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- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Sea bass special was great as usual. Lasagna special also great.
Celestino has been a staple of Pasadena's higher end restaurant scene for decades, and still for good reasons. I had lunch inside on a hot day with a business friend. We shared a grilled octopus salad special at the suggestion of our waiter, and I picked the spaghetti carbonara as my main. The recommendation was spot on - the portion was perfect as a lunch appetizer; the octopus, thinly sliced, evenly grilled, and delicately seasoned, reminded me of Greece. My spaghetti was done al dente, to my liking, and unlike most other restaurants that soak the pasta in sauce, the carbonara attached itself almost entirely to the spaghetti. My only gripe is that I would have preferred less cream, but that's probably a personally preference. The portion was extremely generous, so I took home almost as much as I ate. Service, as usual, was warm, friendly and attentive. Throw in easy parking nearby, and it's easy to conclude that lunch for 2 for $66 doesn't get much better anywhere else.
We were on such a high with our first visit so we decided to have our second visit. Our second visit we didn’t get Mario. We got another waiter who was not as excited to be there. I ordered the same meal but was charged a different price. Hummm interested. The food was wonderful, yummy and delicious. Maybe third time is the deal breaker. We will go again.
Fabulous pasta. I had the best carbonara outside of Italy
Excellent entrees, generous portions. Don't miss the Italian salads.
Great food and wonderful service!!
Eat here regularly.
Will definitely keep coming back.
Always a great dinner and fabulous staff
The food is "perfection." Service is outstanding.
The overall experience was good. We requested and expected
outdoor seating, but there was no availability; so they placed us into the separate room which we had to ourselves - which was ok.
The food was good, portions are normal, so if someone is super hungry can order extra appetizers.
We ordered Branzino and lettuce, beet and goat cheese salad and iwas very good.
One thing- we felt like waiters were rushing us and felt pressured by constant checking at the end, around 9 pm. We felt
they were ready to wrap up. Or maybe they were too attentive??
The food is always excellent. Never once have I had a bad meal at Celestino. However, they could do a better job with their house wine. It would be nice if they served a wine menu to their customers without having to ask for one. The service is always friendly and attentive.
Amazing food service and great atmosphere!
Delicious food well explained by the wait staff, and attentive service by ALL
A charming, upscale Italian restaurant that you will likely return for romantic dates or a nice dinner for visiting friends you want to impress. Would've been 5 stars all the way except many of the seats are basically positioned at pre-covid distances; however, it's mostly not facing each other. That was the one part which made me feel slightly uncomfortable. Service was impeccable otherwise and our waiter remembered the long list of Specials of the Day by heart! Would recommend sitting al fresco in front to get a view of Pasadena you might not usually see while zooming down Lake Ave. The back outside seating in their courtyard is like a secret haven (Will try that next time!). Oh, yes, the pasta we ordered was flavorful, cooked perfectly, and not too heavy.
great food and service! this is my must-go place when I need to sit down and have some fine Italian food.
Delicious and not over cooked! Seafood was very fresh!
Celestinos was CLOSED and Open Table made the reservation anyway.
Best food best staff
Upscale ambiance and menu; prices reasonable for that setting. Our waiter was outstanding!
Men's room needed attention badly!
Birthday dinner and was a great choice!
For years this has been one of my favorite spots in Pasadena! Service was very good as was the food which came i an orderly time and was hot. Great that there is parking in the back
One of our favorite places to eat in Pasadena. Food was amazing as always. Asparagus soup + Angel Hair pasta with seafood + drinks.
Best Italian restaurant I had ever eaten in a long time. Good service . Gnocchi is fabulous , osso bucco and veal
Halibut wasn’t as good as before. Not thick, bit stringy and Livornese sauce wasn’t that flavorful.
Great food, great service. Mario is terrific.
The food is pretty terrible. If you like microwaved type food then you may enjoy this place
Served two large and one small party who had come in after us. When we complained about the service we were told that someone in the kitchen became ill.
Service very poor.
Has the best experience as we celebrate our birthdays. The stay Mario 1 and Mario 2 were awesome and friendly. The foos was beyond delicious. So many great memories. Coming back soon. Pasadena Hidden Gem
The food and service were superb. Prices are reasonable. Comfortable venue, and parking was easy.
All time favorite!
Celestinos reminds me of good restaurants in Italy. Their menu is interesting, the meal is well prepared, and the service is attentive and professional, which are rare qualities since the pandemic.
The wine list is relatively small and mostly populated with interesting regional Italian varieties. I was somewhat surprised that no Italian beers were available, but that may be pandemic related.
Overall, I highly recommend the restaurant.
It was wonderful to return to one of our favorite restaurants.. it did not disappoint!!
Delicious, as always! And the service is impeccable. A true Italian experience with unusual dishes and desserts. We'll be back.
Always great! Price is reasonable . Portions big. Server very friendly and efficient
I have eaten at Celestino's for many years, and I have never been disappointed. The wait staff is friendly, attentive (especially Simone), and provides high-quality service. You can never go wrong with what you order, but I tend to stick to what I love (spaghetti al carbonara, lasagna, and any salad). It is a good place for family meals, get together with friends, and business lunches or dinners. I recommend this place to anyone I know.
Great service. Wonderful food. Lovely setting. Vegetarian options. We will be back!
Always great food and amazing service!! One of the better Italian restaurants for the past 35 years.
Elegant and lively.
We went with the specials recommended.
Mario gave us a warm welcome back -so wonderful to see him! And Antonio was delightful and attentive!
The food was both interesting and delicious as always. The only down size is the very generous America size portions which make it dificult for me to finish more than a couple of courses. More courses would mean wasting some of their perfectly prepared food, that would be a Sin. Celestino never disappoints and thier parking in the back is very convienient.
Simply The Best restaurant in Pasadena
Soups and salads (especially the grilled shrimp) were wonderful. Waiter was great and another waiter kindly got my daughter a mask from his car because she forgot one. Wonderful flourless chocolate cake for her Birthday.
Celestino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 795-4006.
Celestino is rated 4.6 stars by 2597 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.