La Pastaria - Red Bank

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$30 and under
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Italian
La Pastaria in Red Bank, New Jersey Is an Italian-style restaurant that serves a range of traditional Italian-American dishes in a casual, family friendly atmosphere. The kitchen at La Pastaria in Red Bank uses only the freshest ingredients and locally sourced products to ensure that the from-scratch cooking is as delicious as possible.



La Pastaria in Red Bank starts with classic appetizers such as fried calamari, mussels in marinara sauce as well as salads like the classic Caesar or the caprese. Larger dishes include Shrimp Arrabiatta, Chicken Valdostano, Double Cut Pork Chop Giambotta as well as classics like Sunday gravy.
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Specials

Buy 2 Large Pastas and Get 1 Free Appetizer

Pick any two large pastas from our dinner menu and get one appetizer on the house.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 19, 2019

Ends: March 20, 2118

Availability: Tue-Thu 4:30PM-6:30PM

What 187 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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T
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice setting for casual Italian meal.

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B
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried the ricotta and spinach
Balls - excellent! ( can’t recall the name of them)
Jennifer an outstanding server.

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some trouble finding parking. Near downtown if you want to walk around.

HS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The service was really great! The portion are very generous and delicious.. BYOB and great for families.

DK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here - our waiter was so
Pleasant so enjoyable because of him.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Pastaria is always amazing! Great food, service, and always have a great time here!

MS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The owner is very hands on and welcomes everybody. Saturday nights are crazy and it did take our server an unacceptably long time to come over but once she did, all went smoothly. Things get quieter after 9pm so be prepared for the noise level. The food is excellent and it’s byob. We have been here a few times and will continue to recommend it and return. First timers should think about a midweek visit to really experience the ambience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The service is really poor , I felt disappointed because because We’re the only person who didn’t the proper attendance, I was looking around all the time to see if other people was getting attendance and guess what ? They got it , the owner and the waitress was nice with everyone but us , I don’t know if is because I was the only person of color on that place, who knows? But my feeling was this , but look for the bright side, there is a lot others restaurants to go to !

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The noise level was much too noisy for pleasant dining

SU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

WAITRESS WAS NOT OVERLY FRIENDLY, SEEMED TO BE RUSHED, FOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD BUT TWO SALADS CAME WITHOUT ANY DRESSING AND HAD TO BE RE DRESSED, FOOD ALSO CAME OUT A LITTLE TOO FAST.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service !!

PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

food was delish, served at the perfect temperature and plenty per person. Choc mousse cake was great, ice cream was plain and overpriced. Would choose one of the many other deserts next time.

I
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there recently and had issues. We decided to go back and try again. We ordered a corn chowder soup an La Pasteria salad. Soup was delicious and so was salad.
Our entrees were potato encrusted grouper and sunday sauce. Again food was delicious. Portions were decent and we received great service. We will go back.
It can get very noisy when they are busy. It is a byob.

a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Birthday Celebration

l
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to relax and have a good meal. I have never been disappointed in the over 25 years I have been patronizing the two restaurants in both Summit and Red Bank. My wife always orders the same dish (Cavatelli and broccoli). I am always a bit more adventurous and on the lookout for the varied specials on the menu, while I am simultaneously attacking those little delicious cubes of bread and dipping them in the olive oil and vinegar plate that arrives with the menus.
The family atmosphere on late Sunday afternoon just makes me feel like I am way back in time at my wife's great grandmothers house on Christmas Eve on Ridge Street- a cherished memory. Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend and return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food never disappointed

MH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We traveled from suburban Philly to see the Remember Jones show at the Count Basie Theatre. We don’t know Red Bank but we will be back!

I
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a 7pm reservation. At 820pm, we decided since we did not even receive an appetizer it was time to go
Later they took care of us and we will go back

PE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Was looking forward to a nice dinner. We had a reservation and was seated right away (good). Waitress was friendly and professional and we ordered in short order. Our appetizers came quickly and were very good. Problem was we waited well over an hour for our meal along with many fellow diners many of whom walked out. We had nowhere to be so we stayed and joked around with the other diners who were waiting although some were pretty upset. When the food arrived it was hot and very good but at that point we were not really hungry so we brought most home. Although the waitress apologized (and it wasn't her fault) I think they should have taken the appetizers off the bill for those of us who patiently waited an absurd amount of time. It would have been a nice gesture and would have made me lean toward returning for another try. Not the money, just the acknowledgement of their lack of service would have been nice. Things happen but when business owners "own the errors" it makes all the difference.

