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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.
$31 - $40
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed November 12, 2020

Friends in Chicago's western suburbs tipped us off to Parkers' Restaurant & Bar in Downers Grove. They are regulars and are especially impressed with the fresh seafood and live piano entertainment. Located at 1000 31st Street, south of I-88 on Highland Avenue, Parkers' features a...150-seat dining room, mosaic tiled open kitchen and a 50-seat bar and cocktail lounge with a wood vaulted ceiling and fireplace. It is an elegant, upscale setting and executive chef Eddie Jobin tops it all off with a superb menu of fresh seafood, juicy steaks and unique desserts. "The very best of land and sea" is the restaurant's motto and if you enjoy fish, mussels, lobster, clams, scallops and shrimp, this is the place. During the pandemic, Parkers' is closed to indoor dining until DuPage County mandates are lifted. It is open for carryout, curbside pickup and delivery from 4 to 8 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 4 to 9 on Friday and Saturday. My wife and I ordered a Colossal Shrimp Cocktail with wild Pacific brown shrimp, Caesar salad and shrimp and lobster bisque. For an entree, my wife chose charcoal grilled Faroe Island salmon with rice and grilled asparagus. I opted for Cedar Plank Roasted Lake Superior Whitefish with whipped potato and sauteed garlic spinach. For dessert, we shared a big slice of key lime pie with graham cracker crust, Italian meringue and raspberry sauce and a plate of white chocolate and apricot croissant bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce and strawberry gelato.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 27, 2020

We've been going here for years and have always had good service and great food. All of the food is very good and we like the crab cakes there. Service is always helpful and enjoy the live entertainment in the bar. Great bar area and...a nice place to have a family get together in one of their party rooms. Oh yeah the lobster rolls are crazy good. Nice ambiance. Support your local restaurants during this pandemic. You will want to make reservations.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 21, 2020 via mobile

Wonderful evening at Parkers on the patio! Yes, I know they were not responsible for the weather, but it was a perfect night with wine and the best food! Let's start with dessert! The key lime pie was decadent and delicious. The plate was decorated...with fruit and the presentation was stunning! I had the absolute best piece of fish on a cedar plank with crispy edges that were pure heaven. The patio was cozy and private since our chairs were miles away from everyone! We watched everything being cleaned spic and spam as people left. Even the door knobs were constantly cleaned!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed March 9, 2020

My wife took me there for my B-day, and it was a quite nice. Food, in quality, presentation, and quantity was terrific. Our server was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable, and her suggestions for a main course, desert and wine pairing were spot on.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 28, 2020

Large restaurant with easy parking. ample menu options, all fresh, open kitchen. Several lighter options for lunch. All dishes were good. Great Service. Good restrooms

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

Waited 10 minutes before a waiter showed up to even take a drink order. Our waiter seemed lost and lacked customer focused. Might’ve been new as he almost needed to be told what to do. Poor service and experience

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020

Sat in the bar where the live jazz band was playing. Dinner was great. Crab cakes were done to perfection. Waiter was outstanding. Very good value and we will be back.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 26, 2020 via mobile

Very good seafood. Had the sea bass special and clam chowder. Both were excellent and fresh. The clam chowder was not real thick which I really like. The sea bass was well seasoned. Gelato was just average as was the service. Only complaint was several...gnats were buzzing our table all night.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 7, 2020

wait staff does a great job. Good wine choices, great food. The boullibase is wonderful. Great steak really good fish.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed December 24, 2019

The food, cozy atmosphere, and superior service was perfect for our first Christmas without our son at home. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. Merry Christmas!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Response from Patty B | Reviewed this property |
Do not know anything about brunch. They do a fantastic job with everything else,I would presume this would be great!
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At least, business casual.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5