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Celestino Ristorante & Bar

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141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (between Green St & Cordova)
(626) 795-4006
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Local Italian Restaurant in Pasadena!

Authentic Italian food, even some of the waiters! I am Italian and very seldom venture to Italian restaurants, however Celestinos is a step above the competition!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
MaicAntony
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Authentic Italian food, even some of the waiters! I am Italian and very seldom venture to Italian restaurants, however Celestinos is a step above the competition!

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Burbank, California
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65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty close to Italy, busy on a Sunday evening. Attentive service and decent food, nice menu, seasonal and daily specials. Best part was the dessert though, simple panna cotta with strawberry compote.

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Thank David S
Glendale, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for dinner Sat. Night. Four adults and two children. It is not designed for kids, but the staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating! They made a special plain pasta with oil and cheese dish for the boys. The adults loved everything that we ordered. A delightful evening at a wonderful restaurant.

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Thank stacyschu
Pasadena, California
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This is a popular Italian Pasadena institution... you are made to feel like you are part of a buoyant Italian family when you dine here- all the waiters speak a lovely-italian inflected English ;0) Everything I have tried is quite good. I've had several salads including the special Tricolore and Spinach with Pear, the Mushroom soup with Truffles (when in... More 

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Thank 100lat
Pasadena, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Ciao Bella! If you want an authentic Italian meal, this is the place to go. I haven't had a bad meal yet and this is a regular for our family. The waiters "parla Italiano", too

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Thank Lannette T
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

Good pasta on a business lunch. Service was good. Bread was tasty. I had linguine with clams and it was very good, not amazing though. Id go back for sure and I will.

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Thank Andres H
Altadena, California
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This is probably our favorite place to go in Pasadena for a nice meal out, couples or family. The food, especially the pasta, is divine and the seafood spaghetti is the best i have tasted. We like to sit on the outdoor patio with our favorite waiter Carlos, the best waiter in Pasadena.

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Thank Janethebrit
Milfod
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

My husband I were pleasantly surprised to find such great Italian food in CA! This food rivals any in NYC. I never eat more than l/2 my dinner and I finished my plate and had dessert because everything was so good. I just didn't want to stop even though I was full. I only wish this restaurant was in CT.... More 

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Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

I have dined here several times and usually enjoy the experience. Last night was the exception that will keep me from.ever returning. Our waiter was difficult to understand due to a thick accent and the rate of speed that spoke and surley when asked for clairification. I ordered the filet mignon. It was cooked perfect and tasted wonderful, however the... More 

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Thank JACB5
Sandy, Utah, United States
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Absolutely the best Italian food we have had in a long time. Extensive menu, great service, notable wine list. Will definitely go again when in Pasadena.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
    (between Green St & Cordova)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: (626) 795-4006

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?