Parker's on Ponce
Parker's on Ponce

Parker's on Ponce

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.parkersonponce.com/
  • Phone: 4049242230x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Stephen McGuffin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music every night at 6:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clairmont Road
  • Public Transit: On Marta Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Paid parking lot behind the restaurant; metered on-street parking; parking garage behind the restaurant (first hour is free)
A word from Parker's on Ponce
Owned by brothers John-Thomas and Christopher Scott, Parker's on Ponce is Decatur's first independently owned steakhouse. The Scott family has always been extremely involved in the local community, including local government. The restaurant is named after John-Thomas' seven year old daughter, Parker. The whole family is often seen at the restaurant - it is not a business to them, but a home - and they treat guests of the restaurant as family as well.
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Parker's on Ponce reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)neighborhood gem (69)romantic (55)fit for foodies (54)great for outdoor dining (37)good for groups (31)notable wine list (20)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    YUM! food was excellent and cooked exactly to specifications, service was prompt and delightful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Dinner with friends
    RaceFan
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We dined with friends. We were treated very nicely by all of the staff and the quality of the steaks was exceptional. The bread pudding was very special also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice dinning experience
    jagomusic
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This made my third time dining at Parkers & will definitely continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Jaycekc
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was a pleasure. Everyone was so kind and service was quick.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute restaurant in Decatur
    Cute
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We went for our 1 yr anniversary. Nice ambiance. Great customer service. Food was okay...just small portions for the money.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great waitstaff, horrible kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Outstanding service from our waiter I'd have given this place one star. Reservation at 5, arrived on time, greeted pleasantly, seated immediately. Waiter came immediately, explained the specials well and took drink order. Came back and explained the kitchen had forgotten to make bread. Took our orders and 45 min later came back to explain the kitchen had forgotten to turn on their printer and had not started anyone's meals. 15 min later he brought our orders -- steak over cooked, Brussels sprout side not cooked at all. He took the side back but, while eating the lobster mac & cheese we found a quarter size chunk of shell. The waiter and manager did their best to make up for the kitchen so we will try another time.
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  • Wonderful find in Decatur!
    BMitchVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything about this place is nice, from the hostess to the server to the food! My husband and I dined here for his birthday and both got the 10 oz filet mignon steak plus sides. Everything was cooked to order and the taste/quality of the steak was superb. Our salads before dinner were delicious and the fresh bread they served before dinner was delightful. Everyone has a garlic mashed potato offering these days, but Parker's takes it to the next level. Be prepared to be wowed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1,000 point table offer beware
    chrismm1978VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Appetizers=B, steaks=A, sides=C, drinks=C. Biggest gripe here is booking a 1,000 point table to be told by server I could not order off of their weeks special fix prix menu.
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  • Enjoyed it
    WoodyfromAlabama
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Went during restaurant appreciation week. I got in on a three course special: had a 16 oz. boneless ribeye, a large cup of prime rib chili, and a mixed berry New York cheesecake for $35. It was tremendous value, and my steak was cooked to the perfect temperature: well seasoned and delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hate it's taken so long to visit
    christyalex
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Absolutely awesome experience. It didn't hurt that we visited during restaurant week and on a night when bottles of wine were half off (monday) Definitely will be returning again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food @ Parker's
    Decaturite
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    the food was delicious and the service was great. I'm not a fan of live music, but we were seated far enough away and the music was solo piano and non obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old School service/food-good thing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fabulous dinner of seafood & steak. Mac & Cheese is a meal in itself. Excellent cocktails. Attentive but not intrusive service. We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent!
    kathyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I love the food and the staff is so friendly. I have never had a bad experience or bad meal. Have always eaten outside here so i don't know what it's like on the inside. The have the addition of a pet squirrel who lives on the deck. Just pull off some bread and toss it and he'll behave! Would definitely recommend Parker's to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    SLSDS
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We splurged a bit as was my husband's birthday. we ordered a mussel appetizer to share which was stupendous with a corn and bacon broth. We followed with classic Bibb wedge salads and then had the prime rib. All was excellent. Asked for a creme brulee for dessert, it was topped with fresh berries and restaurant actually did not charge for it (called it a birthday gift)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    fuzzypeach
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very nice dinner. Waitress very nice. Food was good. The salmon was good though the corn casserole almost overwhelmed it. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Local Alternative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a nice local alternative to the "chain" steakhouse (Capital Grille, Ruth Chris, etc). The experience was very pleasant overall. We were seated immediately on arrival, the service was attentive and engaging but still felt genuine, and the food was tasty. Certainly, if you're looking for something adventurous or extremely creative, this is not the place, but for those "steak and potatoes" folks, this fits the bill. The preparation on the steak and chicken was spot-on, and the flavors were good. Maybe a bit on the expensive side, but good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great birthday dinner
    WeekendDiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Enjoyed nice dining outside with party of 4. Made reservation and they seated us immediately. Fried Okra appetizer was yummy. Steaks were good, great setting and fantastic service. Smoked peanut butter ice cream was to die for. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing. Enough Said.
