Celestino

4.5
1916 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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/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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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

What 1916 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best experience! Best Italian food, best service, best place to be for any occasion. Favorite place in Pasadena.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff and the owner are great! The food is amazing! Love this cute spot

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J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic, delicious and well prepared meals. Service was sporadic in spite of low attendance, but worth it!

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LD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happened to visit during truffle season and my pasta entree was one of the best tasting dishes I have ever had! Many delicious sounding options to choose from making it difficult to decide.

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S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service, the food and the old school Italian interior sets the stage for an excellant leisurely dining experience. This more of a fine dining Italian restaurant .
Patio dining avaliable. Plenty of free parking in rear.
Try the Osso Bucco or the Pumkin Tortellini with a bottle of Chianti and a basket of their warm and scumptous bread.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was really looking forward to coming here. Was let down immediately entering and being told our reservation was going to be 25 minutes later to be seated. The place is extremely loud and bright. The food was not even descent; I could have saved a 100 bucks and put it toward food I could have cooked better in my own home. Ordered an Mixed Salad, it was not very fresh some leaves could have been considered sad. Ordered 2 plates of the Spaghetti Pomodoro and Ravioli and cream sauce. The pomodoro was dry, lacked flavor and it was made up of diced tomato instead of cherry tomato. The Ravioli was better than the spaghetti in the sense that there was flavor int he cream sauce. The Ravioli was really thick/doughy/chewy not in a good way. Neither of dishes were al dente level. Service was descent; the hottest was great and made sure to get us seated as well as making sure all other guests got seated to.

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FM
Central Coast
48 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I food meet and exceeded my expectations. The ambiance was good, the employees were very friendly and professional, and the food was superb. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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IT
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fun waiter (he's Italian). Definitely come back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service. Pasta amazing

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RA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent as usual! One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Pasadena!

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JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. There are so many good choices on the menu. The waiter was adorable.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always serves good food and service is excellent and attentive.

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e
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter was very curt and rude when asked questions by our friends.

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MD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent multi lingual waiter.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This is not our first or last time to Celestino's. Our server was just not on his game and he had our large party of 9 plus 4 other large tables to tend to by himself. We were at the restaurant for almost 4 hours, just for dinner. We were there for 45 minutes before our order was even taken, we had to ask for refills on everything. Our food was very good, just waited a very long time for everything.

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P
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic experience. The dover sole was great. Great vodka martini and artichoke salad. My favorite pasadena restaurant!

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SG
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was our first visit to Celestino. The seafood salad was very good and the rest of our dinner was adequate. Our main complaint is that the service was extremely slow, not attentive and less than friendly.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time here. Carlos our waiter was a delight again. Another wonderful experience. Food is spot on.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I came here with my colleagues for lunch and we had a great time. The food was delicious and service was incredible as well. Great ambience and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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r
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Truffle and mushroom season. They had lovely specials highlighting these treats. Celestino is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Good quality food and service. Highly recommend for a nice evening meal.

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s
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve never had a meal I didn’t absolutely love. Beautifully prepared dishes that taste wonderful.

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r
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extra quiet on a Tuesday night with World Series game. Food and service excellent as usual

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was just okay.
My wife had pasta with seafood that she rated "C" to "C-"
I had pasta with spiral pasta and rapini and sausage that I rated a solid "B."
These are the lowest grades we have given to Celestino.

My Scotch before dinner was generous and fine.
The bread and the butter are always good.
The special mushroom soup was spare, but good.

We had the oldest waiter: he means well, but is wholly abrupt. very assertive and crotchety in his manner; we had to ask for bread; we were never offered parmesan cheese on the side. Everytime he came to the table he stepped on my feet with no apology.
We were seated at the corner table (which we requested), and the evening's manager ( a tall woman with grey-blond hair and a striped top) kept coming over to our table to adjust the thermostat by reaching past my ear (no apology) twice. She had no manners at all, and was a terrible floor manager, walking all over the place and accomplishing nothing. She was dressed like a slob for Sunday night dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great price. Great people.

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorites- great pastas and wine ! Best wine pour in LA IMO

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TG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was delicious. I only wish the entrée portion was a bit larger. I left wanting more!

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y
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We hadn’t eaten here in several years, because we were not impressed then, but wanted to give it another shot. We will not be going back. The drinks were watered down to such a point, After 2 tries, I switched to Wine. The fish dishes were bland, the rabbit overcooked and the pasta very boring and dry. The meal took over 2 hours, and we were seated at 5:45, before the rush.

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went for a special occasion, a birthday. Indicated this on the website when booking also followed up with a call to the restaurant 2 hours before our reservation reminding them that we were there to celebrate a birthday, AND when we arrived, I informed the hostess that we were there for a birthday. Told the person that brings out the bread, who initially greeted us at our table that we were there for a birthday and wanted to have a dessert and sing happy birthday. Well, we waited around for some time hoping that they would sing and since the guest of honor was there, it really wasn't very convenient to ask them. So needless to say, they did not sing. Very disappointed and probably not going to go back anytime soon.

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HA
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
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
170 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
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
102 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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