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Bar Celona

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American, Spanish, Tapas
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46 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1902 (Fair Oaks Ave.)
626-405-1000
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Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Dessert, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Affordable Paella for Happy Hour

We went for Happy Hour and were delighted to see that they had paella as an appetizer, for only $5, and it was just great. Serving size was perfect for one. Great location in Old Town with free 90 minute parking half a block away.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
Julie S
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Pasadena, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pasadena
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101 reviews 101 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is just another loud bar, and with low class people. Not a good place to hang out. There are many better places in Old Pasadena to choose.

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Pasadena, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We went for Happy Hour and were delighted to see that they had paella as an appetizer, for only $5, and it was just great. Serving size was perfect for one. Great location in Old Town with free 90 minute parking half a block away.

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IESHORTIE
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in for some Tapas before a film @Laemelle. The cool thing was due to the time Tapas was half price! We tried: Serrano Ham wrapped Dates,Grilled Asparagus, olive sample,empanadas, rustic bread.. All were a little below average. sangria-hmmm horrible. I felt bad for the lonely tattered slice of orange thrown in the glass. We should have went down the... More 

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New York
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114 reviews 114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Hey Tiff, how was.... The Food: The food we ordered was average (pizza, mussels, pasta). Best thing was the pizza! I would consider going back. The Scene: Outdoor seating available, cool vibe. The Drinks: Nothing to write home about (or even Spain) The Location: Prime, busy street, full of energy, vibrant. Surrounded by clubs The Parking: LOT The Service: Great,... More 

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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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224 reviews 224 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

After visiting the Huntington Gardens we ended up in Pasadena looking for a light snack and margaritas. This was a great find. We sat out front and were waited on promptly. We had several items from the tapas menu and each of us ordered a skinny margarita. So refreshing and tasty. This was a nice place to sit and visit... More 

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Sierra Madre, California
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176 reviews 176 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

With so many restaurants to eat at in Pasadena, you have to have good food. I was so disappointed with my meal. I had the ahi tuna and the tuna was cold in the middle. Not warm but cold. My wife ordered a salad with dressing on the side and add onions. Guess what, dressing was on and no onions.... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Nice outdoor seating on the main street of Old Town Pasadena, Bar Celona used to have very good tapas and a nice selection of cheeses and olives. I went there last week after not having been in about a year, and the menu was more limited, the service slow, and several homeless people stopped at the table to ask for... More 

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Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Typical bar one finds in the US is the sports bar with multiple television showing american footbal (they use hands mostly) or baseball. We are very glad we found one that is not a sports bar, with good wine selection and delicious tapas, with music not loud enough to carry conversations for our 40 year old + ears. Excellent service,... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Went to Bar Celona with my husband Saturday night. What a fun place! Not boisterous, loud fun (think TGIF commercial) but sangrias and shared plates or lucious, fruity tempranillo fun. Beautiful setting, attentive staff. Everyone from patrons to employees seemed to be having a good time. Such a great atmosphere for a good meal. The menu offers both hot and... More 

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Los Angeles
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

There are 2 sides to Bar Celona, so let's not get confused between what seems to be an atypical downtown bar, and a tapa restaurant with great food. We love the fried calamari. By definition, tapas are not cheap, but enables you to taste a variety of plates. Sangria was cheaper during our last visit. You will not enjoy the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 46 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1902
    (Fair Oaks Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-405-1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic

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