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Philly G's
Philly G's
  • Address:
    1252 East US Highway 45
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    Neighborhood:
    Mundelein – Vernon Hills - Libertyville
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Philly G's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.phillygs.com
  • Phone: (847) 634-1811
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Entertainment in our lounge Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening along with nightly specials Sunday through Thursday in the lounge.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Optional Complimentary Valet Parking on Friday and Saturday Evening
A word from Philly G's
The menu offers a wide selection of pastas, carne, pollo vitello and pesce. Notable dishes include Eight Finger Cavetelli, Prime Steak Sciliano, Chicken alla Gilardi, Parmigiana Crusted Salmon and Marinated Skirt Steak with Crispy Vidalia Onions. Phil Gilardi, Jr. along with his uncle, Dan Sullivan, is proud to be carrying on the Gilardi tradition with Philly G's. The restaurant will be celebrating its 5 Year anniversary come this August. Philly is the fourth generation of Gilardi's to continue the family recipes of his great-grandmother, Sophie and grandmother, Angie Gilardi along with regional favorites of his own.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food. Lovely ambiance. Great place to have lunch and talk."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of our favorite places to go for a special occasion. It is pricey so we wouldn't go there on a weekly or even monthly basis."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had not been to Philly G's in over 5 years as our experience had been similar to other reviewers - average food and poor service. But we had the Entertainment book discount and decided to give it a try. We sat upstairs - it was quiet despite being pretty full. Our waiter (Tim) did a nice job. The food was great - I had the skirt steak with a wedge salad and my wife a Shrimp Amalfi and the Caprese salad special (with Avocado) - very awesome. Very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Philly G's was better than expected. Took my girlfriend there for our one year anniversary and it couldn't have been better. It was classy and very romantic at the same time. I would recommend this to everybody!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Uncomfortably warm in certain rooms, foyer was like a sauna!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I took an old lady friend to dinner at Philly G's on a Friday night. The bar was fairly full and I had a drink there (it was a fairly expensive Martini.) It was well served and icy cold as it should be. At my arrival at the restaurant, I requested a quiet table away from most of the crowd. We were seated at a very quiet corner table in a small room. No one else was seated in the room for over an hour, so we were able to have a quiet dinner and conversation. We had pasta and a fish dish, which were both excellent. Service was excellent. Will definitely return there in the future."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always been a superior italian restaurant, it seems to have gotten better in recent years. The stuffed eggplant is amazing as are the soups and pasta dishes. We particularly enjoyed the bright, sunlit terrace (not really outdoors, but it feels that it is)."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Have eaten at Philly G's several times and the food is always very good. The restaurant itself is very welcoming in both staff and restaurant decor. Will definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "This dish is consistently the BEST Chicken Cacciatore we get at any restaurant we go to. Bravo!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service was incredible! Food was delicious. Great value for the money.... We love this place! Had a great birthday celebration."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Philly G's has great food and wine. It is consistently good which is an indicator of continuity and good management. A great place for medium size groups and small intimate dinners."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We have been to Philly G's many times over the years and it has been on a slow decline. Saturday was by far our worst experience during the decline. We were seated right away for a 6:15 res, so it was not busy at the time but we could never locate our server. She spent a great deal of time talk to other employees as opposed to taking care of her tables. There was one item on the menu that we were told was not available and that they have " been out of it" for 6 montHs. Maybe you should take it off the menu. The food quality was ok and has been slipping for some time. The bar always use to be busy and fun and now it's dead. Would take a lot to get me back there at this point."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were there at 5 and they seated us by the kitchen where we could hear a man and woman fighting. We sat and waited - no server. Finally the server showed up, but seemed to keep forgetting about us. The calamari appetizer was good, but my minestrone was cold and had no flavor. The entrees were ok, except that my husband's pork chop was completely raw near the bone. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've been to Philly G's many, many times for lunch and always had great food and service, so I recommended it to our friends for an evening out. What a disappointment! We were seated in the upstairs dining room, which is poorly decorated and very tired. Very old school! They had booked several large parties that evening (at least that was the excuse the server gave us) and clearly did not staff their servers or the kitchen to accommodate the business. The service was awful--it took 25 minutes to get an appetizer--which was served after the salads. Food was good and portions are generous, but plate presentation is poor. I have no plans to return to Philly G's and do not expect to recommend it in the future. Very disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food is delicious and the enclosed porch gives the feel of outdoor dining without the worry of weather. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time to Philly G's. The first, it was just my boyfriend and I on a date- some of the food was excellent, some was just OK (meatballs), but the SERVICE WAS AMAZING. This time we took his Dad there for his birthday and there were 4 of us total. They sat us in a quet uostairs room and our waiter was a spaz.. so they service wasn't as good as last time. The food however was great. My BF and his dad had veal something and they were both very happy. We also ordered the Calamari appetizer which was the biggest portion I've ever seen and VERY good. We will be returning :)"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had not been to Philly G's since it was Gilardi's several years ago. We anticipated the same excellent food and service but were very disapppointed. The food was good but there are many other Italian restaurants in the area that are better. The service was terrible. Our waiter was very disorganized and paid poor attention to us. We had to ask for refills and waited a long time for our coffee. The manager was no help either. When my husband paid the bill, he had to go to the bar and waited over 15 minutes for the check to return. When he commented to the manager about the wait and poor service, she pointed her finger in his face and became very defensive, not even offering an apology. We will not be returning or recommending."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Our part of 13 arrived 15 minutes early and had to wait a few minutes to be seated. This was not the problem, the problems started after we sat down for dinner. The service overall was extremely slow. It took forever for the waiter to take our drink and appetizer order. The food took a long time to come out and when it did the waiter did not know who ordered what. When the main entrees arrived they were cold. I was so disappointed with restaurant and service that I will not return or recommend it to friends. