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Barbusa

4.5
527 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Barbusa Local Modern Sicilian Restaurant.


We serve Fresh Pasta made in house daily. The finest Seafood is served at our Crudo Bar. We also Serve Pizza in our stone Fired Oven.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Seven Days A Week Starting at 11am
Happy Hour at 3pm-6pm
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Phone number
(619) 238-1917
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
joe Busalacchi & Nino Zizzo
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Catering
We can cater all your events .Please send email to pazzojjoeyb@gmail.com
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Cross street
Grape Street
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Public transit
Bus and trolley within blocks
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 527 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSeenitalldiner (San Diego)
3.0
Dined 2 days ago

Too loud! Also as a diner with celiac disease this was a much more limited menu than other Italian restaurants. They didn’t have odd things, like olive oil for the bread, with an explanation it already had tomatoes on it. No gelato, no gluten free options for dessert, and this was my birthday dinner. The food was good, but did have a formula feeling. And impossible to converse at all. I didn’t see a distinction with existing places in Little Italy. I hope they can succeed.

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LaurenP (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We had a great dinner! The service was excellent and our waiter was very engaging. We had the squash blossoms and meatballs for appetizers; both were delicious. Everyone had a different pasta dish for dinner and everyone loved their dish. Would love to come back!

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

Bad service from our server. The food was great. The only help we got was from our busser. Server did not stop by once to check in. Wait over 20 minutes for another glass of wine and wasn’t even able to order. Skipped dessert because the service was so bad.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

This place is average nothing great. The food is good but the ambiance is awful

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vipTraveler (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic service from Vincent, who we let pick our food for the evening. Our cocktails were great, and the atmosphere was lively. Lot’s of large groups the night we went, so a bit hard to hear. Love the big leather booths, bery comfortable. Great addition to Little Italy!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

We felt extremely rushed by the waiter, older dude. Even after telling him to slow down. We have been here a few times, and enjoyable experiences, they were.

Calimari was not good. Reheated yesterday’s leftovers?

Entrees and wine were good

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vipCLGEats (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

This was our second time at Barbusa, and it was even better than the first time! All of the servers are friendly and attentive - they really make you feel welcomed. The Fiori de Zucca (fried squash blossoms) are one of my favorite appetizers of all time....definitely a must! My husband loved the Carbonara con Piselli. I ordered the Bolognese al Forno and it was incredible. The portion was huge and I wanted the leftovers, but we were going straight to the theater afterward so I had to leave it behind. All of the Busalacchi restaurants are great, but I think that Barbusa is the best of all!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0
Dined 7 days ago

This restaurant is sooooooooo loud you have to yell to have a conversation. They desperately need to work on it with elements on the ceiling, floors. Plus the chairs are not comfortable.

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Kathy (San Diego)
3.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

I took my business partners to this restaurant on a Wednesday night, made reservations a week before. They sat us in a wobbily table in the corner. The restaurant was very loud! I couldn't even here the person next to me. The waiters were coming by every 5 min to take our appetizers which we had not finished. I felt like they wanted us to eat and get out so they could turn the table. The food was good but not fabulous!!!. I think if I came back I would sit at the bar. The waiter was amazing!!

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vipteen (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent all around! This review from a SICILIAN!!!

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