Celestino

4.3
2080 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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Sun 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM

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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 3

Essen war sehr gut - teuer aber so ist es nun in Amerika - ABER ich habe einen Aperol bestellt ( da es ein Italiener ist mit selbstgemachte Nudeln habe ich nach einen Aperol mich fragen getraut) so der Kellner kam mit der Flasche ob ich das meine und ich sagte ja. Dann kam mein Aperol PUR mit Eiswürfeln! Somit habe ich ein Glas Wein und Mineral bestellt und alles um geleert damit es halbwegs nach einem Aperol geschmeckt hat - als die Rechnung kam würde nur für den puren Aperol 42 Dollar verlangt ! Darauf hin hab ich kein Trinkgeld da 1 dass getränkt falsch war und 2 wirklich sehr überteuert - der Kellner beschwerte sich warum so wenig Trinkgeld als ich nett erklären wollte wie man 1. Richtig einen Aperol macht und 2 der Preis wirklich nicht passt wurde er sehr unfreundlich ! Wenn man den Wein und Mineral mitrechnet kommt man auf 58€ Dollar ca für einen nicht guten Aperol !!

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M
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great wait staff would and will go back.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch, excellent for, terrific and friendly service. Where’s the crowd as it was nearly empty.

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C
Los Angeles
169 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food here is always good and reliable. The special ravioli with filet were very good, the Osso Buco was just fine. The service is iffy. Our waiter was so overworked, he gave the specials to 3 tables at a time. He hurriedly took the orders, and messed up on our table, and the table next to us.We were VERY rushed, 45 minutes from seated to paid. Give people a chance to enjoy their meal!

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j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food served in an old school style environment. Pasta just like Nona would make. A full bar with delicious cocktails - a Negroni for me! Loved it.

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M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is over-the-top Outstanding!! The staff is VERY accommodating and friendly ... food & beverages are prepared, cooked and served to perfection. Service is quick and food is served hot. It was a beautiful night to sit out on the patio and enjoy the food and good friends!

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine, great atmosphere

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j
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great...

Food is authentic, service is exceptional, and the reception is always warm... This is a special place that never disappoints...

Thanks for a wonderful experience...

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g
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always!! Risotto with shaved truffles did not disappoint!

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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We was there on a Saturday with reservations. The place was busy but we were seated right on schedule. Food and wine was great and very reasonable. It was nice to see a busy restaurant and it remained busy until past 9:30.
The service was very good.
Highly recommended for any event including private parties

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for seating in the quiet room and thanks for letting us linger. I can always count on Celestino’s

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PD
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celestino’s has long been one of my favorites. Every time I come back my dining experience is even better than I remembered. Great and service are hard to beat. Best food in Pasadena.

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B
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is very nice, as are the staff. The food is pretty ordinary.

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HR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was prompt and food selection was great, as was the food itself.

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OT
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife had the squid ink/seafood risotto, and she said the squid ink flavor kind of obscured the flavors of the seafood. She sort of liked it, but wouldn't order it again.
My pesto pasta was just what I wanted, and I enjoyed it immensely.

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r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect lunch. Generous portions of top notch food. Warm service all at a reasonable price.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service was great!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Service was pretty good, the food was awful.

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S
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Very nice people work there

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WM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, a very good meal. Lunch time is busy so it was a little noisy, however, the service was unparalleled and the food delicious. Highly recommend this place for traditional Italian food with great service.

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w
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Very unfriendly service, had to beg waiter for wine list, 5-6 specials that was not easy to remember,
very, very slow service, like they saw us as incovenience . A/C was on so we had to wear jackets indoor..
Not just us but all patrons had jackets on.
From seating to first contact with service 15-20 minutes. We ordered bottle of champagne that waiter just put on table without ice bucket. when I asked for wine list, waiter asked red or white....
Tables were covered in paper like in hash house. But waiter with heavy italian accent was very fast to bring us check. Not worth second look.

