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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (44)
Good for a Date (41)
Good for Birthdays (38)
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Authentic (38)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Special Occasion (32)
Business Meals (27)
Notable Wine List (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Romantic (14)
Cozy (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Casual (12)
Fun (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Seasonal (7)
Hot Spot (6)
People Watching (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

I always, always have a great experience at Celestino's. Calogero, the owner, is warm and welcoming and Mario is the best waiter (manager) you can always ask for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 3 days ago

I thought it should be very good place with big menu but it is not Good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Made our reservation two weeks prior and got put outside without being asked what our preference was. Lentil soup was ok. Sea Bass was accompanied by a sliver of mashed potatoes. Wine was overpriced.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was poor. Menu stated rigatoni, but was served linguini. Menu stated an assortment of veges but was only served broccoli. Overall the food is very good —-the service is very bad.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We loved the wait staff! Mature servers who had each other’s backs. We weren’t clear who our official waiter was, as different people helped at different stages, but they made it clear they were coordinating. Comfortable dining room, conversation all around, but not loud, just lively. Age of patrons skewed older, but that was fine for us. Perfect experience for a special dinner.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Exceptionally great

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Have not been here for some time (moved to Utah almost two years ago), but ALL the servers and the bartender remembered us. The service, the food and the drinks were all fantastic! We will come back every time we are in town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was yummy and our waiter was outstanding.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Out of town friends and I enjoyed the European service (unobtrusive, but always at the ready) and Italian cuisine. Our pastas and osso bucco were excellent; the birthday tarts were a surprise and the waiters' jovial birthday song made it fun. The ambiance is understated, comfortable and relaxed, and we could hear eachother speak!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Brought a date here. We arrived around 730 so I asked if we could be seated earlier and they said yes. My date loved her angel hair pasta and I liked my penne pasta also

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Wonderful as Always

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 (東京)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Took almost 45 minutes to receive our scallop appetizer, despite asking three times. Foos is always good, but cannot treat repeat customers so poorly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Celestino is consistently good and authentic! Love the fresh ingedients and beautiful combinations. A great Italian "go-to"!!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always the freshest pasta in Pasadena.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I have never had a bad meal at Celestino. They consistently provide great food and great service! One of Pasadena's best :-)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I never expected to find such an authentic Italian restaurant in Pasadena! The food was extraordinarily well-prepared, the menu very extensive. We highly recommend the petite mushroom omelette with truffle appetizer, the osso bucco, and the duck ravioli. For dessert, definitely the panna cotta! Our waiter was exceptional--professional, knowledgeable, and welcoming. On the negative side, being seated by the prep station was a bit noisy. All in all, a gem worth visiting.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food is delicious, but the service is abysmal at best.

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was okay. I wasn't blown away by it, and the service was slow. It looked like they were short staffed.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

had 5;30 dinner as we left Santa Anita and perfect timing as the restaurant wasn't full and we enjoyed great service from the staff. by the time we left it was jam packed and quite noisy due to slow check in of parties, which had people standing around entrance/bar.
from food perspective, it is a solid italian spot. pastas savory and no overuse of garlic, which is rare!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 19, 2018

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I dined at Celestino's last night, Jan. 12. The food was terrific, but the dining experience was very disappointing.

I made reservations through Open Table to celebrate my nephew's 16th birthday. He specifically chose Celestino's because of the Dine LA menu and the rabbit dish. I originally made reservations for 3, but changed the reservation for 2 at 7:15 pm. We arrived and checked in on time. After 5-10 wait we were seated in the back dining room. As we waited to be seated I noticed several small tables open and available in the main dining room. Instead we were seated at a large table in the back room.

We were provided menus, but not the Dine LA menu. After specifically requesting the Dine LA menu, it was provided. My nephew immediately ordered the rabbit course from the menu and was told it was not available. He made another selection, and I ordered from the regular menu. The food was delicious.

Our waiter was professionally, friendly and very knowledgable.

As I mentioned earlier, we were there to celebrate my nephew's 16th birthday. As we dined, there were 3 other birthday celebrations in the same dining room. Because I had already requested the birthday acknowledgement and I saw it was noted on their computer screen I assumed he too would have his birthday celebration. It never happened. We were eventually presented with the bill, paid and left.

Although the food was spectacular, the service/dining experience was very disappointing. From being placed at a large table, having to specifically request the Dine LA menu, not being able to order the only item he was anxious to have, an unreasonable delay in presenting 2 diners with their starting course at a similar time, and then not having his birthday acknowledged - this experience does not meet my expectation of a good dining experience. I have eaten at Celestino's before and had terrific food and great dining experiences.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 7, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 5, 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 5, 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 3, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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