Celestino

4.6
1887 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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HA
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perennial favorite. Most recently for a birthday celebration. great to have 3 waiters competing to serve our table.

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D
Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

For years this has been my favorite place to dine until the past couple of times which has offered service that is not up to the normal standard. The food is amazing, the ambiance remains the same, but the service has taken a turn and not sure why. The service may need some fluffing. It's unfortunate to have excellent food and less than stellar service.

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Pros:
- Menu has options beyond the standards (pheasant, rabbit, squid ink)
- Was able to get a reservation that day for a decent time
- Back patio seating

Cons:
- Service, although friendly, was weak. Our waiter seemed to have too many tables, or was it a coordination problem? We and other tables waited a good while for food and drink after appetizers.
- Food flavors were just ok.
- Wine by the glass - you just pick a varietal and get a meh house wine (bottle list was definitely more interesting)

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TS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

All in all really like Celestino's. It is unfortunate that they only have house wines by the class. If you want to pick from the wine list you must purchase a full bottle. Our service fell well below par this evening though. Service was well past slow and had to ask more than once for several things. Not sure if our waiter was new or just having an off night. Normally service has been good in the past...

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant, try to get here anytime I'm in town. Great service, great food!

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J
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night

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v
Los Angeles
101 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I thought the food was just ok and the prices were way to high. The service was so slow that my husband had to resort to hailing a busboy to get any service and a bill

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RT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food. Large selection and innovative specials.

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JD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff here is excellent and if you are in an adventurous mood and not too worried about the expense, you should let your waiter make suggestions and provide you with a really fun dining experience. We let our waiter choose our dessert, which wines by the glass we should have, and make recommendations. He was great.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. Noise level became quite loud as the dinner progressed. Could barely hear the other guests at the table.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is great, service is bad. Waiter never asked if we wanted dessert or another glass of wine. We had to ask our busboy for the check which took a long time to come.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent flavor. Very reasonable prices for the pastas.

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LA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Veal chop, rack of lamb and soup were perfect. I’ve enjoyed consistently superior cuisine at this & other Drago restaurants. Service staff needs retaining.The service was friendly but genially inattentive. We had to repeatedly flag the waiter for initial cocktail even early before many tables were occupied. A broken knife was replaced with a shrug instead of an apology.

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R
London
24 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celestino has been consistently great for a long time. We had two of the specials and they were both excellent.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the meal and restaurant!! Bread was yummy. Service was great and the servers were very good. Will definitely be going back :)

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CD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

OK, we got there and there were several tables outside. We requested to seat there. we had arrived a bit early. We ordered an appetizer and the waiter brought bread and water right away. We reviewed the wine menu and the specials were shared with us.
We both ordered off the special menue as well as a soup starter. the soup came right away but it took over an hour to get our entre--OVER AN HOUR!!! We had to ask and he came back stating that it should be right up. 10 minutes later he came with 2 plates of ravioli because the chef dropped my fish and they had to start over. The portion on the ravioli was minimal and really not what the waiter had said it was. My fish finally came and it was nothing exciting. The fish was not seasoned at all and the lemon sauce was really not very special. Red lobster honestly would do better. In spite of this, we chose a dessert which again took another 15 minutes and it was delicious. We asked for our bill right away and finally had to ask someone else to take up our credit cards. They never offered a discount on the bill for the very long wait. The outdoor seating was beautiful but the food not worth the wait.

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B
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Any restaurant with professional waiters and owner/host is simply fantastic as the quality control happens before you even know it. The waiters are top notch! Food is always delicious and the specials never disappoint! Excellent Cosmo's from the bar always! This place is always a special treat! Valet parking to boot! Keep up the great work!

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TE
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Overall enjoyed the experience. The waiter was amazing. Started with Burrata, it was great, but could have been served with small crostini rather than having to spread it on the table bread. Pasta was the linguini - lobster special. Pasta was excellent but the sauce seemed to overpower for the lobster and crab meat . We asked the waiter for a recommendation on a clean semi dry white. He selected a Gavi, which was delightful. We both ordered fish for the main, my wife had the halibut, served with an olive/tomato sauce and I had the sword fish with butter/caper sauce. The sword fish was yummy. The sauce on the halibut also seemed to overpower the fish. The only negative on the service was the fish dishes came out before I was completely finished with the pasta. The waiter again brought us the dessert and surprised us by saying if we do not like what he chose, he would pay for it. He brought out my favorite, panna cotta, in this case with fresh strawberries. Even though a few things could have been better, our first visit was a fun experience and we will certainly return.

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The waiter was lovely. The street patio has too many tables and the chairs are seriously uncomfortable. Consider adding ceiling fans to move the car exhaust and people smoking on the sidewalk fumes out. We all ordered different items and the food was unfortunately nothing special.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great. Ordered Mushroom soufle as it is a must.

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MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Hostess flubbed the seating. A couple arriving at the same time with no reservation was seated before us at the last table. We waited past our reservation time to be directed to a tiny table in the corner that was set up to correct the error, only to be told by the server that it was “too tight to work” and we were subsequently UNseated. We waited further while the hostess informed us “our table is right over there, they’re paying right now.” Another 15 min goes by while she paces the restaurant trying to locate the imaginary table who is paying and about to be done. Finally, we were seated at a small table in a thoroughfare near the kitchen (nowhere near the direction of the ‘our table’) and served by 5 different people who got their wires crossed all night. Clearly this seating was thrown together last minute and not part of the regular dinner service. During this fiasco, the word “sorry” was not uttered once by anyone. All it would take to alleviate the tension would have been an apology and the offer of a glass of water and a seat for my wife who was in a post-surgical boot and cane. We love the pasta here and had not been in a couple years. Either they were having an off night or service has tanked. What a letdown.

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PP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant lunch experience with a new friend. Foid excellent

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TN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy having dinner at Celestino! The food is very good! The service is friendly, welcoming and very good!

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KS
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening! The menu is so broad and everything is delicious. We all ordered different items and each was fabulous! I come here every time I’m in the Pasadena area. Two thumbs up!!

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P
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Celestino’s. Great service. Terrific food. Highly recommend

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GW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, great service, good wine. Pleasant atmosphere.

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my family

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r
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quiet on Tuesday evening and staff very friendly as usual.

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PK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Celestino's never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service is very good. We've gone there for several special occasions and love the special attention.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Last minute decision to go out for dinner. I never have to guess if we will have a good time and a good meal at Celestino. The servers are simply outstanding. The food is fresh. The pasta al dente and the range of sauces available is incredible. I have loved this place since I moved here 4 years ago. Always a sure bet. Thank you for the service tonight. We had a great time.

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W
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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R
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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EP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

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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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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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