Barbusa

4.7
2142 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 2142 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Elaine
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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.

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Nicholas
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service great food

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vipmmeygra
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

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vipJill
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love to go to Barbusa. Great good, service and a lively atmosphere. The stuffed squash blossoms are a meal unto themselves. All delish!

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NicoleC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner for my in-laws! Thanks Barbusa!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SusanaGF
Guadalajara
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!
Specially for the yellowtail sashimi (ricciola)
Pastas were delicious!
Perfect evening with friends and family

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was delicious. Services was good. Got a little cold outside even though there was a heater.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and the service was amazing! The staff is perfect

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vipLisaN
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipMichaelD
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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emzfoodie
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service! Best food! Best drinks! Best vibes! Going back tonight 🙌🏼

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my favorite Italian place in SD!

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dantes
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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jamesw
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LeslieM
Baja California
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so tasty! The service was excellent and prices are good for the quality of food you eat.

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viprcm6294
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

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LarafromSF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, always.

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Johnny
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbusa has some of the best food, energy, and service that you'll come across in all of SD dining.

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MichaelParrish
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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.

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Bella
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Diego was amazing! We missed the gnocchi because they ran out! Polenta, lamb chop app, and spicy pasta with seafood was too die for.

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vipStephanie
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants we have been to....great service, food and value!

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Sabrina
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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Kristin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved Barbusa! Our waiter was so informative and friendly. The food was incredible, get the Yellowtail Crudo it was to die for.

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YenSimpson
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. 🤗

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They made our wedding anniversary lunch quite nice

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vipVanessaV
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, food was outstanding. Perfect for night out with friends.

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MichaelG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing double date. Thank you Barbusa! Thank you OpenTable!

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BethP
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

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.

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Underwhelming
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Made a reservation because it looked pretty popular. Food was average.

FAQs

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.