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Bar Chelou, Pasadena, CA

Bar Chelou

4.7
4.7
342 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

9:00 PM


Booked 15 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 342 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

342 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was amazing! Celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday on a Saturday. The food was beyond great! The crispy potatoes and the lamb ribs are a definite must. Drinks were also great and the staff was super friendly. I also asked for a booth for my girlfriend and they did not disappoint. Highly recommend this place.

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  2. CarolineM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of best meals I’ve had in a very long time and we continually seek out great restaurants wherever we go. Excellent!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gotta come back. SOM IS INCREDIBLE. FOOD WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    In my opinion, I’m not sure where the Michelin stars come from. It was a lovely place but for the value and the food, I didn’t find them to be exceptional like I was hoping they would be, just simply mediocre or subpar. I don’t see myself returning unless it’s just maybe for a cocktail before a show at the Playhouse.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We keep coming back for their amazing & unique menu items, excellent service & cool ambiance!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    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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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. We were very well taken care of. Will be back soon

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service across the board. My family loved the food and loved the wine that the sommelier helped pick!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    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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FAQs

Bar Chelou is rated 4.7 stars by 342 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 15 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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