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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

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American, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy
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1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214 (Highland Avenue)
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything we ordered was good to excellent. The calamari was more than a "step above" - flavorful, very tender and not at all greasy. It was exceptional as was the grilled baby octopus with arugula, a tasty slaw like cabbage (but tender) and an olive?/mustard sauce. The lobster shrimp fritters were good but not nearly as good as the calamari... More 

Thank seaotter301
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't say enough good things about Parkers. Excellent bar service and great appetizer/happy hour menu. My favorite is the Halibut tacos and the caesar salad (always made to my liking!). Dinner is for special occasions, but I am never disappointed. Favorites: Boullibaise, Scallops, or any of the fresh fish. Also love the pate plate appetizer - a meal in itself.... More 

Thank Suzanne H
Wheaton, Illinois
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter was in town and Parkers is one of her favorite restaurants. We have been here many times. My wife, daughter, her friend and I went there on a Wednesday night. The bar was packed for their weekly “Wednesday Night Jazz” event so we went directly to the dining room. We started with a bottle of wine and ordered... More 

Thank Michael M
Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Met with friends for drinks and cocktails at Parker's and ended up eating at the restaurant. Ordered starters and main courses from the bar menu which is half price until 7PM...Wonderful food, great service and value! I would highly recommend if you are looking for a seafood restaurant in the SW suburbs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Staff was friendly and worked as a team. They didn't hover over you table but was immediately there to clear and empty plate out of the way or refill your glass. Food was great and fresh. I had the wild caught Halibut! Yum!

Thank Amber S
Joliet, Illinois
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Nice and big restaurant, very clean. Good service, food portions right on. Service was excellent. Best part of the meal was the lobster mac and cheese. This dish was spot on, I have had this in many a restaurant before and it is usually too cheesy or the lobster portion is like a bite size- not here, they actually bring... More 

Thank Dan2330
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is a large, busy restaurant with a bent toward seafood. Contrary to some other reviews we thought the oysters rockefeller were to die for. Entre's in our party included short ribs, salmon salad, duck, lobster mac & cheese. Food was very good, service was very good but in a small room of four tables and a maximum of 20... More 

Thank Willco
Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This restaurants is one of our favorite spots, so we decided to host a party for 45 people. The food and presentation was excellent. Service was outstanding. Jamell made the entire party stress free, and was totally amazing. This place was a hit with all the guests. Excellent doesn't even begin to describe our event.

Thank Larrye4363
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152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a nice ambience about it both in the bar and the dining area. The staff is well trained and professional. This is a busy restaurant especially with early diners. We had a reservation at 6:30 and had to wait 15 minutes for earlier diners to clear before we were seated. The menu has plenty of great choices... More 

Thank Tonypose
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Butch our server was efficient, effective, and knowledgeable. My colleague is allergic to gluten and dairy, and Butch worked with us and with the kitchen to provide a suitable meal for him. I have no allergies, so my dinner was straight off the menu and was also very good. I will definitely eat here again.

Thank Gus B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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
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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