Basta Pasta
Basta Pasta

Basta Pasta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bastapastamd.com/
  • Phone: 4103080838
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday- Thursday 11am-10PM Friday, Saturday 11am-11PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Basta Pasta
For years, Basta Pasta had established itself as a cornerstone for diners in Harford County. We are now bringing the experience closer to the Baltimore Metro area in Timonium . You can enjoy a memorable dining experience in any of our 6 intimate dining rooms . We feature hearty, traditional regional Italian cousine. Abundance of options and generous portions of Pasta, Seafood, Veal, Steaks and hand tossed Pizza. Private dining is available for parties up to 70 guests.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Basta Pasta reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)good for groups (46)fit for foodies (26)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (19)special occasion (17)romantic (10)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food and generous portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Have been going here for a few years now and we are never disappointed. The portion sizes are very generous, and the menu is extremely varied. The place is huge, so getting a table is hardly ever an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out to eat.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had dinner with a long lost friend. It's been a while since I've eaten out, I'm shy and people make me feel weird lol. But the environment was quite pleasant. I was very comfortable and satisfied with the service. Now me and my new old friend ;) have a place to dine from time to time that's close and near by when I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected Better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This experience started out on rocky ground as the maître d' almost accused me of lying about having a reservation (booked through Open Table). After I offered to show him the confirmation on my iPhone he looked at his monitor and "found" the reservation. My companion and I ordered the crab cake special advertised as 2 "colossal" lump crab cakes. What we received were two mostly bread balls with a few lumps of crab thrown in. We told the waitress and she condescendingly told us that the cakes are mixed in a large tub and they probably just scooped up a batch of bread without knowing. We sent them back and requested broiled salmon instead. There was not adjustment on the bill and we were charged full price. We won't go back!
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  • $ great dinners
    friendsdining
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Four different dinners, all with special requests. All came correctly plated and the never ending salad (also with special requests) was abundant and delicious. The gluten free diner ate gluten free pasta whidh was done just right. It was a delicious evening with an attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable, Casual, Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is a very reliable and comfortable place with very good food. There are a variety of good choices at different price levels plus the salad is delicious and refillable upon request. The crab cakes are lumpy and tasty, and the pasta dishes are always a good choice, too. Fish dishes are also good choices especially the salmon and special of the day. It is hard to go wrong here. The staff is usually friendly and responsive. We have enjoyed lunch and dinner and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and service
    DiningdivaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent salad and breadsticks served family style. Excellent crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service terrific as well as food
    lovrofpstaVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We meet friends here about 3 times a month... food is great, consistent, good value... salad bowl is worth looking forward to each time! But this time I want to write about the service. TERRIFIC! We had been seated and ordered and a large table of women, maybe 20 were celebrating a birthday and were arriving.. it was VERY loud.. We asked to be moved.. even after having drinks delivered. No problem..both the waiter originally assigned to us and the floor manager took VERY GOOD care of us..even though we were in a different room. Always LOVE the food and write about food..but the service here is terrific! They really work as a team to make sure you have a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good.
    Amerz
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ate here the week before, but there are so many great menu choices that we were glad to come back. We really appreciate Basta Pasta takes reservations and honors them. Love the salad!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In the mood for Italian?
    Amerz
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant is always wonderful. I love the food and the service. I also appreciate that they take reservations. Consistent and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite restaurant
    Bonnie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have never had a bad meal here! Try the crabcakes. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay, I prefer Olive Garden
    Reed123
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Large portions, pasta sauce was tasteless but looked appealing. Waitress seemed disturbed that we were there, maybe this was because the Maryland State Fair was going on and business was very slow
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  • Great Crabcakes
    Liz1VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Basta Pasta in Timonium is one of my favorite places for crab cakes! They were delicious, as always.
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  • Happy Birthday with family
    BaltoDoc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Chose Basta Pasta for a family birthday dinner, with 14 of us. Eight adults and five children, ranging in age from 9 down to a babe in arms. Wait staff was patient with the kids and accommodated their tastes, adults were happy, pace was good, and they had a room where our crowd did not bother anyone else, and the kids could get up and walk around the table without bumping into others. And my birthday dessert was good, too! Good choice!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mollynmel
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went On a Friday night restaurant week game on in bar. Good crowd. Food choices good but not able to get a salad in place of appetizer choice # 1. Would like to see offerings on r-week menu on regular menu. Chesapeake degrassi was very good. As was 4 cheese penne pasta. Will definitely be going back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doesn't disappoint!
    lovrofpstaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Eating here twice within a week.... did not disappoint! I tried a new dish, other than my two usual favs, and it was outstanding once again! A dining companion got the seafood pizza and I know my next decision! it looked FANTASTIC! must give props to our waiter who was THE BEST one we ever had! I left the receipt there and forgot his name, but he was by far the best we have had at B.P. We spent a long while there with friends and NEVER felt rushed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    too many choices on this form, and can't find appropriate choices on this rating form. I would just like to say I love it. brought 2 people who have never been there before and they loved it also. so, 3 people there and 6 thumbs up
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  • volunteer
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went for the crabcakes, which we heard were outstanding, and we were not disappointed. Our waiter, Huntley, was attentive, personable, and professional. We will definitely go back to try some of their other yummy-sounding menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    LuvBP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    As Always the food and staff were terrific. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    chocolatemaj
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food has always been excellent and is well worth the trip and the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd time experience
    Seascout58
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The salad was very good, but the Egg Plan Parm. could have used more sauce and was somewhat dry. Service was very good with a waiter who was very attentive. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/old decor
    StacyO123456
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant is located in the building that used to house a Steak & Ale. They have an entirely different menu, and our party of 7 ordered various types of food. All of the dishes were well made, and a good size. The only drawback was the decor. It is old and dark, and not at all like that of an italian (or a seafood) restaurant. Perhaps just modifying the light fixtures and updating the bulb types would suffice. As a group, we would recommend the crab cake, teh tilapia, and teh wild rockfish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DINING OUT
    macy1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    the chicken parm was excellent. several of us had the crabcake. (very bland) no seasoning. the clams and spaghetti was very good, and a nice size portion. overall we enjoyed the evening. waitress was excellent. very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service!
    GirlsNightOutVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Basta Pasta has amazing Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Seafood Marinara - and the family-style salad that comes with every entree is one of the best salads ever!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • didn't disappoint
    lovrofpstaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    thought B.P. would not be busy... holiday weekend, big thunderstorm just ended, so we ventured to one of our favorite haunts! BUSY...BUSY...but service was great... food, always delicious...came out hot. waiter overworked, but kept close watch on us and was attentive...Great meal as always... Eggplant Parm is the best!... when it is not crabcake night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The young gentleman who was our waiter was extremely attentive & pleasant. When we had a question about what debit/credit cards we could use, he had his boss(I assume) to explain everyhing to us. We really enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lot of food
    RouxVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Lots of food, but somewhat tasteless.salad was good and fresh.good service
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  • Better
    MMSGrandmaVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Although not as good as I remeber it being about a year ago, the restaurant's food was certainly better this time than a few weeks ago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great crab cakes
    lovrofpstaVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    One of our usual haunts on a Tuesday night...crab cake night. Can't beat the deal! We always request a corner table due to husband' wheelchair. and through Open Table, are always accommodated. Staff is attentive yet not overbearing. Special requests are met with a smile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistent and interesting
    Amerz
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The menu has so many choices that we have trouble picking just one thing. The food was terrific! Must have a reservation--or you can wait for an hour.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    MMSGrandmaVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been coming to Basta Pasta for many years. This was my worst experience at this restaurant. My disappointment was in the food. I ususally enjoy the pasta. This particular night there really wasn't anything good about it. I order linguini pinola, which did not have any pine nuts in the dish and the dish contained three small pieces of broccoli. the entire dish had no taste. Not a good evening.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 254 reviews are from the Basta Pasta reviews archive.
  • JUST GOOD FOOD
    ROBY
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    THEY SHOULS UPDATE THEIR AMBIENCE TIME FOR A MAKE UP
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day
    HappyMothersDay
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The staff did a wonderful job and made everything enjoyable. I just didnt take my own advise. When in a Steak House or Steak. I was at a pasta speciality restr. and ordered fish. Wife's & kids Pasta was wonderful
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • PHENOMENAL
    TheBomb
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was an awesome experience and I look forward to visiting soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another very satisfying meal!
    TabbyHill
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Basta Pasta has become our "go to" place when we want to be sure of getting tasty food, good service and a pleasant environment. There is something on the menu to please everyone and they are extremely sensitive to the needs of the senior citizens in our party. We have been there 3 or 4 times in the past year and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Skip the appetizers and maybe more
    John
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I've dined here twice and both times loved the food. The place is big so it's great for bringing a large family or group of friends. The first time the service was great. This past time I believe we had a busy waitress so we waited a lot longer than desirable. My main concern is the cost of the appetizers. The coconut shrimp was 5 shrimp for $10. They were clearly frozen and just dumped in a fryer. The appetizer costs are inflated and cost almost as much as the meals. While the marinara sauce and salad dressing are one of a kind I'm not sure I would patron this place again. I googled the place and was unhappy about what I found regarding its owner who by the way is very unfriendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Satisfying
    PizzaPete3
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Always something new and ever reliable for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Miriam
    Miriam
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    One can always count on Basta Pasta, since our original dinner plans were derailed. In any event, the food was very good (as usual) and our server seemed a bit inexperienced and didn't get our drink order correct the first time, but no harm. Otherwise, it was a great night and the place was rocking and busy. The restaurant is our "go to" place and the staff are always accommodating.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably Good, including Seafood!
    Owen
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    They somehow lost my OpenTable reservation despite me having called the prior day to confirm. Still no problem being seated on a Saturday evening. Love the family-style salad and bread sticks. You would expect the Italian food to be on-target, and it was. The surprise may be that the quality of their seafood - especially crab items - matches other local restaurants specifically known for such fare. Example: the crab toast appetizer is to die for! My wife is VERY picky about crab cakes and she rates these as some of the best. Service was friendly and attentive. We visit there regularly and WILL be back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    One of my favorite local Italian restaurants! Great food and service. We will come back often.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lukewarm tea
    Susie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    the only problem I encountered was the water for my hot tea was not "hot" but lukewarm. I requested "hot" water which was brought immediately--but it, too, was not hot enough to sttep a tea bag! Otherwise, all fine.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.