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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
Authentic (36)
Good for Birthdays (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Special Occasion (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for a Date (30)
Business Meals (25)
Good for Groups (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Romantic (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Casual (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Cozy (13)
Seasonal (12)
Fun (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
People Watching (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Always good value and food. Never get disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 4 days ago

The best of Italian restaurants in Southern California and especially in Pasadena area . Authentic , creative and very consistent . Very warm ambience ,

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

It was a superb meal. I have been to Celestino more than a dozen times. It never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food, limited menu,high prices,basically an alacarte menu. Waiters don't listen to old people and speak to fast in broken English. Service is attentive and friendly. My wife and I definitely plan to go back, but at infrequent intervals.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food and service was great. Simone our waiter made it enjoyable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Celestino's has been our favorite Italian restaurant in Pasadena for many years. We have celebrated many occasions there - including birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. We are never disappointed in the food, service & ambiance!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The hostess was very unfriendly and or discriminated, I asked to seated at a empty table & was told it was reserved but during my stay, no one seated at it

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Lasagna 🤪 is always amazing!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was amazing very authentic. It reminded me of my trip to rome. Staff was awesome as well

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

My experience here was phenomenal. The food was excellent, the server was very friendly and professional, and one small thing that makes a big difference for me is high quality bread served warm, especially at a nicer restaurant such as this one. They were a great example of serving complimentary bread perfectly. Could not be more pleased with my experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The main dining area had a distinct seafood smell which is a little disturbing. We decided to sit on the front patio area which was quiet despite the occasional large truck

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

My husband and I picked this Italian spot for our anniversary. The food was pretty good. I had the Cacio Pepe nice simple pepper and cheese past. My husband had the lasagna it was good but the fresh English peas made it a little weird. The only thing I didn't like was the service. We entered the restaurant and the guy (which I don't think was the host) said table for two. I said yes. I then said I have a reservation and he just noded his head. After he sat us I was like how do you know what reservation we are if you didn't even ask my name. Then he proceeded to ask my name. I thought that was really weird how would the server know we were celebrating our anniversary if you don't know who we are. I work in a high end restaurant so I know expectations of how service is suppose to go. My husbands water was empty through half of the dining experience and was asked if he wanted a refill after we had paid. Which just means they were ready for us to go. Throughout the entire experience we never even received a simple "Happy anniversary" from any of the staff. It really ruined the experience. This is our first time in LA and it was our anniversary and it meant nothing to them no hospitality.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This restaurant has been around for a long time and maintained its true Italian flavor. Always been coming here for authentic Italian fair and updated with a modern twist.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great restaurant from start to finish. We had an early 5:30 Saturday reservation and were seated promptly. Service was great and the staff was very pleasant. Multiple waiters and staff helping us which was really nice. Food was very good and authentic. Kids were able to split the spaghetti entree(no kids menu: but not a problem) and the parking is free in the back. We drove 35 miles to dine there and weren't disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best Italian for in Pasadena. Usually very busy. Great Squid ink risotto

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Have been frequenting Celestino Restaurant for years and it only gets better. The service is outstanding and the food is amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Wonderful as always - we all enjoyed our dinner and drinks

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Terrific food and service! Our server Diego was wonderful!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food here is as good as anything in town
Service is ALWAYS exceptional

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always good food... And they will try and accommodate off-menu requests... . We are from the east coast and it has been hard to find good Northeast Italian food... but Celestino's is the best..

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have now been here twice. My wife and I returned because our first experience was a really good culinary experience. This time it was not. The fish was cooked to death leaving us with no choice but return it to the kitchen and the garnish accompanying the main courses was a joke with old carrots. The tiramisu was not fresh, it looked like it had just been taken out of the freezer as it was very doggy and watery.
For the price of the dishes, this restaurant needs to do better in order for regain our business in the future.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Like being in Italy! Wonderful Italian waiter and great food...

