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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar
Parkers' Restaurant & Bar
  • Address:
    1000 31st Street
    Downers Grove, IL 60515
    Neighborhood:
    Downers Grove
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Parkers' Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.parkersamerican.com
  • Email: agazzano@parkersamerican.com
  • Phone: (630) 960-5700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Patrick McLaughlin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music on Friday - Saturday evenings

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highland Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in private lot.
A word from Parkers' Restaurant & Bar
Parkers' Restaurant and Bar is a chef driven, full service, contemporary American restaurant & bar serving lunch, dinner and private functions. The restaurant features fresh fish & seafood along with high quality meat and pasta preparations. The ambiance reflects a relaxed sophistication emphasizing a mosaic tiled, open kitchen adjacent to a refined, 150-seat dining room featuring fabulous hardwood decor. The 50-seat cocktail lounge offers live piano jazz on Thursday-Saturday evenings. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "My favorite seafood restaurant in the Western suburbs. The staff is very knowledgeable on everything fish, they are friendly and the bread pudding is this foodie's favorite by far. Excellent by the fireplace and the music makes a typical evening out a romantic affair. Plus, I get to order 3 ounces of wine. Perfect!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were seated right away with our reservation. The server was very courteous and attentive. The menu had a lot to choose from and a good set of specials too. We didn't have any wine or alcoholic beverages, but the food itself was delicious and portions were about in line with what I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. All in all, a very good restaurant from start to finish."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The wife and I went to Parker's for the first time on Saturday night. No problem with a reservation. Food was great. We both commented that the portion sizes were just right so that we didn't feel stuffed as we moved from each portion of our meal. Really enjoyed the lobster mac & cheese which was a good value since you got a lobster tail put into your mac & cheese tableside. The wife said the swordfish was excellent. A little pricey, but we also had some drinks that inflated the bill. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "What is a restaurant all about? The food! I have never had a meal that was anything but delicious. This is a great place to try something new because it is sure to taste fabulous and the presentation is superb. Keep up the great service and Parker’s is sure to continue to please."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "No complaints about the food quality, but bring plenty of cash. Everything is al a carte and the extras add up quickly - especially the wine bill. If you are looking for a special occasion restaurant for a celebration, Parkers is a beautiful restaurant. If you are looking for large portions of good food and drink at a value price, there are definitely better choices."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Terrific food and service! Loved that the happy hour in the bar goes til 7! Huge bonus!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Sadly this was a disappointing experience the chef had misread our order and it had to be returned. Upon arrival the second time my salmon was under cooked. I am willing to write off this experience but it will be a while before I return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very comfortable , nice surroundings, upscale but relaxing. Enough food choices to satisfy everyone; not so many they bog you down. Service always is superlative. If you have other couples and want to carry on conversations, ask to be seated away from the bar - the live music (piano) is nice if you' re NOT trying to hold conversations."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Sheila, our server, was very friendly and extremely helpful. The lobster mac & cheese was amazing and like no other--it included a lobster tail. My husband had the salmon and raved about it. Excellent, excellent, excellent. We cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was great. I always order from the day's specials... Always tasty and fresh... service was outstanding... Do not miss the cotton candy dessert... it is phenomenal..."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My husband and I have lived in the area for 5 years and have always driven by (we also have lots of family and friends in the area and love fish), but haven't heard much about this place. Wanting to try something new the other night, we decided we were curious about Parker's. Wow!! How have we not heard more. Everything about our experience was excellent and my husband even called his dish the best fish he has had (snapper special). We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We love Parkers. The food and service are special. Once again we had a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Both my friend and I had the salmon special which included the fish, soup, a small salad and mashed potatoes. Everything was great except for the mushroom soup which was way too salty. The waitress offered to take it back. We were there a long time visiting and weren't rushed at all. It was my friend's birthday and they provided a nice complimentary dessert."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Service is always fabulous. New spring menu has great selections.specials always featured. great place."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Four of us went there for dinner on a Saturday night. This is the 3rd time for my wife and I over the past 6 months and we have enjoyed each of our dinning experiences. The food is excellent - there hasn't been one item out of all of the appetizers, entrees, and deserts that hasn't been excellent. The service was also very good; our waiter was attentive but let us dictate our own pace. Nice atmosphere - lively but not so loud as to prohibit conversation. One of the best spots we have found on the western and northwestern suburbs."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We are never disappointed! The fish dishes are always fresh and presented beautifully. Fish won tons are a taste treat. Top off dinner with cotton candy are another fabulous dessert."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'd been to Parker's for work-related lunch events and was always satisfied. When we had out-of-town family visiting, we decided that we wanted to go out for dinner on a Saturday. Many places downtown were either not available or parking was ridiculous. We ventured out to Parker's. The service was very attentive but not too much and the food surpassed everyone's expectations. We'll be going back routinely!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Meal, wine and company was all very enjoyable I'll be going back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "They do a nice job here, a understated elegance that makes you feel at home in a business meeting or a casual gathering with friends."