Bar Chelou

Drawing inspiration from the eclectic, boundary-eschewing bistromie movement in Paris, Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first neo-bistro. From Chef/Owner Douglas Rankin comes a casual, convivial space for everyday dining. The menu boasts sharable dishes with flavors found around the world, like the numbing heat of Sichuan peppercorns cutting the richness of a classic au poivre, or the sea-breeze inflected depth of aonori in what otherwise looks like a straight-from-Madrid papas bravas. The beverage program is crafted with the help of Taylor Parsons with food-friendly apertifs, classic cocktails, and a rotating mix of small production wines.

Dinner Menu


  • Group Dining
  • Only In Pasadena
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessibility

Bar Chelou

37 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101