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Barbusa

4.5
579 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Barbusa Local Modern Sicilian Restaurant.


We serve Fresh Pasta made in house daily. The finest Seafood is served at our Crudo Bar. We also Serve Pizza in our stone Fired Oven.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Seven Days A Week Starting at 11am
Happy Hour at 3pm-6pm
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Phone number
(619) 238-1917
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
joe Busalacchi & Nino Zizzo
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Catering
We can cater all your events .Please send email to pazzojjoeyb@gmail.com
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Cross street
Grape Street
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Public transit
Bus and trolley within blocks
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 579 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined 2 days ago

Dirty and average food

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northparkresident 
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding food, great service, a bit on the pricey side. But this place is LOUD. We were a table of 4, and we were literally shouting at each other at the table and still could barely hear ourselves. It's a shame, because everything else was great. But we won't be back, because we couldn't hold any sort of conversation and left with our ears ringing. This place needs professional sound dampening.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious. You can taste the flavors in each dish and appreciate the level of detail that goes into it. Atmosphere is a bit loud and tables are very close in proximity. The only dish we didn't care for too much was the tiramisu. Go with the deconstructed cannoli instead :)

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NatashaU 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great experience at Barbusa! Suggested to me by someone so my best friend and I went there after a concert at Copley symphony Hall. I had the granchio (w/pieces of northern crab) pasta dish, and it was delicious! Tried my friend's squid ink with pieces of lobster truffle oil pasta dish and it was also superb! The lambchop lollipops we shared for appetizers were fantastic and perfectly cooked! The little bread thing you get on the house when you sit down is nothing to rave about, that's fairly mediocre. Both of our cocktails (negroni and aperol Spritz) and wines (an Italian red and a Chilean red) were very nice. The ambience was lovely, cool, and pleasant. Definitely worth going to! The food is what really makes it worth it; looking forward to going back to try more of what's on the menu to see if it's consistently fantastic across the board.

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vipPatrickV 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful lunch, great waiter and great food as usual!

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Caryn 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service! We enjoyed a wonderful meal among friends. We had ravioli, antipasto and a chianti classico wine.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

It always great food, service and ambience!!

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AlanN 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great service, outstanding food. Waiter gave great wine selection. Did have to wait until whole party was there to sit but was 10 minutes and then took 5 minutes to be seated once everyone was there.

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vipDFoodie 
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Our server was great and made solid recommendations. The food was good, but honestly feel like it was a bit overhyped. Vast discrepancy in portion size across 4 different pasta dishes. Pasta was a bit undercooked. Cool atmosphere, great wine, would try it again but wouldn’t rush back.

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Luncher 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Amazing Osso Buco

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

The pasta was good but the sauces are lacking in flavor. My bone marrow was over cooked and came out gritty. My girlfriends carbonara was decent but needed something to bring the sauce to life. Drink selection is great and the atmosphere is lively. Service was good too.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything was amazing! The BEST food! Service was excellent, even on a holiday. & the management is amazing. I love this place, for all occasions!

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PeteC 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I had a great time and Rosana was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had the grilled romaine salad, spicy shrimp appetizer (shrimp fuoco), bone marrow and sausage cavatelli and chocolate ganache cake for dessert. Everything was truly delicious! Cannot wait to go back.

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vipmollyl 
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Considering how many great restaurants are in Little Italy, I would not return here. My friend and I shared, and the food was just OK - our salmon was a bit overcooked and our mushroom/creamy pasta needed some zing - we added black pepper to it. The focaccia bread we got to start was yummy and so was the wine.

We had servers come by and try to take our plates at least 3 times before we were done eating, like they really wanted us out of there.

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vipcarlosg 
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was delicious. The service was excellent. 15/10 honestly.
Everyone was courteous and a quick and efficient service. Food was perfect!

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Sappy 
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Best restaurant in Little Italy! The food was great. Our server Michael was a true professional. I'd recommend this restaurant for almost any occasion. I'm definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Ravioli was magnificent! Caesar salad dressing - absolutely best I have ever had.

Too loud.

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vipAkshat 
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

They have great food. Except the complimentary dessert they brought for my birthday was kinda tasteless. And the waiter seemed to be in a rush to get done with us.
I would definitely recommend their pistachio pesto

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vipsavs 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Barbusa is a neighborhood gem. They are hospitable in service and the food is always delectable. We highly recommend the restaurant.

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BusinessSocialFoodie287 
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We ate at Barbusa and enjoyed every bite! Delicious food and energetic atmosphere. I made this reservation to celebrate my mom’s 65th birthday in style. I had indicated in the reservation that we were there for her birthday. We saw waiters bring birthday desserts with sparklers to other tables. My mom was excited for when hers would come out. Unfortunately, it never did, but the check did. I would return again many times over, but I was a bit disappointed to see that my mom didn’t get her sparkler laden dessert.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Absolutely amazing. The atmosphere, service and food were perfect. This is now my new favorite restaurant in Little Italy! Highly recommended!

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vipBDAYGIRL 
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was mediocre, service was fair, had a bad table by the kitchen although we were told we were getting a "wonderful table". Don't like the pizza dough they give you as bread, would prefer some nice garlic bread.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food ... poor service ...

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great restaurant but noise level was awful

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Easily the best Italian/Sicilian restaurant in all of San Diego. From the excellent food, amazing staff, really cool bar and awesome atmosphere, It all comes together to make one amazing experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Good food and service. Reasonably priced. Very loud.

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DRKinSD 
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was tasty but service was spotty. There was a waiter who wasn't assigned to us that was helpful, but bussers (sp?) walked by and didn't bother refilling water or picking up empties quickly. The main issue was the noise. I literally could not catch every other word from our guest who was sitting directly opposite me. As I said, the food was very good -- no complaints. But it was not a good place for conversation.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Slow service.

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pdub 
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for a birthday celebration with a party of 6. Food and service were very good but have to say our table placement was terrible. First of all, our table seemed quite small for our size party. Worst of all it was right in the middle of traffic where servers and customers would brush up against our chairs constantly every 30 seconds. Really quite annoying.

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