About Parkway Grill

510 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA 91105
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The Smith Brothers trend-setter in regional American cuisine, Parkway Grill continues to define dining in the city and beyond. Parkway Grill specializes in a seasonal, market-driven approach to cooking that incorporates diverse influences and classic French technique. Throughout its over 30 years, Parkway’s innovative chefs have showcased an intriguing array of dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

Demonstrating the ultimate commitment to fresh produce, Parkway Grill planted its own organic vegetable and herb garden behind the restaurant, which continues to thrive for over 25 years on a piece of prime real estate in the heart of Pasadena.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary French / American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri/Sat 5pm-10:30pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:30pm

Cross Street:
California

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 795-1001

Website:
http://www.theparkwaygrill.com/

Entertainment:
Piano player Monday through Saturday evenings.

Catering:

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Apolinar Martinez

Private Party Facilities:
Parkway Grill is the perfect place for any celebration or event, be it a birthday, anniversary, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, holiday, wrap party, awards show reception, charity reception or corporate meeting. We are available for location filming for television, features, fashion and music. Buyout of the entire restaurant also offered. Grill Room 35, Atrium 20, total capacity 200.

Private Party Contact:
Art Marin: 6267951001x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
In addition to live music Monday through Saturday evenings, we have many special events including holiday specials, wine dinners, and bartending classes. Please view our events page to see our music calendar and upcoming promotions: http://www.theparkwaygrill.com/events

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4.6

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4.6

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4.6

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful Friday evening at Parkway

Dined 4 days ago

last Friday enjoyed Parkway fixed price menu dinner. As usual both the food and the ambiance were excellent. Prior to the dinner we also enjoyed a livable conversation with our favorite bartender Nass Castillo. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Perfect restaurant for date

Dined 4 days ago

I had been to Parkway Grill long time ago. I couldn't remember how the restaurant was, but just remember the food was good. I saw Pasadena Restaurant Week was available, so I locked down my husband to take me out for a date night. We were not disappointed. Food was amazing. The waiter was very familiar with the menu and the specials. We ordered one set menu for $45 with appetizer, entree and dessert and one regular price appetizer and the special entree. The promotional set menu was honestly the best deal, because the special entree costs as much as the set menu. However, the Chilian sea bass which just melts in the mouth is definitely worth the price.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Lunch

Dined 7 days ago

Really enjoyed the meal but especially appreciated the waiter. He was attentive without being annoying. The food was as good as usual and my guest seemed to find the ambiance above average.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The most reliable of all restaurants

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

The Parkway has never let us down. It's a "neighborhood" restaurant because it's been there for probably 40 years and we've gone there whenever we can get a reservation. The food is wonderful, the drinks are good, the ambience has always been wonderful. The place is so reliable!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

We have enjoyed dinners here, nice atmosphere

Dined on April 25, 2016

Great food and service. Enjoy special dinners with friends/family.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service5
value2

Parkway Review

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

Parkway continues to be the best restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley. It has become very, very expensive, however.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Parkway Grill is idling

Dined on April 24, 2016

Understand that Parkway Grill has been for years our go to spot for special occasion fine dining. This evening the service and the staff were up to our usual high expectations. Our seating while beautiful was unfortunately marred by a loud, slightly unruly table with children. (This is highly unusual for this restaurant) We, being parents, were understanding and did not allow this to dampen our enthusiasm. The house Chardonnay, while different from our last visit was very good. The bread as always, a fine inducement to our taste buds. We ignored the usually great appetizers because we had indulged a bit before leaving home and simply started with the Caesar salad. Simple and elegant, but not special. Our entrees were the Duck and Sea Bass. The sides and vegetables were great. The fresh vegetables from their very own garden were crisp and delicious. The black rice, a flavor sensation. However both proteins were ... BLAND...sorry there is no other way to put it. Some parts of the duck were tough and the bass tasteless. Highly unexpected and worrisome. But undeterred, we saved the evening with our usual desert of Creme Brule Napolean and decaf Caps. It is next to impossible to have a bad time at Parkway Grill and we did not, but the Chef needs to take notice and step up his or her game.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

always a world class dining experience!

