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About Celestino

Celestino 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 authenic 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 lunch, dinner or special event memorable. No up charge for private room use, or wine dinners. Open Mon-Fri for lunch; and dinner seven days a week.

141 South Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm and NOW open Sundays from 5:30pm-9:30pm!!

Cross Street:
between Green St & Cordova

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 795-4006

Website:
http://www.celestinopasadena.com/

Catering:
Large parties can toast the holiday season in one of Celestinos three elegant private dining rooms! Affordable and flexible menu options make Celestinos the perfect location to celebrate any function! For more information call 626.795.4006 or email us at info@celestinopasadena.com

Parking Details:
Valet parking is $4 per car and available during the evening. We also offer complimentary parking which is located at the rear of the restaurant, off of Hudson Ave.

Executive Chef:
Calogero Drago

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Come to Celestinos on Wednesday's and we will waiver the corkage fee. Enjoy your favorite regional or seasonal Italian dish while sipping on your own hand selected wine. Celestinos is a proud supporter of BYOW Wednesdays which is hosted by the Pasadena Convention Center and vistors bureau.

Private Dining

Celestino offers three dynamic private rooms to accommodate to the specific needs of each individual. With a variation in room size, and a flexible menu we can cater to the needs of each group.

Celestino Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (47)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Good for a Date (42)
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Authentic (39)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Special Occasion (37)
Business Meals (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Romantic (22)
Casual (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Fun (17)
Cozy (16)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Seasonal (12)
People Watching (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious and service was great! Good food and dessert

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was pretty good; Service was about the worst I've experienced. From the hostess to the server, everyone acted as if they didn't care if we were there or not. When we arrived for our reservation, the hostess just pointed and said, "there's your table over there in the corner". After we sat ourselves, we waited almost 30 minutes for anyone to come by and finally ended up asking the water guy if we had a server. He summoned a server for us but it didn't get any better from there. The food was pretty good but the absolute worst service I've experienced won't bring us back. Once we finally got our dinner, we ate, paid the bill and went across the street to a place we knew had better service and enjoyed drinks and dessert.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Been here at least 3 times.. always satisfied every time! Food was delicious and just tasted to perfection. Service was phenomenon.. i would definitely recommend this spot for those who love Italian food!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

We arrived 1hr before our reservation and we were very grateful they accommodate us. Food and service is good. To be fair, we have to go back and give it a try since we took advantage of the dinela promotion, next time we’ll choose from their menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

We went to Celestino for lunch because of DineLA. I ordered the Pork tenderloin in rosemary sauce. The serving was so small that my friend joked that “this was fine dining”. There were 5 pieces of thumb-size pork meat and about 4 pieces of vegetables. The dessert was not any bigger. I was still hungry after eating lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We went for the dine LA event and were looking forward to the prix fix menu as advertised on the dine LA web site. When we arrived the waiter did not know what we were taking about. After talking to the hostess he brought us a menu from the July 2017 event and disappeared. I approached the hostess and asked for an updated menu and she shrugged her shoulders and told me that’s what the manager gave her. I would call this a fail for dine LA.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Truly truly truly, the seafood salad is the most incredible in all of LA. On a light bed of greens sit baby octopus, calamari, and more. Also, they are very fair with their wine prices.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband has been here many times with very positive feedback. This was my first time.
Waiter announced specials before taking drink orders. We ordered salad/soup - it was never served. Instead they brought our main course after a considerable wait. Waiter tried to make things right with "free dessert" but when I ordered a cannoli, they charged us. Never asked us if we wanted a second drink or refilled coffee. Not sure what happened this night but quite disappointing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went their to take my parents out and to take part in Dine LA. The Dine LA menu was posted on the site and in their restaurant. 20 after we ordered the manager came to tell us he was not honoring the Dine LA menu because they made a mistake on the menu. He said it was 3 courses but his menu had 4 courses. We told them it was a printed menu as four courses and we came there specifically for Dine LA. He started yelling at us saying we were trying take advantage of their restaurant. We were just trying to get what we ordered but he refused to honor the menu. We decided to leave. I've never had such a rude belligerent owner speak to me that way in a restaurant . He said if we were in Italy he'd have our legs cut off for trying to take advantage of him. As a frequent restaurant goer I've been to this location many times before. I will never step foot in his restaurant again after being insulted and yelled at in front of the entire restaurant. He should have honored their mistake and made it right instead of making it our fault.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was....alright...nothing to write home about. Food was cooked well and service was good. We had the lambshank and rabbit. If you're coming to Pasadena for one meal, I wouldnt recommend it. If you live in the area and am looking for a place to try, then go for it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great location for a women's day/nite out. Professional, attentive service. Easy parking. The menu had variety and the selections throughout the menu pleased diners of very different persuasions. Will definitely be returning soon to try other selections.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Even though I now live in New Mexico, Celestino is still my favorite Italian restaurant by which I measure all others. The food is consistently excellent, the waiters are well trained and old worldly and the overall experience always perfect.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were seated on the front patio and the heater did not work. We needed to move for my wife to be comfortable.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The most amazing food
One of the only truly authentic food outside of Milan

