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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KP
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! We have eaten here before and is was good, but this eve the food was outstanding. We had crab cakes, a shrimp/crab special and Caesar salad with shrimp. Everything was fresh and tasty. The service was outstanding; Elise checked on us often but did not make us feel like we were being rushed out.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of food is awesome, cooked to perfection.
Staff is fabulous, all of them smiling...no attitudes, genuinely a very pleasant experience.
Highly reccomend

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CL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!had great service n food was fabulous! Highly recommend

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d
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brought my 2 college aged daughters on Friday. They really enjoyed it. And I really enjoyed the acoustic band Liberty Road playing over in the bar.

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JR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent. The staff also is very friendly and easygoing.

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DP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice menu selections and additional specials, great tasting food, expedient the manager actually visited our table to check on our needs, refilled our water, and thanked us for choosing their restaurant, particularly the one of us who was visiting for the first time.

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s
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and quick professional service

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has always been a great experience!!

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was excellent and the service even better. Our server was Sarah. All of the servers have been good, but Sarah was the best. We’ve never had a bad meal there. Highly recommend.

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OK
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Friday night salmon and crab cake special I had was amazing! Easily one of the best dishes I’ve eaten in a long time!

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L
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing

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BC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Although our server, Joseph was very nice, he was not very attentive and very slow with returning to us each time we asked for something. I think he had too many tables to wait on at once. The service was really really really slow.

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ST
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

On Saturday night my husband and I had his birthday dinner at Basta Pasta. Food was amazing! Service was a little slow, but out waiter was very nice. I happened to mention it was my husband's birthday, and after our meal he brought a slice of cheesecake on a plate that had drizzled chocolate syrup reading Happy Birthday on it. So nice, and might I add that the cheesecake was absolutely AMAZING! Don't hesitate to eat here, you won't be sorry!

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MG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Just wish you could reserve a table on the bar side. Service was excellent. We are regulars and have never had a bad meal.

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PC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A good amount of choices. Good drink list. I have eaten there three times with three different meals and all were excellent. Value is great.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the Chicken Degrasi and brought home enough for the next night. My husband loved the stuffed orange roughy and he’s not a fish person.
The food and service was top notch. We will definitely go back again.

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JR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food !! The menu has something for everyone.

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great crab cakes! Plus wonderful Italian classics.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely way to spend Mother’s Day! Good times had by all and the food and service were on point!

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JH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food here. Large servings so we tend to split meals.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous. Service was very good. The space is a little crowded, but not unbearably so.

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JV
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I normally love Basta however we had a bad experiance this visit, We waited forever just for water and were pretty much ignored by our waiter. A bus boy accidentaly spilled water on one of us and it took forever to get it cleaned up and we had to ask 3 times for replacement soup, silverware, and napkins. The salad wad extremely wilted and no one asked if we wanted and cheese with it which was unusual. We waited a long time for our meal to come and it was not that busy. All in all I was very disappointed. The owner came saw the water on the floor but never asked if we were ok or needed anything and we ultimately cleaned the table ourselves with all of our napkins. The waiter was very inattentive and of no help at all. I will saay this is not the usual experiance we have at Basta Pasta where usually both the food and service are usually pretty good.

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JS
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and the food are in sync. The waiter was friendly and attentive. The food was served piping hot, which doesn't always happen. Good company and good times had by all. Thanks.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service! My book club of 8 came here for dinner and we were comfortably seated in one of the quieter sections. Our waitress was wonderful and even made separate checks for each of us! Be sure to also check out happy hour in the bar - where you'll find discounted drinks and appetizers.

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PG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious and our waitress Sarah is the absolute best!

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j
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basta Pasta has excellent food and drinks! The waitstaff is always very attentive and nice.

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, as always! The service is great too. Highly recommended!

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KS
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love this place!! You do need reservations as it is always crowded. Seafood primavera & crab cakes are 2 of our favs & the zucchini & egg plant chips are darn good too!

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their sausage caccitore with the spicy diablo sauce is to die for....a must try for, perfect amount of heat vs flavor! Great restaurant, will definitely be going back.

