Celestino

4.4
2108 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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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Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The hostess was the sweetest!

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J
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Besides the food always being great, we have so much fun there. Mario is terrific.

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m
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Reviews were such a mixed bag for here but negative was mostly for service, I did not find that to be the case. We were greeted right away and seated. Was recommend a wonderful bottle of wine and ordered a few appetizers. Started out with a beef carpaccio, swordfish carpaccio and some steamed mussels and clams. The beef was good but the swordfish outstanding. The juice the mussels were in would have made a great cioppino so we asked for more bread to soak up the broth when finished. Shared the oso buco next and it was huge on a nice risotto. Ended with the panacotta with strawberries. Will be back next time in town. Seems like a neighborhood standard as it was a Wednesday night and filled up around six or so.

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T
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celesino has been my family's all-time favorite Italian restaurant for many years. We have celebrated many happy occasions there - from birthday's, anniversaries, graduations (high school & college) - Celestino never fails in terms of the quality of their food, the service and the ambiance!!

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C
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always great and the service superb. We have been coming to Celestino for years and it is always a great time.

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S
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

I made a reservation via open table and I specifically know that it was her birthday celebration upon checking with the receptionist I also mentioned that at the time prior to the seating.
The waiter was polite elderly but got the whole order wrong we asked for pasta Primavera and we received it with clams.
We didn’t want to send it back because we wanted to eat at the same time. The other pasta dish was right but undercooked .
There was no reason for mixing up the order since we were the Second occupied table in the whole restaurant.
We politely ask the bill and they did not even have the decency to bring a scoop of ice cream with a candle.
By the way when you received the change back they were $10 short, not a big deal big deal but just the idea .
I suggest if you read my review I think you better move on and find yourself another Italian restaurant .Total waste of money

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. Attentive staff, impeccable service and outstanding Italian selections. Enjoy!

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent evening! Service and food consistently excellent! Always a joy to see owner!

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L
Los Angeles
254 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It had been more than a few years since our last visit to Celestino, mostly because Pasadena is a bit of a trek from where we live. Anyway, it was even better than I remembered it. My swordfish was perfect and my wife's pumpkin stuffed ravioli was too. The other couple each had the lamb chops and also said they were perfect. We will return.

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g
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Excellent location, very nice dining room, very good soup and salads and appetizers, uneven pastas and meats. Not as grand as Drago Centro, no where near as friendly as Panzanella, the other Drago restaurants where we go to dine and to throw banquets and parties. Dismissive at first, as we were greeted by manager in suit jacket with the turning of his back to us, taken by nice fellow who looked like a busboy to a dark table with crutches on the seat. Asked for alternate table. Server was good, but he engaged and engaged with others but not with us. No chance to have friendly banter, just no nonsense somewhat brusque almost dismissive service. No wine list. No cocktail list. No dessert menu. No farewells or thank you except from busboys. Very very very different from Drago Centro, Panzanella, where we will continue to go. Good to have tried Celestino so as to know it would be best to avoid it.

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AV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

It was good, great food.

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CC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was mother’s day dinner so very busy but overall great food, great atmosphere- would highly recommend and can’t wait to go back!

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A
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Mediocre food and mediocre service. I expected more from an old and popular restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

mother’s day

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Took a long time to get a waiter. And the wait staff was difficult to get as the restaurant did not have enough waiters. Took 20 minutes for the bill to arrive after we finished our meal. Had to flag someone to pick up the check.

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j
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Even with a reservation, we waited an additional 45 minutes for our table. The front of house team was unsettling, the waitstaff was unnerving. They also forgot our appetizers so they didn’t come out until after we were finished with our meals. The only saving grace is that the food was solid and the price is reasonable.

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W
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Six of us enjoyed a wonderful meal at Celestine's. The food is gourmet. The Drago Bros. know what they're doing, and one of them came to welcome us at our table. The waiter was plucked straight out of an old Italian movie. Loved the whole experience. Thanks.

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GY
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If I could, I would give it 10 stars. It never disappoints! Love the food, and service. Everyone there is super friendly. Love you guys 😘😘😘😘😘

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RS
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food and service in Pasadena. Great selection of fantastic wines, very attentive service.

