Basta Pasta - Timonium

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had lunch there with two friends. With a few exceptions, most of the entrees come with salad and side. The salad is very good. It includes cucumbers, onions, cherry tomatoes, and croutons as well as lettuces. Two of us had chicken entrees. I had chicken piccata, and my friend had chicken marsala. Both were excellent. The portions are generous and we all left with doggie bags. Our server was very attentive and friendly. It was lunch time, and the place was not too noisy to talk. I thought it was good value for what we got. We were too full for dessert, so I can't comment on that. I would definitely go back.

A
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Never disappointed at Basta Pasta. There are great selections in the different categories. Highly recommend the zucchini chips and the fried calamari for appetizers. My wife loves the Seafood Cioppino and I'm partial to the Seafood Primavera. However, we have ordered from different parts of the menu with equal satisfaction. Buon appetito!

MM
Baltimore
157 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Basta Pasta has consistently good food, Service as expected much better when the restaurant is less crowded as it was this particular night. However overall the service is relatively good.

HC
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a place to go for a large group or just 2
They have large round tables

S
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It was crowded , noisy and my maine course did not taste good at all . I paid for what I did not eat. I ordered salmon with dried tomatoes and spinach and mushroom. The mushrooms were as hard as a rock. My husband ordered pasta carbonara and it came with asparagus, it tasted so weird.We were very disappointing.Either they changed the chef or something was not working. We used to enjoy the meals at this place.

LW
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Basta Pasta is always good. The service, depending on your server is ok to great. This time our waitress was great! Very attentive and sweet.

DK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our grandchildren here on Friday night. We all loved it! They are ages 7 & 5. Their favorite “waiting restaurant” used up be Greene Turtle, but that place changed the menu and eliminated pizza. Basta Pasta had a great pizza on the kids menu for my grandson! We thought his sister would get the same thing, but she changed it up and had spaghetti and meatballs! We all loved it! We will be back!

JS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

New Year’s Eve. Very busy, but food and service were great. Our go to place.

S
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As you can see from my review on the chosen points, we enjoyed our family gathering at Basta Pasta. The food was good, our server was very personable and gave us good service. The only criticism was the noise. We only had 7 people at the table but the noise level in the back room where we were seated was pretty loud. We had quite a difficult time hearing people at the table, especially after a very large group of about 20 people came in. Then it was close to impossible to hear. Otherwise, we had an enjoyable time and would definitely return. Thank you.

B
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as usual. The salad on the chilled plates is just lovely. The salmon was perfectly cooked . Food is consistently excellent! Even the broccolli was so delicious.

AF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very festive atmosphere and great service

MP
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server, Janice F. Was EXCELLENT even though it was Christmas Eve (very busy). Our food was also excellent - Veal Oscar and Fettuccini Gypsy (similar to Puttanesca).

OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent server

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JP
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at fair prices. They train the wait staff the right way.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Great service Salad is the best

s
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything as always was fantastic! Had so much food that I now have my dinner for tonight!

AF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great... breadsticks amazing!! Blackened shrimp and chicken was phenomenal!!

BA
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was great. Food very good.

R
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bolognese sauce and Pizza re the best anywhere. We also enjoyed the crab cakes. Somehow, the salad was especially fresh and crisp when we were there on Sunday. One of our favorite spots to eat. And, I bought gift cards for friends for the holidays!

P
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Birthday Party

GT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was fantastic. We got there early and were seated right away. It happened to be in an area with a large family meal was going on. There were a number of children making noise. I think a baby crying. But it probably doesn’t happen every day. Our server Mike was very attentive. It was a great place to have dinner with my son for his birthday. The food was delicious. I’ll be back again.

g
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I like the small separate rooms there and their salad and vegetable crab soup are great. I do wish they would go back to the smaller garlic bread sticks, though.

MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Basta Pasta impressed me as a wonderful place to gather and associate with many people. besides the outstanding food, the staff was extremely accommodating and exceptionally welcoming. Not only did the men who accompanied me fill their stomachs with fantastic tasting Italian food, we all had a great time discussing various issues and topics.

Definite thumbs-up from me!!!

S
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was both excellent. I also love that it’s kid friendly, brought our 2 year old and 7 month old and they did great.

JP
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They know what they are doing in terms of food and service. Always consistent which to me is a sign of a well managed restaurant.

AF
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Davon was great.

DD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been telling everyone about Basta Pasta this week. It has become my favorite restaurant. I have never had a bad meal or experience there. If I order Italian, it's good. If I order seafood, it's good. The prices won't break the bank. That being said, it's worth every penny. The service could not have been better either. In short, GO THERE!!

MM
Baltimore
158 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always enjoy the food. We also enjoy it the next day! Service is fast and efficient.

S
Baltimore
128 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Four of us met for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It wasnt very crowded so no one minded if we stayed and talked for a while. The food, which included a chicken Caesar wrap, a crab cake, a salmon salad, and a steak and cheese panini, was very good. It's a very comfortable restaurant without the tables being so close to each other you can hear every word other diners are saying. Our server was very professional and friendly without being intrusive.

S
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

WAs very disappointed as went for my husbands birthday. There was NO acknowledgment of this even though I made sure to tell the hostess again as we were seated. The waitress was overwhelmed and our food was delivered by a bus boy as it was delivered to the wrong table.

C
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lyndsey was a great waitress!

J
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Food good

H
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice, friendly service. Food is great! The crabcakes are delicious!

RG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was the usual delicious as we are frequent patrons. I particularly like the chef's ability to adjust a recipe to my liking. This time we noticed that your wonderful salad was swimming in dressing. Maybe a little lighter next time.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food was very good. Quality, portions, and flavor/ taste of food was also very good.

T
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Twenty minute wait to be seated in the bar area, not where I had requested. Loud, kids running around not being controlled by their parents. Waitress was in way over her head. Slow on getting drinks and food. Didn’t ask if we wanted water. Hostess brought bread to the table. Not sure if I am going back after this experience.

g
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Way too noisy

TP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Wild Mushroom Cappaleni. Good food, Nice atmosphere.

M
Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good service and food that’s why I keep coming back

l
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at this restaurant last weekend and were disappointed with the service (NOT the food!) This weekend was entirely different. SAME room, SAME server and AWESOME experience!! The manager, Stephan, came over and asked how things were (he had read the review last week).... I said that it was a wonderful experience. This is one of our "go to" places for a great evening and great food. The eggplant parmesan is exceptional!