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Barbusa

4.7
4.7
3436 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


WHILE WE VALUE THE TIME OF ALL OUR LOYAL GUEST AND SMILING FACES, WE KINDLY REQUEST YOU LIMIT THE TIME SPENT AT YOUR TABLE TO 1 HOUR AND 30 MIN DUE TO MANDATED REDUCTION IN CAPACITY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT, WE COULDNT BE MORE THRILLED TO HAVE YOU DINE WITH US!


Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 115 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Sicilian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 238-1917

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Joe Busalacchi and Nino Zizzo

  • Catering

    We can cater all your events .Please send email to joey@barbusa.com

  • Private party facilities

    We are here for any of your private party needs. We do buffet, family style and seated experiences.

  • Private party contact

    PJ Busalacchi ( Peterbusalacchi@gmail.com ): (619) 238-1917

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Grape Street and India Street

  • Parking details

    we have Valet in the lot next to our establishment

  • Public transit

    Bus and trolley within blocks

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,436 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KM

    KellyM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful
  2. PM

    PamelaM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb lollypops and shrimp and oysters are all fantastically good! I highly recommend it!
  3. GP

    GregP

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The ambiance was nice, but the food was just average and the portions were small.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was good. I had the osso buca which was melt in your mouth. My husband had the bolognese dish. I think the bolognese dish needs a more substantial sized pasta to hold up to the sauce. The flavor was great. We were seated near the bar which is very crowded and noisy. They also played music that was loud and too much base which makes everyone talk louder and the place too loud.
  5. M

    Marie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Flori de zucca was excellent! The espresso martini was perfect. Our server was great. My only complaint is the hostess let us stand there for a couple of minutes without acknowledging us. There was no eye contact and I hate for that to be the first impression. I will return for the great food.
  6. TP

    ToddP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner and the service was fabulous as usual.
  7. LA

    LenaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Excellent food, outstanding service. Inside is very noisy, more suitable for groups. Next time we will sit outside.
  8. P

    Paola

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lively ambiance, great food. The dry martini we ordered was not very dry , bu good. Service lovely. A place where you can interact with the table on your side. Lots of young people.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love eating at barbusa , the only problem is the noise level- it’s hard to have a conversation
  10. JO

    JoeyOD

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found Barbusa online and we’re so impressed with every detail of the night. Our server Marcelo was phenomenal! We got the prosciutto and burrata appetizer and it was unreal! Go. Go now and experience this gem on India!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Barbusa is always amazing!! The food and servers are top notch. Celebrated my birthday and they always make it special. Only down fall is we had to wait 45 min for our table even with a reservation. But overall worth it!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Food was not very good, quality felt bad. Too loud couldn’t even hear my boyfriend and had to send one of our drinks back.
  13. AY

    AlexY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food 9/10. Service 7/10. Only complaint was that the music was far too loud to have a normal conversation.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time here and everything was incredible. The food, service and ambiance was amazing. Our server was so attentive but also came at the perfect times to check in on us. Her recommendations were always the way to go. The food itself was so fresh and presentation was great. Everything we had (prosciutto and burrata, garlic bread, braised short rib and king crab pasta) was delicious. Everything was cooked perfectly but it left you feeling good but not bloated after. Quality food, great service and the restaurant itself had the best ambiance. Hands down the best Italian spot in San Diego.
  15. EG

    EliG

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I wanted a quiet, authentic Italian restaurant with a good house Chianti. What I got was a noisy sports bar with booming music, Americanized pasta, and an overpriced wine list. The cannoli chips tasted like they’d been fried in old oil. Very disappointed. The other restaurants in this group are great.
  16. M

    Mahala

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and even better food. Highly recommend taking a visit.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous birthday dinner
  18. SB

    SaBa

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, with a great food selection menu
  19. BG