D
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

This was not our first visit, but by far the most challenging! We arrived for our reservation a couple of minutes early and, although very busy, were promptly seated. Water arrived promptly as did our waitress. Orders were placed and the noise level of the full restaurant began to rise making conversation a bit challenging. After a bit the appetizers arrived, less generous than normal, but welcome because we were hungry. After enjoying them and having them promptly removed we began our wait for the entrees. After an hour had elapsed we were able to catch an eye and finally get our water refilled and bread replenished. Twenty minutes later we were able to snag a waitress (not ours) to get an idea of when our entrees might be arriving. We were told there was a new cook and he was very slow but our table was next. Fifteen minutes later I went to the kitchen to try to get some information, talked with the owner ( who was helping) and was told sharply to be patient, that everyone had come at our reservation time, and that they were doing the best they could. I was given a timetable of 2 minutes, no, 5 minutes, no 10 minutes to dinner and abruptly dismissed. Twenty minutes later everything arrived, and was delicious as usual.
The lack of communication, inattentive service and excuse of number of customers (even though our reservation was indicative of when and how many of the four of us would be arriving fully supports a reduced rating. Although a supporter of Pasteria, normally, there will be some time before we return!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Friendly but not obtrusive staff.
A gem in Red Bank, NJ

W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service and BYOB! What more can you ask for!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was awful . Service . Food . Awful . Not a good night for this restaurant .

B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good but the amount of time to get our dinner was extremely long. we came before 6 and didn’t get our dinner until after 7

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

B
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious mahi-mahi dinner, huge peach salad, black ink linguine and the best servers in town ( Jennifer and Kevin) made for a lovely evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was nice.

B
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent pasta dishes. Calamari perfectly cooked. Love the pear salad! Host Jay and server Kevin always professional and friendly.

k
Orlando
120 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This was not our first visit. We love the food. It is BYOB and the waiter appeared promptly to open our wine. After about a 15 minute wait one of our party got up and told the maitre'd we needed our server. He returned and we ordered appetizers and our entrees. The apps came out quickly. When we had finished our entrees were served, though we had not gotten our salads. The food was delicious. When it was time to pay the bill, the server had disappeared. My husband began waving the folio at the maitre'd in frustration. The maitre'd continued to watch TV. Finally we got his attention and he sent the server to pick up the check. If the food wasn't so great, we would not even think of returning.

TB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The entrees took close to 50 mins to come out and all we had Was pasta! The owner came by the table to ask how we liked the food and we hadn’t even eaten. She said she would speak to the kitchen and never came back. The server was not at all attentive. To get her to bring us water or refills on the soda was a mission. The food was just ok. We were looking forward to having the lava cake for dessert. When we tried to order, they told us there was only 1 left. Yet, 10 minutes later another table was able to order the cake! We asked for an espresso which they never brought, but attempted to charge us for. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have a good experience.

B
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time I ordered chicken parmigiana- what a generous portion! It could probably feed a family of four! It was delicious - and I love having leftovers .

ET
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We planned a surprise milestone birthday party at La Pastaria a few weeks ago. The number of guests attending changed the very last minute and the restaurant was able to seamlessly accommodate us. The staff was very attentive, the food was great (as always), and everyone had a wonderful time. We’ve held many parties here throughout the years and will continue to while recommending La Pastaria to our friends and colleagues.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner - good food and service. Large portions. BYOB if you wish to drink. Would recommend and return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Anniversary

SF
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and was not disappointed. Shared the beet salad and Giovanni Verdi pizza. Both were a healthy serving and both were delish! Others had the specials and loved their dishes. Wait staff was attentive, our water glasses never went empty. The focaccia bread with olive oil and parmesan cheese given when we first sat down was so good. Had to stop myself from filling up on it. Would recommend this wonderful BYOB place.

B
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Servers Jennifer, Kevin and Debbie are always attentive and honestly provide details on the dishes. We have never been disappointed. The risotto with tropical fruit is to die for ( it is a side dish to fish) and the pear salad is like a dessert. All delicious!

RR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I hesitate to recommend but we had such a great experience the first time here. This being our second was very disappointing 😕
Then entire staff seemed preoccupied and we were incidental.
Ray

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with our family and had a fantastic dinner
Steaks pasta apps dessert all top notch.
Rachel our waitress was superb. I will defenitely be visiting again. BYOB.