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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: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great dinner and sized perfectly for splitting dinner

I went with a wonderful friend and we split everything. Each of us was able to have the three courses shared and be completely full. The best ...the pasta is all home made. This is wonderful Italian food. The service is great and if you can eat on the patio, it is not as noisy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I went with a wonderful friend and we split everything. Each of us was able to have the three courses shared and be completely full. The best ...the pasta is all home made. This is wonderful Italian food. The service is great and if you can eat on the patio, it is not as noisy.

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Windsor, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Yum, yum, yummy! This restaurant has my all-time favorite dish (green and white tagliolini with garlic sauteed zucchini)! My daughter couldn't stop eating the bread they serve at the beginning. Long time owner and wait staff. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants!

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El Cerrito, California
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103 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Celestino’s offers a set dinner for a group in a private room, which allows the group to have a nice dinner and still get some work done. For a minimum of 8 people, we were offered a set menu for $100 a head, including wine, tax, and tip. We started with bread and a salad of greens, cherry tomatoes, burrata,... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Met a friend there for dinner since I had never been there. Nice atmosphere very attentive service. Parking is free in the back which is a plus in Pasadena. Very nice selection and variety of foods offered. I had the pork medallions with rosemary sauce which was very nice . My friend had the reserve tell which was the special... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We had a wonderful experience here... Easily the best Italian meal I have had in some time. I ordered the calamari and Eggplant Pasta which were both amazing... the waitstaff is very professional, friendly and informative about all the dishes offered... We live out of state but can't wait to go back to California. If your craving Italian this is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Food was good however 20 dollars for about 8 ounces of spaghetti is way overpriced even in my neighborhood Then 6 quarter sized meatballs 12 bucks. My wife and I made a commitment to "try" everything while living in Pasadena for 2 years food was good not great But now I can't afford to go there again

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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Every restaurant to make money needs to "turn over" the table more than one. We had dinner there tonight (4 people) and with our permission were seated right on the aisle next to the serving area. However after ordering cocktails, right after delivery of our salads, we were asked "are you having wine?" not once, not twice, not three times,... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

First, a qualifier: We've lived in restaurant-rich Pasadena for many years and Celestino's is one of our favorite places for special occasions and general fine-food therapy. We've also traveled and enjoyed excellent fine food in US, Europe and elsewhere, thus we feel well-educated and well fed! Reading some of the below reviews of Celestino's puzzle us, as we find the... More 

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El Dorado Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

While in Pasadena for the week-end, we found that our favorite restauran was closed so we opted to go to Celestino Ristorante. This restaurant is very lively, the waiters are delightlfully black suited and stuffy and everybody seems to know each other - typical Pasadena and fun to be a part of. The only problem was the food and this... More 

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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Additional Information about Celestino Ristorante & Bar

Address: 141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone Number: (626) 795-4006
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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