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Sorriso - Bar Celona

3.7
297 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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About

Bar Celona in Pasadena is a modern Spanish restaurant that features a bar designed specifically for customers who crave tapas. There are countless varieties of these popular appetizers. Get yours with grilled chicken, albondigas (meatballs), Serrano ham-wrapped dates, charred lamb sausage, beef pincho and more. You can also get yours with various dips and olives at Bar Celona, too.

The menu here also includes pizza options like cheese, barbeque chicken, pepperoni, vegetarian and three Spanish sausage. You can also get these options on flatbread at Bar Celona. Come in on Wednesday nights and you will be able to enjoy live music with your meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:30am
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Phone number
(626) 405-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tony
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Catering
Bar Celona is proud to offer a full service banquet & catering operation that is committed to assisting you in any & all aspects of planning your next event, whether business or social. We would be delighted to help you design the perfect menu that will be memorable & exciting for you & your guests. With the the help of our well-trained coordinators & staff, your event will be smoothly planned & professionally executed.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fair Oaks Ave.
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Parking details
Valet parking available directly in front of the restaurant; street parking available and parking lots nearby
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Entertainment
Lively, casual & coolly sophisticated Tapas Bar & late-night lounge with live entertainment & Flamenco dancing.
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Special events & promotions
Sorriso - Bar Celona is proud to offer a full service banquet & catering operation that is committed to assisting you in any & all aspects of planning your next event, whether business or social.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 297 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.7
ambience
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 3, 2015

We've been coming here fore may years, mostly for the happy hour music on Wednesday night. The food is pretty standard Italian fare, but very well made and presented. The staff always treat us well.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Our server was friendly and accommodating. It was the night before the Rose Parade so it was pretty packed. The restaurant was well decorated. For some reason we weren't allowed to order from the tapas menu that night. I think it was a special event night. So that was a bummer. But the food we got was pretty good. I had the penne with vodka sauce. Good portions.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

We live in Las Vegas and are new to Old Pasadena. I originally made the New Year's Eve reservation for two of us for 8:30 p.m. Then I changed it to 7:00. Then I changed it to 6:00. At each change the people at Sorriso were very nice and helpful. On such a busy night before the Rose Parade and Game, I expected at least a little chaos, but this restaurant handled us very well. The prices were reasonable and the food was excellent. We will certainly return even though there are many restaurant choices in charming Old Pasadena.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

I hadn't been here in a while so I was surprised to see the mixed Italian fare with the usual tapas to which I was accompanied. Despite the change, the food was still amazing, and highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2014

The tapas are still good but the Italian pesto pasta special was pretty bad.... Don't discontinue the Bar Celona menu!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

The food was excellent. Vegetable risotto over spinach, A+.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2014

The food was very good. The waiter was helpful. We enjoyed it very much.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2014

Food was okay but not the best as had before. It was a nice ambiance but without great food this could have been the olive garden. Very disapointed as this was a business dinner and my guest took her food home...ie a doggie bag for the dog?

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2014

We dined here with a group of ladies celebrating a birthday. We spent about 2 1/2 hours here wining and dining! Our server was very polite and patient with us. He was knowledgeable of the menu and gave us recommendations. We brought in our own bottle of wine and he was eager to pour us all a glass and told us not to worry about a corkage fee! We also had a few very strong cocktails which were delicious. We all enjoyed our pasta dishes. The restaurant is a little tight so I would not recommend this for large groups. It got a little noisy once the bar next door started but otherwise a great night out!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2014

The food was excellent, they had a singer and he was amazing. The restaurant was cozy and romantic and I'm planning to go back next week with a group of women.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Had our 2nd anniversary dinner here. Food was good as usual. Service was a bit slow at times, but otherwise great as always.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2014

If you can, sit outside. People watching while having dinner is great. The Sangria is fabulous.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2014

Food was overpriced. I paid $7 for two pieces of bread with a tomato on it. The risotto was undercooked and not flavorful. Service was slow, it took 20 to even bring us water. The sangria was incredibly sweet I couldn't even drink it. I will not return.

