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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

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Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy
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1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214 (Highland Avenue)
630-960-5700
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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Parkers' Restaurant & Bar is a chef-driven, full service, contemporary...
Parkers' Restaurant & Bar is a chef-driven, full service, contemporary American restaurant and bar serving lunch, dinner, and private functions. The restaurant features fresh fish and seafood along with high quality meat and pasta preparations. The restaurant is housed in a transformed New England-style building on Highland Avenue at 31st, just north of I88 in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago. The ambiance is casual-upscale with a mosaic tiled, open kitchen adjacent to a 150 seat dining room featuring a polished hardwood decor. The cozy, 50 seat bar and cocktail lounge area features a dramatic, wood vaulted ceiling and live piano entertainment, in the evening.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not What I Expected

I went to Parkers' for the first time on a business lunch. I thought there would be more selections on the meal. For example, they had pizza and not pasta. I got the Idaho Springs Rainbow Trout and it was delicious but had the skin still on it which I had to eat around. The service was excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
AviatorMat
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Batavia, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Batavia, Illinois
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I went to Parkers' for the first time on a business lunch. I thought there would be more selections on the meal. For example, they had pizza and not pasta. I got the Idaho Springs Rainbow Trout and it was delicious but had the skin still on it which I had to eat around. The service was excellent. This place... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

It was my Parent's 55th Wedding Anniversary Celebration while they were in town with us (they're from Las Vegas, NV) and we decided to treat them to Parker's. From the time we sat down and were greeted by Clovis (yes, and she's from Brazil), to the final lucious melting of the cotton candy in our mouths for dessert, it was... More 

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Culver City, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I have eaten several times at this restaurant but never in the dining room. Whenever I visit Chicago, I always make sure that I visit Parkers for Happy Hour. From 4-7, Monday thru Friday, the bar food is 1/2 off. Last week, I had a dozen big, juicy oysters for $1 a piece. You can eat like a king for... More 

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We went with a large group (14) and it was a blast. We had a semi private room. Food was excellent and so were the cocktails. It has a nice atmosphere.

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Devils Tower, Wyoming
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I've been here many times starting back when it was called Parker's Ocean Grill and I've always been pleased and or impressed with the seafood. The appetizer menu is real good, we generally choose oysters. The lobster mac OTOH is not up to par for the money. The entrees are priced fairly. The bar has that classic old school feel... More 

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Villa Park, Illinois, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is one of the best restaurant's I've ever been to in celebrating a special day! The atmosphere is lovely, classy, warm and welcoming. The wait staff is superb! And the food.....while pricey....is well worth it! I had Lobster Mac & Cheese. It was to DIE for! My daughter, who was celebrating her birthday, had the Scallops and said she... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This restaurant has never disappointed us! A little pricey but always worth it. A great place for fresh seafood!

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Chicago
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This was my first time dining at Parker's, and it certainly lived up to its reputation. The food was delicious with a reasonable wait time, and the service was attentive and good. The staff was extra helpful and kind to an elderly person in our party. I'll be going back there, and heartily recommend it to anyone. I personally recommend... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinouis
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A lovely well run restaurant in Downers Grove. Menu sufficient to satisfy all tastes. Pleasant staff, good cocktails and fairly priced. Cedar plank salmon a specialrty. Well worh the visit

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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Our family was visiting Chicago during Thanksgiving this year and made reservations at Parkers' Restaurant. We had a nice experience - very good dinner and attentive staff. Thanks for the very enjoyable experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214
    (Highland Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Downers Grove
  • Phone Number: 630-960-5700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Parkers' Restaurant & Bar is a chef-driven, full service, contemporary American restaurant and bar serving lunch, dinner, and private functions. The restaurant features fresh fish and seafood along with high quality meat and pasta preparations. The restaurant is housed in a transformed New England-style building on Highland Avenue at 31st, just north of I88 in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago. The ambiance is casual-upscale with a mosaic tiled, open kitchen adjacent to a 150 seat dining room featuring a polished hardwood decor. The cozy, 50 seat bar and cocktail lounge area features a dramatic, wood vaulted ceiling and live piano entertainment, in the evening.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?