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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
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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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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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

Dining out on NYE can always be problematic simply due to the volume served. With that acknowledgement, Celestino was still a huge disappointment. Temps were in the 40's and we were seated outside in an area that was not fully secured for warmth. Mediocre cocktails should have been our next tipoff. The mussels and calms appetizer was the worst! The... More 

Thank Bernadette S
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

We went here for our anniversary. Started with a glass of a very sweet Proseco--not very good. When we ordered a bottle of wine, a different year was presented without comment. We noted that and asked for the wine list. Instead of the list, 4 bottles of wine were brought to the table--all more expensive. Asked for the wine list... More 

Thank JohnL731
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Where do I begin.....Had reservations for 4 to celebrate our guest's birthday. When making reservation, asked that we be seated at a nice table for birthday celebration. That didn't happen....we were seated in the terrace, near front door which was partially closed by a plastic drape (not attractive), and it was a cold evening. When the waiter finally came to... More 

Thank MUGS62
Los Angeles, California
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199 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

There is free parking on the one way street behind the restaurant. There is limited metered street parking in front of the restaurant. There is no pizza on the menu. This is a full service fine dining Italian restaurant. The two page menu starts with appetizers and soup on page one. On page two all Italian pasta dishes, seafood and... More 

Thank George700East
Irvine, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 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 

Thank I8254JXkims
Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 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 November 13, 2016 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

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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8 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

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?