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Bar Chelou, Pasadena, CA

Bar Chelou

4.7
4.7
360 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first true neo-bistro, a casual, convivial space that is both a distillation of Chef Doug Rankin's broad gastronomic interests and a deeply personal expression of his individualistic style. 'Chelou' (French slang for ‘strange’ or ‘unexpected’) is both the name and unifying theme of the restaurant, which draws from a range of culinary traditions and service styles to create something personal, novel and fun.

The restaurant is located within the Pasadena Playhouse complex.

NEED TO KNOW
for wine brought into the restaurant is $30 per 750ml bottle with no limit; we do not offer corkage for wines featured on our wine list. Liquor is not permitted to be brought into the restaurant.

Ample parking is available on surrounding streets and at several paid lots within a one-block radius. We recommend parking in the municipal lot directly behind the building we share with the Playhouse or at the underground lot just across the street

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2 people

23:30


Booked 48 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, European, Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 17:30–21:30
  • Phone number
    (626) 808-4976
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 360 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena

    Innovative

  • Pasadena

    Hot spot

  • Pasadena

    Romantic

360 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive service, we had informed of tickets to musical afterwards and they were on top of it. Food was excellent and amazing ambiance

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  2. ChrisH

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Stellar food, some of the most interesting cocktails we've had recently, and competent service made it a great evening. Ambience is affect by the fact that it's in the old Trejo's Tacos space that's a bit cavernous, and the noise level was more than "energetic." A little more softening decor could improve both issues. But still, a memorable meal.

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  3. JuliaG

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good but the choices of a main meal were limited or truly expensive. Also, the noise level was uncomfortable.

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  4. AnjuC

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool ambience- great food and even better service and fair pricing ! What more does one need !

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good, the ambiance is very romantic and chill but sadly the service was not so good. What threw me off was how the server was not taking our order until we had everything ready to order and was very pushy about that. We wanted to put in a few starters and a couple of mains to share and see where we're at to order more but he kept saying no no no which I thought was very weird. The portions of the plates were on the smaller side. For example the "cheese" was literally 3 slices of the different cheeses. so with 6 people we had to order 3-4 of the same item to be able to share. But their cocktails were great.

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  6. Tina

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time to Bar Chelou and we were celebrating a friend's birthday, who had been there several times. The food was excellent and our server, Clementine, had a very uncanny resemblance to Caitlin Clark. My only "gripe" was the fact that we were charged for the sorbet, which was my friend's birthday "cake." Most restaurants do not charge for a birthday cake, etc.

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  7. vnyum

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food - one of the best meals start to finish we've had in a while. Friendly service and lots of fun, too.

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  8. Genstarr

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time dining in this restaurant. Great location as we were going to the Pasadena Playhouse, next door. Small plates with interesting variable choices, great personable service, but the noise level was a bit loud. Will definitely return to try other menu offerings.

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  9. RobertS

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Potatoes and pork chop were great, everything else was average and not worth the cost. Servers were very nice, atmosphere lovely but noisy.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pre-theatre dining experience! Food is delicious.

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FAQs

Bar Chelou is rated 4.7 stars by 360 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 48 times today
Google Map for Bar Chelou

37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-5220

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    On El Molino Ave between E Colorado Blvd and E Green Street
  • Area
    Pasadena
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 17:30–21:30
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, European, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
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