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Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
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Ranked #206 of 2,482 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $58
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
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Chester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Dear Pasta e Basta, I write to you to say thank you for looking after us last Tuesday. We came with Heineken for two nights in Amsterdam. You may remember us? We were the noisy table of 16…  The food, service and music we received from your team were excellent. My team enjoyed every minute of their stay with... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My boyfriend chose this place as a romantic surprise for our anniversary and it was a great choice! You probably already know that this place is especially prominent for its amazing talented waiters who are actually great singers. But I didn't know that so for me it was a very unexpected thing when they started singing while we were enjoying... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

An unusual place to eat, I think there are only two sittings we had a late one. The atmosphere was great, it's an intemate restaurant with an an unusual menu. A buffet starter served from a chilled grand piano, followed by a selection of pasta which you mix and match. The entertainment is very special the waiters & waitresses take... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

When we got there, I just thought is another pasta place. My friend wanted to surprise me so I didn't know what to expect. Well, what an amazing surprise! Not only the staff is extremely friendly and make you feel welcome, they sing this well! Every waitress or waiter will perform one song! Extraordinary! I only voted 4 stars because... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Three course meal is average to good,the entertainment and atmosphere make this restaurant worth visiting. A really good night out.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My wife and I visited this restaurant on Christmas eve 2014. We booked it over 3 weeks in advance and managed to secure a 9.15pm slot. It appears they operate in seatings i.e. All customers go in at once so please don't give up at the door if you see a queue! It was awesome! The atmosphere was cozy, wine... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

If you do have time and plan ahead, you should get a table here. The restaurant looks really nice, but obviously it's the staff who make it amazing. I've never been so impressed by a restaurant before that I keep talking about it to everyone. This was it. They sung their heart out (when we got there, it was the... More 

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Osijek, Croatia
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21 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We had our business dinner in this restaurant and were pleasantly surprised with the singing waiters.Food is OK but not excellent. There is a big choice of starters and not so big choice of italian meals. Singing is something that gives benefit and HUGE plus to this place.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We felt very unwelcomed in the restaurant. The waitress for our table was always in hurry, did not give any information. When asked for the menu, several excuses were given. Very weird and terrible service. Food is not at all tasty. It is very expensive for the price and taste. This restaurant is a NO GO!

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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had a party with a group of 60. The party was very well organised with a very friendly and helpfull staff. Singing was of great quality, food and wine various and also of good quality. We will most certainly repeat our visit to Pasta E Basta!

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Additional Information about Pasta e Basta

Address: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 0031204222222
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Rembrandtplein
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
Average Prices: USD 29 - 58
Cuisine: Italian

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