Location: 1917 India Street
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Price: $$

With a full bar and a trendy, but casually classy atmosphere, Barbusa is a great place to grab a drink after work or sit down to enjoy a fresh, flavorful meal. Nestled into Little Italy, this eatery with a full bar focuses on Sicilian dishes that are sure to please even the most discerning palette.

With an open and bright floor plan, modern décor and a menu that focuses on what’s fresh (including daily fresh fish), dining at Barbusa is a simultaneously relaxing and engaging experience. San Diego foodies will certainly enjoy the unique dishes available on the menu.

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Sicilian Food with High-Quality Modern Service

You won’t have to sit and wait forever for food here, as you often have to at upscale eateries. They will bring fresh focaccia to your table, with the first one being free. Additional focaccia can be ordered for just $4 each. However, once you see the menu, you won’t want to fill up on bread, no matter how tasty it is.

Start your meal off with something unique, like their short rib Carpaccio. They also serve lollipop lamb chops, escargot and fried squash blossoms. For your main dish, consider their handmade pasta (gluten-free versions are available as well). They serve squid ink fettuccine as well as many other kinds of noodles.

Main dishes include roast chicken, pistachio crusted salmon and a massive 20-ounce Sicilian bone-in rib-eye. Their menu includes several kinds of pizza, fresh soups and salads, as well. You definitely won’t leave hungry.

If you’re interested in trying out this restaurant but want to avoid the full price menu, you can stop in daily to enjoy their Happy Hour specials from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Certain dishes, like oysters or pasta fritta, are discounted. You can also take advantage of drinks specials served from their full bar.