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Parker's on Ponce

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Steak Houses, American Restaurants, Restaurants

116 E Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030


Today: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Best New Restaurant in Decatur!

Parker's on Ponce is my new favorite restaurant in Decatur. I have been hearing about it from many people that it was so good. I finally tried it and now Im hooked. They have a great outdoor patio and a excellent atmosphere inside with a large bar area and fireplace in the dining area. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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We had wanted to try the restaurant for some time and decided to go last night since we received a coupon in the mail for one free entree. When we arrived, the waiter told us they had half priced appetizers, so we ordered several. In spite of this, our bill was still close to $200, and we presented our coupon. They then said the coupon would not apply because we already accepted the 'offer' of the 1/2 priced apps. After some discussion, the manager went ahead and took off one entree, but the waiter proceeded to become belligerent and rude, telling us how he 'had a degree in marketing' and they were not doing anything illegal and only he only had 3 shifts left there and he couldn't believe we were complaining because no one else had ever complained and that it was just 'hysterical'...blah blah blah. I have never in my life been treated so rudely by a waiter and will never return. It was never about the money, we routinely dine out in expensive restaurants and while the food was 'ok', the service was unacceptable.

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Best dinner out I've ever had

My fiance and I went out to eat with his parents last night to Parkers on Ponce, and I honestly will make the 45 minute drive to visit Parkers as often as possible in the future! Our server was an absolute delight all evening; she was very helpful and had cute little stories about some of the wines and dishes on the menu. Dinner began with coctails (the confession martini is delicous, like a pumped up cosmo) and appetizers, which just so happened to be half price last night. Apparently Parkers has nightly specials - I'm interested in seeing what the special will be next time we come in. Anyway, we ordered the fried green tomatoes and mussels as starters. The FGT came out with goat cheese, pesto, and crushed walnuts - I am a huge fan of FGT and was a little sceptical, but they blew my mind! They were crispy, and the goat cheese and pesto added this creamy and tangy flavor that ought to be a required experience for everyone out there. The mussels were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully with a tomato sauce and some sort of broiled cheese bread. It took quite some time for us to decide what to order for dinner because everything on the menu sounded like something we would love. After some careful consideration and the reccomendation of the owners themselves (Chris & JT, it was wonderful to meet you), we decided to split the Porterhouse for two 3 ways, easily done with salads and 2 sides. My future father-in-law ordered the sesame seared tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes. I feel the need to add that this is the same meal he ordered the first time they went there, 2 weeks ago, because ""it is just so good"". Ok. Before the meal, we also ordered salads. I ate a baby spinach salad topped with almonds, bacon, goat cheese, and strawberries - I am already craving this salad again. We had the 32 oz porterhouse, medium rare, cooked PERFECTLY! I honestly did not know that someone could make a steak taste as good as the steak I ate last night. Fork tender with a little bit of crunch, which I can only imagine comes from some delicous rub they put on them. Accompanying the steak were merlot sauteed mushrooms and black truffle macaroni and cheese (you get to choose 1 side with a steak for 1, 2 with the porterhouse for 2). The mushrooms were firm and juicy, reminiscint of a red wine flavor. The black truffle macaroni and cheese is slightly understated, not traditional macaroni and cheese in any way. The pasta looked (maybe) hand made, and the cheeses were artisian maybe? They don't skimp on the truffles, either. I drank a glass of Chilean pinot noir with dinner; delicious, middle of the road pinot, but it did not dissapoint. Dessert was another difficult decision. Everything sounded delicous...banana fosters cheesecake, cranberry white chocolate pread pudding, warm chocolate chip cookies (which they'll serve with frothy cold milk on request), pecan pie, and the chef's special for the night, chocolate raspberry mousse cake. We settled in with decaf coffee and chose the white chocolate cranberry bread pudding with Maker's Mark caramel sauce. Oh......my......word. This dessert came out warm, topped with whipped cream, and dripping in caramel sauce. A trip to Parkers is worth it just for a glass of wine and a taste of this dessert! We had a wonderful time, the location is GREAT (made for a convenient walk around the square in Decatur after dinner), and I cannot wait to go back!

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Beast dining experience in all of Decatur

One of the best dining experiences in Decatur. Enjoyed the total experience. From the great atmosphere, excellent service and the delicious food cooked to perfection. If in the Decatur area do not miss out on this fine eatery you won't regret it.

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Excellent Food/OK Service

I ate at Parker's this past weekend.

What I liked: The food was very good. I ordered the Filet and it was delicious. Inside the space is beautiful.

