Basta Pasta - Eldersburg

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Welcome to Basta Pasta Italian Kitchen & Bar! Our local family of restaurants started in 2004, with a philosophy of becoming the ultimate expression of what an Italian casual dining experience should be. Our Eldersburgh location features a blend of exquisite Italian cuisine, local seafood, wine and spirits in casual elegance with remarkable service.
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MD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Restaurant had a very industrial feel to it. Not cozy at all. Constant draft from entrance. They should have a 2nd door added in order to cut down draft. The food, however, was very good and the portions were bountiful. Although we still thought our bill was quite high for just 2 people. Our server was nice but seemed overwhelmed.

HE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

wish you would offer spagetti squash instead of pasta

m
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went to hear a band, and they were great. Bar was really nice. Servers were friendly and efficient. But this is a Pasta place (says so in the name) and the pasta was very overcooked. Mush. The shellfish tat was in it was perfect, not overcooked at all and delicious. If there’s a next time I guess no pasta.

CB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was spectacular. We live 5 minutes away and always thought this was more of a bar than a restaurant - Green Turtlish. After 2 years of living in the area we decided to try it and were delightfully surprised. Not fine dining although the food is the best Italian we’ve had In years. Atmosphere is far from a bar on the restaurant side. Our new go to for Italian.

JS
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad to see the consistency in the food quality, service and ambiance has been built to be a stable neighborhood gem. See you again next week! Thanks!

SP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

That was our best experience at Basta Pasta. The food was really good. The specials of the day, Expresso Martinis and the seafood dish were delicious. The waiter, and I unfortunately, forgot his name, was exceptional. He was attentive, knowledgeable and very personable.

JN
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food Beyond Expected Strip Mall Restaurant

BP always has wonderful crab cakes. Tonight no exception. Dining partners really enjoyed the glazed salmon and seafood pasta dishes. Portions more than ample. Desserts were divine. Chocolate mousse cake could be shared by 3 or 4. And the cheesecake (freebie for the birthday girl) was terrific. Our waiter, was absolutely the best. It was crowded but he kept everything moving.

GB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We have dined here on many occasions, and all were very good. Not so on 11-1-19. Our advance reservation got us stuck in a window/door front table in full sun, which I instantly refused. Then we were placed a four-top bnquette, w hich had been st for six...perhaps six chid-size people but not normal adults. Bad start. Food was good, service excellent.

TC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best crab cake in the area. I think Tuesday is their crab cake special day; but any day is good for their crabcake.

j
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and plenty of it. Friendly service and a pretty quiet atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was alright, not great was consensus of our party.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Celebrating a birthday. Our server was very pleasant. My mom HATES lemon & she did ask for a soda without lemon & it came with one. He took care of it & was very nice about it. Our crab tasted a little off. Not bad, not great. My husband ordered a steak & crab cake & it was very pricey compared to other similar restaurants. I really liked this place but I was a little disappointed with the crab last night. :(

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always good food and service.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love to eat here. Great food and service. We had reservation and we were seated fast. Very crowded and a bit loud. But I’ve been there in quieter times too. Always a good meal and service.

CM
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Basta Pasta in Eldersburg. The crab cakes are excellent as are other offerings on the menu.

B
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant! Service was incredible as was food! It is a neighborhood gem !

JI
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Basta Pasta and was pleasantly surprised! Had heard good things but wanted to try it for ourselves. We arrived made reservations and were promptly seated in the midst of a very energetic atmosphere. The décor is pleasant and the booth we sat in was very comfortable. We ordered drinks they arrived within a few minutes. After we ordered our main courses a huge bowl of delicious salad and bread was brought to the table. The salad was really good but the bread was out of this world.
When our entrees arrived we were surprised at the huge portions. I ordered Eggplant Parmesan and it was excellent. One of my friends ordered the Lasagna and actually finished it and said it was the best he had ever had. My other friend had the Spicy Fettucine and loved it. I didn't finish my Entrée because I wanted to try the dessert menu. I certainly am glad that I did that because I ordered the Coconut Cake and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Best I have ever had!
This place is amazing and so is the food! My only "complaint" is that it was really loud and noisy but I guess that could be from the happy people that were enjoying their dinner.
Try it! You too will love it!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Table right in direct path for kitchen. So wow busy. Knocked into many times. So yea. Not such a good table for first time visit. Stuffed salmon with as fettuccine was ok. Tasted a bit interesting. Strong sour taste. Crab cake nice size. Asked for blackened salmon no real taste or seasoning. Was ok. Large portions for sure. Hubby got chicken dish was enough for us both to have second day meal. Will try again when in area but don’t think I’d make a special trip. Was way crowded with lots of crowd waiting
To be seated once we left about 615 pm. So lots like it for sure !

