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

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.phillygs.com/
  • Phone: 8476341811
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Philly G's reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (39)good for groups (33)romantic (31)great for lunch (29)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (17)great for outdoor dining (17)vibrant bar scene (16)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (6)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Special Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was our 55th wedding anniversary, and we were given a gift card to Philly-G's to use to celebrate. Our experience was simply wonderful because our waitress was friendly and attentive, the food was superb, from the flaming asiago (which was far better than the flaming saganaki we've had elsewhere) , the parmesan-crusted salmon, shrimp scampi, all the way down to the peanut butter cheesecake. Even though the restaurant is 17 miles away from home, we will definitely return to this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Philly G's is always good food! We sat in the room that had a party going on but was fine. They were not there much after we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!!
    elle
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    You can never go wrong with Philly G's. The food is always excellent. Requested the porch with our reservation, but they didn't have a table for 5 set out there. Didn't seem like they wanted to move anything around either. Our waitress was pleasant and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fitting for an older crowd
    Theatrebuff
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Although Philly G's has a certain charm, due to the old house-feel and look, that is where the appeal ends. It was nothing special as far as the food was concerned. I had the fish special, and it was unclear if it was supposed to have a breading, or if it was 'dipped/coated' in something that was supposed to be a crispy coating.... It was neither.It was just soggy. The cod fish was 'OK'... Nothing special. The waiter claimed that the fish was brought in fresh daily... Which may be true; it just wasn't as well prepared as most. The bread was good, as was the service. But, that's not enough to bring me back, as I expect to have really good food when I dine out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch Goer
    Winelover1
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very nice experience. No trouble getting a table in quiet location by window. Great tilapia special. We were able to have a leisurely lunch but service was there when we needed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mouth-Watering
    futuredirected
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Philly G serves Authentic Italian cuisine, as opposed to certain chain restaurants that claim to serve Italian food. The restaurant has several rooms, comfortable chairs and a fine-dining ambiance. However, it is also relaxed and distinctly un-stuffy, so they got that balanced well. The wine list has numerous worthy selections. But the food, the food, the food! It is really delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiting
    Steve
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We waited 45 minutes for a 4 Shrimp Appetizer. Then another 45 minutes for our Dinner. They did offer Dessert free of charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primogigante
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great food and services. Ate at the bar and the bartender was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service Excellent!
    SuzanneS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is the first time we dined at Philly G's and we are wondering why we hadn't stopped in before this! It's a little hard to find as it is on the side street and not the main street, but the food was excellent and the service superb! You must absolutely try Philly Gi's for some great Italian food! Everyone at our table ordered something different and everyone enjoyed their meal! In addition, we had theatre tickets and they got us in and out with plenty of time to make the play.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rather disappointed
    sad2say
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Philly G's used to be one of our favorite places to meet friends and enjoy good food. It had been awhile since we'd been there and they have enlarged and changed the floor plan quite a bit....we all liked it better when it was the cozy, intimate great place for conversation and a great meal. The service was very good but we four felt the quality of the food was not nearly as enjoyable as in years past. The high noise level made it difficult to talk with our friends so I'm afraid we probably won't be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Plus and minus
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very good food at reasonable prices. But--Bar was crowded and loud with a combination of some office party, TVs and a Trivia game; not a pleasant place for a pre-dinner cocktail. Also service can be slow and the noisy, rolling food carts are a negative.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    FrankG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The ambience, service and food consistently good. Yet to have a poor outing there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PinkyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed dinning here very much. The food is always good and the wait staff is very pleasant and speedy. We definitely will return in the near future, and tell our friends..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    fabfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was perfect!!!! Food was great service was exceptional and our waiter was friendly and funny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This always a great choice or lunch or dinner, have been here several times or both. We asked for separate checks and this was a bit of a problem for the waiter..think he was new, but nothing that interfered with our wonderful dinner, great food, wonderful wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HappyDiner
