Celestino

4.6
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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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SL
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our waiter acted like he had other places to be. He was not attentive about filling our wine glasses or clearing our plates. Also the restaurant looked messy...I used to love this restaurant but I won’t go back.

M
Central Coast
42 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I think they have the best squid ink pasta. We tried many places' squid ink pasta but still believe that Celestino serves the best squid ink. Full of flavor but not fishy at all. We highly recommend this dish. The service is always awsome. Thank you very much Celestino and staff.

BH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, dinner at Celestino Ristorante was excellent. Three of us arrived a few minutes early for a 5:45 PM Saturday afternoon reservation following attendance at an art history lecture in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. The main room was full and they took us immediately to a quiet, well appointed side room where we were able to talk chat peacefully in a normal voice while deciding upon our meal choices. The staff is friendly and well trained, taking our order and providing drink and meal service politely and with practiced efficiency. We highly recommend it highly for the wide range of choices of food, wine and other beverages served with style and grace. It is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Pasadena and we plan to dine there often when we are in the area.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people

DJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

n
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. The weather was warm so we ate out in the front patio which was delightful. I have returned to Celestino many times and know to expect good food and good service. I have also brought several friends to dine in the warm family atmosphere. The mushroom soufflé is always delightful as is the lasagne Bolognese. We also dined on the shrimp salad with the shrimp being grilled to perfection. The wine was perfectly paired with our pastas dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

BL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! Our boss recommended it to us and it was truly amazing, the owner was super personable and everyone was so friendly, if we are ever back in the area we will be going back!!

KB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Celestino’s as we been going there for years and celebrate our birthdays there! We are so happy to have such a wonderful restaurant and the neighborhood. It is amazing the food is always delicious. The desserts are always fresh and incredible. As well the parking in the back is super easy.

TA
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The restaurant is truly Italian in that the waiters border on impatience and the pasta is excellent. While I appreciate the basket of bread (suddenly missing from many restaurant tables), the bread itself was tasteless. Both salads at the table were unremarkable and the Branzino fish contained MANY bones, which is not only unpleasant but turns the meal into peasant fare. I should have ordered the pumpkin ravioli, a seasonal favorite and always superb. For the price and sheer longevity of the place, I wanted to like it more.

EP
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food, as always, did not disappoint. Excellent.
The service, first class. Oscar is an excellent asset for the restaurant and a great waiter for your clientele. The only sour not of the evening was the borderline rude attitude of the wine steward. Perhaps he was having a challenging evening.
I will continue to visit the restaurant and recommend it as well. One occasion when everything was not perfect is no cause for alarm.

YF
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was excellent! The food was superb. I had halibut with spinach, olives and capers in a tomato sauce. It was delicate, moist and delicious. My husband had the best gnocchi ever with truffle and morel mushrooms. The house cab was great and we were given complimentary moscato after our meal. Celestino was the perfect choice for my husband’s birthday!

k
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food !!! my husband and I decided to share the Eggplant salad, the Taglialini and the Sole with Shaved Truffle special and we were served with a 3 course meal in beautifully presented plates and spaced perfectly between each serving.
Definitely going back!!

R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were a table of 2 couples and a single lady. Our server was rude. One diner asked for a glass of chianti, and it took the server 10 minutes to get to our table with the glass. He refused to split the check even though he led us to believe he could do that. We were unable to decifer his writing to try to split the bill ourselves. He finally agreed to split the bill, but that took another 10 minutes. Even then I don't believe he did it correctly as he gave us totals in even dollars, no cents. A very disappointing end to a lovely meal.

w
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the spur of the moment, we decided to enjoy lunch at Celestino. Easily got a reservation for 15 minutes hence. We were seated promptly and courteously, our drinks came very quickly, and our entrees shortly after. I enjoyed my seafood salad tremendously. It contained shrimp, calamari, mussels, scallops, and a few other sea creatures that I did not recognize immediately, but were delicious, as well. I couldn't have been happier. Dining at Celestino always means great food and great service. Thanks!

V
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had just returned from three weeks in Italy. Celestine Made me forget that I had come home

JR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was nice food and service. I enjoyed it and would love to go back to try some other dishes.

CU
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Celestinos over the years but Friday night was the best food, service, ambiance, and experience we have ever had there! There was a large party on the back patio but even that didn’t deter from our excellent experience there- the kitchen was very busy but there were no shortcuts anywhere. We loved it and will recommend it to friends. Thank you!
Cathy and Ken

D
Los Angeles
189 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always my favorite place to go for incredibly authentic Italian food. Great service staff and kitchen staff.

A
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Hubby and I were both underwhelmed with our meals. Everything seemed to lack flavor. We had the Beef Carpacio, Minestrone Soup, Burrata Salad, Pesto Fettucine and Salmon on the Specials list. Only the salmon had any flavor and the accompanying veggies were overpeppered. The Burrata Salad was very nice.

The server seemed preoccupied and like he really didn't want to be working that shift.

We haven't been in years and now won't be back, unfortunately.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere service was amazing a Pasadena gem!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and exceptional service.

R
London
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The folks at Celestino always treat us very well, and are willing to adapt and find you whatever you feel like eating. The quality of the food is great and Mario can find you excellent wine.

BQ
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is good and the ambience is perfect for business Lunch meetings.

MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our recent visit to Celestino was excellent because the music was at a quiet level so that we could still hear each other without having to shout. The waiter patiently recited the long list of specials and repeated a special when asked. He also volunteered information such as sauces that could be substituted on various menu items. After opening delicious white wine we ordered, our waiter promptly brought the ice bucket to chill it for us. Our appetizers and mains were delicious. It was, overall, an excellent experience.

P
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lunch on the patio at Celestino on a fall afternoon was great. Really good food. Excellent service. Terrific ambiance. All around terrific. Highly recommend.

HJ
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First basket of bread seemed like it was left over from lunch. The second I requested was much better.

p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice comfortable ambiance. I'll be back again!

PS
Los Angeles
452 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Five-star experience ruined by their bathroom. One of the best restaurants in town, with one of the most disgusting bathrooms in town...

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing as always!! The service is impeccable and the food delicious

j
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A go to place. Wonderful food and great service. They are always flexible if you want something a little different.

P
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So so good. I have food allergies and so it is sometimes hard to eat yummy Italian food but Celestino takes that into consideration and will make changes/additions so that you can enjoy. Best Risotto I ever had and it contained no cow diary. YUM

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The pasta was over cooked and the staff showed no interest in diners. The forgot items and rushed us . The sauces were poor. We were not impressed with the food.

J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

RM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food!
Mario and Luis spoiled us to the hilt! Definitely will be back

H
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food, the servers were very nice, I will definitely come back again.

o
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday, and it was the perfect evening! Exceptional service, innovative food, and a super relaxed atmosphere. We’ve been here often and will continue to do so!

LM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience with exceptional food options.

T
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there every time we’re in Pasadena. Great food. Charming service, unrushed, comfortable setting.

P
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Very disappointing experience!!! While the ambiance and service were convivial, the chicken parmesan did not deserve to leave the kitchen. It was rubbery, almost plastic, must have been microwaved beyond embalmed. The waiter’s response, “Sorry, would you care for dessert?” Do yourself a favor… find a nice steakhouse in Pasadena

J
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This was actually the worst lasagna I have ever had, and I am including frozen lasagna. I loved the ambience and have had good food here in the past, but if a place with the cost of Celestino's can't make a good lasagna, I have no interest in going back.