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Celestino

4.5
2459 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.
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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 2459 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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JLowe
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at Celestino's never disappoints. It's like taking a trip to Italy without leaving Pasadena. Delicious!

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vipFussyfoodie3
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first time at Celestino. The food and service were both great; however, the restaurant needs updating. There are cracks in the tile and the patio garden needs cleaning and care. Cobwebs were on some of the plants and the fountain had trash in it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really delicious and service was really good.

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vipAltadenaRocks
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This is the typical pre-COVID Celestino: wonderful food, mediocre service. We know they're working very hard, but waiting for food, for cocktail, and for the check takes far too long.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with my little daughter! Thank you!

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vipd1234
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious entrees and fantastic service!

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DavidH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times. The food is always fantastic and the staff always friendly.

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vipMatthewN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy celestinos!!

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JenniferO
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Classic dishes, quality food. was nice to sit outside but the walkway was a bit cramped.

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PatN
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered the restaurant’s parking spots in the rear and sat outside in the atrium under a canopy. The food was good as we remembered from a prior visit.

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james
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

mediocre food but good service Waiters should use the term sir instead of the colloquil "boss"

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RonaldR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Celesitino for 15 years at least and it is one of our favorite Italian restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Will come back for sure😊

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RobertF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back dining in Pasadena and seeing some old friends at Celestino! Food and service is always great!

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Foodies
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celestino's is a favorite for us and our family. We can always count on delicious, fresh, healthy food, great service, a quiet peaceful setting for effective conversation. We are treated kindly and with respect; always met with a friendly greeting. Several of us have food restrictions and unique requests that have always been accommodated warmly.

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vipfoodlover
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food came out cold and had to send it back.
They served main courses prior to clearing first courses
Will never go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

thé lamb shank was over cooked , polenta undercooked
waiter didn’t come to chk in on meal after served.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The beet salad had old or overcooked beets. Service was ok but our table was near an open door and the draft was horrible.

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vipJuju
London
86 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our new waiter will benefit from training. He just doesn’t know better

Fussilino sp? Wasn’t as good as it was 3 weeks ago.


Swordfish had two spears of asparagus

The bread roll is a joke. Best part is that I don’t eat it-therefore save calories.

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vipBobfoodie
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Haven’t been here in a while. Very disappointed.

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ClareK
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a treat to go out to dine again, though we still prefer and opted for an outdoor table. We got a lovely spot on their front patio, which had a nice view of the twinkling lights covering the trees on Lake Avenue. The food was absolutely EXCELLENT. There was four of us, three of us ordered a pasta dish while the other opted for a risotto, and everything was so delicious and perfectly cooked. My penne in vodka sauce with prosciutto was an eye-opener for me; hardly any tomato taste at all but rather a rich, slightly creamy sauce that was dotted with bits of prosciutto - so simple and so perfect. My sister had the pasta with cheese and truffles (an outstanding value at $27) and it was divine - we're still talking about it two days later. The one odd thing was the bread, which comes individually wrapped in foil with no option for butter or olive oil (not sure if this is a COVID thing, but odd that an Italian restaurant can't offer a small bowl of olive oil to go with bread?). Still, it wasn't enough to dampen the mood and the experience, which really was outstanding. We'll be back soon!

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RitaS
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance and great service

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YanaY
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service - highly recommended; nice venue

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DavidH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have dined at Celestino’s many times and are never disappointed. The food is fantastic and the staff are warm, friendly, and extremely helpful. Celestino’s is our favorite place for just the two of us when we want to go out or when we have friends from out of town.

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EllenW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fine good excellent love the celetinos history location parking, very clean

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vipKathleenD
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is very delicious, but it is expensive. The outdoor dining during this COVID time lacks charm and ambiance. I would expect a nicer atmosphere because of the prices.

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JustinD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Very reasonably priced yet excellent Italian cuisine.

