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Bar Chelou, Pasadena, CA

Bar Chelou

4.7
4.7
317 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

7:00 PM


Booked 40 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 317 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
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena

    Innovative

  • Pasadena

    Hot spot

  • Pasadena

    Romantic

317 Reviews
  1. JamesH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, very unique and tasty. Noise level is very high so conversation is limited. We'll be back.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and looking forward to returning! Enjoyed all of the food especially the scallop tartare and trout dish but all very delicious with a beautiful wine pairing reco from the som River

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was unbelievable. Nice culinary experience. Great job by the chef!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Way over priced and food wasn’t what I thought it would be. The staff was nice but I don’t understand all the rave reviews it was average

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  5. DavidB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Very attentive and friendly staff. A+

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  6. HilaryB

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our servers were excellent. Food all good. Trout and potatoes were the best.

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  7. Alexandra

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience, very nice restaurant, attention to details, service, food exceptional.

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  8. JanM

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great, except probably for the fact that number of courses had a mayo or something like a hollandaise sauce....it was a bit much at the end. Would go again, but would select food differently.

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  9. mimib

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar Chelou is GREAT!!! This was the second time there snd it did not disappoint!! The food is unique and delicious!!! My new favorite spot!

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  10. AdventuresinDining

    Los Angeles

    87 reviews

    2.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly we did not have a good experience. This restaurant is chic. The servers chic. The food not up to par nor the service. It started off with my husband ordering his usual drink - a Campari and soda. He orders it everywhere. Here they did not seem to know what it was. They brought a glass mostly of Campari with a splash of soda and no ice. The server was not attentive most of the time. It appeared she was not particularly interested in actually helping customers. We managed to finally get a glass of ice at least for his drink. Cheese appetizer was fine. Carrot appetizer ok but there was no mention of cilantro on the menu and our server never asked about food allergies. My husband is allergic to cilantro. We ordered the short ribs. Short ribs are always a cut that must be cooked low and slow as it isn’t a tender cut. Either someone put the beef in the oven or sous vide too late and not enough time was allowed to cook it or they don’t get how to cook it. It was almost inedible. We should have sent it back. I’d ordered a glass of wine when we ordered the entree because the server was so illusive. Did the wine arrive prior or with the entree? No, I had to get someone’s attention to get it. I ordered a Cesanese. It was served way too cold. Definitely not 68 degrees. Tasted as if it was just taken out of the 55 degree wine refrigerator. All the way down the list a very disappointing dining experience.

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FAQs

Bar Chelou is rated 4.7 stars by 317 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 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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