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Celestino, Pasadena, CA
Celestino, Pasadena, CA
C - Celestino, Pasadena, CA
Celestino, Pasadena, CA
Celestino, Pasadena, CA
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Celestino

4.5
4.5
3253 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Celestino Ristorante in 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 authentic 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 meal or special event at Celestino Ristorante most memorable. We do not up charge for Private Dining room use, or special Wine Dinners. Open Monday through Sunday for dinner seven days a week. Lunch hours are Monday to Friday.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (626) 795-4006
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Calogero Drago
  • Catering
    Large parties can toast together in any one of Celestino Ristorante's three elegant Private Dining Rooms. Affordable and flexible menu options make Celestino Ristorante the perfect location to celebrate any occasion! For more information, please call 626.795.4006 or email us directly at info@celestinopasadena.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Celestino offers three dynamic Private Rooms to accommodate to the specific needs of each and every individual. With a variation in room sizes, and a flexible menu, we can cater to the needs of any group.
  • Private party contact
    Bob Prasad: (626) 795-4006
  • Neighborhood
    Pasadena
  • Cross street
    Between Green Street and Cordova
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,253 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Good for business meals

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Great for fine wines

3,253 Reviews
  1. Lobo

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had reservations and were seated within 5 minutes. The waiter (older Italian gentleman) was great and his assistant as well. They made sure water was refilled and we had clean utensils. The food was absolutely delicious. My wife and I tried the Risotto, The tomato and basil pasta, the meatballs, branzino and ended with a gelato. Everything was absolutely delicious. We loved that the food was spaced out for us and we didn't have 4 plates on the table at once. It was a great night. Parked around the corner for about 9 bucks. Will definitely visit again.

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  2. Tommy

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Extremely disappointed, I asked for a Branzini fish and the presentation in my point of view was not invited… and fish was cold .

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  3. MarjorieB

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent choice for a business meal or a good conversation with friends. The food is always excellent, and the prices are reasonable given the overall quality!

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  4. MaryP

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Celestino’s and it won’t be the last, the food and service was outstanding and the ambiance was amazing. The menu and specials cover all diets and many of the non-vegetarian meals can be made vegetarian. That is a huge plus for us! Homemade pasta, creative and delicious salads. Service was 5 star. Very attentive staff. Free parking behind the restaurant. We will be back and bring our family!

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  5. LOKla

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation but were seated in an ugly brightly lit plastic tent in the back surrounded by 3 very large party tables. We were the only table of two. The caprese salad was a mashed up tomato with no herbs and a half of mozzarella. I ordered the sole special, which was awful. Very bland with a little pepper and oil, no herbs no seasoning. It came with a large chunk of carrot and zucchini cold and not cooked, and cold mashed cauliflower. Couldn’t eat it at all. My husband had the halibut special with tomato sauce and capers with spinach. He said it was marginal. The bread was fresh and good. The combination of terrible ambiance and bad food was very disappointing.

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  6. DrWilliamH

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celestino's is always perfect in all ways. A true Pasadena gem. The choppino was especially great. Keep it going.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Old people’s place over 60 and plus . Too dark slow service .

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  8. LauraR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner, a bit noisy we enjoyed the attentive service

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  9. disappointed

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is always wonderful at Celestino’s! However this past visit I noticed the menu / specials are a little stale. Most of the specials are the same specials that are available all of the time - just not on the menu. there were a few new specials but nothing to get super excited about. I love our server Antonio and the food is always yummy - just wish there a few other specials to get excited about.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible night and experience: waiter disappeared, long waiting for dinner - long after the couple at the adjacent table who came after us finished and left. I had to ask other waiters to check but nobody bothered to tell us what was happening. Maybe they forgot about my dinner? Eventually someone else brought the pasta but it was not the gluten free type I ordered. We just wanted to get out so asked for the check, but then they brought a check with wrong charge (they charged me for two glasses of wine, although I only had one).

