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Pasta Brava

Tanjong Pagar Italian, Pasta $$$ +100
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About Pasta Brava

Please note: tables will be held for only 15 minutes after the reservation time.

Pasta Brava is the definition of good pasta. It’s been on the block down Tanjong Pagar’s Craig Road for over two decades now, and this family-run Italian restaurant in Singapore shows no signs of slowing down, except to offer guests attentive service and a relaxed, intimate and all-Italian dining experience. Pasta Brava ‘s homely restaurant is split over two levels, necessary when the weekend’s hordes of diners clamour for tables – this is one of the city’s most beloved Italian joints, a restaurant whose classically-structured menu is as seasonal and colourful as those you find back in the old country.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:45 - 14:15, 18:15 - 22:15
  • Tuesday 11:45 - 14:15, 18:15 - 22:15
  • Wednesday 11:45 - 14:15, 18:15 - 22:15
  • Thursday 11:45 - 14:15, 18:15 - 22:15
  • Friday 11:45 - 14:15, 18:15 - 22:15
  • Saturday 11:45 - 14:15, 18:15 - 22:15
  • Sunday Closed
Pasta Brava, Craig Road 11, 089671 Singapore

Further Information

In Italy, a meal begins at the beginning, and is liable to continue for a good few hours. Relaxed, lugubrious and epicurean is the tempo and mood that presides over Pasta Brava’s Craig Road restaurant, a neighbourhood ristorante well known to Tanjong Pagar locals and aficionados of Italian cuisine from across Singapore. Start naturally, naturally, with Pasta Brava’s fresh anitipasti platters – olives and grilled vegetables, cold cuts and cheeses, fresh baked Italian breads – a sociable way to share in the beginning of an authentic Italian meal with family and friends.

Salads are next, some of which can suffice as a fresh and healthful meal all in themselves, others best picked at alongside Pasta Brava’s delicious and generously apportioned pasta and risotto dishes and main courses of meat, fish and vegetables. Making the most of Singapore’s easy access to a wealth of seafood, we recommend the mixed seafood linguine regina del mare, with prawns, clams, scallops, squid and crayfish. Other delectable maritime delights can be found in the simple prawns sauteed in butter and brandy with plenty of garlic and parsley, or the oven-baked scallops in a variation on the French bechamel. Squid ink spaghetti with vongole, clams, is another striking addition to this Tanjong Pagar Italian restaurant’s offering. As always with Italian restaurants in Singapore, we like to recommend, if we can, the house tiramisu as an endgame-measure of the overall dining experience. Here we can confidently declare, bravo, Pasta Brava!

CHEF'S CHOICE

228 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 228 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 14:12

It was my birthday but I did not inform the restaurant. The waiter (I forgot to ask his name, a malay gentleman who took our orders) was very observant to notice that my husband had written happy birthday to me on the paper on the table. He probably heard our conversation and surprised all of us with a tiramisu (my fav!) complete with my name! The best part was that, my husband thought my son ordered it while my son thought my husband was the one! Haha! So we were very impressed by this particular staff of yours! Excellent!

2 reviews so far 6
09.04.2017 20:45

Superb food, lovely atmosphere. Cannot fault the service. The Burrata Cheese was special. We can't wait to enjoy another meal there when we get a chance!

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 23:13

Fast and attentive service, in a friendly environment. Food was good also. Liked the prawn appetizer and tiramisiu. We will be back to try more!

3 reviews so far 6
21.03.2017 13:28

my first time visiting this place to celebrate boyfriend birthday, i really have to say this is the most wonderful place to enjoy the Italian cuisine. The staff's service was great. pasta was absolutely amazing. and a complimentary tiramisu cake was given.

5 reviews so far 5
25.07.2016 09:19

The food at Pasta Brava is always comforting and on point. I had the Pasta Special which was a squid ink tagliatelle with scallops in a tomato basil sauce. Delicious! But service doesn't seem as good as i remember. We made a reservation for 6 at 7.30, but half of us arrive early at about 7.05. We ordered a bottle of wine and a starter while waiting for our friends to arrive. At 7.35, one of the wait staff asked if our friends would be arriving soon - were they trying to chase us away or hurry us along? In any event, it was only 5 minutes after our reservation timing. I was perplexed, but left happy after my satisfying meal.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 09:04

We have been going to Pasta Brava whenever we are in Singapore for at least the last decade. It is such a welcoming restaurant and the food is always tasty and well presented. It has a really authentic atmosphere, a good, well priced wine list and very attentive staff. A guide to how nice it is can be seen by the clientele who are predominately locals and ex pats. If tourists discovered it then it would be impossible to get in without booking well ahead. If you like Italian food then I would thoroughly recommend paying a visit.

