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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Our server forgot to put our orders in. Watched all the table around (many seated prior to us) enjoying their food. Received out food when most have already left.
It was a the best place to celebrate an anniversary! Their food is consistently amazing! Hands down one of the best places to eat in San Diego. The pasta, the pizza, the everything! Great outdoor dining experience with music and great weather. Highly recommend!
Good service great food
Awesome food and service
Always love to go to Barbusa. Great good, service and a lively atmosphere. The stuffed squash blossoms are a meal unto themselves. All delish!
Wonderful birthday dinner for my in-laws! Thanks Barbusa!
Food was amazing, service was even better. The staff was constantly checking tables to make sure you had what you wanted or to clear plates from the table. Vinny was an great waiter. He picked the wines for both my parents and instead of just giving them the most expensive glass on the menu, he paired it with the food they were going to eat. Great to see. I'll make sure to request his table the next time I go in.
Everything was excellent!!
Specially for the yellowtail sashimi (ricciola)
Pastas were delicious!
Perfect evening with friends and family
Food was excellent, cocktails were ok. Took a little bit to get service with reservation though. Ambiance was nice, but they have music playing loud so don’t go if you want a quieter setting. They did forget us and a couple tables for about 15-20 min - must have had a shift change.
Good was delicious. Services was good. Got a little cold outside even though there was a heater.
The food was soooo good. The crab in my pasta was seasoned to perfection. And the clams was good. I even tried my husband’s dish which was oxtails with pasta...kinda like ravioli. Delicious!
Amazing place and the service was amazing! The staff is perfect
Our first time in Little Italy and we picked a good one! Excellent, homemade pasta, delish all around. We had the pesto gnocchi which I would say was the best I have ever had, anywhere! We sat outside on a Saturday afternoon and everything was perfect. Our waiter was excellent. Was a little pricey for lunch but well worth it!
Fantastic wine choices, from low to high end. Their bolognaise is their signature dish. Always a treat. Their saltimbocca was a new try for me and did not disappoint.
We have been here a few times and they never disappoint. We had the flor di zucca to start followed by the short ribs and carbonara con piselli with out he pancetta. Everything was delicious. Make your reservations aleast two-three weeks ahead of time. This place is a San Diego favorite.
The experience was great. The restaurant was very loud but great atmosphere. We got the fungi pasta and it was one of the top 5 pastas I’ve ever had.
Best service! Best food! Best drinks! Best vibes! Going back tonight 🙌🏼
It’s my favorite Italian place in SD!
Barbusa is always great!
I have have done everything from date night to birthdays there and have never been disappointed.
Their pastas are delicious, pizzas cooked perfect, and the Veal is my favorite.
Will always go back.
Just moved into the area and took my wife out to eat at your location. Absolutely loved the food, great service and overall a good experience. Cant wait to make another reservation.
Food is so tasty! The service was excellent and prices are good for the quality of food you eat.
Always one of the best choices in San Diego; you cannot go wrong with just about anything on the menu. The saltimbocca is amazing, the aragosta is fantastic, just to name a few.
Pros: Food was great! Pretty large portions. Service great. Super attentive.
Cons: Ambiance was like a club, I was expecting something more quiet to where I could actually hear my partner. The indoor seating did not appear to be up to Covid standards. It very well could have been! But I’m not sure how they could possibly cram another table inside. We all seemed very close. I was put at a table right next to the bar line and bar seating where people just congregated around me. *cringe* Glad Im at least half vaccinated.
I had heard really good things about Barbusa and was really excited to take my boyfriend for his birthday/to celebrate his retirement from the Navy. I thought we were going to have the best Italian yet. I was really disappointed when both of our pasta entrees had zero flavor and tasted exactly the same even though we ordered completely different things. I’m honestly still really upset about it because I wanted it to be a special night and I’ve had better Italian everywhere else I’ve gone so far. Maybe it was an off night for the chef.
The food, ambience, and service were excellent but it’s impossible to Kevin conversation inside of the restaurant. The pasta with crab it was amazing so was the pizza with caramelized onions slightly underbaked but that’s the way I love it!!!
Barbusa has some of the best food, energy, and service that you'll come across in all of SD dining.
Tables were way closer than 6 feet apart, some of the servers’ masks were not covering their noses. Our server was wonderful though! Food was great :) They didn’t note / acknowledge that we were here for a birthday though.
The food and service was incredible! My boyfriend and I went there for his birthday a few nights ago and haven’t been able to stop talking about it. We had bone marrow and oysters for appetizers and pasta dishes for dinner which melted in our mouth! They made his birthday special and brought out dessert to end our evening. Everything from the food to drinks to service was outstanding , we cant wait to go back!
Diego was amazing! We missed the gnocchi because they ran out! Polenta, lamb chop app, and spicy pasta with seafood was too die for.
One of the best Italian restaurants we have been to....great service, food and value!
Typical Little Italy prices, about $18 - 25 per plate of pasta. Food was pretty good and serving sizes weren't bad! Wish they served complimentary bread at the table.
We loved Barbusa! Our waiter was so informative and friendly. The food was incredible, get the Yellowtail Crudo it was to die for.
Barbusa was just the vaccine we needed! Awesome amabience, exceptional service with Stefano, and authentic Italian food! Definitely coming back for my next girls night out. 🤗
Good was amazing like always, one of my favorite places to go to in San Diego - super grateful that you were able to accommodate my boyfriends a vegan style choice of pasta!
They made our wedding anniversary lunch quite nice
We had a wonderful time, food was outstanding. Perfect for night out with friends.
Amazing double date. Thank you Barbusa! Thank you OpenTable!
this is one of my favorite italian restaurants, it was my bday and I was so happy to be goinng back. Tito was great, the lamb chops were luke warm and they had cancled my favorite dish on the menu:(. They also didn’t ask if this was a special occation. So lost a little respect for the restaurant.
Made a reservation because it looked pretty popular. Food was average.
Barbusa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 238-1917.
Barbusa is rated 4.7 stars by 2142 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.