Bastas Trattoria and Bar
Bastas Trattoria and Bar

Bastas Trattoria and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bastastrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 5032741572x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Thursday & Sunday 5:00PM - 10:30PM;

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM-11:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Marco Frattaroli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: BASTA has a versatile kitchen which can accommodate most palates. We can create a catering menu to fit your event or you can choose from our selection of handmade pastas and other regional Italian fare, from a whole roasted pig or lamb to small out of the ordinary passed Hors d'oeuvres Menus for catering start at $ 35 dollars a person We can also arrange wine tastings matched with our food or help you with your selection.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Flanders
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 27 slots on the back and side of the restaurant
A word from Bastas Trattoria and Bar
Bastas opened its doors in 1992 and has always taken advantage of our Northwest bounty . We use local organic produce, meats, forest ingredients as well as fish. All of our fresh pastas as well as sausages, pancetta, breads, desserts and infusions are made in house. We believe in supporting our local artisans, and even though our chairs are original (recycled) post modern, they were refurbished locally and the couches and tables were made only a few blocks away. The wood on the walls and tables was salvaged from local barn lumber, and even the point of sale system was designed and is maintained locally.

We are at fault in only one way... our award winning wine list is Italian, like the owner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Bastas Trattoria and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (5)notable wine list (4)romantic (3)hot spot (3)special occasion (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Promo cibo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We are never disappointed and enjoy impressing family and friends by taking them to Bastas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Beano
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It could just be what we ordered, but all three of us were disappointed in our meals. Two of us had the Rissoto Neptune which was too fishy and the squid was pretty rubbery. My husband had the special ravioli which he found to be way too salty-and this is saying something since he loves his salt. On the positive side. The Caesar salads were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food never disappoints! Wine list good with many choices..love being there!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty Bastas
    Hungrygirl2
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Looking for italian and wanting to try something besides our standard nw 21st favorite....Bastas did not disappoint. Apricot and Bourbon cocktails were imaginative. Rice fritters were hot and cheesy. Chanterelle pasta was too die for....perfect flavors and al dente. The ravioli was delicate and wonderful too. Perhaps we were under the influence of our favorite movie, Amelie, playing in the dining room, but it was a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    nance
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Loved the menu at Bastas. I had the steelhead trout special and husband had caesar salad and lasagna. Both very tasty at a good price. Good choice of cocktails and wine. I do wish they supplied some bread however. I don't think that's asking too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mamabear47
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The $6.00 happy hour menu was great. Portions amazingly large for the price. Added a half salad for a perfectly adequate meal.mamabear47
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed atmosphere, good/wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The restaurant is a nice place to take a few friends, very good menu and small but well-elected wine list. The service is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, very reasonably priced
    rush2112
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had a great dinner. Our server was good, funny. New menu with great prices for 'fine' Italian dining. This place can't be beat..
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise find
    PalmSpringsLocal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I'm always surprised when I can walk into a really good restaurant in Portland and not wait for a table. Appetizers and entrees were very good, offered a unique take, and well-portioned. However, I'd skip the deserts; the two we tried were pretty generic. The space is unique and I'd recommend a table in the front window for people watching. Our server didn't seem too excited to be working but was pleasant and prompt.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great happy hour & awesome service!
    Mishy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We decided to eat here before the MLS All-Star game and enjoyed ordering from the happy hour food and beverage menu. We were surprised by the great prices for the size of the portions ... What a deal! We also had a very personable server who took care of us ... She was extremely nice to our son and had a fun sense of humor, yet knew we were on our way to a big game so understood our timing needs. Overall experience was excellent. We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I can count on bringing friends here to have a delicious, authentically Italian meal every time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carry2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It has been ten years since I have returned to the Portland area. Bastas was a great restaurant then and did not disappoint me upon my return. I would recommend this restaurant to any one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodymusicguy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    we had a very nice dinner, with thoughtful, effecient staff. Consistant over the years. I don't, however understand why the lovely payio was closed on a beaytiful summer evening. Pasta dishes strong point
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I tried this restaurant with my wife and it was much better than we expected. We had the vegetarian pizza and beluga lentils with squid and both were fantastic. This restaurant is definitely worth trying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Bastas Trattoria and Bar reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    When Basta's is is on, it is one of the best restaurants in Portland. I had a perfectly prepared razor clam to start. The braised rabbit melted in my mouth. My server, Shannon, paired the perfect glass of wine with the rabbit. Shannon should not be missed. She is one of the best servers in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    GregVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had a wonderful meal from appetizers to entrees every dish was wonderful. Service was friendly and efficient. Highly recommend htis restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I Googled a general search for good Portland restaurants and this came up on a recent list. I found a bar close by that my fiancée and I could get a drink at before having dinner, then put in my reservation at Bastas. The menu seems to be pretty diverse, affordable (pork tenderloin with a heaping amount of sautéed kale for $16) and turned out to be quite delicious. The waitress was plenty friendly, although admittedly spread a little thin. If you're looking for overly attentive, that wasn't my experience, but again, she was plenty friendly and made a point to bring us extra bread. I definitely look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Food....
    Diana
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our party of four had a great meal. The food was great, but portion sizes are very small. Salads, veggies & appetizers are priced separately and it is necessary to order plenty of everything to leave satisfied. Otherwise, the food was perfectly prepared, the service was excellent. There was little wait time and I LOVE that they show old B & W movies against an upper wall in the evening when it's dark enough to see them. Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Nice Location
    Lois
