Celestino

4.3
2033 reviews
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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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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

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RH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good servers, excellent menu and specials. Prices a bit high, especially $11.00 for a bowl of soup.
Tables are close together, so fairly noisy.

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SZ
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent.

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l
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food is wonderful. It was a little noisy, but a lot of families were there, so you had to realize kids are noisy. The service is always very good and we enjoy being there to enjoy the food. They never hurry you out at the end of the meal, so you can continue talking.

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GS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for a birthday---had never been there before---needed something early and to get us out to go to the theatre on time.

The entire experience was excellent. 5 meals and starters were ordered--and each serving was perfectly prepared with quality ingredients. The staff were outstanding, professional and got us out in time. The food was wonderful. The wine list is expansive and has all price ranges of good selections.

When I am in Pasadena next for dinner, I will look forward to going back.

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VP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celestino is a great Italian restaurant in Pasadena. Place is always busy, feels like a restaurant in Italy. Food is amazing, I love the Spaghetti al Frutti de Mare and the Risotto. Great place to celebrate birthdays or just have a good plate of pasta.

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c
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good pasta dishes and our server was nice, however, the kitchen was backed up and dinner took over an hour to get to us. I assume this isn't an everyday issue.

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F
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was overbooked and hectic. Servers were overwhelmed at times taking an inordinate amount of time to servewater, bread, wine list and menu. A totally disorganized sequence of events. The calamari appetizer was excellent my main course black and white pasta with clams was tasteless. My wife did not receive what she ordered but she accepted it anyway given the events leading up to the mistaken order.

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N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Awful service and no one seemed to care, least of all the pool of waiters standing around!

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AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Celestino is generally an excellent restaurant, and I would highly recommend it. However, this last Saturday night, February 16th, they had way too few waiters. The wait was excessively long for the food. Despite having made a reservation, they failed to provide us with an adequate table. I'm hoping they just had an off night but even the food was not up to their usual standards. Signed, Alan K

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CN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

We were seated at the end of a walking area right next to the bathroom. Since we had a reservation this was not cool. Then there was some giant group that had to wait for seating and they were all over the restaurant, including hovering at our table. Very unpleasant, poor handling of excess crowd. The specials were delivered hurriedly as were the desert choices

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s
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Host was overwhelming. She messed up the check in arrangement. There are some people come from front door and some come from back door. Obviously it is a favorite local restaurant as many people who come are local people. Food is excellent. It was very busy and tables are very closed each other. Waiters are professionals.

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FX
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seniore Drago,
Graci Mile. The evening was perfect. The food, the service, the wine All Molto Bene.

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OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celestino never disappoints. Owned by the Drago family Great pastas and fish. Certainly one of the best restaurants in all of Southern California

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k
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Celestino has been in Pasadena forever. Yes, the decor may be a bit dated, but this is an old school Italian restaurant where the waiters remember you, service is flawless, and the food is very good. Menu is large and they do have specials every night. Majority of the pasta is made fresh in house. The is our "go to" Italian restaurant if we want a great meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on valentines day and was overall a great experience. I will be going again. Food was great service was great even tho it was busy.

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l
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

We have been here many times over the years and usually enjoy. However(and I know it was Valentines)this time it was terrible. Service was awful-waited 30 min to even order a drink, even longer to order food. Had to ask over and over for water. Then waiter (a regular) was never around and clearly forgot about us even though we were in the main dining room and he walked by us constantly. Food was cold and had obviously been sitting for a long time before served. A very disappointing evening.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience. Overbooked. Extremely crowded. We booked our reservation 10 days before. They sat us at a small table 2 feet from the front door. Customers and waiters were opening and closing door and wind would blow everything off our table. No one attempted to assist us. I informed the receptionist we were leaving. Went to another restaurant and had a great time. We have eaten at Celestino’s many times. Will never go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was great, very knowledgeable and you could tell he had been working there a long time. The food was delicious!

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R
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very good food but Valentine's Day crowd put a stress on the service.