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

always a world class dining experience!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Exquisite dining experience

Dined on April 21, 2016

The service was great, the food beautifully presented and the ambiance perfect. It is almost impossible to find such a combination qualities in restaurants these days. Parkway Grill is an absolute treasure.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5

Went with friends who saw the white fish ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

Went with friends who saw the white fish on the menu. Since he has fond memories of eating this from his childhood, he ordered the entree. Much to his delight, the fish was as good as he had remembered it and also sang the praises to the bartender and his fabulous vesper. Wonderful evening and ambiance after a day at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Fine dining in Pasadena

Dined on April 21, 2016

My wife and I went to the Parkway Grill for dinner after spending the day at the Huntington. The good reviews I read beforehand were accurate. We had delicious cocktails first: a kir royale type and a chocolate martini type drink. My wife had rack of lamb and she said it tasted great with a good sauce. I had the whole ginger fried catfish and it was a unique and tasty dish with the ponzu sauce.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great restaurant for a special occasion lunch.

Dined on April 19, 2016

This was my second visit for lunch. Both times we had great service and enjoyed the comfortable atmosphere. On this visit we all had salads, which were refreshing and tasty. On both visits everyone enjoyed the delicious bread basket. Also, a nice selection of wine.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Parkway Grill Has It All

Dined on April 16, 2016

A great little bar for a cocktail before dinner with piano bass duet sets the vibe. Mid-century updated dining area with lively, service oriented staff that keeps you well cared for. No rush, it was a fabulous evening out! Interesting menu, ten page wine list. You can't go wrong here ...

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

The food was excellent and the waitstaff ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

The food was excellent and the waitstaff was knowledgeable and personable.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

our server was great. The food was very ...

Dined on April 13, 2016

our server was great. The food was very good. We were able to enjoy our visit without having the food thrown at us or feeling rushed.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Old Pasadena charm with an up to date menu.

Dined on April 10, 2016

This is the place to relax and enjoy. Great bar, great food & always great service. We drive 45 minutes to dine here several times a year.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Jazz on Fridays

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Besides great food, don't miss hearing David Arnay play on Friday evenings. Really fantastic!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Outstanding service

Dined on April 3, 2016

Had a last minute get together with friends. Bar staff was outstanding. Very patient with my date who asked many questions. Appetizers were delicious (oysters). Waiter was very attentive to my wine requests. Over all great experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always Reliable...

Dined on April 1, 2016

The Parkway is a place you can count on every time. The food is always solid; the specials are usually interesting; the service is consistently good without being intrusive. The wine selection is good without being overpriced. The only negative I would mention is that the noise level can get pretty high at lunch.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Great as usual

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Great as usual

food5
ambience5
service5

We had a lovely Easter dinner.

Dined on March 27, 2016

We had a lovely Easter dinner.

food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Parkway on Easter

Dined on March 27, 2016

Easter brunch was very good and the ambiance was so nice. The menu was limited though and would have preferred a specialty drink for the occasion.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
food1
ambience4
service1
value1

It's sad that the Parkway Grill has gone downhill

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Having been to the Parkway Grill a number of times since moving to Pasadena seven years ago and with great experiences during each visit, I was excited to see that they were serving Easter brunch so that I could share it with friend visiting from Boston. This trip really let me down. To start, the hostess who greated us needs to take some lessons in hospitality. She was downright rude. Second, it was obvious the servers were rushing us out. This is not the type of restaurant where you should be in and or in less than 1 hour. Finally, the food was not well cooked-- eggs I the Benedict were overlooked and the Huevos Rancheros were bland. My guess is that Parkway should not serve brunch, since it was clear that none of the staff wanted to be there. I've seen so much better from the Parkway Grill and this experience will likely be my last visit there. It's way too expensive to not be good. (By the way, the owners are the same as the Arroyo Chop House next door; go there for a much better experience, at least as of my last visit in January.)

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Family Get together!

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Perfect setting for a family get together and celebration, with excellent cuisine and ambiance adding to the icing on the cake. A word of thanks to your professional and friendly staff who also highly contributed to our lovely evening at Parkway Grill.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3
value1

Has been a long time special occasion re ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Has been a long time special occasion restaurant. However, with our most recent visit we were very put off. The value just isn't there. Overpriced for the quality, food undercooked, just not worth it. So many other excellent choices--don't know when we'd ever go back,

