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Celestino

4.6
2695 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

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oo0howie0oo
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great food and great service. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We asked to be seated out at the patio (covid-omicron surges) since it was a pretty packed house. Sat down and waited for 15 minutes and still no waiter to served us water. Had to ask the busboy for water and to take our order. Then our waiter showed up 10 minutes later.
Got our appetizers it was delicious.
Now wanting to order our main course and again our waiter was no where to be found.
Had to change to inside table to get one of our regular server Jesus. He was superb.
Rule of thumb never tried something new.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fabulous service! Love Celestino!

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vipoli11
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Kids enjoyed their meals and enjoyed their interactions with our server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall1food3service5ambience2

They spray vinegar on the tables when people leave and it ruined my meal when they cleaned the neighboring table.

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vipMichaelC
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for me. Amazingly helpful and attentive service. Recommended entree and wine superb. Well be back!

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AndiM
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

New Year’s Eve

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Service is very limited Food is just ok Not recommended

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vipSunday
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was perfect Our outing was dinner on New Year’s Eve

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vipPamela
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were 5 seated at the outdoor patio for a family get together on New Year's Eve lunch. We had the patio to ourselves for perfect privacy and safety during Omicron surge.

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vipKristanB
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celestino's is like the neighborhood place you see in movies-warm, inviting, friendly, serving delicious food. The staff is helpful and attentive. The regular menu is a combination of comfort food and inventive dishes. There are always several special which are worth listening to even if you have already made up your mind. During the cooler months I prefer to be in the main dining room which feels a little dressier and festive than the adjoining rooms. When it gets warmer the front patio on Lake Street is terrific. Lunch or dinner at Celestino's is a consistently positive experience all around, a great value too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always GREAT!

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vipItaliano
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Probably the best Italian food in Pasadena served by knowledgeable staff in a nice atmospheric restaurant. Considering the overall increase in prices, Celestino also offers reasonable value for money.

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PaulaF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and attentive service! Never disappoints.

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Mary
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated next to an enormous party (20 +) and it was way too noisy with crying and screaming children. We just needed quieter neighbors.

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vipDelishdish17
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Uninspired Italian. Extensive menus may be too extensive for excellence.

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vipJJJJ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Vegetarian selections. Warm and attentive staff. We love this place!

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viplovesitaly
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience! We ate family style and all of the dishes were delicious! We were able to take our time and had excellent service!

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johnc
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

biggest failure was serving good bread with no taste butter in a plastic contained. This is a quality restaurant and I cannot believe they do not serve a first class olive oil. Major shortcoming.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful service as always!

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Carol
Mainz
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

I had asked for a quiet table, and we were offered a room where there were only large tables set...strange, since I had gone to the trouble to reserve a table.

The waiter was a bit dismissive, not very warm. And the table of 12 immediately next to us was loud, and also talking on their phones as they paced the room, without masks. Overall, not the best experience as I am accustomed to. Food was good, but you can't do much wrong with sole and salmon.

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Tina
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had such a nice time at dinner. We got to the restaurant earlier than our reservation time & luckily found street parking right outside in front of the restaurant. They greeted us & sat us down right away. Friendly staff.

I think our server was Antonio. Helped us with suggestions from their long menu ... too many dishes on the menu. My hubby had the Linguine with sea food. My daughter had Linguine with truffle cheese fondue and loved it, and I had the Gnocci with truffle cheese fondue.

Bread was good & we ate a bit too much of it, which left no room for desert.

Menu prices were a bit high. Overall it was a great experience and we had a fun time.

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KarenS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family holiday dinner

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MichaelH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant. Highly recommended if in the Pasadena area. Great staff, wide variety of Italian cuisine, killer wine list, enjoyed our dinner there.

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vipCAandMA
New England
218 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Celestino was jammed with people and social distancing was not in place. Waiters wore masks but the crowding of tables and diners looked like pre-Covid times. The kitchen couldn’t handle the volume so waiters held off asking those seated for their drinks and food orders to spread out the crush. We ordered at the first opportunity (during the drinks order) and food arrived in a timely way following that opportunity. Food was very good but the noise and chaos made for a stressful outing. Current wines by the glass should be replaced with decent options! Waiters can’t access the bill for timely checkout (one point of service only—dated technology that reflects the overall tired infrastructure/maintenance).
We have frequented Celestino for years. This was our first (and last) during Covid.

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vipapkurk
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the staff here. They treat you like family. Everyone knows your name, service is amazing. Can’t recommend more highly.

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MichaelR
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and drinks were awesome. The restaurant has great energy. Lastly, the service was excellent. All of these factors made for a great night out.

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vipUnforgettable
Los Angeles
195 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic food and service. Excellent homemade soups and the shaved artichoke salad was exceptional. Don't leave without trying the panna cotta!

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Elizabeth
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and I was mortified at the bad service we received. We ordered appetizers and a bottle of wine and asked for a little more time to order our entrees. To our surprise, he told us that we had to order immediately and that we needed to hurry through our meal to make room for other tables! We had a 7pm reservation and had only been seated for about five minutes so we were very surprised to be told to rush through our meal. We even asked the waiter for clarification and he doubled down and forced us to order as quickly as possible. There were plenty of open tables by the middle of our meal. Also, while I had noted in the reservation that we were there for a special birthday dinner, it went unacknowledged. I was so embarrassed to have taken someone there for a special dinner and am writing this review because I don’t want anyone else to have a birthday ruined.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve dined there many times but it seemed as if they overbooked yesterday. We were on time but had to wait at the bar for a table to open up and this was the case for many of the guests last night.
It was not the usual ambiance as well as noise level was quite incredible and we could hardly hear our waiter going over the specials
Service was quite good and my friend and I commented that it was the fastest we’d ever been tended to there.
I’ll go back as it’s one of my favorite authentic Italian restaurants

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

We made 6:30 reservations but had to wait until 7:20 to be seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner. I’m so happy that I made reservations because it was packed! After dining there, I understand why. We had an amazing dining experience. I had the crab and lobster with fettuccine and it was amazing. I’d definitely go back and I highly recommend it.

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vipJammlad
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent!!!! Initially service was very good but slowed as the evening went on. Entrees and follow up drink service took longer that expected and This was surprising since the restaurant was clearing out.

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vip2regulars
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in Pasadena service second to none

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Mwidjaja
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with 3 girlfriends of mine from work. We haven't had a night out in a long time. The Rabbit dish, The Veal, The special Lassgna & The linguini Seafood with Sangria. The were so delicious. Top it off Canoli and Tiramitsu and coffee. I was having such a great time catching up, forgot to take a pictures of the food.

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MiguelD
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We all enjoyed our meals. The desserts were all very good. The wait staff was very attentive.

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DanielD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Celestino's. The waiter's were very helpful and the food was excellent. The restaurant is nicely decorated and very comfortable. It is definitely a keeper. We intend to continue patronizing this place.

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vipStevo
Los Angeles
163 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always had good luck at Celestino's and dined outside on this cool evening. My wife enjoyed her lamb chops, and I had a seafood stew that was off menu, but easily prepared by the chef.

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HillaryC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful and authentic Italian restaurant with a fun vibe.

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

Celestino is rated 4.6 stars by 2695 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.