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Celestino Ristorante & Bar

141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-2673
+1 626-795-4006
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-2673
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a big family get together over dinner at Celestino’s Italian Restaurant in Pasadena in California. Served by an army of mature waiters, the food is good and the staff attentive.

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

The celebration of my husband's big birthday couldn't have been lovelier! In a private room, the servers were festive and attentive but unobtrusive. Everyone raved about the food. Thank you, Celestino's!

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 5 August 2018

I got to this restaurant with friends from Pasadena once or twice a year. It is one of the most consistent, authentic Italian restaurants in the area. I especially take note that the servers are real Italians (or maybe outstanding character actors). They know the...More

Thank AjayLA2
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

We have been to Celestino several times over the past few years when visiting Pasadena and always liked it. Fairly expensive, and this time service initially very slow, but efficient and helpful once underway. Extensive wine list—the Venezia Villa Sonia Pinot Grigio was excellent, and...More

Thank Dorothy J
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

The service is exemplary! The menu is in Italian, and the owner and the staff speak Italian, but don't worry, if you don't understand Italian you can order anything you want in English even if it's not on the menu. They will happily accommodate you...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 11 June 2018

I think by "Old World", I actually mean old-school service, which you forget is such a nice way to enjoy a meal. I enjoyed lunch here several months ago, on a rainy day in February. We had a dog with us and they graciously opened...More

Thank talk2p
Reviewed 21 May 2018

The food here is always exceptional (I don’t give 5s lightly) Service equally so. Nothing is too much trouble I think it helps when you travel with a local celebrity Sitting on the terrace was lovely. We will be back

Thank Swanney_Golde
Reviewed 6 May 2018

I lived in Pasadena for 23 years, and this place is a great favorite for lunch or dinner. Lively vibe, attentive staff, terrific food, easy parking in the rear and a sure bet for reliable excellence.

Reviewed 21 April 2018

Four for dinner on a Friday night at Celestino Ristorante, a Pasadena landmark. Simon, our server gave us the rundown on the food and specials. Then we dove into a bottle of Chardonnay, which we brought with us. (FYI - Corkage is $15 per bottle.)...More

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 9 February 2018

Met friends for lunch here on a warm December day. The restaurant was not crowded for this late lunch time and we were very relaxed. Started with crab cakes - they made us an order of five so that everyone in our party would get...More

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Patty F
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Response from Dorothy J | Reviewed this property |
Likewise sorry, but was not aware there was an upstairs, and we enjoy their recommended Italian wines.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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