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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.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings
Parking is available in private lot.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My husband and I went here on 11/11 to celebrate my birthday. In the invite, I noted this, however, it wasn't recognized while we were dining. Anyway, the place was very busy around 7p.m. We were seated all the way in the back and the noise level was high. We waited some time before the server stopped by. The service was a bit spotty until the room started to clear out then it became better. We split the oysters which were very good as well at the beet salad. My husband had the pork chop which he enjoyed and I ordered the sea bass special which was very good. For dessert, we shared the apple tart. The key is to arrive earlier than later. When we left for the bar around 9:00p.m., the other rooms were empty unlike when we arrived. We would go back, however, I wouldn't want to sit in the back of the restaurant.
Seated within a couple of minutes of our reservation time (6pm) on busy Friday night.
4 of us enjoyed a relaxed dinner, well paced. Attentive service. Oysters, crabcakes with large lumps of crab (very good), Scallops were nicely cooked. Expensive, but worth it.
Great food. Can be worth the price. The restaurant had a great, lively environment. Great customer service. Newton was great--he spoke well and was great help to what is the best on the menu. The food was phenomenal. Salmon was crisp on the outside and so moist on the inside-- as well as the white fish (the sauce on top was so good!!). Dessert was definitely worth eating on a full stomach. The only thing I didn't like was the long tables for two. I sat across my hubby and it was too far from him.
Will come again soon.
Another great meal at Parker's. The fresh oysters were great. The Oysters rockerfeller were a bit too cheesy for my guests. The Bouillabaise is always great. Get extra bread to soak up the soup. The scallops are great. The Filet was also excellent.
The Budino is a great dessert, very rich. The bread pudding is also great.
Highly recommend Parkers.
Seated promptly for our reservation, and well taken care-of by the VERY well-trained staff:
servers were polite, accurate, knew their etiquette, and were attentive without being obtrusive.
Food was excellent, and we had plenty of choices.
Corkage is $20 if you bring your own wine; wine list was deep if you don't.
We had 530 reservations on a Saturday evening. We arrived on time, waited 5 minutes to be seated at a 2 seat table on the wall next to a window. We had a drink and a bottle of wine. We had an appetizer each, a salad each, two dinner entrees, and one dessert. We had attentive but not rushed service. the bill was under $200 and we had leftovers from the salads, entrees, and dessert. It is a real gem in the blah suburbia scene.
Our waiter never told us any of the specials. We heard them when the waiter at the next table went over them and gave great recommendations to the table next to us. He was so friendly and personable. We wished he had been our waiter too. The food was good but my potatoes were just room temperature. My one daughter had twice the potatoes and twice the amount of sauce on her fish than the rest of us. The desserts were absolutely wonderful. I would go back just for dessert and coffee. Hopefully next time we will have a little bit friendlier waiter which sets the tone for the whole dinner experience.
I'm glad I checked out other reviews because I was then prepared for the overpriced wine by the glass and entrees. The food and service were very good; however, I didn't order any alcoholic beverages because of the already high cost to dine there. They had a great atmosphere and I would dine there again, especially since they have evenings with live music.
Parkers' was disappointing. The service was good, the food was not. My wife and I ordered Shrimp Cocktail, a Wedge Salad (which they were nice to split), and we both ordered Surf and Turf. I had lobster and my wife asked to swap out lobster for scallops, which they nicely accommodated.
My wife is expecting so she had water with lemon and about an ounce of wine, just to taste. I had their Manhattan, a signature drink, and it was okay. It tasted watered down overly sweet. We also ordered a bottle of Napa Cab, which they corked and wrapped up so we could take what we didn't finish home. Interesting wine list - disappointing by the glass, which is typical. Pretty good bottle list, but not many attractive red options at the <$150 price point, and pretty much only current vintages, which again is typical (but always a disappointment).
The shrimp was tasty and fresh and the cocktail sauce was nice and flavorful. This was the highlight of the meal. The salad was underdressed, the ranch dressing wasn't good - hoped for a homemade buttermilk dressing or at least a high quality packaged dressing. The salad also came with both red onion and scallions, which overpowered the salad with onion flavor. I love onion and this was probably the only time I've been put off by too much onion flavor.
The surf and turf was not good. The steaks were oversauced with a sauce that neither of us liked. The steak didn't have good flavor; it did not taste like high-quality beef. It was cooked a nice medium rare - which was a plus. My lobster was good, but my wifes scallops were not cooked well and were over-salted, which killed their delicate flavor. Our mashed potatoes were watery and tasted like instant potatoes. The green been and carrot side tasted like it had jarred asian sweet chili sauce on it, which is okay (not good), and didn't go with the flavors of the meal.
We will not be back to Parkers and will not recommend it. They failed at the basics and don't deserve another shot.
Good selection of appetizers, great beet salad. Nice selection of seafood,great oysters, all very fresh and very well prepared. Enough meat and poultry selections. Deserts are outstanding. Quiet! So you can have comfortable conversations with your table companions.
We sat in the lounge in order to hear the wonderful Hans Luchs Trio; that's why the noise level was a bit high. Our server Liz was good and attentive. The tilapia taco appetizer was delicious. Yet the shrimp and lobster bisque was disappointing; the 2 shrimp was very tasty, but the bisque itself lacked flavor and sherry. The caesar salad was adequate, but nothing special.
The boneless beef shortribs were wonderful, the scallops big and tasty, and the swordfish special (on spicy eggplant and topped with creamy crab) was outstanding. One of our 3 wines was not that good; the other 2 were very good. The keylime pie was quite good.
Overall, a memorable though very pricey evening.
Physically a very nice restaurant and excellent service but the food and the price don't quite match up. Dishes are creative in terms of ingredients and flavors, but the execution is a little off, and the food did not arrive at the table hot. Gratis crackers and bread were delicious, but served with extremely puny portions of butter and a tasty hummus-type spread. Wine by the glass was unduly pricey. For a seafood-forward restaurant, there were not a lot of choices of fish, and why any higher-end seafood restaurant would serve tilapia is beyond me!!!!
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