Barbusa

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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 1698 People Are Saying
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fresh ingredients, great flavor! Love the calamari and Sicilian meatballs. My favorite in little Italy!

NP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

They have changed their menu and the new menu doesn't even come close to the items on the previous menu. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego and I was so disappointed at my last visit. I couldn't believe it. I am not sure why they changed the menu but the food quality has definitely suffered. The staff also seems to have changed. Our server was rude, but we tolerated it because he was an older gentleman. I don't think I will be coming back anytime soon.

PS
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service was rushed but satisfactory. Certainly understandable.Atmosphere is electric. Food is delicious sampled pizza, polenta, Osso Buco and meat balls. All were very good

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such delicious food, great busy ambiance, knowledgeable and kind staff. Food is so fresh and they have very reasonable prices!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Solid! Get seafood, everything else was meh

a
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Once again we went on Sunday for happy hour and some dinnerafter a concert
performed by S D Symphony . The restaurant was packed and the noise level higher than our previous visits. They have very good house wines, really fresh oyster. The yellowtail small plate was really good as were the Sicilian meatballs. From the dinner menu we chose stuffed zucchini blossoms and grilled octopus, both were excellent. I subtracted one star on food for the pizza since the dough was thin almost like flatbread and warm but not hot. We are not a fan of their pizza. Otherwise perfect food. Grazie.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was delicious however our service was slow. We had to keep asking for refills on drinks. We were disappointed that as an Italian restaurant they did not serve bread. You have to pay for garlic bread and it was $10.
Also they forgot our birthday even though they were reminded at the start and did not celebrate the birthday girl.Food was good but you cannot taste sea urchin in the pasta.

SA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time going while visiting from Chicago. The food is impeccable, drinks delicious, service was really nice. I keep enjoying my time there and the seasonal menu. All good things to say, and that's really good coming from a girl who lives the Chicago food scene regularly

DD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food was great but the restaurant was so incredibly loud, it was practically impossible to talk to one another. Just wanted to eat quickly and get out.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fun time! Wil

AD
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent, just very loud atmosphere

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Dishes were okay, I was expecting the carbonara to be amazing and authentic however this particular restaurant serves it with a raw egg yolk, peas, and caramelized onions. Not the recipe I’m used to. It is Sicilian so maybe that is the region that serves it like that. However my friend that was dining with me, his father is from Sicily so I was weird for both of us to experience my dish. Don’t get it, you will be disappointed. If you ask for bread, all they have is this big giant garlic bread that is enough for 10 people. We were dining for two. Don’t order that, we were hoping it would have just been a few slices of bread so we could wipe out plates with it... but no it was just too much .

NG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place to go, outstanding Italian food

C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic & the waiter was wonderful - he sang a beautiful Italian song for my son’s birthday!

OT
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego

AZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go to places in San Diego. It's always full of energy, friendly staff and just great food. It reminds me of NYC restaurants.

H
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a mainstay when we visit San Diego. Food is outstanding and the value is excellent.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday Celebration

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the place!

PR
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food! Great atmosphere! Fun night out! Great location!

x
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour. Attentive service. Beautiful dining room. Luxurious food. A++

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Noisy place.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I came to Barbusa with my family (two teenagers!) and we all loved it. The food was great. I had the Sugo Busalacchi, which was delicious. Literally meat and like 10 gnocchi, but I still had to bring some home. My son was disappointed at first when the Margherita pizza looked more like cheese pizza than the “usual” sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella, but first of all, I was impressed that the runner left the basil on the side (just in case!) and he loved it.
My daughter was over the moon for the squid ink pasta and my husband loved the Osso Bucco.
Sara, the waitress was the best!! So sweet to the kids and really nice. Great job, Barbusa!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I have been to Barbusa for lunch and dinner during the week and it has always been wonderful. The weekend, however, is very crowded and the noise level didn’t allow for easy conversation in my group. Aside from the issue with noise, the food was wonderful and service was great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was excellent, loved the service, but a lot of details were missing.
There are no vintages on the wine list. Probably the most glaring error.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The table look improvised. And service was very slow

JA
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved the area!

RG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very loud and hard to hold a conversation in a group.

DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience! Nice atmosphere, great food, and wonderful service!

SO
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience during New year's Eve was outstanding! The staff was great, and the food was amazing!! The music was good too, there were plenty of times the whole restaurant was singing along to the classics. It was pretty loud in there but hey everyone was celebrating and having a great time. Overall great experience and we will be back for more!

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Meal and service ever! Barbusa staff are incredible and it’s overall an amazing dining experience!
Love Barbusa and I am so happy to ring in the year with them!

EN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had NYE dinner with friends at Barbusa and we loved it! The food was delicious except for my stuffed shrimp with crab; I think it was over cooked, but the risotto was good. The best dish was the osso Bucco. The arugula salad was also fabulous. I loved the playlist they had going during dinner with 90s hits. Would definitely come back to try other items in the menu.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is literally my favorite restaurant in San Diego!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, but our waiter spilled the sparkling water on my leg.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday and it was a great dining experience!

B
Cancun
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pizza not Good Boloñesa not good

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had to wait 30 minutes for reservation. Hostess did not inform us that we would receive a text when table was ready. Other than that, great experience.

OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian meal ever

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Barbusa was amazing overall!!

MD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great location in the middle of Little Italy. Most of our group of 6 enjoyed our meal and the garlic bread they brought out beforehand was wonderful but super heavy on the garlic. My husband ordered the short ribs and it arrived VERY cold. Then they microwaved it and it was super hot, so he was pretty disappointed in his meal . The arugula salad and pasta carbonara were good, but also on the cool side.