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2.0Dined on September 6, 2014

The entire place seemed a little off. They didn't have our wine, forgot our appetizer, and sort-of dumped the bread on our table. We were given a free dessert to make up for the appetizer, but then forgot the a la mode on that.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2014

I love sorriso and bar celona these places are great for couples no good for kids it ruins the experience and its more of an adult scene than a kid scene. Love Marilyn and frank on the wall and the live entertainment on Wednesday nights!

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2014

Everyone was very attentive and staff was very professional.

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2014

Ordered the penne vodka (a sorriso favorite according to the menu) and it was terrible - I could have made a better version myself with canned vodka sauce - the sauce was really runny and unflavorable - the chicken was tiny and hard and had no flavor as well. All in all a disappointment. Boyfriend got rigatoni with sausage and pepper and his sauce was equally runny and unflavorable - and the rigatoni was tiny (almost the same as penne). The tapas menu was also disappointing - NO albondigas?? that's just wrong for a tapas menu.

Thumbs down - wouldnt go back.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2014

The food was pretty tasty. Nothing too special about it. I tried the halibut and it was quite good. The portions are small for the price but not bad. My friends seemed to enjoy their food as well. I tried their Flamenco Kiss drink and it was great! The service was friendly and they constantly checked on us but not in an annoying matter.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2014

I was in a group of 6.
The server kept of bringing us the wrong dish (this happened 3 times)! We thought they were on the house until we asked and they said no, picked up the dishes, walked towards the kitchen and then turned around to placed the dishes to the table next to us!
The food is pricy ($18 for a plate of pasta!!) but I do recomend the sangria... That was delicious!
Next time I will sit at the bar for a drink and appetizer only.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2014

There is a wide variety of food to select from on the menu. We all had different dishes and everyone in our party of six enjoyed their meals. I had the Frutti Di Mare and Cioppino were delicious. The service was also very good. The wine menu is a little lite but there is also a full bar.

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2.0Dined on May 24, 2014

Have been coming here for over 8 years. Discovered it during early dating scene with now husband and even had wedding rehearsal dinner here because we loved the food so much. Went there over the weekend for wedding anniversary and was very disappointed. Ordered Australian lobster. Husband asked when it was flown in and the waiter just said "its fresh" because he didn't know. Plate looked NOTHING like the picture on their website. Lobster came in a plate/ bowl hybrid which made it difficult to de-shell and cut - bowl kept tipping over. Had to transfer it to a plate. Mashed Potatoes underneath the lobster had consistency of soup in which the veges sunk into it like quicksand. Paella barely had rice in it and was mushy/ soupy like risotto.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

When I want a restaurant with reliably good food, service, and not so noisy that you have to scream to be heard, I go to Sorriso-Bar Celona. Which means, I go there a lot. We recently had friends in from NYC who are real foodies and this place impressed even them. On top of that, the owner, Jack, is community minded and always lends a hand to my nonprofit, Bloom Again Foundation. Put it all together and you'd have to find a good reason NOT to go. A pleasant change from the Smith Brothers restaurants like Smitty's and Parkway where there's too much attitude and no sense of community.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2014

I had Alaskan halibut with sautéed spinach atop creamy mashed potatoes surrounded with a moat of beurre blanc. Heaven! There was an entertainer named Doug singing, he has a voice of an angel, so smooth. Happy hour wine was only $5. What a nice way to start the evening.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2014

We dined early in the evening in their outside sidewalk area. They had it tastefully away from pedestrians, but not too far away...so we were still able to enjoy Old Pasadena's street ambience. Food was delicious - we had fish and the tiramisu was fantastic; service was prompt and attentive without being in your face. We will return!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2014

We had been to Bar Celona many times, and have always enjoyed the tapas very much. This time was different, as I think the restaurant is focusing on the Italian fare instead, and the tapas are an afterthought.
We were seated and given only the Sorriso menu, and had to ask for the Tapas menu. If we wanted Italian, we would have gone to an Italian restaurant, not to Bar Celona.
Anyhow, the tapas were still flavorful for the most part, but not prepared as well, and definitely not the quantity that we were used to. The Paella is still delicious, you can't go wrong with that. But, if you are given only the Sorriso menu, you won't see it, and miss out on a terrific meal.

