Celestino

4.5
1857 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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!!
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Phone number
(626) 795-4006
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Calogero Drago
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Green St & Cordova
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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.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Celestino offers three dynamic private rooms to accommodate to the specific needs of each individual. With a variation in room size, and a flexible menu we can cater to the needs of each group.

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What 1857 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful delicious as always. Have been regular customer for over twenty years.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Best Italian food I’ve had in the three years I’ve been in Pasadena

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This restaurant has some of the most authentic Italian food in L.A.. One of the best restaurants in Pasadena. The homemade pasta is amazing.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Waiter said Lobster and crab linguine was in a cream sauce. It wasn’t it was a marinara sauce. Really large difference especially when you’re talking about seafood. Overlooked and ate it although I never would’ve ordered it like that. Completely not a fan of the fra diavolo style. Then the “meat lasagna” is actually only about an inch tall and is spinach lasagna and a pinkish type sauce with peas and a tiny little bit of meat in between. That is not meat lasagna my friends. If that’s how they make it, it should be described in the menu as such. When I very kindly told him this he tried to play it off saying well that’s how we make it. I’m sorry, but meat lasagna is meat lasagna. Not spinach lasagna with peas. There’s only one way to make it. Anything else is a variation and should be noted. Average at best. Won’t return.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Celestino's is a favorite every time. It feels like a neighborhood trattoria.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food and wine were great! Antonio was our waiter and he was so fun and knowledgeable. Prices were reasonable for delicious food. We are definitely going back.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

For Italian CAN'T beat this place; great food and service consistently

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

first visit to Celestino in years was a pleasant surprise. Service much more attentive; food reliably prepared and flavorful. our table was awkwardly placed in narrow passage between door and host station and opposite the bar. in general, though, worth another visit.

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1.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Smallest portions ever. Entre was smaller than most appetizers at a real restaurant. The one brussels sprout cut in half to compliment the 3 bite sized piece of meat was a nice touch. haha! Quality was so-so anyhow, so maybe not worth the calories. Would not go back. We went for burgers after.

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The waiter we got was very brusque and unhelpful. When asked for the wine list or cocktail list, he just said right away there's none and rattled off a list of cocktails in a terse manner. He only produced one grudgingly when we insisted. When we asked for other stuff, he was just very impatient like he doesn't have time for us. When my friend was telling him of the concerns, he just said that he'll just get another waiter. The next waiter was not that much better. When asked for a manager or supervisor, we were told there's none, which is so weird. We will not go back there again.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The server did not give eye contact and was not that attentive. My capellini was okay, but the chicken was very dry. I took my leftovers home, but threw them away since the pasta was rather greasy.

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2.0Dined on July 17, 2018

This is by far our favorite Italian restaurant in pasadena, we have been coming here since they opened. Tonight was the worst service we have ever had. We waited 1.5 hours for our meal and for the first time I sent back my dish. I was so disappointed but I think it was just the "B" team. MARIO would've never let this happen. I will be back, but was so disappointed with the kitchen tonight.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Anniversary celebration was perfect.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

It was a very nice well presented meal in quite comfy environment

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

As usual, an outstanding experience, which is why I go back time and time again. Always, very good food and excellent service. This time we set outside on the patio on Lake Avenue but the noise level was not excessive and it was a thoroughly European-style dining experience.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

My husband's birthday!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Consistently awesome experience. One of the jewels of Pasadena.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

This is my second time there since I thought I'd give it another chance and before I gave it a review. In this round, from three orders none was right; even though the waiter had suggested and verified what one of us should order! The service was slow and spotty and just not attentive. The food was fine but really nothing special or anything to go out of the way. I just can not recommend this restaurant at this point.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I didn't find the dishes very special. I think they are heavy.
People are kind and service was good.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Excellent food as usual at Celestino. They had a special salad appetizer that was sautéed porcini mushrooms that was great. My wife usually does not like mushrooms but she loved those. Quiet late on a Tuesday evening.

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1.0Dined on June 25, 2018

I made a reservation thru open table, and for the first time I attempted to redeem a dining reward. I followed the open table instructions, and received an electronic copy of the $10 reward with my reservation. When I attempted to redeem it tonight, after dinner, our waiter, Guiseppe, said that he didn't know what I was talking about, refused to even look at the reward certificate on my phone, proceeded to tell me that he worked there for 15 years and never heard of anything like this $10 discount I was trying to get. I asked him to send a manager over, and he returned 5 minutes later and told me the manager didn't need to talk to me because he looked at my reservation and there was no mention of a discount. This restaurant made me feel extremely uncomfortable and I was totally embarrassed for trying to redeem this "reward".

