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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
Website
Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very, very good!

The fettuccine with wild mushrooms and black truffles in a 4 cheese sauce was one of the best pastas I've ever tasted. My wife's order of tortellini stuffed with pumpkin in a cream, butter and sage sauce was equally mouthwatering. The place is a local favorite especially on weekends. Unfortunately... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Bill C
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New Canaan, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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88 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New Canaan, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The fettuccine with wild mushrooms and black truffles in a 4 cheese sauce was one of the best pastas I've ever tasted. My wife's order of tortellini stuffed with pumpkin in a cream, butter and sage sauce was equally mouthwatering. The place is a local favorite especially on weekends. Unfortunately, we reserved only a day in advance and our table... More 

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Pasadena, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

A lovely establishment with a typically kind wait-staff (every so often, I've received very brusque service), Celestino serves high-caliber food at reasonable prices. Excellent quality of ingredients.

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Glendale, California
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

It was very busy the night we dined at Celestino. We were left on our own several times because some of our party were not quick to make a decision on what to order. In addition, the waiters were a bit brusque and a bit pushy. But the food was absolutely divine! The minestrone soup was all fresh chopped vegetables.... More 

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Los Angeles
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92 reviews 92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Celestino is not only my 'go-to' Pasadena restaurant, but, having introduced quite a few acquaintances to it, it has also typically become theirs, also. Excellent, friendly, personal service, a very nice menu and kitchen who knows how to cook to your desire, etc. And, a terrific, if somewhat pricey, wine list. But with several specials at the back of the... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

We have been to Celestino's several times and have always had a great meal and wonderful service. I had the pumpkin tortellini, which I still can't get out of my mind. My husband had the osso bucco and he enjoyed every bite. The desserts are many and each one of them excellent. Every time we have dined there we have... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of our hotel. The initial impressions of the staff and the dated interior was not a positive. I am thinking it may have be established in the 1980s and has been refurbished since. However, the food and wine was excellent and the service became more personable as the night wore on. Despite... More 

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Farmers Branch, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My daughter and I had a wonderful Halloween dinner at Celestino. Our waiter Carlos was tremendous. He was friendly and very attentive. His recommendations for entrees and wines were impeccable. The appetizers were superb, especially the Timballo Funghi.The rack of veal was outstanding and the cannoli with some some gelato for desert was wonderful. All-in-all, it was great night out... More 

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Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We are new to California and have been looking for that one great italian restaurant to call our own. I had lunch here a few weeks back and, upon entering, I got the "good vibe". The restaurant is very nice and the staff, some directly from Italy, were welcoming and professional. At the conclusion of lunch I booked a dinner... More 

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Long Island, NY
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We ate here three different nights during our stay at the Langham Hotel and were never disappointed! The waiters treat you like part of the family and rarely say no to a personal request. Its a good idea to make reservations since every night the room quickly fills up. There are no off-nights! Without asking, they surprised our daughter with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Situated on a busy street called Lake ave in Pasadena, we decided to give this place a try in hopes of finding our next favorite Italian restaurant. Unfortunately, the risotto tasted like rice that has been undercooked with a chalky taste and dry crunchy texture. The waiter called this "al dente". I call this inedible. He takes it back to... More 

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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: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
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

Questions & Answers

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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?