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I have eaten here numerous times and have always found the food to be consistent and of good quality. This time, it was less so. The descriptions on the menue seemed as if somene was trying too hard to appeal to foodies, and the product that was delivered, while the quality of the ingrediants was excellent, the overall product was just ordinary. Even though the restaurant was fairly quiet on a Monday night, our appetizer pizza was not hot and lacked seasoning, for my taste.Everything was OK. The atmosphere is very comfortable, and the service was attentive. I would certainly try again, but this trip was underwhelming. It is nice to have a quiet place where you can have a conversation with friends over dinner."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "As always very good food and service. Dined several times and it became our favorite place for casual and also formal occasion. Could, as any other restaurants in the area, change menu more often."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food, service And ambiance. We tried dishes we had never eaten before and we're very pleased with the experience. We enjoyed a leisurely meal but had attention of the waiter when we wanted. It would be hard to top the experience. Although the cost was a little higher than we like to spend, the experience was worth it. We agreed on the way home that we would become regulars."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It was a special occasion birthday dinner for my daughter. The food and wine was great. We were seated close to the kitchen and it was too noisy. I think they seated us at a table that someone else refused to sit at. It is expensive to dine there and it was too noisy!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We loved our lunch experience at Parker's last Friday. The ambiance is warm and inviting and our service was impeccable. Our entrees were beautifully presented and very tasty. Everyone was delighted with their food. This place continues to deliver top quality food and service."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A lovely experience. The food was, as always, delish. The bouillabaisse was outstanding, and you can never go wrong with whatever the fish special is. Great wine list, and spot-on service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A great place for a wonderful meal. Very attentive. Excellent food. Everyone was please with the entire dining experience."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great for a night out with another couple. I tried a new drink and didn't like it so they swapped it out for something else. Our dessert was on the house because we were celebrating our friends' birthdays. Food was great!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our server Alex was great. I requested a table by the Fireplace to celebrate our anniversary and it was honored. Our food was delicious. It was a very nice evening My husband loved the lobster Mac n cheese."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Delightful restaurant. Nice bar area with live music some evenings. Among my favorite dishes are their Mac and Cheese/Lobster and the Wontons with Tilapia or Haddock (seasonally). Servers are knowledgeable and friendly."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The entree's at Parker's are always inventive and tasty. Our last visit had pork bellies as an appetizer. They were some of the best I have ever had. My salmon was tasty and prepared in a unique way. The clam chowder at Parker's is world class. We love the room and the staff is always accommodating and efficient."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This a great place for all your special occasion needs."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Fish was cooked perfectly. Server was very knowledgeable and friendly without being annoying. I always forget about this restaurant but it will top of mind now."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Ignacio was our server and he was excellent. Our steaks were delicious. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We picked Parkers to celebrate an anniversary based off other reviews. We had never been and looked forward to trying something new. At arrival, the place was packed which was a good sign. Our reservations were at 7 however we were not sat until 7:45, something we weren't overly happy about but we did get get to enjoy a drink and live piano in the lounge. Our server, Alex, was excellent and made some great recommendations. The wonton appetizers were fantastic, lobster bisque = amazing, duck (which I never had) was delish, my husband had the Mahi Mahi and no doggy bag needed. The chocolate cake was okay but the toffee creme Brule was outstanding. The presentations on everything was fantastic. Overall we will be going back, new fav."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Reservations were spot on, and the valet parking and coat check is a very nice touch. We often see performances of First Folio Shakespeare which performs just down the street from Parker's, so it is a "tradition" to for my wife and I to have dinner at Parker's and see a show. Always spectacular service overall. Comprehensive wine list for bottles as well as a diverse selection of by the glass. The bar area has live jazz playing which provides nice ambiance. Fresh oysters from 3 different regions were presented the evening we went. Their Duck breast with confit of leg never fails to amaze. Robert, the manager brought over their chocolate soufflé desert which blew away my standard crème brulee selection."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "this restaurant was a well planned. a large separate bar area with booths bistro tables bar seats,bar appetizers and full menu service and weekend entertainment! even better is the warm, very proper and classy dining area with a large fireplace and fantastic service to boot (request David J. he is 5 stars you'd expect from a Ritz diningroom), Finally, there is a glass wall private room for large groups, and other smaller rooms for parties. the perfect restaurant for a quiet romantic meal or party at the bar or private rooms! the welcome staff are always warm and friendly too!."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Great, as usual. Atmosphere, service, and food all excellent. The Whitefish on cedar was spectacular and difficult to find, particularly at this time of year."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a Valentine's dinner that was just about perfect. The staff was attentive and accommodating, the waiter alert and happy to serve and the food met all expectations, deliciously. Being experienced diners, my wife and I have run into all sorts of little things that bother us, like being charged for splitting an entree, which we do often. Parker's graciously do whatever makes the diner's experience a great one. Except for a small request needing to be repeated, our dinner was relaxing, lick-the-plate-clean good and somewhere we will be bringing our friends to. We visited the bar after dinner to find a wonderful jazz band playing and a lively atmosphere of friendly, polite locals more than willing to chat. Well done!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We spent a wonderful time on Valentine's Day with our grandchildren ages 13 and 10 at Parkers Restaurant. We sat in front of a warm fireplace and spent almost two hours eating from appetizers to dessert. It was a great sharing time for my wife and I."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day. Despite reservation, we were seated a half hour late. Service was slow, and a bit off. We had bread and no water. However the staff was very polite and friendly. Oysters Rockefeller were outstanding. Medium raw tuna was a bit over cooked and there were baby shrimp just on the plate with some pasta, not really incorporated into anything......they just didn't fit. Odd combo for me. Had a great martini with gin, elderflower and yuzu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014