Barbusa

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1778 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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 1778 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
J
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service. Great food. A few fav items taken off the menu though.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Went for my girlfriends birthday and we had a great time! We had to ask for a couple things more than a couple times from our server and finally the busser came to our rescue on multiple occasions! Would definitely come back though!

TR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The butternut squash ravioli and carbonara dish were amazing.

C
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbusa is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego! Such great atmosphere, drinks, and delicious modern Italian food. I’m consistently impressed, and will be going back regularly!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was very mediocre for being one of the higher ranked restaurants in the area.

MT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Cool crowd very busy and fun

OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster and seafood bisque is most memorable. Very good menu and wine list. Perfect service. Highly recommended.

RT
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Very overpriced

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out for dinner while on vacation with our family of four. It was amazing! All of us got something different and we each thought ours was the best ☺️

VC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would definitely recommend a friend to Barbusa. The food was excellent.

k
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious. The server, Rosana, was wonderful! This is one of our favorite spots.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service was incredible! We had a large group and they did a great job of accommodating us. My only complaint is that we ordered an appetizer board (which was incredible!) but we were shocked to receive the bill and see it was $347 just for the appetizer. This price was not advertised on the menu (only the individual item prices are listed). I feel that in the future, they should let the table know a rough estimate of the cost before putting the order through. We were not told what would be coming on the appetizer board, so there was no way for us to calculate it and have an idea beforehand. It was truly shocking to see that price for just the appetizers. Everything was incredibly delicious, but I would not recommend getting the appetizer board unless you’re prepared to be saddled with an obscenely high bill.

EP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

DP
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fit for foodies! Best risotto ever

ST
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Over rated. Over priced. Marginal service. Food was OK. Ambience is nice, but so loud I had to yell.

AA
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good beer and food I would go again!
Excelente and educate waiters on their menu!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Comida muy muy mala y con sabor a cloro

Report
B
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. The restaurant was busy, but our food and drinks were timely. We will definitely be going back. Probably our current favorite restaurant in little Italy.

RH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , service , and wine.
The decor is beautiful
It’s in little Italy ( a fun place to bar hop) after you eat.
Extensive wine list 🍷
Loud atmosphere , but great music selection .

JC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It has a fun vibe and good food overall, yet maybe more acoustic support would help since kinda hard to really hear each other at table.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service!!! Wow

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in San Diego. PJ and Mario and all the staff know how to make you feel at home, and Nino makes some delicious pasta- the best!!!

MA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, but some of the dishes were not very warm. We (our party of 4) felt very rushed to get in and out. Our waiter was very nice but was always in a hurry. Wonderful menu.

KH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Noisy level was unbearable - we couldn't communicate across the table. An item advertised on your online menu, Sicilian bone in Ribeye for Two, was not on the menu handed to us. We asked the waiter for this, but he had no knowledge of this item. An expensive and disappointing meal.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Took 10 minutes for a waiter to come over. Had to go to hostess to ask who our waiter was

H
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience - the restaurant had good reviews so we gave it a try. Reasonably priced, superb service and great food! Strongly recommend

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Horrible waiter. Very stuck up, wasn’t friendly when we asked about adjustments to our entrees. Horrible service here.

NL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbusa had amazing food and amazing service and a super cool ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!

d
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We love the food at this restaurant & have eaten here many times. However, I’m not sure if we’ll dine here again. The music & noise is that of a night club, not a restaurant. It was impossible to converse without repeating everything because we couldn’t hear each other. The waiter had difficulty taking our order. So disappointing because the food & service are fabulous!

k
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We were excited about trying, based on the ratings, but were both very underwhelmed by the pasta choices we tried. With the great selection we already know about in Little Italy, we unfortunately won’t add this one to the rotation.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This was our first time and this place was recommended by a friend. The food was just not “excellent” enough for the price.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food

C
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved loved loved the food! But the noise level was a little painful.

CK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I made a reservation for an anniversary celebration. They put us at a booth on the edge of the entry and added a small chair for our fifth person. Every time the staff walked down the main aisle they bumped into a chair. The bruschetta was soggy and the squash blossoms were coated like greasy fish n’ chips. One of the main reasons we chose Barbusa was for the marrow shot. Oddly they were out. We ran out of water and when we asked for more the bottles came loudly plopped onto the table. The service was very quick but we were thankful because of the noise level. We couldn’t talk across the table to each other. It was not a good place for a family celebration although it was noisy because it was so crowded with music and people talking loudly over it.

HH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. Love this place. Never a disappointment!!

T
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I've been wanting to visit Barbusa for a while and finally made it. The place was pretty busy and we were seated immediately. The waitress was pleasant but we felt a bit "rushed" to get our order placed even though we weren't in a hurry as we were having a business dinner. We did order drinks and relaxed for a bit and finally ordered our meals, two entrees and some garlic bread for an appetizer. I think our food came within 5 minutes of ordering it and before the garlic bread arrived. I was honestly shocked at how fast the food came out, which included a pork chop that must have been par-cooked in order for it to be ready that quickly. It was disappointing to have been served that fast and if I were to return I would definitely tell them to slow down the service as a big part of a dining experience is pacing the meal. The food was good, but not great in my opinion and I felt that the pasta that I ordered was much different than how the waitress explained it. I would come back but would be cautious and more communicative on my next visit.

NS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

My girl friends told me how much they loved this place and how amazing the food was. I ordered the bone marrow pasta, thinking there was going to be pieces of meat in my pasta along with the bone marrow. But all I got was long ribbon pasta tossed in some kind of marinara sauce with a bone with SOME meat. The server constantly forgot about us and we had to ask food runners for things that we needed. We also never got some kind of bread for the table while we waited for our food to arrive.
The food was mediocre and the server was just not great. I’d love to give it another try just because everyone raves about it, but I’m afraid to get let down again.

J
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We waited half an hour (standing the whole time) as our reservation time was not honored because of organizational dysfunction. The hosts/hostesses were not very reassuring or informative about the delay. It unfortunately ruined the experience for us, was very embarrassing as we had international guests.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good experience, but not great. Would have loved a little more time with our server to go over wine options. No major complaints - it’s a loud bustling restaurant (even on a Monday night)!

B
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We are from out of town and someone recommend this place. Great place to meet friends.