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About Barbusa

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.

1917 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Seven Days A Week Starting at 11am
Happy Hour at 3pm-6pm

Cross Street:
Grape Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 238-1917

Website:
http://www.barbusa.com/

Catering:
We can cater all your events .Please send email to pazzojjoeyb@gmail.com

Public Transit:
Bus and trolley within blocks

Executive Chef:
joe Busalacchi & Nino Zizzo

Additional:
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

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Barbusa Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (70)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Fun (56)
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Fit for Foodies (56)
Authentic (54)
Special Occasion (51)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Good for Groups (43)
Bar Seating (39)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Casual (37)
Hot Spot (37)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Worth the Drive (33)
Vibrant Bar Scene (31)
Romantic (31)
Comfort Food (30)
Business Meals (25)
Happy Hour (25)
People Watching (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Cozy (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Late-night Find (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Live Sports (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (5)
Tapas (5)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

The restaurant came highly recommended so we were excited to try it. 2 of us had the short ribs...although the flavor was delicious, the portion was very small and the meat was a bit chewy. It was so loud that it was difficult to hear others at our table - there were only 4 of us.

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·Dined 6 days ago

service was awful

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a great meal at Barbusa, however, the service was TERRIBLE! Luckily another server noticed us sitting there waiting for our drinks and waiting for the table to be cleared for a good half hour before she came over and asked us if we needed anything and bought us a round of drinks. I don't even remember her name but she couldn't answer any of our questions and responded that she doesn't usually wait tables because she's behind the bar so didn't know anything. I know people order food at the bar so that's a bit confusing...I think I would return but would hope for better service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The gluten free pasta and pizza were both absolutely amazing and the flavor combinations were different but perfectly paired. Can’t wait to go back next time I’m in San Diego!

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Vince was fabulous and the ambience was perfect for our birthday celebration! See you again soon my friends!!
Special shout out to Vince ..

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pasta was excellent but pizza was sultry.
It’s crowded and so noisy because of Friday night.
Valet parking just in front the restaurant was handy with lower cost.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Incredible food, delicious cocktails and just be perfect ambiance.... the seafood risotto is the best out there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food and lively atmosphere. Servers were very attentive. Loved it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Monday was not a busy day, yet the hostess put our party of 3 adults in a small 3x3 table. I asked if we can get a bigger table since there were so many open tables. The hostess threw the menus on a larger table and walked away sayong "now you got a larger table". I couldn't believe she talked to us in that manner and I complained to the manager about it.. Food didn't taste that great after that..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I love Barbusa! The ambiance is amazing as is the Decor! The food is execllent and great portions. The service was on point as always

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Too loud for an anniversary dinner. Even with a reservation I had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. The pizza didn't taste all the way cooked. The carbonara was good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Outstanding on every level, we started the night on a wrong footing when our table was not ready in time, they made up for it in spades. The excellent customer service very outstanding, great food, and excellent bar choices.
Would highly recommend this place for anyone wanting to enjoy their evening. A must to try.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, People Watching, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Our waiter was knowledgeable of the food and wines making excellent pairing suggestions. I would highly recommend and return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Locals favorite always reliable fun great value and trendy love the carbonara after. Dinner we walked 1 block to their renovated NONNAS for wine bar and phenom pastries also great and just under the LITTL ITALY SIGN

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Started the experience and ended with impeccable and seasoned assistance from Mario. The branzino sea bass was excellent paired with pasta tossed with simple oil, garlic and bit o butter. Our lemon sorbet was served in a hollowed frozen lemon... looking forward to experiencing rest of menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner with Barbusa. Great atmosphere and traditional Sicilian food yummmm!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

First time visiting this restaurant. Great service, great food, loved everything about it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Bartender Pietro (Peter) was fantastic.
Had the Granchio... what!? Delicious

Thanks guys

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was my second time at Barbusa. I've now been there on a Tuesday and a Saturday night. This restaurant has moved squarely into 1st Place on my recommended list of "Best Italian Restaurants in the Greater San Diego area". Preparations are unique, service each time was impeccable. Corkage fee = $20 (very reasonable).

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food and service were both good. However, due to the open floor space, the noise level was truly unbearable, so we left after just eating our appetizers. Probably won't be back any time soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was just about perfect the Sicilian spiced steak, was excellent, the risotto seafood magnificent. We met a couple from Sweden, they made our great night even better. Is that enough words......??? Seriously, a great place, So is Gaslamp area and the hookah bar Myst, where we ended up!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner at Barbusa. It was lively, attractive, the service was execellent and the food was delicious! The meatball appetizers were great as was the bread and pasta dishes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a great dinner with my wife for her birthday! Server was very attentive & the food was excellent. Had a good wine selection and some great local brews. They even song happy birthday to my wife in Italian! Definitely plan on going back next time I am in SD.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. We ordered pizza with prosciutto-- it arrived without prosciutto. The waiter sent it back immediately but when it was returned the meat was cold. And the crust was burnt. I would not order pizza again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall the food and ambiance was amazing. I went there with friends to celibrate two of our birthdays and wrote it in the reservation notes, I was disappointed that none of the staff mentioned it and after we paid the tab a friend had to tell our server if we could have one of the kitchens birthday amenities.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Did not live up to the hype. The food was good but nothing phenomenal, it is also extremely loud where you are yelling at each other across the table. The cheese board was one of the worst we ever, we tried two different pastas which were good and the calamari was sub-par. We wont' be going back.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nothing, and I mean nothing about this place disappointed! The food and service were both equally stellar. If you love Italian food, do not miss this place if you are in the area. It's fun to go with several people and approach the menu family style if it is your first experience. We ordered SEVERAL appetizers, salads, pastas, a pizza, and two desserts, and there was not a single dish I would not order again...absolutely fantastic, all of it!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Barbuda makes you feel like family every time you enter the door!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Authentic Italian food, very tasty, great flower squash appetizer. Excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food outstanding, atmosphere vibrant and prices fair!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Little Italy, they have awesome food and drinks! My husband has a gluten allergy and Barbusa has mastered their gluten free pasta!! I love their pesto gnocchi and their fresco drink is light and delicious! They have TVs and show sports yet its upscale and classy - great date night location!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a reservation for our anniversary and were seated right away. We then sat there for 15 minutes without anyone even making eye contact with us. They served tables around us, but no one came near us. We decided to leave and had a wonderful meal with great service elsewhere.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Always great! Go see Pietro at the bar, he recommended the yellowtail crudo, it was life changing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was outstanding. Servers were attentive and knowledgeable.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Atmosphere was city chic & food was good - different pasta dishes & flat breads. Bar menu had a nice variety. Only downside was noise level - be prepared to use an outdoor voice at times

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Our waiter made excellent suggestions for us. The squid ink pasta with seafood was excellent. And for dessert the deconstructed cannoli was well worth reconstructing.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food at the restaurant was sub par.
Did not bring appetizers before main course forgot my pasta order - asked what I had ordered

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food and service. We followed the food servers recommendations, including for a less expensive wine than I was thinking about getting, and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

High fives for the grilled artichokes! Hope to try squash blossoms next trip!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delays in seating us as well as getting our order correct were both issues

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