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M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waiter had no personality. The assistant was nice however when you serve people you shouldn't reach over people to serve someone. They constantly did this and that really bugs me. There's a right way to serve people. The food was good but not as good as it was before. We had 2 people having birthdays. We bought desserts 3 desserts. When we finished they brought two desserts for the birthday people. It was a nice evening though.

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O
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food quality and value are superb. Ample free parking in the back.

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JB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Well, we had a great dinner and evening in a world where dining out is often underwhelming and oh so not special. The service was just right, the plated food was savory and well-balanced for flavor and presentation. We had the filet mignon/porcini stuffed ravioli and the ½ lobster with crabmeat on fresh made pasta. The salad appetizer was arugula and artichoke with pecorino cheese topped with a complimentary, light dressing that persistently brought the perfect refreshing touch to the simplest dish.

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent calamari special. Fabulous arugula salad special. Eggplant Parmesan not as tasty as usual it was breaded even though I asked beforehand to confirm there was no breading.

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d
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always.

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Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! We started with minestrone soup that was delightful. I had the jumbo scallops over cannelloni beans that were tasty and cooked to perfection! My husband had the Osso Bucco shank and he said it tasted extraordinary. The table service was impeccable and the value great! We will be coming back soon!

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P
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love Celestino's. Great food. Great service. Wonderful lunch on the patio.

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J
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, outstanding service.

The right risotto with seafood and squid ink sauce was phenomenal.

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JJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Extremely poor service and very slow. The guy waiting on our table had a poor attitude and acted like he was doing us a favor by waiting on us. We will not be back.

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T
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celestino has always been my favorite Italian restaurant in Pasadena. I introduced a friend to the place yesterday as he had never been there before. I'm quite sure he will return.

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JL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food - especially pasta - never disappoints! Love dining there!

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LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food is usually excellent. It would be nice for the place to be updated.

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LE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is always exceptional. Lemon drop was made to perfection Merlot was excellent. Drink prices were a tad high but amount of liquid was more than adequate. Dessert pudding was downsized from last time we were there. Cappuccino was tasteless which was quite surprising for an Italian drink.

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I had read great reviews of this restaurant and was looking forward to going. I also had called ahead to alert them that this was a very special occasion (mother's 85th birday) but there was no acknowledgement of that and the service we received was TERRIBLE. Our waiter was surly and impatient.
The food was good - but again, the terrible service we received colored the whole evening. I was very unhappy because I wanted this to be a special meal and evening for my mother's birthday, but it was the polar opposite.

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PK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The food looked good but it had no flavor. My dad got sick from the fish.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place doesn’t even deserve a one star! The service is non-existent and they are absolutely rude! I checked in with the hostess and she says nothing to me to acknowledge that I’m good to go. Then a waiter bumps into me when I have clearly been standing in the same spot with the rude hostess. We get seated and our waiter with a bad Italian accent tells us all their specials, which apparently they have 15 different “specials”. When he finally finished, we reviewed our menus. Then another waiter comes up and proceeds to attempt to tell us about their specials. We stopped him before he proceeded with the long list as once was enough. We ordered our food, which was mediocre. I had the pappardelle with mushrooms. It was really salty yet unexciting all at the same time. Not very flavorful...not very good Italian. I had a few bones in my pasta, which made me chip a tooth. Then we kept trying to get a waiter’s attention for our check because not once did they come back and ask how our food was or if we needed refills of our beverages. When we finally got a waiter to give us our check, he made the snide remark “in a rush huh?”. Yeah, in a rush to get the heck out of your notorious establishment!

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a
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Pasadena! The food and service are top notch 👍.

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MN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salad, Pasta and Desesert was excellent. Steak had no flavor. Italian speaking waiter was great.

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PH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on Celestino's to be consistent. I had the lasagna which was excellent and my friend had a small salad with artichockes and cheese layered on top; she loved it! Friendly and excellent service. I always love the atmosphere!

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