Catering >Celestins Restaurant & Voodou Lounge
1815 K St, Sacramento, CA | Directions 9581438.576237 -121.482439
Tue-Thu 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Fri 11am-3pm, 5pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Central Sacramento
Happy Hour – I like going to Celestine's during happy hour (4-7pm during the week) because of the choice of appetizers they have and their prices. A cup of chicken gumbo, the sweet fries, and the flatbread are the best! You can have all that and a glass of wine for about 11 bucks (if you're hungry). So, it works for me when I'm at the office which is very close by and I have to stay longer, but need a quick bite to eat. It's very relaxing to just sit at the bar and eat. Cool bartender too!
Great service, great prices, great food! – I recently went to Celestin's on a Friday night with my hubby and two friends. We arrived during the Happy Hour around 6pm and headed to the bar area. There, we easily found a seat at the hi-top tables and had some delicious appetizers and drink specials. The prices are excellent ($2 - $5) and the service was quick. Try the Sangria or Red Stripe. Yum! The happy hour extends until 7pm, so there is no mad rush to shovel down snacks and drinks.
Then on to the restaurant. Here's our synopsis:
- Grio: 10/10! This was a delicious dish! Tender and flavorful pork on the inside, crisp and seasoned on the outside. Similar to really good carnitas. I have been craving this ever since. You've got to give this one a try! It was served with a tangy, vinegar sauce. Excellent!
- Fried plantains: 6/10 I love plantains, so I had high expectations. The flavor was great, not too sweet, balanced nicely with the black bean sauce, but it was just overcooked or over ripe to begin with. Once a plantain hits that mushy stage, it can't be salvaged. I would give this another try though.
- Crab tostada: 9/10 Great, fresh crab, thick slices of avocado, placed on a fried patty. It was not what I was expecting. It was even better! Definitely a good choice.
- Tomato & Avocado Salad: 8/10 It is what it says it is; a bowl of tomato and avocado slices, drizzled in a vinegar dressing. Very fresh, tasty, and light.
- Gumbo: 6/10 We tried the Tiger Gumbo, Chicken Gumbo, and Andouille Gumbo. It was good, but not great. It is offered in a ?Cup-of-Gumbo? option, so each person can get their own little serving, which was great. Next time we come for dinner though, I would probably not order this again. Just so-so for me.
All in all, it was a great experience. The servers were very attentive and quick, especially in the bar area. For a party of four, our bill ended up being about $80, so definitely a great value with a lot of variety. We will be back for sure!
Where else can you find sweet potatoe Fries? – This is a restaurant where you find your favorites and enjoy them each time you visit. We always have two orders of well done sweet potatoe fries, a avacado/tomatoe salad with their orange dressing and whatever else looks good on that day. Those two simple items bring us back over and over. This is a special and romantic place for a couple to go for a simple meal.
Best Mojitos in Sacramento! – The chicken curry was delicious! It was my birthday and Second Saturday and they gave me a piece of coconut pie on the house. It was so good I would not share it with my friends. They had to get their own.
It;s bright and colorful and was a great place to celebrate.
Loved it!!! – Okay, bottom line is that this is a really fun place to eat!! We loved the funky colors, the music playing and the food (we tried the Gumbo)! We got right in and the service was great. We would recommend this place as an alternative to all the same old boring chain restaurants.
Not Really Caribbean – I am Caribbean and I dont think their food taste caribbean it taste like cane caribbean food. The prices are rediculous RIDICULOUS ; you pay almost $8 for a platanos maduros ( there are not even platains there bananas) when in the grocery store a platain costs 25 cents.
Authentic or not, a really festive and fun place. – I don't want to diss the guy below about whether Celestine is totally authentic or not, because to me, that's not as important as tasty food served right in a nice environment. This is what Celestine's offers. Plus, the place is cheerful and colorful, loud but not too, has a cozy full bar and a decent wine list. And the price is right in my wheelhouse. I didn't care for the plantains either (although the ones I had were indeed plantains and not bananas), but trying new stuff is part of the adventure. I do like the food very much generally. Creative use of coconut and spices with a home-cooked style. I have enjoyed very good service there too.
May not be authentic, but it sure is good! – Unlike the previous reviewer I do not have experience with "true carribean food" but I always enjoy Celestin's and everyone I know loves it as well.
I go for the gumbo and Mojitos, the perfect complement to each other, spicy and sweet/refreshing. My favorite gumbo has tiger shrimp, chicken and kielbasa. The scallops and other fish aren't bad either.
If you can make it here for Happy Hour you can make a whole meal out of the appetizers like the jerk chicken (make sure you wash your hands good or otherwise the first time you rub your eyes they will buuuurn!) and corn fries. The tomato-avacado salade is a nice cool-down for your palate.
Authentic? – -I do not call Haitian beans authentic when using Mexican Friojles - beans;
-The food was bland lacking real excitement; anyone that has been to the caribbean would know that the food is rich in spices;
-Plantain (Fried Banannas) were over rated, regular banannas were used as compared to the true Platanos;
-Staff members could not pronounce the exotic foods;
-Service is rough; compared more to an expensive fast food restaraunt;
-The dish it self left a peculiar after - taste;
-The Jamaican chicken wasn't marinated but smothered barely cooked having a pinkish coloration inside;
-The price was an insult not reflecting the time & expertise in cooking exotic foods.
-The cooks taste was not accustomed to the authentic way...
-I would recommend trying food where the cooks put their heart and soul into;
-Anyone that call's this authentic has not experienced true caribbean food reflecting its culture and tradition.
Indulge in exotic tastes of the Caribbean with specialty gumbos and fruity cocktails at this local favorite. – The Scene
Patrons dine in three rooms painted in bold colors--energetic yellow, carnation pink and sultry black and red. On most nights, a DJ mixes lounge and funk for a crowd of both conservative nine-to-fivers and Midtown fashionistas. Servers are hip, amiable and quick.
Authentic starters include jerk chicken with a dark, smoky chutney; crisp thin-cut sweet potato fries; and salted fried plantains. Of the 22 gumbos, all arrive steaming in a gigantic bowl, packed with meat and fish in a thick jalapeno-spiked sauce. For a non-gumbo option, try the salmon encrusted in lightly fried, fresh-shredded coconut. Pair your meal with a mildly fruity sangria or a minty mojito. The custard-like Key lime pie with a buttery graham-cracker crust delivers a deliciously tart closer.
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