C
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were all very pleased. My son had a great b-day celebration. Our server was great!

A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb. The service and customer service was outstanding. To me this is the place to go for Italian food. They have a variety of dishes and you can’t go wrong with what you select. Try it! You will definitely go back.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 1 year wedding Anniversary

JF
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Basta Pasta was recommended and did not disappoint. Our server, Joseph, was exceptional. The menu was loaded with great options...although I vote for putting gnocchi back on the menu! The appetizers were awesome. (Give the fig, goat cheese, and honey appetizer a shot; you will NOT be disappointed. Everyone enjoyed their meal, served with a salad bowl and bread basket for the table. My Veal Oscar was a delight. You will enjoy ample servings. We all took something home. We shared cannolis for dessert. It was a busy Saturday evening and their was a great piano player in the bar area. I would plan on coming early or staying after and enjoying the music, too. Well done, Basta Pasta. We’ll be back!

D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad meal at Basta Pasta. We had the Maryland Crab dip which had lumps of crabmeat. The Maryland Crab and cream of crab soup did not disappoint. The house salad was fresh and the hot bread sticks were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Yummy. We all opted for seafood entrees. The imperial orange roughy and imperial shrimp were large portions. Our friends had the seafood pasta and crab cakes. We were stuffed. The prices were more than reasonable for the portion size, and the wait staff were friendly and went out of their way to get us whatever we requested. We will definitely go back.

ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bood and beverages were delicious. Ambiance and waitress was very nice. Kid friendly

MG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Friendly attentive staff, clean, comfortable atmosphere, best crab cakes in Eldersburg. Good cocktails.

ST
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always glad to dine here, variety and quality never falter and the servers are friendly and helpful. See you again, soon.

AP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was terrific. We arrived a few minutes early but were still seated right away. Our orders were taken right away and everything was wonderful. Our server was attentive. Although it was clear that it’s a well oiled machine and they certainly know how to rotate the tables we never felt rushed. Love this place

ME
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly place. Good food and great service. The crab cake was wonderful!

NO
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basta Pasta in Eldersburg is one of my favorite restaurants. It has a great menu and the service is always outstanding. I love that they take reservations so there's never any waiting for a table.

LB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Goof food and excellent service! Highly recommend and be sure to make a reservation.

b
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good with portions that are more than adequate, this place is a gem. All staff are pleasant and professional, and the food is very good. We've dined here at least 30 times and have never had a bad meal. The lounge has a great happy hour, too.

TK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After my 1st time visiting I knew I had to come back. After my 2nd visit it was my new favorite restaurant. Everything I’ve tried there has been the best of whatever it is. The coffee rubbed ribeye, crab cake stuffed salmon, half and half crab soup, seafood pasta, imperial crab toast....always a reason to come back. Thanks for the great place to come and know I’ll enjoy every bit of the experience.

JB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When ever you take friends to your favorite restaurant you get nervous about everything but have to fear, all was wonderful and I just made reservations to bring 3 more friends to try out Basta Pasta. Thanks for everything.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal...Gary in the bar is excellent

r
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing not to love here!!! Everything is positively fabulous!!!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner. We sat outside on their patio for a relaxing summer evening.

RT
Baltimore
80 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooooooo good!! Would highly recommend this restaurant. Great Food and Great Service!!

TB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and service was excellent. The cheesecake was outstanding. We will be back.

JP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great! The crab dip was okay but the salad and warm bread were awesome! The orange roughy was delish and it came with a side of pasta, which I had with scampi sauce. My husband loved the halibut. Excellent service! We will be back!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Lots of food!!!