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times. Lately it seems the service is getting worse! Normally we request a table on the porch. This visit we were upstairs. It was very old,worn, and dingy compared to downstairs. No ambience! We waited 20 minutes for a waiter to come to our table. We had to ask to hostess for a waiter. The waiter made "excuses" for the delay. We were entertaining guests that night and were embarrassed by the service level and the dark and dingy surroundings. However, the food was good!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great service, good food, beautiful outdoor seating. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This place is great. The menu is extensive and each time we have been there the food has been exceptional. You will never leave Philly G's hungry or disappointed."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a group of twelve and we hadn't seen each other in a while. We were seated at a table in a private area where we could talk and it was great. The service and food were outstanding! I had the parmesan salmon and would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The ambiance is terrific at Philly G's. However, the food and service didn't quite stand up. We ordered steaks, and neither one was cooked the way we ordered. The dinner salad did not look fresh. Both the bartender and hostess were a little short with us when we asked questions."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "On this Friday night the man at check-in had us seated right away per our reservation. The food was great and the waitress was excellent. I wish I could end the review there. Seated in the corner of the patio nearby were four middle-aged men who were talking very loudly consistently, and at times extremely loud to where my fiance and I couldn't continue our conversation. Several times, we clearly heard the f-word and there were a few clearly stated ethnic stereotype references. Unbelievably, at the end of the meal, sitting at their table was the man who originally had us seated! I complained discretely about the noise to a sweet elderly female employee who told us that that man was none other than Philly G's owner! Very unfortunate."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This restaurant is nothing special, but serves well-prepared continental food. Wait staff is very attentive. The restaurant is housed in an old farmhouse, which lends itself to a quiet setting as there are many small, individual rooms. Parking is easy and the location is right at route 45 and Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills, IL."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Dependable, old-school Italian food. Really nice in the summer when you can overlook the pond with the water spout. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I've been driving past this restaurant for 15 years, always curious about the food and dining experience. My wife and I finally purchased a groupon so we could try it out. It's probably a place I wouldn't frequent except for very special occasions, but I do want to try sitting out on the porch some summer evening. The upstairs seating was fairly quiet and cozy. The bread and pasta were outstanding. The crab cake appetizer was decent and the salad was below average for this type of restaurant. Overall a good experience and we will return next time we have a groupon or other discount."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We always look forward to dinning at Philly G's when we are in the area. Our reservations made through Open Table were on time and as a special request, we had requested seating on the veranda. That was exactly where we were seated. We had invited friends to join us and they were very pleased with the food, the restaurant, and the service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Everything is made to order so special requests can be met. They care and the results show. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My first visit to Philly G's... I was amazed to see the quiet place with great food.. Ambience is good, Best for team lunch, though food came little late, overall experience is very good."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Philly G's a favorite. The menu offers many excellent choices and the daily specials are also very good. The porch seating offers great seating and never disappoints."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Excellent place for brunch - our families favorite. We always go here for holidays or special occasions and are never disappointed. Also good for a nice summer lunch outside I recommend this restaurant all the time to friends"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My wife's pasta was all stuck and hardened. We finally didn't finish it up. The waiter did not show any appropriate attitude."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We've been to Philly G's twice now.. Both times we really enjoyed our meals.. They seem to hold true to "fine dining" standards yet in a much more relaxed down to earth kind of way. If you're a pretentious foodie I'm sure there is plenty to find wrong here.. If you're looking for a great meal, relaxed friendly service --> check these guys out.. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is one of my Favorite Italian restaurants. It was my idea to have lunch with 7 girls. Eggplant that is one of my favorites was not on the menu but they prepared it for me and 3 others. Steak sandwich was delicious also. I requested a round table which they supplied and ate on the porch. Service was excellent and were not rushed. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "7:30 reservation not seated until after 8:00. Party of 10 with my recommendation. Service was VERY SLOW. Food was OK, 2 meals sent back ice cold. Had been there many times before with good food and service, will return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Philly G's. Our friends were visiting from out of town and we wanted place that gave us a chance to talk and enjoy great food. Our wishes were fulfilled! Our waiter, Paul, was very friendly and helpful. He explained all the dishes and made us feel welcome. My friends felt the dishes they ordered, linguini with clam sauce and bow tie asiago, were some of the best Italian meals they ever had. Overall, we had a great evening, spending time with friends and enjoying excellent food and service."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have season tickets to the Marriott in Lincolnshire. We always go to Philly G's for dinner. Fabulous food, quaint atmosphere, and superb service! Add to that only 5 minutes away from the theater and you have a winner."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I'm not one to write good or bad reviews but Saturday night was by far the worst service I have ever experienced. It all started with the fact that after the hostess sat us and saw there was a chair missing, she went to "go get one" but never came back, a runner ended up getting one. All the drinks that our table ordered were never brought to us, my boyfriend had to go to the bar and retrieve them. In our party of 5, only 2 of us received our food about 10 minutes before the rest came out. We were thanked several times for our patience, but no appreciation was shown on the bill. Empty plates and drinks were barely cleared out of the way. I'm so disappointed that I may never return. I used to love this place but things have really changed!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I were going to the Lincolnshire Marriott theater and wanted to get dinner before the show. A friend talked about Philly G's, so we thought we would try it. The food was great and the service was just right. They made us feel at home. Very friendly. We had a wonderful dinner and had time to get to the theater. Will definitely go back to Philly G."
    Dined on 3/29/2014