Tavern Cuisine

John Sparr Tavern’s executive chef, Adolfo Escalante, spent some 18 years at Pasadena’s Beckham Grill where he developed his interest and honed his skills in preparing the American cuisine that is the foundation of John Sparr Tavern’s menu. Chef Adolfo makes everything from scratch. All of our sauces, salad dressings, soups and sides are lovingly made in our kitchen. Our fish is fresh. Our vegetables are fresh. The chef actually cuts fresh corn off the cob for our creamed corn. The steaks, pork, chicken and fish dishes here are memorable not just for the fine fresh ingredients we buy, but for the skillfully prepared sauces that adorn each and every entrée.

Dinner Menu

Tuesday thru Friday Serving Dinner Starting at 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday Serving Dinner Starting at 4 pm

  • Starters
    JUMBO SHRIMP COCKTAIL
    Tavern Cocktail Sauce

    CRAB CAKES
    Tavern Garlic Aioli

    SMOKED SALMON
    Thinly sliced with Capers and Hard Boiled Eggs

    ONION RINGS
    Tavern Ranch or Blue Cheese Dip

    DEVILED EGGS
    Classic Filling, Bacon, Chive

  • Soups

    FRENCH ONION SOUP

    SOUP OF THE DAY

  • Salads
    MIXED GREEN SALAD
    Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber, Shredded Carrots

    BLUE ROMAINE WEDGE
    Tavern Blue Cheese Dressing, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Bacon, Tomato Wedge, Pickled Beets

    CAESAR ROMAINE WEDGE
    Caesar Dressing, Tomato Wedge, Croutons, Parmesan

    NAPA SALAD
    Spring Mix, Dried Cranberries, Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes with Sun-dried Tomato Dressing

  • Desserts
    CREME BRULEE
    Tavern made

    BREAD PUDDING
    Tavern made with a Bourbon Hard Sauce

    CARROT CAKE
    with Cream Cheese Frosting

    CHOCOLATE CAKE
    with White Chocolate Mousse Center

  • Salads for Dinner
    CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD
    Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan, Homemade
    Croutons, Sliced Marinated Chicken Breast served with Traditional Caesar
    Dressing

    CRAB COBB
    Spring Mix, Blue Crab Claw Meat, Tomatoes, Hard Boiled Eggs,
    Blue Cheese Crumbles, Bacon, tossed with Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing

    SHRIMP LOUIE
    Lettuce, Avocado, Jumbo Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes, Hardboiled
    Egg, Cucumber, and Green Beans tossed with Thousand Island Dressing

    SKIRT STEAK SALAD
    Lettuce, Black Beans, Roasted Bell Pepper, Roasted
    Corn, Avocado and Pepitas tossed with Cilantro Dressing

  • Dinner
    TAVERN BURGER*
    ½ lb. Beef on a Brioche Bun, with choice of Cheddar, White American or Blue Cheese topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, House Thousand Island. Served with Fries … add Bacon, Avocado for $1.50 each

    RIBEYE STEAK*
    Marinated in Olive oil, Garlic and Rosemary-with choice of today’s Potatoes or Rice Pilaf and Vegetables

    NEW YORK STEAK*
    14 oz. Seasoned and Broiled, or PEPPERCORN/GARLIC ENCRUSTED and Grilled, with choice of today&’s Potatoes or Rice Pilaf and Vegetables

    FILET MIGNON*
    8oz. with choice of today’s Potatoes or Rice Pilaf and Vegetables

    PRIME RIB OF PORK
    Cognac Sauce and today’s Potatoes or Rice Pilaf and Vegetables

    CAULIFLOWER PORTERHOUSE
    Marinated and Charbroiled with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce and today’s Potatoes or Rice Pilaf and Vegetables

    JULIA’S CHICKEN
    Jidori Chicken with White Vermouth Cream Sauce, over Rice Pilaf with today’s Vegetables

