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Celestino Ristorante & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-2673 (between Green St & Cordova)
+1 626-795-4006
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Irvine, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lilian and I delighted in a culinary sojourn to Italy, sans the jet lag! The concierge at the Langham, when queried about "fine dining, Italian", instantly directed us to Celestino, one of the iconic Drago Italian restaurants renown throughout Los Angeles since the '70s, when the four Drago brothers, Tanino, Calogero, Celestino, and Giacomino, opened the first of eventually 11... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our experience at Celestino in Pasadena was perfection. ANTONIO, shout out to you for your excellence in service with personality! The food was delicious with a nice presentation. Could not have enjoyed it more! This restaurant gets quite busy so make sure you reserve early. Al fresco dining as well!

Thank EdgiGirl
Victoria, Canada
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely evening with friends. The service was attentive but not intrusive. My husband had the rack of lamb and it looked like it was beautifully prepared. I ordered the Veal Marsala and it was delicious. The portions were not huge, but adequate which left us room to enjoy dessert. The panda cotta and cannoli were outstanding. I... More 

Thank Bonniegirl87
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening and meal at Celestino's restaurant. Our waiter Don, was attentive and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the pumpkin tortellini, swordfish in lemon and capers and the fresh pasta.....

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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119 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend took us to Celestino and we were all so-o-o impressed. We had what many people would consider a less than desirable table where we could look into the kitchen, but we loved it. Their kitchen staff is wonderful to watch. Our food was wonderful and beautifully presented. And here is the most amazing thing, the restaurant is on... More 

Pasadena, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

The best Italian restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley. The food, the owner (Teroldego Drago), the chef & the waiters are all Italian, friendly & approachable. . Great food, wine list and service. Business first brought us here, but we keep coming back for events w. family & friends as well.

Thank Joseph D
Palos Verdes Estates, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

My wife and I came after a play in Pasadena - early for our 7 PM reservation. My best recommendation if you've selected Celestino for dinner is to EAT A BIG LUNCH. The service was below a 1 star rating (i.e., non-existent.) After cocktail order and service, and an unintelligible and disinterested description of specials by our waiter(?), we ordered.... More 

Thank Ben A
Pasadena, California
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127 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I attended a financial seminar here last night, so the menu was basically pre-selected. We all got a garden salad (average), black and white pasta with scallops (tasted great, but lukewarm), and then we could choose either salmon with vegetables or chicken in marsala sauce, with panna cotta for dessert. I chose the chicken and it was very good, but... More 

Thank Julie S
Glendale, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Sea bass was prepared in such a way which an amateur cook could have done a better job. A highly rated Italian restaurant who cannot prepare a risotto dish does not deserve a good rating. The server was talking so fast everything had to be repeated two or three time to catch what he is saying. I would never dine... More 

Thank ala907
Bristol UK
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

Excellent service and the food was good too. My loin of pork was perfectly done and prettily garnished. The lemon meringue could have done with a touch more zest. Whilst my companions' pasta looked functional rather than decorative, they seemed to enjoy it. Definitely a credit to Italian-Californian cuisine

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-2673
    (between Green St & Cordova)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-4006

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