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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene
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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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    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
Upscale Seafood Restaurant

Parkers is a great choice for a business lunch or a special event dinner occasion. Extensive menu of fresh seafood which can be prepared to meet all demands. Beautiful decor and upscale ambience, complemented by experienced & personable staff. Also, cozy bar with live music events. One of my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sharrann S
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pricey. Fair at best. Obviously was bothering the person for service. Will not be back. Meat almost raw, asked for medium well, didn't come back till check time

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Thank Mike S
Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Parkers is a great choice for a business lunch or a special event dinner occasion. Extensive menu of fresh seafood which can be prepared to meet all demands. Beautiful decor and upscale ambience, complemented by experienced & personable staff. Also, cozy bar with live music events. One of my favorites in the western suburbs.

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Thank Sharrann S
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Liked it! I went here for a business lunch yesterday with a colleague and a client and was very impressed. Kind of expected a typical business lunch kind of place-good and serviceable but nothing to write home about. I was very pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was well appointed and upscale. The service was also extremely good. Always there but not... More 

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Thank Thayne C
Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great menu - lots of choice from seafood to meats..... All dishes were perfectly executed - try some of the chefs favorites ... Desserts were worth the wait- as they were made from scratch .....

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Thank FeedbackISGOOD
Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've had the pleasure of eating a lot of good steaks over the years. I'm pleased to say that the filet I enjoyed at Parkers was among the best. As a farm-to-table restaurant, I could tell the meat was noticeably fresher that typical chain steakhouses. The big difference, for me, was the fact that they grilled it over charcoals -... More 

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Thank --KingLux--
Hayward, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This is truly a great dining experience worthy of comparison to the great restaurants in Chicago. We dined as a party of eight including two of our very well behaved grandchildren aged 7 and 8, (who loved the lobster mac and cheese). The service is five star, each entree well prepared and presented. Best crab cakes outside of New England.

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Thank Sandi M
Chicago, IL
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Parker's dining is an experience. Attention to detail, atmosphere and service are very appealing. Nice surprise on a Saturday eve, a lady singing and playing the piano. Nice portions, presentation and decent pricing.

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Thank LaModena
Birmingham
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99 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Now living in Alabama, we only get back to Parker's occasionally when visiting relatives. We recently returned to take my mother out to dinner and had an excellent meal. Her Oysters Rockerfeller appetizer (which was 5 oysters a few years back and is now 3) were very good. My Caesar salad was OK, but not great. Should have gotten the... More 

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Thank Hoosierdaddy0402
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Parker's was a great find for a business dinner in the Downers Grove area. I enjoyed the Duck Breast entrée and found the wine and beer list to have a variety great choices. Definitely a comebacker, as there are a couple of other things on the menu I'm anxious to try.

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Thank Bill M
Downers Grove, Illinois
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73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We love Parkers. Lucky to have it so close by. Great food and bar. Good wine, too. And appetizers. Also, well run. We will be back.

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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: Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene

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?