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Amyjill2000
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Once we moved tables closer to a heat lamp, things were much better. The back patio is lovely. The food was delicious (we had the Dine LA menu) and the service was wonderful. A couple of odd things: we were served dinner rolls (individually wrapped in foil) but was told there was no butter or olive oil! Also, no cream for the coffee. That definitely had us shaking our heads.

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vipGrrrrrrrrlf
Los Angeles
171 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celestino's is still one of our favorite Pasadena Italian restaurants. We both enjoyed the DineLA menu. The staff was thrilled to see us. Everyone came out to sing happy birthday to my sister-in-law. It was all great!

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HarrisM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I absolutely hate being that guy who posts negative reviews but here we go. This was one of my first times out since the initial shut down last year. I took my friend to this establishment her birthday. I made the reservation a week in advance for comfortability because I'm well aware indoor dining is not a thing in Los Angeles County at the moment. When we arrived, we noticed not all the tables were heated by heat lamps and some tables were actually in a breezeway. Guess where we were seated? Yes. We were seated in the breezeway and it was (I KID YOU NOT) 45 degrees outside. About 20 minutes in and 3 requests for bread that we never received, I went inside to speak with the hostess to see if we could take one of the empty tables near the heat lamps. I explained when I made the reservation a week ago I didn't know to request a heated table and that probably should've been an option that someone mentioned on the phone. She told me there was nothing she could do as those tables were being waited on by other parties but she'd try to help. I knew we were stuck and were going to freeze. Needless to say, dinner was cut short because we couldn't take the harsh conditions of the freezing cold. The food was ok. Terrible experience. I'll never dine here again.

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vipJacob
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Food always great.

Our waiter forgot to share the Dine LA options.

There was no drinks/cocktails menu.

Some tables had great heaters and protection. Others (including ours) had non.

There was a speaker right above our table with loud techno-Euro music. Just weird.

Overall not worth the price and not a great date night experience.

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Beth
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The meal and service was wonderful! Even with covid restrictions (although a bit cold outside), it was as good as we remembered. Thank you!

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vipHoneybeeandWoody
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid precautions seem very thoughtful. Food better than ever. Service always fantastic. Thank you!

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vipMoviediner
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Disappointed, my wife and I ordered the shrimp salad. It came out without dressing and had to ask for dressing. The chicken parmesan was simply a chicken breast lightly floured with a light tomato sauce. Not worth $26. I asked for bread as it was not even offered. When I asked for butter or olive oil they said they were not serving any. The bread was served wrapped in a piece of foil with 2 small pieces. The only good item was my pepper and cheese pasta. It was quite good. Service here has never been great bur every thing has gone down hill. Very disappointing. We will not return.

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vipjoeandrobin
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great neighborhood restaurant with a very very Italian feel. We thoroughly enjoy our visits.

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ColleenC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the fresh pasta and the service is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

We had a reservation and had to wait in the cold 10 minutes fir our table. It was cold and our table was not near the heaters. They said they had no more heaters.
Then I asked for some olive oil and they could not give me any.
They were too busy with large parties and 2 or 3 waiters doing a birthday cake. They needed to use those waiters for service.
Love Celestinos but they need more help.

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MaureenC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience in patio.

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vipLAguy
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never return. We had reservations on Sat night and showed up on time. There was no-one to greet us, no place to check-in, no hostess. The front covered patio was packed without any social distancing w 5 to 6 people at each table. The ones on the street had no settings. The wait staff was busy and didn't even say someone would be with us soon . I walked inside when told to by a waiter and the bartender was very busy and very rude. I waited 10 min and never spoke to anyone in charge and in fact never saw anyone who appeared to be in charge. This was at 8:30 on Sat night! I have been there about 3 times over five yrs and it has been poor every time. I wanted to give it a try since one of my friends said so. We called another place in So Pasadena, Bistro del La Gare, and had a very nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Disappointed in service. They clearly didn’t have enough staff. Plus, there are no heat lamps anywhere for a restaurant of this caliber. Disappointed and won’t be coming back.

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Celestino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 795-4006.

Celestino is rated 4.5 stars by 2459 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.