About Parkway Grill
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.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano player Monday through Saturday evenings.
Complimentary valet parking.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, 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
Parkway Grill Ratings and Reviews
A nice dinner, but disappointing considering the cost. The food was very good, but not, "Umm, this is delicious!" You could chalk that up to an discerning palate. What really disappointed me was the by-the-glass wine. I took the waiter's recommendation and found it to be blah. He never asked if I liked it, and I was not feeling aggressive enough to complain, so I spent over $20 on a glass of wine that was less pleasing than a $10 bottle from Vons. I won't chalk this one up to palate. I expected a large to moderate Zin. What I was given was tiny. Not bad, just not what I expected. It definitely affected my enjoyment of the meal.
The food was good and not very expensive. But the service was not great. I specifically said we would share everything— appetizer, salad and entree, one by one. Of course all the dishes came at same time. We had to let the fried cat fish sit there to wait for us to eat appetizer and salad first! The waiter didn’t come to the table even once to ask if we were okay. Last time at Parkway Grill, all the appetizers and salad came at same time but at least the fried cat fish was after that, so it was very hot. This time the fried cat fish had to wait. Also, I was very surprised that it was very noisy, can’t have any conversation at all. Maybe just that night.
First of all I would like to commed our waitress, Colleen, for being so conscientious for my special needs. The $75 seafood tower which consisted of oysters (not sure what kind, but they were small), giant prawns (approximately 10' were meaty and delicious), King crab legs (tiny legs of a king crab) and Atlantic Lobster (looked to be about 6 ozs. possibly Canadian lobster because it didn't quite taste as sweet as a Maine lobster). The Organic Field Greens salad was nicely put together but was drenched with a little too much dressing, the squid ink Tonnarelli which had sea urchin and lump crab meat was satisfactory but nothing to get too excited about, the Chilean sea bass was thicker than most restaurants and it came with Shimeiji mushrooms in a champagne yuzu miso sauce, all of which blended together to make this a very nice dish. The pan seared Lake Superior Whitefish that was served with mushroom risotto, asparagus and a pea purée was the best tasting and perfectly prepared dish of them all. Because it was Valentines' Day, the restaurant has naturally hectic, but the waiting staff was friendly and accommodating for the needs at our table. Overall, Parkway Grill exudes class and excellent food and made the Valentine's Day dinner enjoyable.
Significant changes to menu. Asked server if they still had the Thai pasta and lobster crepe and normally they would check with the chef to see if they could do it. No offer just nope we don’t have. Disappointed no attempt to solve.
Didn’t have wine ordered from list. Took them 20 mins to figure that out.
We enjoyed a marvelous evening celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. The staff was attentive and thoughtful and the food was just as good as when we had our rehearsal dinner there in 1990. No better place in Pasadena/Glendale/Burbank area to celebrate a special occasion.
Hadn't been to Parkway Grill in several years, but it did not disappoint. Lovely ambiance, comfy chairs, friendly and efficient service, and exceptionally delicious food. Enjoyed the halibut special, and was very impressed... cooked to perfection! I won't wait so long to return.
The food and ambience are fantastic. A friend and I went for lunch during restaurant week when we were both off of work. The selections available on the lists were delicious. It forced us to order something that we usually do not get when we go to Parkway on other occasions. We have our favorites on their menu.
Service was not good . Waitress didn't know anything about the menu. She couldn't answer any questions without going to the kitchen. She also didn't know anything about the wine list or wine in general. She never checked up on party and didn't offer the souffle until we were ready to order dessert. She said they take 30 minutes. We ordered 2 souffle's and it took 40 minutes. Her table side etiquette was poor . The restaurant and the food quality was much better than the service. The restaurant deserves better.
simply put - the Parkway Grill is one of the best restaurants in Southern California. The food is amazing. Quality and preparation is excellent. Waitstaff is professional and educated. It had been almost 17 years since I had last been there, and it was still amazing.
Parkway Grill used to be our favorite special occasion restaurant. The management needs to reinvent the menu. Food was average at best. They have made few changes to the menu in the past 7-10 years. Service was very slow. While waiting, we asked for bread twice. It took about 25 minutes to order and receive dessert. Houston’s, Fleming’s, Paul Martin, Del Friscos, etc . all have choices for lunch entres (not pizza) under $20. Time for some Change at Parkway. The restaurant was half full which would change if they updated and made the menu more interesting. Can no longer recommend.
We lived in Pasadena 30 years ago. A lot has changed, but the charm of Pasadena remains. Both single, and living more modestly, this was always a special restaurant. We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary Jan 6th, and The Parkway Grill always finds its way to being a favorite. Everything was just right!
We got there a little early so we sat at the bar and the bartender was so amazing! He had made a special holiday drink with champagne vodka and some citrus that I had in December. When I asked him about it he made it special for me. They were courteous and friendly when they brought us to our table. They made us feel like we were family.we never had to ask for anything because they were always one step ahead of us. Love this place
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