Basta Pasta - Timonium

4.4
843 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Group Bookings
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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1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food; large menu with interesting daily specials. Service was very good; everything on time; not rushed. Crab cake was among the best.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Mothers Day

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EE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great for Mother’s Day

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B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great location. Love all the rooms this venue has. Secret little sections.
Unfortunately we were in a very noisy room this time, but service was excellent, the food was hot, fresh and delicious.

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CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

One of the hostesses didn't handle pressure well and I ended up looking for my party myself. Overall the experience was pleasurable. Everyone love their food. May I suggest more options for someone who doesn't eat dairy (Vegan /Vegetarian). I will come again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I want to start by saying I am a big fan of Basta Pasta and have been a patron for years. I am always pleased with my meal, the service—the experience in general. This time was no exception. Herb was our waiter and is fabulous. He is sensitive to our conversation (doesn’t interrupt us too often) but is always on top of his service. He is pleasant, knowledgeable and courteous. Couldn’t ask for better service from him. My only complaint was the attitude of the front desk girl. I understand it was a holiday, but her demeanor was so sour. Perhaps she was flustered, but she was a big turn off when entering the restaurant and being greeted (or lack there of) in that manner. Hopefully it was a bad day, but nonetheless, we enjoyed our dinner!

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AD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing. We went for Mother's Day. Food and service was excellent! They also gave each mother a rose!

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OT
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Food was adequate, crabcake was best choice.

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TM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Went with family because we heard the crab cakes were good. Disappointing... too much filler. Pappas crab cakes are much better...We wished that we had ordered something else from the menu which did have a lot of options. May give the restaurant another try but will order something different next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience

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MP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

As always everything was great! Food was very good, lots of salad. Never rushed us. Would go back again

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HC
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great place to take friends for dinner or lunch. The food is always great and the service is always the best

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TF
Baltimore
69 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Everyday Italian- not James Beard Italian but large portioned, fairly priced, familiar taste Italian that is truly consistent.

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CB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Have been here several times and food is consistently delicious and large portions...the front desk people were very friendly and had our table ready...our waitress should look for another type of vocation...not friendly, didn't smile, took care of business...maybe too harried...

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JP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always plenty of well prepared and tasty food with a well trained service staff. I like the fact that I don't have to get past as a side dish Never have room for dessert.

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LC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a 5pm reservation but still had to wait for our table to be prepared. Other than that excellent food and service by Janice!

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MB
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Although we had a reservation, they seated us in the bar area. When we asked for a different table, we were told it would be a wait. I saw other tables were empty but was told to wait. I asked for a specific empty table in a quite area. However, they seated us outside a wedding party on one side and a large table celebrating a birthday on the other side while the table I requested stayed empty. The food is served in huge portions but was n to outstanding or excellent. Salads are huge as well but had way too much dressing. I think that the way the seating was handled got us off to a very bad start. The hostess seemed annoyed and ignored us for quite a while.

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g
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Crab cake was delicious. Go on Friday for their special.

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LB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a delicious meal and attentive waiter. My chicken cacciatore had so much flavor. My husband’s salmon, potatoes, and asparagus were cooked to perfection. We enjoyed the atmosphere and location.

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MM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Server Sharon was excellent.

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MP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good it was noisy where we where sitting and service was slow

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food was great but I did notice an unpleasant order when I entered the restaurant. The service was good.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was not my first time there but it was for my friends and they enjoyed their meals and our hostess was very personable.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was wonderful as usual!

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DR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Stefan was great, he provided a very delightful experience!

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B
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Got together with six friends for time to catch up. Round table and excellent service from Sharon and food was delicious. Every meal was perfect.

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S
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was our first visit to Basta Pasta and we decided we will definitely return. All four of us loved our meals and the portions were generous. There were a few glitches with our drinks but our server handled them well. The separate dining areas were quite inviting and kept the noise to a minimum. We are looking forward to our next visit!

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S
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wow, I went to Basta Pasta when they first opened and I'd be lying if I said I thought it was good. Turn the clock to now. Four of us went on Sunday night to avoid the St Patrick's Day rush at the Irish establishments. I went with some trepidation but thought I'd give it another try. I was pleasently surprised. The food was great and plenty of it. The service was excellent. The place still looks like the old Steak and Ale to me but who cares. Everything we had, we enjoyed. The prices are great. Our server was there when we needed her but not overbearing. I will be back.

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A
Baltimore
84 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was very good. Had the crab cake which was delicious. My husband had the veal parmigiana which he loved.

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DE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have enjoyed this Basta Pasta for many years. The food and service has always been good, the portions are ample, and priced at reasonable levels. The customers are promptly seated. We look forward to many return visits.

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B
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Ugh, I’m not sure why this place gets rave reviews. The sauce taste likes it’s from a can, the pasta is definitely not homemade. My vegetables were way over cooked. Yes, the portions are large, but my meal was a big bowl of mushy pasta, over cooked veggies, and watery, salty sauce

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SG
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Eggplant parmigiana was a frozen eggplant patty. Disappointing.
Salad always good, and as much as you want with really good dressing.
Service excellent
Seated quickly

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t
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delish as always!

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s
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love this restaurant, the food, the service, etc. This time there was one problem. Seems someone was spraying bug spray. Do not know whjo or where, but could smell it.

Is there a bug problem? Should not be done when people are eating.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! Food and service were outstanding.

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b
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice menu selections, excellent service and excellent food

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EG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

WE were 4 diners seated in a room with 2 tables with small screaming children. It was chilly and we had to ask the server to light the fireplace which was done but should have been started earlier for ambience. The calamari was so so. I have had better at Carlos. My pepperoni, mushroom small pizza was burned on the bottom and undercooked on the top. The manager graciously deducted the cost from the bill. I have been to Bella Pasta many, many times and have been happy. Saturday night was a nightmare,

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had been to Pasta pasta only once before at your Fallston, MD location for lunch. I got a gift certificate for Christmas and we just now got a chance to visit again. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Very friendly staff from the front desk to our greeting on the way out. Food was excellent! We are Italian so we know good Italian food. You highly exceeded our expectations, and we will be back with more people. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, and food.

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ST
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Our waiter was very nice but never brought ketchup or tartar sauce. I will never understand why restaurants serve fries and then don’t bring any ketchup. Crab cake was dry. My friend’s spaghetti looked like it barely had any sauce on it.

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t
Baltimore
48 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I guarantee you will not go home hungry. Portions are huge; the complimentary salad is fresh. The desserts are so-so.

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