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Trattoria Fantastica

#309 of 4,161 Restaurants in San Diego
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Downtown
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1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517 (Date)
619-234-1735
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7:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the...
Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the Busalacchi family's Trattoria Fantastica.The rustic decor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including wood-fired pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrees show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas.Wood-fired pizzas are popular beginnings in this authentic Italian country setting. Enjoy a taste of Italy with an assortment of fabulous pasta dishes. Patio dining is available.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Large groups
Special occasions

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  • 109
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food

We had a nice dinner on the patio after walking around Little Italy. The food was fresh and plentiful. Server was nice and friendly. I had the butternut squash ravioli and it was fantastic! !!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
jmcgough68
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Buffalo, NY
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Very friendly place with nice fresh food, not too fussy or precious. We'd happily go back again. Nice selection of Italian wines. Truly Italian. Beautiful photos on the walls.

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Buffalo, NY
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had a nice dinner on the patio after walking around Little Italy. The food was fresh and plentiful. Server was nice and friendly. I had the butternut squash ravioli and it was fantastic! !!

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Friendly, helpful staff and great food at an affordable price. Located in the heart of Little Italy it has a real authentic feel with many Italian staff.

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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I was seated promptly and there was no issue I was dining alone. The service was good and friendly. A good selection of Italian wines. The food was very enjoyable and the ambience was lovely. Would recommend going here if visiting Little Italy.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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118 reviews 118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I came here a couple of years ago and the food was better. This time there were six of us. We had an outside table and that was nice. The service was wonderful. Not the food. My risotto was a little underdone and not very flavorful. Ken's veal picatta was rubbery. The other two adults liked their dishes--chicken alfredo and... More 

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Sacramento, California
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198 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Went with friends for an early dinner. The waiter was very friendly and took good care of all of us at the table. I had the sea bass special, and it was perfectly prepared in an Italian sauce of tomatoes and capers, and very well presented. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals, which included the Boscaiola, the Chicken Puttanesca,... More 

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San Diego, California
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215 reviews 215 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I went to Trattoria Fantastica for lunch. It is well located in the middle of the colourful Little Italy area in San Diego. We sat outdoors by the main street so we can watch people. The service is pretty good and the food came out quickly. It is as good as the many italian restaurants around so I would go... More 

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London, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Unique menu, lots of choice. Great service. Good relaxed vibe, not too formal. Neat pastry place attached next door; singer + dancing. Laid back. Liked it, not a formal feel that you get at many Italian fine dining places.

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Senior Contributor
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14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We loved the atmosphere. Excellent service from very friendly and efficient waitress. Food delicious Italian. Music and ambiance comfortable.

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Reno, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I was visiting my friend in San Diego, she said this was her favorite restaurant in Little Italy. Although it was nice it was not the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to. And I love Italian! The service was good we sat outside and we had a great lunch and a wonderful visit. The food was okay nothing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517
    (Date)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-234-1735

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions

Description

Many restaurants in Little Italy have become destinations, among them the Busalacchi family's Trattoria Fantastica.The rustic decor features a relaxed country-style feel throughout the restaurant, including the delightful patio. The wonderfully welcoming atmosphere celebrates yet another delicious Sicilian food lineup, including wood-fired pizzas and all that you would expect from an authentic Italian menu. The terrific entrees show the Sicilian influence, and fill the restaurant with great aromas.Wood-fired pizzas are popular beginnings in this authentic Italian country setting. Enjoy a taste of Italy with an assortment of fabulous pasta dishes. Patio dining is available.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?