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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
  • 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
  • "Our food was absolutely amazing. This was our first time at Parkers and will be back again and again. The appetizers and menu selections were wonderful!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Every dish at the table was great, service outstanding"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious meal. The pork chop dinner was a large serving that showcased the skill of the kitchen staff. We were visiting with friends we hadn't seen in a long time. Although the restaurant was busy (on a Tuesday evening), we were not rushed at all! The wait staff was very attentive. We spent over 2 hours enjoying conversation, the comfortable booths and the well prepared courses we ordered."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great salad, meal and service. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fine dining or comfort food."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Can't go wrong. Service a food are terrific. Ambiance is very nice."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Neighborhood find! Always able to fit us in. Piano bar a blast with elegant jazz and blues. I suggest a few non alcoholic interesting drinks be added to the menu.people have more sophisticated pallets than "gun ginger ale". I asked the bartender for a drink with lime zest, lime, fresh ginger and mint, simple syrup or agave added to soda water. He added cucumber showing his talent and the drink was delightful, fresh and delicious. Drinks like this are very "in" in California and New York. We have "mixologists" now, let them shine! Promote those talents."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food, service, staff. Our waiter was excellent. Parker's is a bit too loud. But overall we had a lovely time. We will return!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife & I came from an hour away to celebrate our 29th anniversary. Not so familiar with the area restaurant choices, we were delighted with this non-chain local establishment we found on Trip Advisor. It has an appetizing menu and a thoughtful, diverse selection of wines. The ambiance was good and so was the service (thank you, Newton!). It was full of patrons who were obviously enjoying their food and evening. Living an hour away, it might be a challenge to come often, but we would definitely keep this place in mind as a great restaurant to return to when we are in the area."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is a great place for Happy Hour. The Lobster Roll is worth the trip (and the calories!)."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "this is a nice place for evening and noontime dinning our food and service was good and the ambience was good"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "First time here. Food was good overall. We discovered the bar and there was an excellent jazz group playing there. Unfortunately in the Dining Room, it was hard to hear them. Next time, we will go to the bar, listen to music and partake of their happy hour menu."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was fine-server was not. He was not familiar with my order as served -stated it was served with steamed veggies when in fact it was not. Although I ordered salmon medium to medium rare, server ordered it medium rare (I heard him) and it was nearly raw in the center-oh well, better than well done. Server didn't check back with us once our food was served although earlier he was pushing drinks. Dessert was fine as was the bread served initially with drinks. Since it was a week day and late in the evening, I would go back. The lobby had a musty order but the main restaurant was fine. I recall better times for this place."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Parkers is one of the few places I go for fresh fish and I was not disappointed. An enjoyable meal and experience I will be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Every time I've been to Parkers' the food, service, and ambiance have been excellent. Would definitely recommend the lobster mac and cheese. Best lobster I've ever tasted."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My family had been to Parker many times over the years, but in the past few hadn't gone back because it had become a bit overpriced, its menu seemed somewhat static and limited, and several competitors had arisen. We decided to give it another try and went back with several friends and were all very pleased. Most had seafood of various sorts, while I had the duck breast and confit, which was very well prepared. The prices remain a bit high compared to comparable restaurants, but the gap seems to have closed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were visiting family from out of town and picked Parkers based on reviews. It was excellent. The food and service were both perfect. We all had fish (salmon/halibut) and were very happy with what we ordered. Shout out to our server, Linda, who was extremely efficient and just the right amount of friendly and professional. Would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It had been some time since I had been at Parker's and I was pleasantly surprised that the quality of the service and the food had not decreased as in so many restaurants. We ordered the smelt and crabcake appetizer and both had a great sauce that gave an incredible lift to them. We also had the lobster bisque and clam chowder which where very light but full of flavor. The main course of halibut and Cajun tilapia had a nice zing to them, but the bread pudding was a perfect finish. During the whole meal, the service was consistent and timely. There was not a time when I was in need of beverages, a table cleaning, or answers to questions about the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had a great team dinner with great selection. Good service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I traveled from Florida to have the bouillabaisse. It is the best. The ice cream tower was awesome."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were disappointed. Dinner was to be a special event as it was father's day. We were very disappointed in the selection and portion sizes. What was the special was an everyday choice."