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About Sorriso - Bar Celona

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.

46 E. Colorado Boulevard
Old Pasadena
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:30am

Cross Street:
Fair Oaks Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 405-1000

Website:
http://www.barcelonapasadena.com/

Entertainment:
Lively, casual & coolly sophisticated Tapas Bar & late-night lounge with live entertainment & Flamenco dancing.

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.

Parking Details:
Valet parking available directly in front of the restaurant; street parking available and parking lots nearby

Executive Chef:
Tony

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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.

Sorriso - Bar Celona Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

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food

3.8

service

3.6

ambience

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (271)
Good for Groups (239)
Vibrant Bar Scene (188)
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Neighborhood Gem (184)
Special Occasion (172)
Romantic (169)
Hot Spot (148)
Late-night Find (106)
Great for Lunch (96)
Great for Outdoor Dining (89)
Notable Wine List (67)
Great for Brunch (21)
Kid-friendly (18)
Scenic View (17)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2014

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2014

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 28, 2014

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2014

Everyone was very attentive and staff was very professional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2014

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2014

Positive experience all around. Will go back

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2014

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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