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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: 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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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Parkers : Special Quality Restaurant

If you are looking for a quality restaurant for a special occasion, Parkers is that special place. It has a beautiful varied menu with delicious entrees. Fish and steaks are amazing. The atmosphere and quality service by the wait staff makes it that exceptional restaurant. Parkers' also has a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you are looking for a quality restaurant for a special occasion, Parkers is that special place. It has a beautiful varied menu with delicious entrees. Fish and steaks are amazing. The atmosphere and quality service by the wait staff makes it that exceptional restaurant. Parkers' also has a lovely bar with live entertainment and some great happy hour hors... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Dinner was well prepared and elegantly served. Wait staff was attentive and pleasant. I look forward to returning to try other dishes.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Perfectly prepared dishes, both seafood and other entrees. Excellent sides and appetizers. Portion sizes are reasonable, not gigantic.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We ate dinner here for the first time recently. I had the lobster roll. My husband had the vegetarian lasagna. There was nothing wrong with the food, but nothing particularly special or great-tasting about it, either. The service was efficient but a bit obsequious. The atmosphere is like that of a typical American suburban restaurant--nicely if somewhat boringly decorated. For... More 

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Westmont, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We came here 10 years ago and were completely unimpressed. Stodgy, traditional fare served to an uninteresting crowd. Well we've all changed. Hopefully we've changed as much for the better that Parker's has. Interior was redone at some point and it is no longer old school. Menu had plenty of creative seafood and other proteins on every course. The menu... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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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paul W, Manager at Parkers' Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for leaving this review on TripAdvisor. We are glad you enjoyed the food, but are very concerned about the pace of your recent visit. Can you please contact me at your convenience so we can arrange a return visit that will give you the time you need to truly enjoy Parkers’? My email address is hjohnson@selectrestaurants.com Thank... More 

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

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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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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Additional Information about Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

Address: 1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214
Phone Number: 630-960-5700
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Downers Grove
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy

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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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