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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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for a Date (62)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
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Good for Birthdays (41)
Notable Wine List (39)
Business Meals (38)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Romantic (36)
Bar Seating (32)
Cozy (30)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Live Music (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Great for Lunch (23)
Good for Groups (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Casual (18)
Authentic (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Fun (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great Beer (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We come here often and especially enjoyed dining in the enclosed patio room. It was much quieter than the main dining room. Our server was excellent and the food was delicious. We also enjoyed the jazz.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful waitress who took very good care of us. Atmosphere was great as well as the food and overall experience. We will definitely return in the near future.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding food and service. The staff is very attentive to all of your needs and is very knowledgeable about the menu and will suggest substitutions.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

excellent Food and service is among the best in area very comfortable

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

A reliable, friendly, consistently good food place. Never had a bad meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Prompt and knowledgeable service. Overall food quality was fresh. Scallops were great, the Mahi-mahi was great and the bread pudding was to die for!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The service and atmosphere was wonderful. My wife and I enjoyed our meal and they have a nice selection of wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Parkers never disappoints! Excellent food and great atmosphere. A must try!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good value overall, but the servers here are very surly.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Good whiskey list, live music was a nice touch. Premium whiskey and scotches are cheap.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

We go to Parkers every few months for their great happy hour, food and service. The oysters, the salads, the soups and the seafood/steaks are absolutely worth the price. This occasion, we split the Surf and Turf at the bar. The music and service were exceptional as was the food. We will be back...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious options and wonderful staff who knows the food. We sat in the lounge where live music is every Friday and Saturday. It was a lively atmosphere, a real treat! Get the crab cakes and bread pudding for dessert-both excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Parker's is our number 1 favorite restaurant. The chef does an outstanding job and never disappoints with his fresh and creative cuisine. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable and the cocktails are the best. We have enjoyed jazz live music on week days and Carmen Stokes on piano on Saturday evenings. It adds to the already perfect ambience of Parker's.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Live Music, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was very good. Large wine/beer/cocktail menu. Service was very good and attentive but not overbearing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our server, Luis, was a joy. He was helpful, attentive, courteous, and when my salad arrived with tomatoes I expressly asked to be avoided, he had it replaced even though I told him I would "eat around" the offending tomatoes. We also were visited by General Manager Heather Johnson who remembered us from a bad experience we had a couple of years ago and again expressed her sorrow over that incident. So here is a restaurant that truly cares for their customers and it shows. Thank you Heather and Luis. We will be back again I assure you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Each time you step into Parkers you feel like you are in a warm, friendly place. The staff is great and the food is outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Not a seafood fan, but I totally enjoyed the delicious whitefish. I almost forgot it was seafood!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I have been to Parkers and have brought friends to enjoy the good food and pleasant atmosphere. Also great to enjoy a special occasion. They always bring a Happy Birthday plate for the birthdays. The special guest always enjoys the thoughtfulness of the restaurant. Will keep recommending the restaurant to everyone.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent spot - first time visitors! The restaurant was very large, almost off putting how big it was for how nice it was. Had a bit of a West Coast fish house vibe to the decor. Food is very good quality; read wild caught fish, prime steaks, interesting plating options. This is a very good restaurant for couples and foodies. Surprisingly affordable as well. Live jazz in the bar ends a bit early, 9PM. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My son in laws new job

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were seated right away. We were disappointed to sit right by the kitchen because it's louder there and one of the people in our party can't hear from one ear, but it wasn't too bad. Our server, Sara I believe, was very attentive, friendly and had a great sense of humor. All of our food was great from the appetizer, salads, entrees through the desserts. We tried the calamari, which was cooked perfectly. I had the whitefish, which was full of flavor. Each entree was served piping hot (maybe a perk of being near the kitchen. We had 3 different desserts and enjoyed them all. The cookies are served on a bed of fresh cotton candy, which is kind of cool. Coffee was good as well. They didn't rush us through courses or after dinner. I would definitely return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This review is for the bar only. We went for the happy hour (1/2 off appetizers) on a Saturday night. We ordered 3 appetizers: Fried Asian Spiced Chicken "Spring Rolls", Wild Texas Bay Shrimp Tempura, Rustic Tomato Bruschetta.

We absolutely loved the shrimp tempura, and did not care for the bruschetta or the spring rolls. The bruschetta had way too much tomato toppings and it was soggy. The spring rolls almost seemed frozen and they were nothing special bla. The shrimp tempura, however, had a great light batter and tasted fresh.

We loved the atmosphere and the jazz pianist was wonderful. We will definitely be back again and I can't wait to try new menu items...I just hope I like them better than this time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always have a good meal., never disappoints.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Perfection! Everything is just perfect here. Would highly recommend this to everyone!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great food as usual!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our first hostess promised to seat any large business group away from us. Once we were seated for awhile another hostess brought a rather loud group of 4 right next to us. We were hesitant but managed to deal with it. Acoustics in that part of dining room not so good. We eventually had 3 groups clustered around us with empty tables just beyond our immediate area. You might consider placing 4 senior women away from the middle of an all man cluster....Really! We could not hear one another at times.
Service was excellent-Britany and her excellent trainee. Food and service would bring us back but not the seating.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Stopped for a bite to eat after a matinee play. We decided to sample some of the appetizers. The calamari was tender with light crispy breading. The shrimp and lobster fritters were equally as good. We also loved the Margherita Pizza. Oh my goodness was it delicious. Lastly we had the lobster bisque. It was beautifully presented at table side with a mound of shrimp, leeks, and lobster in the center of an enormous bowl. Next the server poured this amazingly fragrant soup...It was perfect. As we were about ready to leave our waitress presented my mom with a sweet treat for her birthday. A heavenly key lime cheesecake topped with meringue and a candle. It was such a thoughtful gesture. The absolute highlight was our outstanding waitress. She was informative, courteous and made this dining experience perfect.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We were seated under a heat vent, when the heat was on, it was probably 85 degrees at our table, we were both miserable and had to ask them to multiple tiles to either turn it off or reseat us. Then the waitress pressured us relentlessly to order more food and drinks. This was not welcome when we were already so uncomfortable

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was very good. The server rushed us through our meal and quickly presented our bill.
I wasn't hoping for a rush out of the restaurant.
The restaurant was also very noisy and hard to hear.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food & Matt our server was very attentive & gracious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Awesome experience.
Our server, Jason was wonderful.
Food was great.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food nice atmosphere good service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent food and wonderful service.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Two birthdays

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

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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