Alex's Washington Gardens

4.6
815 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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GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Walleye special was liked by one diner and not the other. Service was fine and drinks were good.

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ND
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is clearly a neighborhood hub. The staff greeted many guests by name. The service was excellent and the food was good. The soft shell crabs and eggplant parmesan specials were outstanding.

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J
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salmon I’ve had in a long time. Great bread & salad. Loved every part of it.

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N
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always good and never disappoints

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food at Washington Gardens! The staff is very accommodating and the service is great.

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R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Our family has been a Washington Gardens customer since my wife was a child through our marriage which included all of the prior ownerships. Last Saturday was the most disappointing visit we have ever had. The new ownership has kept the delicious flavors which have experienced over the years but it should not have been an over two hour experience. Having to call over the manager on two occasions to get our salads and finally to have our entrees served is inexcusable. I will continue to watch the reviews before we return.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Big pours

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e
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New owners...very friendly by the way...and same old food...WHICH IS A GOOD THING! Loving the soft shell crab, as always, and the halibut with artichoke and mushroom was great, also.

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and whitefish. Beth was an amazing waitress tonight.

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RH
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It's good we had reservations as it was crowded and it was raining. We were sitting in the bar area and it was especially noisy. The restaurant has new owners but the food is the same. Service was slow but we weren't rushed.

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever!!!

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!
Can count on great food consistently!

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N
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have always found it to be our go to place. They make an effort to get to know you. The food seems to be uniformly good.

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KA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Washington Garden is my favorite restaurant! The food is terrific, the service is great and the ambience is wonderful!

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the old time favorites on the North Shore. They have a new owner (Ben) who has kept the menu and employees the same. Reservations highly recommended. Great place.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite restaurant!!!

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD GREAT SERVICE FRIENDLY STAFF CANT WAIT TO GO BACK

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T
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are longtime devotees of Washington Garden, dating back to the Alex/Bill era and then the wonderful Jim years.

Under new ownership, it remains top notch.

Excellent menu, wonderful thin-crust pizza, and a truly extraordinary wait staff.

Be sure to make a reservation so you are not disappointed.

Washington Gardens is the real deal.

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AR
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

My suggestion is to NEVER sit at Table 9. The noise level is terrible. My friend and I love Washington Garden but if I am ever put at that table again, I will leave. Not enjoyable not being able to hold a conversation because of the noise of the kitchen. We do plan on returning because we like the restaurant.
Art Friedman

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CS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Alex's Washington Gardens. You provided an ideal ambience and menu for a meal with my family. We had four adults and two children and everyone had a great time. We loved the pizza, ravioli and the cannolis. We will be back soon!

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CK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great service. Great food. And goid value. Staff from hostess, to server, to buser all do their jobs with smiles. Server was very informed. Super menu and great bar.

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was wonderful. Had a marvelous time

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MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New ownership at this established eatery. Staff is friendly and warm. Service is prompt. Food is excellent. Will return.

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food continues to be the key. Service was off this night. Seemed understaffed. We'll be back.

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AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of My All Time Favs
Great as Always...
Too The New Owners ...

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MR
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jim sends weekly emails for WG...full of wit and charm and love of his family business...which shows in the family recipes served at the restaurant. Event though it is a bit noisy...it is SO WORTH going to AWG! Highly recommend.

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MK
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza is the best ever! There is something for everyone. Love it.

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C
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had the teriyaki salmon and it was swimming in the sauce. Way too much of it. My husband had the veal parm and it was not tender. The ambiance was nice and they gave us a quieter table because of a hearing problem. Overall, I would try again. The salad was very good.

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AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taken Mom out.

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CW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious as always

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SB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh season for Walleye Pike which was prepared using the original recipe of 37 years ago. It was absolutely delicious. One of our favorite “go-to’s”!

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Love Washington Gardens, but on this visit the service fell way below what I’m accustomed to at this great neighborhood place. This review reflects only my most recent visit. Usually, the place is terrific.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places! Great for all occasions.

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w
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, great food, however service was a bit disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We love this restaurant but service was really slow tonight and they were not busy.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were superb!

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S
Chicago
137 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our daughter was visiting from NYC and always enjoys returning to AWG, as do we. Started with The calamari appetizer. Nicely fried and lightly breaded with a tasty cocktail sauce. For entrees, daughter enjoyed a salad with grilled shrimp while my wife and I had chicken Parmesan. Combine with a delightful Two Sisters Cabernet, a slice of scrumptious chocolate cake to share for dessert, and a wonderful server like Beth; you have the Rx for a very satisfying evening.

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d
Chicago
169 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service can be hurried food is decent although not as authentic and old-school as you would expect definitely way too many items on the menu probably about 100 too many
pizza is amazing other entrées can be hit or miss

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I
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

food and atmosphere is good. they need one additional server during evening dinner times

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