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Parkers. I was there long ago and forgot it as I don't go that far south on Highland often. When I passed it recently I remembered it and will keep it in mind from now on and bring friends back. I had the bouillabaisse and it was wonderful. I will have to go back and try some other things that were tantalizing on the menu. Good experience!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated my birthday at Parker's last Saturday night and the evening was wonderful, as expected. We've been eating at Parker's for years (back when it was Parker's Seafood) and I always know I'll love the food, but I've also come to look forward to the experience. The service is spot-on, every time-- just enough help and attention without being smothering. If there's a question about wine, there's always an expert immediately on hand to assist if the server doesn't know the answer. After dinner, there was a nice, but small crowd in the bar and the piano player set the perfect mood for a summer Saturday night. I look forward to the next time I visit Parker's... it's always worth it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This restaurant never ceases to impress. This time I had a lunch special - mahi mahi. It was prepared in a way that was so delicious that I could not hold my kudos to the chef. Portions are always right and the service is always pristine."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • " It has consistently attentive service, w/great food Following wine and breads, we had the BEET SALAD which was heavenly. I had the SEA SCALLOPS with Spinach, and roasted potatoes. The scallops did not disappoint in size or flavor. My husband had the FILET MIGNON* with Potatoes, Vegetable, which was cooked to perfection. Desserts were Carmel Budino and Key Lime Pie with Raspberry sauce. Both were excellent. you can either eat in the bar for casual or in the DR as we did for formal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "After not having gone there for a few years, our return was great. Fabulous choices on the menu and prepared excellently and served with care."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We used to go to Parker's more when the spicy ahi shandong (sp?) was on the menu because it was my favorite. My husband and I were surprised that with only a few customers in the restaurant we waited quite a while for anyone to come to our table. I ordered the duck, my husband the salmon, and I was brought lamb! My husband tried to wait for my correct entree but he finished his meal so it wasn't cold and he even had his plate cleared from the table before my entree was brought out. I was amazed that a manager didn't come over to say ANYTHING. I watched my husband have his dinner in front of me. Not fun. At the very least a free drink or app should've been offered while I waited when the restaurant made a mistake. We may not go back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I love this place for seafood. Always has terrific daily specials, and very well prepared food. Desserts are delicious. Generous well prepared cocktails. Good for dinner with friends, or for a romantic occasion. Very good service, nice ambience. Recommend reservations. Private free valet in private lot."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Parkers' has cotton candy on the dessert menu. What a treat! The menu had good variation and Thursday night jazz provided a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Parkers' has a fine menu, lots of great seafood entrees. Love the New England lobster rolls "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Surprisingly good food, very good service. We had pizza as an appetizer and it was excellent."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "great seafood and great service. In our group, we had surf & turf, Alaskan crab legs, fish special of the day and lobster & macaroni. All were excellent. Calamari appetizer was excellent and large portion. Shrimp & lobster fritter appetizer was tasty but small portion. Filet mignon's were grilled perfectly. Ambience was friendly and casual. To the expensive side, but quality was worth the price. Great spot for a business or family dinner."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with a friend at Parker's. The food and service were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Really good food, excellent service. This trip, I met an old friend and we tied up a table for over two hours; they never made us feel rushed, never hovered, just kept refilling the tea and coffee."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "A good variety of seafood and steaks. A unique and creative dinner special menu. Dress up, come causal, great for a dinner for two or the whole family."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My date and I really enjoyed Parker's. The food was well-presented and flavorful. The portions were right-sized. We also enjoyed the variety of clientele - all family members and appear to attract variety of professionals. The restaurant has classy interior design and patrons acted as such. If you are looking for a place to treat yourself, I strongly recommend Parker's."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was very good and it was a great spot for conversation. Limited selection for our gluten free partner and the waitress was not very helpful or encouraging in helping select items for her. The waitress was not very friendly and seemed "put upon" by our restaurant-seasoned 4 some."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We went to Parker's for an anniversary lunch. Great service, wonderful food, reasonably priced. Wil definitely be back"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food has always been very good and served in a creative manner. I try to have something different every time and it never disappoints me. The staff is very polite and knowledgeable. Parker's has become one of my favorite places to dine whether is a special occasion or just passing by."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our party of 4 each had different entrees. All were excellent. Waitress was extremely accomodating."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We've always passed by Parker's but never stopped in. For my husbands birthday I decided to bring my husband here and we loved everything about it. We will be back again. Our server was wonderful and the food was very good."
    Dined on 5/18/2014