Alex's Washington Gardens

4.6
667 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
Reviews from verified diners
667 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
71%
Very Good
24%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Amazing food! Love Washington Gardens! Best Pizza ever!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

trreated me very nicely on my birthday which I apprecaite

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

thanks for another wonderful meal! great job by all

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food and service.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great as always

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our family dined at AWG on Mother’s Day and although the restaurant was packed, the kitchen and servers did there usual excellent work. Started with the soft shell crab appetizer, one deep fried and the other pan fried. Both were wonderful, but next time I’ll go with the deep fried.
Our four dinners, three chicken entries and a salad with grilled shrimp, were delicious. The ranch dressing is the best anywhere.
The only difficult aspect of dining at AWG is choosing an entree. Everything, pizza, pasta, steak, seafood, and chicken, are fantastic. The chocolate brownie sundae we shared for dessert was the proper ending to a wonderful Mother’s Day evening.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The staff are ALL amazing. Always very welcoming. The food is ALWAYS amazing.. if you blink you will miss it because its entrance is TINY but dont be fooled... inside is AMAZINGLY cozy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great local eatery that's been there for many, many years. We go at least once a month and have never less than a great meal and a great time. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very very busy. When I went there ! The food was good but the place was very short staffed . I will be going back the menu has a lot to offer!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food, service and ambiance is perfect at Washington Gardens, which is why my wife and I celebrated our anniversary there 2 years in a row. My birthday, and other special occasions, as well as just dinner out, have always been perfect and enjoyable at this very special restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Our favorite Italian restaurant ,
Consistently great service and
delicious varied menu. The fresh
seafood is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Alex’s Washington Gardens never disappoints! The food is fresh, flavorful and outstanding. What a value! The sauce is spectacular and the pasta is cooked perfectly. If up for something simple, the pizza cannot be beat. I do not know of a more welcoming, friendly neighborhood place on the North Shore. But please, do not request a booth in the bar. That is MY favorite spot!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The food was delicious and plentiful. The service was superb!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We had an excellent experience. It has the feel of a traditional neighborhood Italian restaurant with a broad menu and exceptional service. Friendly, warm, cozy. One of the jewels of Highwood.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Throw back in a good way. Food was good although on the basic side—just the way the clientele want it. Pizza is the best thin crust we’ve had since moving here 15 years ago. We went on a Saturday night and it was packed with regulars. Our table of 50 something’s was on the younger side but everyone in the restaurant seemed lively and the bar was full. Veal dishes were good.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Terrific Italian dishes, old school.Pizza is the best, everything fresh and good

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Beth is the best waitress ever and Victor always greets us like old friends! Outstanding meal every time!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We are regulars. Great menu. Outstanding service

Our choices never disappoint

We’ll be back

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Chicken Pomodoro and Pollo Basilico both tasted great! Never a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Wonderful food & service as always. Our Favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food and Service has to be good to keep going back...three weeks in a row. The special family recipe for red sauce perfectly seasoned. Oftentimes, tomato sauce is acidic...AWG recipe is full flavored, well balanced and goes with any protein selection. I've had it with their meatballs, salmon, chicken...whatever selection ...it is delicious. Ample portions. Maria has luckily been our server for the last three weeks...she is pleasant, accommodating, sweet personality offering menu suggestions .

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