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We were traveling to Washington from Northern California, so stopped in Portland for the night. Instead of trying one of the restaurants in the city center area, I decided to venture up into one of the neighborhoods, and selected Bastas for our dinner. I am so glad I made this decision, as it is a very low-key place, but served great food and provided good service. The selections weren't so diverse that you get lost in the menu, but they had a nice selection to choose from, and everything was delicious. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GregVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Great food in a relaxed friendly environment. Fresh ingredients well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Timely
    love2eatout
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were headed to a Blazer game and wanted a good, but quick meal before the game and Bastas fit the bill! We enjoyed a glass of wine, appetizer, and entree all within 30 minutes. It worked out perfectly for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb in almost every way
    Happy2BPDX
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The little dishes (happy hour all day every day) are superb--we tried five of them: grilled calamari, polenta lasagna, a couple of inventive salads, and the best fried onion rings in Portland, bar none. We had a three-year-old with us, and they accommodated her graciously, and the person who had a cocktail said it was excellent. The only shortfall is in ambience: nice light through the windows, but the building is uninspiring and the decor is unmemorable except for the aquarium, which was a hit with the three-year old.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little spot with good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The restaurant was nice, the food was good and the prices were a little on the higher end. The server was awkward, but did her best to make friendly conversation. Overall, we enjoyed the meal (pizza, salad, lasagna) and had plenty to take home for two people.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great food, drinks, service. Fun time. Would definitely reccommend .
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the best Italian food
    DavePVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Everyday is Happy Hour, the deals and food are outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No flavor - boring menu and good
    Slayne
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I won't be going back. Really plain food with hardly any taste.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first visit and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This was my first visit and I will definitely go back. The menu provided several vegetarian options and the house wine price was at happy hour prices until 6:30. The waiter ( Jay) was energetic, helpful with the menu and attentive. I am very happy a friend recommended this spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for children
    Gr8Gatsby
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food was good, and our server was outstanding. This biggest issue was that the restaurant didn't have a high chair for children. I'm not sure how a restaurant could even be operating without a high chair.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Timer
    JRTime
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Finally made it to Bastas for dinner with friends. We were seated promptly at our reservation time, and our server was quite pleasant. We opted for a mix of small plates and dinner plates. Everyone enjoyed their meals, especially the wild boar dinner plate and the brussel sprouts were perfectly prepared. The wine list was excellent, and the had 5-6 local beers to choose from also. By the end of the meal we were too full for dessert, but many of them listed on the menu sounded excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unsung Northwest gem!
    Gigi
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Basta’s: a foodie bargain! All-night Happy Hour; a $9 ample plate of delicious port-sauced pork-tenderloin or one of the best hamburgers in town, both with amazing Tuscan potatoes. Two can share a huge Caesar salad WITH anchovies. Try calamari uniquely paired with lentils, a grand variety of Italian dishes, and daily specials...spaghetti with bottarga last night. The bartender can make a proper Negroni. Hazelnut gelato and tiramisu are authentic, luscious, and a perfect end to your meal. (The only drawback: a distracting screen, but at least there's no sound, only subtitles.) Servers are attentive, friendly, and fun...we especially love the delightful Shelby! Don't be fooled by the IHOP-style architecture; inside is a very special spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Return to Greatness
    TheFourJays
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Back in the mid-80's my mother and I used to dine at the same location when it was a Chinese restaurant. I even remember when it was a Tastee-Freeze way before too! Then it became a Malaysian restaurant before Bastas. I only ate at Bastas once back in 1996 or 1997, can't remember, so long ago. Our visit on 2/15/14 was FANTASTIC. From the moment we walked in to the moment we said good bye. The service is spectacular! The food, even better. We ordered the escargo for an appetizer, not bad. Dinner consisted of Gnocchi e Maiale (gnocchi with pork), seafood medley baked with spaghetti with a crust in a clay pot (baked, think: pie), and roasted asparagus. All delicious and presented/created with care. So good....thank you and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below average
    oscar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went in for a Valentine's dinner, first time there. The restaurant had pretty good reviews online, but it was a disappointment. We asked for a steak well , done, came in medium rare, had them recook it with the same result. The other dish, pasta, was average, sauce tasted like from a jar. Service was courteous, though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day Hit
    ngakalden
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Reserved a table here for Valentines Day, glad I did. Quite and romantic place with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    MelT
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Very happy with our dinner here. Flawless experience. Nothing to critique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Justapatron
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The menu had lots of choices ranging from traditional plates to dishes with lots of imagination and interesting food pairings. Wines (Italian of course) were super. We had a Barbera and a Sangiovese. It was a cute restaurant, laid out to use the space well but able to make you feel like you had your own private space. It's on my list now!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    MichaelC
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great service, creative and delicious food. And the wine list is impressive, and NOT marked up nearly as much as most restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had our family Christmas Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Had our family Christmas Eve dinner at Bastas and all ages enjoyed. The service was great - our waiter was very helpful and friendly. Look forward to returning again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bastas Experience
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Enjoyed dining at Bastas many times. Usually Friday evenings after services at Temple Beth Israel. Wait staff are knowledgeable and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As out-of-towners, we chose
    lagunatic345VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    As out-of-towners, we chose the restaurant based on Open Table reviews and we were not disappointed. The food was very, very good and our server was gracious and attentive. This is a great restaurant for a quiet evening out at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Since opening about 20 years
    11goose19VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Since opening about 20 years ago, I have been to Basta's innumerable number of times and each time I find the food, service and ambience to be as good as, if not better, the previous time. I have tried just about every dish on the menu and specials and have never been disappointed. The Italian wine list is extensive and there is wine on the list for every budget.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic