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Barbusa, San Diego, CA
Barbusa, San Diego, CA
Barbusa, San Diego, CA
Barbusa, San Diego, CA
Barbusa, San Diego, CA

Barbusa

4.5
4.5
3990 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Barbusa Local Modern Sicilian Restaurant.
Lively atmosphere with our craft cocktails, handmade pastas, freshest seafood, delicate pizza, and our famous Sicilian Ribeye.

Pizza Served from our stone fired oven.

Gluten free and Vegan Items Available


WHILE WE VALUE THE TIME OF ALL OUR LOYAL GUEST AND SMILING FACES, WE KINDLY REQUEST YOU LIMIT THE TIME SPENT AT YOUR TABLE TO 1 HOUR AND 30 MIN DUE TO MANDATED REDUCTION IN CAPACITY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT, WE COULDNT BE MORE THRILLED TO HAVE YOU DINE WITH US!



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 112 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Sicilian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 238-1917
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Joe Busalacchi and Nino Zizzo
  • Catering
    We can cater all your events .Please send email to joey@barbusa.com
  • Private party facilities
    We are here for any of your private party needs. We do buffet, family style and seated experiences.
  • Private party contact
    PJ Busalacchi ( Peterbusalacchi@gmail.com ): (619) 238-1917
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Cross street
    Grape Street and India Street
  • Parking details
    we have Valet in the lot next to our establishment
  • Public transit
    Bus and trolley within blocks
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,990 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

3,990 Reviews
  1. LauraB

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, and food is delicious, Chad the server was outstanding

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible evening! We ordered the fiori de zucca, garlic bread, bietole, bone marrow cavatelli, gnocchi, doughnuts and deconstructed cannoli and every single bite of every single plate was incredible!!!! Our server was amazing and paced our food perfectly! 10/10

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Valet parking on a bustling Saturday afternoon was a huge plus! $12 plus tip. Service was prompt and attentive. BIG complaint is not providing paper menus of any kind and instead told a QR code was the only option. For a fine restaurant such as this, this was aggravating to say the least. When your eyes are over 40 you’ll understand! Jesus, our server, was friendly, patient, and attentive. Bartender was hospitable and generous, even offering me a sample of a gin as I decided on a cocktail. Food was fresh and delicious. Only the beef raviolis were dissatisfying as there were only 6, of which were light on the beef, heavy on the pasta, and the peas atop the raviolis were overcooked and grey-ish. All else was superb. Print menus for those who ask for them at the very least.

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  4. JimmyAok

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time at Barbusa! It was a loud, only complaint we had. The service was phenomenal, our appetizers and drinks came out quickly and were delicious, and the entrees were superb. Loved the atmosphere (minus the noise) and the location in Little Italy was perfect for heading out after dinner.

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  5. Geralyn

    Nashville

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Roseanne ❣️❣️❣️❣️and Billy were awesome. Food was great. But sorry won't return. Toooooloud. Hard to hear our conversations.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Busy restaurant, service can be improved. Our server took to long to refill our water and didn’t brought plates for dinner.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Service was sweet. Just a little too loud and too close to other tables

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  8. Dinner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional Service! Fantastic menu and incredible food!

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  9. HaydonH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was excellent, very friendly and service was quick. I’ve been twice now and the food is so so. Drinks were excellent!

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  10. AlexM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food experience wasn’t as great as it once was the portions seem smaller and overall cost more. The pizza we ordered for our daughter had no flavor. Before they were bigger and were actually a decent pizza. We’ve had better experiences here before and will give another try at later time

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great service, awesome ambiance..

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for lunch. The 3 of us shared 4 appetizers and all were great, tasted authentic and like real homemade food. The red wine from Toscana also was very good. Nice and attentive staff. Highly recommend!

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  13. SharonP

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved my daytime experience here. I think the evening crowd is too loud for me. We had a beautiful lunch. I actually went with all of the recommendations of our bartender, Brennan. We tried the raw appetizers, the carpaccio, tuna, yellowtail, squash blossoms, and pizza. Everything melted in our mouth and was perfectly prepared. We are foodies! This place was GOOD! It got busy as we left, but left at the perfect time.

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  14. Paradocs

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of cocktails and I highly recommend the Smell the Roses drink for bourbon lovers. Food was fresh and well prepared. Atmosphere is upbeat. Great place.

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  15. MarcoB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Muy buen lugar, zona, ambiente, servicio. La comida muy aceptable

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was super nice and patient. Food was delicious. I noted Anniversary on our reservation but she was completely unaware so that was pointless in noting on the reservation when the restaurant doesn’t even acknowledge it.

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  17. TeresaO

    Portland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food; great staff. Pasta, bread, salad, dessert- amazing.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Best garlic bread ever! Nice place. Great recommendation.

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  19. FredC

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hate to say it, but the food was not up to their usual standards this visit. Pretty sure it was due to the number of people and meals being processed for Valentine's Day. We will give it another chance later when not quite as crazy!

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  20. Vick

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really good and delicious. I will like to visit there again.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The oysters were tiny, my guest spit his out. They love oysters. It was disappointing continuing to eat after our appetizers because the experience started off badly. The main dishes were ok. Not worth it at all, it did not get better to justify.

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  22. AnaC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Food was wonderful and my wife and I will definitely be coming back!!!

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  23. ChristinaH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food...3 out of 5 dishes Luke warm. Attentive and friendly service. Will be back.

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  24. NoVaFoodie

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was recommended to us by our bartender at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar. He didnt hesitate when asked about the best restaurant in Little Italy. So right!!! Fantastic experience. Service provided by Rosanna & Billy was exceptional. Great recommendations and attentive. Menu is excellent. We loved the bone marrow appetizer and then I had the blue crab pasta entree. So delicious. My friend raved about his Osso Buca. And finally the Profiterole dessert was amazing! Will definitely be returning here!!!

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  25. Feedyourlineman

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute place, solid service, although hard to find someone once the food was served. My biggest problem was the food came out cold and just wasn’t anything special. The bolognese was more like Spaghetti-Os, and the Caesar salad was a plate of brownish iceberg (I think, definitely not romaine) with a dressing that wasn’t Caesar and no croutons, pretty terrible. My son had the gnocchi, which was good but also cold.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best service and best food. Amazing cocktails

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  27. Alexander

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and the service/atmosphere was great.

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  28. jb97

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent! Great wine and drink selection. The food was incredible. Best gluten-free pasta I’ve ever had. Couldn’t recommend enough!

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  29. Gsh10

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Their door doesn’t close the it was freezing inside very uncomfortable

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  30. BWuuuuuuuuu

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Was rushed throughout the meal. Carbonara was bland. Chopped salad was not restaurant quality.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was fantastic!! Food was superb and vibe was fun. Great experience

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Barbusa! Best Italian food in little Italy hands down. The only negative, is that the restaurant is super loud. Hard to talk to everyone in our party other than that, place is amazing

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  33. Teresa

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great. A little loud to be able to hear but other than that everything was wonderful.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing amazing food and service. Excellent service. Everyone was very happy with their food.

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  35. GaryS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the experience was fun. Very lively! The main courses left a little to be desired. The appetizers were the best part. The lamp lollipops were amazing.

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  36. OscarT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    If you would like to hear the person you are dining with please you will want to sit outside, inside is so loud it’s comparable to a club at night. We were told open table Reservations are given inside tables, so just fyi. Service was a bit slow but they were very busy so that’s understandable. The food comes out pretty fast as well.

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  37. Iknowgreatfood

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Loud and good was just okay - from an Italian who knows good food. It was hyped up more than it should have been. We were seated outside. Not very comfortable.

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  38. AnnettT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great except for the issue with the reservation. We had a made a reservation but upon arrival were told that they were running behind and there would be quite a wait (for 2 people). then why make a reservation. They offered a table outside right away. While it was cold we decided on that rather than to wait around for who knows how long.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Had a reservation but had to sit outside. Horrible quality oysters. I usually have the best time here, but I brought a friend and it was a pretty bad time. Obviously an off- night, but disappointing.

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  40. Bethesda

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The dishes were, as always, delicious. But so loud it’s hard to have a conversation.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Barbusa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 238-1917.

Barbusa is rated 4.5 stars by 3990 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 112 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Barbusa

1917 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Grape Street and India Street
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Seafood, Sicilian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    we have Valet in the lot next to our establishment
  • Public transit
    Bus and trolley within blocks
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joe Busalacchi and Nino Zizzo
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 238-1917
  • Catering
    We can cater all your events .Please send email to joey@barbusa.com
  • Private party facilities
    We are here for any of your private party needs. We do buffet, family style and seated experiences.
  • Private party contact
    PJ Busalacchi ( Peterbusalacchi@gmail.com ): (619) 238-1917
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