Who We Are
Ruben & Kathy Evangelista, owners
Lista’s Grill is an award-winning modern American restaurant owned and operated by chef Ruben Evangelista and hostess wife, Kathy—local Pasadena residents who are passionate about good food and truly enjoy what they do. The Evangelistas sincerely appreciate every customer whom they have the honor to serve, and they look forward to the opportunity to serve you!
Since 1974, Ruben and Kathy have treated guests of our family-owned restaurant to delicious, high-quality American food in a casual, cozy, cheerful atmosphere. Our decor features an explosion of color and Southwestern art, providing a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. We have also been voted as one of the best restaurants in Anne Arundel County.
Ruben grew up in the Northern New Mexico and Colorado area as one of 11 children. He was trained by his father, Florencia Evangelista, a professional chef, and many of Ruben’s favorite recipes served at Lista’s were learned by his father’s side. Along with tried and true family recipes, Ruben also loves creating new dishes with influences and flavors from all over the world.
Kathy was raised in Baltimore in a family of 8 children and spent her earlier careers in the advertising and publishing industries. For the past 35 years, she has been Lista’s hostess and manager. She also has written as a food critic for local newspapers. If you dine at Lista’s, you’ll surely meet Kathy as she welcomes and chats with each and every guest.
The Evangelista family has been serving original and exciting food for over 50 years. Patriarch Florencio Evangelista cooked for his family of thirteen, and demonstrated his chef’s talents in many famous Denver, Colorado restaurants, including Old Navarre, Captain’s Table, and the Oxford Hotel. Florencio’s eldest son, Felix, and Florencio’s wife, Nana, opened the original “Lista’s” in Applewood, Colorado in 1974. Ten years later, Lista’s moved to Virginia Beach with Florencio’s youngest son, Ruben, and wife, Kathy. After ten years, in Virginia Beach followed by nine in Fell’s Point (Baltimore), Maryland, Ruben and Kathy have happily settled and established Lista’s as a locals’ favorite in Pasadena, Maryland. You will be served the highest quality meats (steaks are cut right here), freshest local seafood, and always the finest vegetables available. Most of our fresh chiles, jalapeños, and spices still come from northern New Mexico and Colorado.
Please bring your own child seat(s)
Lista’s Grill is a kid-friendly restaurant that welcomes children of all ages. However, we’ve learned from over 40 years of experience that our cozy restaurant simply does not have the space to accommodate high chairs in the aisles which would otherwise block our guests and servers. High chairs would pose a safety hazard to small children being passed by platters of hot food, not to mention the sanitary concerns inherent to high chairs and booster seats. So while we regret that not offering high chairs or booster seats may be an inconvenience for a few customers who prefer them, we welcome families with children of ALL ages and simply encourage our customers to bring their own child seats as required. Each and every day that we are open, we host MANY children under the age of two in our restaurant, all happily and safely seated with seats provided by their parents. Download Lista’s Fresh ingredients coloring sheet for kids.
March 2, 2018
Lista’s Grill wins “Whats Up? West County Magazine’s 2018 Best Of Food & Dining” for the categories Maryland Crab Soup, Burgers, Comfort Food, and Wait Staff! Thank you to all of our loyal fans for over 44 years of love and support! more
June 2, 2017
Lista’s Grill wins “Whats Up? West County Magazine’s 2017 Best Of Food & Dining” for the category Maryland Crab Soup. more
April 19, 2017
Lista’s Grill wins “Best of Pasadena 2017”
We are honored to announce that Lista’s Grill was again voted a Pasadena Voice’s 2017 WINNER!!! Lista’s won Best Hidden Gem and was the runner up for Best Restaurant Overall, Best Wait Staff, Best Dinner, and Best Burger. Thank you to all of our loyal fans for over 43 years of love and support! more
Sept. 9, 2016
Lista’s Grill is Maryland Gazette Reader’s Choice 2016 WINNER in 8 categories!!! Lista’s Grill was awarded Winner of Best Chef (Ruben Evangelista), Best Creative Cuisine, Best Waitstaff, Best Maryland Crab Soup, Best Burger, Best Home Cooking, Best Caterer, and Best Carry Out. Thank you to all of our loyal fans and outstanding employees for over 42 years of love and support! more
May 26, 2016
Lista’s Grill awarded TripAdvisor’s coveted Certificate of Excellence which honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service.
May 6, 2016
Lista’s Grill wins “Readers Choice 2016”
We are truly overwhelmed by the love and support that YOU—our loyal friends and customers—have given us this Spring. We are humbled to announce that Lista’s Grill was voted the WINNER in 3 categories and FINALIST in 3 categories in The Capital Readers Choice 2016 Awards!!! We won Best Home Cooking Restaurant, Best Waitstaff, and Best Carry Out. We were Finalists for Best Chef (Ruben Evangelista), Best Creative Cuisine, and Best Maryland Crab Soup. Thank you to all of our loyal fans for over 42 years of love and support!
April 20, 2016
Lista’s Grill wins “Best of Pasadena 2016”
We are honored to announce that Lista’s Grill was voted the Pasadena Voice’s 2016 WINNER in 4 categories!!! Lista’s won Best Dinner, Best Wait Staff, Best Lunch, and Best Burger. We were also runners up for Best Overall Restaurant, Best Crab Cake, Best Mexican, and Best Caterer. Thank you to all of our loyal fans for over 40 years of love and support! more
Sept. 11, 2015
Lista’s Grill is Maryland Gazette Reader’s Choice 2015 WINNER in 6 categories!!!
We are honored to announce that Lista’s Grill was voted the Maryland Gazette Reader’s Choice 2015 WINNER in 6 categories!!! We won Best Chef (Ruben Evangelista), Best Creative Cuisine, Best Waitstaff, Best Margarita, Best Burger, and Best Carry Out. Thank you to all of our loyal fans for over 40 years of love and support! more
April 23, 2015
Lista’s Grill voted “Best of Pasadena 2015”
Lista’s Grill has been recognized again by readers of the Pasadena Voice as one of the BEST restaurants in Pasadena. In the Best Of Pasadena 2015 reader survey, we won 1st Place in a Food/Dining category and were also recognized for “Best Date Night.” more
Celebrating our 40th Year!
Lista’s Grill first opened in Applewood, Colorado in 1974 and is proudly celebrating our 40th Anniversary of continuous operation by the Evangelista family. Stay tuned for an upcoming celebration! more
April 17, 2014
Lista’s Grill voted “Best of Pasadena 2014!”
Lista’s Grill has been recognized again by readers of the Pasadena Voice as one of the BEST restaurants in Pasadena. In the Best Of Pasadena 2014 reader survey, we won 1st Place in the categories of “Best Kept Secret Restaurant” and “Best Mexican Entree,” and 2nd Place for “Best Service/Staff.” more
April 16, 2013
Lista’s Grill voted “Best of Pasadena 2013!”
Lista’s Grill has been recognized by readers of the Pasadena Voice as one of the best restaurants in Pasadena! In the Best Of Pasadena 2013 reader survey, we received recognition in categories for “Best Dinner” restaurant and “Best Service/Staff!” more