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Celestino

4.5
2422 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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What 2422 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLauraG
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience2

I made a point of noting it was my husband’s birthday dinner. I wanted it special.

The food was very good, but the hostess wasn’t accommodating at all. They sat us in an awful spot, at table far away from everything with no heat lamps. I understand that it was Covid seating but there were tables that were much more desirable.

When dessert came, there was no candle. Again, I asked the hostess why the didn’t read my notes- that it was to be a special occasion. She offered free champagne (which I don’t drink and my husband dislikes).

I usually really enjoy the Drago Restaurants, but this experience was awfully disappointing.

My husband is easygoing and even he thought our seating was horrible.

One last thing. Our waiter was a little pushy. He REALLY pushed the specials crab & lobster linguine and a crab ravioli. I’m not dory he did. He was correct- both dishes were FANTASTIC.

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vipRMcD2
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food, service and ambience. Best restuarant in town.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual! Great food, drinks and service!

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vipBigG
Los Angeles
214 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The calamari steak (special) was well done, although a little chewy. I would order again given the chance. The highlight of the night was the rabbit, done well and spiced well. A little over-cooked but still nice. Recommended. The wild muchroom with black truffles was not something to miss either.

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AllisonR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday celebration at his favorite restaurant. Staff, food and service was amazing. We love this restaurant!

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vipMILAGROS
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

You need more heaters please. It's very cold now outside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been before-sister took me for my birthday-excellent service and food and ambience-will definitely return!

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vipCamilleC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Yikes! Not a good restaurant! They put us back in some business office courtyard in something that looks like a really old, run-down Japanese Pagoda (but this restaurant is Italian) and it was such a weird location as we were literally sitting where people are having their coffee break from their office. Server acted like it was his first day and seemed shocked we would ask for a wine list & then just tried to push us to take the "house" wine but couldn't tell us anything about it. We insisted on getting a bottle but he was hesitant to grab us the list yet couldn't name any of the bottles on there so we kind of needed the list. Food is okay, nothing special. But definitely won't be going back.

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vipTonyR
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fabulous environment, excellent service, mostly disappointing and uninspired food, especially for the price.

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fashiongalca
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and amazing specials

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic, old school Italian. Elegant service and delicious food.

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vipMarineboy1970
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, authentic, Italian experience. Warm and friendly staff, and the food was delicious! The ‘specials’ menu was out of this world. Something for everyone.

GR
vipGlendaleRon
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food excellent service their outdoor dining experience is well done

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RAFRCHGR
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambience. The outdoor lighting was romantic and the wine we selected was perfect.

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vipPamelasue
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the pandemic, these restaurants are struggling. It is important for us to support them. Celestino's went above and beyond to make our visit wonderful. Food was amazing as always. Service was beyond wonderful. They made us feel welcome, happy and full. thank you to their entire staff. Happy holidays.

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vipshayt
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

food was incredible
service was very friendly and kind

maby some music will help ...

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, Server was great, & outdoor area was nice! Highly recommend!

JT
vipJenniferT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celestino has such a lovely patio in the back, the tables are well-spaced and the food and service are always outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter was excellent knowledgeable on food & drinks made excellent recommendations.

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vip301NLake
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celestino continues to serve excellent Italian food with Sicilian warmth, even in the chillier ambiance of outdoor dining in November. The terrace has heaters and is partially closed in with glass, which helps. They have returned to their pre-COVID-19 long list of daily specials, among them their wonderful baby artichoke, pecorino and arugula salad with lemon dressing. It's surprisingly creamy-smooth and refreshing. The lamb chops were juicy, plump and generously sauced. The guests enjoyed their grilled branzino, pumpkin tortellini and chicken milanese, which is always a winner. Here's hoping the restaurant survives the endless lockdowns.

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CarterR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celestino has the authentic Northern Italian vibe. I had the OssoBuco over risotto and my wife had the Pheasant Pappardelle with Mushroom Soufflé as an appetizer which had the best Truffle cream sauce I've had since Palio closed in New York City. The Arugula and Artichoke salad was a perfect palate cleanser. We did not have room for a pasta course but will be back soon! Our waiter helped us find wine selections, was super attentive without hovering, and the desserts, ricotta cheese cake and pannacotta were divine. The fact I can remember each dish is testament to the level this place it at. You will not be disappointed.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mario! He is the best!

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PattiY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice and pleasant spot for an outdoor lunch. The courtyard is lovely and quiet. The staff attentive and more importantly very safe. Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a wonderful experience: great service, incredible menu, and perfectly prepared food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food as usual and Nice set up for outside dining. Only problem was no heaters so a little chilly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Need space heaters in rear patio as it gets colder

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ScottB
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had dinner at Celestino a couple of nights ago and it was excellent as always. They have plenty of outdoor seating, so social distancing was no problem, almost like the old days. The mushroom soup was the best I've ever had, the fusilloni delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We arrived and the restaurant did not have our reservation through Open Table. Even though I showed the confirmation on my phone to the ‘Maitre D’’ he argued with me and said that they could not honor the reservation nor could they honor the Open Table 1,000 point bonus. He then pointed to an outside table on the street and indicated that we could take that one - even though the restaurant was empty. The food is always excellent at Celestino, but the service staff is abominable. We doubt we’ll be going back.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and fabulous food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Celestino’s. It’s the best pasta around. Always consistent.

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vipDaniel
Los Angeles
198 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time in a long time we were disappointed overall. Not up to their usual game.

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vipGrrrrrrrrlf
Los Angeles
169 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service improved. Food was abundant and tasty. This is among my no. 1’s for Italian food in Pasadena.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mario was awesome and accomodating to my food allergies

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vipCEP48
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No wine list. Staff running around too much. I expected a 5 but turned out to ba a three at best. Setting is pretty good, but no wine list is inexcusable.

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vipJuju
London
82 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My Cesar chicken salad wasn’t good as the food tasted there before.

My guest’s pasta special wasn’t very good
Disappointing

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vipDaniel
Los Angeles
198 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even during this pandemic, Celestino has captured the dining experience with their outdoor patios, never missing a beat on their service and excellent food plus safe and social distancing. Thanks for always having us your first priority.

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LaraA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Consistently the most delicious Italian food in Pasadena!

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vipSteph
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice that evening. The table was wonderful and the fish was outstanding.

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vipJuju
London
82 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They need to turn some music on to uplift the mood.

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vipLisa
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celestino’s never disappoints. Food and service were outstanding as always.

FAQs

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

Celestino is rated 4.5 stars by 2422 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.