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I've eaten here at least two-dozen times over the years. This particular occasion was dinner with friends, including a chum hadn't seen in 20 years. Celestino's service is always good: attentive without being fussy. Our waiter had an excellent sense of humor and steered us in the right direction with the wine. The food, overall, is very good. I had the rib-eye with pesto sauce. Was it the greatest steak I've ever had? No. That one was probably at the late, lamented Celestino Steakhouse in L.A. about 17 years ago. So it was impossible not to compare the two. Still and all, a fine place for terrific Italian food in Pasadena. By all means, check it out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is the best Italian restaurant in my experience, as Italian myself, in 18 years in the United States. The cooks are of very high quality, and cook authentic Italian food, the way that it should be cooked. Dinner was delicious from bread, oil, wine, and entries. Waitress es were very polite.
Everybody should try Celestino!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Celestino's Italian food that is not the run of the mill stuff found in most local Italian restaurants. We loved the pasta dishes. The only slightly annoying thing was the waiter didn't warn us that the pasta special was twice the price of similar pasta on menu. I should have asked. While it was good it wasn't $28 worth of great.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We got a table for 8 late on a Saturday and we were treated very well. They did forget my lasagne, but they were so genuinely sorry about it that it was ok. I definitely will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Spinach pear parmesan salad pedestrian. Fish special tasty. Service comfortably attentive

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here. The food is extraordinary and served extremely professionally. The patio is a perfect place to dine with a friend or business guest and the wait staff was conscious of making the service unintrusive yet very attentive. Every Italian dish was delightful and speaks to the success of the Drago family in creating great food in their various locations throughout the Los Angeles area. The food in not overpriced given the wonderful ambiance of the restaurant and I will continue to return to Celestino's for wonderful dining experiences throughout the years. Certainly well worth the trip to Pasadena whether a local to Los Angeles or a visitor to the area. Bravo Celestino!!!!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The best place to dine in Pasadena... food, service, atmosphere..

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Wonderful service and great food. Halibut and today’s special ravioli particularly scrumptious. Everyone friendly and helpful

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Waiter was hard to understand. Took multiple times to get our drinks ordered correctly. Food was delicious, however.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was first rate, The staff has been well trained and are more than happy to explain the menu and they make great recommendations. The food was outstanding and is prepared with attention and presentation.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have gone to this restaurant several times. The gnocchi with truffles was excellent. I also had the chopped salad with grilled shrimp which was very good. The service had a lot to be desired. Our order was taken after other tables around us that were seated after. We sat there with our menu closed and waiting about 15 minutes. Once we recieved our salads we sat there again waiting for our dirty plates to be cleared until we flagged someone down. Service was very disappointing. They didn't seem to have enough staff to support the people dining on the patio. This is not the first time we have experienced poor service on the patio. If you done here eat inside as the service is much better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Celestino's has been my family's favorite Italian restaurant for many years. We have celebrated many occasions - including birthdays, anniversaries, college graduations, etc. there. I recently had lunch with a new friend who just moved to Pasadena from the Chicago area and he LOVED it and plans to introduce his wife to Celestino's.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Pasadena, hands-down.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had guests for my wife's birthday and asked Carlo to decide for us what we should have for dinner. He did a great job selecting four courses of delicious food. It was a great party.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The team at Celestino's knows how to make everyday dining into a memorable experience. They accommodate special requests, make wonderful recommendations, and treat their patrons like family. It's always a delight!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Nice overall but waiter did not give us split order on dinner enter that we asked for and still charged us for two full dinners after we brought to his attention. Also we asked for one extra glass of wine and he brought two and of course charged for both. If you are not careful they will up sell you and act like they didn't know. Happens often here.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Unless you make it yourself, Celestino has the freshest pasta in Pasadena. While the inside seating is better than adequate, the real fun is people watching during lunch or dinner from the Lake Street patio.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Always amazing, food is always great and the staff is always great

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