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Bar Celona

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46 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1902 (Fair Oaks Ave.)
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Super restaurant

Loved the tapas and red sangria. Sat outdoors on the main street. Waiting staff were excellent. Will definitely return on next trip.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 6, 2015
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burbank CA
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I used to go to Villa Sorriso regularly, but now it's closed and the menu is served at Bar Celona. Little known fact - they have a back patio on the alley behind the restaurant. A great choice on a warm day in SoCal.

Thank sharling
Pasadena, California
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Only been once because I had a friend visiting from Spain, we had tapas at lunchtime, they were good but not traditional Spanish food, kind of like a modern update on the usual favorites. No dog patio.

Thank Varesha108
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Loved the tapas and red sangria. Sat outdoors on the main street. Waiting staff were excellent. Will definitely return on next trip.

Thank ozbozcoz
Newhall, California
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313 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Last night we visited Bar Celona for the first time but were disappointed in the quality of the tapas except for the empanadas and the meat/cheese platter (which should have come with more toasts). We found the sangria lacking in flavor and freshness as well. But the location was great for attending an evening lecture around the corner. Service was... More 

Thank JoanJ77
Massapequa, New York
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

While visiting my daughter and her husband in LA she recommended we go to Pasadena for lunch. She has eaten at a number of restaurants in the town and when she suggested this place for paella I was ready willing and very able. They offer paella four ways - my wife and I both had the surf and turf paella... More 

Thank Bill S
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245 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 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.

Thank PilotMichael
Pasadena, California
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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.

Thank Julie S
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

New York
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119 reviews
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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 

Thank Ask_Tiff
Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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258 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 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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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: Spanish, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings

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