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.View Private Dining Details
Went for a special occasion, a birthday. Indicated this on the website when booking also followed up with a call to the restaurant 2 hours before our reservation reminding them that we were there to celebrate a birthday, AND when we arrived, I informed the hostess that we were there for a birthday. Told the person that brings out the bread, who initially greeted us at our table that we were there for a birthday and wanted to have a dessert and sing happy birthday. Well, we waited around for some time hoping that they would sing and since the guest of honor was there, it really wasn't very convenient to ask them. So needless to say, they did not sing. Very disappointed and probably not going to go back anytime soon.
A perennial favorite. Most recently for a birthday celebration. great to have 3 waiters competing to serve our table.
For years this has been my favorite place to dine until the past couple of times which has offered service that is not up to the normal standard. The food is amazing, the ambiance remains the same, but the service has taken a turn and not sure why. The service may need some fluffing. It's unfortunate to have excellent food and less than stellar service.
- Menu has options beyond the standards (pheasant, rabbit, squid ink)
- Was able to get a reservation that day for a decent time
- Back patio seating
- Service, although friendly, was weak. Our waiter seemed to have too many tables, or was it a coordination problem? We and other tables waited a good while for food and drink after appetizers.
- Food flavors were just ok.
- Wine by the glass - you just pick a varietal and get a meh house wine (bottle list was definitely more interesting)
All in all really like Celestino's. It is unfortunate that they only have house wines by the class. If you want to pick from the wine list you must purchase a full bottle. Our service fell well below par this evening though. Service was well past slow and had to ask more than once for several things. Not sure if our waiter was new or just having an off night. Normally service has been good in the past...
Love this restaurant, try to get here anytime I'm in town. Great service, great food!
I thought the food was just ok and the prices were way to high. The service was so slow that my husband had to resort to hailing a busboy to get any service and a bill
Consistently good food. Large selection and innovative specials.
The wait staff here is excellent and if you are in an adventurous mood and not too worried about the expense, you should let your waiter make suggestions and provide you with a really fun dining experience. We let our waiter choose our dessert, which wines by the glass we should have, and make recommendations. He was great.
Food and service were good. Noise level became quite loud as the dinner progressed. Could barely hear the other guests at the table.
Food is great, service is bad. Waiter never asked if we wanted dessert or another glass of wine. We had to ask our busboy for the check which took a long time to come.
Excellent flavor. Very reasonable prices for the pastas.
Veal chop, rack of lamb and soup were perfect. I’ve enjoyed consistently superior cuisine at this & other Drago restaurants. Service staff needs retaining.The service was friendly but genially inattentive. We had to repeatedly flag the waiter for initial cocktail even early before many tables were occupied. A broken knife was replaced with a shrug instead of an apology.
Celestino has been consistently great for a long time. We had two of the specials and they were both excellent.
Enjoyed the meal and restaurant!! Bread was yummy. Service was great and the servers were very good. Will definitely be going back :)
OK, we got there and there were several tables outside. We requested to seat there. we had arrived a bit early. We ordered an appetizer and the waiter brought bread and water right away. We reviewed the wine menu and the specials were shared with us.
We both ordered off the special menue as well as a soup starter. the soup came right away but it took over an hour to get our entre--OVER AN HOUR!!! We had to ask and he came back stating that it should be right up. 10 minutes later he came with 2 plates of ravioli because the chef dropped my fish and they had to start over. The portion on the ravioli was minimal and really not what the waiter had said it was. My fish finally came and it was nothing exciting. The fish was not seasoned at all and the lemon sauce was really not very special. Red lobster honestly would do better. In spite of this, we chose a dessert which again took another 15 minutes and it was delicious. We asked for our bill right away and finally had to ask someone else to take up our credit cards. They never offered a discount on the bill for the very long wait. The outdoor seating was beautiful but the food not worth the wait.
Any restaurant with professional waiters and owner/host is simply fantastic as the quality control happens before you even know it. The waiters are top notch! Food is always delicious and the specials never disappoint! Excellent Cosmo's from the bar always! This place is always a special treat! Valet parking to boot! Keep up the great work!
