Alex's Washington Gardens

4.8
979 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Made from scratch, family recipe Italian cuisine, in Highwood since 1932, and at its current location since 1982. Serving a selection of Fresh Seafood delivered daily including Salmon, Whitefish, Mussels, Calamari..... All the classics are here, homemade pastas, hand carved and pounded out Chicken and Veal Parmigiana, Limone, Piccata, Calabrese, and of course Lasagnas, Meatballs, 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 979 people are saying
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Robyn
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - service was as well! Glad they are open for business!

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vipAnonimaus
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, and tremendous people. Best pizza on the north shore. The salmon oreganto is really good as is the veal piccata, veal parmigiana and the chicken parmigiana. Just wish they would bring back their Osso buco.

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ellenm
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, innovative preparation. Servers wonderful.

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Patty
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was great to be back at one of our favorite restaurants. The staff was sooo friendly and accommodating, food was outstanding! Highly recommend this restaurant for its charm,staff and food❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff was friendly, and everything was very safe and individually packaged.

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TravisU
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent old school italian food.Support your lical restaurants.

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vipTomL
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had private igloo outside. Food, service, ambiance were all AMAZING!

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MaraR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food!! Friendly staff and huge portions!!

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vipAnonimaus
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner in one of the “Huts” due to Covid. Food was excellent as usual, as was service. Heaters need a bit of additional help, as still fairly chilly in the hut with the small ceramic ones. Maybe an oil filled heater would help?

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viptlc007
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Fun evening! Loved dining in the pod. Felt safe. Service very good. Food mediocre.

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DoloresD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a pleasure- they are trying so very hard to make it work with outdoor seating. Please support!!

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vipChitowngirl
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly comfortable atmosphere. We had a delightful evening.

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KristieM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant and we go with family or just as a couple at least once a month. There is outdoor seating with heat lamps. My kids love the pizza.

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vipCarrie
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We has a lovely time sitting outside. Our server was excellent as was the food. Both of us had veal and it was delicious! The Caesar salad was great. Wines by the class are good. Only complaint was my husband’s Old Fashion - $16! Thought that was a bit steep for house bourbon. Overall very good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun outdoor dining space. Food and service are always excellent.

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vipPeanut
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was without a tent but 2 hear lamps were moved to keep our table of 4 cozy!

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Lynn
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a girlfriend’s birthday. The service was phenomenal, the food incredibly delicious. We look forward to returning very soon.

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SeanA
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. A tad on the pricey side though.

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vipFourRings
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very old school Italian. Fantastic sauces even salad dressing are great.

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vipLenW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a wonderful old school Italian restaurant with great food, great service and by the way some of the best thin crust pizza on the planet!

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vipJohna
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food. awesome drink pours. great service!!

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vipGreenerFields
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Disappointed you no longer offer the caramel apple sundae. To be honest, that was why we made the trip. Suggest you offer it again at least seasonally in the fall, especially during the Pumpkin Festival.

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vipLaura
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun and always feel super safe!

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vipSteveW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Delicious food & outstanding personal service. In the age of chains & cookie cutter restaurants, WG is reminiscent of the great restaurants of the 60’s & 70’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again

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vipLaura
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally eat here every weekend and LOVE it so much!!

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vipDougB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic date night choice. Chicken parm is by far the best we’ve had since moving here from NY four years ago!!

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ChristinaT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a wonderful gem! A special place that our family has chosen to visit for all anniversaries & birthdays. Wonderful staff & food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza EVER!!

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vipJohna
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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vipLaura
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fav place in town!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food amazing service

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BruceB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to WG for years and the food and service have been consistently top notch. They see to have hiked their liquor prices quite a bit of late, however.

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vipcday12345
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb Italian food, friendly relaxed service and a nice value.

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vipashurb
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great value!!

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vipnone
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious and they are making all efforts to have a clean and safe environment

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vipGardensGroupie
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their outdoor seating! They have a tent and many heaters! Friday night was pretty chilly but we felt great with the heater and a few drinks in us (best pour around!)

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vipScottB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server could not have been better. He made our experience very enjoyable. Food was great too

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vipannyr
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been eating here for years. Can only get ravioli al forno here. I go once a month to get my fix. Greet service, nice owner, my fav spot in Highwood, and fav Italian restaurant in Chitown!

FAQs

Alex's Washington Gardens does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Alex's Washington Gardens also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 432-0309.

Alex's Washington Gardens is rated 4.8 stars by 979 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.