Yes, eat here
After arriving, even with a reservation we still waited for about 25-30 minutes. So the first impression wasnt favorable;however once the food arrived and the hunger pains subsided we enjoyed this restaurant very much.I was skeptical going to an Italian restaurant without an Italian name so I was pleasantly surprised how good the food was. I recommend this restaurant and we will be sure to return. Lets face it on a weekend night during prime-time 30 minutes isnt long to wait for a great meal. The owner/hostess was very pleasant & hard working. She made our visit comforting and pleasurable.
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best pizza and chicken
The best pizza and chicken parmiagiana !!!! Great service !!!! Pasta is delicious too !!!! Great drinks !!!!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of our favorite dinner
One of our favorite dinner spots!
Food & Service always fabulous!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
What my wife and I love about
What my wife and I love about AWG, in addition to the great food, beverages, and service, is how easy and willing the staff is to accommodate special requests. If they have the ingredients in the kitchen, AWG will do it's best to make exactly what you want. A wonderful neighborhood establishment!
4/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good food at very affordable
very good food at very affordable price. a bit noisy but tolerable.
again - just plain good food - good italian place. have been several times.
good pizza as well - tend to forget that they make a good pie.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoy the wonderful food,
We enjoy the wonderful food, excellent service and generous portions.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classic Old School Italian
We went to Highwood in search of one of the town's well known, family run, traditional Italian restaurants. Alex's Washington Garden was exactly what we were looking for. Delicious food, prepared from old world family recipes. Excellent service. Warm, attractive, decor. This neighborhood restaurant, with many regular customers made a point of welcoming us as first time diners with a special appetizer. The pizza, salad, white beans and just about everything else we ordered was delicious. We had an all round great dining experience.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two people able to share an
Two people able to share an excellent dinner. Mussels were outstanding.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious thin crust pizza,
Delicious thin crust pizza, friendly service, and generous cocktails. Perfect!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food Good Prices
Great food! Has something for everyone's taste buds
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a terrific neighborhood
This is a terrific neighborhood restaurant with delicious entrees made to order.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for good food and
Great spot for good food and excellent service staff...just a nice place to go.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well run with very friendly
Well run with very friendly staff and great food with conversation easy
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined at the bar on a Friday
We dined at the bar on a Friday evening. AWG has a full-service bar with a small but nice selection of wines. My wife ordered the chicken parmigiana and I had the rigatoni al amatriciana, a seasonal special. Both entrees were delicious as well as generous portions. Entrees are served with either soup or salad. The house ranch dressing was great, but you can't go wrong with either choice. Service was very friendly and efficient. This is a wonderful Italian restaurant.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food and great service
Delicious food and great service at a friendly Highwood establishment.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian food in an Italian
Great Italian food in an Italian small restaurant atmosphere. Veal dish and clam pasta was outstanding. Good wines. Reasonable prices
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We all three of us enjoyed
We all three of us enjoyed our meal very much. Will go back again. We also enjoyed the beet salad and the apple carmel dessert.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We first went to Alex's with relatives for a birthday dinner, and the hosts made us feel like their own family. So we returned for our anniversary, and once again we were treated as though it was their honor to serve us and yet they were so friendly we felt like we'd been there a hundred times. They even put is in what they called the "proposal booth" -- intimate and romantic. The food was equally good -- gazpacho was a surprising but tasty choice with lots of crunchy vegetables. Both our entrees were delicious, especially the veal fontina. House pours of chianti and chardonnay were terrific. Excellent carrot cake too, and I say this as someone who doesn't like carrot cake. We definitely won't wait for another "occasion" to return.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my favorite italian restaurant. The mussels are fabulous and the Shrimp Sergio is devine. Consistently excellent and the staff is always friendly and accommodating. I always take out of town guests to Alex's cause it is authentic italian and the atmosphere is always nice.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meals we had were very well prepared and had an excellent taste
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Modest and Friendly
Seems to be authentic Southern Italian cuisine; all fresh ingredients: mussels, pasta, meatballs, salad, and chicken parmesan; well-cooked pasta , not quite "al dente"; restaurant very accommodating with substitutions - particularly chicken stock for wine in the mussels sauce. Some negatives however; décor is so old and worn-looking, restaurant looks dilapidated. Tables block the entrance from the bar area into the main dining room; patrons have to squeeze between them to get in and out of the restaurant from that room. (Heaven forbid a mass evacuation is ever needed.) A step immediately outside the entrance is not a problem going in, but leaving? - Look out!; but extra-friendly server + excellent food makes up for a lot.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't beat the marinara-
This is what makes Washington Gardens so delicious. It's the tomato sauce! The ranch dressing is worth buying to take home, too. The salad is simple with just the right amount of garnish. Like the way the radish is sliced. I had the lobster fra diavolvo the other night. Perfect!.
