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Trattoria Fantastica
Trattoria Fantastica

Trattoria Fantastica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriafantastica.com
  • Phone: (619) 234-1735
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have an outdoor patio that can seat up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Lexi Pallozzi (619) 234-1735
  • Entertainment: Thursday and Sunday evenings - live acoustic guitar
    Friday and Saturday evenings - live keyboard music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Date
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Trattoria Fantastica
Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the Busalacchi family's Trattoria Fantastica. The rustic décor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrées show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been here before but on a different day and time. The food as usual was great as was the service. But I hadn't seen my friends in 4 years and I could't hear above all the noise. So I wouldn't recommend the place to talk to old friends. I must say that having the service to reserve a table on line was fantastic since I live in Mexico. Thank you for this service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was a very nice spot for some excellent Italian food. Nothing fancy, just a relaxed setting with great service!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "again, great food and service. An always stop when in San Diego."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Awesome food! Pure, natural tastes not obscured by heavy sauces and a staff so kind, friendly and knowledgeable to be envied by any chef. And very excited proprietors. What a leisurely joy!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My fellow Team In Training mentors were getting ready to do the San Diego Marathon & half the following day and were looking for a place to ge some carbs in and I found this restaurant on Open Table. I knew everything would be packed that night and this place was accommodating to our group of 8 - which actually turned into only 6. I wish I could remember our waiters name but he was informative on the menu and was super attentive. We were all wearing our Team In Training shirts (TNT raises money for rhe Leukemia and lymphoma Society) and given a 10% discount because we were doing the race the next day. The waiter shared his connection to Cancer and thanked us for what we do. The food and service was excellent - I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've been to Cafe Zucchero for dessert and for dinner, but recently went for breakfast one Saturday. The food was simple and well done. It was during the Farmer's Market, so if you go then I recommend reservations."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Every time we are in San Diego we make a point to visit this restaurant. Great casual Italian restaurant with great food and service. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "this is terrific italian…. don't miss it!! it has great food, rest sidewalk dining and terrific patio in back it is one of a kind… "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Love this place! And the Italian bakery is fantastic!!!!! Great service and great food. Our waitress was a sweetheart. Corking fee is $15 but they have great wine there. So either way you are all set. We had a reservation for 6 and it was ready when we walked in."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Went to Open Table to make a reservation to a different restaurant and was unable to get the time i needed. Trattoria Fantastica was suggested as an alternative and since we were looking for Italian food we decide to try and it was great for our family. We had family in every age group including under ten and we all had a great time. Recommend the Lava Cake for the chocolate lovers. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I absolutely love Trattoria Fantastica! I've been several times now, and every time the food was delicious, the service great and a wonderful overall experience."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great service, great ambience, Italian music, just perfect"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant provides great food, and service. We went for dinner, and ordered pizza and pasta which was very good, our server was attentive and had personality (a rarity in today's cookie cutter restaurant world. I would highly recommend Trattoria Fantastica to any friend looking for a good meal in Little Italy. I only dinged them on the ambiance, as this is a checkered tablecloth type place, and brown butchers paper on top. This type of look just can feel tacky at times. The outdoor dining is quite pleasant and would be amazing on a nice summer day."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Have eaten here a few times and really enjoy their pizza. I ordered the margherita pizza which had a great thin crust and fresh herbs on top. My friend ordered the chicken parm with pasta and said it was fantastic. It was very busy that night and the ambience was dynamic. Will definitely return to the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "I went to Trattatoria Fantastica with a party of 8 including two children. The service was great, the live music was a nice addition and the food wad very good. I will definitely return the next time that I am in San Diego"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted to find a place that was quiet for a New Years Eve dinner. We thought this place would be a little more romantic, but it was packed to the brim. We had mostly families on vacation around us, and could barely hear each other. Food was good and service was pretty good until we got our food. I had planned to order another round of drinks when the food came, but the waiter didn’t come to check on us until I was almost done eating. We got desert at the wine/coffee bar that is attached and that was great."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had an okay time taking our grandchildren to the restaurant. However the food was only ok with the cexception of the night special , all the staff was very friendly. I would go back only because it was easy for the children, otherwise I would sample some of the neighboring restaurants."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Took my dad here for his birthday and he loved it. This is dinning spot to return to."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "San Diego's Little Italy is a vibrant section of town with many dining options. This one was great. Seated immediately, server was gracious and attentive, food and drinks fabulous. Can't wait to return!!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "I cannot say enough about this place. I was in San Diego on business and had some free time on a Wednesday morning and early afternoon. The restaurant was bustling already at 10:00 and there seemed to be a lively crowd of regulars. Alvina was my server, and she was nothing short of excellent. The hostess, whose name I did not catch, was very nice and courteous when I arrived early for my reservation. She informed me that breakfast was being served until 11:30 and asked if I wanted to wait for lunch, which I did. She seated me right away when I came back 25 minutes later. Now for the food. The food was excellent. I love the focaccia bread they give you to start with, the caprese was terrific and the Contadina pasta was out of this world."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Good food, but not outstanding. Service was good, but not great. Restaurant had a nice old world feel with Italian music playing. It was a bit loud, but when we asked to have it turned down, they did and it was much easier to have conversation. The music was a lovely touch once it was turned down. Overall experience was fun."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Good food for the price. Great service. Only complaint is the loudness of the music. We had to ask a couple times to have it turned down so we could hear one another."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "From out of town. Picked it from OpenTable. Completely happy. Little Italy in San Diego on a Saturday night is hopping. Wow. Would not have been seated without the reservation. Food was very good. Pasta delicious. Wait-staff could not have been more friendly and attentive. I would 100% come back here. Great variety of Italian dishes. Reasonably priced, clearly."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Love the outdoor patio in the back. Feels like you are in Italy!"
