Parker's Restaurant - Omni Parker House

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The historic and beautiful Parker's Restaurant is your destination for fine dining in Boston. Our Executive Chef, Gerard Tice, is a master at creating a feast for your senses. He deliciously combines classic New England cuisine with contemporary-American flair at the birthplace of Boston Cream Pie, the Parker House roll and Baked Boston Schrod.

Gluten Free & Vegetarian Menus Available.

Appropriate dress is required. Jackets for gentlemen preferred. Shorts and shirts without collars are not permitted. Footwear is required.

“I have dinner 5 or 6 times a year in Parker’s. It is always a pleasure. A quiet, civilized environment with very courteous and experienced wait staff. Relaxing background music. A serious and comfortable place to have dinner with no gimmicks.” Daniel Greco, Salem, MA
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New England
101 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant pretreated dinner. Classic Parker House rolls as good as ever. Wonderful service. And so gracious you can hear the conversation. How rare is that these days?

GM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - lovely buffet and excellent a la carte items, especially the hash! Service was attentive but never intrusive. We are regulars!

ER
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

For such an iconic restaurant, the experience fell short of expectations. My wife an I dined there on Valentine's Day at 7pm. Making a reservation through Open Table was easy.

We started out with two appetizers: my wife had the Clam Chowder and I had the Lump Crab Cake. The Clam Chowder was average, could have used more seasoning and could have been a little thicker with a bit more clams and bacon. The Lump Crab Cake was OK too, nothing to write home about.

Surprisingly, the bar does not have ANY beers on tap...had to order a bottled beer.

The famous Parker House Rolls tasted no better than heat and serve rolls you can find in any supermarket.

For the entrees, my wife had the Schrod and I had the 12-ounce rib eye steak (medium). My wife thought the Schrod was ok, but could have been better seasoned.

My steak was a little overcooked and was not tender like a rib eye should be.

We split a Boston Creme Pie and honestly, was not that impressed by it. Nothing really wrong with it, just expecting a little more flavor.

Finally, we ordered coffee and it was brought out in a carafe. The coffee cooled down quite quickly, another disappointment.

The total for 2 appetizers, 2 drinks, 2 entrees, 1 dessert and 2 coffees came out to $158 dollars. For about $50 more we could have had a better dinner at Abe & Louie's (the best steak we've had in Boston, so far). For the price and the iconic nature of the restaurant, the experience was disappointing.

G
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our only complaint was that both of our entrees were overcooked.

AS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time. Our server was really friendly and nice.

CG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see that this classic venue is still a wonderful place to drop in for a meal!

SG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has good quality fold with great service in a wonderful older hotel Restaurant.

r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant and come multiple times during the year. The ambience is old world with dark wood. The room is stunning. The noise level is low so that you may enjoy your conversation. The service is marvelous and without flaw. The food is ample in portion and perfect in presentation and has always been amazing in taste. It is a treat to dine here.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Grandsons 13th Birthday, first suit, first fancy restaurant. He was incredibly happy. As we all were. Awesome experience.

HC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It's a lovely historic space and we enjoyed that part of it. But I'm sorry to say that we didn't think much of the food. The French onion soup tasted off and more importantly, the bread that is such a vital part of French onion soup was disastrously hard--so old and stale, apparently, that even a long soaking in the broth (which did not taste homemade) was hard as a rock.
We had the fish and chips. The fish was quite tender and tasty. But the tartar sauce was sweet--as in, sugar added. Not good at all! The last thing on earth I would do with tartar sauce is to add sugar. It's supposed to be savory.
As for the chips: there were far too many--a virtual mountain of chips which was off-putting to look at and not very appealing because they kalcked any crispness.
The waiter, however, was very good and attentive. High marks to him.

J
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rich history of the Parker House is interesting and so enjoyable to see the architecture. Food and service was outstanding! Wonderful dining experience in fine Boston tradition!

MK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's the place to go when celebrating a special occasion or if you just want to treat yourself to a wonderful night out. Our server, Lillian, was outstanding.

JM
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch here - food was perfectly prepared and the service was excellent. And the dining room was peaceful. It was totally enjoyable to have a leisurely lunch in this beautiful room.

CG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Family birthday gathering. Everyone found something they liked.
Very good service. Still the best schrod around !

LS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food and great atmosphere the selection of breakfast food was awesome.

SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The main complaint is we made a 1pm Reservation venue was selected to practice etiquette.

RL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The breakfast buffet we have been enjoying for years is suddenly shutdown during the week so now instead of an awesome selection we ended up paying $ 75 plus 10 tip for essentially bacon and eggs

DM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with attentive service and a great atmosphere. If you have not been, you have to go at least once to try the famous Parker House rolls! It is a quiet place perfect for a business meeting or a romantic meal! AAA+++

LP
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was great. We hope to be back in the near future.