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We celebrated our twins 25th birthday and it was great. The waiter, kind of an old guy knew everyone of the regulars in the place and was funny. He surprised my kids with a nice little desert.
we will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We've been eating at Celestino for over 15 years. The food is always outstanding and authentic Italian. The service is always excellent. This is out favorite Pasadena restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

What a great find! My boyfriend and I celebrated our 3 Year Anniversary and loved everything about this place. Friendly and professional staff, quick service, and absolutely delicious food. We recommend the mushroom soufflé (oh my goodness) and the pumpkin/sage pasta!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Celestino is a great Italian restaurant. The food and service are always superb. The wine list, in my opinion, needs some work though. Still a real favorite of ours.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Every once in a while you hit that sweet spot where you pick the right restaurant, get the right table, order the right drink and the right meal and it's all prepared perfectly. Celestino's did it for us last Friday. After a long week at work for me and houseguests for my wife, neither of us was up for cooking so we decided to revisit Celestino's, a longtime Pasadena standby we hadn't been back to (for some dumb reason) in quite a while. We were able to make a last minute early evening reservation and were greeted like we ate there all the time. We picked a table outside and our waiter appeared almost immediately with a cocktail and wine menu. Our drinks were perfect and the olive oil for the warm bread was fresh and without bite. We were able to have a relaxed, quiet conversation watching the foot traffic on Lake Boulevard and in short order my wife got her delicious salad (light but flavorful balsamic vinaigrette) and I had a special mushroom in lemon and olive oil appetizer that was wonderful. My wife's lamb chops were perfectly done (and she sets a high bar for her lamb chops) and my simple tomato basil pasta was exactly what I wanted and could not have been better. This place has been around for a while but based on that meal, has not gotten lazy or complacent. Just what we needed and much appreciated. We won't wait so long to come back.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Great food. Great service. Always reliable and no surprises. My favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food at Celestino is always good. We also appreciate the fact that there is no piped in music and quiet conversation is possible, particularly if you sit outside the main dining room, which tends to be a bit crowded and noisy. This last visit we felt the service was sub-par. Our waiter didn't seem to have time for us and didn't bother to list all the specials for us, which is always something to inquire about at Celestino because they are not on the menu (we heard another waiter listing more specials at another table). The service is sometimes a flaw at Celestino--it can be brusque. Wine by the glass seems more and more expensive, so I would recommend looking at the wine list--you have to ask for it--and going over choices with the server. If you're going to pay $14 a glass, be sure it's something you will enjoy.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very authentic and I love that all the staff Ive had the pleasure to encounter is Italian.
Lovely wine list and wonderful mushroom dishes this time of year.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We came here for my parents' 45th anniversary. We waited at the bar for our party to arrive and the bartender was great; very attentive and friendly. We were seated almost as soon as our party arrived. The waiter was so friendly, gave great recommendations, and provided excellent service. The food was some of the best I've had in a long time; my husband got the special crab linguine with a lobster, I got the other special, wild boar ragu with orecchiette. Everyone at our table raved about the meal. I am so glad we decided to come here to celebrate my parents and would recommend this place 100%.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent food and service as usual for Celestino.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Overal experience was fair. Unfortunately, their kitchen had a fire issue and the restaurant has to close down.
However, we did get our meal beforehand along with an extensive wait.
Would have loved to relax and enjoy more wine, but they had to close.
Thank you !

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Nothing special food was average patio seating was not very cozy or romantic

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great food, I loved th pheasant, which I havent been able to find for years. I want to try the duck ravioli and the rabbit . My friend loved the scallops and salads were great. I’ll come again soon.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The wait staff was excellent, although the hostess was a little pre-occupied. Branzino was great and the pasta was authentic!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The food was exquisite, the service was phenomenal... I truly recommend the experience to anyone that reads this review Five Stars😇🤗☺️

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Excellent meal and service! the langostino special linguini was beautiful. We had an early dinner pre-theater. The service was spot on and got us out in good time without rushing.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Very very good. Service even better than usual. The special beet salad was amazing. Simone was great too.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

From the moment we arrived, our experience was wonderful. Our reserved table was ready and we were seated immediately. Our waiter was knowledgeable, professional, personable, and more than accommodating. The food was delicious and served quickly.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

it was Mother's Day. Maybe not a great night to dine out. We waited a long long time!

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