Wonderful service

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Have been at Celestinos quite a few times and this was my worst experience. Had reservations and they were overbooked, slow service, food was over cooked and waiter had an attitude. I spoke to the owner to tell him about the experience and he only asked if I complained to the waiter about the food and I told I would have if we could find him.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The Best service and fantastic Food. Quality preparation and presentation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Celestino never disappoints. The food always meets a high standard and is very tasty and authentic without being fussy. We also like the fact that there is no muzak and we can have quiet conversation. Specials are very good and you can ask for things not on the menu, for example, your favorite risotto, and mostly you can get it. Salads are especially good and fresh and not too huge and appetite-reducing. Highly recommended for any night you want a pleasant and comfortable evening in Pasadena.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wanted to try this restaurant based on the OpenTable reviews. It's an attractive and cozy place, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We were warmly greeted and seated immediately. Water was brought immediately. Then we waited for our server to order wine. Then we waited for our server to order dinner for an unusually long time. He said that he was waiting for us to "signal" him. The Insalade Rustica was outstanding. Warm bread and butter delicious. We both ordered different types of risotto; both orders were way too al dente for our taste. My risotto with aged balsamic and rosemary sounded wonderful, but the execution was poor - way too much balsamic (I think it should have been a reduction to give it more richness) and had no flavor of rosemary. But the real issue here was the service. It seems they use an "up" system so servers are assigned tables alternatively as guests are seated, so servers have tables all over the restaurant. The tables on either side of ours had different servers. I think this and probably a poor server accounted for the lack of attention we experienced. He never came back after the food was delivered and it was a frustrating and long experience to get the check. I did something that I never do, I tipped 10% - the service was that bad!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celestino's never disappoints! Thank you to the wonderful staff for allowing us to celebrate the new year with amazing food and good people. Cheers to you Celestino's!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve choice. Reservation made ahead so there was no wait. Service was good but a tad hurried. We sat on the outside glass enclosure—it was pretty but they had gas burners that were turned up way too hot and we had to ask them to turn it down several times. Everyone was complaining that it was too hot so I’m not sure why they didn’t turn them way down. One busboy actually came in and turned it up and we had to have a long conversation about why we wanted it DOWN. It seemed unnecessary. The food was over all good. We had an appetizer that was so-so (stuffed calamari) and one The was great (mushroom soufflé). My husband had mushroom risotto...it was good, not amazing. I had linguine with shrimp in a verde peppercorn sauce. It was very tasty. Wine suggestion was a Pinot Noir. It was perfect.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The Italian food is always very good here. Home made pasta, Fresh fish and authentic Italian food. Best Italian restaurant I have ever tried.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service here was Excellent. I had the Sea Urchin Roe (Uni) Risotto which was spectacular. I love the Botarga Pasta and the Veal Chop. Wine list is top notch.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very nice New Year’s Eve dinner with friends.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Best news, got reservation. Seated in garden tent. Not best choice for group. Extremely quiet. Better for couples interested in quiet evening. Ask for main dining room to enjoy festive ambiance. Wanted to be supportive of senior waiter but his agenda was to move quickly not to understand guest. Sadly think his time of being a waiter is over. Hope they can keep him, but find another position for him. Had holiday menu but rather have had advertised everyday menu. Rather support mom and pops but cheesecake factory would have been more enjoyable. Not terrible for us about evening. As another reviewer said, do you go out for "not terrible" ? I can see where this restaurant could be special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We ordered appetizers, pasta and entrees. Pumpkin tortellini is to die for — wonderful. Bistecca less so, probably because I allowed the waiter to insist on how it should be cooked rather than how I prefer it. As it was New Year’s Eve, we weren’t allowed to order canollis for dessert. Oh well, maybe in the new year.

