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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, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 46
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  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
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  • 5
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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
Old school food with entertaining service

Entertaining service staff with solid old school Italian cuisine. Go classic or special and you will be satisfied. Not a value but good for a special dinner

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Chris W
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Los Angeles, California
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Santa Monica CA
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I've come here for more than 10 years. Outstanding service and highest quality cuisine. Never, ever disappointed. Valet parking $4

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L.A.
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242 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We went here with some friends who are established here. After selecting a great bottle of wine from their good list, our waited just started bringing small plates of different dishes finishing up with a little dessert sampler. Everything was excellent. We ate inside, but they have a banquet room for large parties, a front patio for people watching, a... More 

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Dacula, Georgia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I have visited Italy a couple of times and my daughter lived there and I believe the pasta is just as good here in Pasadena, CA. I had the pasta dish that was on special that evening and it was the best pasta I have ever had! My daughter was also very impressed with her dish. Waiters are very friendly... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Entertaining service staff with solid old school Italian cuisine. Go classic or special and you will be satisfied. Not a value but good for a special dinner

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117 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is the place in Pasadena for good Italian food! I particularly do not like pasta a lot but the few times that I had dinner in this restaurant i finalize my meals very satisfy. Service is the best. Very attentive staff.

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Pasadena, California
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Here's the perfect escape from the summer heat...Calamari Salad! Lightly grilled and oven roasted calamari, thinly sliced and layered on a bed of tri-color greens (lettuce, radicchio and endive) with a light oil&vinegar dressing. Very refreshing! All the food is delicious and the service it outstanding. We celebrate all our special events here. Great place for families--they love kids and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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15 reviews
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 91 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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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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?