What I did not like: I was disappointed in the service which was not up to par for an upscale restaurant. The waitperson was unable to answer questions about the wine selection and appeared a bit flustered. Another pet peeve, is that the waitperson was not attentive and did not refill the wine glasses. Additionally, the wine bottle was precariously placed on the corner of a table. The restaurant also was out of goat cheese for the salads. Finally - because we were a large group, a gratuity of 20% was added. However, given the service level provided, I would have given a 15% gratuity. Hopefully this restaurant will work out the kinks.

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Great food, great service!

My husband and I have been to Parkers twice--both times were fantastic! The drinks are good, steaks are delicious, service was outstanding. The owner comes around and asks how your meal was--nice touch. I highly recommend this great new addition to Decatur.

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Filet - All I gotta say!

My boyfriend and I treated ourselves to Parker's on Ponce just before Christmas. What a nice treat! We tried the Calamari appetizer and split a 12oz (I'm pretty sure) Filet. The app was terrific and the Filet melted in my mouth. It was outstanding. We chose the Macaroni and Cheese with truffles for a side and got mushrooms as well - and while those were great, I would probably get something else next time. But there absolutely WILL be a next time! I'm a college student so the menu is a little out of my price range but for me for a special treat I will definitely be back. There are tons of things on the menu I want to try, and the service was exceptional. It looks beautiful in there, the atmosphere was warm and pleasant - not stuffy or overbearing at all. For a special meal, check out Parker's on Ponce!

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Disater from beginning to end

We had been to Parker's for lunch during the holidays and had planned an evening to bring some friends to try, what we thought was, a new great place.The evening started by the maitre'd not being able to find our reservation. This later became almost comical as the guests we were with had already been seated, under my reservation, as they has arrived no more than 5 minutes before my wife and I. After showing them my confirmation email, and then being asked four times if my name was something else.we were seated at another table. After making a phone call to our friends we finally found them in the back of the restaurant.

As far as the meal, they had a very hard time correctly cooking the $32.00 Kansas City Strip which was grossly under cooked, ordered medium rare, served very rare. We also ordered the $24.00 6oz Fillet, ordered at medium rare,but served medium well.
Even after sending the KC strip back it was basically unchanged and I was informed from management that it looked to be at a medium temp. When challenged as to what he would call the Fillet, he was unable to answer and basically just walked away.

The server was great up until we had the issue with the steaks, and then we became invisible.

We were hopeful that Parker's would be a new great place to dine in Decatur, but sadly it is not.

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A very tough steak

Just took my son there for his 15th birthday. We ordered a Porterhouse for two. The Strip was like shoe leather. The Filet by comparison was acceptable, but would not stand on its own. The owner stopped at our table and I told him. He nodded his head, left and did nothing. I usually give a restaurant a second chance, but the indifference of the owner turned me off. I at least expected him to comp a glass of wine or something.

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Classic Steakhouse in Downtown Decatur

Decatur needed another white table cloth fine dining restaurant and Parker's on Ponce meets the need. It is a classic steak house with tons of meat entree's and seafood also. The lamb chops, filet, pork chop and strip were all favorites at our table. The salads were large enough for two people to share, especially the bibb wedge. The bread rolls were nice also.
The dining room has several fireplaces that adds to the restful atmosphere and classic feel.
Since going with a group I went by myself last week and sat at the incredible bar... like 30 yards long...had two appetizers and talked to the two bartenders Summer and Rene...and I felt very welcomed.
Parkers is my new fav place in Decatur for dinner or drinks.
It is located in Downtown Decatur where Mick's used to be.

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Great addition to Decatur Area

On 12/14/08 my husband and I went to Parker on Ponce. I had the Linguini with Shrimp and Scallops and he had the Salmon. Both dishes were very good. Also, excellent customer service. Very nice restaurant. Menu is not extensive probably because it is new. It is located in the building where Micks use to be. Opened December 2008.

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General Info
Owned by brothers John-Thomas and Christopher Scott, Parker's on Ponce is Decatur's first independently owned steakhouse. The Scott family has always been extremely involved in the local community, including local government. The restaurant is named after John-Thomas' seven year old daughter, Parker. The whole family is often seen at the restaurant - it is not a business to them, but a home - and they treat guests of the restaurant as family as well.Owned by brothers John-Thomas and Christopher Scott, Parker's on Ponce is Decatur's first independently owned steakhouse. The Scott family has always been extremely involved in the local community, including local government. The restaurant is named after John-Thomas' seven year old daughter, Parker. The whole family is often seen at the restaurant - it is not a business to them, but a home - and they treat guests of the restaurant as family as well.
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Phone: 404-924-2235

Regular Hours
Tue - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Steak Houses, American Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
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Price Range
Downtown Decatur
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: American, Take Out, Steakhouse

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

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