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Celestino
Celestino

Celestino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.celestinopasadena.com
  • Phone: (626) 795-4006
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm and NOW open Sundays from 5:30pm-9:30pm!!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Calogero Drago
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Large parties can toast the holiday season in one of Celestinos three elegant private dining rooms! Affordable and flexible menu options make Celestinos the perfect location to celebrate any function! For more information call 626.795.4006 or email us at info@celestinopasadena.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: Come to Celestinos on Wednesday's and we will waiver the corkage fee. Enjoy your favorite regional or seasonal Italian dish while sipping on your own hand selected wine. Celestinos is a proud supporter of BYOW Wednesdays which is hosted by the Pasadena Convention Center and vistors bureau.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Green St & Cordova
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $4 per car and available during the evening. We also offer complimentary parking which is located at the rear of the restaurant, off of Hudson Ave.
A word from Celestino
Celestino Pasadena is no longer a well-kept secret. The Drago Brothers continue to exceed expectations with the freshest seafood, finest homemade pastas, organic meats, and variety of desserts made on-site. Some of the favorites include; Florentine style t-bone, black and white ravioli filled with shrimp, branzino al sale, flown-in burrata and vanilla custard with an assortment of fresh berries. Come in and enjoy authenic regional and seasonal specialties complemented by an award winning wine list. We offer Dynamic private dining rooms,a full bar, garden patios, and the friendliest staff to make any lunch, dinner or special event memorable. No up charge for private room use, or wine dinners. Open Mon-Fri for lunch; and dinner seven days a week.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Great spot. Wonderful staff; timing wasn't "pushed" and the wait staff was attentive without imposing. As an example, we hadn't stated we were celebrating a birthday, but the staff picked up on that and offered a creative dessert. Nice wine list. Salads/antipastos were turned out smartly and were well-presented. Mains were well-presented but lacked detail - rabbit and filet were overdone (for example, filet ordered medium rare was delivered a tad beyond medium... tasty but drier than ordered). racks of lamb were properly done but unimaginative as to seasoning and accompaniment. Not the meal expected of Celestino, tasty but lacking the detail of before. Still a worthwhile dinner option."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wide always orders the Angel hair pasta. Why? Because these peeps on the line serve it up AL DENTE. I flew in from Baton Rouge to have dinner here. For good reason. The food, the staff, the peeps on the line are Pro's. Keep it up Celestino and we will see you again and again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We always like the restaurant and the food, but often the waiters are a bit grumpy."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Celestino is consistent and offers very good service. The specials always get my attention - this visit I had the Asparagus filled pasta in a porcini mushroom sauce. I have been going for business lunches to Celestino for many years- never have I left disappointed. On the several occasions that I have had dinner there, Celestino delivered. For great Italian food and a warm atmosphere, I would rate Celestino very high!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "this is the second time the experience was not great, service was less than par, the food was great... will consider thinking twice about bringing new clients to this place"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Bland food. Service was off from the start. Olive Garden can compete with this place. Much better options in Pasadena."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wow! What a treat! My group had a wonderful luncheon of fresh fish, salmon, whole branzino and seabass. Each with a lovely fresh sauce, roasted red pepper, olive oil and lemon. You can come dine at the restaurant and basically tell them what you feel like eating and they will make it happen. A true Italian Gem in Pasadena."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The Drago restaurants are always serving the best and authentic Italian food in L.A. Celestino is the best of the Drago chain, in Pasadena."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our waiter Mario made it an enjoyable and entertaining dinner. We tried a great variety of food, mostly recommended by Mario. They were very good. Don't think we can do better on our own."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Carlos is a fantastic server. He is extremely accommodating, sensitive, and knowledgable. He offers great suggestions and is supported by a wonderful staff. We love all the staff and owner, too!! The food is always very delicious!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food here is good, but nothing special. Their portions get smaller every time we go, and the service is a bit slow. There are better places for the money."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "How do you spell perfection? CELESTINO.... that's how."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "It was quiet when we entered the restaurant, but the 4 waiters who were around didn't pay any attention to us. I had a reservation via Open Table and I had to insist they checked that reservation. We were ready to order, but we had to listen to all the specials first.. One of the appetizers, a mushroom souffle, was to die for, but the rest of the food was mediocre. Officially they didn't do wine by the glass, but at the end they did, but we did not know the prices untill we got the bill."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We ordered the veal chop from the menu and it was delicious. Unfortunately when the bill came it listed the rack of veal special for our order at $9 more each. We complained that we ordered the veal chop, and they did adjust the bill, but we felt reluctantly. It was the waiter's fault, not ours. We still thought we had the chop, not knowing what the rack looked like, but picturing a rack of lamb. So who knows what we had as it looked like a chop to us."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It's always a joy to eat at Celestino. The best of Italian food and service. Choose the back rooms for a quiet dinner."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It had been a number of months since I had dined at Celestino's, but it hadn't changed, which is a good thing. The waiters are super friendly and went out of their way to enhance my dining experience. I know whenever I want a great Italian meal, Celestino's is the place to go."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Perfect as always. Great for a business lunch where the server can decide the pasta and main course and split the two!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Always fantastic food. Fresh, seasonal and wonderfully prepared. Love to sit on the front patio. Waiters are knowledgeable and strive for good service. Everything I've had here has been really good. Also my turn to host "Girls Night Out" monthly dinner for ten last month and they went out of their way to make it a fun and delicious evening. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "this was a delightful lunch experience with a client....attentive service, warm and friendly staff, really make you feel welcomed. pasta was exceptional...and the bread was warm and crispy....with butter. Could request oil and basalmic I believe in lieu of butter but we didnt' :)"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Celestino is our all time favorite Italian restaurant and the service is always on point. I try different dishes each time and I've never had anything I haven't liked. We are regulars and love that it's kid friendly! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We live nearby and always go here when we want good Italian food. The waiters are great and make you feel right at home. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food and service at Celestino is always very good. Choosing the back room, it is also much quieter but less in the social scene. Pick your preference."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The staff makes the dining experience a joy!! The food and wine are great!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The service is outstanding and the food is great. Pasta is fresh and the Bronzino is fabulous. We have had birthday parties here and their private room is wonderful."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I love this restaurant and dine here often. I am sorry to report that we had a terrible experience recently with an incompetent waiter. We were seated in the back patio with a large group celebrating a birthday so it was extremely noisy. We were a group of 7. Our waiter was rude and ended up shouting at everyone. He was argumentative and yelled at us throughout. When our bill came things got even worse as he thought we had not tipped him ( we had..as we put the entire tip on one credit care, and not on the others,) we also lost a credit card that was dropped and he thought we were accusing him of stealing it We finally found it under the table. We did not accuse, and he was totally irrational and difficult. Ruined our evening."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went to Celestino to grab a meal after work. Started off with calamari. The breading on the calamari was great, the sauce was wonderful. I would go back for the calamari alone. The pumpkin stuffed tortellini was amazingly delicious! I'm craving more of the sage cream sauce they served the tortellini with. I don't drink but according to my colleague the drinks were nice and strong. I can't wait to go back! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We usually have no complaints when we dine here. They seemed especially busy on this evening. There were 5 of us dining. One of the pasta dishes was not quite al dente - the pasta was still hard and when it was sent back, it was still not cooked enough. But, the other pasta dishes were perfect. We will come back, this is one of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Celstinos is one of our favorites in Pasadena. My wife and I occasionally do "date night" there. Just a charming place with great food and service. Highly recommend. Also good for business lunch. Conversation friendly."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Wasn't the usual enjoyable service for some reason. Too much chatting amongst the wait staff maybe? And not enough attention to dedicated clients? The food was wonderful, and of course I will be there every week as I have for years."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Celestinos continues to satisfy, great food, and awesome service Carlos is attentive, knowledgeable and an overall excellent employee. Food continues to awe and surprise us with the specials that are creative but very authentic. Please just vary your vegetables a little its makes your wonderful entrees seem drab, which they are not! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Consistent and always great food. We have been dining here for over 15 years and have never been unhappy."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Service and food was excellent. Ate out on the patio looking over Lake Ave. Restaurant had just opened so not crowded and very relaxing. Also, free parking in the rear. Had an enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "food and service was quite good...we had the special and a popular item from the entree list. the swordfish in capers and lemon (special) was fresh but i thought the portion was minimal for the pricing. very tasty though. the seafood pasta was also fresh and the sauce was excellent... i scooped it all up with the bread, which was crusty and a bit stale ( i think it was a day or two too old to be served). the wine list extensive and the chianti which i had was nice and matched the meal perfectly. all in all, i would return and try the other items on the menu."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Had a great dinner celebrating my birthday! Dinner was so good and honestly the best Italian food I had. Great wine was suggested to us and it was divine. I love how they sing for you for your birthday in Italian!! Love it!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It's probably the best Italian restaurant in Pasadena. Having said that, we go to Italy quite often and so it doesn't quite match up to our expectations. It's a bit noisy and crowded. I think they jam up too many tables into the area. However, it is a nice place to take out of town friends and it has good food. Certainly one of the better restaurants in Pasadena."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "If you enjoy Italy and Italian food, I recommend Celestino's. The food and service take me back to my fondest memories of great meals in bustling trattorias along the Venice canals and in elegant but unpretentious Italian eateries in Florence. The service sets the tone for a delicious meal. Salads, Pasta, fresh fish, meats - Celestino's has a great menu. Anything with Porcini mushrooms stands out. The sauces are delicious. Fish preparations are very good as is the rotisserie chicken. Celestino's is our go to place with out-of-town company, business dinners and friends. Mangia!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Went to Celestino's for dinner with family from out of town, thinking from my previous visits that we would have a good dining experience. Unfortunately that was not true. We were seated in the back near the kitchen and a lot of foot traffic, which was very noisy. Our waiter was someone I had not encountered before and he was brusque and pushy. He did not tell us about the specials until we asked (the specials are always very good, although I wish this restaurant- and others-- would tell you the price of the specials and not make you ask) and he disappeared for long periods of time, which is unlike other waiters at Celestinos, who have always been great. It will be a while until we come here again."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "How can you describe perfection in any other words? This is it!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Celestino is my favorite restaurant in Pasadena, hands-down. Mario is the best waiter around and the food never ceases to "hit the mark.""
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Celestino is a popular Italian restaurant in the business district of Pasadena. I eat there regularly and will often take out of town guests especially if they express a wish for authentic Italian food. The pasta dishes are excellent and they invariably feature a whole fish special (it was Dover Sole the other night). The wine list is extensive especially for Italian wines though expect to spend upwards of $50 for a decent bottle."
    Dined on 4/2/2014