Opening to rave reviews in 1984, the Parkway Grill has been a powerful force in the Regional American cuisine movement, specializing in a seasonal, market-driven approach to cooking that incorporates diverse influences and classic French technique. Thanks to its progressive spirit and innovations like an exhibition kitchen and extensive use of a wood-fired oven, the Parkway Grill is often referred to as "the Spago of Pasadena". The design of the Parkway Grill is a study in casual sophistication, striking a perfect balance between elegance and rustic approachability. The brick walls are adorned with elegant paintings by Millard Sheets and mixologists prepare hand-crafted cocktails at the expansive bar, an original from 1920's Chicago. Parkway's award-winning wine cellar, comprised of upwards of three thousand bottles, includes a broad selection of wines served by the glass.
Parkway’s innovative chefs have showcased an intriguing array of dishes using locally sourced ingredients. The Tiki Salad and Brick-Oven Baked Cambozola Pear Flat Bread are perennial favorites, and when the sun sets, the trademark Lobster Crêpes and Whole Ginger Fried Catfish take their star turns.
Parkway Grill's exhibition kitchen features a Mesquite Burning Grill and Oakwood Burning Oven, one of the very first of its kind in Los Angeles. Both are essential in helping create Parkway's Award-winning American Regional Cuisine.
The expansive bar at Parkway Grill is an original from 1920's Chicago that was transported to Pasadena in the early 1980's—a handsome representation of the Rose City's Midwestern roots. Amidst the dark wood motifs are top-shelf liquors, aperitifs, and a broad selection of wines served by the glass. Comprised of upwards of three thousand bottles, Parkway's award-winning wine cellar has been recognized with the prestigious "Best Of" Award by Wine Spectator annually since 1999.
As iconic as the bar itself, are the well-known faces behind the bar. Mark Brown, Ray Palagano, Kevin Cherniss, and Naz Castillo are the quintessential bartenders with over 92 years of collective service at Parkway Grill. These masters of the art of bartending serve up the classic and inspired cocktails for which the Parkway Grill is famous. With fresh ingredients, some from our own Organic Garden, and a generous pour, it's no wonder the friendly bar staff greets loyal patrons again and again.
The bar and lounge at Parkway has also been the site for live music since day one. Our music director David Arnay has been with us for over 20 years, specializing in jazz and standards but he's also been playing rock, pop and classical music since childhood. David is on the full-time faculty of the Thornton School of Music at USC. All our pianists bring an extensive playlist and are happy to take your requests. We feature live music every night but Sunday. On Fridays we have a jazz duo usually David accompanied by a bassist.
Bar open between Lunch & Dinner
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30pm-9:00pm
valet parking for your convenience