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Alex's Washington Gardens
Alex's Washington Gardens

Alex's Washington Gardens Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.AlexsWashingtonGardens.com
  • Phone: (847) 432-0309
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Jose Briseno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Metra North Line is two blocks away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking with valet parking Tuesday through Saturday. Complimentary Valet Parking Tuesday through Thursday.
A word from Alex's Washington Gardens
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 our very popular Prince Edward Island Steamed Mussels. 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. All the classics are here, homemade pastas, hand carved and pounded out chicken and veal parmigiana, limone, piccata, and of course lasagnas, meatballs, and of course homemade desserts. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Washington Gardens came highly recommended for a romantic setting for a first date restaurant. I had a reservation specifically asking for a quiet table away from the bar. Upon arrival I reminded the hostess that I wanted a quiet table. While we were seated away from the bar, we were not seated at one of the more secluded tables. At times the noise level was so loud that my date and I couldn't hear each other."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As always. It was fun! We met many people that we knew. Food, as always, was outstanding Service was great. They have the best waitstaff around. The two of us love to go there."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After a decent starter of tender but under-seasoned calamari everything went downhill. My Caprese salad, although a nice size, was layered with unripened, flavorless tomatoes and supermarket mozzarella. My husband ordered the Salmon teriyaki at the urging of the waitress (I was suggesting something that resembled Italian flavors but she said it was a bestseller and amazing). The salmon was cooked through (should have been cooked a little less) and the teriyaki sauce was...not something that should be served at an Italian restaurant. The side of rice, in addition to being cold, was something that tasted like what would come out of a cafeteria. It wasn't worth trying dessert. Too bad Alex's chooses not to use higher quality ingredients."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "i had no expectations, and therefore was very happily surprised with the great menu, good food, and good service. of italian restaurants i would rate the food as 9 out of 10. very good wait staff, and good service. for dessert, do not skip the cannoli; maybe the best ever, and the waitress said home made. i would go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Alex's Washington Gardens was such a great place to enjoy a really tasty meal! So glad my sister picked it out for us to enjoy good food and good talk!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This restaurant has been a Highwood staple forever, and the food and service have been immune to trends and fads. The food is what I would expect at an excellent Italian's cook's home and the welcome is equal. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "An oldie and goodie in town. We love the no nonsense Italian eatery with friendly service close to home. Portions are huge so leftovers were enjoyed by kids later that night. We will return soon "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 15 minutes for a reservation. We were uncomfortable in a booth about half the size of a normal booth."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Three dinners were great. Lasagna was overcooked. Veal marsala and bbq salmon were very enjoyable."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were warmly greeted but a bit early so off to their bar we went. Their their drink pours were very generous and the atmosphere was fun. The menu had plenty of tasty choices. My wife enjoyed a type of chicken fettuccine alfredo dish that was prepared with cranberries and nice tasty bits of basil. Quite tasty. I enjoyed a tortellini dish that was stiffed with cheese and veal and covered by a rich earthy mushroom sauce. Both dishes were served with a house salad and you had the choice of many dressings. To finish we split a piece of a fresh strawberry pie on a nutty gram cracker crust. A wonderful recommendation from our waitress. It was a great night out an a very good dining experience. Nice place for good conversation and food."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My wife and I dined on a Friday evening with our daughter. One of the many reasons I enjoyed our evening at Washington Gardens is how accommodating the kitchen is. The way my daughter orders in restaurants would make Meg Ryan's character in "When Harry Met Sally" proud. But to our delightful server, Beth, it was all no worries. All entrees were wonderfully prepared and my wife, who isn't a fan of red meat, savored a morsel of my steak il forno."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "2 people ordered the eggplant parmigian and the eggplant could not be chewed...very rubbery. The waitress took it off the check with no questions but they should really take that dish off the menu. A few other people wrote the same review. My kids pasta was good and the fried calamari was also good. the waitress so nice. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "another great experience... just good stuff! the staff does a great job! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "AWG NOT only serves delicious libations, pasta, pizza, and seafood, but now with the recent addition of Willie's "My Favorite Inn" NY strip steak il forno, this north shore landmark serves very flavorful, juicy, tender steak. The toughest part of dining here is deciding which entree to order. