Barbusa

4.7
2241 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


DUE TO UNCERTAIN TIMES WE WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING RESERVATIONS.ALL EXISTING RESERVATIONS WILL BE HONORED.

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

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


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
What 2241 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of the best if you want great food, ambiance and service.
A must go to in SD for date night or group dinners.

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FoodieMom
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chi was the perfect server; so kind and enthusiastic. The noise level was very high unfortunately but we still had a great time. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful server! The atmosphere was very vibrant and loud in the best way. Drinks were delicious and so was the food. Highly recommend.

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NellyG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cute/ pricier Italian than other restaurants down the street

AC
vipAnaC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day dinner. The best Italian restaurant in San Diego!

SV
vipSaulV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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vippamela
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I made reservations for Mother’s Day dinner . I’ve been coming here since it’s Popazzo days . I love how warm the people are and the food . But this time I don’t know what happened in the kitchen that our pasta was tasteless and bland . It was so unsatisfying and disappointing . I had to ask for salt pepper , chili flakes and Parmesan cheese 😞. The mood was not right and the table was so small for five people it felt uncomfortable. The bright sunlight was hitting my eyes and I couldn’t even enjoy my time . So overall I had a bad time . I don’t think I’ll be coming back for family dinner . May be apps and drinks . On a good note the meatballs , bread and the polenta were the highlights of the dinner .

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DeanaL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is amazing and it’s a great restaurant BUT it was Mother’s Day and they were playing music so loud we couldn’t hear each other at all and had to yell to talk. It’s a nice restaurant and it was Mother’s Day with my 88 year old mom...,. I don’t get it ... it’s not a night club. Really took away from the dining experience.

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BillNoon
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a welcome treat for our family to visit and dine there. We eagerly look forward to each future visit!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Unfortunately the heaters and outdoor speakers weren’t working which was a bummer but the food was amazing, as always!

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ChandraF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant and their food! Always have great service and a nice atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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TimothyM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, I have never had even a mediocre item. The deconstructed cannoli is the perfect finish for a great entree

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Tryanythingonce
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Interesting choices, executed well but not over-the-top. Service was great, noise level high, but the hostess had warned me of that when I booked. Great place to break the COVID fast of being out with people.

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MichaelY
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside so the noise level was good. Food is always exceptional here. Pasta is delicious and options are varied. Great place.

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Sus9
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and I have to say everything was so good, the food, ambiance and our waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and even better food. Overall great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, ambiance, staff and a great looking crowd.

MP
MarianaP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I celebrated my birthday dinner with family, we loved the food, ambiance, service was ok at the beginning, our waiter had hard time talking and hearing do to the music, he would do a lot of mimic and touch my shoulder multiple times. Later we got a lady that was super helpful, quick, awesome service.

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bsmitty24
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant with good portions. Amazing Garlic Bread

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Needs more diversity, saw only one color there the same with workers.

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AllysonP
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Everything was good, but it was so loud inside we couldn't hold a discussion. It was like so loud the rest of the meal was less enjoyable. We were trying to yell to talk and then just gave up. this is not the place for a romantic meal.
They also kept adding more tables so more people could eat dinner. This seemed a little counterintuitive during a pandemic. It was packed.

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Belgium
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Way too loud, way too many people not wearing masks, jammed together. Barbusa is my favorite Italian/Sicilian restaurant in SD County Delicious, The lobster clam pasta dish good, not great. Sauce was so so.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Went on our first night in San Diego. Highly recommended on Yelp. I have no idea how that happened. Service was terrible. Food was cold. Meals served at different times. Will not return.

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Adriana
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience was lovely! Definitely coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my mom including 6 family members. I had been here once with my wife and we loved it so we brought the crew. Food was awesome, service was on point, and the vibe never disappoints. Can’t wait to get back.

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vipBlakeB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and the food was outstanding!

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VanB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience1

Bussers and servers were nice and attentive. Food did not have any flavor not even salt.
Manager threw a temper tantrum by throwing Lift Bikes in the middle of the Pet Shop parking lot in front of customers. I understand that might be a situation but this kind of behavior is unacceptable coming from a leader in front of his guests.

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KatieS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the drinks were great too. Our server was very attentive and made sure we were happy throughout the meal.

JR
JuneR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the carpaccio which was delicious, and the carbonara. I was pleased with the food and the ambiance was nice

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KlaudiaV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lollipop lambchops with good music popping in the background. Our server Mario was great. We're definitely going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in San Diego.

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SimonH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service. Seated streetside so noise was...noticeable. Try the Sicilian Mule.

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AubreyS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was good. I would recommend the restaurant to friends because of the variety on the menu and the good food. The pizza is excellent.

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JBach
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great time at Barbusa! The staff and atmosphere is always so positive and uplifting. I recommend to everyone I meet!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so so delicious and our waiter was great!!!

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travisv
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service ... Busalacchi family strikes all A’s again

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Barbusa

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Dayna
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I love Barbusa but this time around just didn't do it for us. The food wasn't as good as it normally is and it was extremely loud.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in town. I am always blown away with how amazing the hospitality is. All the waiters are so friendly and attentive to all your needs! Definitely try the Granchio. I have so many amazing memories here. You can’t go wrong at Barbusa!

FAQs

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

Barbusa is rated 4.7 stars by 2241 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.