1 review so far 6
26.10.2015 10:07

Very good service - my request that I put on Quandoo was conveyed to the staff in Pasta Brava. We had the Prosciutto con melone as an appetizer, Stracci Al Gamberi Homemade pasta and the and the Ravioli Con Carne. The ambience was very authentic and the menu brought me back to Italy. The food was good pasta for Singapore, but doesn't even come close to the offerings in Italy. That said, don't miss the tiramisu :)

1 review so far 5
02.02.2017 08:40

We booked the restaurant using your app but when we got there it was closed, it did not mention this on the app "why"??? not happy very happy experience as we were looking forward to having food hear as we had heard from friends it was a good place to eat. I still wish to eat at Pasta Brava so hopefully Quandoo can resolve this issue for the next time we book.

2 reviews so far 6
25.11.2015 21:00

Extremely impressed with the service staff and food. Truly authentic gelato, just like the ones I had in Italy. My daughter requested for apple juice but they don't have that on the menu. The service staff actually went out to get it for her. Really enjoyed my dinner at Pasta Brava. Will definitely look forward to going back.

11 reviews so far 5
19.06.2016 13:32

Have always heard good things about Pasta Brava, and having finally tried it ourselves, we concur. We had 2 starters, 1 home made pasta, and 1 dessert, all of which were good. Special mention to the starters.. Although they set the expectation really high for what was to come next. In a nutshell, lovely food, but more warmth from the service staff would make it an even better experience.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 01:46

First of all, I was only informed about that the restaurant only served valentines' day menu upon sitting down. I would appreciate if I was told on the website or when the staff called me for confirmation of my reservation. Secondly, the price was not open enough on the valentine's day menu. So it might be helpful and informative if the staffs told us the price of the set menu per person. Thirdly, and finally, the overall ambience is fantastic, and the staffs were friendly and prompt in assisting. It made the over experince a pleasant one. The food was fantastic as well! Will definitely come back again for the food & service.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2015 14:08

Went on Friday night, 5 pax. Experience was swift, staff were friendly and attentive. Love their squid ink pasta, their squid ink risotto was salty for my liking however still good. Fresh ingredients. Had a mozzarella appetizer served with bread. Other mains ordered duck pasta, scallop/ prawn pasta and seabass (sorry did not catch their menu names). The only negative point is it was slightly a long wait to serve, however the food were not pre-made hence made it up for the whole great experience. They gave me a complimentary birthday cake, thank you so much! My mum was over the moon!

3 reviews so far 4
06.08.2016 11:51

1. The good points: (a) service is good (b) ambience - tables are not set too near each other (we sat downstairs) (c) dessert (tiramisu and apple tart with ice-cream) 2. The not so good points: (a) temperature of the pasta (b) freshness of the seafood To elaborate: while the flavour of both the squid ink pasta and the seafood pasta is good, the pasta's temperature was lukewarm especially the squid ink pasta. The seafood was not very fresh, especially the mussels, which were also a tad overcooked. We tucked into the pasta right after it was served so we do not think it is because the aircon is too cold. It is important for a restaurant to serve food hot and to use fresh produce.

1 review so far 6
11.10.2016 00:33

Thanks for the complimentary cake while we were at Pasta Brava to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday! For a moment we felt like we're back in Italy! Food was awesome & the service was prompt! Thank you for a lovely time!

1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 08:02

Honestly, one of the best experiences I've had at an Italian restaurant! Called to make reservations, but due to a hiccup had to change timing, and they were more than welcome to! Furthermore, the service was extremely efficient and they were very detail orientated. The food, was impeccable. For price wise, of course slightly pricey, but I'd pay anytime for great service, delicious food, and fantastic wine. All in all, a very satisfying and dare I say perfect evening.

1 review so far 6
29.02.2016 18:07

Tried our Pasta Brava based on my friend's recommendation and I loved it! the staff were all very polite and attentive and the food tastes really good. Definitely will go back again to try other item on the menu.

5 reviews so far 5
27.11.2015 17:23

Great food, lovely ambience and very good value for the portions given. For starters - Gamberi Con Aglio E Prezzemolo - prawns sauteed in butter, garlic, brandy and fresh parsley and the Capesante Alla Cardinale Gratinate - scallops sauteed with white wine, bechamel sauce and oven glazed. For mains, we had the Stracci Ai Gamberi E Capesante - thin pieces of fresh pasta with scallops, prawns, green peppercorn, white wine, with saffron cream sauce and the Bistecca Angus - australian angus beef rib eye 200 days grain fed. EXCELLENTE!

