Alex's Washington Gardens

4.5
745 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We go to Washington Gardens frequently. However tonight was an abomination. The server was not listening and pointed out to us several times that she had larger tables and couldn’t remember everything. Also it took the hostess 10 minutes to even ask about our reservation. Completely turned off by this experience!!

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CW
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as always!

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It’s been a little off lately , the pizza is still the best , but the rest is really lacking , I had a lot of cork floating in my red wine it took them 30 mins to replace it and my shrimp Dijon was horrible , the shrimp tasted like iodine and to salty and the crumbs were burnt . So bad we’re going to pass on this place for awhile , also the need to paint and update near the bathroom

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g
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always can count on a very good meal at Washington Gardens. We enjoyed eggplant Parmesan (not on the menu but usually available), shrimp and lobster with pasta, pizza and mussels. The host and staff are very attentive. We will return!

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LL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!

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S
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza ever!

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S
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our daughter was visiting from NYC and asked if we could make a reservation while she was here. She didn’t need to ask twice!
Pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, AWG has it all and it’s all delicious. Combine with friendly service and generous libations you have a wonderful dining experience we never tire of.

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T
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visit Washington Gardens monthly. Never ever disappointed.

Outstanding service and a wonderful menu.

Pizza (thin crust) is unquestionably the very best west of New Jersey.

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SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always welcoming and it is great to have a place where they know your name.

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k
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy Monday , 2 large party groups, and the
staff was very attentive, service is always great, as are the delicious menu items. We enjoyed the veal scallopine and chicken sofia.

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Just wanted a good dinner locally. My friend and I split salmon and eggplant parm. Good food. Good service.

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EE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Always enjoyed Washington Gardens and the food is generally good. However, on this visit the whitefish de johnge was awful. I would remove it from the menu. The fish was totally overcooked, soggy with no structure, and the garlic covering was an uneven mess.

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S
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Came in for pizza, soup, and salad prior to HP basketball game. In addition to a range of outstanding dinner entrees, AWG has delicious thin crust pizza too.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beth is a great server. Food is always great! And Carlos makes the most amazing salads!

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SA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Old fashioned was not good sent back for a different higher shelf but still no good

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE dinner - food outstanding, service superb! This is our #1 place for dinner on the North Shore.

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t
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a good dining spot like many older places in the Chicago area it is a step or three above a hole the walk. It had good service and a good noise level but it was early on New Years Eve so noise could have worse later.

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CR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Washington Gardens is the real deal. Neighborhood dining in a friendly and homey environment. From your welcome until the final goodbye the folks could not be more genuinely friendly and accommodating. Both of our meals were delicious and satisfying. No skimping on anything. Seafood, pasta and chicken cooked to perfection. Washington Gardens is our go to spot and we always bring our of town guests here for a real treat! The best!

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at Washington gardens every month or so for many years and the food quality remains consistently good. Our favorite place in Highwood or anywhere on the North Shore!

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T
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and superb dishes

Pizza is thin crust that would qualify it as New Jersey style😀

We stop in frequently and we are never disappointed

Always make a reservation

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S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food and kind staff.

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f
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza

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GL
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobe this place

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CH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff was friendly and very accodmodating about getting food exactly as desired and ordered. The food was great!

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LK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Tiny place for great Italian food. Can be very loud in back room if busy, but the food is worth it! Try the pizza and chicken pomadoro!!

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S
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My sister and brother-in-law were in town and wanted to dine at AWG, so we gladly visited for the second time in five days. You can never tire of the wonderful service and variety of delectable entrees. We hope to return again soon.

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S
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit and the food was great. They had the choir come in from Highland Park High School to sing Christmas songs. The menu is long and the service and quality of food makes a great choice for Italian food.

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S
Chicago
134 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

AWG is my comfort food and beverage spot in the north suburbs. Consistently delicious food, great libations, and friendly service.

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s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

waitress was repeatedly rude and unpleasant distroyed evening for all we usually love place

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OT
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Large portions of classic Italian entrees; "suburban pour" on tasty wines; friendly and attentive service. Only complaint -- seating in booths in the bar area is chilly on a winter night. Ask for the main dining room. Otherwise, we love this place!!!

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JM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here since I was a kid. It's a special, cozy little restaurant that my family knows and loves! Thanks for yet another lovely meal over the holidays!

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RF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have been going to Washington Gardens for 40 years. We always like the food. It was very noisy..much more so than I remember. Service always good, especially Beth.

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JN
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Pizza is the best! Friendly place that makes you feel like family.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant ! I could eat here every night!!!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was. Worse than awful and the food was bad. Usually we like it but this time was really bad

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SK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday. We love this place-consistent food quality, friendly staff and cozy atmosphere.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very quiet in the restaurant- not a good place to take young kids, even on a Sunday at 5:30p!

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DW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Washington Garden. Our favorite restaurant

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C
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We had one of the specials and it was lukewarm. I dont often send food back but I did. Came back the same temperature and waitress said she was getting yelled at and couldnt make it any hotter. Ridiculous

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