Best Restaurant in Pasadena
My wife and I love this restaurant and go every chance we get.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful evening
Thank you Celestino for once again you delighted us with your service and lovely food.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had to sit in a side room
Had to sit in a side room because I had requested a table on the porch but it was too hot to sit there. So the only tables left in the main dining room were in poor locations (next to the front door or by the hallway). We were by ourselves for a while, probably 30 minutes, but the waiter, Simon I believe is his name, was very attentive and kept us entertained! We loved our dinner and the service.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The owner and staffs are really
The owner and staffs are really friendly and energetic.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just came back from Italy and we were looking for a place that had great Italian food and found Celestino and the food was just like what we had in Italy. I have recommended Celestino to all my friends.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful
This was my first trip to Celestino (and it will not be my last)! What a great place!
We arrived a tad late for our reservation and was warmly greeted and sat promptly. The staff was VERY attentive, but not oppressively hovering.
Food was GREAT (my girlfriend ESPECIALLY loved the seafood salad).
Yeah, we'll be back!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old school classic
While this restaurant has the style and service of a classic restaurant from my childhood, the food is definitely not dated! Every dish was beautifully executed using the freshest ingredients! Our waiter Carlos, did everything to make our dining experience wonderful. He even poured a gavi wine by the glass that was not a wine by the glass offered by the restaurant. We have just moved here from out of state and are sure this is going to our go to restaurant!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
wholesome and hearty Italian food
Very tasty (and always reliable) meals which are truly Italian. The owner seems to be from Sicily. The ambiance is amiable and the food delectable. Had Insalata Primavera e Formaggio di Capra (with eggplant and goat cheese), Burrata con Pomodoro e Peperoni (which had my favorite buffalo mozzarella), and Risotto Porcini e Mascarpone. Our friends tried the fish of the day (swordfish) and filet de sole, and enjoyed them too. We shared a very good bottle of Barbera d'alba, a red wine from (my favorite) Piedmont area of northern Italy. All in all a great experience.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great except for one dish
Three of us dined, and the salads, appetizers, and main courses were all wonderful, except for the special risotto dish with shrimp. The problem was that the rice appeared not to be Aborio rice, but rather a non-Aborio long grained white rice. As a result, the dish had neither the texture or complexity of a real risotto. It was disconcerting, at best to be served a flawed risotto at an otherwise excellent Northern Italian establishment.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, inept service
Mario.... The best server in the area, was on vacation. Man we had very nice but incompetent. Finally Signor Drago stepped in and all was much better!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not only does a restaurant need great food, but what takes that restaurant to a higher special place is the people who work there. The hostess, managers, and wait staff are the BEST in the business. They are knowledgeable and always want to make your experience special. this is truly one of my favorite restaurants and that's why we keep going back and bringing new friends to share this great place.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Pasadena
Celestino is always TOPS on my list when dining out. Authentic food, great service, and friendly staff.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday Night's All Right
Good Food! Menu offers many choices but the staff seems to pull them all off very well. Solid Italian cuisine executed by a very well trained staff. A little piece of Italy right in Pasadena.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of our favorite Pasadena spots. If it is not on the menu, just ask and they will prepare it for you. The rackof lamb was absolutely perfect.Our favorite desert is the panne cotta. The service is beyond excellent.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place never disappoints. Great staff, great food.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Business Lunch
We had a delicious business lunch at Celestinos. I will return next time I am in Pasadena. Everyone enjoyed their food. The staff was attentive, but not intrusive. The restaurant was more interested in letting us enjoy the meal and the company of our guests instead of turning the talbe.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can count on it
The first of the Celistino Drago restaurants this is a perfect place. The food is superb as is the service and prices are reasonable for all of that.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this place! The service is impeccable, the food is beyond amazing. I had a black truffle risotto with Fontina cheese and cream that was to die for! The were so accommodating to my Gluten Allergy and new exactly what it was. We will absolutely come back!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our celebratory dinner was especially wonderful from the moment we stepped in. Staff members, especially waiters, were lovely and charming. The food, as usual, was absolutely delicious!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful atmosphere, food,
Wonderful atmosphere, food, and service. Never a bad day at Celestino... always a place to make your face and stomach smile.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food on Lake Avenue
This is my third time to visit Celestino and I will be back. Great food, solid menu selections and a friendly staff make this restaurant one of my local favorites.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great authentic food
This is a great restaurant with delicious food, wonderful service and just a pleasant experience overall.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go here all the time
This is our home away from home. We put ourselves in the waiters hands. The food is divine, a mushroom soup arrived with floating truffle shavings (no cream). Transports your soul! The swordfish, memorable -- perfectly seared, render and laden with the right number of capers and lemon and butter.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable dinner at Celestinos
My husband and I celebrated his bday. We had the fettuccini w pheasant and morels and risotto with squid ink. Both excellent. They will make any of the pastas from their extensive and exotic pasta menu. It was hard to pass up the specials like sea bass or veal rack. Next time. We had a dry Barbera wine reasonably priced and just what I asked for. The sauces are all freshly prepared. You will not be disappointed. My cousin susan lived in Pasadena for 35 years.. She recently passed and we chose her favorite restaurant to celebrate together.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful and attentive service
Went here for a business lunch and sat on the front patio on Lake. Service was friendly and attentive. Food and menu selection was good. The patio was just a bit noisy with the mid-day traffic. It might be better at night.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celestino's is a fantastic restaurant that offers delicious foods served by great staff. Carlos, Mario, and Pasqual are the best!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It starts with the hostess genuinely welcoming you; remembering the reservation requested the patio and delivering on the request. It continues with stellar service & really great, truly Italian food the way it would be in Italy. We've been going there as long as it's been open and plan to continue.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Pasadena!
