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Barbusa

4.6
4.6
3262 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!


Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 99 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 3,262 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JG

    JavierG

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Busy Saturday night so service was slow.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was amazing, but the music was really, really loud and it was super crowded, especially near the bar area which was near where our table was. I imagine that perhaps this would be better for weeknight dining rather than a Saturday night, since the vibe felt more like a club than a restaurant. (But if you’re looking for a very lively dining experience, then this place is certainly for you!) Despite the crowd and the loud music, the service was excellent. We’ll definitely be back, but perhaps on a Wednesday. :)
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got seated quickly and the service was great. The food was delicious. All in all, an awesome experience.
  4. CE

    CydneyE

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Pizza dough was incredible. Pasta was okay. Drinks were average. Noise level was so loud that my husband and I had to yell at each other to carry a conversation. We don’t think we will be back for that reason. Or request the patio maybe. Very expensive. Not my first choice.
  5. YY

    YYYY

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Granchio (crab pasta) was really good! Want to eat again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTELY UNREAL!! The service was impeccable, felt right at home. Was surprised with a few apps from our waiter and he nailed it each time. Was thoroughly impressed with absolutely everything. Pro tip: try the espresso martini!!!
  7. PC

    PaulC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and the service were outstanding as always.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Thank you!
  9. LM

    LynetteM

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When in San Diego, Barbusa should be on your itinerary.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal and excellent service! Will be back for sure :)
  11. MT

    MichelleT

    Montana

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Quality of the food was not as good as previous visits. The service was very slow. It was very loud so not a place for dinner conversation. But it’s always a busy place, so maybe this was just an off night.
  12. D

    Dcbp

    Austin

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Appetizers were on point, the pasta dishes were quality, but not on par with their appetizers.
  13. AR

    AnnaR

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable. Enhanced our dining experience.
  14. SR

    StephdR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    I enjoyed the food and the overall decor and style, but if you’re looking to have conversation, this isn’t the right place. Music was too loud that it was hard to even hear our server.
  15. D

    Ditto

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Waited over an hour for our meal to arrive after we ordered while tables all around ate and left. One of the meals arrived cold. Very disappointed
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my boyfriend here last Saturday for his birthday! The food was delicious and our server Mario was the best. Couldn’t have asked for any better service or Italian food, 10/10 recommend.
  17. B

    Bandw

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing! We eat here whenever we visit San Diego.
  18. J

    Jenniferc

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wendy our server was amazing!!!
  19. MI

    MaggieInTheMtns

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Super friendly staff and tasty food. Pretty loud but good energy.
  20. PS

    PamalaS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Sat outside next to the street which was a little noisy but tolerable. Service was outstanding!
  21. R

    Rlaila

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The music was obnoxiously loud. Unfortunately we sat below the speaker and didn’t have the option to change tables. For food, portion size is VERY generous. Shareable/ family style .
  22. OT

    OTkm

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, fun ambiance. I would recommend!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we had the best time! food was amazing (get the bone marrow), atmosphere was amazing, music was so fun.. jesus was an amazing waiter. can’t wait to come back!
  24. F

    Foodie21

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Barbusa isn’t the same as I remembered. I used to go frequently being I lived in little Italy. The last time I was there was NYE 2020 and was excited to finally go back. The food wasn’t what I remembered. I had the pizza which had a soggy crust and we couldn’t tell if it wasn’t cooked completely. The bolognese was okay, it was also the first time I had bolognese with peas in it so that was different but not bad…just okay. If this would have been my first dining experience I would never go back. I will say our server was great and very friendly and attentive and the music was great. The restaurant gives off a good vibe.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Barbusa is amazing. Great food
  26. LP

    LisaP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, loved the atmosphere and our waiter was very helpful in deciding what to order and the food came very quickly. Loved it!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Be aware that the ambiance here is very noisy. They play very loud music on top of the conversation noise going on which makes it very difficult to hear even the person sitting next to you. Our waitress was very attentive however and was very considerate of one of our party members who had dietary restrictions. However she was the highlight of the experience since the food leaves much to be desired. We were excited to come back here given our positive experience last time, but this time the food was awful. The fritto misto was overly breaded and had fried zucchini sticks that tasted like they were just defrosted. The cavatelli I ordered tasted like canned pasta with bland chicken on top. One of the other party members also got sick from the squid ink pasta she ordered. Overall, a big disappointment for a special occasion dinner. Do not recommend.
  28. HS

    HighStandards

    Palm Springs

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We always enjoy dining at Barbusa when we come to San Diego. Tonight’s meal was no exception. I highly recommend the squash blossom appetizer and the bib lettuce salad was wonderful as were our pasta dishes.
  29. I

    Ivonne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    When we arrived we were not given a table until all the people were present despite the fact that the place was not very crowded. The table they gave us had a speaker on the corner so we asked the hostess to move to another table, but she told us that they could turn off the speaker so as not to move. The noise didn't go off, I asked her to turn it off and she told me it wasn't possible. Later another waiter was able to turn it off, but throughout our dinner, the noise kept going on and off so we couldn't enjoy our birthday dinner. The place is noisy so be prepared for a noisy dinner.
  30. NA

    NorthA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mario and Manny were outstanding! Great food too!!! Definitely will be back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was fabulous and so welcoming. Food was delish. All around great!
  32. T

    Tara

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful server. She provided lots of great information and allowed us to take our time to enjoy our cocktails before ordering. The food was excellent.
  33. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    My pasta was very salty and my friend’s food was bland
  34. JM

    JamieM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food service was excellent. Selection was focused, and not overly broad like some restaurants. Clearly they focus on excellence over variety.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The ambiance and drinks were amazing! However, the food was so moderate. Ordered two pasta dishes and was super unimpressed. Bland and boring. Hoping to try again and order something different / better next time!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time at Barbusa! If you’re in San Diego and looking for a fantastic Italian meal you NEED to go here. We got the garlic bread and calamari for starters which were both great and a decent portion size. For our main course we got the bolognese and carbonara. Definitely one of the best Carbonara’s I have ever had. Our server was also so informative about the menu and provided excellent service. We will for sure be back on our next trip to SD!
  37. M

    Melissag

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were fabulous. Refresco was an Italian version of the mojito and really refreshing! The mushroom pasta and pesto gnocchi tasted so good. I keep thinking about the mushroom pasta. I’d go for that alone. Not sure why other patrons complained about the gnocchi not being fluffy. My only complaint was that it was seriously too hot in there. Really uncomfortable hot that it tainted my visit there. The door was open and sun was shining in so not sure if the AC could keep up. Maybe I’ll come back in the Fall.
  38. l

    loric

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience! Great service, delicious food, and amazing atmosphere. We will be back soon!
  39. TB

    TheBIGC

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Food and service were great, but it was extremely hot inside. Given there was a heat wave, made sense to crank up the A/C but it wasn’t on and found the heat distracting the whole eating experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 will 100% be back. The whole experience was excellent. Food was really good. It was just really hot inside but to be expected in a heat wave. Thank you for a splendid summer night Barbusa!

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 4.6 stars by 3262 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 99 times today
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

  • 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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