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We love their thin pizza. The rest of the food is good too. Love that you can get 1/2 orders of pasta"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were looking forward to Classic Italian. Instead we were left waiting 30 minutes for a table. The wait space was cramped-but led us assume a great meal.Once seated the booth was quite worn leaving us to contend with springs that made it uncomfortable! The bread was poor-the cheese was reminiscent of the large tub from costco. We ordered two of the specials-which is scary in retrospect because they were poor-not even Olive Garden quality. The eggplant was tough and difficult to cut as well as chew. The fish was tasty but not worth the price. The service was good however and once seated very quick, pleasant and efficient. We were disappointed and will not return in the near future-too many other good Italian restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Once again another great meal ata reasonable price. They always make a nice full drink. Wasit staff is wonderful and make for a great visit."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Alex's Washington Gardens was a wonderful first time experience, from the teamwork of the wait staff to the the comlimentary appetizer, and finally to the excellent meal. My family moved to the area several months ago and we always noticed how busy the restaurant appeared as we drove by in our car. We finally decided to give it a try and we are very glad we did. The reservation process through Open Table was very efficient. Although the restaurant was packed, we only waited a few minutes for the table to be cleared. I was impressed on how all the employees teamed together efficiently in an effort to make for a pleasant dining experience. The pizza was excellent, as was my wife's dish (delectable italian fish dish?). We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Another fun night at the gardens, though this time it was kind of noisy because of a table of 25. Not sure this is really the best place for that size of a group, but everyone was having a fun time."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "PLEASE REDUCE AMOUN OF SAUCE ON PLATES. LOOKS TOOOO MCUH TAST IS GOOD THOUGH"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The night we arrived the place was packed but the host was very welcomg and took us immediately to a table, honoring our reservation ON TIME. Our waitress and servers were smiling and treated us as though we were regulars even though we were first-timers . Very rare these days . Host even came and got us a soda refill when the other staff was busy. Food was very good with added bonus of half orders available for pasta dishes. We'll be back,"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Consistently great, our favorite Italian restaurant. best pizza we have had anywhere !"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Love the food at Alex's Washington Garden and the ambiance. Staff is always very friendly. The place is small but not cramped. And prices are very reasonable. When we're in the area, we always eat here."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Wonderful highwood Italian restaurant. Casual, good food, bar and great owners and staff."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Loved the cozy neighbor good atmosphere. Owner came to table and asked how are meals were. Great service and nice sized portions. Authentic Italian flavor all the way around."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to have our Valentine's Day dinner with our young adult children but most destinations were already booked. I was happy to find an early evening table for four at Alex Washington's. It was a very nice evening and our kind of fun and relaxed atmosphere after the hectic work-week. If we had preferred a romantic spot, there are better options. Have yet to try the pizza...next time!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "menu needs to be updated. it has been the same for many years!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "If you haven't dined at AWG, you're missing a real North Shore treat. Nothing flashy, with the vital exceptions of always perfectly prepared entrees like mom made, plus generous libations served by a friendly staff."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner...nice place to go in the middle of the week to get some good "comfort food". The sale of 30% off the dinner was also very enticing! Thank you."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We always have aa wonderful time at this restaurant. Good food and service."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Thank you for holding our table as we were about 20 minutes late. We did call, and appreciated your understanding!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Very good food with solid service. Dependable neighborhood spot. Will be back."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We had a great pizza for dinner! It was truly delish!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We've been patrons of Washington Gardens for many, many years. Under its new management -- led by Jim Stoecker -- it has improved its menu. Our favorite is chicken parmesan. We believe its thin-crust pizza is the very best, reminding us of our roots in New Jersey. Another thing we appreciate about Washington Gardens it the stability of its wait and support staff. Same folks visit after visit, year after year."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went for dinner with my closest buddies. Great food, great ambiance. Will go back over and over again!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I recently became a regular at Washington Gardens and can't say enough positive comments about it. The food, service and atmosphere are outstanding. The lasagna and pizza are the best I have ever eaten. Don't miss the fresh cooked vegetables."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Our reservation was honored immediately despite the wait for walk-ins. The owner was gracious and welcomed us and the food was delicious. The service was another story -- our waitress was in another world, not sure the cause. We will come back but try one of the other servers who seemed to be great."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "A great way to end your day. This establishment offers Italian comfort food, cocktails, and service for the body and soul. Ah!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "CConsistently great, the cheese is fresh grated every day and is from a farm at the northern most tip of Wisconsin. This is the best pizza we have ever had anywhere."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Great basic Italian menu with all of the standards. Common foods done well. Homey atmosphere and good service make this a great go-to place when you want a good meal."
    Dined on 12/29/2013