Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

4.6
2139 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies
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 and high quality meat preparations. The ambiance reflects a relaxed sophistication emphasizing a mosaic-tiled, open-kitchen adjacent to a refined dining room featuring fabulous hardwood decor. The cocktail lounge offers live jazz on Tuesday through Saturday evenings.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(630) 960-5700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Patrick McLaughlin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highland Avenue
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Parking details
Parking is available in private lot. We do offer Complementary Valet on Friday and Saturday.
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Entertainment
Live music on Tuesday Thru Saturday evenings
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

A semi-private dining room, separated from the rest of the restaurant by a few feet, but not closed off by a door. This carpeted space with two parallel banquettes, tends to be quieter and also has beautiful window tables.

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MB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal from start to finish. Our server, Rick, was very helpful. We enjoyed the beet salad which is one of the best I have had, octopus, the porkchop, scallops, and short ribs. Nothing disappointed. The apricot bread pudding was excellent as was the birthday dessert of Key Lime cheesecake with merengue. Don’t ignore the wine list; it’s fsbulous. We will be back!

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G
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Normally this would be rated higher but my lobster bisque soup tasted very bad and smelled very fishy. Shrimp that was placed on top wasn't even cooked all the way through and that tasted bad and smelled bad too. I had it sent back no one said a word about it, very strange. Also was very watery.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Prompt seating and very good food The white fish was excellent and the lamb chops were the best

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GS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Best seafood around. Nice to be in an environment where you see all ages and the atmosphere was bustling.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday, unfortunately they did not acknowledge the birthday even though it was in the notes, but dinner was great despite their lack of attention to detail.

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HG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Many private rooms for meetings

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LT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant consistently offers good food and friendly and efficient service.

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch was good. Great service and a good meal. Will return.

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - everyone in our party really enjoyed their meals.

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LL
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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MC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at Parker's and sorry that we haven't dined here before. Very nice bar and impressive staff. One of us ordered Surf & Turf and said it was one of the best steaks he's had. Service was attentive but not pushy. We will definitely be back and look forward to a relaxing, comfy experience in their bar area. May turn into a "must do" for birthdays and special occasions.

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K
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Way to cold and the music was way to loud. Couldn’t hear the others at the table. I froze the entire time, we even mentioned it to the hostess

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service. Always outstanding.

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NS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food always tasty and fresh! The service was highly disappoitung and unprofessional; spilled wine on me while pouring the tasting pour; did not have the proper utensils for the oysters then didn't check the final bill - double charged for the main dish - like I said highly unprofessional!

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DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday sat outside excellent food server was inexperienced.

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TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server was fantastic! Knew everything about the menu and very polite and positive

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LS
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was amazing. There were five of us in the party and everyone loved their meals. We had 3 halibut dinners (the best), one salmon dinner (awesome) and even had a short rib dinner. Everyone left full and happy.

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RN
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful time. Food was very good. Service supurb. Quiet enough for conversation yet with a hint of live jazz in the backround. Will certainly return.

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I have been here on numerous occasions and would have recommended it previously, but not this time. One steak was well done after asking for it pink. The nserver offered to bring another but it took so long the rest of us were almost done by the time it came. They did comp the steak without us asking which was very fair. The lamb chops were very fatty even after being recommended by the server. Our reservation included the fact I wanted the check and I reminded the hostess as we walked to the table. I was assured it would be taken care of. Instead the check was given to the two men who asked for it. I thought I was treating two couples for a nice dinner only to be very disappointed.

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HO
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered two set lunch menu that we enjoyed very much. It was my birthday lunch. Waitress was excellent on bringing birthday desert that was complimentary cerebrating my birthday. My salmon was well prepared in good portion and my spouse ate trout that was also well prepared in beautiful presentation. We will be back for dinner and future birthday dinners and special occasions. This restaurant is known for great seafood and other food such as steaks and chicken. Desert was great and the price was reasonable

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A
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I had a business lunch this week at Parker's. We were seated in the lounge area vs. the main restaurant - not sure why. Service was fine, but not remarkable. My salmon salad, though beautiful in its presentation was very bland. Did they forget the dressing?

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Very attractive restaurant. Excellent, friendly service. Food was delicious and well presented. Portions are generous. Not inexpensive but a good value nonetheless. Would definitely recommend.

