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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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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: 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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Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 43
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    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
One of our absolute favorite places!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
donedoc95
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Illinois
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English first
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 NEW

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
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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
51 reviews 51 reviews
39 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
43 reviews 43 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
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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
95 reviews 95 reviews
56 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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Devils Tower, Wyoming
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 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
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?