Always have a great experience here! Simone takes great care of us! The truffle menu this weekend was outstanding. The best dish was the Dover Sole with truffle!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
IT'S TRUFFLE SEASON. YEAH!!! SO DELICIOUS. Thank you Celestino for another beautiful evening.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere....Great Food...Great Service.... what more can anyone ask for? Perfection is Celestino
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We Love This Place
Husbands Birthday we had such an enjoyable evening, with a large party and it was handled beautifully. The food is always exceptional.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I ate dinner here tonight and all of us really enjoyed our food. The wait staff was great! I didn't order the risotto, but my friend did and it rocked! I will definitely get it next time. I had the black and white pasta with scallops and it was quite tasty too.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been hearing about Celestinos for years, but never went because we lived too far away. Now that we live in Pasadena, we tried it and it was AWESOME!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food
Great Italian food, they close a little early and will rush you a bit towards the end so make sure your timing is planed around them. The chairs are a bit small, I'm 6'2" and was fairly uncomfortable the entire night. However the great wine more than makes up for these shortfalls. I certainly would eat here for dinner or lunch again.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter, Joseppe, was very good but somewhat curt. He eventually warmed up to us. I felt we four women were well dressed since we were going to the Playhouse and an asset to your restaurant as opposed to the levi-clad people surrounding our table in the patio. So I thought we would have had a bit more respect. But overall it was a pleasant dining experience.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family (& many others) favorite
The food is great (try the Caesar with the boquerones, off menu) but what I really love is how families abound all around, young, old, everything and they still treat you like you're at a nice restaurant! Now, family friendly does NOT equal Chuck E. Cheese: this is a nice restaurant where you don't get the "stares" from other diners or the vacant "they're going to destroy my station" looks from the servers.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've dined here many times and you won't find better Italian food anywhere.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
That says it all. I don't have 50 more characters so I'm just taking yo space here!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you want proper delicious Italian food, friendly staff, Celestino is a reliable place to go! Nothing too fancy, delicious crusty bread, good wine, lovely selection of pasta, and the best staff.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a regular here it is fantastic. I'm Italian and grew up with everything homemade this is authentic Italian food.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been going to Celestino for years & this time, we celebrated our 28th Anniversary. The food, atmosphere and service are always outstanding and with all the Italian restaurants in Pasadena, Celestino is the BEST!!!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding northern Italian
Outstanding northern Italian food, excellent rabbit and specials. The Branzino is prepared perfectly. Some of the Italian waiters are a little difficult to understand and can be a tad pushy on recommendations, but the service is impecable. The prices are such that a nice dinner for two won't require a Brinks truck full of money. Highly recommended, heavily made up of a repeat clientele.
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Superb Menu - lives up to promise
Excellent food - gracious service - patio quieter and comfortable.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistent great food and service
Great when waiter says, "If you can think of it, we can make it for you!" When other restaurants are hit-or-miss regarding service and/or food, Celestino's is that rare find, consistently good food and gracious service.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We always love Celestino for the genuinely warm welcome, great Northern Italian food, attentive service and authenticity; Italian waiters included. On this most recent visit, we enjoyed a soft polenta appetizer blended with just the right amount of fontina cheese topped with shaved black truffle; and lightly sautéed Dover sole which was presented whole at table and then dispatched to the kitchen to be filleted and returned to the table ready to eat. It was delicious. Another of our party loved his roast chicken which is served on top of tiny roasted potatoes. The "sauce" made with reduced pan juices really make this dish. The salads were very good, and the dressings especially tasty. Celestino is busy, unpretentious and always a treat.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and wine -
The patio is quieter - and, when it's warmer, the garden in back. The interior is very noisy but has nice energy and atmosphere. I love the food and go back frequently.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
All around excellent experience. Will return for another memorable evening.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I brought my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a great time. All of the staff were incredibly friendly, i'm by no means an aficionado of italian food, but everything that I ate was delicious! I had the Linguini Scampi con Pepe Verde, and would readily recommend it to others.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best italian restaurant in Pasadena
Part of the Drago brothers chain, this is a superb traditional Italian restaurant. How many places can you get Bronzino. I have mostly been there for lunch, so I don't know the wine list, but judging by the number of decanters they have on the wine serving table I look forward to a dinner with wine. They have a porch in front for outdoor dining. And free parking right behind the restaurant.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great lunch there prior to thanksgiving. Service was prompt, food was excellent. Will return
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM