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Sorriso - Bar Celona

3.7
3.7
239 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:30am
  • Phone number
    (626) 405-1000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Tony
  • 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.
  • Neighbourhood
    Pasadena
  • Cross Street
    Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Parking Details
    Valet parking available directly in front of the restaurant; street parking available and parking lots nearby
  • Entertainment
    Lively, casual & coolly sophisticated Tapas Bar & late-night lounge with live entertainment & Flamenco dancing.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 239 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.7Ambience

NoiseModerate

239 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  2. Cpar

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  3. DrBruce

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  4. RyanS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  5. KShah

    Los Angeles

    55 reviews

    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. Vegetable risotto over spinach, A+.

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  7. FoodMakesMeHappy99

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  8. MrBelvedere12

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  9. Mitchellfam4

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you can, sit outside. People watching while having dinner is great. The Sangria is fabulous.

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  10. MusicFan

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  11. ccwinendine

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  12. FoodDiva

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone was very attentive and staff was very professional.

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  13. aemsweet

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  14. gigi1980

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  15. foodmac

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  16. akvong

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  17. EllieF

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  18. Barbara

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  19. Crew

    Los Angeles

    211 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  20. KShah

    Los Angeles

    55 reviews

    2.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  21. macaroni

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  22. michaelf

    San Francisco

    146 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food & wine. Half-priced bottles of wine on Tuesdays hard to beat.

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  23. cm87

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Positive experience all around. Will go back

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  24. Mike

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time to this restaurant and i really enjoyed it ---Good job

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  26. JamesC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  27. AllyBay

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  28. Amills

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  29. Donna

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  30. Pasadena94

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  31. designerbren

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  32. Professor

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My son and wanted a quiet atmosphere so that we could have a quality father/son experience. This restaurant was perfect. Both the food and atmosphere were superb. We'll be back.

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  33. PattyQ

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I went for lunch with friends and we ordered tapas. Started with chicken empanadas, and sweet potato empanadas -both good. Then came the superb!: mussels and clams in a fantastic saffron sauce, piquillo chiles stuffed with goat cheese - absolutely fabulous! what an incredible taste! then came the warm octopus salad - a mixture of ingredients with one of the best octopus I have ever had - soft/firm but not chewy, and the dressing just made the whole experience seemed like a party in your mouth! but the last dish was out of this world! the pork belly was just sensational! crispy on the outside, and melt in your mouth on the inside!! a must order every time! Service was very attentive and a nice interior. 5 STARS!!

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  34. mnotr1

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    There was give of us and everything we ordered was good, the salmon special, pizza, chicken Marsala. All good. the place was warm and inviting. This place move from down the street which was a bigger location. The smaller location fits this group

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Phenomenal service, good food . Drinks are quite good as well try their take on a jalapeño margarita The revolution

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  36. EllieF

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my office away from the office. I meet people here all the time for lunch as you can talk, the service is great, and the food is consistently good. My favorites are the fresh salads -- the steak and Italian chopped salad to be exact. Also, they have a pistachio encrusted halibut that is delicious.

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  37. Sacha

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Italian cuisine was yummy! Quality and presentation were lovely and would recommend to friends and family. Kudos to Jack HUANG for another outstanding restaurant in Old Town Pasadena!!!

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  38. DTLA4P

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2013

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was terrible. Our reservation was at 8:30 p.m. and we FINALLY got our entrees at 10:30 p.m. In between, it was difficult to get another round of drinks and after 3 requests for more bread, we finally received some AFTER our meal arrived. Even though we were in the middle of the restaurant the waiter didn't check on us, nor did he respond to any of our overtures to get his attention. There HAS to someplace better to eat in Old Town. My husband was tempted to go and get our drinks from the bar, where he could see them getting to room temperature as the waiter stood to the side oblivious! Don't waste your money or your time here.

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  39. Pc1029

    Louisville

    471 reviews

    3.0

    471 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2013

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very busy. We shared a few appetizers. My favorite was the caprese appetizer. Then we shared a pizza. Good flavor.

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  40. savorer

    Los Angeles

    65 reviews

    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Villa Sorriso is one of our favorite Italian Restaurants. We've been there with friends several time and they always enjoy it. This time we met with someone we hadn't seen for quite a while and were looking forward to catching up. Unfortunately, the group of young women at the next table were extremely loud. We were glad they were having a good time, but we were not able to hear each other talk until they left. They were celebrating a birthday and finished about the time we were half way through our meal. The food was delicious as always. I had the lasagna, my husband ordered the linguini with clams, and our friend ordered a chili chicken pasta. The Chianti, the beer and the Chardonnay were all very good.

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Sorriso - Bar Celona offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 405-1000.

Sorriso - Bar Celona is rated 3.7 stars by 239 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Sorriso - Bar Celona

46 E. Colorado Boulevard, Old Pasadena, Pasadena, CA 91105

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Neighbourhood
    Pasadena
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:30am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Valet parking available directly in front of the restaurant; street parking available and parking lots nearby
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Tony
  • Entertainment
    Lively, casual & coolly sophisticated Tapas Bar & late-night lounge with live entertainment & Flamenco dancing.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (626) 405-1000
  • 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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