food5
ambience5
service5

Basil Martini wow

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

Basil Martini wow

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Delightful and educational

Dined on March 23, 2016

Since this is one of our favorite Pasadena restaurants, it wasn't unusual I there a few nights ago. My wife and I were coming from different directions, and I was early, by half an hour, thinking I'd rather be enjoying a glass of wine at Parkway than doing anything else. Having recently seen the movie The Somm, I asked the server to send over the sommelier. Rob appeared shortly looking every bit the part, smartly dressed in suit and tie. I explained I was interested in knowing more about tasting wine and would appreciate anything he could share with me. He seemed delighted to help, and after chatting a bit, he suggested we do a blind tasting of either a red or a white. I chose red since I knew we were going to be splitting the petite filet. The server soon brought a glass of red and said she had been told to say nothing about the wine. I looked at the wine. It looked like red wine, maybe a little redder than grape juice, but definitely purple. I smelled the wine. It smelled like wine, and maybe a little bit like some sort of fruit jam. I tasted the wine. It tasted like wine, a nice wine, not too sweet, not too dry, not too heavy, not too light, fruit jam at first and then kind of a drying out taste. Rob came by and checked on my progress, telling me I was definitely on the right track. He carefully went over each of my observations, showing me how best to see the color, swirling the glass and showing me the legs, of which there were two sets separated by several seconds, and guiding me through the actual tasting. So what did I think it was, given all of the above? It tasted kind of like a merlot and kind of like a cab. I guessed a cab from California based on the fruit flavor. My wife arrived, took one sip, and said it wasn't a cab; it was a merlot. "Well," said Rob, "I didn't want to make it too easy for you. It's a bordeaux blend from Napa, 43% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc." Great fun!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Top notch

Dined on March 11, 2016

Parkway grill has been a local gem for years and never fails. The service is great, the restaurant is old style lovely and the food is fresh and tasty. A great place to spend a birthday or to just treat yourself.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service1

Our waiter was short with us from the mo ...

Dined on March 6, 2016

Our waiter was short with us from the moment we sat down. Our seats were practically on top of the couple next to us. If it hadn't been for our sense of humor, the night could have easily killed our date night vibe.

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Good experience at Parkway Grill

Dined on March 4, 2016

Our party enjoyed the appetizers (tuna tartare and stuffed dates) and the desserts (cheesecake and chocolate hazelnut 'cake'). The meat main courses (chicken and short rib), while basically tasty and well-prepared, were quite heavy with a large amount of sauce--not much elegance here. The fish entrees (whitefish) were somewhat simpler and more effective, although the risotto was again heavier than it would have needed to have been. This restaurant is, perhaps, a reflection of an older style of composition and presentation.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A Reliable Friend

Dined on March 2, 2016

Been here many times over 30 years. Never a bad experience. Food. Service. Ambience. Exquisite!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A little pricey but worth it

Dined on March 1, 2016

Wonderful ambiance and generally quiet dining as well as very good food make the Parkway Grill an outstanding special occasion restaurant. The touch of tips only valet parking completes the general atmosphere of a rare gracious place to dine, rather than just eat.

Tags: romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful spot for a special luncheon

Dined on February 29, 2016

This was perfect for my lady friends. Great Cosmos and excellent food. We were able to have a quiet table where we could easily converse. Atmosphere was perfect, plus the food and service are consistently excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent food & beautiful restaurant

Dined on February 29, 2016

We would patronize this restaurant more often if we didn't live in NJ. This was our second visit and we were very pleased. I had a cup of black bean soup and my husband had the night's special soup, roasted tomato, to start. Each one was very flavorful. Well seasoned. He had lamb chops which were accompanied by mashed roasted potatoes and some green vegetables. I had a filet cooked to med-rare perfection , with a veal reduction & mushrooms on top. Delicious. Can't wait until our next trip to go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Great taste

Dined on February 29, 2016

This was our second time dining at this restaurant and the flavor did not disappoint anyone that night. We will have lunch or dinner again.

Tags: special occasion
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

For the menu items available I found the ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

For the menu items available I found the restaurant to be a bit pricey as compared to other similar locations. Also around 8:00 in the evening the restaurant was very loud to me. Not some place you want to go for a semi quiet dinner.

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday Celebration

Dined on February 28, 2016

We celbrated Margaret's Birthday at the Parkway Grill. The food was fantastic as was the service. To top it off they gave Margaret a scrumptious cupcake and some flowers too! Love the Parkway Grill's reasonable prices, great service, and nice ambiance.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

comfortable

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

It's back again - had ups and downs over the years, but now the items on the menu are better prepared and service is smoother.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Business Lunch

Dined on February 23, 2016

Great, quiet spot for a business lunch with excellent food and service. Can't say enough good things about Parkway Grill except that I wish it was closer to my home.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A wonderful first experience

vip
Dined on February 16, 2016

This restaurant was everything I was looking for in the neighborhood. Upscale, delicious food, great variety from which to choose, outstanding service, quiet, cool and comfortable. A 10! I look forward to dining here again.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene

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