Portland >Food & Dining > Basta's Trattoria
410 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.525700 -122.694283
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
Great place! Friendly staff, recommend the fritto misso and pizzas!
LISTEN TO ME- love Bastas!! Spaghetti and meats at it's purest and phenomenal! Quail and polenta what a delight, calamari not over cooked, excellent wine selection and cocktails. Inviting and warm atmosphere. Perfect place to cuddle up in a booth and enjoy soul satisfying food and conversation. Or sit up at the bar and engage in a lively conversation with the bartender.
Best Happy Hour in Town – Bastas has the most amazing happy hour menu I've experienced in Portland. The staff is always professional and friendly, the food is always delicious, and the $3 happy hour house wine is always superb.
I'm almost hesitant to write a review because I don't want it to get too crowded.
Great Italian on NW 21st – I hadn't been here for a few years and came back to entertain some out of town friends. I was lucky enough to share in their dishes as well. We had ordered Pollo Crocante, Bistecca di Manzo alla Griglia and Ciuppin. The crispy chicken was perfectly seasoned and cooked as was the black angus steak. The chicken outside was crispy as promised without any hint of oil and the inside was moist, tender and flavorable, very unexpected. The black angus steak was thick, tender, juicy and perfectly seared on the outside and medium rare as ordered on the inside. It was a sizable and flavorable portion of beef. This was my third Cioppino in as many restaurants in two months. The first was at The Fish Grotto. Seafood ingredients were meager and bland, while the broth was outstanding. The second was at Dan and Louis Oyster Bar. The seafood ingredients were considerably better, but the broth (while good) was not to my taste. The Ciuppin at Basta's was overall the most favorable. Seafood ingredients were of even higher quality, quantity and taste and the broth was a good compromise between the first two. This meal was a knockout winner and I won't be waiting a "few years" before returning. Cost wise it compared very well when considering portion and quality. You could pay a little less or a whole lot more at other restaurants, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better experience no matter the price. The service was likewise outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, but never to the point of being intrusive.
Consistently the best food in town – One of my favorite restaurants - service is always excellent and the menu delivers consistently pleasing and aromatic items - the chicken is to die for -- great cioppino too. The atmosphere is a touch dark and austere for my taste (particularly when some of the competition is really stepping it up a la Fenioulle (?) etc.. Highly recommend it to anyone.
The Worst Eating Out Experience of My Life – The most rude owner and service I have ever encountered. Mediocre, overpriced food on top of it. If you want a terrible eating-out experience, Bastas. and its hugely rude owner, Marco, should be at the top of your list.
Hip but mellow and unpretentious. Nice service by nice kids. I can't say enough good stuff about this place. – I've been going here for more than a decade and I'm always pleased. Carpaccio is delicious, lamb chops always please me but not always enough, clams with pasta are tastey, love the bread they serve with the meal. Nobody gets a 10 from me but Basta's is very close to my limit. Love them!
Never Disappointed! – I have been to Basta's numerous times and every dish (every time) has been outstanding! The service is always impeccable and the atmosphere is warm, romantic, and comfortable. This place will definitely stay on my Top 5 Best Restaurants in Portland list for a while!
This reliable and romantic restaurant carves a niche with an all-night happy hour along Northwest 21st Avenue's restaurant row. – This intimate trattoria boasts a cavernous feel with its pitched roof and heavy drapes that darken the earth-tone dining room. The scene attracts a steady buzz of regulars and post-work diners who crowd around tall tables and a simple bar in back for reasonably priced Italian cuisine and happy hour bites. Lithe twentysomethings order fresh beet salads, while heartier appetites steer toward lightly fried calamari and saffron rice fritters stuffed with zucchini, eggplant and fresh mozzarella. For dinner there's classic Umbrian ragout tossed with toothsome rigatoni. A selection of Italian wines, specialty cocktails and beers round out the menu.
Old Faithful – Basta's is by far my favorite Italian spot in the city. The service is always fabulous, as is the food and the drinks. Whenever I'm at a loss for where to go - I head to Bastas and they NEVER disappoint! I highly recommend this restaraunt to people who are looking for something Italian besides the same old plate of pasta (the spaghetti con vongole is my favorite) and who don't want to spend a fourtune to have a nice romantic dinner.
Peaceful Italian dining for foodies – Basta's has changed! Ok, it was 1996 when I last visited the place and I didn't like it. During 2004, at the urging of a local winemaker, I've had dinner at Basta's many times and I've been very happy each time. This isn't "fill your stomach with pasta" Italian cooking. Rather, the bolognese has been cooked slowly, the panna cotta is made light and rich, the sauces are very tasty and complete. The setting allows two to hear each other, but it's not a morgue. The wine list has many options and the bar provides a nice list of scotch selections. Being a cook myself, this is my new favorite location for real Italian cooking.
What's good? – My friends and I would agree, we did not find much to be satisfied about our dinner at Bastas.
The food was uncommonly bad: seafood didn't seem to be too fresh as did the quail. Accompanying vegetables were clumsy. Rissoto was obviously precooked - or overcooked.
Service left a lot to be desired: we were not presented the same array of specials as other tables around us, the server spilled red wine over the table and failed to clean up or change our sets. The table, in the patio area, was uncomfortable.
So what's good? The wine list is interesting though repetitive. The bar is nice, and dining indoor can be romantic.
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