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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214
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Ranked #2 of 146 Restaurants in Downers Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary, Healthy
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highland Avenue
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.
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped by Parker's Restaurant & Bar on the way to a concert. All I can say is Spectacular! The rest group had appetizers, and I had the Bouillabaisse. The appetizers were exceptional. We had Lobster/Shrimp fritters, Marguerta pizza, and a special salad. The Bouillabaisse was the best I have ever had. We will return soon!

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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went here last week with a large group and we had a private room. It was a special menu with our company logo and everything was fantastic. We started with delicious canapes and pre-dinner drinks, followed by 3 courses accompanied by great wines. The food was excellent. I had scallops and was a bit disappointed when there were only 3... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Sat in bar to wait on our guests. Even though bartender was not in a good mood he created a martini especially for me using Campari, Titos Vodka, and Champagne. The waiter was incredibly helpful and noticed our Texas accents. The food was equally superb. I had the lobster MAC n cheese. Going back soon to take my son for... More

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Winfield, Illinois, USA
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Everything was awesome. Our waiter, Tim, was wonderful and very knowledgeable, the dinning room we were in was great ~ we were in a room with four tables (up to 4 people per table) which made for a very enjoyable evening ~ nice ambience and quiet. Some restaurants are so noisy you can not even enjoy a nice dinner out,... More

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Prince George, Virginia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Our initial impression of the restaurant started off sour. We waited for 5-7 minutes for someone to acknowledge us to be seated despite the restaurant not being busy, a few staff members seeing us standing and the hostess walking by us 3 times. After that, the restaurant redeemed itself with good food and wonderfully pleasant service from a new waiter... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We have dined at Parkers many times through the yrs. The restaurant has consistently attentive service, great food in a fine dining atmosphere. Following great wine and complimentary breads, we had the LOCAL HEIRLOOM BEET SALAD which consisted of Red and Gold beets, Mesclun Greens, Quinoa, Candied Walnuts,Cranberries, Feta, Apple Cider Vinaigrette. It was heavenly. I had the PAN ROASTED... More

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Elmhurst, Illinois
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My family and I have on numerous occasions celebrated family events at this restaurant. The service is always the best and the food is especially well-prepared and fabulously presented. Best of all, the price will not severely dent one's pocketbook.

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West Chicago, Illinois
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283 reviews 283 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

we visited this lovely restaurant and bar for happy hour last night and consider it to be excellent; it is in the bar only from 4-7:00 M-F and 5-7:00 on Sat. The food is 1/2 price from the quite lengthy bar menu. Alcohol is full price but it still makes for a great night out with really wonderful food and... More

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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104 reviews 104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Unfortunately we do not get to this restaurant as often as we would like, since we no longer live in the area. Because we go so infrequently, I always have fish, and it is consistently excellent. My friend had a turkey burger and said it was the best she had ever tasted - high praise for a seafood restaurant. Service... More

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Downers Grove, IL
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Have had just appetizers and drinks in the bar and have had Christmas pathering dinner at Parkers and have always had great service and great food. Atmosphere is warm and comfy. Prices make Parkers the place to celebrate an occasion, but probably not your standard go-to place for a quick, inexpensive meal.

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