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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C
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lyndsey was a great waitress!

J
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Food good

H
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RG
San Francisco
4 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
59 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!

NX
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food at Basta in Timonium is slipping. Too much oil and insufficient attention to detail. More costly ingredients are missing entirely or are tough to find in the food. Disappointing.

Still has the best Cheesecake in town.

There are half a dozen good Italian restaurants within a ten minute drive. Your pallet would be happier elsewhere.

BV
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great (especially the red sauce!) and the prices are not outrageous.

l
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We go to Basta pasta at least one time a month, sometimes more if we have special occasions. We made reservations and specifically asked to be in the room with one server that is outstanding. Even though we waited for about 15 minutes, with a toddler, we were seated in a section with a different server. Our requested server was in the next room. At first Our server was fine, however, it went rapidly downhill. Several of us ran out of drinks and although she passed by our table quite frequently no drinks were replenished until we stopped her and specifically asked for more drinks. The only time she became attentive was when it near the end of the meal and the check was being brought, and the tip was to be included.

There was no complaint with the food however, she never even stopped to ask if everything was OK.

MM
Baltimore
153 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Another one of our favorite choices. Not only is the food delicious, but we always have enough to take home for later. We find the salad so good that we have bought a bottle of their dressing to take home.

A
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

PR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service. We had an excellent dinner.

s
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived 5 min before reservation. My friend had not yet arrived. Hostess said she would seat me after my friend arrived.
She said the staff needed to clear out previous diners. As I could see that the bar seating area had only about two occupied tables and the dining room closest to front desk had three occupied tables I found this surprising.
I am 75, was hot and wanted to be seated so I could order a drink. Told her that I would appreciate being seated so I could order a drink while waiting for my friend.
This was not met graciously; she played with her I-phone for a few min and then did take me to a table.
Whole demeanor was annoyed. No smile, no “enjoy your meal”, just dropped menu on table and off.
The waiter was pleasant, knowledgeable and efficient. The food was great.
The hostess’ attitude did make me enjoy my meal less than I had expected.

HC
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food choice is great and the service is wonderful.
Its a great place to go with friends.

B
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

When one pas $17.00 plus for an entrée and requests a box other than Styrofoam it is offensive to be told you have to pay for one other than Styrofoam.

a
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

large party in private room cause food to arrive late. poor planning by management.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We live this place! Great food and you get a lot of it for the price.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had a reservation and even showed up a few minutes early, and we had to wait over 20 minutes. Service was excessively slow. Not sure if it was the kitchen or shortage of servers. Not the typical experience for this restaurant, but bad enough to skip it for a while on our usual Thursday night's out

O
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful experience. Love that they offer gluten free pasya

JC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative Italian cuisine with interesting specials. Crab cakes are some of the best around. All of our meals were delicious and service was top notch. Would recommend to all for very enjoyable evening.

GC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

When my wife and I were first dating this was a Steak & Ale Restaurant. We spent many evenings here listening to live music and loved it. Fast forward 30 years later we came to Basta Pasta for dinner with family. Food, service and value were all outstanding. However the inside looked almost like it did when we were first dating. Besides that we enjoyed our meal, the bar was packed and we had a great time. Will definitely come again :)

JP
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our goto restaurant for Italian food. Always know what to expect: Good food, large portions, good service.

LJ
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good food. So much that I always get 2 meals out of dinner. Waitress was WONDERFUL

PK
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, but we were especially impressed with the cheesecake. It was made there on the premises and was a melt in your mouth texture. Delicious !

D
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good as usual.
The server (Carly) was exceptional!

M
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the crab cakes and Italian food. Endless salad and garlic breads were terrific. Service very good. We all took home left overs bc of the generous portions

S
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Our server was very attentive. The value for the price was exceptional. My only negative was the check being presented before being asked. We did a 4 course dinner with cocktails. I am a diner. I like to sit and enjoy. At the end, I felt rushed as it appeared the server was ready to go home. Reservation was at 7pm and we left at 8:30pm so it wasn't like we were there for 3 hours. Other than that, we truly enjoyed and will definitely be back soon. No reason to go to Little Italy when you have Pasta Pasta right down the road.

MM
Baltimore
153 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favorite go to places. Food and service are always good. Comfortable atmosphere.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great..!!!

S
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience coming early on Saturday evening. Alexis was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server, Lauren was very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent, the portions were very large, the bread was warm and the salad was fresh with a great dressing!
My only negative comment is that our table was right by the kitchen so it was noisier than other places in the restaurant.

SB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Four of us enjoyed our dinner in a semi quiet room and were able to have a conversation. Portions were ample.

TP
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful and efficient waitress named Jayla. Plus the manager checked in several times to see if we needed anything. We ordered a seafood wrap off of the restaurant week menu and it was VERY delicious!

L
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The chef really needs to get some experience in making pasta and red sauce. Possibly the worst Italian food I have ever eaten. Pasta was overdone and Ragu sauce would have been better. Had no flavor and needed seasoning. Sorry, I don’t like to leave bad reviews but what a terribly disappointing meal!

JS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is good snd the service is great! I love their crab cakes!

DW
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Basta Pasta never disappoints. The food is consistently delicious and the wait staff are always nice.