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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
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Parker's- A Hidden Gem

Having passed by Parkers Restaurant numerous times coming and going to the malls, we finally got a chance to try this out of way, non-pretentious establishment after meaning to for 7-8 years. We never should have waited this long. Between Yorktown and Oakbrook Center, you have just about every... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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English first
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Nice food and quick service, but maybe too quick. Restaurant wasn't too full and we were there late enough for them not to need the table again after us. My empty plate was taken away from me as soon as I put the cutlery down and while my wife was still eating. Waitress brought us the check at the same... More 

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Bloomingdale, Illinois
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Like everyone else, we wanted to give Mom a special experience on Mother's Day. This wasn't it. The buffet table was one long single file line and it started with the hot entree items and finished with the appetizers, cold items and salads. So, when you wanted to begin your meal, you were forced to stand behind everyone serving themselves... More 

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Chicago
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Having passed by Parkers Restaurant numerous times coming and going to the malls, we finally got a chance to try this out of way, non-pretentious establishment after meaning to for 7-8 years. We never should have waited this long. Between Yorktown and Oakbrook Center, you have just about every high class steak house or chain eatery with great reputations. We... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Had the pleasure dining at Parkers Restaurant on Mother's Day evening. We had a reservation and although it was extremely croweded we were seated immemdiately. The appetizer of grilled baby octopus was deliciousand perfectly done Caeser salad was fresh crisp and had a delicious dressing. The halibut and salmon equally delicious as were the side dishes of mashed potatoes, sweet... More 

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Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Parker's is a fine dining gem in the Downers Grove area. My wife and I have enjoyed several delightful meals there in the past year, and I have seen what they can do for business or party affairs. Parker's has half priced appetizers in the bar before 6 PM (check the site), and those not only are really fine.. meaning... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Finally went to Parkers for a business dinner. I have worked in the area for a while and have been told Parkers is the best that DG offers. The restaurant is very high end and perfect for a business setting. Service was excellent. I had a filet mignon and unfortunately it was not excellent but average. I typically go with... More 

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Todd S, Public Relations Manager at Parkers' Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hi, markkarr. Thank you for your review of our restaurant. Our guest comments are vital to our continued success as we strive for service and culinary excellence. We are deeply concerned you were not pleased with our Filet Mignon and hope you'll contact Heather Johnson or Tod Barber at 630-960-5700 as they would like to talk to you further about... More 

Batavia, Illinois
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 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
96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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?