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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214
630-960-5700
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Ranked #3 of 146 restaurants in Downers Grove
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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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chucktown
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Top Contributor
249 reviews 249 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
278 helpful votes 278 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Parker's is a great location for delicious fish dishes. They have a comfortable bar area, which is nice to arrive early and have a drink before dining. The menu is pricey, but usually worth it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

It was snowing,chaotic, as NYE ALWAYS IS,but we were treated as if we are weekly Patrons. The Staff was sooo gracious . One of us had a Steak that was not the greatest, and the Staff was incredibly quick to get another...and when the restaurant was filled!! This was the first time a Waitress believed us instead of looking at... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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158 reviews 158 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I didn't find this place to be anything special. I started with the grilled octopus which came on a bed of slaw and wasn't bad, but didn't have the crispy grill that you get at a good Greek or Italian restaurant. The walleye was on special but I had it prepared simply, grilled over the fire. It was nicely done,... More

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Manteca
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Had dinner for my sister's birthday. Great Service and Food, highly recommend the whitefish cooked on the cedar plank!

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West Chicago, Illinois
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249 reviews 249 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
278 helpful votes 278 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We dined here this past week and it was a great experience! There is a large parking lot so t hat parking is not a big-deal nor valet required. The restaurant has been refurbished since we were last there maybe 10 years ago so it is very up to date but does have noise reduction surfaces - carpeting and an... More

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