Overall, an enjoyable dinner in a great setting. I’d recommend this restaurant but suggest you order your food the way you want it (as always).

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful New Year’s Eve family meal. Food was good, but wait staff were exceptional. So thoughtful, effusive, and attentive. Thought we were back in Italy! Lovely evening!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This has long been our favorite Pasadena restaurant when we want a special lunch, but I was all the more impressed with the way the staff adeptly provided quality food and service with a packed house on Dec. 30. I think it reflects a depth on many levels, from whoever accommodates large parties to the patience of the staff. I do want to add that every time I am there I am blown away by the quality and the presentation of the seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great meal between Christmas & New Years. Celestino was nicely decorated and the service was excellent on a very busy night. Very welcoming staff. You can’t go wrong.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food is excellent, service always very nice. A pleasure to be there........

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Celestino Ristorante is our go-to place! Food is consistently delicious, and the serve staff (many of who, I may add, have been employed there for years) is always welcoming, friendly and professional. On a busy Christmas eve, Celestino himself works the room and helps arrange/rearrange tables for the next seating.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My husband and I love Celestino's and normally i would rate this place 5 stars.

We visited on Christmas Eve. They were very busy, as expected on a holiday night. Our waiter took our order. My husband ordered a ravioli and I ordered a pasta with shrimp dish. However, when my dinner arrived, someone else (other than our waiter) had brought our meal. My husband received his order correctly but I had received a pasta with crab. Without realizing it before I took a bite, it registered that this was not shrimp but crab. Our waiter also realized they brought the wrong order because as soon as I took a bite, he came right over and explained that the incorrect dish was delivered. He asked if I wanted my correct dish but i didn't want to wait as my husband was already eating his dinner so I kept the dish they had served me.

Anyway, the reason I am knocking off one star is because they added the increased entree price to our bill. I immediately said something as no one disclosed that the dish that was delivered was an additional $12. Normally, I would've had no problem paying if it had been disclosed from the start since it was their error, not mine. Anyway, our waiter immediately took the additional charge off, which was appreciated and shows you what great service this restaurant has. It was just slightly disappointing that this happened because it gave pause to a very happy evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Everything was wonderful, the only thing the tables for two are very close together and you can't help but hear their conversations

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Celestino is a classic Italian food. Been going there since they opened here in Pasadena. Now the menu hasn’t changed and is due for a change. All the desserts where not up to par. It didn’t feel like celestino level of cuisine. The service was rushed, which I really didn’t care for. This was the last time I eat there. It’s a shame.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Server through away more than half of my dinner instead of putting in the box to go. I paid over $30.00 for that entree.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Drago does it right every time. The waiters are the real thing. Not kids running the store. Professional ‘s.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This was our first visit to Celestino. We had reservations but arrived late because of heavy traffic. They were very accommodating, and we were seating right away, and served soon after were seated. We let the host know that we would be attending a play at Pasadena Playhouse, so they helped us out. There were 4 of us, each got something different. All of the food was reasonably good, but not great. Nothing stood out. We tried the gnocchi, the eggplant Parmesan, a squash-filled tortellini, and spaghetti pomodoro. The wait staff were very helpful, we used valet parking, so everything went smoothly and we were able to make our show in plenty of time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I've always enjoyed this restaurant so I booked for a Christmas and birthday lunch with 8 friends the other day. What an organization disaster!! Really put a damper on the festive mood. When I arrived it restaurant was almost empty. The hostess couldn't find my Open Table reservation. Then directed us to a table toward the front which was one short of our reservation. Was told they'd squeeze a chair in. No sooner had I finished putting out some table decorations and placards than the hostess told us someone else had that table and tried to move our group of 9 to a table for 6. They finally stowed us like luggage in an empty private room which seemed cavernous. The food was good and the server was charming and attentive. They need to get their hostess act together.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Celestino is always a treat and our go-to for family celebrations. Service is always warm and top-notch, we feel like family is taking care of us. Food is always stellar both the regular menu items and the specials.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service and food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Celestino is our favorite restaurant. The food is always great and the staff is wonderful. The ambiance is lively and friendly. Calogero is more like a friend than an owner. Mario is a great guy.
We love Celestino!

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