Zucchero in Little Italy, where we have dined 3 times and loved both the food and the welcoming staff). We chose to sit on the patio, and our server made us feel rushed and committed one of the cardinal sins of service-mentioning how busy he was dealing with a large party at another table. Our entrees were excellent, and the patio is a beautiful place to dine. We'll probably give it another try based on our first visit, but the contrast between the service in the main dining room and the patio was pretty glaring .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant !!
    Luigi
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food, service were very good. We especially enjoyed the appetizers. The food quality is out
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem outside Little Italy
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Great little restaurant with excellent food, quiet and romantic. Well worth a taxi drive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, personal service
    TheGoldenGeek
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We took a friend from out of town here for an early dinner and were rewarded with a beautifully presented and fine-tasting meal, along with service that felt personal and intimate--like we were neighborhood friends. I enjoyed an Italian greyhound, a specialty vodka drink with grapefruit juice, while my companions liked the house chardonnay. We started with the crusty bruschetta, just perfect to the tooth and garlic-aromatic. I had a Caesar salad with anchovies, parmesan, and an oil-and-vinegar dressing, while our guest enjoyed a kale salad with pine nuts. For entrees, we enjoyed butternut squash, veal limone with mushrooms and capers, and a stuffed pork special. We shared a chocolate cake with white chocolate frosting for dessert. Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time there
    BigD
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Great staff. Very helpful. The meal- seafood pasta was superlative.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow-ish service
    MPT1
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We came to celebrate my birthday mid-week, so the place wasn't super busy. The waiter was friendly, but a bit slow. I was drinking martinis, and twice I watched while the bartender poured my drink and it sat on the bar getting warm for ten minutes before the waiter brought it to our table. However, the food was good and the other staff were pretty attentive, so overall it was a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Had my daughters 17th birthday dinner at Busalacchi's and it was excellent. Service was more than competent and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I go to Busalacchis all the time. I love the place, the food is amazing, and the service is excellent. So I do recommend this place and I hope my review helps.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurants
    JdinsdVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I always feel welcome and special at Busalacchi's... Had the best Carbonara I have ever had and will continue to come back, bringing new people as oftern as possible.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find for a Frequent Traveler
    Much2Compare2
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    In town to visit family and wanted a good place to enjoy a well prepared food with personable service that had ambiance. Busalacchi's was the perfect place.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian
    MangiaBene
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A classic Italian restaurant with the wonderful ambiance and food to create a special evening. THE Osso Buco should not be missed!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Drove down from North County with friends for dinner. Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Surprise on Sundays!
    JohnKVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Little did we know that all appetizers & wines by the glass were 1/2 price on Sundays! A nice surprise for our group of 7. Waiter Oscar was fantastic as were all of our selections. 3 Had the lasagna with 4 cheeses & spicy sausage & all raved but my wife confessed, the lasagna that's made with short ribs is even better. 2 Veal orders were wonderful as was the Short Rib order from #6. I stuck with my favorite - Spaghettini Granchio. Incredible! At half-price, the Bruschetta & the Costatine apps were wonderful. Salads were nicely chilled but the Hearts of Romaine were old & limp. We shared 2 "Lava" cakes.....very chocolatety...but far from "lava" warm....they were actually cold which was disappointing. - John & Beth
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine prices
    Green1
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    There are not enough wines in the $25-$35 per bottle range, and many are overpriced
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.