We are long time patrons of Washington Gardens from Alex to present owners Jim and Michele. It has a warm homey feel. Everything is especially good- from the pizza to the pasta and fish. Love it all.
Service is friendly and mostly efficient as well.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
best salad and pizza anywhere
best salad and pizza anywhere and great POURS!!! we go all the time. it is consistantly good and service and people are great. a true neighborhood gem. been eating there for 30+ years. they take and honor reservations which is key to us.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crowded, but still service was timely and food just as good as the many times I have eaten there.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, AWG consistently
As always, AWG consistently provides great food, service, and value in a friendly neighborhood establishment. If you've never dined here and enjoy freshly prepared Italian food, you should.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was great to walk in and be seated right away with the hostess. Sat in a booth in the main walkway to the kitchen though so it was busy with servers frantically pacing back and forth. The noice level was extremely loud so I wouldn't go there for a romantic dinner. I would return in a group and try the pizza.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
no need to anticipate - you always know what you're going to get - good food, good service, very reasonable prices and a great selection.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
joint with a twist
Washington Gardens is an old fashioned Italian food joint. But with an updated twist. They they traditional Italian pasta dishes, tasty and rich. But also well prepared fish with fresh crisp veggies. Their think crust pizza is great. Service is attentive and friendly.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I visited with our daughter who wanted to dine at AWG while visiting from Boston. This is a wonderfully relaxing neighborhood restaurant always serving delicious food and generous cocktails by friendly, attentive servers. The kitchen, as always, was very accommodating with a special request on one of our entrees. AWG is a restaurant that really makes you feel at home.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just that good!!!
Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious (steamed muscles were very good), the pizza is one of the best I've every had anywhere! Its been years since I've been here and I've forgotten what a fabulous gem!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed soup, salad, and pizza at AWG on a Friday evening. If you've only ordered the delicious homemade Italian entrees at this wonderful neighborhood establishment, you've got to try the fantastic thin crust pizza, either traditional or whole wheat crust. Yum! Terrific bar with generous libations to accompany your dinner with friendly service too!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great evening at a great restaurant
My friend and I were at Alex's Washington Gardens for a quick dinner before a show. The restaurant was already "hopping" at 6:00 on a Friday evening. The night had a really great vibe due to the high energy. The staff were all smiles and warm greetings. The servers, bus staff and expeditors were all quite welcoming. Drink orders and food were served promptly. Our dinner consisted of the famous pizza and chicken pomodoro. Both excellent. I've reviewed the restaurant before and have highlighted the appreciation that the restaurant has shown towards their customers. The message is consistent and other restaurants can't even come close to the sincerity shown here. Thanks for a great Friday night!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Place was buzzing
On thing I love about The Gardens is that it appeals to all ages. My husband and I were at a booth but there were several family groups having a great time as well as couples sitting at the bar. Their menu has something for everyone. The ravioli al forno is available in a half order which is nice. I had whitefish and it was good, though the texture was a bit watery. The house salad is always a treat. Always cute holiday decor as well.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nothing fancy, but always
Nothing fancy, but always a friendly, comfortable evening at AWG featuring wonderful service, delicious made to order entrees, and generous libations. If you haven't dined here, you should. This is Italian comfort food.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM