Parkway Grill opened to rave reviews in 1984, and has been a powerful force in the regional american cuisine movement ever since. The restaurant specializes in a seasonal, market-driven approach to cooking that incorporates diverse influences and classic French technique. 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.
Fresh and Organic Ingredients
Throughout the years, Parkway’s innovative chefs have showcased an intriguing array of ingredient-driven dishes. Demonstrating the ultimate commitment to farm-fresh produce, Parkway planted its own organic vegetable and herb garden behind the restaurant, which continues to thrive on a piece of prime real estate in the heart of Pasadena.
Cocktail Bar with Midwestern Roots
The stunning, expansive bar is an original from 1920’s Chicago that was transported to Pasadena in the early 1980’s — a handsome representation of the Pasadena’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 by Wine Spectator since 1999.
Parkway Grill features live music every night except Sunday — a jazz duo performs each Friday. Music Director, David Arnay has been overseeing music programming at Parkway Grill for over 20 years, he specializes in jazz and standards, and he is on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at USC. Pianists at Parkway Grill bring an extensive playlist and take requests. Check their calendar for live music here.