Our first visit. Overall enjoyed the experience. The waiter was amazing. Started with Burrata, it was great, but could have been served with small crostini rather than having to spread it on the table bread. Pasta was the linguini - lobster special. Pasta was excellent but the sauce seemed to overpower for the lobster and crab meat . We asked the waiter for a recommendation on a clean semi dry white. He selected a Gavi, which was delightful. We both ordered fish for the main, my wife had the halibut, served with an olive/tomato sauce and I had the sword fish with butter/caper sauce. The sword fish was yummy. The sauce on the halibut also seemed to overpower the fish. The only negative on the service was the fish dishes came out before I was completely finished with the pasta. The waiter again brought us the dessert and surprised us by saying if we do not like what he chose, he would pay for it. He brought out my favorite, panna cotta, in this case with fresh strawberries. Even though a few things could have been better, our first visit was a fun experience and we will certainly return.
The waiter was lovely. The street patio has too many tables and the chairs are seriously uncomfortable. Consider adding ceiling fans to move the car exhaust and people smoking on the sidewalk fumes out. We all ordered different items and the food was unfortunately nothing special.
Food is always great. Ordered Mushroom soufle as it is a must.
Hostess flubbed the seating. A couple arriving at the same time with no reservation was seated before us at the last table. We waited past our reservation time to be directed to a tiny table in the corner that was set up to correct the error, only to be told by the server that it was “too tight to work” and we were subsequently UNseated. We waited further while the hostess informed us “our table is right over there, they’re paying right now.” Another 15 min goes by while she paces the restaurant trying to locate the imaginary table who is paying and about to be done. Finally, we were seated at a small table in a thoroughfare near the kitchen (nowhere near the direction of the ‘our table’) and served by 5 different people who got their wires crossed all night. Clearly this seating was thrown together last minute and not part of the regular dinner service. During this fiasco, the word “sorry” was not uttered once by anyone. All it would take to alleviate the tension would have been an apology and the offer of a glass of water and a seat for my wife who was in a post-surgical boot and cane. We love the pasta here and had not been in a couple years. Either they were having an off night or service has tanked. What a letdown.
Very pleasant lunch experience with a new friend. Foid excellent
We always enjoy having dinner at Celestino! The food is very good! The service is friendly, welcoming and very good!
Wonderful evening! The menu is so broad and everything is delicious. We all ordered different items and each was fabulous! I come here every time I’m in the Pasadena area. Two thumbs up!!
Always enjoy Celestino’s. Great service. Terrific food. Highly recommend
Delicious food, great service, good wine. Pleasant atmosphere.
Dinner with my family
Quiet on Tuesday evening and staff very friendly as usual.
Celestino's never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service is very good. We've gone there for several special occasions and love the special attention.
Last minute decision to go out for dinner. I never have to guess if we will have a good time and a good meal at Celestino. The servers are simply outstanding. The food is fresh. The pasta al dente and the range of sauces available is incredible. I have loved this place since I moved here 4 years ago. Always a sure bet. Thank you for the service tonight. We had a great time.
Wonderful delicious as always. Have been regular customer for over twenty years.
Best Italian food I’ve had in the three years I’ve been in Pasadena
This restaurant has some of the most authentic Italian food in L.A.. One of the best restaurants in Pasadena. The homemade pasta is amazing.
Waiter said Lobster and crab linguine was in a cream sauce. It wasn’t it was a marinara sauce. Really large difference especially when you’re talking about seafood. Overlooked and ate it although I never would’ve ordered it like that. Completely not a fan of the fra diavolo style. Then the “meat lasagna” is actually only about an inch tall and is spinach lasagna and a pinkish type sauce with peas and a tiny little bit of meat in between. That is not meat lasagna my friends. If that’s how they make it, it should be described in the menu as such. When I very kindly told him this he tried to play it off saying well that’s how we make it. I’m sorry, but meat lasagna is meat lasagna. Not spinach lasagna with peas. There’s only one way to make it. Anything else is a variation and should be noted. Average at best. Won’t return.
Celestino's is a favorite every time. It feels like a neighborhood trattoria.
Food and wine were great! Antonio was our waiter and he was so fun and knowledgeable. Prices were reasonable for delicious food. We are definitely going back.
For Italian CAN'T beat this place; great food and service consistently
first visit to Celestino in years was a pleasant surprise. Service much more attentive; food reliably prepared and flavorful. our table was awkwardly placed in narrow passage between door and host station and opposite the bar. in general, though, worth another visit.
Smallest portions ever. Entre was smaller than most appetizers at a real restaurant. The one brussels sprout cut in half to compliment the 3 bite sized piece of meat was a nice touch. haha! Quality was so-so anyhow, so maybe not worth the calories. Would not go back. We went for burgers after.