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About 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 dining room featuring fabulous hardwood decor. The cocktail lounge offers live jazz on Wednesday-Saturday evenings.

1000 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

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

Cross Street:
Highland Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 960-5700

Website:
http://www.parkersamerican.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings

Parking Details:
Parking is available in private lot.

Executive Chef:
Patrick McLaughlin

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, 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.

Parkers' Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (63)
Good for a Date (57)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
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Creative Cuisine (36)
Romantic (36)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Business Meals (34)
Notable Wine List (34)
Live Music (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Cozy (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Great for Lunch (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Casual (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Authentic (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Fun (13)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food nice atmosphere good service

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a great choice for a night out with friends...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and wonderful service.

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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the best steaks ever at very reasonable price Done perfect had a great waitress, very Nice and helped on a couple of decisions great ambience will definitely go there again

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Two birthdays

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·Dined 4 days ago

Our business uses Parker's consistently for business meals and many folks also for personal meals. I've never been disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Food and service was great. It was crowded so hard to talk with all the other noise in the restaurant. Not sure how they can fix the noise level but it would be great if they did.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We visited Parkers for my mother-in-law's birthday. We have visited the restaurant before, but it was for a private birthday function. This time we sat in the main dining area. We were seated right away, even though we were a bit early for our reservation. The hostess was very nice. The server took our drink order and was away for quite some time. He finally returned so that we could order our entrees. We places our order and the food was served within a nice timeframe, but again it was difficult to catch our server. He has the three tables next to us, but didn't seem to be there either. Service was a bit slow for a weeknight, but I'm not certain if there was something going on or he had more tables than we saw. The food was good and everyone seemed somewhat pleased. I had the short ribs which was very tender. The potatoes that came with them were just ok. Overall, a good ambiance and great for birthdays.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food! One of the best steaks I've ever had. Overall the food was amazing and the service was great. But the cocktails... We started at the bar, i ordered a rye Old Fashioned and it was the worst cocktail I've ever had; loaded with cube Ice spilling over the top, after muddling what appeared to be a huge wedge of orange he washed the muddler with soda water in the glass, poured the bourbon and then topped with more soda water. Switched to red wine after that. That being said, the experience was wonderful and the jazz music in the lounge was fantastic. I think the next time we're going to sit in the lounge to eat.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Server was very efficient and food was very good. My husband loved the crab cakes and we are from Maryland!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food! Responsible sourcing of ingredients. Service was excellent! Can’t wait to come back

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great Seafood selection. We enjoyed a sampling of 3 different Oysters. Bar can be loud on jazz night and our dining table was stuck on the wall with heaters pouring up our legs. But would definitely go back, just be more prescriptive of our table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been to Parker’s many times. It never disappoints. Had the salmon and the white fish- both excellent. Service was very attentive. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

As usual, Parker's didn't disappoint! The food and service is always solid!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Cozy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Friends gave us a gift card for Parkers' and this was our first experience. The restaurant and staff were warm and friendly. Our food was delicious and I would definitely recommend Parkers'. We will return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Parker's is first rate dining, service, entertainment and houses a staff that goes above and beyond to make your Parker's experience memorable. It's always our first choice for dining. The bar is also lovely with great food and musicians providing perfect ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Will go back again

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service. One of our favorite places for dinner

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were seated by the fireplace. Best table ever. Rick was our waiter. Professional and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding. One of our favorite places. Certainly a 10!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food but spotty service.
Since this IS in the Chicago area, it would be nice to have had a place to hang coats -- even a coat check!
Further, the greeters ('hostesses') are nothing better than those found at Red Lobster.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a great time wasn't like previous dinner but food it was good, the different time and season but we loved it. Our seats were by the heating element and it was very hot on a cold night Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

On Christmas Eve Parker’s was very crowded when we arrived for our reservation, however we were seated at a table in the bar immediately. I originally requested a booth which was not available at the time, so they were cordial and told us to enjoy a drink and we could move when one became available.. which wasn’t too long. We had a very nice evening listening to the Hans Luchs Trio and dinner was great. Couldn’t do the cotton candy this time, but we’ll return soon as it has been consistently good in the several times we’ve visited.
I would definitely recommend Parker’s for a great evening out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We celebrated Christmas Eve and the food, music and ambiance was perfect! The only issue is we waited over 45 minutes because they double booked all the tables.

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went for Christmas eve. While extremely busy, the staff was terrific. The hostesses were well trained to handle this type of large crowd on a holiday evening. Our waiter was terrific. Food was very very good considering the amount of people they were feeding from 3p - 9p! Our second time here, would recommend - great steaks and seafood!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was perfect ambience and atmosphere ! My Don was here from California and we wanted to have a nice meal ! Everything was perfect, thanks!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We have been coming to Parkers' since they first opened their doors and have never been disappointed in the food, service and atmosphere. We will continue to be regular patrons of this establishment and will always recommend it to friends as a great dining experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

As usual, great service, awesome food, and they didn’t rush us. At all. My drink (rum and pineapple juice) was a bit pricey ($12) but the rest of the meal was spot on. We ordered the cookie assortment for dessert and it came on a bed of cotton candy! Who does that? It’s the little surprises that make Parker’s our girlfriend’s meeting place! Every time.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of the best wine lists in the Chicago area and a friendly and attentive staff

Tags: Organic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was good but the server was absent halfway through the meal. We would have loved to have another cocktail and dessert, but by the time he finally came around we decided to leave. A shame when you pay $200 for dinner for too.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

It was excellent, as always! Such a pleasant dining experience . We’ll go back.

Tags: Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food here is always top notch. The only criticism I have is that the vegetable, green beans with sun dried tomatoes, was a little spicy which we don’t like and the menu did not reflect this. As always the service was good.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

fantastic food fantastic server fantastic wine selection

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food is always delicious! My favorite restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Soup(+); service/bus (-)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Received my requested seating location, recognition of the event by all at door and table. Super service and attention. We love Parkers

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very good food and excellent service. We were there for lunch and it was very enjoyable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Neighborhood gem. Best shrimp cocktail hands down! Barkeep Ryan tends with care and offers a smooth paced service. His charm is an additonal plus;) Parkers is always a pleasant experience for a quick midweek "city vibe" especially when live tunes are flowing. A definite must do!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first time at Parkers. We had mixed feelings. The wine list is outstanding. The prices on the list are fair. If you like great wines with your food, then you cannot go wrong. The ribeye steak was very good but priced just like it would be downtown and not as good as the premier steak houses in Chicago - so overpriced. I ordered the 1 1/2 pounds of the Red King Crab Legs and they were a huge disappointment. First, there is no chance that the serving I received (2 legs, one with a joint, and a separate joint) weighed 1.5 lbs. Second, no one wants to eat the joints so, in my opinion, I was given the dregs from the kitchen. Finally, the crab was not fresh in season as evidenced by the meat, which was very stringy and stuck to the shell. It was not tender and whole as it should have been. The only thing that stopped me from outright complaining was that our waiter was rock solid - and I did not care to embarrass him.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We are long time customers. First time that we were disappointed with the food. The quality of the beet salad was quite poor. My octopus seem to be smaller and less appealing, yet more expensive . And our favorite duck was not only more expensive but worse than ever. There was lots of fat and confit was actually a wing, not a thigh as was previously.
The greens were also low quality and too spicy.
It will take some time to recuperate from the disappointment and to visit Parker's again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a great time for my husbands birthday, we would come again and recommend to all our friends.

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