Celestino

4.5
1830 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food. Great service. Always reliable and no surprises. My favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food at Celestino is always good. We also appreciate the fact that there is no piped in music and quiet conversation is possible, particularly if you sit outside the main dining room, which tends to be a bit crowded and noisy. This last visit we felt the service was sub-par. Our waiter didn't seem to have time for us and didn't bother to list all the specials for us, which is always something to inquire about at Celestino because they are not on the menu (we heard another waiter listing more specials at another table). The service is sometimes a flaw at Celestino--it can be brusque. Wine by the glass seems more and more expensive, so I would recommend looking at the wine list--you have to ask for it--and going over choices with the server. If you're going to pay $14 a glass, be sure it's something you will enjoy.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very authentic and I love that all the staff Ive had the pleasure to encounter is Italian.
Lovely wine list and wonderful mushroom dishes this time of year.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We came here for my parents' 45th anniversary. We waited at the bar for our party to arrive and the bartender was great; very attentive and friendly. We were seated almost as soon as our party arrived. The waiter was so friendly, gave great recommendations, and provided excellent service. The food was some of the best I've had in a long time; my husband got the special crab linguine with a lobster, I got the other special, wild boar ragu with orecchiette. Everyone at our table raved about the meal. I am so glad we decided to come here to celebrate my parents and would recommend this place 100%.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent food and service as usual for Celestino.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Overal experience was fair. Unfortunately, their kitchen had a fire issue and the restaurant has to close down.
However, we did get our meal beforehand along with an extensive wait.
Would have loved to relax and enjoy more wine, but they had to close.
Thank you !

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Nothing special food was average patio seating was not very cozy or romantic

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great food, I loved th pheasant, which I havent been able to find for years. I want to try the duck ravioli and the rabbit . My friend loved the scallops and salads were great. I’ll come again soon.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The wait staff was excellent, although the hostess was a little pre-occupied. Branzino was great and the pasta was authentic!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The food was exquisite, the service was phenomenal... I truly recommend the experience to anyone that reads this review Five Stars😇🤗☺️

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Excellent meal and service! the langostino special linguini was beautiful. We had an early dinner pre-theater. The service was spot on and got us out in good time without rushing.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Very very good. Service even better than usual. The special beet salad was amazing. Simone was great too.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

From the moment we arrived, our experience was wonderful. Our reserved table was ready and we were seated immediately. Our waiter was knowledgeable, professional, personable, and more than accommodating. The food was delicious and served quickly.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

it was Mother's Day. Maybe not a great night to dine out. We waited a long long time!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

My review would have been much better had I not had to threaten to leave after waiting for one and three quarter hours for our entrees, which then took another ten minutes or more to arrive. Others around us were seated long after we arrived and received their meals long before ours. The waiter never apologized, no one ever gave us an excuse or explanation for the unreasonable delay, but instead someone from the kitchen (not our waiter or the maître d') meekly brought five deserts to our table that we accepted but frankly would have preferred to avoid.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very disappointed with the service we got. I choose this restaurant as I had dined here before and had a great experience. Invited my Cousin and Aunt to celebrate Mother’s Day with us. There were 10 of us the sitting was a little congested. It was ok with us. Then comes the bread basket, 1 for basket was served for us 10, not even enough to have 1 bread each. Our waiter was just in a hurry and always we gave to find him or flag him to order something. Drink we’re not refilled, nobody was checking on our table, like the whole meal we have to hunt him down. Never checked if we like our good. Never ask if I wanted more wine. As in were there on our own. I get it, it’s Mother’s Day and it’s busy! But no effort was made to make this fine dining a fine dining!!! $470. And yes I still give a tip!!!

In fairness, food was great. The tiramisu was to die for and NO I will never dine here again.

I’m sure there are happy and satisfied costumer but this special night....we felt left out. I feel bad for my cousin and her family who drove all the way from the valley just to have a very disappointing experience in this place.

Sad.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was excellent. We were seated in a room off the main dining room - it was quieter (we asked for a quiet table), but the room had no charm. If you want to be in the livelier part, be sure to specify you want the main dining room.

The service also was excellent. The only glitch was Celestino's credit card reader wasn't working when we were ready to pay. Fortunately I had cash.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

not great food I was expecting from the Drago Brothers. Disappointing and I won't be back.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Waiters were quite pushy, sort of like “what do want? No wine? No dessert?” “Here’s the check”. No thank you .

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Celestino never disappoints.. great food and service.. we were not rushed and enjoyed a wonderful leisurely dinner with an old friend...

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Still going strong after all these years. Felt like revisiting an old friend. Terrific birthday dinner.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

You are one of my favorite restaurants, but it was just not a good night. The table next to us were celebrating a birthday and they're so loud we could not hear each other talk. There were 6 at the table and they're beyond loud the entire time. We think the kitchen lost our order as we sat for well over an hour waiting for our dinner once we ordered. The veal scaloppini was mediocre, as was my pasta with porcini mushrooms from your special mushroom menu. However the ravioli with morels and truffles was great...We all shared bites. Beat salad was also great.
I wish I could write a better review but I can't from Friday night.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food and service excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The pasta is very good here. The Branzino was ho-hum. Service not particularly fast or warm.
Overall we prefer Gale's.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Food was fabulous!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Drinks are pricey, food is a good value for quality, will continue to go back

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Never disappointed with this amazing restaurant. The atmosphere, the service, the food, and a wonderful wine list all add up to a perfect dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Always have a good experience at Celestino! The food is excellent, the owner comes around to chat. Also the waiters are always the same...very low turnover, which says a lot.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Splendid. No pretenses. Charming service, contemporary and traditional Italian crafted plates. Always just right in every way for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Consistently great Italian food done right with a good wine pour - prices are very reasonable - one of our go to places in Pasadena

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Good food, but with an unusual twist/preparation. Salad was just okay and overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food and service is excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Fantastico come sempre! Our party of four sampled the savory tomato and vegetable soups, the mixed green salad, the calmari steak and tricolore salad, all delightful start to the evening. The creamy lasagne was melt in the mouth delicious. The veal and rabbit entrees were wonderful. The tiramisu was a heavenly way to end the meal.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Poor service. Chaotic environment. Charged for soda water on top of $14 drinks. Server never came after being seated, we had to ask who our server was. Owner/manager came to take our order, but what was brought was not was we ordered. Food was OK, but not worth the frustration.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Good place for talking , eating, especially for family gathering

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Excellent food , service and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Always great food!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It is a nice restaurant with very good italian food. It is a in a higher price class, especially the vines are very expensive.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

One of my favorite places. Always delicious Italian cuisine and an extensive menu supplemented by daily specials. Service is warm and welcoming, more so if you speak a bit of Italian. Free parking around the block at the rear is a real treat. In over 10 yrs of eating here, I've never tried anything that wasn't excellent, whether fish, meat, or pasta. Osso buco, branzino, lasagne, ragu sauces for pasta, all are first-rate. Salads are fresh and generous. Soups are wonderful. If you haven't been there, go now!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food and service; best Italian cuisine in the area.

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