    BrianG

    San Diego

    52 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    I've loved this place for years and have always recommended it to Airbnb guests, but this was a bad experience. I arrived early and was asked to wait at the bar for the table which was fine. I didn't expect to be there long so I just asked for a glass of water and the bartender seemed inconvenienced by that. The table was ready by the time my friend arrived and we were seated in front by the window. The server first greeted us by asking if we were ready to order and I told him we didn't have menus. He said we had to use a QR code, which should be somewhere on the table under the tablecloth. even he couldn't find one so he told us to just go to the restaurant website. To be honest, I'm over this in finer dining establishments...part of the experience of going out to dinner should afford the option of having a break from the phone that I've been on for work all day...is a tangible menu too much to ask? Our food was delivered seemingly within 200 seconds of us placing our order...so fast...however mine tasted like it had been sitting waiting for awhile and/or microwaved just before serving. I had the pollo arrosto and the chicken was hot on the outside, but barely lukewarm in the center (though fully cooked), and the carrots were soggy and drenched in the sauce, to the point it was hard to identify which end of each was the one with greens still attached. My friend's pasta looked like an overcooked bowl of mush, but he said the sauce was good. The place was much louder than I've ever experienced, and I'd say this was the worst part of the experience. The music itself was almost painfully loud making it difficult to have any kind of conversation. On top of that, there were 6 young women at a table next to us who were literally shouting...and I really couldn't blame them for that because it was the only way they could be heard by everyone at their larger table. I asked the server if the music could be turned down and he said no. I'm done recommending this place.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing spot. Come here every time I visit SD
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was scrumptious. I had reservations for b day party we had a beautiful table for 6. Kids and adults loved it. Starting with garlic bread calamari, pizza carbonara and funghi pasta. Mario was sour server he was on point with beverage recommendations and very funny. We had a great time.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo delicioso y la atención fue perfecta
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food. The BEST!!!
  24. CM

    CassileneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good reception, good place I loved everything
  25. SE

    SamE

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the atmosphere were great, the service was also great.
  26. M

    Michael

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Service is always excellent here.
  27. C

    Clajolla

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Reserved a table for birthday but did not have a table upon arrival. We had to wait for almost an hour.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La comida y el servicio excelente. Sí es lo ruidoso el lugar .
  29. m

    mmeygra

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome and service was Great!! We will be going again soon.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The attention was great and food spectacular as always.
  31. K

    Karen

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is great, so was the service. Not impressed with wine list. Extremely hard to get a hold of the restaurant to change the reservation time. Energetic fun place
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stephano was the best as always!! The whole staff at Barbusa is simply amazing!! The food, to die for, which I could go every night!❤️
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and delicious food !
  35. JH

    JaimiH

    San Diego

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’ve only been to this restaurant one time before, but we absolutely loved it! They were five of us, and we got to sit at the roundtable, which was perfect. There was a special menu because of the holiday and I’m a bit picky… So I ended up with just a chop salad and shrimp cocktail but everybody else ordered a little bit of everything and said it was delish!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Souper du nouvel an. Menu de circonstance excellent!!
  37. L

    Larry

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got seated quickly. Drinks were great. Food was amazing and came out all at once. Server was excellent. The atmosphere was perfect. No complaints! Highly recommend.
  38. s

    stephanieb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner and service. Music was a bit too loud to hold a conversation though.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is delicious
  40. DA

    DonnaA

    Washington DC

    136 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The gnocchi, zucchini blossoms, and pizza dolce and piccante were all absolute perfection! Our kudos to the kitchen! Our waitress, Jenna, was so very sweet, but also extremely inefficient. She came to our table a total of 4 times to apologize for the poor service 😣 The decor is at Barbusa is very attractive, but the loud booming music makes it almost impossible to have a conversation. Overall, food was a big hit…service & ambience, not so impressive.

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

FAQs

Barbusa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 238-1917.

Barbusa is rated 4.7 stars by 3436 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 115 times today
Google Map for Barbusa

1917 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grape Street and India Street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Sicilian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    we have Valet in the lot next to our establishment

  • Public transit

    Bus and trolley within blocks

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joe Busalacchi and Nino Zizzo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 238-1917

  • Catering

    We can cater all your events .Please send email to joey@barbusa.com

  • Private party facilities

    We are here for any of your private party needs. We do buffet, family style and seated experiences.

  • Private party contact

    PJ Busalacchi ( Peterbusalacchi@gmail.com ): (619) 238-1917

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