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“Hands down favorite!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lista's Grill

Lista's Grill
2412 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122
+1 410-437-8999
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Ranked #13 of 95 Restaurants in Pasadena
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Seafood, Eclectic
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Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Description: A Collision of Tastes is No Accident Here! Since 1974, chef Ruben Evangelista and hostess wife, Kathy, have treated guests to delicious, high-quality food in a casual, colorful, cheerful atmosphere. Lista's is NOT a Mexican restaurant... We are a Modern American restaurant. Our diverse menu features many American and Southwest specialties for dining in or carry-out, but we serve what you've told us you enjoy the most. See our menu on our website, or visit our facebook page for weekly specials. We also cater 7 days and nights a week!
Pasadena, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Hands down favorite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This has become a once a month treat for us. We have lived in Pasadena for a little over a year, but did not try Lista's until about 5 month's ago. The service and food are always excellent. We never feel rushed and appreciate suggestions from the waiters. Some of our favorites are the garlic shrimp, anything from the southwest selections, and the rib-eye. You can't go wrong with the specials- we love the lamb chops! Lista's has a nice casual relaxing atmosphere. We celebrated both New Years Eve and Valentine's here. The sangria/margarita combo hits the spot every time! If you appreciate great food give Lista's a try, we are so glad we found this gem.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pasadena, Maryland
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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Food is good but price is not”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I was told to go there for good Mexican food, which they have. I went with 3 kids and my wife which equaled a huge bill. It wasn't even funny... There are places just as good with half the prices.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Annapolis, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Cliche”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Went here ONCE! and never again. Very cheesy decor and the food was tasteless and extremely overpriced. Taco Bell has better flavor and choices. Please save yourself and your money for something better. Try Chevy's or Paladar.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore
2 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Our favorite place to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

My husband says Ruben's Taco Salad is the best in the area. Kathy always makes you feel like friends coming for a visit. While our favorite waiter is George, the entire staff is awesome. They are always courteous and take excellent care of us. And what can we say about the food - yummy. Never had anything I've been disappointed in. In response to the comment about lack of high chairs, if the child is an infant, bring the carrier; if older, it's the parents responsibility to teach your children how to sit and behave properly in a public setting. We taught our son at an early age what is acceptable behavior in public and his children have learned the same rules. Lista's is a family restaurant and over the years we have taken our grandchildren there and observed lots of small children there having a great time (without being confined to a high chair.). LISTA'S RULES!!!! The Angel Lady

Visited February 2014
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Pasadena, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Our favorite local restaurant, consistently the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Lista's Grill is consistently the best restaurant in Pasadena, without exception. Their menu features a great variety of American and Southwest food (ie, NOT Mexican or Tex-Mex) including rib-eye steaks, fresh seafood and fish, Maryland crab cakes, garlic shrimp, burgers, burritos, fajitas, and more. Our favorites are the steak fajita burrito "Christmas-style" (with red and green chile) and the Pecan Encrusted Salmon. We also love their desserts with our favorites being Kahlua chocolate cake and pumpkin bread pudding.

Lista's decor is warm and cheery with a lot of southwest artwork from Colorado and New Mexico. Most of the seating is booths and tables, but there is also a small bar area. We mostly dine at Lista's as a couple, but we've also taken several large parties there, and everyone had always raved about their food. Give them a try... you won't regret it!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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