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B
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, attentive and quick wait staff. We never once felt rushed to eat our food or leave the table after we were finished. They also gave 4 pieces of bread for two of us - which was hot out of the oven and better than Olive Garden breadsticks!

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JD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our meal was very enjoyable. The crab cake is quite good; and I am very picky. Potatoes, salad and bread exceptional. But...on my way out I decided to take a cannoli home with me. I was very disappointed in the two very small, not that fresh cannoli for which I had spent over $7. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable experience. Staff were friendly; our server was friendly and efficient.

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RC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great evening--except the server gave us someone else's bill. Luckily, my husband checked it before he paid the server. When he brought it to her attention, she apologized and brought the correct bill.

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LP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to the Basta Pasta family! Same great menu and great service.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

never had a complaint yet! Always fast, always friendly, always excellent!!!!

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j
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Little pricey for a weekly eat, but nice to splurge once a month & the food is always fantastic. The wait staff often seems like they have too many tables though. There didn't seem to be any time to check on the table items. Perhaps they need a FT bus boy just doing that (filling water/ice tea, taking plates etc.)
It's not a fast service place. Reservations were for 4:30 but we didn't leave until 6:30 and it wasn't like were were just hanging out either. It just was slow that night and hard to get hold of waitress for the next phase of everything.
They had a special "appetizer" that night which was fresh dungeous crab soaked in a rich garlic butter sauce. Not something like I'd ever seen on the menu their (or most anyplace else). The food itself was amazing! Best crab EVER! 11 of 10. I would eat that every week and make a trip just for that. However, as good as it was, it didn't not come without issues:
1) Ordered as the "appetizer", it came out 10 minutes after my friends soup came out. So his soup was getting cold waiting for my appetizer.
2) When it came out, it was clear the term "appetizer" was inappropriately assigned. This was a full meal (other than a side) which I instantly realized and just decided it to eat it as such. There was no way to eat that followed by another plated meal!
3) This thing is MESSY. It is covered in a thick (AMAZING) garlic butter sauce. There are no provisions for eating this cleanly. No special crab utensils, no wet naps, no towels, no bibs. Just you and two handfuls of garlic butter dripping down in a fine dining experience room w/ everyone staring at you. Now I loved steamed crabs. At home/crab house have 0 issue digging in like that but at least there is a roll of paper towels on the table! Thought the legs were "cracked for easy access" you still needed to use your only table tools (fork/knife) to access the smaller regions.
Table experience not thought out enough but I would order it again regardless. It was that good!!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff never disappoint!

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FN
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alittle loud...if they would put up some room deafening material it may help....Food is AMAZING...crab cake is awesome...roasted potatoes are so very good...the salad is the right tangy and sweet flavors....can't wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This was our first time ever at Basta Pasta and I was excited as I had heard some good reviews of the place. However, my experience there was so-so. The waitress was very nice but I had to send two meals back because they were just not up to par. I just didn’t like the risotto and the crab cake was the driest crab cake I’ve ever had. My husband liked his stuffed shells and I felt the kids got quite a bit of food for a $6 price tag. So I don’t know if it was just an off night or what so I won’t write it off completely. But we’re gonna hold off on going back for awhile.

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fresh hot bread, nice salad. Honey salmon and seafood pasta in marinara (a little sweet for marinara) but still delicious and ample servings. Will definitely return.
Only complaint was the seating was less than desirable. I actually was sitting in an aisle blocking staff from easily getting to other patrons. Didn't make sense since there were open tables.

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OK
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there at 5:30. We’re promptly seated and greeted by our cheerful server, Tara. She explained the specials and returned quickly with our drinks and we ordered. The salad and bread she brought us next were wonderful. The chicken parm two of us enjoyed was off the charts! So was the daily portobello, crab cake and shrimp special one of us ordered.
It was the birthday of one person in our group, who received a huge and delicious piece of cheesecake gratis. Our service was wonderful, the food was excellent and we all left stuffed with plenty of leftovers. Highly recommend.

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