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“Excellent fare”
Review of Celeste

Celeste
Ranked #55 of 5,656 Restaurants in Hyderabad
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Bombay, India
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101 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Excellent fare”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Had an excellent meal at the Celeste during my stay at the Falaknuma palace. Like the "Adaa", the decor is a bit low-key and underwhelming compared to the Hotel - more of an intimate setting.
Excellent innovations in the meal - I liked the cold mango gazpacho.
The Pizza, however was lacklustre as was the icecream palate.

Celeste would have rated a "good" were it not for the excellent service that surpassed the excellent Taj standards.

I understand that those not residing at the Hotel need to pre-book and that walk-ins are not permitted - so do check before planning a visit!

  • Visited April 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“overpriced for the quality of food served, bad service and attitude”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This revue comes a bit late as we actually visited in the 2nd week of feb, We started off with the Palace tour , quite enjoyed it, absolutely magnificent from the outside with a great view of the city... We had a reservation at the restaurant at 2130 for after the tour which started at 9 ... during the tour any staff we encountered were extremely pleasant which gave a good impression of the hotel but sadly this impression was marred when we walked over to the restaurant, we were met at the entrance by a female staff member called Parimeetha who very curtly told us that "it will take more time for your table, we havent even finished the first sitting", we said we did have a reservation but she just brushed it aside saying there is no table, well, we quite understood to a degree that perhaps a table was not yet free due to the previous guests not getting up and the restaurant staff not wanting to hurry them up... but the manner in which she spoke , the whole tone and attitude was really shocking , especially when it came from a Taj employee since the Taj is usually known for professional service... we asked where we could wait, and then we saw an adjacent dining area with a bar and asked if we could wait there and have a drink while we waited as it was hot outside and we were told by her that this was strictly for private dining and we could sit outside in the verandah in the smoking area, we later saw some italian guests coming out from that area , drinks in hand , when their table in the dinring room was ready for them, so why a different rule for them...
One hour later, nobody had even come to check on us, apologize for the delay, or offer to get us a beverage and the only thing that stopped us from leaving was that by now it was well past 2230, and this hotel is located miles away from any decent outside restaurant... about an hour and fifteen minutes later we had had enough and went over and made a complaint, we asked to speak to a manager , either the restaurant manager or the F and B manage or the GM and though the staff told us that they would come and talk to us nobody ever showed up...
Once we had made a fuss we were told that we could eat in the Indian restaurant if we wanted to and once we were seated there they told us that we could have a table in Celeste and once we entered we saw that a table that had been vacant all along had been set up for us!
By now we were so fed up that all we wanted to do was eat and leave, and the only reason we were even eating there was every other place would have been closed...
the food was just ok, did nt taste bad but not good enough to make any sort of impression, everything was served lukewarm not hot and the lobster ravioli topped with shaved truffles came minus the truffles, we had to ask where the truffles were and were then told that the truffles were spoiled so they did nt use them! I would have thought that if that was the case a guest should have been told this before and not had to ask! To give credit where due at least the young chef later came out and apologized for the truffle not being on the dish, even though he did wait till we asked about it at least he had the courtesy to come apologize, nobody else bothered...
sadly all we took away from the evening was the memory of mediocre food and bad attitude not to mention a huge bill!
we had toured this property with the idea of staying there the next time, but since this incident no thank you!!!!

  • Visited February 2014
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Hyderabad, India
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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“It's an experience to experience”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

My husband selected Celeste, to take the family out for my Birthday dinner. It was worth it! We started with the tour of the palace. The palace is simply breathtaking, though I wish we had a better guide. The guide seemed to be doing it because she was supposed to. Celeste is a Italian/Continental Restaurant. The service is quick and great. The breads served as hors d'œuvre's were amazing. The food was delecious and the chef was able to take in requests which were not a part of the menu! I had a great birthday! They got a cake for me as well, since my husband had mentioned that it was my birthday!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Aparna A
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Midwest
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278 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Elegant and Relaxing”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

While touted as an Italian restaurant, Celeste offers a variety of continental dishes. Reservations are required, as well as business casual attire. In addition, each guest must spend a minimum of 2000 rupees. This last requirement is quite easily met as drinks are 750 rupees.

The setting is elegant and the service is good. This is definitely the place for a relaxing flavorful meal.

Visited August 2013
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Thank bamboola
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hyderabad
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78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Royale family experience”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Falaknuma palace is a really amazing place to just go. You can create this occasion by having a meal either at the Adaa or at the Celeste. Before having your wonderful dinner you can visit the palace, which has been so nicely renovated that you feel like being a guest and a royal guest! we went at 12 people for a family reunion and we opted for a set menu (you have to call before and book the place and the menu: around Rs 2500 per person) which avoid harsle of choosing etc.... the service is excellent, the food is original and great, serve by plate (the portions are quite big) and the ambiance make the evening unforgetable. Do not hesitate to celebrate any family (or couple) event at the Celeste....it will be memorable;

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Chonchon-Hyderabad
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