The waitress was very professional and the young lady who met us at the entrance of the restaurant gave us an excellent corner table and brought our coats to our table when our lunch was completed.

We were treated as royalty and it was very much appreciated since my husband was celebrating his upcoming retirement at the age of 70 years on March 2, 2020, God willing.

MA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Pre-nutcracker breakfast. Was on a weekday, so it was very quiet, which was nice. Ambiance is beautiful. Service was outstanding. Mediocre breakfast, but the coffee was delicious.

RG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The ambiance felt like we were in the movie shining . Food was ok but not for the cost . No container was offered for leftovers probably because the rooms have no mini fridge . The whole experience made us leave without staying our extra night .

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Christmas breakfast here. It was delicious and service was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were lovely & cheerful considering it’s Christmas Day and they were working!

l
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely space-actually has charm to it, unlike most cookie cutter restaurants you find in hotels.

And the service is excellent -really feel like a valued guest.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

After researching restaurants near the Boston Opera House, I settled on dinning at the Parker House for lunch before the afternoon showing of The Nutcracker on Christmas Eve.

Service was great. The hostess accommodated our last minute extra guest. The server was non-judgmental on the absurd amount of complimentary rolls our table consumed.

The parker rolls were delicious. Served warm with cold butter balls that melted on contact. The smell and flavor were nostalgic.

The food was mediocre. My husband, a New Englander, ordered the ‘chowda’. Although he prefers a nice creamy base as opposed to brothy, the chowder was way to thick; it was overwhelming. I ordered the crab cake, which was good; it is served with a salad with surprisingly delicious vinaigrette dressing. I would not recommend My husband’s main, lobster grill cheese, which was more of lobster on toast with a sprinkle of cheese; it was served with an overly salty house made pickle. My dish, the scallops, were completely over cooked; the menu stated it was served with couscous. I love small grain couscous, but unfortunate this dish was served with pearl couscous which I am not a fan of so I did not eat it. My brother-in-law ordered the club, which was huge. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law both ordered the salmon, served over jasmine rice, which they said was good.

We ended our meals with dessert. I have never really ordered or been into Boston Creme, but I tried my sister-in-law’s and it was good. My cheesecake, which was a thick NY style, was delicious.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food!

G
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful and charming venue for special occasions.

E
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Food was generally well prepared however, most meals were Luke warm and potatoes were cold

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very comfortable and elegant experience. The service is excellent, unobtrusive. Best of all the food is superb, every mouthful delicious!

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent! Price was reasonable for a top notch restaurant.

NW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parker's was perfect for our needs on a Saturday night--downtown location, a quiet table to talk with friends, reliably excellent food, an elegant but unpretentious setting, attentive yet unintrusive service, valet parking, no push to hurry our stay, and space available on two days' notice. We see these friends rarely, so $$$ was OK with both couples. Personally, I like the old-fashioned (uh, classic) hotel vibe, no need for trendy!

MK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bthis is a splendid restaurant with good food and pleasant service. No hesitation in recommending

ML
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were residents of the hotel for a week and decided to visit on Sat night after Thanksgiving. We booked online through open table as we were unable to book direct with the hotel!! The reception did not take reservations and we could not get an answer from the restaurant- very strange!! The restaurant was very quiet on the Saturday we booked . The restaurant has a nice ambiance but we had a table we were given was quite remote and was at the end of a long soft couch which was quite uncomfortable. We had onion soup and a salad to start. The soup was OK (except the floating crouton which was rock hard). The salad was not to my taste with unusual leaves which were not good in terms of texture or taste. We followed with Duck which was cooked well and very tasty. It was covered with the same salad leaves and the polenta was not good. My fillet mignon was OK but not as good as I have had. Our server asked how the meal had gone and we responded that is was OK but not exceptional. He returned with a complimentary Boston pie dessert which was a nice gesture. Service overall was good but we would not rush back to eat here again.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, delicious filet mignon, attentive service.

LJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had a really enjoyable experience here. It was beautiful, nice ambiance, and wonderful food. The wait staff was efficient and pleasant, and we felt like they catered everything to our time table, neither rushing us nor making us wait. I will definitely return! Thanks!!

MB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I take my parents here regularly when I am visoting Boston, and rarely disappointed. The service, the food, everything-- it was exquisite.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great old school Boston restaurant with finely prepared basic food and great service. The wine list, however, needs some work - not much range and not much above the level of table wine.

M
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The serving staff were very courteous. The ambiance was like you were in the winter dining room of The Shining. All old fashioned but no glamor. The food was highly mediocre and expensive.

PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The only dining experience we had in Boston that was disappointing. Uninterested server did not offer any information on the menu (soup of day, chef’s specialty , etc.) Our coffees were not served, a very long wait for our courses. We were not in a rush , but compared to our other excellent meals in an incredible city, we will not return to Parker’s .

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