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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)
(626) 795-4006
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 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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Palos Verdes Estates, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

1 Thank hollerinzebra
Pasadena, California
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222 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

We were celebrating a birthday and anniversary. The restaurant is cozy and comfortable with a small patio area in front. After we were served our cocktails we ordered the Buttery Mozzarella Cheese with Tomatoes and Roast Peppers and the Prosciutto and Melon which were very good. Our main courses were Angel Hair Pasta with Fresh Tomato, Basil and Garlic; Lasagna... More 

Thank ValentineRosie
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant in Southern California (note I said my favorite, not necessarily the best). The place just oozes Italy, which means if you don't like Italian life, you won't like this place. The staff believes meals should be relaxed affairs--that people should take their time enjoying themselves. This drives a certain kind of American crazy, but it... More 

Thank rkgreenphd
Ontario, Canada
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

This place is definitely well loved by the people of Pasadena based on how busy it is. Enjoyed a drink at the bar while we waited for our table. I couldn't decide between 2 dishes and the server said they could do half of each so that I could try both! Had a lovely meal of black and white shrimp... More 

Thank Kim E
Pasadena, CA
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

An excellent Italian neighborhood restaurant. Many repeat customers. Elegant yet friendly. Excellent food.

Thank tedl01
Los Angeles
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69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

Three different waiters as we ate dinner. I had to ask for lemon slices for water twice and never got them. Portions are on the small side, and the menu has changed very little in many years. Not what it used to be. The number of servers running around creates an atmosphere of chaos.

Thank CalifJ0e
Pasadena, California
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2016

Authentic Italian food, even some of the waiters! I am Italian and very seldom venture to Italian restaurants, however Celestinos is a step above the competition!

Thank MaicAntony

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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
Large groups, Business meetings
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: (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?