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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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Good for a Date (53)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
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Romantic (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Notable Wine List (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Business Meals (29)
Worth the Drive (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Cozy (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Live Music (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Casual (18)
Authentic (14)
Fun (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Seasonal (9)
Healthy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Disabled Access (4)
People Watching (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

fantastic food fantastic server fantastic wine selection

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is always delicious! My favorite restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Soup(+); service/bus (-)

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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 2, 2017

Always great food and service. My wife always gets the short ribs or filet, I usually get fish or the duck. Desserts are large enough to share. Coffee is also a great finish. Nice wine and beer selections, however we usually get a mixed drink. This is our go to place in the suburbs.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We decided to go to Parker for a late dinner on Friday night and it didn't disappoint. We sat in the cocktail lounge and enjoyed the wonderful music as we ate a delicious meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Oh, Thank You to the staff of Parkers. In town for the weekend with high quality standards and Parkers was so pleasurable that I came back for night two. First, your bartenders are great. They gave me sincere and accurate advice and they looked out for me. The food was so much fun. Clam Chowder and Tilapia Tacos were a nice light but fulfilling dinner on my first night. The Bouillabaisse on night two was amazing. You should have a line out the door every night for that great dish. Very large portion and so good! Thanks for all you did for me, Parkers staff, Rick

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Servers and food are great. Appreciate the menu changes; however, without eliminating favorite dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A friend recommended and I was happy to return. The salad I had was outstanding. As my colleague said, it is good to the last scrap of food on your plate. I will be back. So many interesting things to try. Some from the menu and some from observing what others ordered.

Tags: Healthy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great scallops and shrimp lobster bisque soup. Nice ambiance. Good service. Great for a special evening out.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Just delicious!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent food and high quality experience for your special occasions and for your everyday enjoyment .

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Good food and lovely atmosphere! Great for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

In a word: excellent.

We had a great meal with attentive waitstaff. All seafood for the adult entrees (salmon, crab cakes, and scallops) and chicken tenders for the 10-year-old. A good, relatively inexpensive bottle of Chardonnay for the adults.

Everything was just right.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

A very pleasant evening. The oysters are always varied and fresh . We enjoyed the Mahi-mahi and whitefish preparations which were well prepared and up to expectations. Our waiter was well trained , attentive and immediately responsive. Parkers is worth a visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food used to be better, now just ok. The short rib was fatty and the sides were mashed potatoes and fried onions, ew. It's super basic now, not a fan. Even the lobster bisque used to be better.

Tags: Live Music, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My husband & I went to Parkers' for our anniversary. Beautiful dining room with plenty of room between tables. We split the crab & lobster fritters for an appetizer (the honey mustard sauce was excellent), then I had the bisque and my husband had the clam chowder. Our waiter was very helpful and pleasant. He suggested the mahi mahi special, which my husband had. (I opted not to have it because it was spicy.) Husband said, "Guess what special was not moving tonight?" He didn't have much expectation for the dish, but he ended up loving it! Told the waiter it should be on the menu all the time instead of just a special.
I had the scallops, which were perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. They came with a butternut squash, duck bacon & edamame risotto.
For dessert, we split the caramel budino - just the perfect amount for sharing after a hearty dinner. Light, sweet (but not too sweet), and delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Beautifully plated well executed seafood dishes. Great flavor profiles and good but not outstanding service. It's amazing when our children are with us the server omits explanations of specials, recommendations or details on the flavors with regards to such things as cheese plates. Overall a great dining experience and would recommend for any occasion from a quiet date night to a large family gathering.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving 2017. We were seated immediately. The staff greeted us at the door with a friendly Happy Thanksgiving! We did not order the turkey buffet we ordered from the menu. For appetizer we had grilled octopus and lobster bisque. Our waiter was friendly and informative. For entree we chose the scallops and bouillabaisse. Both were delicious. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The bouillabaisse had the tastiest broth. Overall a great experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving. Recommended the bouillabaise to my brother in law. I ordered it as well. He loved it. He also ordered the oyster Rockefeller. He loved that also. My sister got the thanksgiving buffet. My husband got the scallops with the risotto. All around excellent.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our party of four dined here on Thanksgiving. Two people ordered seafood, one had the turkey buffet, and one ordered steak. Everyone raved about their meal and the experience overall. We were very pleased and grateful that the restaurant was open for Thanksgiving. It really couldn’t have been better!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The ambiance is very comfortable, yet classy. The food is always reliably good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We loved the ginormous wine menu! Food was phenomenal, from the apps to the wonderful desserts. Our waitress was great, wish I remembered her name! Atmosphere is great too, very fun decor!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service was amazing, noted that out was our anniversary and they even threw in a complimentary dessert; which was a great touch

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE. OUR SERVER, KELLY SEEMED A LITTLE TOO OVER-THE-TOP FORCED CHEERY. OTHER WISE EVERYTHING WAS GREAT. THIS WAS OUR 2ND VISIT AND WE’LL BE BACK FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a very nice meal. One complaint, there was 6 of us and a lemon drop martini was ordered and when it was served, instead of the rim dipped in sugar, it was dipped in salt for a margarita. By the time we could get the attention of our server (who was really great, but understandably busy) it was easier to wipe the rim of salt off . Other than that, dinner/dessert was fine. Will visit again. Might stay away from the lemon drop martinis though.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and service is always very good. The wine list is outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food and service. Fresh fish was outstanding.

Tags: Late-night Find, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Had a wonderful first time experience. Came here for a very special occasion 30th wedding anniversary dinner. And we came out with an exceptional evening. Food was fantastic dinning room is beautiful and classy . Nick our waiter was very friendly and attentive. Definitely will be returning.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food was delicious. I would definitely recommend the bread pudding dessert! The server was attentive. The restaurant was almost empty at the 2PM time(we absolutely didn't need a reservation).

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We ate in the bar as it was most convenient and waiter was excellent as usual

Tags: Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Lovely. Exceeded expectations. Food , service and ambiance first rate. Will visit again when in the neighborhood.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Parkers has really improved over time. Great go-to restaurant for creative dishes.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent. Shrimp lobster bisque was so good. And the duck! Our waiter, Nick, added to the enjoyment of the evening. All staff from valet to hostess were welcoming.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The waitress was friendly and helpful and manager was nice. But the steak I ordered was over cooked and then the replacement they brought me was covered in a demi glaze when I specifically asked for nothing on the steak. All other food we ordered was fine but definitely overpriced for what it was. They comped the steak, gave us a complimentary cotton candy, and a $25 gift card for a future visit. The atmosphere was nice. But as I do not live in the area I doubt I will be back.

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