Parkway Grill

4.5
2543 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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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
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary French / American, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(626) 795-1001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Apolinar Martinez
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Catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
California
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking.
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Entertainment
Piano player Monday through Saturday evenings.
Additional
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
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JS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Reviewed on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

The food here is excellent and the ambiance is perfect.

LT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Reviewed on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Parkway Grill~ great place for any occasion or gathering of all sizes. Easy access for those who need accessibility to restaurant with parking on the premises. Valet parking.
Food is always delicious fresh and presentation of dishes are a delight to the eyes.

P
Los Angeles
140 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! It’s been years since we’ve been to the Parkway Grill, but we were not disappointed! Service was dynamite! Food superb. Such a great dining experience.

f
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Reviewed on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food service ambience

Delicious food! Been coming here for a long time.

OT
1 review
Reviewed on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Always excellent. Yes, the ribeye I had was described as "thick" but was perhaps 3/4". Yes, there are sometimes attempts at "LA style" food that don't quite hit the mark. But given the amount of turnover, their years in business, and the current fad for incredibly noisy, annoyingly entitled restaurants and restauranteurs, Parkway Grill is a refreshing standout.
We had a wheelchair-bound person with us, and the staff could not have been nicer about it, assisting with doors and table settings. They never for a second made us feel like they were doing us a favor.
We had a great meal, enough on each plate to bring home some, and absolutely scrumptious deserts.
Even the valet parking people here are nice.

OT
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My lovely wife’s birthday. A wonderful night with a very helpful staff. Thanks to Anna from Ireland for fantastic service. Couldn’t have been nicer except they ran out of the promised Halibut! Haha. The ribeye was the best.

LP
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Parkway for years. One can rely on the food to be very good and the service to be excellent. A beautiful setting for special meals.

OW
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what I would call casual elegance, convenient free valet parking, friendly, polite service, creative and excellent food

SM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I think price wise the food should have been outstanding! My pasta was too salty, my husband's scallops overcooked, one friend like her chicken and the other friend thought her's was ok.
The ambience was nice and perfect for conversation.

L
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Waiter very attentive and oustanding service. Will definitely will be back!

r
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. and Service.
The manager and staff were attentive!

MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Catfish dry but the skin was too oily. Waitress did not know what a split was. The glass of campaign was half full for $11.00. Music too loud. Parking fine, but did not get a parking stub with a number upon arriving so there was some delay in getting my car.

BC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and I was impressed. Good service and food was delicious. Ron was our waiter and he was nice and attentive. Thanks for the awesome experience!

AK
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Parkway Grill is an elegant, fine-dining experience that I would recommend to anyone who asks. The ambiance was outstanding, with just the right amount of mood lighting and the ability to see across the room. The staff was exceptional and courteous. The food was prepared well and the quality, along with the taste, was great.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a NY strip and it was chewy and not USDA prime. It was also slightly overlooked. For $50+ it should be better. My first time there and last. I’ll go to Arroyo Chop House instead.

SB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic barrel aged Old Fashioneds, terrific food, great atmosphere. Pricey, but worth it!

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food and nice ambiance. However, the restaurant was quite smokey from the wood burning pizza oven. We have been to this restaurant many times over the years and never experienced a smoke filled restaurant. Although we had a wonderful evening, the smoke made it difficult to breathe and enjoy the atmosphere fully. That being said, our server apologized many times and immediately sent over the manager, who addressed it quickly and efficiently. They opened the front door and turned on the A/C to help circulate the air, which helped a bit. Really appreciated their efforts.

CW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The Good—love food & waiter service.
The Bad—
bar tender was surly & when I went to the restroom I found my seat at bar was moved without explanation or my approval.

Hostess has a sour disposition like she was doing me a great favor. My date concurred! Been with you restaurant for over 30 years—Has there been a change in Management—very sad.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think I’ve been here 5 times in the last few months . Love

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been here in awhile, but it’s always been a favorite. Two of us had the fish of the day, black cod, and it was cooked perfect. The dish was delicious, with a sauce, yams and bok Choy. Mouth watering. The other guest had the tostada salad and it too was yummy. Excellent service, ambience and food. Simply wonderful lunch!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Great service. Beautiful ambiance. Delicious food with nice presentation. Just a little pricey as compared to other upper scale restaurants.

S
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I've made occasional visits to Parkway Grill for 20-something years now. It has always been reliably excellent--not daring or edgy, but always perfectly prepared food with perfectly executed service. This visit the food was just as good, but the service had slipped substantially--not at all what I expected for a restaurant at this price point. Sad.

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and fantastic ambience. That said, don’t believe it was all worth what was paid for the meal. Might recommend to others for special occasion but not as a regular joint.

F
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like parkway grill and come for our special occasion. Our server Jose is wonderful and has always well taken care of us. Food was great, desert was excellent, and service was outstanding, Enjoyed the music as well. It is nice to be able to celebrate my 68th birthday in such a wonderful restaurant.

Regards,
Farhad Motia

E
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar and super bartenders. Friendly staff. Knowledgeable about wine. Food was impressive.

K
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parkway Grill is always been my go to for best on all counts when I was living in SoCal and now that I live outside of the area. The Smith Brothers assure all is 5 stars.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was disappointed and tasteless and flavorless, even the Cesar Salad was tasteless! The steak was not tender even we ordered in rare. The tuna tartars tasted bland as well. Even the braised short rib was not flavorful. The oyster was the only food that was up to the Parkway Grill standard we remembered.
The service remains awesome. The noise level was too high that I can hardly hear what my husband said.
Maybe our taste buds have been spoiled over the years. But I am sad that this maybe the last Parkway Grill visit we will have for next 3-5 years.

IL

g
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely birthday lunch for a special friend.

B
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This has always been a beautiful setting. The service has always been very good. But the food used to be much better. The menu and the preparation are tired. There's nothing special here if you're looking for a terrific meal - other than the catfish, which is still stellar. But if you're looking for a great place, which is different, this is it. If you're looking for a great meal, not so much.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the best!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening. Parking is a bit confusing with the chop house next door. Enjoyed Nancy playing the piano. Cocktails excellent and nice, generous glass of wine. Enjoyed the appetizers and main courses. Servers came at the right time. The evening was relaxing and on a stormy evening, all the candles were beautiful.

D
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Food is always incredible. Love the bartenders, Mark and Naz. The piano on Saturday is awesome.

PC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Mediocre food. Pappardell noodels were stuck together. Had to send the white fish back because it was under cooked. At those prices, no excuse for that.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a nice dinner before seeing a show at the Playhouse nearby.

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, a consistent well done meal. I entertained visitors from out of state, and they were immediately impressed with the ambiance, and it stayed upbeat from there. Service good, meal served on time, Food good, and we were left alone at the right times, and served when we needed attention.

KS
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Parkway Grill is one of my favorite restaurants in Pasadena. The food and ambiance make for a very delightful evening. The bass we had tonight was so delicious and delicate. My Cesar salad was a nice balance of lemon and garlic with those salty sardines. I just love the piano music in the background. We will go again.

RT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and awesome service! I highly recommend this restaurant. Make sure to do a reservation especially if you will be going on a weekend.

D
Los Angeles
183 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful evening again at the Parkway Grill. The service was impeccable and the food was excellent. Thank you for making our special evening one to remember. Plus the music was very conducive to our dining experience.

WF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parkway Grill is simply the best--for food, ambiance, service, general experience. The Tiki Salad (actually a terrine) is simply wonderful. But everything is. For lunch or dinner, this is my go-to really special place.

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