We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Celestino Ristorante & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (between Green St & Cordova)
(626) 795-4006
Website
Today
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
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
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

123 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 117: English reviews
Bristol UK
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Helpful?
Thank hollerinzebra
Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
189 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Helpful?
Thank ValentineRosie
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Helpful?
Thank rkgreenphd
Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Helpful?
Thank Kim E
Pasadena, CA
Level Contributor
31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

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

Helpful?
Thank tedl01
Los Angeles
Level Contributor
65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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.

Helpful?
Thank CalifJ0e
Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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!

Helpful?
Thank MaicAntony
Burbank, California
Level Contributor
121 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

Pretty close to Italy, busy on a Sunday evening. Attentive service and decent food, nice menu, seasonal and daily specials. Best part was the dessert though, simple panna cotta with strawberry compote.

Helpful?
Thank David S
Glendale, California
Level Contributor
19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

Went here for dinner Sat. Night. Four adults and two children. It is not designed for kids, but the staff could not have been more helpful and accommodating! They made a special plain pasta with oil and cheese dish for the boys. The adults loved everything that we ordered. A delightful evening at a wonderful restaurant.

Helpful?
Thank stacyschu
Pasadena, California
Level Contributor
72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This is a popular Italian Pasadena institution... you are made to feel like you are part of a buoyant Italian family when you dine here- all the waiters speak a lovely-italian inflected English ;0) Everything I have tried is quite good. I've had several salads including the special Tricolore and Spinach with Pear, the Mushroom soup with Truffles (when in... More 

Helpful?
Thank 100lat

Travelers who viewed Celestino Ristorante & Bar also viewed

 
Pasadena, CA
 

Been to Celestino Ristorante & Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Celestino Ristorante & Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?