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Trattoria Fantastica

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1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517 (Date)
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Land O Lakes, Florida
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from our hotel on the waterfront to Little Italy for dinner. This place had outside seating available and the menu looked good so we stopped in. The meatball appetizer was excellent, as was each of our (gluten free) pasta dishes: pescatore, al funghi and carbonara. The wait staff was very attentive. All around a nice Italian meal.

Thank JDAviator
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great bread Good food - great big meatballs Great pizza Great dessert Great service Good prices Good location -heart of little Italy Would eat there again

Thank Frostythecat
Sao Paulo, SP
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located in Little Italy. The food was good but the highlight of the night was the service, very friendly and efficient. Portions were good and price was fair.

Thank Bettina W
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hostess greeted us outside, described their specials, and we were hooked! Our server shook each of our hand when he greeted us. We all shared the antipasto and carpaccio, which was delicious. The sea bass special tasted as good as it sounded and my son devoured the short rib ravioli. The veal piccata was superb and the braised short... More 

Thank gtownjewel
Los Angeles, California
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380 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were walking around Little Italy and trying to find a good place to eat. I've been to several restaurants there over the years but couldn't remember the names of the ones I liked. So we just walked around, looked at the menus, and picked this place. We were seated quickly on the patio, it was a nice day out... More 

Thank Todd H
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been going to this restaurant a couple of times a year for almost two decades and I have had consistently amazing food and service every single time. The food is undoubtedly homemade with top quality ingredients and prepared impeccably. Even the calamari is better/fresher than at The Fish Market. Everyone loves this restaurant -- young and old. It's a... More 

Thank heather j
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The menu is much closer to the Italian antipasti/primo piatti/secundo piatti form than most in the States. It claims to be Sicilian but serves many northern-style dishes as well. The caprese came with some very good burrata. I had a creamy carbonara; my wife enjoyed her pasta and eggplant dish. Don't forget dessert from the pasticceria next door.

Thank Pat G
Asheville, North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food - fresh, seasoned just right, piping hot, shrimp done perfectly with house made linguine pasta. Great people watching on cafe seating on street. Wonderful staff and service - everyone speaking Italian. Nice experience! Would definitely come back!

Thank R W W
Redondo Beach, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We all enjoyed our dinner tremendously. Chicken Parma & Osso Bucco delish! Great gelato & desserts... Patio seating was pleasant & loved the entertainment (singer).

Thank freckles53
Echuca, Australia
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This was a great little family restaurant, and our table of two was surrounded by large family groups enjoying their lunch. We were quickly served our caprize appetiser, a lovely tomato, soft mozzarella and balsamic plate, and a Siciliana pizza to share. Can be noisy, but it's nice to see kids, parents and grandparents all engaging in a lunch feast... More 

Thank NoviceAussies

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $35
Italian, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-234-1735
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?