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Pasta e Basta

#122 of 2,992 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
As featured in Best Food in Amsterdam
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Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 422 2222
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 3:00 am
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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
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently went to Pasta e Basta and had a fantastic evening, the food was amazing the staff lovely and the entertainment was great, I would highly recommend a visit, we certainly will be back

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so looking forward to tonight....to heart wrenching arias like the last time we visited. What we got was the Pearl Fishers duet ( exquisite ) then very, very expensive kareoke. Please turn back the clock. Tonight was painful.

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Thank Susannah B
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We sing arias, ballads, pop music and all other music genres. All depending on the atmosphere during the evening. Please come and visit us again on the first Tuesday of the month. Every first Tuesday of the month we organize our Classical evening. On this evening we sing only arias or cross over arias. For... More 

ft lauderdale
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38 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what was once an experience that was truly special, where the wait staff sang exquisite opera has now turned into bad karaoke, rude service, and hideous food- so sad to see how far this has fallen- avoid

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Thank garyblue99
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you felt that it was not what is just to be. We feel we have improved the past years and we sincerely regret you did not experienced your Pasta e Basta evening that way. We would like to contact you directly, please provide us with your contact details via amsterdam@pastaebasta.nl More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service top notch. The food fresh and flavorful. The entertainment although very traditional also lively and very enjoyable! A great evening!

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Thank Darcy O
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your evening at Pasta e Basta. Thank you for your feedback. We are looking forward welcoming you again at Pasta e Basta. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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248 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had no idea what a treat we were in for when picking Pasta e Basta for dinner! The waitstaff are also opera & classical singers who sing during your meal for entertainment; they are very good too! The food! The food is SO good! Large salad & antipasta bar with many options to start (salami, cheese, salad, caprese, bruschetta)... More 

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1 Thank karalyn84
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great feedback. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed our musical program, anti pasti and pasta. We hope we see you again real soon. More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

LOVED the sharing dishes & so many choices! Went here with 8 girlfriends for a reunion & we had a great time. We needed to be quiet during the singing which was difficult....for 8 ladies! But, overall it was a great experience & wonderful food.

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Thank Babyzen72
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Very nice to hear you had a great time. We ask your guests for some attention during our first song of the evening, but only for the first song. The rest of the evening our guests are more than welcome to talk, laugh and sing along. We are looking forward welcoming you again at Pasta... More 

Uckfield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Food great choose the sharing dishes, you can have a bit of everything, atmosphere really fabulous, the waitresses all sang amazing well,, you have to book in advance but well worth a visit..... highly recommend

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Thank motherofthebride868
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation. Really nice! We are looking forward welcoming you again at Pasta e Basta. More 

istanbul
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238 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Food is fenomenal.Service is great .Singing is a surprise but above all I mentioned.So total experience is exquisite.You need to give it a try to apreciate it.Good wine selection too.

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Thank yavuzIstanbul
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you! Very nice to hear your experience at Pasta e Basta was exquisite. We are looking forward welcoming you again. More 

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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Well, How do I describe it. Lovely dinner in a lovely atmosphere. The main attraction were the staff!. All the staff ( almost all) were professional singers who perform to entertain and serve you. The food must have been good too!. You should visit this place.

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Thank askuksia
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Super! Thank you for this great compliment. We hope to see you soon at Pasta e Basta. More 

Old Basing, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous food, risotto out of this world, antipasti buffet is divine. Singing waiters make you philosophise on human gifts and life. Magical!!! We didn't have booking but were happy to sit at the bar, we did get a lot of attention despite the place being super busy.

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Thank Al S
PR P, Public Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely words. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed our food, service and entertainment. We are looking forward welcoming you again at Pasta e Basta. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $106
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene
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
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 1:00 am
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 422 2222
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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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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