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Celestino

4.6
2597 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Celestino Ristorante in 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 authentic 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 meal or special event at Celestino Ristorante most memorable. We do not up charge for Private Dining room use, or special Wine Dinners. Open Monday through Sunday for dinner seven days a week. Lunch hours are Monday to Friday.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:45PM - 8:45PM

What 2597 people are saying
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Pasadenaresident
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea bass special was great as usual. Lasagna special also great.

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RichardF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipLisaple
Los Angeles
135 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

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vipPLM20
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pasta. I had the best carbonara outside of Italy

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TomL
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent entrees, generous portions. Don't miss the Italian salads.

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DavidD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful service!!
Eat here regularly.
Will definitely keep coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dinner and fabulous staff

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vipJamesH
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is "perfection." Service is outstanding.

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Amymd
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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??

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vipGrrrrrrrrlf
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipThelmaMarie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service and great atmosphere!

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patriciab
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food well explained by the wait staff, and attentive service by ALL

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ohyeahkat
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipJessie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service! this is my must-go place when I need to sit down and have some fine Italian food.

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WhiteSand
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and not over cooked! Seafood was very fresh!

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vipMonica
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Celestinos was CLOSED and Open Table made the reservation anyway.

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vip2regulars
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food best staff

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vipNickolas
Los Angeles
277 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Upscale ambiance and menu; prices reasonable for that setting. Our waiter was outstanding!

Men's room needed attention badly!

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TerryM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner and was a great choice!

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SteveS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite places to eat in Pasadena. Food was amazing as always. Asparagus soup + Angel Hair pasta with seafood + drinks.

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vipCherylC
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian restaurant I had ever eaten in a long time. Good service . Gnocchi is fabulous , osso bucco and veal

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vipJuju
London
90 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Halibut wasn’t as good as before. Not thick, bit stringy and Livornese sauce wasn’t that flavorful.

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vipWilburR
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Mario is terrific.

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DAs24
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The food is pretty terrible. If you like microwaved type food then you may enjoy this place

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JudyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

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vipLisaple
Los Angeles
135 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Frank
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were superb. Prices are reasonable. Comfortable venue, and parking was easy.

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vipMengchaoZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All time favorite!

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FrankP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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SusanM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to return to one of our favorite restaurants.. it did not disappoint!!

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Dora
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always! And the service is impeccable. A true Italian experience with unusual dishes and desserts. We'll be back.

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viphelenh
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great! Price is reasonable . Portions big. Server very friendly and efficient

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ChackoPas
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipJJJJ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Wonderful food. Lovely setting. Vegetarian options. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and amazing service!! One of the better Italian restaurants for the past 35 years.

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JudyG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost Italy.
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!

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJuju
London
90 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply The Best restaurant in Pasadena

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Alex
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

FAQs

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.