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Celestino Ristorante & Bar

141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-4006
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Ranked #18 of 585 Restaurants in Pasadena
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Price range: $31 - $40
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
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: between Green St & Cordova
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
El Cerrito, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Celestino’s is an Italian restaurant on S. Lake Avenue, near Colorado. We were a small group and had a very nice, private room, which afforded us lots of privacy and the ability to talk without too much other crowd noise. The service was excellent, the staff was friendly, and the serving was fast, even given the demands of a group.... More

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Los Angeles
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

One of the Drago brothers' restaurant, the name says it all, great genuine Italian food, been eating there may be 18 years, consistently good, they make anything for you if not on the menu. I am so glad I no longer need to hike to the Beverly Hills, (I don't like the one in downtown) any more.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Every time we have been here, we have had a terrific meal. The calimari, the more elaborate primi salads, the pastas, risottos, and all the larger entrees are consistently delicious. The waiters are charming Italians and particularly if you are a regular will make you feel very special. Ask for their recommendations. Reservations are needed on weekends.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Wow.........what a restaurant.........service excellent...........food fantastic. Received a warm welcome..........excellent wine........valet parking which is great..... Will for sure come again when in town........

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Pasadena, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We have eaten at Celestinos at least two dozen times and it never disappoints . We always feel like we are back in Italy the moment we walk in. The staff remembers us and always had our drinks at the table within minutes of being seated . You can order anything you want off the menu and they will prepare... More

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Los Angeles
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156 reviews 156 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The best ever? No. Great authentic Italian? Absolutely! Everything except the acoustical tile ceiling says real like you were walking into some place in northern Italy. The small bar with the bottles of liquor and coffee machines, the staff all talking to each other in Italian, the boss (not dressed in uniform black and white garb like the staff) suddenly... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

For the quality of the food and service, this restaurant is surprisingly well-priced. Many dishes are under $25, especially their great pastas. I'm gluten and dairy-free and there were plenty of choices. The special wheel-pasta with spicy small meatballs was a huge hit with the kids. Their canoli leaves a bit to be desired. Great wine list. The outdoor patio... More

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Los Angeles, CA
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I enjoy every visit to this wonderful Italian restaurant! The people are wonderful. The pasta is always perfect and they have a decent wine list. I enjoy lunch here the most.

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Palo Alto, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The service is great. Kid friendly. Really tasty pastas- most are house-made. Very reasonable for the portions and quality. This time they had a special mushroom menu and I had the veal piccata with morels. Very good. Well chosen wine list. They serve a BIG cocktail as well. Valet is only $5.

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West Tisbury, Massachusetts
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I recently had dinner here with a group of friends. We all had pasta of one sort or another, and we all thought our meals were delectable. (We had various salads and other starters, all good, some the specials of the evening.) There were only two problems. First, service was very slow; the restaurant was packed on a Saturday night.... More

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