Basta Pasta - Eldersburg

4.6
332 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
3 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
1 review
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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Seated right away and attended to quickly. Refilled drinks several times. Very friendly server.

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A
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, excellent food at a good price. Will be coming back soon, great place.

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GW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

ALWAYS A GREAT EXPERIENCE MANY GOOD MENU CHOICES TUESDAY CAKES NITE

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r
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

ALWAYS FABULOUS! Never a bad experience at Basta...our favorite place to dine. Fresh and unique specials, unprecedented service (as always Tony!) And the food, taste and presentation, can not be better!! You wont leave hungry and you will look forward to coming back soon!

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r
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is delicious and you get very large portions. You never leave hungry

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very nice service was fantastic as was the food and cost was good value

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Positives:
Great Service, Tasty Salad and Bread Sticks. Dining room very quiet and nice atmosphere. Amazing desserts Mmmm!

Negatives:
Expensive compared to other Italian restaurants outside of Baltimore City. Mozzarella in Caprese salad not fresh. Tastes like it came from the grocery store. Pasta seemed overcooked (too soft/mushy).

Overall, a nice place to eat if you don't mind spending almost $100 (with tip) for dinner for 2 (no alcohol). I'd give it 3.5-4 Stars at most.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the food at Basta Pasta and have never been disappointed. Their Chicken Digrasi is my favorite dish and I always have leftovers for two more meals! The crab cakes were the special of the night and my friends really enjoyed them. The General Manager Dannielle Centofanti, came by to check on our meal and also make a contribution to a charity event we were organizing. This is by far one of my favorite restaurants and will continue to go there any chance I get!

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S
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent restaurant.
Will be back soon with family and friends.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had heard good things about Basta Pasta from others and finally decided to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed. The appetizers and entrees were delicious and the service was outstanding. I will be recommending Basta Pasta of Eldersburg to all friends and acquaintances.

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VH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The crabcakes are to die for! I have never been disappointed with anything I have ordered.

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NO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Basta Pasta is definitely my go-to place for dinner. It's a 25-minute drive from my home, but worth every mile of it! Everything is absolutely delicious! They have a wonderful menu selection, portions are very ample and the service is always stellar. My only two suggestions would be to put some sort of portable barrier between the front door and the restaurant because every time the door opens the cold air rushes in and also, the noise level is sometimes so loud that you can't hear the person across the table from you. Simple solutions to an otherwise perfect dining experience! I love Basta Pasta in Eldersburg!!

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KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was wonderful! Two people in our party were late but he made us feel comfortable and was very patient. We enjoyed the food immensely and it was a wonderful dinner!

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TA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

I love Basta Pasta in Lutherville. I chose Eldersburg so my niece, her husband and 3 yo would not have so far to drive. As I parked, my niece sent a text informing me she was running 10-15 mins late. At the hostess stand, I told the older woman (there were 2 other young women) that my guests were running late, I asked if she wanted to seat me or if I should wait near the entrance. She asked "how late, that table will turn over again at 7p." I said 10-15 mins, she said, "that will be nearly 20 mins after the reservation time." Does this location only allow 90 mins for dinner? Even if on time, my niece is chatty and eats slow. I notified my guests that the table would turn over at 7p. I told the waiter too so he knew to move it along. Being scolded about my guests being late ruined the night. There were many children, the dining room was very loud. I'll be sure to dine at Lutherville again and again, but I'll never be back to Eldersburg. Food was fantastic, service met expectations.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Love anything imperial on their menu. We will go back.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Basta Pasta always great food and service! You get what you pay for and more!!!!

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VF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was our wedding anniversary and the food and service were excellent. For a very busy night, we were very impressed. Our server even gave us complimentary cheesecake to celebrate even though we had decided not to have dessert. We enjoyed surf and turf and a crab and scallops appetizer. We could not have been happier with our choices.

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l
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Basta Pasta Eldersburg is a fantastic restaurant. We dine there often and the service is second to none. The waitstaff is amazing. Great people. The food is wonderful and the portions are large. I can't say enough about how nice BP Eldersburg is and it was also great on Valentine's Day when there is a lot of pressure on restaurants.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We made a reservation for Valentine’s Day evening and were sat right away. Food was great, atmosphere was great, service was great. My new favorite place!

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EN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and courteous staff. This restaurant is a big hit in Eldersburg.

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K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Open table makes reservations fast and easy and allows you to make changes if necessary. We've been to Basta Pasta many times. The food is absolutely delish every time and it looks great as it is presented. I don't normally eat dessert, but decided to try the cheesecake, which was light and creamy and oh-so-delicious.

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OT
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Everything was going great greeted promptly and seated waiter came over introduced himself offered us drinks and explained specials. We took our time ordering and was not rushed to order. Crab cakes are outstanding but it took over 10 minutes to get my side out from the kitchen and never received my cocktail sauce after asking for it twice

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Basta Pasta! Excellent dining experience-lunch or dinner.

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W
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Food was very average ... processed ingredients and not authentic... tasted like chain food. If looking for Italian much better choices in the area.

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BS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Busy nite and It was ackward when the Hostest claimed they lost our reservation and blamed it on open table. But in the meantime they were seating walk ins without reservation,, it was obvious they did not like us Eventually the manager had to get involved and we had to wait for a table to be available

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VA
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love it there! I forgot our servers name, but she was great❤️

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

The food is always so good and the portions are huge which makes a great value It was very hard to read the menu as the lights were down low. Us along with other tables were using flashlights to see the menu. They also need to do something about the cold air coming in the doors. They almost need to have 2 sets of doors to keep the cold air out when people walk in. We will be back as the food is great but the ambiance was off a little this visit.

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OT
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Dinner was fantastic server seem over anxious would not let us settle in kept coming by the table it seemed to rush us along and then when you would ask for something he would seem to forget to bring it back and then come by table and ask if we needed anything and we would have to remind him what we asked for. Then we get the check he comes back a little later thinking he is going to pick up the money and gives us another check. Please keep your mind on your job

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CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service. As usual, Basta Pasta never disapoints!

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d
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was delicious. Portions are huge. Gigantic coconut cake for Dessert was yummy.

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SW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Did not care for our seating arrangements but food was great and our server was awesome.
Busy night

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