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Bar Chelou, Pasadena, CA

Bar Chelou

4.7
4.7
335 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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 45 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, European, Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (626) 808-4976
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 335 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

335 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was surprised that a French restaurant did not serve espresso after the meal. I highly recommend to add that to the menu!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible! Can I go there everyday?! Our server was Garret who was awesome too. Amazing food, ambiance, music, everything! Definitely recommend.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fabulous food and nice people, but hard to hear anyone. We'll be back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service. Food comes out relatively fast which we loved. Soms are incredible hospitable and knowledgable. The veggies on the menu are to die for. Very fun smaller wine list with great selections.

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  5. TedV4

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still too noisy. Old bldg with no sound absorbers. Loud dance music while no one dancing😵‍💫

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  6. MariaS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu is extremely limited, review it thoroughly before you go. The two desserts we had were delicious.

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  7. chari

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice looking place with well prepared food. The energetic and loud music distracted from an otherwise sophisticated atmosphere. Having to shout to be heard by your dinner companion made it seem like torture to be there despite the great service. Will not be returning.

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  8. TimK

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant in LA! We only ever have a fantastic time!

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  9. FarisAoun

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty inventive cuisine backed by eager and knowledgeable staff with a cozy dark atmosphere that made the whole experience enjoyable. Special thanks to Brian for his great service and River for his wine selection.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Food, Amazing service! High quality and well done! BRAVO! THANK YOU.

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FAQs

Bar Chelou is rated 4.7 stars by 335 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 45 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
  • Neighborhood
    Pasadena
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • 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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