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r
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Valentine’s Day date with my wife. Let me start with the food which was excellent. We got a caprese salad which was excellent with a healthy serving of burrata. My wife got the branzino and I got the shrimp and lobster ravioli. All the food was excellent. Problem was the service. Arriving at the hostess desk one of the hostesses has trouble answering the phone and the other had trouble looking up reservations. When seated it was at a table outside that had a poor tent covering and was cold and windy. The wait staff was all over the place. They couldn’t seem to get the table numbers right so that led to multiple dishes being offered to our table we didn’t order. Also tried to charge us for a glass of wine we didn’t order.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Old man was our server, he abandoned our entire room, yelled at several guests, took forever to get service, tables kept checking with each other complaining where the server was. Sadly, server was past his prime and too old to do this on a busy night. We’re late for our show afterwards

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SF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food , service, and ambiance were excellent. Will be sure to let our friends and family know.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Portions are small overpriced and not that great of service

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food wasn’t bad. Good taste. Service was not great. Our waiter who was a older gentleman just seemed over it. It was Valentine’s Day. But at the same time our reservation was only at 5pm so the evening had just begun. I don’t know. The location of our seats were not to my fiancé liking. It didn’t bother me much. The guy busing the tables was very helpful and the valet serviceman was great also.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is terrific! Authentic cuisine in the heart of Pasadena!

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l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely place to eat - food was delicious and our server was delightful. If you want a quiet intimate dinner this is probably not the place. They sit many tables Bistro style so you can hear and converse with anyone sitting next to you. And although I couldn't figure out why the noise level was Staples Center Loud. They have a few tables in other smaller rooms/alcoves and maybe that would be better. But again the Food and Service were wonderful. I had pumpkin stuffed tortellini - freshly made -with a really smooth and wonderful taste.

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LC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

First we were sat outside, with a broken heater, told by hostess to bring us inside from the cold it would take 15 minutes. She never came back. Then we placed our order, when a couple was sat next to us, with the same waiter explaining the specials- which we were never explained. When we told him he hadn’t give us the specials he said when we asked if we were ready to order and we had said yes. No apology. Missed the whole point. Never was asked if I wanted cheese on my pasta. What a horrible Valentines Dinner memory.

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MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Some members of our party arrived first and were not even acknowledged by the hostess for 10 minutes. There was a line to get seated even though we had reservations. The hostess took more than 20 minutes to give us the menus. We never received the wine list. It took more than 20 minutes for a waiter to show up. We were asked what we wanted to drink without looking at a wine list or drink menu. Our party felt as if we were being told “hurry up and order something to drink, you don’t need to look at the menu.”Good food, terrible service.

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TR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food. Only complaint was the tables were very close to each other. Could have used a bit more space between patrons.

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FX
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. The waitstaff is always on their game. Very attentive.
Gracie Mile,
F.X.Perez

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N
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lunch time was not crowded so we got excellent service. The drinks were strong and delicious. They had a great selection of food. The waiters were very attentive and made us feel welcomed. Everyone enjoyed their food.

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GN
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, everything was very good. It is an extremely popular place, because they keep their standards high.

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OW
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful atmosphere -last of elegant Italian restaurants.

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JR
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually go to Celestino’s for lunch. Dinner was busier and noisier but the staff handled everything efficiently and the food was its usual high quality.

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MH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and great service. Music too loud and noise level very high due to full house.

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a
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

If it wasn’t for a rude waiter, it might have been better. When he was taking my order for an appetizer (bland minestrone, unfortunately), I told him I wasn’t ready to order an entree. He became annoyed and abruptly announced that he couldn’t put any orders in until I decided.. I asked about the Halibut special, and when best time of year was for this. He clearly didn’t like my question and told me “all year.” He just didn’t have the time to let me look through a very extensive menu with some great options.
The Branzino was good, but not great. Our friends pasta special with lobster was excellent.
He was determined to rush us through dinner..enough to put a damper on even good food.
It’s a busy restaurant but this guy was too interested in turning over his table. Too bad.

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JD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food l, service & ambience. Authentically Italian.

Servers Antonio & Giuseppe made our dining a pleasure. Owner Calogero is a welcoming presence. A great lItalian treasure.

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P
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always excellent. Had veal chop for dinner. Prepared perfectly. Great service. Love Celestino's

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places -- best food and most amazing service!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Down here because we have a appointment tomorrow at the City of Hope and we love eating at Celestino ‘s.
Best Italian restaurant around.

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