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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

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (49)
Good for a Date (47)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
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Neighborhood Gem (31)
Romantic (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Bar Seating (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Live Music (21)
Business Meals (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Casual (16)
Cozy (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Authentic (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (9)
Healthy (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Seasonal (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was excellent, which is hard to find now days. Good choices for food and was cooked well but every bit of it needed more seasoning. Nice choice of wines but the cocktail list was a bit one noted. Overall we enjoyed our time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Date night

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was delicious! Our waitress was very personable and a great server! Will definetly go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Vegan
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The cedar plank white fish was wonderful, as was the small filet that was cooked perfectly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The quality of the food was nothing less than fantastic. Good Service - Good Food. A+

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Parker's is one of our favorite restaurants. Our experience this Monday was outstanding. Our meals were wonderful and our server made the experience extra special. We will definitely return!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Parker’s makes sure you truly get fresh fish. Great in the Midwest. Servers are efficient but also cordial and fun to talk with. We had a great meal and service from Nick.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful experience. Great food and excellent service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was my first time at Parker’s and it was absolutely wonderful! The experience was first class from the beautiful dinning room, excellent service and the food was delicious ! I had the filet and it was perfect! This will be a favorite in my list!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful desserts and terrific service . Great for special occasion

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server was outstanding, we all loved him, made our daughters 18th birthday celebration extra special. Great food and your peach bread pudding is awesome ! Thank you.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I met some friends out for my Birthday.
It was my first time there. Much bigger than I thought! It kind of reminds me of a much fancier Gibson's. I will definitely try to go back soon!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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!!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

very loud. service was excellent.Food was good,although the swordfish was a little to spicy,did not get the taste of the fish.

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It can be a little loud in here sometimes. But the food is outstanding and the service is always wonderful. I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The wine list was extraordinary- a selection of Napa boutique wineries and the food was creative, innovative and of the highest quality. We’re foodies and we were impressed. We drove 100 miles round trip to try. We will definitely be back!!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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