Barbusa

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

Crudo Bar open Nightly and Pizza Served from our stone fired oven.

Gluten free and Vegan Items Available



Due to high Demand We will give a 15 min Grace period for reservations. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a table after the grace period.


Specials

Happy Hour

Drink and Food Specials
Available at the Bar High Tops

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 10, 2018

Ends: October 11, 2117

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 1584 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a fine dinner

HL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing! We stopped in on Veterans day. Shared a pizza salad and a bottle of rose. Service was excellent! We will be back!

C
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Almost all the dishes have their own specialty: all have a bit sweetness in them, which I really like and definitely contributes to the overall flavor! Best place I’ve been in little Italy so far!! Great service and really cute and modern decor!

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fancy Italian food I have ever had calamari was the best I have ever had different yet perfect

VR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good selection of appetizers and entrees.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection in EVERY aspect!

H
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in San Diego for a professional conference last week and somehow chose Barbusa for my last night dinner there. It not only did not disappoint, but was far better than I could have ever expected. The appetizers and cocktail were spot on and delivered in perfect order, neither too soon nor too late. The staff were fantastically professional and personable and welcoming. The salad and entree were simply the best, the wine was one of the best I've ever had, and the after dinner espresso was perfect. I loved everything about it. Thanks to the folks at Barbusa!

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! No wait when we arrived but we had RSVP, so it’s all good! The happy hour menu was amazing! We tried almost everything on the menu! The prices are reasonable and food and service was great!

KB
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great martinis. Met friends for dinner, had a great time! Thanks.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food and presentation.
Was very loud and hard to hear from across the table.

N
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ara was our waiter and he made the entire experience exceptional. This is our 2nd time to the restaurant and the food was spectacular! We will return!

TT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was truly outstanding. Server was friendly, and recommended a mid-price wine that really went well with our orders. We were seated on time even though the place was packed, and the pace that they brought out the food was just about right. This was probably the best restaurant meal I've had in the last 2-3 years and I consider my palate to be pretty sophisticated.

EE
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and good value. Service was good but we felt rushed to leave and the waiter suggested that we got dessert down the street! Extremely loud and hard to carry on a conversation.

HB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great atmosphere! Great service!! I would definitely come back..often!!

GG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Was incredible but quite loud

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was ok but didn’t meet the expectations. Service could have been better. Took 15 minutes after our reservation time to seat us and another 15 minutes before we were served our first drink. Too many other options in the area to go back again.

R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was good, but I was expected more based on prior reviews. I will probably keep searching for a better Italian place in little Italy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary dinner...waiter was SO friendly and anticipated our needs before we even had to ask. Also, music playlist was on point!!

F
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Greeted by two great hostesses - found our reservation quickly and accommodated us for a quiet table / hike made pasta and their cauliflower pizza was the BEST we have ever had -Chi our waiter had fantastic energy and attentiveness and will high to recommend and go again ! Great job

p
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Good was not great , tasted sort of bland I had to put lots of salt on it for it to have some flavor . I will give it a second try

CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a big party and went right when the restaurant opened. The servers were kind and incredibly accommodating and we had the restaurant to ourselves for the first hour! Food was delicious and my friend we were celebrating was so happy. Great experience!

N
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is absolutely amazing! Great food and drinks.

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food. Nice for everyday dining

LM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

service was topnotch. Was a little loud. food excellant however the Bolognese seemed more of a meat sauce opposed to a true Bolognese... but very good. I would suggest to use a pasta that adheres to the sauce.
Overall wonderful. I will be back!

TE
Tulsa
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Would definitely go back but ask for a table in front or back. It is extremely loud and you can’t hear your dinner companions.

c
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food is very average

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Loud wide open space.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing dinner

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DJ
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I’ve dined here previously and came back for dinner for six. Very surprised at the poor quality of nearly all our dishes. Salmon was tasteless, chicken dry and just not very good, and all of us were not happy at all with dinner. What a great spot with awesome ambiance - food at least this evening - sub par.

CJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was over rob top amazing!!! He made the night so much fun and the food was delicious ‼️‼️

CL
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We returned due to a previous amazing dinning experience at Barbusa. Unfortunately our Sunday experience at Barbusa was less then wonderful. Our server was the highlight. The main issue was our appetizer, the Lolly Pop Lamb Chops (memorable from our first visit). They were not tender, they lacked flavor, and the garnish (fried shoe string sweet potatoes?) was stale... even the waiter agreed and offer to buy me another beer. I thanked him but declined his generosity, as my disappointment was with the kitchen sending out product that was not fresh. The let down for me was the kitchen did not reciprocate in any way. So, 5 Stars for the waiter, and 2.5 Stars for the unconcerned kitchen. If you crave amazing lamb chop perfection in San Diego, check out Pomegranate in North Park.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked this reservation really far out for our anniversary. They still sat us in the bar. It was so loud that we couldn't hear each other, so we took food to go. When we got home we noticed that not only were our orders wrong, but the chicken was rancid and most of it was still raw. And the noodles were undercooked. This was our very favorite place, but we're never going back again.

A
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience with fantastic service and food to match.

OT
Los Angeles
733 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a place not to have brunch ( eggs and waffles) on a Saturday and this was the place to go. They actually had a lunch menu. Like the calamari and the squash blossoms. Also enjoyed the pasta carbonara with peas. Found the Caesar salad to be a little on the odd side. Great drink menu. Excellent service from the bartender.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was great, ambiance was too late. The tables are so cramped together that we could hear

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

The noise was through the roof. Impossible to hold a conversation. Also the pasta was overcooked. Not great.

CA
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbusa is always our go to restaurant in Little Italy. Great food, great service, great ambience...

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking! Best choice was to valet

DD
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very busy place with great atmosphere, bartenders, and an attentive wait staff! I would go back in a heart beat

TK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience1

The server was rude enough to have me feeling awkward. He made us waiting for more than 15 mins to get order our dinner while we were at the table and we were able to order menu a way after other people came after us ordered their food. He was trying to arguing with me when I was complaining about it, saying he was asking of menu to us. But, he just came by our table and ask of water! we got served water already from other server. He also miss-ordered our menu to the kitchen so we got wrong food. it was totally awkward experience...