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T
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was very good as always. Are usual waiter has left. The waiter for this evening was older not a problem in and of itself. He rushed us, forgot the special for the night which I ordered, was brusque telling us about wines by the glass and lastly he forgot my mom’s dessert for Mother’s Day. He ruined a very nice evening.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly wait staff and delicious food. Very extensive menu. I could go back many times to try the different things. No wine menu, you have to ask what they have.

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere! Good service, but we felt hurried. Portions way to big. Calamari excellent. Our entrees so so.

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F
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, excellent food and great wait staff.

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S
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience was delicious. Everyone from the waiter to the bus person to the bar person works together like interlocking gears.
The fresh Mushroom soup was delicious and the veal was the best. We all loved the Orvieto wine. We all loved our desserts.

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J
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

good, fresh food, reasonably priced, everything to expect and even more from Drago brothers.

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O
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was an Easter lunch celebration one day late. We were seated on the front patio with Carlos as our waiter, who was very accommodating. We had our hearts set on their ravioli in lobster sauce, but it was not on the menu that day. Nevertheless, Carlos asked the chef to make it for us! It was delicious — just as we remembered from a prior visit. This is my favorite restaurant in Pasadena & just wish they served lunch on Saturdays. Highly recommend.

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AB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The food was absolutely incredible, creative and with so much flavor - I am a foodie, and this was definitely impressive, a must go to!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Essen war sehr gut - teuer aber so ist es nun in Amerika - ABER ich habe einen Aperol bestellt ( da es ein Italiener ist mit selbstgemachte Nudeln habe ich nach einen Aperol mich fragen getraut) so der Kellner kam mit der Flasche ob ich das meine und ich sagte ja. Dann kam mein Aperol PUR mit Eiswürfeln! Somit habe ich ein Glas Wein und Mineral bestellt und alles um geleert damit es halbwegs nach einem Aperol geschmeckt hat - als die Rechnung kam würde nur für den puren Aperol 42 Dollar verlangt ! Darauf hin hab ich kein Trinkgeld da 1 dass getränkt falsch war und 2 wirklich sehr überteuert - der Kellner beschwerte sich warum so wenig Trinkgeld als ich nett erklären wollte wie man 1. Richtig einen Aperol macht und 2 der Preis wirklich nicht passt wurde er sehr unfreundlich ! Wenn man den Wein und Mineral mitrechnet kommt man auf 58€ Dollar ca für einen nicht guten Aperol !!

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M
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great wait staff would and will go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always meet the nicest folks and enjoy the lovely staff and food!

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful lunch, excellent for, terrific and friendly service. Where’s the crowd as it was nearly empty.

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C
Los Angeles
172 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food here is always good and reliable. The special ravioli with filet were very good, the Osso Buco was just fine. The service is iffy. Our waiter was so overworked, he gave the specials to 3 tables at a time. He hurriedly took the orders, and messed up on our table, and the table next to us.We were VERY rushed, 45 minutes from seated to paid. Give people a chance to enjoy their meal!

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j
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Authentic Italian food served in an old school style environment. Pasta just like Nona would make. A full bar with delicious cocktails - a Negroni for me! Loved it.

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M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is over-the-top Outstanding!! The staff is VERY accommodating and friendly ... food & beverages are prepared, cooked and served to perfection. Service is quick and food is served hot. It was a beautiful night to sit out on the patio and enjoy the food and good friends!

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l
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and wine, great atmosphere

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j
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great...

Food is authentic, service is exceptional, and the reception is always warm... This is a special place that never disappoints...

Thanks for a wonderful experience...

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g
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic, as always!! Risotto with shaved truffles did not disappoint!

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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We was there on a Saturday with reservations. The place was busy but we were seated right on schedule. Food and wine was great and very reasonable. It was nice to see a busy restaurant and it remained busy until past 9:30.
The service was very good.
Highly recommended for any event including private parties

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks for seating in the quiet room and thanks for letting us linger. I can always count on Celestino’s

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PD
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celestino’s has long been one of my favorites. Every time I come back my dining experience is even better than I remembered. Great and service are hard to beat. Best food in Pasadena.

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