    2 people found this helpful

  11. DavidH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re always happy to dine at Celestino. The food is delicious and the staff are friendly and attentive.

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  12. PaulG

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We had an excellent dinner at Celestino last December, so we decided to take some friends there. I made the reservation 2 weeks before our selected date. When we arrived, we were told the only tables available were in a makeshift outdoor area or a hallway. We opted for the hallway, which was very unpleasant (constant foot traffic and noise from the kitchen). The food was very disappointing. The beet salad had no flavor and the beets were cooked almost to mush. The special swordfish entree consisted of a very thin, tough piece of swordfish that was smothered in capers which made it unbearably salty. The lasagna was a poor imitation of lasagna. It was flat and mediocre, with some random peas (which probably belonged to another dish). The pear tart had no visible pears! This was a very disappointing experience all around.

    2 people found this helpful

  13. AlanR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food & service was very good & met expectations - this is a "go-to" choice for us. The only negative was being charged for 2 bres ($1.50/person) as a new service charge. Especially as we are gluten-free & did not have bread,

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  14. DamMarvinJames

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FOOD WAS GREAT! THE WAITER NICHOLAS WAS OUTSTANDING!, VERY DETAILED ABOUT THE MENU, AND PROVIDED EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE! COMPLETELY SATIFIED!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Old Pasadena favorite still well worth the moderate to higher prices due to excellent food. Decor dated and looking its age. Tiny bar area. Had plastic tablecloth on the tables in a side room where we were seated

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been our go to for a wonderful experience for over twenty years. From the salads, pastas, fish and meats they are all cooked to perfection. Enjoy

    1 person found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is cute ,but too loud. The age range was 50+. The food is nothing special, and it's overpriced. The vine was good and the desert too. Long waiting line,even if you have a reservation. Overall 3 stars.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. Luisa

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu prices were different (lower) than what I was charged for. We also were celebrating birthdays and were told the dessert for the birthday person would be comped. It was not. The food was disappointing. Perhaps they have a new chef? The service was exceptionally slow. Don’t think we will come back after being regular customers. Very disappointed

    2 people found this helpful

  19. VictoriaA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food and great service. Everyone was friendly and professional.

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  20. Luvmydog

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Our favorite restaurant for Italian food in Pasadena!

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  21. iluveno

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pasta but a bit boisterous are the servers who once you pay don’t thank you

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  22. alf1

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive and efficient service. When my friend and I mentioned sharing the burrasca appetizer, the server brought it out already divided onto two plates. My friend’s branzino entree was terrific, with the right texture and great flavor. My eggplant ravioli special was tasty, but the ravioli was somewhat over cooked/soggy for my preference. Our respective dolci were nicely presented and flavorful (pear torta for me and panna cotta for my friend). Overall a pleasant dining experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. FFML

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    One of our favorites. Food is consistently good. Service is excellent.

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  24. OldCouple

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, the service was superb, the ambience wonderful! We can't say enough about the experience!

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  25. JohnnyC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent cuisine and service; ambiance needs refreshing, particularly the seating. Overall, a remarkable experience

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant! A lot of carbs but hey who doesn’t need some carbs for energy from time to time? Server was great - (with a heavy Italian accent but can’t complain 😃) I didn’t even need to look at the menu items. The server explained everything. And when I asked for couple of minutes, he did not go away and he actually offered to wait for me (what an awesome waiter), giving me tips in the decision process. Well it took only about half a minute for me to choose from one of his excellent recommendations. Then the service was on point. Well lit, not too noisy place. Perfect dining experience! Excellent!

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  27. MitchellG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the Oso Buco lamb special which was excellent.

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  28. CaliAli

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family has been going here when in Pasadena for years. The service is always excellent and we've had some great meals here. The wine list is also well thought out with many good choices. We ordered two specials this time. One was surprisingly bland but the other was very tasty. I didn't expect a charge for sharing a salad when we had two entrees as well but that would not stop me from going back. Plenty of parking behind the restaurant makes it even more appealing.