    Dined on 8/26/2013
  • "I'd walked past this place a hundred times without ever stopping in. A friend made reservations there and I was wowed by the food. The service is, well, serviceable, and the ambiance is sort of neutral, but everything I've eaten here is excellent - especially the fish. Recently both Halibut and Sea Bass were absolutely yummy. And they also make a great Osso Buca."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "It was a very special occasion since it was a pre celebration for my friends birthday. The food was great and my friends loved the place."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "I thought maybe on a Tuesday it would be somewhat slow like the other restaurants, but nope, it was hopping! Glad we had a reservation as all of the tables were full! I enjoyed the ambiance most of all and the live music was so good that at first we thought it was the radio or CD and we were stunned to learn it was live music. The musicians sang authentic Italian songs. The service was good, mostly timely, but we had to pour our own wine twice. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable about the wines, and dishes. He was good, just didn't quite hit the 4 star level. As for the food, the menu was fantastic, prices fair, everything was tasty except the mussels were a little off. A solid 4 stars. Will return."
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "This restaurant was exactly what I was looking for great food, ambiance, and service!"
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "We were greeted warmly and seated quickly.Seemed like it took a bit in having a greeting at the table and even longer for water to arrive.Our server was warm and sociable, but could have improved on his communication with us (delay in bread at the table and ordering appetizers was due to waiting for the rest of our party to arrive, but he didn't tell us until later).While I picked up on his humor, others were not impressed by his apparently arrogant approach regarding the pouring of wine by stopping all conversation at the table to make an example.Food was good, there was an incorrect order and a missing entree.Service dropped towards the end (empty bottles of wine+no water=no table visits). Diamond in the rough, but diamond nonetheless!"
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Right on the sidewalk in little Italy, very nice tables outside. The spicy sausage pasta was great if you like spicy. 3 other bowls of pasta were great. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "this is one of our favorites in Little Italy. Never disappointed with the food or service and sitting out on the patio you think you are in a rest. in a small village in Italy. If you haven't, try the Appetizer for Two, a meal in its self and great assortment."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "Don't know if the day we visited (4th of July) was an off day but our experience was not the best. Anti Pasto platter we ordered was very good but the rest of our meal was a non event. The lasagna I ordered could have come from the frozen food section of the supermarket. Everyone at our table had a different main entre and they were all not impressed. Our waitress was good and tried her best on a busy day to provide good service."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "7:30PM Friday night reservation. Seated promptly, in a nice outside location. Service was ok. Food was good, although my meal was served luke warm. A nice evening and a OK place in the heart of Little Italy."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "Thank you for a great table on the patio. The wait staff ( Margaret) were personable and helpful."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "We frequent this restaurant often and always have a great meal. Their specials are almost always exceptional and the Appetizer Pur Du is terrific and could be shared by 3-4 people if all have pasta after. A trip to "Little Italy" is not complete without eating Italian here."
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "Ive been to this restaurant for many years, infact, have enjoyed the families many restaurants time and again! My family and I visited on the day of an Italian Festival, which are always a lot of fun but very hectic. That didn't seem to change how the service, food, ambience, etc was handled... infact, we had one of the best times on that afternoon! The scenic view I checked because its of the bustling street in front as there are always people strolling by, groups of the ol' time locals hanging out to chat, cars parked and folks stopping to admire the classic beauties, etc. Overall, well done!"
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "San Diego's "Little Italy" is too little and not enough Italian! Likewise, Trattoria Fantastica was not so fantastico. While the staff was very kind, the food seemed like a half hearted attempt to rise slightly above Olive Garden. Having grown up in Boston where our North End truly is a Little Italy rife with real Italians and authentic cooking and ambiance, this experience was a much watered down American version."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "Had dinner with family from out of country. Good food,good wine, good time!"
    Dined on 5/7/2013
  • "Service was great, food was very good. Very nice place in Little Italy"
    Dined on 5/5/2013
  • "Had a lovely family dinner. Food and service were wonderful."
    Dined on 5/4/2013