About Celestino

141 South Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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!!

Cross Street:
between Green St & Cordova

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 795-4006

Website:
http://www.celestinopasadena.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Calogero Drago

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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.

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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.

Celestino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5

They are the best Italian restaurant in ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

They are the best Italian restaurant in Pasadena area

food5
ambience5
service5

Great food as always, never a doubt! Fi ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Great food as always, never a doubt! Fish, pasta, salad, soup, everything!

food3
ambience1
service1
value1

Awful ambience, terrible service, decent food

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

Without question the worst restaurant experience I've had in the past 10 years. Considering this restaurant is owned by Celestino Drago, one of the finest Italian restauranteurs in the LA area, I went in with high expectations. We have dined at Drago Centro many times, and each time we are thrilled with the attentive service and superb food. We showed up on time for our reservation, but were asked to wait for "our table" to vacate. The restaurant was half full...there were plenty of other four tops available. Considering we did not see the restaurant fill up during our meal, the delay was unnecessary. Our party of three sat down and they provided us with only two menus. When a server, who did not introduce himself, showed up I began to ask him for a third menu, but he robotically began reciting the litany of specials. When he was done with his soliloquoy, he simply walked away without another word. We sat for a few minutes more, sharing a menu, waiting for someone to offer us something to drink. A server showed up and said, "have you ordered yet?" I told him we hadn't. He did not apologize. He just said, "OK, are you ready to order?" I said, "we need a third menu - you only gave us two. And do you have a wine list?" He said yes, and brought them. The menu had no wines by the glass listed - but they offered them by grape type - I didn't get to even see what it was! I've never had that experience. The food was good. But for the better part of our entire meal, we had to listen to the manager yell at a server from across the room. They screamed at each other in Italian. It was tacky and pathetic. If you want to feel like you're on the set of a terrible Italian movie or living a Billy Joel song, then Celestino is your place. If you require even the tiniest bit of human decency in your service, go somewhere else. Anywhere else. I may order takeout in the future - the food is worth it. But I will never sit down in that dining room again.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Authentic

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Very good menu and service. A Pasadena favorite. Very good wine selection.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Our go-to neighborhood restaurant

Dined on April 2, 2016

We live close by to Celestinos. They never let us down. Quality food. Great service. Very accommodating. We usually order from the specials of the evening and are always very happy with the choice.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Food and services are alwasys great.!

Dined on March 30, 2016

I really like this place and every time I go everything is as expected, Menu is updated with interesting combination, without deviating far away from some traditional Italian flavor. Wine list can accommodate any demanding taste and budget. Very nice.!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Always the finest

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

We are always delighted to dine here but tonight was over the top amazing. Food, Service, everything.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Horrible

Dined on March 13, 2016

The whole restaurant is a cluster. I couldn't even find the hostess to check in for my reservation - the only way I knew it was her was bc there was a crowd of people hovering around her. Even though we had a reservation we waited for 20 minutes. The food took forever to come out and it wasn't even anything special. Really disappointed.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

A good "girlfriends" spot

Dined on March 13, 2016

As more and more women dine together, it's nice to have a wait staff that handles us with ease, humor and good service. The wait staff at Celestino's were all "characters" and a lot of fun. Thanks for a fun night!

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service5

This Pasadena institution never disappoi ...

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

This Pasadena institution never disappoints. The food blends the best of the Old World Italian with modern touches. Service is professional; almost balletic. Noise can be an issue but it is possible to find a quiet nook most nights

food5
ambience3
service1
value2

Excellent food, great menu, but poor service

Dined on March 12, 2016

Excellent food, great menu, but very poor service. After waiting for more than an hour and a half, we asked about the status of our order and found that they lost our order.

food4
ambience3
service3
value3

Loud and Fast!!!

Dined on March 11, 2016

The tables are grouped together so if you don't mind listening to your neighbors conversation or have them hear yours then it is all good. We also found it very loud and the services rushed. Once we ordered our food it arrived in less than 10 minutes. That is not always a bad thing but in some cases when you want to relax and enjoy conversation with the person you are with then... The food was very good!!

Tags: good for groups
food1
ambience1
service1

Service was horrible. The waiter never c ...

Dined on March 8, 2016

Service was horrible. The waiter never came around to follow up. The food was not good. I would never go back again.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

excellent piece of Italy

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Celestino never disappoints! Food is delicious...interesting wines from Italy..

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Absolutely perfect every time... don't m ...

vip
Dined on March 2, 2016

Absolutely perfect every time... don't miss this wonderful restaurant

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Authentic Italian

Dined on February 28, 2016

Both the food and the wine list reflect a true knowledge of Italian culture. I just wish the place was a little bigger. Tables are quite close together and the noise level is high indoors.

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Celestino's is always wonderful. Food n ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

Celestino's is always wonderful. Food nearly always excellent as is the service, even on New Years Eve. My husband is in a wheelchair and they always accommodate us nicely when I've alerted them in advance.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

Bland, especially for the price

vip
Dined on February 18, 2016

The food here is bland. We had a pasta dish with red sauce and a roast chicken dish. I can do better at home.

food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Disappointing Service

Dined on February 18, 2016

I've been to Celestino's before as well as its sister restaurant, Drago Centro, and have always had a good experience. Unfortunately, this time it was a bit disappointing. While the food was still quite good, my guests and I thought it was a bit over-priced for what we got. The risotto with porcini mushrooms was definitely not worth the price. The waiter, while friendly, was not up to par. My friend ordered Pinot Grigio with ice on the side and it came with the ice in the glass. I ordered a cocktail with 3 olives and got 1 olive. After our dessert, we waited...and waited...and waited for the server to come with the bill, but he was too busy chatting up the ladies at the neighboring table. I finally had to interrupt him mid-conversation to get his attention. I had reservations for the following week for a party of six, but as a result of the poor service I cancelled them and made reservations elsewhere. Hopefully my next experience at Celestino's will be better.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Our Pasadena Favorite