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  29. LMfromOC

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was a busy Saturday night and our waiter was trying to keep up with it all, but we didn’t feel welcomed. Our table was right by the door which led in and out of both the restaurant itself and the outdoor dining area. There was a rush of cold air with each continual coming and going of patrons and servers. Overall, not a great experience.

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  30. johnp

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very poor service, very poor food. We have been at Celestinos many times. Tonight was a zero

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and great service!! Just tell them what you’re wanting and it appears..

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good. Service was average, the restaurant was very busy so they all were doing their best. Price point is definitely fair for the quality of food. I definitely recommend

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  33. PasadenaGal

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great but charged $6 for bread we didn't eat and didn't ask for. And charged $4 for a plate split we didn't request. When we said we were sharing 2 entrees the waiter said, I'll split the plate for you. I've heard of paying when you split one entree but this was 2 and we never requested it. Sneaky waiter. I would recommend the restaurant but with caution. It really left a negative taste.

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  34. JudyH

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going there for years. Every time an excellent experience. Food is great. Reservation table on time, staff outstanding. Highly recommend.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Horrible and was racially profiled experience. Server lied to us or lazy not giving us a cocktail menu and wine list. I asked and he blatantly lied to our face. He said they don’t have any but see others have, while waiting for our order we were given a basket of bread and butter. We noticed other tables have been given olive oil and balsamic vinegar but not us, then the table next to us who are all white people were given the specials of the day, we looked at each other because the same server was our server, we noticed when he is serving other tables with white people he was very polite and taking his time with them but when he service us he rushes us. Never once filled our glass of water, our food was mediocre but we were hungry after a martini drink, pinot noir and old fashioned. Finally when I got the bill I saw a charge for the bread, even though it is only $3.00 for me it’s the principle. So I asked him for his manager. Had to wait for at least 20 minutes, manager comes and rushing me and gesturing his hand while I was talking to speed it up so my husband finally said to this so called manager not to be rude and impatient, I even started saying listen I don’t want any free stuff but I felt he needs to know our experience because we have never been treated this bad before. Server, lied or lazy about the cocktail menu, not once asked how our food was, not once refill our water, did not tell us the specials of the day and not given the oil and vinegar for bread. I mean come on if you are going to charge me for bread at least give us the full experience with oil and vinegar. All I asked is for him to remove the $3 charge. He came back with my receipt and gave us a pannacota dessert and lemon cello shots which we did not want nor did not consume, as I said I don’t want free stuff what I wanted was to be treated like a normal customer how they treat white people. This restaurant is racist! Will never come back and tell all my friends about my experience!

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  36. KimA

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and service was very good. I had the filet stuffed ravioli and hubby had fettuccine with zucchini - both excellent and very fresh!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, I’d highly recommend dining there!

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  38. Jammlad

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have given this restaurant better reviews before and I will note that my wife enjoyed her meal. However, this time around, my veal dish was tough and chewy with little to no flavor. I was very disappointed.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love celestino restaurant. The food is always amazing and the staff is very friendly. It is a classic Italian food and now I am craving it just thinking about it.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, service, and evening as usual! This is one of our favorites.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Celestino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 795-4006.

Celestino is rated 4.5 stars by 3253 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Celestino

141 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Green Street and Cordova
  • Neighborhood
    Pasadena
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Calogero Drago
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (626) 795-4006
  • Catering
    Large parties can toast together in any one of Celestino Ristorante's three elegant Private Dining Rooms. Affordable and flexible menu options make Celestino Ristorante the perfect location to celebrate any occasion! For more information, please call 626.795.4006 or email us directly at info@celestinopasadena.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Celestino offers three dynamic Private Rooms to accommodate to the specific needs of each and every individual. With a variation in room sizes, and a flexible menu, we can cater to the needs of any group.
  • Private party contact
    Bob Prasad: (626) 795-4006
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