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Trattoria Fantastica

#175 of 3,869 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517 (Date)
+1 619-234-1735
07:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 07:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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San Diego, California
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179 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We had an Open Table reservation, were seated immediately. Small tables for four people, no room to even have side plates with meal. Ordered appetizer and wine, were served promptly and it started out on the upside. The waitress, apologized as she was covering too many tables as she made us wait about 15 minutes to get our dinner orders.... More 

Thank Neillibin
Portland, OR
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This was a pretty darn good Italian restaurant. My wife and I both enjoyed our pasta dishes very much. They were two for two on making delicious sauce. The service was great. Everyone was helpful and very friendly.

Thank TravelforSports_Beer
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180 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This trattoria's food isn't complicated, but simple in terms of honouring a few flavours and letting them shine. The dishes are a little different, the portions generous without being too much.

Thank bokalil
Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Out of the many, many choices of inviting Italian restaurants in San Diego 's Little Italy, we chose this trattoria because they offered outdoor seating )with outdoor heaters, of course. ) Also they allowed us to sit while we waited for friends to join us. This turned out to be a perfect evening. The food was delicious, the wine memorable... More 

Thank janetfa2016
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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202 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We were at the San Diego Zoo and were looking for a good place to eat. We decided on Italian so headed over to Little Italy. We found parking on the street and only had to pay $1.00 because meter parking ended at 6:00 pm and it was already 5:00 pm (otherwise street parking is $1.00/hour and the parking kiosk... More 

Thank Ronald Y
Lindenhurst, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

The place is lovely and the service was good. However, we were very disappointed in the quality and taste of the food. As we ordered, our waiter kept suggesting other dishes that were better, which was very odd. He was not encouraging us to spend more, he just didn't think we would like their spaghetti, meatballs or lasagna! We found... More 

Thank Barb H
Denver CO
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

My husband and I wanted to visit Little Italy while on San Diego. We were looking for an Italian restaurant that featured more than pasta and pizza. My hubby had prosciutto and artichoke appetizer, he loved it. I had the burrato caprese.....excellent! Creamy burrato and such tasty tomatos. My shrimp dinner and his fish special were top notch. We split... More 

Thank KAPjetsetter
Billingshurst, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Arrived with no booking on a busy night. Lady at the entrance was welcoming sorted me a table outside under a heater quickly and efficiently. Service was fast and friendly maybe too much for some eg. regular hand on the shoulder but it was also well judged as I'm OK with that esp.in an Italian context. Fettuccine Alfredo was very... More 

Thank Andrew G
Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Our fist meal in Little Italy was at Trattoria Fantastica. One of the first, if not the first, restaurant establishment since the beginning of Little Italy in San Diego. Warm atmosphere, very good, fresh food and a notable wine list. Margret gave us a warm welcome and a nice history lesson to boot. Most of all it was relaxing and... More 

Thank D J
1 review
Reviewed 20 February 2017

The hostess was cold and acted put out because we didn't have a reservation. She sat us in front of the door and kept the door open. It was 54 degrees outside so we froze the whole time. Our server was less than friendly. Our kids had raw pizza which they wouldn't eat. My angel hair with pomodoro was good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$35
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1735 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2517
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-234-1735
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?