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Pasta e Basta

#252 of 2,591 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Rembrandtplein
As featured in Best Food in Amsterdam
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Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 422 2222
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6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu 9:15 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:15 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Pasta e Basta restaurant nearly opposite the Rijksmuseum has a name that...
Pasta e Basta restaurant nearly opposite the Rijksmuseum has a name that simply doesn’t do it justice. It means ‘pasta full stop’ but really should trumpet the singing accomplishments and mad party atmosphere that the waiters and waitresses deliver. The dining room is splendid, with scarlet-covered chairs, flouncy wall sconces, dramatic drapes and fine art, while the bar area is more modern but just as operatic. The wait staff really truly can sing, everything from Billy Joel to grand opera, and they get the joint jumping. The long tables attract hens and big groups and the small cosy niches and bar are right for more intimate numbers, and it is just one fantastic evening. The menu is Italian, incorporating excellently-sourced meat, fish and veg. Anti pasti are served buffet-style from a chilled grand piano. Main courses always include eight pasta dishes like spaghetti with squid ragout, lasagne bolognaise with tapenade and sage, and penne with radicchio and goats cheese. International wine list matches the international musical programme. Groups are so welcome, and the entire venue seats 110.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 173
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A must

This was recommended to me and was one of the best experiences ever. The food was good, the service excellent but the entertainment was exceptional, if your going to Amsterdam you have to book this its a truly special evening.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Chris F
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Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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367 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was recommended to me and was one of the best experiences ever. The food was good, the service excellent but the entertainment was exceptional, if your going to Amsterdam you have to book this its a truly special evening.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I love good food Some friends of mine wanted to go here I was skeptic at first I admit when we arrived my friend booked us at the bar which they where super to change to a table as someone had not arrived. This place is all about the atmosphere waitresses singing which is super cozy and fun. Antipasta is... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Went here to celebrate my wifes 50th birthday and wasn't disappointed.The atmosphere in the place is very comftable and relaxed.We had a table next to the piano and the guy playing made us feel very welcome. The singing waiters and staff are amazing and the service from them was 1st class.My only niggle was the starters,which is set out as... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Old fashioned atmosphere, red velvet, shabby chic. nice atmosphere. Lovely friendly and helpful staff who are talented singers. We arrived around 7.30, where the singing was frequent and entertaining when we left around 10pm the place was more or less empty but perhaps that was because it was a sunday night. . 37 euros for buffet style appetisers and one... More 

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

A must go at least once! Great singers with different styles of music. Every 15 minutes a different performance by the waiters and waitresses. Great italian food... Starts with a buffet, after a choice of pasta's and finishes with a grand dessert. It's a night out at only €29,50 per person. All dishes created with a touch of Michelin starred... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Food (open buffet apetizer and 3 types of macaroni choosen from the menu för almost 40€ /p.p) was good however ambience was great. Live music in taste of a concert and we've been served by the singers as well.Needs reservation, if you make a reservation after 21.00 you can have more time to enjoy.

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Southampton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A truly wonderful experience, if you want something a bit different then this is the place. The entertainment was fabulous, we were all on our feet dancing by the end and the food was really delicious. I would definitley reccomend to everyone whether big groups of friends, couples or families as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Really impressed.

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Ålesund
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The food was good and the entertainment much better. Think this place works best for groups. You will go here for the entertainment, not the food.

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We arrived at the restaurant to a lovely welcome the place had a great feel to it immediately. It was my daughter 16th birthday which I had emailed to inform the staff and they knew my name and that of my daughters. A lovely young singing waiter dedicated a song to her and made her feel very special, it was... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

What a great place, every time I visit Dam I can't help myself but to visit. It's has everything, great food, fantastic entertainment, super location. Have recommended to so many friends who have also returned with rave reviews. It's not often that you find somewhere with that's so fun and serves great food but this is certainly it, super social... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Rembrandtplein
  • Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein
  • Phone Number: +31 20 422 2222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 108
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Pasta e Basta restaurant nearly opposite the Rijksmuseum has a name that simply doesn’t do it justice. It means ‘pasta full stop’ but really should trumpet the singing accomplishments and mad party atmosphere that the waiters and waitresses deliver. The dining room is splendid, with scarlet-covered chairs, flouncy wall sconces, dramatic drapes and fine art, while the bar area is more modern but just as operatic. The wait staff really truly can sing, everything from Billy Joel to grand opera, and they get the joint jumping. The long tables attract hens and big groups and the small cosy niches and bar are right for more intimate numbers, and it is just one fantastic evening. The menu is Italian, incorporating excellently-sourced meat, fish and veg. Anti pasti are served buffet-style from a chilled grand piano. Main courses always include eight pasta dishes like spaghetti with squid ragout, lasagne bolognaise with tapenade and sage, and penne with radicchio and goats cheese. International wine list matches the international musical programme. Groups are so welcome, and the entire venue seats 110.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
9:15 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 3:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?