Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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 Monday through Saturday evenings.
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This evening was supposed to be my birthday dinner with my parents. I selected birthday in the open table reservation and made a special comment about wanting to sit where we could hear the piano. Neither of these bits of information were noticed by the Parkers staff. It took a good while for our server to attend to us, and then she was so distracted that she told us the specials twice. We seemed to be an after thought to our server as she had a larger party of 12 who was seated right behind us. This was not the special occasion I expected of this restaurant.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little gem of a place set back off of Highland Ave. in Downers Grove. Everything is top shelf - wonderful staff and great food. A bit noisy on a Friday night - but all in all a great experience.

SP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable

KD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food is outstanding, always a pleasure dining there

P
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. My wife and I both had, and loved, the crabcake appetizer.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Long wait for a party of 2 reservation

s
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, outstanding food with our fish prepared perfectly. Wonderful and friendly service from Dale. Plus one of the best musicians in the metro area in the lounge, Carmen Stokes.

DK
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in town

HL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

11 year Anniversary

M
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great upscale ambiance and the food and service was excellent as well. Some creative appetizers including charred fish wontons, which were excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and great service

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Doreen was fabulous!

EK
Chicago
175 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is. Good but very over priced. Main seating area was fairly loud.

T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parkers is wonderful. I went with a friend for lunch this past week. My husband and I have reservations coming up soon. The food is spectacular. Service is wonderful. My friend and I sat outside; it was very pleasant.

j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was wonderful. Service was excellent. A Beautiful spot.

MK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Servive and food, I liked the good attitude of all the people working their:)

TY
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant to hold a team dinner. Everyone from when you checkin with the hostess to the waitstaff was great. Thank you Tempest for suggesting the private room for our group team event. We had a fun evening. Everyone enjoyed the food and ambience. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brittany was absolutely perfection! Her knowledge of every item and recommendations was like nothing I have seen before! It was the best dining experience, and enjoyable evening because of Brittany and the fabulous chef!

w
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group of nine dined at Parker's for a birthday celebration. Our table was ready in advance, so we could be seated ahead of our reservation time. This was very nice, as the small bar area was crowded that night. Our server was very attentive thru most of our dinner and let us have a lengthy "cocktail" time before asking us about appetizer and entrée orders. Since our group was large, we were seated in the back room area, which has a very low ambience. Everyone was satisfied with their entrée selections, which varied from turf to surf options. We appreciated the complimentary birthday dessert we were given, but our ordered desserts were not all delivered together. Parker's provides a suitably extensive menu, however food and wine prices seemed high for the quality of offerings. We have been dining at Parker's for many years.

LB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We come to Parker's quite often because of the outstanding seafood. The only constant drawback is the place is not just cold, it's freezing depending upon the draft where you are seated. I had to keep a sweater on, and when looking around the room, saw several women wearing their significant other's sport coat over their shoulders since they obviously were not expecting the cold draft that permeates the restaurant. If management would take a look around and notice their clientele in such a state, they should adjust the thermostat. It's unfortunate because the food and live entertainment are outstanding, but who wants to be uncomfortable during an evening out?

W
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was not our first trip to Parkers but I think it was our favorite. Our waitress was excellent, well trained, friendly, and extremely helpful. Oysters were wonderful and the swordfish was the best I've ever had. Just crispy enough but still tender. Great wine list with an extensive by the glass selection. Price is slightly high but you do get what you pay for.

o
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reilly from Keenan Winery was with us, he really enjoyed the food and ambiance. All the service was fantastic

CV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Our waitress went out of her way to make our visit memorable.

r
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there on a Tuesday night and was pleasantly surprised that it was fairly crowded and lively. Nice jazz combo in the bar where we had had a great manhattan. The dining room was busy with about 50 percent business dudes in suits. Our waiter was great but the food was even better. Highly recommend the cedar plank whitefish

k
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

waitress was great, food was very good. celebrated an anniversary and got a complimentary dessert! not cheap, but was delish!

ZO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had high expectations for this restaurant in regards to food but were slightly disappointed. The best part of our meal was the Cotton Candy, Filet and Mashed Potatoes. The lobster bisque lacked lobster meat and and overall flavor and texture which should have been silky and creamy. The Tiramisu dessert was far from delicious since the sponge cake was very dry and not at all soaked in espresso as it should be. The service was great but we won't be coming back because of the poorly executed dishes mentioned.

J
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely local restaurant with great food and service; a bit pricey but still good value for the money.

JK
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We've been to Parkers' a number of times and this is the 1st time I've been unhappy with my dish. 3 of ordered the Opah at the waitresses recommendation. All of us felt the fish was dry / overcooked. Unfortunately, by the time the waitress came back it was too late to send it back as the others had already been eating for 10-15 minutes. Other than that we loved the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly wait staff and the food (other than the Opah).

G
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always predictable with good food and good service. The staff is friendly and attentive. My go to place.

TV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding in every way! I always look forward to dining at Parker's!

RP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Parker's and Saturday night was no exception. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and understanding that this group of 6 ladies wanted to talk and visit and was very indulgent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been on a quest this summer for a place with a great steak; I have found my favorite. I finished my steak almost 3 hours ago, and I can’t stop thinking about it. I enjoyed the ambiance, the service, and of course the food.

SB
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The simple preparation of the salmon with mashed potatoes was very nice, but not great. The potatoes were awash in butter. The bouillabaisse was my motivation for choosing Parker's for dinner and while I love bouillabaisse tonight the mussels were missing. The shells were there, just no mussels. If the chef had swapped an extra scallop or 2 extra shrimp for the empty mussels and meh lobster the price would have been worth it. The one scallop was wonderful and so were the shrimp
Coffee was very good and my Mom liked the tiramisu after removing the excessive whipped cream

SS
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parker’s has great service, server very knowledgable about menu and wine list. Food is great too !

d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. The place was even nicer than I expected. It is definitely on our list to visit again.

F
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat by the bar, listened to soothing jazz music, had a lovely server, started with oysters. Hubby had the burger with an IPA and I had the truffle risotto with shrimp paired with red wine. All tasted great.

K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been there in a long time and decided to go there. The food was phenomenal especially the scallops. Our server was extremely friendly. Thoroughly enjoyed our date night.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really liked Parker’s. Excellent food and drinks. Nice atmosphere with live music. Great happy hour specials on appetizers. We will definitely be coming back!

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were dining with three young children and our waitress was very pleasant with them and did not make us uncomfortable about their squirmy behavior. That said, the children probably didn’t belong there, but we were celebrating a special event and I underestimated their ability to sit quietly.

JH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Parker's on a regularly for over 20 years so what more can I say?

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