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 11:26

The Atmosphere of Pasta Brava and the high level of Customer Service is of very high standards. The food is very delicious and we will be returning back each time we visit Singapore. Thank you again.

2 reviews so far 6
12.04.2016 00:11

Excellent Italian food! Even if the restaurant name is Pasta Brava, do not just stop with their pasta! Their main dishes and the deserts are simply to die for! Good ambiance and attentive staff as well!

7 reviews so far 4
09.01.2017 15:38

Italian style ambience, authentic Italian cuisine, really a nice place. Service very good as the restaurant was full, staff were friendly and even took a picture for us. Very good menu choices also reasonable wine list price. Food taste really italian and reasonably price too. The only down side was the waiter came to our table to pass to us our bill before we had a chance to order our desert also we asked for the menu not the bill, very rude to bill a table without the guest asking for it. Well I ignore the bill and order a delicious lava cake.

2 reviews so far 6
01.07.2016 21:27

Really good food and excellent service. My sister had her birthday and the staff - her name is catherine - went out if the way to keep the cake we got a surprise. She provided excellent service and was very friendly. They also gave complimentary tiramisu for the birthday girl. Enjoyed my whole experience here. Highly recommended and thank you to catherine for the excellent service.

3 reviews so far 6
21.04.2016 09:41

This is my second visit to Pasta Brava, the experience is as delightful as the first. Food was great, wine was good and the service staff are friendly, prompt and attentive. Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
22.10.2016 10:13

The atmosphere was romantic... Food is superb and service staffs are meticulous and friendly. My friend and I had a memorable dining experience with Pasta Brava. We will be back for sure!

1 review so far 5
16.02.2016 10:04

The food is good and their service is excellent. Staff are friendly and fun. But one thing I hope they can improve on is to inform customer when they offered "still water". I thought it's just normal ice water but it ended up to be charged at $7.50 for a bottle of their so called "still water". Was quite shocked when I asked for the price. Other than that, I had a pleasant experience over there.

1 review so far 6
23.09.2016 01:32

Our favourite Italian restaurant, been visiting for a long time. Excellent cuisine and service. Six ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We shall be back to celebrate again and with friends. Thank you Pasta Brava 👌

1 review so far 5
24.04.2016 12:59

The bread is amazing! Plenty of it, warm and crusty. Food quality is excellent and so is the quantity. This is not a cheap place to eat, but if you have to splurge on Italian food, this is the place to go as compared to some other expensive Italian eateries I've been to in Singapore. The service, at times, was inconsistent, but all the servers were pleasant and responsive when you caught their eye.

4 reviews so far 4
28.03.2016 10:02

Experienced differential treatment there just because we looked younger than the rest of the crowd. It was quite disappointing. I believe the waiters there were much older and experienced, perhaps looking down on younger patrons. But, the wealth of experience and time spent at the restaurant should only lead to greater customer service irregardless of status or even outer appearances. I must reiterate that my partner and I were dressed appropriately for the setting of the restaurant, hoping to have an excellent meal only to be marred by this lapse in service.

1 review so far 5
27.12.2015 14:49

Everything was perfect except we were not informed during initial reservation and upon being seated that we only have the table until a certain time as they would need to turnover to the next guests. While waiting for one mission guest we realized the waiteress kept chasing us to order and then did we get notified we have to finished dinner by a certain time. Would have appreciated being notified earlier.

1 review so far 5
12.01.2017 13:03

I have been to pasta brava many times and love it, on new years eve it was a set menu which was fine with ample choices but unfortunately one of my choices the rolled pork was not very nice over powering truffle taste and the pork was tough. However on saying that I would go again when I can choose from the entire menu as it is always tasty.

2 reviews so far 6
20.03.2016 16:02

A very nice ambience and feel. Excellent quality service, attentive but unobtrusive. Combined the service , ambience and high quality of food made Pasta Brava an excellent choice.

1 review so far 6
07.04.2016 06:00

The food and staff members at Pasta Brava never disappoints. The staff members were courteous and attentive. I have been visiting this restaurant for many years.

4 reviews so far 4
27.05.2016 11:03

The food is good and their service is excellent. Staff are friendly and fun. But one thing I hope they can improve on is to inform customer when they offered "still water". I thought it's just normal ice water but it ended up to be charged at $7.50 for a bottle of their so called "still water". Was quite shocked when I asked for the price. Other than that, I had a pleasant experience over there.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2016 00:45

Great food as always! It's always a pleasure to eat at Pasta Brava! I heartily recommend the squid ink risotto and the calamari for starters!

