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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy
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1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214 (Highland Avenue)
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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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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221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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
Plattsburgh, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Our family had their rehearsal dinner at the Parkers for 25 people. We got the room way on the end and it was awesome. The tables were set with white table cloths and black napkins. There were small old fashion lanterns on each table. Jamell the coordinator had selected black as I told her I was bringing Adirondack candles for... More 

Thank lreh340900
Batavia, Illinois
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107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Our son and his wife "treated" us to a lovely Mother's Day dinner. It was our first time. Service was very good. We had sea scallops, and the lobster roll. They were delicious. Desserts looked awesome but I tried the rice pudding - melted in my mouth. The atmosphere was so elegant.

Thank kniden
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Try the lobster roll, or the wedge salad. Both dishes are worth the effort and you'll be pleased with your choices.

Thank rd92RR467
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I made reservations at this restaurant for our 25 anniversary dinner. We found it to be quite a hidden gem we had never heard of it but we're pleased we made reservations. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will return.

Thank Crystal L
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

One of the best in the area. Appeals to younger and older. We frequent this restaurant-have never eaten anything but fish which is always cooked well. I prefer fish with less added than more and you can always order "simply prepared" which includes vegetables and rice. Very attentive staff and a knowledgeable wine steward. Wine list recently revised to be... More 

Thank Marybeth K
Oswego, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

I had surf & turf- lobster slightly over-cooked and the filet had absolutely no flavor. The mashed potatoes also came flavorless, in all honesty they tasted like ready mash. The 3-layer ice cream dessert was delicious however. The server was very attentive and friendly. Atmosphere is a little stiff and the walls lack decor- its mainly wood & tan interior.... More 

Thank JacquelineZ
Chicago, IL
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

My wife an I have dined here several times over the last few years and have always enjoyed it. We usually like to plan a drink before or after dinner in the lounge when they have live music.

Thank IllinoisHikers
Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Very nice seafood selections, our server was Butch, very attentive, our 1st time there, explained the specials, soups etc. They start you off with a nice board of breads with hummus on one side and butter spread on the other. Nice touch while surfing the menu. We started with a sample of Oysters, smooth as silk, loved them. I had... More 

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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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
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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