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Trattoria Fantastica

#326 of 4,156 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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Visitor rating
  • 107
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 24
    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
Quiet meal

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
Achatkin
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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
9 restaurant reviews
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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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We wanted to have dinner in Little Italy, so looked at many of the menus. We chose this place based on the menu. Inside, it was so noisy, we could not have talked to each other, so we opted for a table outside. The ravioli was excellent but the veal piccata was just okay. We wanted to linger, but found... More 

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North Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant, and were so happy we did. It was some of the best Italian food I've ever had, and I have been to Italy! The whole atmosphere was authentic, and the open air style of this restaurant brought me right back to the streets of Rome! Our service was excellent and overall, our dinner was fantastico!... More 

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Alto, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Awesome restaurant. The food & atmosphere were great! I had the risotto & it was delicious!!!! My husband had one of the specials, beef rib. Great service too.

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Corona, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We go to San Diego every other month for a business meeting and it is just a few blocks from Little Italy. We have eaten in just about every restaurant there, and by far our favorite is Trattoria Fantastica. It is not just the excellent food, but the staff and atmosphere that draw us there. It is like eating in... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

waiter suggests the pork, ugh!! could not eat it was so bad, overcooked and sauce even worse!! Need I say more

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Dracut, Massachusetts
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29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Excellent pasta and sauces. Also gluten free option. Service was very good as we needed to catch the last trolley. Outdoor seating was full. The problem was that while we were eating two men wheeled two large trolleys full of trash trough the restaurant right beside our table thru the front door. This was Saturday afternoon at about 4pm. Very... 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

Questions & Answers

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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?