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice neighborhood restaurant. Fresh fish specials very well prepared. For a restaurant that serves many Italian dishes, the osso bucco was fantastic, however the meat sauce for lasagna and spaghetti left much to be desired; lacked flavor and richness.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our place
    DinerouterVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Whenever we feel like having a good dinner at a nice nearby place, meeting friends or doing a movie-dinner evening, we go to Philly G's. The food is good, the drinks are generous and well made, and the service is consistently fast and attentive. We prefer to sit in the porch area because it is more spacious, more scenic and more quiet, but have enjoyed the outside area on a nice summer's evening. We do sometimes tell the waitstaff to slowdown the time between courses, which otherwise may be a bit fast for relaxed dining -- but that is a matter of preference.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic anniversary dinner
    Gooutoften1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The ambience and food werr fantastic. Definitely will come back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Maggieg
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything was Perfect :) i Love the atmosphere of this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    suburbandiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love the ambiance. Service was great too. We enjoyed our meals. We ordered the stuffed mushroom appetizer, a fish special and a chicken dish. We will return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was outstanding and love the atmosphere of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • need2no
    Need2noVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Philly G's primary assets are their location and tables on the porch with a view. Service and food are good, but your guests will not be "wowed." It's good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dad's Birthday Dinner
    Irishlass
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten at Philly G's many times. It is a family favorite. Saturday August 2nd was our Dad's birthday and we chose to celebrate at Philly G's. The food and wine were fantastic. The service was very slow. Most tables that came in after ours received their food way before ours. Our reservation was at 7pm and we did not leave until 9:30pm. This was not do to taking our time in ordering. We waited long periods of time between all of our courses and then finally, the check. Our waitress did not even bring it to the table. Very disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly G's is a great restaurant
    elle
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were a party of six sitting on the porch for lunch. It was delightful. Four of us had different veal dishes that were superb. This is one of my favorite restaurants. I would never hesitate to bring guests here. Our waiter tried his best, but the restaurant was understaffed this day and he just had too much to do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food, service not so!
    KidsRout
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Delicious and abundant with a twist to every item. The calamari had a unique twist and the flaming cheese tasteful. I'm a gnocchi lover and had better, it was a little heavy. My wife's chicken was tasteful and bountiful. I has reservations and they sat us in grand central station. Our server was rushed and sweaty and every cart from the kitchen rolled by us. It was not full so there was no excuse. I'll go back for the food and just expect bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpaOpa
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Service is very good, food not up to what it has been in the past!
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  • Food good, service suspect
    ALR1
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our food was very good. Service left a lot to be desired. Got food. Asked for ketchup. Waitress tended to several other tables, had to be aske to additional times and finally got ketchup. Bottle was sticky and dirty. Asked for 2 checks at end of meal. Guess we didn't explain clearly enough...got 2 checks with the bill simply divided in half (versus our orders being on 2 separate checks). We had to figure out how to make it work so one of us did not end up paying for more than we ordered. Restaurant offers good good at reasonable prices...service is killing them. If you go expecting minimal service at best and good food you should be fine. I hope the restaurant reads the comments posted. Reocurring theme.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    FrankG
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good servers, food consistent reasonably pricing visit about 4 to 6 times a yeari
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as always it was a wonderful dinner
    Griff
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been going to Philly G since it was Gilardis and have never had a bad meal or bad service. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I brought a first time guest. He enjoyed the food and the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    this time we went for lunch and it was very good for conversation--dining on the porch is very fun
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like Philly G's
    runner97
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Excellent food. Lovely ambiance. Great place to have lunch and talk.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    JayhawkSwede
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 457 reviews are from the Philly G's reviews archive.
  • To hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Uncomfortably warm in certain rooms, foyer was like a sauna!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Edgar
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent italian food
    NWburber
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at Philly G's
    JIMMYBOY
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken cacciatore
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This dish is consistently the BEST Chicken Cacciatore we get at any restaurant we go to. Bravo!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.