Trattoria Fantastica
Trattoria Fantastica

Trattoria Fantastica

  • 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 6192341735
  • 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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Trattoria Fantastica reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (12)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (8)great for lunch (8)special occasion (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)romantic (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • DRobVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The bread that the supplied was extraordinary. I had the pescatore and there was plenty of seafood and was done just right. The atmosphere was quite even though I was siting outside. Had a good selection of wines which were affordable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location!
    BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We love going to this restaurant and sitting outside...great for people watching. Three of us had breakfast. The two guys each had the Americana breakfast which consisted of the basic 2 eggs, hash browns, a choice meat, 1 piece of toast and coffee. One got the ham which was very thin, greasy and cooked only on one side. The other got bacon which was cooked very well, however he ordered eggs over medium and received scrambled. Sent them back and got eggs over easy!! Didn't bother sending them back a second time. At $12.95 felt it was a bit overpriced. I had the Panini croissant which had a little too much cheese inside the eggs for me, but was good. Will return and try something different.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    TravellerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Fantastic food and service. We asked our server to "feed us", and he just kept bringing plate after plate of amazing taste. The swordfish was some of the best I ever ate, and everything else was equally good. Don't go if you're not hungry - you need to eat a LOT when you're there. The desserts were even better than the meal. Don't miss this place. Seriously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scrumptious Food; Scattered Service
    MWMIVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Each of our 5 meals were superb - each dish, whether pasta, seafood, or meat, was executed flawlessly. Contrary to the norm for this restaurant, service was scattered: the majority of drinks were delivered shortly after ordering, but each one at a time. We awaited the final drink's arrival which never came until we requested it. Sadly, the server had no idea she had forgotten it. More seriously, one diner's gluten-free pasta order was delivered as regular pasta - had we not caught this immediately, dire health consequences would have resulted. One apologetic complimentary dessert for the 5 of us to share was greatly appreciated, but professional service would have been preferred. We hope to have superb food and superb service on our return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before a play
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We had less than a hour to eat before our play at the Civic. Staff put our order in right away and was very accommodating. Food was excellent and the staff was attentive. We made our play in a nick of time. Thanks Trattoria Fantastica!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food and ambience!
    Sdnewbie14
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We are new to San Diego and this restaurant came highly revommended from my friends and family that are local. We had some friends visiting from Sacramento so decided to give it a try. I easily made reservations online...after finally finding parking we easily checked in and within ten minutes were seated in the back, open air section of the restaurant. We loved ambience! Our server quickly came and took care of us. What a great experience! Food was remarkable! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wife birthday
    swollhigh
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    went for my wifes birthday it was a great time. only thing is you guys dont open the back seating during the week she really wanted to sit back there. but it was an amazing time. great food, great service, great time thanks
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Changed
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a party of 6; which they promptly sat after checking in with the host. Our server Vincent HOOKED IT UP, he ordered for us and we had a GREAT family style meal - wine, appetizers, food, and dessert. The food was tasty, the prices were nice, the wine was fabulous; but what made the night was the service. It was a great night and we would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Make sure you take some cannoli's to go, delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian food done right
    buddyel
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was fantastico, especially the risotto with tomato, shrimp, asparagus & English peas. The server was a sometimes hard to find, but perfectly knowledgable and competent, and in his defense we were dining at an awkward hour. This restaurant shares a storefront with another restaurant and a bakery, so it is very open, but a little shopworn.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive for Quality
    Celestialstar2004
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant is expensive with the quality of Olive Garden. The food was good but nothing special. The cannoli was delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • rider
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food and staff very hospitable, friendly and willing to please
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic it is not
    sandiegofoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    After reading many good reviews we gave it a try. I am sorry to say the food was sub par. It seemed like tomato sauce was on the menu that day. Tomato sauce with the calamari, tomato sauce with the eggplant, tomato sauce with the osso buco....Where was that old world Italian charm? Service took a while and was also mediocre. The overall feel was of a tourist trap and of course a not very happy stomach. I am a culinarian, a foodie, and well travelled including many regions of Italy and, unfortunately, the quality and freshness and either authenticity or innovation of this restaurant leaves me not recommending it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food and wine
    angel
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We took a special guest for a night in town and we actually had our wedding reception at Trattoria Fantastica. The menu has updated since and the prices have gone up ($15 to $25/entree) but the quality remains excellent. The flavor is true to Italian dishes (my husband is from Italy) and the wine and desserts are great. The waiter was very friendly and helpful and the owner/manager (and elder Italian gentleman) oversees the restaurant and makes sure everything is in order. We ordered Lasagna, Bolognese, Gaberoni pasta and linguini al pomodori. All are great and you can customize your order (Lingui al pomodori was not on the menu). This is a great place for a special event or whenever you have craving for Italian dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 196 reviews are from the Trattoria Fantastica reviews archive.
  • Birthday breakfast
    Breakfast
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    KimH
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was a very nice spot for some excellent Italian food. Nothing fancy, just a relaxed setting with great service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    azslim
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    again, great food and service. An always stop when in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh what a night!
    fredfeasts
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • carb loading
    Mich
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Wonderful Breakfast
    smpayton
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place
    Crazy4foodVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Every time we are in San Diego we make a point to visit this restaurant. Great casual Italian restaurant with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Italian
    VinneyVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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…
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    Ginanet
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Find
    ChrisAlba92101
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this restaurant!
    happycustomer
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great ambience,
    moveu
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great service, great ambience, Italian music, just perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastica
    robodoc
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    BOS2SANVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in Little Italy
    DreamplangoVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Night, Lots of Families
    osunavy21
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good not so bad
    DLFSanJose
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 71st Birthday
    lcabral
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Took my dad here for his birthday and he loved it. This is dinning spot to return to.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice amongst the masses
    umbowler
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellisima!
    KristineVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Daisy
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbor favorite
    Toni
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it thoroughly.
    ericVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the outdoor patio in
    Snowman
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Love the outdoor patio in the back. Feels like you are in Italy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Italien
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT!!
    gster
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased, will return again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.