5 reviews so far 3
09.08.2016 10:30

The tables for 2ppl are placed very closely to each other - no privacy. Although we arrived early and asked for corner table, request was turned out down. As for food, the mushroom soup and portobello mushroom are good. But the vongole (linguine w/ clams) was dry and blend even I have asked for more wine sauce when ordering. Beef lagsane was not piping hot when served, taste wise was so so - very tomato taste. Overall dining experience was not as good as I expected and food wise was not as good as what reviews have said.

1 review so far 6
01.01.2016 09:48

Overall, the food is awesome and the staff is very friendly. Although the location for me as a tourist is not in the downtown area, but the quality of food and the friendliness of staff far outweighs it. Will definitely come back and recommend to others.

1 review so far 5
04.06.2016 10:51

Quality food and nice ambience at reasonable prices. The sauteed portobello mushroom is pretty good. Carbonara is rich and tasty and the pasta was al dente. Service is pleasant even though there were a few misses on this occasion. Overall good, will visit again. Reservations recommended as the place is packed on Friday after 730pm.

2 reviews so far 5
22.09.2016 13:29

When you are new to this place, you may first find the service a little cool and distant. The staff needs time to warm up to you. However they are most obliging and would take your feedback seriously. The food is good at most times. And the Italian boss is always on the floor.

1 review so far 5
04.07.2016 11:41

Really expensive, however the food is fantastic. Our waitress was fantastic ; she accidentally forgot to write in our appetizer but she sincerely apologized and got it for us right away. Stunning place which reminded me of the places of little Italy in NYC where I grew up. Overall; expensive but delicious!

1 review so far 4
13.04.2017 12:40

Nice and cozy ambience. Service staff very experienced hence efficiency is quite apparent albeit it will be perfect if they are not so serious (the 2 ladies there that night were more lighthearted and personable). Food is good but the wait for dessert to be served was a tad tiring. It took quite long. Overall, a good experience and we will definitely come back.

2 reviews so far 5
18.01.2017 01:21

Have been to this restaurant several times over the years . Good service as always, the place is perfect for any occasion/celebration . Food doesn't fail me at all. Visited recently for my birthday celebration , and they offered a slice of cake on the house! Couldn't wish for more :)

4 reviews so far 5
17.06.2016 14:40

Pasta was great - we had one with crab and another homemade pasta with scallop and shrimp. Calamari was soft and chewy enough - prob best in town! Would have gotten a perfect score if their desserts were up to par... Tiramisu was a little dry and chocolate fondant too sweet...

1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 07:52

After 23 years it is still a great place for italian food. Very cosy! To top it off when they realise its my birthday, they waive off the $11 tiramisu even after the bill was presented!! 6 stars for great customer relations!

2 reviews so far 4
02.04.2017 22:59

It was nice that they were very welcoming when I entered the restaurant and the waitress showed us the popular dishes. However, the crayfish spaghetti in parchment paper was nothing special to me. What's worst is that our waitress forgot to give us our bread. I understand that the squid ink spaghetti is highly raved about, I will be back to try it.

1 review so far 5
17.07.2016 15:41

Love the Food at Pasta Brava n Price are very reasonable. Service Wise quite Good n Staffs there very attentive to the Tables they Serve.

4 reviews so far 5
28.09.2016 09:23

The food was fantastic esp the pan-fired duck liver and half moon shaped pasta, however the service was questionable; while the female staff were friendly the male staff had rather a bad attitude. You could also see a disparity in service, they were more attentive to the regular customers.

1 review so far 6
03.06.2016 15:39

I had a lunch in PastaBrava. I choose salad, pasta, ice cream, and tea. Taste is so good! And the price is reasonable ! Waiter is very very friendly. I recommend this restaurant. I want to go again.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2016 07:40

Great place for a date. Comfortable surroundings. Waiter tending to me(a middle aged Chinese man) was extremely helpful and friendly. Made the date so much more fun. Tiramisu was out of the world. Would definitely come back.

4 reviews so far 4
01.02.2016 16:20

V impressed with the person whom we assume is the boss, he at his own accord replaced one item which he deemed as not perfect appearance.. The whole scene makes us think that he takes pride in all the food that is being served to the patrons . He wants the best for the patrons.

2 reviews so far 6
13.07.2016 07:57

A place with nice pasta and atmosphere. The steak with chocolate and red wine sauce was really really nice. The restaurant was quite full when we came, so better to reserve a table if you're going.

1 review so far 3
25.04.2016 10:41

Pasta Brava need to improve in their customer service. Basic things like greeting customers with smile and being sincere when communicating will impact positively to their business. I look forward to their improvement in this area.