Basta Pasta - Timonium

4.3
731 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm
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Phone number
(410) 308-0838
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We bring all of your favorite dishes to
you for a memorable, hassle-free event!
Contact us today for more information
about our catering services at 410.308.0838
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Special events & promotions
Mondays & Wednesdays
1/2 PRICE WINE NIGHT
Tuesdays
DOUBLE CRAB CAKE DINNER - $25
Thursdays
4 Courses for $24
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Have your next special event in one of our private dining rooms, or select a semi-private option, and enjoy delectable Italian classics, a rustic setting and our Remarkable Service!

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DF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I always have a great experience when I dine at this location. Had to wait longer than expected even though I had a reservation but it was crowded for a Saturday evening. Great food and amazing service

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HW
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our food was good except for the calamari which had way too much batter on it. We had to send it back because it tasted like something from a fast food deep fried restaurant. We expected fresh calamari instead of what tasted like the bagged frozen type.

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DR
Baltimore
229 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There is a lot of competition in Italian cuisine in the Lutherville/Timonium/Cockeysville area. Basta Pasta has consistently wonderful food and great service. Love the chicken parm, and chicken madeira. Excellent service!

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MP
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had dinner there Friday, 9/21/18. Our waitress, Fauli (pronounced as Fooly), was excellent from the start to the end. We started with the included salad which was very good and very big. We both ordered a veal dish - this was our mistake. Very rarely, if ever, have we had veal that was so hard to cut and difficult to chew. I gave up on one piece and spit it out. My wife's veal was just OK - only one of the three pieces was extremely tough. The other two were just so-so. Both our dishes were a far cry from the excellent veal one gets at Carlo's Italian Bistro or Liberatore's. A manager, after observing our obvious difficulty with the veal, approached and asked about the meal. We held nothing back. He offered us a free dessert each as compensation for the $45 in lousy veal. Woop, woop, dee doo! Probably a blessing in disguise because had he removed the charge for our veal dishes, we wouldn't have been able to use our $15 off coupon. HAHAHAHAHA!
I believe that the veal was NOT representative of the normal quality here, and so we will give it another chance, but not for veal. For that, we'll stick to Carlos's or Liberatore's.

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MK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We’ve been guests at Basta Pasta many times over the years. Generally, the food and service are very good; however, last week the Crab Imperial crab cake was extremely disappointing. The sauce d drowned the otherwise tasty crab cake and the bar service was slow despite the fact that the restaurant was only half full.
We miss the old crab cake night!

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T
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience at the Timonium location. Several small, dining rooms with fireplaces burning in the winter months. Have been coming since it was the previously owned restaurant for the coziness of the small dining rooms. Love the Italian food but the crabcakes are very good, also. I prefer the dinners there to the sandwiches, though. Always receive generous proportions. Most recent visit was for lunch and our waiter, Chris, was outstanding. He was friendly, professional and very attentive. Best service we have ever had there.

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MM
Baltimore
140 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always delicious that night and the next day as well! The service is always good and perhaps a bit too good if you prefer to linger over dinner. The entree will sometimes arrive even before you finish you salad.

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F
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was accommodating to my daughters vegetarian diet.

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M
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was no hostess when we entered so a waitress sat us but from there on in we enjoyed a very good meal with a great waiter Josh.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food.

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HH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chicken umbertina is my absolute favorite and I continue to order it every time!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always

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B
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was great . Always huge portions of pasta. Brought another meal home!

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CC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our daughters Graduation. Chris D was our waiter he was FANTASTIC! The food was delicious, it made our special day a little more memorable.

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OR
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

We went there for Restaurant Week. I got the filet and it was tough and tasteless. Would never order again. Potatoes were good and salad, as always. I’m goi g to stick with Tuesday’s Crab cakes. They’re consistently good. Service was excellent as it always is. Avoid the steak and you’ll be good.

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PM
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Crab Cake was amazing. My friend got the salmon and said that was amazing, too.

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MM
Baltimore
140 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When we're in the mood for Italian food, we head to Basta Pasta. Not only is their food delicious, but there is usually more than we can eat. It's great the next day as well.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday and the staff went out of their way to make it special by singing happy birthday and large slice of cheesecake on the house! Dinner was absolutely delicious! I really enjoyed the cream of crab soup! We will definitely be back!

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A
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basta Pasta is our favorite restaurant.

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S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I lovrme thr light snd healthy dishes. Reasonably priced too

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E
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great salad bowl, very large portions, solid quality, fair prices all sum to a value meal

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M
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great crab cakes and a good deal on Tuesday nights

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B
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes was not up to par, too much filler. Everything else was good.

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M
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tuesday night is crab cake night - 2 crab cakes with a side and an endless salad for $25.00. Excellent crab cakes and enormous! Great service.

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OR
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice visit. A server who was also assigned to the room, but not my table, even brought me a drink refill as she noticed it was almost empty. Loved that. Teamwork!

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OT
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slightly above average Italian, moderately priced, nothing special.

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MM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basta Pasta it's always consistent in good food, service, and value for the price!

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RT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sharon, our waitress took excellent care of us. She also brought the check quickly when we were done.

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R
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always worth it. Great crab cakes

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PN
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going here since opened and never been disappointed with food.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We try to visit Basta Pasta often when we are in the area (live outside, relatives in area). Have never been disappointed on a visit. The crab toast and crabcakes are better than excellent!

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. The chicken Chesapeake was amazing!

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B
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress Lisa had just started there a few days earlier and she was amazing. They are very lucky to have her. Food was excellent. Have to try the cheesecake!

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MB
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent salad and rolls. Portions quite large. most dishes were good. Vegetarian had over cooked vegetables and chicken. Everyone took home food due to size of portions

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D
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken parm I have ever had. Always good food as this Basta Pasta.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Basta Pasta. The food was fresh and very good.

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a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Toddlers in the room

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MM
Baltimore
140 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Basta Pasta is an extremely busy restaurant on Saturday evenings. They do honor reservations. This particular night the restaurant was very crowded and noisy. However, the food and service remained as good as usual.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We always have a great meal and top notch service.

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SG
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 10. Dinner and waiter was superb. I had veal piccata which had a lot of mushrooms and was very good. Others had the crab imperial and veal Oscar and all were pleased.

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