    BROILED SALMON
    Remoulade Sauce and today’s Potatoes or Rice Pilaf and Vegetables

    CRAB STUFFED SAND DABS
    Tarragon Mustard Beurre Blanc and choice of today’s Potatoes or Rice Pilaf and Vegetables

    $5 Charge for  split plate
    * Steaks and Hamburgers are cooked to order. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

Lunch Menu

  • Starters
    THREE SHRIMP COCKTAIL
    Tavern Cocktail Sauce

    FRENCH FRIES
    Tavern Ranch or Blue Cheese Dip

    ONION RINGS
    Tavern Ranch or Blue Cheese Dip

    DEVILED EGGS
    Classic Filling, Bacon, Chive

    CRAB CAKES
    Tavern Garlic Aioli

  • Salad
    MIXED GREEN SALAD
    Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber, Shredded Carrots

    BLUE ROMAINE WEDGE
    Tavern Blue Cheese Dressing, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Bacon, Tomato Wedge, Pickled Beets

    CAESAR ROMAINE WEDGE
    Caesar Dressing, Tomato Wedge, Croutons, Parmesan

    NAPA SALAD
    Spring Mix, Dried Cranberries, Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes with Sundried Tomato Dressing

    CHICKEN CAESAR
    Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan, Homemade Croutons, Sliced Marinated Chicken Breast served with Traditional Caesar Dressing

    CRAB COBB
    Spring Mix, Blue Crab Claw Meat, Tomatoes, Hard Boiled Eggs, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Bacon, tossed with Sundried Tomato Dressing

    SHRIMP LOUIE
    Lettuce, Avocado, Jumbo Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes, Hardboiled Egg, Cucumber, and Green Beans tossed with Thousand Island Dressing

    SKIRT STEAK SALAD
    Lettuce, Black Beans, Roasted Bell Pepper, Roasted Corn and Avocado tossed with Cilantro Dressing 18

    TUNA WITH GREENS
    Tuna Salad, Mixed Greens, Tomato, Cucumber and choice of Tavern Blue Cheese, Caesar, Ranch or Thousand Island Dressing

  • Soups

    FRENCH ONION SOUP

    SOUP OF THE DAY

  • Sandwiches
    Sandwiches Served with Dill Pickle and Choice of French Fries, Potato Chips, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad or Fruit

    TAVERN BURGER*
    ½ lb. Beef on a Brioche Bun, with choice of Cheddar, White American or Blue Cheese topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, House Thousand Island. Served with Fries … add Bacon, Avocado for $1.50 each

    TURKEY BREAST
    Fresh Hand-Carved, Lettuce, and Mayonnaise on Sour Dough, Rye or Whole Wheat TUNA Tuna Salad, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise on Sour Dough, Rye or Whole Wheat

    BBO PORK SANDWICH
    Sliced BBQ Pork, Cole-Slaw, and Grilled Red Onion, on a Brioche Bun

    CORNED BEEF SANDWICH
    Hand Sliced, on Sour Dough, Rye or Whole Wheat

    GRILLED CHICKEN
    on a Brioche Bun with Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Monterey American cheese, and Mayo

    CLASSIC REUBEN
    Corned Beef, Rye Bread, Sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, 1000 Island Dressing-Grilled

    TURKEY REUBEN
    Fresh Hand-Carved, Rye Bread, Sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, 1000 Island Dressing-Grilled

    DEVILED EGG
    Egg Salad, Bacon, Chives, Lettuce, Mayonnaise on Sour Dough, Rye or Whole Wheat

  • Desserts
    CREME BRULEE
    Tavern made 

    BREAD PUDDING
    Tavern made with a Bourbon Hard Sauce 

    CARROT CAKE
    with Cream Cheese Frosting 

    CHOCOLATE CAKE
    with White Chocolate Mousse Center 

    $5 Charge for  split plate
    * Steaks and Hamburgers are cooked to order. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.