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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OT
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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
10 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.

T
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 .

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all excellent

P
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was ordinary and overpriced. Horrible music. Service was good.

LG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

French onion soup smelled was warm not hot and smelled obnoxious that we had to send it back which I never do. Everything was very salty. Ribeye was very thin and just edible, halibut was dry and so was chocolate cake. Expected much more from a Omni property

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Girlfriend and I visited Parker’s Restaurant for our anniversary. It was an outstanding experience. They gave us the best seat in the house and our waiter, Francesco, was fantastic. He gave us some history on the Parker house and the restaurant, and was more than happy to take some pictures of us and provide us with the best service.

I ordered the filet mignon, which was incredible. I am tempted to say it is the best steak I’ve ever tasted in my life, cooked and seasoned perfectly. My girlfriend ordered the butter poached lobster with risotto which was also amazing.

After dinner, we were provided with a Boston cream pie on the house due to us dining for our anniversary. Overall it was an incredible experience and I have already told our friends and family to be sure to come to Boston just to have dinner at Parker’s. 5 stars across the board.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The room needs a facelift and there were fruit flies everywhere! That said, it’s was a delicious meal in an old historic hotel.

RM
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, whose name is Lillian, was most pleasant and efficient.

J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service!

GS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always a wonderful and pleasant experience. W went there for pre theater time and got the $48 price fix menu. usually this is very good and the clam chowder was a great as always. However, they were serving rib eye, and my piece was overly sauced and way to salty not to mention 50% fat. It was also only about 1/4 inch thick so price to value was not great. I prefer the sirloin they used to offer. The Boston Cream pie was delicious!

RU
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect dinner at at Parker's. The drinks (Old Fashioned and Margarita) were spot on. The oysters we had for appetizers were delicious. The main courses (lobster for two of us and filet mignon for a third) were done to perfection. The Boston cream pie is different from what you get at most restaurants, but quite good (and, of course, truly authentic, as this is the restaurant where it was invented). And the ambiance is great. But what brought it all together was the excellent waiter. He was terrific. (I so wish I could recall his name. He spoke with a bit of an accent. Italian?) He made great food recommendations, was "friendly but not familiar", as they say, and even took time to give some history of the hotel and explain the paintings when we asked about them. I almost put 4 stars for value, because it's not cheap. But, you know what, it was worth every penny, so 5 stars across the board. Highly recommended for an elegant dinner in town, whether it's a date, a business client, or just some friends reuniting after a year apart, as we were.

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really appreciate the staff here they made for a wonderful experience. My husband and I were visiting from New York with our luggage, the hostess wished us a happy anniversary and stored our bags. Then the wait stuff were joyous, surprised us with a boston creme pie, and told us about the history of the hotel and restaurant! A wonderful memory for our first time here together.

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courteous and attentive service. Excellent food!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Both of the signature M

J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolutely wonderful dining experience. Nothing short of perfection. Do not ever pass up the chance to eat at Parker's Restaurant - Omni Parker House. We traveled from California to have a meal here and it lived up to our high expectations. A lovely ambiance, wonderful food (in remarkably generous portions), and at surprisingly reasonable prices. And a basket full of free Parker house rolls! Could anything be better? We look forward to going back.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful room, good food and excellent service!

N
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Lillian, was amazing and is the friendliest and best server we have ever experienced anywhere

M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Weekend getaway

WV
Tulsa
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came for the Boston cream pie. Food was good but not memorable or fabulous, considering the price. Had high expectations, and we were slightly disappointed. Staff was very friendly and wine was good.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Traveling to tour schools with my daughter.

MF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

When in Boston, this is a favorite stop. Staff are top-notch, always have excellent recommendations, and the food never disappoints.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We ordered two filet mignons....which were comparable to a chain restaurant. Not quite what I expected from the restaurant JFK proposed at. However, the service was superb.

TX
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good, but didn’t change my life. We loved the Price Fix menu for pre-theatre folks. A plus!

The Open Table description said a jacket was preferred, so we almost didn’t book. We checked with the concierge, who said jeans and a nice shirt were just fine. Everyone looked very nice in business casual and dressed up denim.

Would definitely recommend!

J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were a party of 4 and we went because we wanted to try the Boston Cream Pie. They have a Pre-Theatre Menu for $48.00 per person so it seemed like a no-brainer to us. First, the room is very nice. It is an old time dark wood room. It was very beautiful. The bread and butter was delicious. The butter was at that perfect temperature where you can actually use it and not kill your bread.
I wanted a sweet drink because I like sweet drinks. My waitress was unable to tell me which drinks in the new drink menu were sweet. They had a graph and she didn't know how to use it. I ordered from the "Fruit" page and my banana drink was good, but not very sweet.
Two of us ordered the clam chowder and it was good. It was served hot which we like. It had chunks of potato and lots of clams. Next to the bread it was the best thing we ate. The other 2 had the Caesar Salad. They said it was nothing special.
For entrees 2 of us ordered the Ribeye. It was ok, but very fatty. The potatoes were undercooked and hard.
My friend said the Butternut Squash Ravioli was very good. My husband asked the waitress which entree was the best and she couldn't answer his question. He ended up ordering the Salmon and he said it had no flavor.
So for dessert we all ordered the Boston Cream Pie. It came nicely plated with chocolate and raspberry sauce. The sauce was delicious. The cake was not delicious. It was dry and there was very little cream. It's Boston Cream Pie, it should be loaded with cream.
This was a one and done for all four of us.

CB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We knew the history of the Parker House so while we were visiting Boston we knew we needed to eat here. We were all very happy with this decision. I had the lobster grilled cheese, which was absolutely delicious, and the other 3 in our party had salads and were thrilled with them as well. The salads were large and very fresh, definitely a meal. We finished our lunch with, of course, Boston Cream Pie and it was the best dessert I ever had. When I visit Boston again, I will definitely come back to Parker House.

TB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Ambiance was nice and service was great. Ribeye a bit overdone. Went there for wife’s birthday (mentioned it in the reservation) but it was never acknowledged. Otherwise, a pleasant experience.

KC
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I ate at Parker’s while on vacation on Boston and had the best time! Everything was first class. I had the Boston Schrod which was amazing and finished with the Boston Cream pie. The food was amazing, and the service was top notch. I’d definitely suggest you eat at this historic Boston landmark

B
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good chowder, amazing shred and boston cream pie, parker house rolls didn't amaze me but brown bread really good

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ate there twice this past week and the "Hostess" at lunch, when we did not have a reservation, but politely asked if we could be seated in a clearly empty dining room, and a "Host" at dinner, when we did have a longstanding reservation, were both cold and indifferent, to the point of being rude. But once we gained entrance, the wait staff was wonderful, the food very good and the ambiance very pleasant.

DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife's birthday dinner and, we were treated extremely well. I've always felt that the food can be great but, nothing can save the experience if the service isn't up to par. The food is very good and, the service was excellent.

One think I'll say that could be better is to have a dress code. This used to be a jacket and tie restaurant. The ambiance would be better if at least shorts, flip-flops and non-collard shirts were not allowed.

TB
Vancouver
58 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school charm and elegance is still around. The hotel and restaurant are absolutely beautiful. The food was exceptional as was the service thanks to our server, Francesco. We told him we weren't in a rush so we ended there for almost 3 hours exactly how a dinner in a place like this should be. He regaled us with hotel history and listed off past patrons of the Omni. He was truly a delight. We will definitely go back when we visit Boston again!!!

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