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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Excellent Dining Experience

Went for aps, a few drinks and dinner., Excellent ambience, service was great, really enjoyed the menu and wine list and the food was fantastic You could go just for aps, or for as more formal dining experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
sharaty
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Kenosha, WI
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Kenosha, WI
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Went for aps, a few drinks and dinner., Excellent ambience, service was great, really enjoyed the menu and wine list and the food was fantastic You could go just for aps, or for as more formal dining experience.

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London, GB
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

We broke our journey to Oregon IL here and had a delicious lunch, it was a haven of stylish décor and lovely staff after fighting through the miles of highway construction works around Chicago. The tempura shrimp was wonderful and the black bean burger was really tasty, while my husband loved his blackened fish tacos. The dessert we shared was... More 

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

Hi, Janie. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about our restaurant. Reviews, good and bad, confirm we're providing the right experience for our guests or tell us that it's time to improve. During your next visit, please contact Heather Johnson at our restaurant. She would like to meet you personally and welcome you back.... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Went here last night for the first time and loved it. I will definitely will be back to try other things on the menu. We sat outside and it was a lovely evening on the patio. We walked through the dining room to get to the patio and the dinning room was beautuful. If you love seafood this is the... More 

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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 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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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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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?