Celestino

4.5
1937 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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!!
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Phone number
(626) 795-4006
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Calogero Drago
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Green St & Cordova
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sun 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1937 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place is a gem. Food is delicious, friendly service. Great ambiance

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it.

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J
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The chicken in the chicken salad sub par. Was cut up grilled-dry. Disappointed

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NR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy Celestinos the only problem is that it is pretty crowded and you really can't hear so you miss half the conversation. There are too many table in the main room and I honestly don't know how the waiters get everyone served/ On the other hand, the food is always good and if you don't mind a 20-30 minute wait to get seated, even with reservations, then it is a great place to have dinner. I recommend going during the week when you can relax and enjoy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal.

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Main course was delicious. We ordered Ossobuco, & 2 different pasta plates. The fried calamari was very oily and chewy, I would not order it again. Service was okay.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Only 1 head waiter and 1 assistant for 6 tables, thus service was slow. Appetizers came out at different times for our table, some were finished by the time others arrived. Head waiter was particularly nice, demeanor that he didn’t want to be there. Head waiter and assistant were audibly bickering, one told the other to “shut up”. There was a large table that included several loud teens fighting over possession of a phone (one standing over the seated one trying to physically wrestle a phone away), this went on for minutes and was loud, restaurant did nothing. Food was fine. There are too many good choices in Pasadena to put up with this.

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CS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Ravioli with black truffle was simply delicious. We also enjoyed the calamari fritti and lasagne.

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PM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was horrible. I ordered the braised rabbit. It was inedible because it was so tough. My date ordered the gnocchi, which were the gummiest I’ve ever seen. Not sure how they got such high Yelp reviews.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

It was our first time at the restaurant and looking forward to it. From the very beginning the service was very lousy and felt degrading. The waiters never came to refill our water never asked us if we wanted more bread or anything else. If I was there to impress a customer, I would definitely would be looked bad upon. It was around 12:15pm and the restaurant wasn’t full so there was no excuse for the poor service.

The food was decent but given the very degrading poor experience of the service and the high expectations we had, we were so discouraged and would definitely not go back! It made the whole dining experience with a bad taste in our mouth.

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s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We were celebrating my mother in laws 83rd birthday and had written that ahead of time. There was no mention or knowledge of it, terrible service and overall disappointing. We had been there before and enjoyed it but tonight was different.

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MP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our table of 6 guests originally did not begin well but the overall meal in the end after switching waiters was very good. We started with an older waiter that was so unappealing. He never introduced himself and yelled the many memorized specials to us. He seemed constantly perturbed to repeat things multiple times for the guests. We asked if a sauce could be put on the side and was told "NO" that is how the dish is prepared. After asking for the wine list, I said- "I don't see wine by the glass" and he said the wine list only has bottles and left....then one of the guests asked again if you have wines by the glass and he ranted off the wines by the glass and then asked immediately what do we want. At that point I got up and went to ask for a new waiter. We were then served and attended by "Oscar". Oscar was a JOY. Oscar was very accommodating, very nice. and very good. And he confirmed that any dish or sauce can be modified and put on the side. The 3 star rating for "service" is an average for the outstanding service of Oscar and the poor service of our original waiter.

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C
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was strange. Our waiter was rushy and rather unfriendly. He seemed upset at us for the menu items we chose.

The food was very good. It's too bad the service made dining there not very pleasurable.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

I have to admit, the food was so-so and the service was pretty bad. I would not go there again

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get service. Always consistent quality.

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JH
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous... superb service, outstanding Italian cuisine.

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J
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant and cozy; food and service was excellent.

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H
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant. I love the old fashioned, authentic Italian restaurants. With a great menu, great tasting food and wonderful service.
The pasta is excellent and the desserts are very good.
I highly recommend for a nice dinner.

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AC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was terrific and the overall experience was good. The device was very good up to the point where we finished our meal. We wanted to order dessert but the restaurant was super busy so we waited quite awhile before we finally had to ask a waiter to come over to our table. At that point, we requested the check as we were running late for a show.

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LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is delicious! Best italian in Pasadena in my opinion. The service is always great. The waiters are extremely responsive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best experience! Best Italian food, best service, best place to be for any occasion. Favorite place in Pasadena.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff and the owner are great! The food is amazing! Love this cute spot

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J
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic, delicious and well prepared meals. Service was sporadic in spite of low attendance, but worth it!

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LD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happened to visit during truffle season and my pasta entree was one of the best tasting dishes I have ever had! Many delicious sounding options to choose from making it difficult to decide.

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service, the food and the old school Italian interior sets the stage for an excellant leisurely dining experience. This more of a fine dining Italian restaurant .
Patio dining avaliable. Plenty of free parking in rear.
Try the Osso Bucco or the Pumkin Tortellini with a bottle of Chianti and a basket of their warm and scumptous bread.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was really looking forward to coming here. Was let down immediately entering and being told our reservation was going to be 25 minutes later to be seated. The place is extremely loud and bright. The food was not even descent; I could have saved a 100 bucks and put it toward food I could have cooked better in my own home. Ordered an Mixed Salad, it was not very fresh some leaves could have been considered sad. Ordered 2 plates of the Spaghetti Pomodoro and Ravioli and cream sauce. The pomodoro was dry, lacked flavor and it was made up of diced tomato instead of cherry tomato. The Ravioli was better than the spaghetti in the sense that there was flavor int he cream sauce. The Ravioli was really thick/doughy/chewy not in a good way. Neither of dishes were al dente level. Service was descent; the hottest was great and made sure to get us seated as well as making sure all other guests got seated to.

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FM
Central Coast
49 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I food meet and exceeded my expectations. The ambiance was good, the employees were very friendly and professional, and the food was superb. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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IT
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fun waiter (he's Italian). Definitely come back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service. Pasta amazing

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RA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent as usual! One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Pasadena!

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JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. There are so many good choices on the menu. The waiter was adorable.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always serves good food and service is excellent and attentive.

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e
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter was very curt and rude when asked questions by our friends.

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MD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent multi lingual waiter.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This is not our first or last time to Celestino's. Our server was just not on his game and he had our large party of 9 plus 4 other large tables to tend to by himself. We were at the restaurant for almost 4 hours, just for dinner. We were there for 45 minutes before our order was even taken, we had to ask for refills on everything. Our food was very good, just waited a very long time for everything.

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P
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic experience. The dover sole was great. Great vodka martini and artichoke salad. My favorite pasadena restaurant!

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SG
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was our first visit to Celestino. The seafood salad was very good and the rest of our dinner was adequate. Our main complaint is that the service was extremely slow, not attentive and less than friendly.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time here. Carlos our waiter was a delight again. Another wonderful experience. Food is spot on.

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PS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I came here with my colleagues for lunch and we had a great time. The food was delicious and service was incredible as well. Great ambience and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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