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2014

We have been going to Bar Celona for years but things haven't been the same since they got bought over by soriso.
Service was sluggish and they brought us the wrong dish once. Rustic bread was smaller than ever and soggy.
The special of artichokes ravioli with smoked mozzarella was probably the worst we have ever eaten! The smoky flavor overtook
Everything else. The veggie paella barely had any flavor.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2014

We've known the original Sorriso on Colorado Blvd and the restaurant when it relocated to Pasadena Avenue. We came back to this location hoping it was like the one we remember and it was not. There are waiters all over the place so it was difficult to understand why our orders - from drinks to check - took so long. The drinks were all delivered at different times by different servers. The entrees were pleasant except for one - the "rare" request was not heeded, the steak was medium at best. The restaurant is very loud but it was full and it's always nice to see young energy in our local restaurants however, it isn't a place you'd go if you wanted to hear.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2014

Good food & wine. Half-priced bottles of wine on Tuesdays hard to beat.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2014

I had a wonderful time hangout with my best friend the food is great an drink is wonderful it is a lil loud the music is cool the bar is good the food is wonderful the people are nice here this a great place to eat at

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2014

Positive experience all around. Will go back

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2014

First time to this restaurant and i really enjoyed it ---Good job

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2014

Sangria was delicious and the bartender was sweet. The food was decent but I would recommend going there for drinks and not a full meal.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2014

We were looking for a nice little spot to meet with friends in Pasadena and found Sorriso on the Dine LA website. Great place to meet with friends and the food was outstanding...Spanish and Italian. Nice atmosphere and ambiance that allows for easy conversation.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2014

We chose this spot from the DineLA list and loved it! The food was very good, especially loved the penne vodka, and the sangria in the pitcher (white) was excellent. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice dinner in Pasadena.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2014

LOVE the red sangria! Happy hour options are amazing and give you a great taste of what the restaurant has to offer. All the food that we tried was delicious. Calamari was tender and lightly battered with an amazing dipping sauce. Misto salad light with great flavors. Paella full of fresh veggies and meat with rich flavor.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2014

I chose this restaurant as a place to meet friends who are foodies, based on past experience eating there. They loved it - and I did, too. Excellent, interesting tastes and textures, good service and a fun time. Recommend it if you like eating small bites that will delight your taste buds.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2014

we don't go out much any more but your place hit the spot for us after an exciting time at the "Norton-simon "museum down the street. Hope to visit you again.

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2014

This was the first time I had been to the "merger" of Sorriso (Italian) and Bar Celona (Spanish Tapas). The primary menu is Italian fare, which was good but we were in the mood for Spanish. Thankfully they still offer a selection of tapas, empanadas and even paella. We sampled a few different empanadas, which were very delicious. The pastry is light and flaky; although the sweet potato empanadas would have been better with a different topping (the flavors did not complement each other). The paella was average. The rosemary chicken entree and spinach/pear salad were both very good.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2014

The food was good and the service better. The crab cakes are a must try. Only wish the tables were more spread out; the couple next to us was practically in our laps.

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2.0Dined on January 11, 2014

We originally made reservations at Bar Celona but realized its a glammed up Sports Bar which we were not in the mood for. Luckly there are three restaurants linked together with the same menu so we opted for the nicer ambient Italian restaurant adjacent to Bar Celona offering its own menu and the menu from Bar Celona.

We chose food from the Italian Menu.
Charred Rustic Bread, delicious.
Asparagus, very good.
Seafood Paella,okay. Seemed as if it was just put in a bowl from a larger pot of paella. Rice was mushy and just didnt have that authentic paella texture and flavor.
Service took awhile to get started but once we placed our order things moved along nicely.

All in all, it was a decent dining experience but we dont plan on coming back.

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