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always heard good things about this place, driven past for years and finally took my wife for her birthday. Food was excellent, service was outstanding, she knew her stuff!

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice change from everyday dining. Everything was prepared fresh. My husband loved the bouillabaisse and they say that is their specialty.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First timer, wonderful team & scallops are amazing!

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MD
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations here, as I always do, for special occasions. This time it was for my dad’s 90th birthday on his actual birthday. I love the food at Parkers. It’s expensive, but so darn good. Our server Nick was personable, friendly and provided good service. Only one time did we have an issue when a drink was not brought to the table. The manager stopped by and asked if all was OK, and at that time we said a drink had not appeared. He fixed that right away and my son’s girlfriend received her cocktail Although by that time her entrée was eaten. Other than that, Nick was on top of everything and really made our dining experience so nice with his great personality. My dad had the bouillabaisse and absolutely loved it! We ordered many different things…the cheese tray and a pizza as appetizers, and pork chops, lamb chops, duck, grilled octopus for entrees. All were fantastic! Nick brought out a special dessert for my dad inscribed with Happy Birthday, and even took a few photos for us. We ordered the key lime pie and cotton candy for dessert. That cotton candy is always a must for me! It was a wonderful evening with good service and good food. On a Tuesday evening, the restaurant was packed. That says a lot.

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PS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

As usual, food and service were exceptional but the noise level was very high and tables seemed too close to maneuver around.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food lacked seasoning, its extremly bland. I along with others at dinner found ourselves having to constantly add salt and or pepper to my dish. If I'm spending that kind of money on a night out, the food needs to be seasoned.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner here for my birthday. My husband had salmon and I had halibut we both really enjoyed them. The service was excellent. The only thing I would say is bring a sweater/wrap because it is very cold inside.

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L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cedar plank Halibut .
The vegetables were great. This is a “go to” spot, which always has a comfortable atmosphere.

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SA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. Filet and Lobster excellent. Calamari very good. Was a bit bothere d by the fact that t hey did not pickup dirty dishes after each course. They serve cotton candy as a dessert which is unusual and fun.

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w
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Parkers' for their consistent high quality seafood. Our occasion was a birthday celebration and our server did a fantastic job of pacing our entire dinner. We did not feel rushed. We had their cobia special with mango salsa, halibut (chef's preparation) and Bouillabaisse.

Parkers' is one of our go-to restaurants for friends gatherings and birthdays.

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JJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parker's never disappoints! Tilapia wontons, to die for.

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N
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good lunch place for business

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AL
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always loved the food and the décor. Service is excellent, attentive but unobtrusive.
Best Bruschetta ever. I usually get the irresistible Bouillabaisse, but had the crab cakes this time and they were delicious.
I do miss the excellent linguini with Manila Clams they had on the menu in the past - time to bring this delicious entrée back?

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I came for the live music, it was quality entertainment and THEN the food was excellent also. We ordered the 14oz Pork Chop it was ample and well prepared as ordered...the side dish of mashed potatoes was ok just not special, i.e., no garlic mashed, or anything exotic, so that is the only comment, but they were good. Not always the case, so we were pleasantly delighted, the ambiance was very nice and upscale, as well. We asked to be seated in the bar area though we had a firm reservation for the restaurant area, but it was apart from the pianist we came to hear. The hostess was very nice and accommodating.

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D
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were very good, but I doubt we will go back. This restaurant is posted, meaning they do not permit concealed carry, which makes it a target for bad guys and sickos. With two exceptions, every mass shooting in the past 50 years has been in a gun free zone.

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 4

Made reservations in advance, including a request for our favorite table, and just to be safe we arrived two minutes before the dining room was scheduled to open (11:30 a.m.) When we arrived I gave the man and woman who greeted us our name and the table number I reserved. The man looked puzzled and said the table was taken. He checked our OpenTable reservation and said he failed to notice our reservation and table request. So much for making reservations in advance. We have been loyal customers for over 20 years and have always been asked to sit in the bar until the dining room officially opens at 11:30 a.m. However, that obviously was not the case for those who arrived before us without reservations. This used to be a well run establishment that paid attention to details and frequently exceeded customer expectations, but unfortunately it is no longer true.

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JD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Parkers', but certainly not my last. Creative well prepared American cuisine with focus on seasonal ingredients. Service was professional and detail focused without being intrusive.

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