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Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

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1000 31st St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1214 (Highland Avenue)
+1 630-960-5700
11:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:30
Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Batavia, Illinois
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The atmosphere is formal and upscale and it could be pretentious if it wanted to, but friendly servers make it comfortable and welcoming. The lunch special was salmon over buttery mashed potatoes - absolutely amazing!

Thank Sherry K
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you want impeccable service and excellent food with a stunning presentation, go here. I have my client appreciation dinners here every year.

Thank Donald D
Rio de Janeiro
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110 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We had a good impression of the restaurant and appreciated the service and attention from our waiter. But I can't say our party loved the food. Our lamb chops came hard and didn't go well with the sweet sauce that covered the vegetables as well. And the salmon wasn't perfect also.

1 Thank vsilva
Brecksville, OH, United States
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The experience was worth the price. The staff was attentive and efficient. We enjoyed the short ribs, the lobster seemed over priced. The cheeseboard was interesting and fun to share. A great place for special events.

Thank Brian W
Boca Raton, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Went with friends also celebrating their anniversary. We were taken to a separate, nicely appointed room for the 4 of us. Even had posters with our names and anniversary date. Service was excellent, never had to 'flag; the waiter. We had appetizers of Bruschetta and 'Colossal' Shrimp which were huge. Parkers' is known for seafood which didn't disappoint. Two of... More 

Thank cas4fun
Wheaton, Illinois
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291 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

While the food was good, not exceptional, portions were small and not of the quality expected. Service was just O.K.. Atmosphere is very nice and seating with our reservation was prompt. Lacking in price/value!

Thank jacy2
Chicago area
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292 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I usually pass this by because I'm not often in the mood for a "big, fancy" dinner. Stopped in tonight just because it eas convenient and was pleasantly surprised that there were a number of simpler dishes available. A plank grilled whitefish for only $22. Delicious. Husband had a nice fish sandwich, fried cod, chips, cole slaw. A number of... More 

Thank TravelerChicagoarea
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is nice, clean and the staff and service are excellent. We had soups apps and deserts. Nothing wowed or even stood out as special. Wanted to try this place for a while so maybe I was more disappointed than I need to be.

1 Thank Jim S
Lombard, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Last night my wife and I attended a dinner with wine pairings at Parkers in Downers Grove. We had a delightful dinner with a wine commentary supplied by master sommelier Joe Spellman. We had five delicious courses prepared by chef Patrick McLaughlin each paired with a different wine. We were seated at a table with 4 other people whom we... More 

Thank WmShakespeare
Naperville, Illinois
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141 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

It has been a while since my last visit here at Parkers. Ordered the paella and still good as always. The soup 🍲 lobster bisque is a must try too. Great service by the staff and the gentleman who I believe is the manager even stopped at our table to check on us.

Thank rdz18

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
American, Seafood, Contemporary, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
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: +1 630-960-5700
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?