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“New Years Eve”

Parkers' Restaurant & Bar
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Ranked #3 of 169 Restaurants in Downers Grove
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Contemporary, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highland Avenue
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.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“New Years Eve”
Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

It was snowing,chaotic, as NYE ALWAYS IS,but we were treated as if we are weekly Patrons. The Staff was sooo gracious . One of us had a Steak that was not the greatest, and the Staff was incredibly quick to get another...and when the restaurant was filled!! This was the first time a Waitress believed us instead of looking at you like your crazy. Thank you all for making our Romantic dinner so lovely..the other times there also.

Visited January 2014
Thank fratboy76
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Philadelphia, PA
Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“OK, Nothing Special”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

I didn't find this place to be anything special. I started with the grilled octopus which came on a bed of slaw and wasn't bad, but didn't have the crispy grill that you get at a good Greek or Italian restaurant. The walleye was on special but I had it prepared simply, grilled over the fire. It was nicely done, but didn't impart any particular taste. It came on a bed of basmati rice and an adequate, although not noteworthy, side of string beans and carrots. The service was nice and attentive. The beer was on the high side in my opinion at $7 a draft. With 2 beers my meal came to $55 before tip and I thought I could have gotten better for the same spend. I wouldn't avoid this place, it is not bad, but I won't make a special trip to try it again either.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Stepsite
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Killer Seafood!”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

Had dinner for my sister's birthday. Great Service and Food, highly recommend the whitefish cooked on the cedar plank!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Jason S
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West Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
930 reviews
503 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
“Quiet with great food and service”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

We dined here this past week and it was a great experience! There is a large parking lot so t hat parking is not a big-deal nor valet required. The restaurant has been refurbished since we were last there maybe 10 years ago so it is very up to date but does have noise reduction surfaces - carpeting and an acoustical ceiling so the noise level is not high. The service was top notch and the menu was varied both in price and in selection. The white fish was perfectly prepared, planked, served with garlic spinach and mashed potatoes. I must say that the "bread tray" served was mighty meager in quantity for 4 people - 4 cracker type pieces, and 2 each small pieces of white and grainy breads. Who will take one of two pieces when other might want one? The desserts were great - the key lime pie especially good and pretty.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank sue o
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great meal, even better appetizers!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

The best way to summarize Parker's is that it is everything one would expect from a great casual fine dining experience. The food is great, served in a timely fashion and the desserts are wonderful.

Yet, the appetizers were the segment of the meal that stole the show. We had several, but the Tempura shrimp was the best we have ever had. Delicate! Perfectly prepared! Great accompanying sauces!

Go. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank survivor7777777
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