Dined on February 17, 2016

Always enjoy our dinners at Celestino's. They have the whole package, from outstanding food, service and cocktails. Often we ask them to make dishes that are not on the menu or on the specials for the evening, they always try to accommodate us. The waiters are "real" waiters and do this as their profession and not some temporary gig. The owner is very hands on in the dining area and kitchen.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Cekestino

Dined on February 17, 2016

It's always a pleasure to dine at Celestino, where they really take care of their guests. It's friendly, with great service, so that you can just relax and let them take care of you. I brought guests from Europe and they were delighted.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Gonna go back for more

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

We had a fantastic meal with delightful, warm service. Call me hooked

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Once again the Celestino team was spot o ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Once again the Celestino team was spot on. Our server and staff were very attentive. The food was wonderful. From the calamari, the mushroom timbal, the perfectly dressed spinach and pecorino salad, the branzino, and salmon just perfectly cooked.

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Disappointing Return

Dined on February 8, 2016

My husband and I had delightful memories of a dinner at Celestino about 8 years ago. As we were celebrating our anniversary in Pasadena we made a reservation. The experience was uneven. My dinner of half moon ravioli was delicious but my husband's steak was fatty and tough. The service was spotty and obvious to us was some kind of conflict about wait staff and who covered our table. We had long waits between service. Too bad we won't return.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always a treat

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

Celestino is not only a great restaurant, they are consistently outstanding. I have been there many times and they never disappoint. Cologne to and his staff are all seasoned and provide great service. A real treat.

Tags: fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, neighbourhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4

Really great food, but the wine choices ...

Dined on January 28, 2016

Really great food, but the wine choices were subpar. $40 for what would be bottle a $10 bottle of wine anywhere else is not worth it!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always consistently wonderful

vip
Dined on January 25, 2016

Hard to top excellence but this restaurant does it every time. Never had a meal that wasn't the most incredible, and the service is stellar.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great local gathering place

Dined on January 23, 2016

The food and the service was wonderful, and I was happily surprised to find that even with a full house, our table area was very quiet. I had not been to Celestino's in some time, and I am happy that they are doing so well. They deserve to !

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Love that you have people who speak Ital ...

Dined on January 23, 2016

Love that you have people who speak Italian and know of Italian cuisine. Wonderful pappardelle!

food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Dine LA?

Dined on January 22, 2016

My husband and I went to Celestino's for Dine LA week. It is one of our favorite local restaurants. After receiving our menus, we noticed that there was no mention for the Dine LA special. After we asked, a Dine LA menu was given to us. We then noticed that at least two other customers had to ask for the Dine LA menus and were mildly irritated. We actually ordered off their regular menu. Although, we will dine there again, we will probably not go during Dine LA week.

food4
ambience4
service5
value5

We really did enjoy everything. Excellent!

Dined on January 19, 2016

Once again, we enjoyed the food and we sat outside and that was delightful. We found the noise level in the restaurant itself really too loud for us. Naturally,, we were there at 7:00 pm and that is a busy time, so the noise level was understandable. But it was very nice to have the option of being on the terrace. The food was terrific, especially the pasta dish we shared. And the wait staff were excellent. Very attentive and friendly.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent Italian Food

Dined on January 10, 2016

Great food, wonderful service, good drinks... What more could one want from a super restaurant? Went early with kids for a family birthday dinner. There is no kids menu, but they will make plain pastas for youngsters. Our party ordered 4 different entrees and each one thought theirs was the best! I've never had a disappointing dish here!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service1
value2

Never again

vip
Dined on January 3, 2016

We were very disappointed by the service, the maitre D' was very rude, ignored us completely for 30 minutes before even giving us the menu. Also we ordered an appetizer and he brought us another one claiming that they ran out of the one we ordered and he decided to replace it without asking our opinion with another one, that we didn't like at all and he charged it for us. I am disappointed at this Drago as I am customer to the other ones and I never had this bad experience in their other locations.

food5
ambience5
service5

Went for New Years Eve, was fabulous!

Dined on January 1, 2016

Went for New Years Eve, was fabulous!

food3
ambience4
service4
value3

New Years Eve Dinner

Dined on January 1, 2016

The service was good and the mood festive for New Years Eve. The appetizers and desserts were better than the main courses. The 'panna cotta' dessert was particularly good. Good to see more of a Southern Italian menu than at most Italian restaurants.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Fantastic Italian food!

vip
Dined on December 30, 2015

We just discovered this place. It was amazing, from wine to service to food everything was so perfect. Very authentic Italian food, we will come back.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Yum!

Dined on December 29, 2015

Excellent dinners! Ravioli with truffle sauce is special. Pasta dishes divine. Risotto with mushrooms, another with seafood devoured with pleasure. Even the simple green salad was especially good. Waited beyond our reservation time to obtain a table for 4 next to the wall but worth the wait.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Michael

Dined on December 28, 2015

Ownership is on the scene and very good a greeting and taking care of their customers. Most of the staff has been working here for years. Food superb and very Italian.

Tags: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

This has long been a favorite Pasadena r ...

vip
Dined on December 27, 2015

This has long been a favorite Pasadena restaurant. It is always delicious and the service is always great.

food3
ambience4
service4
value3

nice try

vip
Dined on December 19, 2015

Loved my pasta entree but it should come out glistening not dull from sitting under a heat lamp. Limited dessert choices don't do justice to the rest of the menu and the welcome. Friendly service. Nice menu with many choices.

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