Alex's Washington Gardens

4.6
683 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Made from scratch, family recipe Italian cuisine in Highwood since 1932, and at it's current location since 1982. Serving a selection of Fresh Seafood delivered daily including Salmon, Whitefish, Ahi Tuna, Mussels, Calamari, Frogs Legs..... All the classics are here, homemade pastas, hand carved and pounded out Chicken and Veal Parmigiana, Limone, Piccata, Calabrese, and of course Lasagnas, Meatballs, Osso Bucco, Chicken Vesuvio, and many more, and of course homemade desserts. Also, we offer some of the best thin crisp crust pizza, which was the first pizza served on the North Shore at Scornavacco's since 1944.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00 pm

Closed Only Six Evenings a Year: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Super Bowl Sunday, 4th of July, Labor Day
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Phone number
(847) 432-0309
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jose Briseno
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Catering
Our entire restaurant and bar are available for private lunch or afternoon gatherings as we open at 5 PM for regular business. For off-site catering, we can provide food only, or servers and bartenders as you wish. Call Jim, the owner, at 847-980-1954 to discuss party and catering options.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street parking with valet parking Tuesday through Saturday. Complimentary Valet Parking Tuesday through Thursday.
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Public transit
Metra North Line is two blocks away.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 683 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a consistently solid restaurant, with good pasta dishes and great thin pizza. The snarky waitress thought she was being clever, but it wasn't working for us. We'd mentioned on Open Table that we were celebrating our anniversary, but they obviously didn't look at it.

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JS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dining at Alex’s Washington Garden on Monday night. This was our second visit this month. The food is excellent. I had the Hay and Straw pasta as recommended by my hair stylist who also enjoys eating there. We will return soon,

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L
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was great but the host at the door was most unpleasant. I had erred on my reservation and made it on Open Table for Friday night rather than Saturday night! I was most apologetic but he was horribly rude both on the phone and when we got there! He also had a fight with one of the patrons while we were there! This was very uncomfortable. He definitely needs to learn host manners if he is going to work the phone and the entry stand.

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A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Washington Gardens has good food consistently. Their emails keep you up to date on specials, which is nice. The staff is always friendly and attentive. I’ve been going there happily for decades! My only suggestion is that they update the decor. That hasn’t changed in decades either!

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v
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The ravioli al forno that is suppose to imitate Willy’s *My Favorite Inn* is not doing the job. My husband could barely eat it. The marinara sauce is delicious. The place needs a face lift. It’s old and dingy. I think there is mold by the booths near the bar on the wood. Basically the old clientele continues to visit and its a thriving business.

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KS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Washington Gardens has amazing food.

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S
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Washington Gardens never disappoints. Best pizza in town by far. Service, food and ambience are outstanding.

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best on the North Shore, great food and service.

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k
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently great, our favorite restaurant and staff !

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service at Washington Gardens.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Great food and service.

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a
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great local restaurant. Always good service and consistently good food.

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SB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the food to the service to the ambiance is always excellent. One of my favorite spots in highwood.

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SP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

May have been short of waitstaff as service was extremely slow.

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s
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

really good reliable food at a nice price and friendly people

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best soft shell crab!!! Great eggplant parmagiana...in fact, the food is always outstanding. I LOVE Washington Gardens! It is one of my favorite restaurants and rivals any and all downtown venues!

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SJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Washington Gardens is a classic! The food is fabulous, and a good value. The waitstaff functions like a well-oiled machine and service is top-notch.

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HK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Love Washington Gardens! Best Pizza ever!

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KV
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner, the food was spectacular, service was perfect, felt relaxed, they didn't rush us.
It was a perfect evening, will definitely go back. Mimi's Salmon melted in my mouth.

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LK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always great - Server is wonderful, sorry I don’t remember her name

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SK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to this restaurant for many, many years. We have never had a bad meal or bad service. We like it because the ambiance has always been the same, and it has a warm, homey feel to it. The food is always great and everything is fresh and homemade.

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HP
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good as usual. Our waitress was very friendly but slow. Tight squeeze and the people next to us weren’t happy about being so close.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant to go to usually for special occasions. The frog legs are my family's favorite. The service is always excellent!!!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We always love Washington Gardens because the food is so consistent. This night however, my dinner was really not very good & I order it almost every time I am there. Hoping this was just a fluke.

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SP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

trreated me very nicely on my birthday which I apprecaite

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PA
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Haven't been here in many years. Found it much better than I remembered. Fun atmosphere and good food.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Pizza was outstanding

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RS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been going to Washington Gardens restaurant ever since I was a very small child.
I grew up in H.P. I’m no longer residing there but I keep on going! !!

Robin Mosca
Un beso

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m
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We love coming here. Never disappointed.

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T
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

thanks for another wonderful meal! great job by all

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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K
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great pizza. Nice bartender. I'll be back.

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P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always but I did not receive my open table points

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R
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Old School Italian, this is the place for you. Great food, great relaxed feel. Locals really go there. order a 10" or 12" pizza as an appetizer. Lamb Shank Osso Buco was great, 4 types of Veal dishes, plenty of Pasta, Chicken and fish to choose from. When i say Old School, i mean Old school, you still get Soup or Salad with your Entree. A must try if your North Shore or Northwest.

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LP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

love this place, as do our friends. Always great food and great service.

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KD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza and salad - always fantastic. Great place to feel at home with great service, good food and friendly staff.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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S
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

First time at this place ! Food was very good! Restaurant is long and narrow and booths are small but we enjoyed the food and the service was very good!

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S
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Soft shell crabs, pizza, and beer! What could be better!

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PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Highwood. Generous wine pours. Friendly staff. Best house salad I've had. Varied complete menu. Osso Buco is a highlight.

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