Celestino

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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

What 2206 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere service was amazing a Pasadena gem!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and exceptional service.

R
London
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The folks at Celestino always treat us very well, and are willing to adapt and find you whatever you feel like eating. The quality of the food is great and Mario can find you excellent wine.

MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our recent visit to Celestino was excellent because the music was at a quiet level so that we could still hear each other without having to shout. The waiter patiently recited the long list of specials and repeated a special when asked. He also volunteered information such as sauces that could be substituted on various menu items. After opening delicious white wine we ordered, our waiter promptly brought the ice bucket to chill it for us. Our appetizers and mains were delicious. It was, overall, an excellent experience.

P
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch on the patio at Celestino on a fall afternoon was great. Really good food. Excellent service. Terrific ambiance. All around terrific. Highly recommend.

HJ
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

First basket of bread seemed like it was left over from lunch. The second I requested was much better.

p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, nice comfortable ambiance. I'll be back again!

PS
Los Angeles
446 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Five-star experience ruined by their bathroom. One of the best restaurants in town, with one of the most disgusting bathrooms in town...

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing as always!! The service is impeccable and the food delicious

j
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A go to place. Wonderful food and great service. They are always flexible if you want something a little different.

P
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

So so good. I have food allergies and so it is sometimes hard to eat yummy Italian food but Celestino takes that into consideration and will make changes/additions so that you can enjoy. Best Risotto I ever had and it contained no cow diary. YUM

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The pasta was over cooked and the staff showed no interest in diners. The forgot items and rushed us . The sauces were poor. We were not impressed with the food.

J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

RM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and great food!
Mario and Luis spoiled us to the hilt! Definitely will be back

H
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the food, the servers were very nice, I will definitely come back again.

o
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday, and it was the perfect evening! Exceptional service, innovative food, and a super relaxed atmosphere. We’ve been here often and will continue to do so!

LM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great dining experience with exceptional food options.

T
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go there every time we’re in Pasadena. Great food. Charming service, unrushed, comfortable setting.

P
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Very disappointing experience!!! While the ambiance and service were convivial, the chicken parmesan did not deserve to leave the kitchen. It was rubbery, almost plastic, must have been microwaved beyond embalmed. The waiter’s response, “Sorry, would you care for dessert?” Do yourself a favor… find a nice steakhouse in Pasadena

J
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

This was actually the worst lasagna I have ever had, and I am including frozen lasagna. I loved the ambience and have had good food here in the past, but if a place with the cost of Celestino's can't make a good lasagna, I have no interest in going back.

AA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place to hangout after work! Outstanding service. Very friendly atmosphere! Halibut with spinach was excellent choice even though they have a lot of other good options. Desert with strawberries was delicious! Thank you!
Will go back again!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food!!! Highly recommend

RM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful dinner great service

MM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Valet parking available in the front or easy self park in the back.
The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was great. You could tell it was more authentic. Will go back to try more. Oh and the Panna Cotta was divine.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

service is a huge part for restaurant business. if food, ambient, or deco is not great, an awesome waiter or waitress can change everything. it did not happen in Celestino. It was for birthday celebration which was noted when I made a reservation. it does not feel welcome. No one cares about our glass is low in wine. No friendly suggestion for food or desert. next table with same staff got treated way nicer. I felt i am being discriminated. is it because i am not Caucasian?

LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Its out mainstay. Lovely fresh food and great service.

s
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect as always! Love the food! Love the service!

FX
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celestino never fails to please. It's truffle season, and the fresh truffles are ALWAYS welcome to any dish. I had shell's with scallops and shaved black truffles. One of the Best dishes I've had there.
Antonio was spot on with his recommendation. Mario brought us a red wine from Sicily that was an OUTSTANDING compliment to our dinner. BRAVO CELESTINO!
See you again soon.
F.X.Perez

ST
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very well treated and attended to. We’d mentioned that we had a theater engagement and were given excellent and rapid service. Very attentive staff, beautiful atmosphere, delicious food and wine. Who could ask for more?

n
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never had a bad food there, add that to the great owner and a friendly staff and you’ll have a great experience every time!

MC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Pasadena classic. Best Italian in San Gabriel Valley. The Drago family knows what they are doing!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience. Always learning about a new wine. Or a new dish, maybe not on menu. Feels like your personal neighborhood restaurant.

MD
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High-end Italian cooking in an elegant setting. The specials are reliably excellent, and the pasta is light and delicious.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By far the best meal and service in Pasadena. Attention to detail is what sets it apart. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

EA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy Celestinos! The service is always outstanding, the food EXCELLENT and the atmosphere warm and inviting and not too loud.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was incredible and definitely some of the best Italian food you will find in Los Angeles County. Service was impeccable and was well located to quickly get over to the Rose Bowl.

M
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Seated in a booth with lot of ambiguous staining on fabric, oily, stale food odors and food crumbs and grit on seat cushion and we were the first seating of the evening, it should have been clean. The staff was low energy, not unfriendly when interacting but when congregated together looked unhappy to be there. Food was okay, not bad not memorable, was definitely hoping for more given the reviews. Asparagus soup was tasty, beef carpaccio was overwhelmed by sauce, roast chicken had a nice crust was a little dry but overall flavorful and potatoes nicely done, pana cotta good but strawberry sauce had a bitter note. Restaurant needs a serious cleaning. Staff is good but details and appearances matter. For instance, as we left, two staff members stood by door, neither opened it for us. Little detail perhaps but they add a high end, cared for experience that keeps people coming back.

GG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, outstanding service, lovely ambience and delicious
food. We’ll keep going back again and again!

KA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was outstanding. Our server arranged for us to have squid ink pasta, which wasn't on the menu. Yummy.

HL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We have eaten here many times and have always been satisfied. Our last visit was our lobster/crab with pasta dish was a little dry. Carlos and all the waiters there are great. We had a party there with 25 people food and service were great then. We will be back with another large party in the future. It is our go to restaurant for Italian food and service.

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