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Basta

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121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905
+1 319-337-2010
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Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (48 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905
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1 - 10 of 307 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was only in Iowa City one night but I really loved the city. I found a place to park on the street where the restaurant sits -metered parking (til 6pm) and limited to an hour. It’s the main street running up to the old...More

Thank BigMerk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a wonderful Italian dinner at Basta. I had pizza, which was also delicious the next day, and my husband ordered and enjoyed the spaghetti and meatball special (only $10 - with enough for a lunch the next day!)

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here several times, and I don't think I'll be coming back soon. The service is excellent. The staff is friendly, attentive and top notch. While the food looks great, it is just okay in flavor. I would love to see a new,...More

Thank AT5064
Reviewed August 11, 2018

always enjoy the friendly service and tasty appetizers. have wished tables had more space when trying to carry on conversations, I have felt I coundn't keep my mind on my own table. good food great service, we will be back!

Thank franktree2018
Reviewed August 11, 2018

I have gone there for dinner twice and it is hands down the best italian restaurant I've been to. I've gotten two different pasta plates and homemade pasta tastes very fresh and delicious. I was also happy they were able to make a negroni at...More

Thank Cameron G
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This place is consistently one of the best restaurants in Iowa City. Excellent food, excellent service, no complaints at all. Highly recommended.

Thank John D
Reviewed August 8, 2018

I took my wife here for her birthday and we both loved the place. The food that we had was beyond anything we could have imagined. The portions were just enough to keep us from still being hungry and the taste of the food was...More

Thank Bryan D
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Basta is my go-to place to bring my parents when they come to visit me in Iowa City. The food is delicious and I always end up eating way too much because it is just so good. The Four Cheese Penne is to die for...More

Thank Wide_EyedTraveler202
Reviewed July 18, 2018

Food is good with good service. Like the stylish environment as well. I really like their appetizers. Service is friendly.

Thank ananyasengupta2017
Reviewed July 17, 2018

We visited Basta again following our 2016 visit, and all remains superb. The menu is extensive, and the appetizers and entrees were as good as recently reviewed on Trip Advisor. The noise issue (which we are very sensitive to) was not a problem. In all...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-2010
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