Who We Are

In 1983, Patrick and Phoebe Celestin opened Celestin's Restaurant on J Street. You may remember the steam on the windows, as we served bowl after bowl of  Celestin's Gumbo. It has always been a family affair. We were able after 18 years in our first home to build and relocate the restaurant to 1815 K Street, where the restaurant became Celestin's Restaurant and Voudoo Lounge. We stayed at our home there for eleven years and now we are at it again. Our third restaurant location is in the heart of lovely, Mckinley Park. It's our smallest venue yet.  We are excited to offer our all time local favorites and stretch ourselves to offer some new and appetizing options for your dining pleasure. We love food from all over the world and our specials will be reflecting our passion.


Phoebe Celestin


Patrick Celestin


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Here’s how we like to do it:

 Made in house 

We get whole vegetables, whole fruits and whole grains and clean sustainable meats, chicken and fish delivered to our place every morning. Our crew dices, slices, spices and roasts in-house adding flavor to every dish. Every day. It’s simple. Food tastes better when it’s made fresh.



We believe in a transparent supply chain, and we go to great lengths to work with farmers like John Bledsoe of Bledsoe farms in Woodland, Grateful Bread of Carmichael who carries a great “vegan” French baguette and Temple Coffee who are all doing the right thing. You can watch us prep all the food through our  kitchen window.


We pride ourselves on sustainability, from restaurant design and waste management to the food we serve.  As responsible global citizens, we have to think and eat sustainably, and work in harmony with nature.

 Local Sourcing

We source from partners and growers we know and trust. We try to work with companies who are doing the right thing, and we source locally where possible.


 Food Safety

We all know it’s true. Food tastes best when it’s in season, so we look for the freshest, locally grown and best foods available.