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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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (48)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Good for Birthdays (43)
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Fun (38)
Special Occasion (38)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Authentic (32)
Bar Seating (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Casual (27)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Comfort Food (23)
Hot Spot (19)
Romantic (18)
People Watching (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Business Meals (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Late-night Find (7)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Tapas (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Live Sports (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a great dinner! The service was excellent and our waiter was very engaging. We had the squash blossoms and meatballs for appetizers; both were delicious. Everyone had a different pasta dish for dinner and everyone loved their dish. Would love to come back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

Bad service from our server. The food was great. The only help we got was from our busser. Server did not stop by once to check in. Wait over 20 minutes for another glass of wine and wasn’t even able to order. Skipped dessert because the service was so bad.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

This place is average nothing great. The food is good but the ambiance is awful

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic service from Vincent, who we let pick our food for the evening. Our cocktails were great, and the atmosphere was lively. Lot’s of large groups the night we went, so a bit hard to hear. Love the big leather booths, bery comfortable. Great addition to Little Italy!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

We felt extremely rushed by the waiter, older dude. Even after telling him to slow down. We have been here a few times, and enjoyable experiences, they were.

Calimari was not good. Reheated yesterday’s leftovers?

Entrees and wine were good

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our second time at Barbusa, and it was even better than the first time! All of the servers are friendly and attentive - they really make you feel welcomed. The Fiori de Zucca (fried squash blossoms) are one of my favorite appetizers of all time....definitely a must! My husband loved the Carbonara con Piselli. I ordered the Bolognese al Forno and it was incredible. The portion was huge and I wanted the leftovers, but we were going straight to the theater afterward so I had to leave it behind. All of the Busalacchi restaurants are great, but I think that Barbusa is the best of all!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is sooooooooo loud you have to yell to have a conversation. They desperately need to work on it with elements on the ceiling, floors. Plus the chairs are not comfortable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

I took my business partners to this restaurant on a Wednesday night, made reservations a week before. They sat us in a wobbily table in the corner. The restaurant was very loud! I couldn't even here the person next to me. The waiters were coming by every 5 min to take our appetizers which we had not finished. I felt like they wanted us to eat and get out so they could turn the table. The food was good but not fabulous!!!. I think if I came back I would sit at the bar. The waiter was amazing!!

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent all around! This review from a SICILIAN!!!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great time. Service was excellent. Had a few small plates and shared the pasta. Good came out at the right pace.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

I’ve been to barbusa several times before and the food has blown me away, which is why my party and I keep returning. However, on this occasion the food was not as spectacular as it has been in the past. Which was a disappointment for the price.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was delicious and beautifully prepared, HOWEVER. the NOISE level discourages me from returning. We asked for a quieter area and our request was not fulfilled.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Energetic and fun vibe here! Tight table surroundings but the service and food were fantastic! Our waiter made some great suggestions for dinner and dessert based on our desires.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Ok tasting food and drinks. No parking (very busy area), and no valet service, pricey.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Long wait to get in, even with reservation. Staff was friendly. Food was overpriced; good, not fabulous. Pizza was the best!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service from the front door to the check. Food was terrific, owner and manager checked in to see how we were doing and the price was really reasonable. It was also my wife's birthday and they made it special for her.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Not great but not bad. Went for my birthday because I thought based off of reviews this was a nicer restaurant-definitely more of a dinner out place NOT a special occasion restaurant. Ordered food items were all missing something for example: the oysters came with cocktail sauce and were supposed to have a soy citrus with avocado (never mentioned by waitress- if they ran out it would have been nice to say something). No bread for the table. It was very lackluster. The pasta's were all drenched in very rich sauce. Lots of better choices in Little Italy.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Popped in last minute. Found somethi my for all tastes. Great service to boot.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I love this place usually. I had the pasta with sausage and bone marrow and although it sounded it delicious it lacked seasoning and was very bland. It needed lots of pepper. Fresh Parmasean helped . Could have used salt and fresh basil . I am not even a big salt person ! The Caesar salad was delicious. Will try again but may be one of those places where popularity makes it not care about food.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

PJ,
Thanks for a great dinner once again.
Happy New Year

The Bernards

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was average . Very loud. Table is small. Air was not fresh. Server was very nice. No parking. No valet parking.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious food, great service and lots of gluten free options.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was delicious and very authentic. I had the pesto -delicious. We came with our children and it was great for them as well. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. There are so many good restaurants in the area and this is up there with the others. I’d definitely recommend this restaurant and would absolutely go back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is not my favorite place. I was told by several friends that they served great gnocchi. Sadly, it was not on the menu anymore. When I placed a special request, I was told that they were too busy to accommodate me. I had to ask several times for bread that was supposed to be included. Cocktail drinks were prompt and delicious though.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was great. I will be back for more!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always on par with service and food. Our favorite place to eat in little Italy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Amazing staff, and just as amazing food with a perfect ambiance.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Eat here often, but am never bored. Excellent service, great staff, and most of all a great menu.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We were a party of 3 - this is a sister property of Nonna just up the street which we have also dined and they too were eager to serve. From the time we entered we were greeted by Joey the Manager and we were a bit early but decided to wait for our original reservation which actually netted us a better table. The staff was friendly and polite. We had a variety of appetizers, of note was the Polenta served with Red Bolonase Sauce, what a treat - the flavors were fresh and delightful to the palate, the guys in the kitchen knew what they were doing. For drinks we had a nice mild body Proseco also very good. The vegetarian in our party also found a number of options making an overall pleasant experience. The rest of our pasta dishes were also very flavorful. I would definitely comeback for another round at this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great atmosphere, great service, and great food for the price

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Mario is the best waiter in town and has been in the San Diego Area with this restaurateur since the 80's. He will ask the chef for anything you want. So go ahead and order off the menu. Mix a pasta with some other sauce and Mario will make it happen!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent service. The food was excellent. I absolutely loved this place, and the ambiance is perfect for any dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Came here for the atmosphere and yummy food. The pizza was alright and it was rare for our waiter to check in on us. It’s a nice place to have a celebration but they did try to seat us at a bar table even though i had made the reservation 2 weeks prior.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great Italian food!!! The truffle mushroom pasta is amazing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was pedestrian.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Lovely dinner.
Casual atmosphere with outstanding food.
Rissoto was delicious.
Boulenaise lived up to all the high praise.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was terrible the waitress forgot about us completely no water was offered he didn't serve the bread 🍞 And he did not offer a soda refill I have to ask for everything to someone else.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Good service snd food quality

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service was very good but the noise level made it difficult to hold a conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I was in San Diego for just a week and found an excuse to eat here twice. Maybe the best squash blossoms I have ever had!

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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