    Nzinga
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food. Better service. Lovely ambience. Nothing to say except we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sueann
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was my first visit to Parker's on Ponce and I couldn't have been more delighted. Had some clients in from New York and they thought this was some of the best food they've had. So glad that my son recommended this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Chosen from the Open Table list of restaurants in Decatur this restaurant was a nice surprise. Appetizers and meat dishes were outstanding. Our server was very helpful and friendly. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    OpenTablePerson
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My husband and I went here for date-night. It was pretty nice inside, with a few specific rooms for dining. When we arrived on time for our reservation, we were asked to wait at the bar because we had chosen a 1000 point time. I didn't know about this, but about 20 minutes later we were able to sit at a table. Even for a Thursday, it wasn't very crowded, so we could hear the other 2 tables next to us pretty well, but we managed to focus on our food and each other. The filet's were pretty good. Service was wonderful, and our server was great. May or may not go back, but it was a good place to try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Tops
    TarbyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great place to go. Usually get the Portehouse for two. This time opted for the 20 hour braised Short Rib and the Salmon. Both outstanding. Split the Pecan Pie ala mode for dessert. Great dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for Dinner and Friends
    MarcN
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a steak and seafood lovers dream without the Chops price! This is the 5 time we have gone to Parker's with friends and it was great. The steak and fish were done to perfection. Parker's bartenders make a great mixed drink and our server took great care . This will not be the last time we go to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Out dinner is always awesome here! We never had dessert here, and they are just as good and our main courses. We are a frequent visitors and will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nanabarb
    nanabarb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We wanted something new and decided Decatur held some appeal. We went with another couple to celebrate our anniversaries. To our surprise, a fixed price menu was available that met our needs, salad, steak and dessert. My filet mignon was perfectly cooked. The guys had the ribeye and there were no complaints. The server was attentive and not pushy. We had a great meal and have already recommended Parker's on Ponce to friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mister
    Joey
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The filet mignon was cooked to perfection. Mushrooms exquisite, cheese cake scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    CarolynP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have eaten here several times now and have never had a bad experience. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great server and the food was delicious. Loved that bourbon lemon drink to! Try the dates wrapped in bacon... Yum
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just what we were looking for
    liamotto
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We wanted a nice steak dinner at a quiet low key place. Parker's fit the bill. The waiter we had, Mick, was just right. He was knowledgeable about the wines and the menu. He gave us spot on unobtrusive service. They have Scoutmob deals from time to time and 1000 points on Open Table for some days and times. Combine these and you get a pretty good deal. No free parking! Next time we take MARTA.
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  • Ellen
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our food was excellent that evening. The evening was a special occasion which was made clear during the reservation process, however, no mention of the occasion was made. The 18th birthday celebration was not even acknowledged by the restaurant at all. Thought that was a bit unusual. An I was seated in the back room again. I don't really like this room as much as sitting in one of the two front rooms. I didn't request any particular table though so that one is on me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love This Place
    LaidBackDiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Have been to Parker's on Ponce three or four times in the last couple of years, and every experience has been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out of Town Client Meeting
    UniversityReview
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Had a client come in to town for a meeting and was staying in Decatur. Having limited visits to local restaurants and wanted to make sure we met at a relatively quiet restaurant with a reputation for great steaks and service found Parker's on Ponce to be listed with those reviews so decided to take a chance. It turned out to be all of the above and more. From the beginning of the restaurant experience everything was friendly, professional, quiet and great food and service to came out with a 5 Star rating for me and my client. Everyone agreed we would be back for another great evening at Parker's when in Decatur!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing salads, poor French fries
    LocalProf
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We went to celebrate a birthday, and both liked the look of the prix fixe menu. The house salad with feta cheese, peppered bacon, and a mild vinaigrette dressing was one of the best I've ever tasted; a lovely combination of flavors and textures. My wife was equally enthusiastic about the Caesar salad. The steaks (one rib eye and one filet mignon) were excellent, but the French fries were a disappointment: not crispy. Creme brûlée for dessert was a shade on the sweet side, but extremely tasty. Waiters attentive, mood quiet, chairs comfortable, and there were no noisy or fretful children, which contributed to a very pleasant and relaxing evening. We both ate more than twice our usual daily calorie intake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2forgoodfood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    As always --- perfection!!! As always --- delicious!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    DMMCVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We visit Parker's often and had a great experience this time. Our waitress, Marissa, was first class. She was very knowledgeable of the menu and food selections. Best service we have had at this restaurant yet. Food was great. Dessert very tasty. Overall a great experience at Parker's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad, a tad overpriced.
    MajorCrunch
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a steakhouse, so nothing here is really going to blow your mind. They have a handful of different cuts of beef and a decent selection of seafood options. It's pretty much, pick your cut of meat, pick how you want it cooked, pick your sauce and that's that. Nothing wrong with it, but you could go to longhorns and get the same quality product for cheaper. If you're into dining that's inventive or creative or in any way outside of the norm, this is not for you. If you want a nice glass of wine or scotch(they have a great scotch selection) check it out. I will say my steak was over done. I ordered it medium rare and they gave me a medium well steak. It was also on the salty side which was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parker's // just right for dinner
    ShaykenVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Pleasant, food reasonable for the price -- our waitress was "Ebony" and she was super
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice and quiet weeknight
    rchl6313
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    this place is great. always good food great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding dining and events
    Dino
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    After an incredible wedding rehersal diner for 70 here we took the now 2 month-married couple back for dinner. Individual dining was as wonderful as the group event. At the group event our guests commented that the steak was one of the best they've ever had, I have to agree, shrimp & grits was equally outstanding. Vegitarian lasagna with fresh made pasta was excellent. Try the bacon wrapped figs an an appetizer, become a new favorite for us. The group event was non-alcoholic and their "moc-alcoholic drinks were a huge success. At this 4 person dinner we got to sample the offerings from the bar and were again impressed with how imaginitive and enjoyable the drink selection is. A top shelf dining experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Birthday Dinner
    JGdiningout
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Parkers on Ponce is our favorite place for special family dinners. The front room is beautiful with a view of the Decatur Courthouse. Started with the cheese platter for the table - it offered a tasty sampling of meats, cheese & bread which served the entire table of 6. The wine and beer selections were excellent. Those who ordered salmon said it was the "best they'd ever had!" Steak was cooked to perfection. Salmon and trout entrees delicious. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and thorough. If you're looking for a wonderful evening out - with excellent food - Parker's is the perfect choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic