Alex's Washington Gardens

4.6
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926 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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vipAlfred
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All had a great time as our service was fantastic as always, staff did a great job having our Reservation ready to go... Shrimp De Jonghe & Pizza my Favs... always perfect 🎯💚😇

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vipjab2040
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

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viprsand
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, my fish the of the day was extraordinary, so fresh and tasty. And prepared how I like it. The server was very good but it was Saturday night and they were busy so a bit slow.

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JoyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for getting together with friends and family. Service was great and the food is always wonderful.

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vipBogey
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent neighborhood gem. Food very good and consistent - staff wonderful with great attitude.

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FluffyRoss
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our group was served a meat sauce even though he specifically requested marinara. It spoiled the meal for him.

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vipDaisy
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our service was impeccable and the food was delicious! We’ll be back for sure. The only little thing that wasn’t quite right? We were the first customers of the evening, the restaurant was empty and we were seated right by the kitchen. The staff were all laughing and talking loudly- it was tough for us to hear each other and we def felt we were restaurant employees sitting “in the back of the house”. Next time we’ll ask for a different spot. The restaurant was lovely, and all the staff were friendly and welcoming.

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vipkenn
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently Great for the 34 years we have been
enjoying the same Scornavacco family recipes

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vipCarlaVZ
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Loved it but sauce is too sweet for me

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vipSuzanneZ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant....Great food, drinks and service! Shout out to Beth....!

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vipAnonimaus
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Washington Gardens has the best pizza in the North Shore, as well as many other dishes. The Scornovaco crust is amazing.

The Walleye special was very good this visit. As were the Meatball appetizer and Pizza.

Appeared to be understaffed this visit and long waits between service were noted. Not what I usually experience.

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vipBadgerfan
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Longtime favorite of nearly 50 years. New ownership has changed little, to their credit. Don't mess with a good thing.

We'll be back!

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vipBogey
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the few owner operated restaurants remaining. Everything about the restaurant is like days of old ... excellent food, great service from friendly competent staff, excellent value. We refer to Washington Garden's as one of our top 3 local gems!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Thank you for a special evening with my son.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chubu Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Love Beth!!!!

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AmyKar
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and always delicious food! Pasta is amazing and many choices. I love the mussels appetizer, flavorful and great to share.

KB
KathyB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Beth was fantastic. The bus table staff was also very attentive. We had a very nice meal.
The only comment to the contrary was that we ordered Tiramisu to go and we found a cannoli in its place when we got home.
Neither of us eats cannolis
I have it to a neighbor.
Was my birthday dinner and we planned to have dessert at home
Also a very busy Saturday night and we wanted to give up our table to other patrons who were standing in the entryway waiting to be seated.

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CynPeg
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely evening. Fantastic food and very good service! We will definitely return and recommend to others for great value!

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vipdavid328
Chicago
190 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

One of the worst dining experiences ever. From horrific service to wrong orders to inedible food this is the last time we will eat here. Our waitress couldn’t have been more indifferent. The entrees were grade school cafeteria quality. This place has been on the decline for some time but this was it for us.
I guess this place is now under new ownership they really obviously don’t have a clue

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a father - daughter night out and gave my 18-year old the choice of eating anywhere she wished. She wanted to return to Alex’s Washington Gardens where we’d last dined just before XMas. As was the case the previous time, our meal was terrific. My daughter ordered penne with Alfredo sauce. This is not specifically on the menu but the kitchen was more than happy to accommodate and she loved her meal. I broke from my traditional order of Chicken Marsala and ordered the Salmon Oreganato. I figured with four salmon dishes on the menu it was likely a specialty. It did not disappoint. Soft and flakey, the fish was cooked perfectly. The atmosphere was lively and energetic which was perfect for a Saturday night out. Our waitress was extremely nice and even noticed we were rushing a bit to catch a movie and was very prompt with our check. On our way out the owner thanked us for coming. There are many fine dining options in Highwood and Washington Garden’s has definitely become a go-to for our family.

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vipWendiP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Overall.. terrific!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon is outstanding

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vipCindyR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

the best Italuan served by the friendliest most accomodating servers. great drinks and valet service. My Italian go to.....always a hit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! The food is Always consistent and our server was the Best. Darian made out night so great. Definitely on my regular schedule going forward.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome!!!
Great food, drinks, people and service!!!

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vipOle2
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great neighborhood place with the best thin crust pizza in the north shore

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vipJoeN
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It started with a smile and warm welcome by the hostess. It them moved to great service from Simone our server. She recommended dishes and never hurried us alone in ordering. The food as always, delicious, portions large enough to provided us a second meal at home the next evening.
I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipQtip48
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderfully prepared meal. Great service. Friendly atmosphere ❤️

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PatrickM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very nice people but the food is not good. Veal parmigiana must have started in the fryer. I would suggest changing the oil. Eggplant parmigiana was a slab of mush.
Lobster Fra Diavlo was average. Way too much sauce which was extremely sweet. The sauce was everywhere so all of the entree’s tasted the same. That would be expected at a pizzeria, but not in a restaurant charging $30 for the entree. I really wanted to like it, but I cannot recommend it.

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Ruth
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always outstanding. Best pizza on the north shore. Lovely waitress who was attentive and addressed an issue with a cocktail that was made incorrectly.
Always look forward to eating at Washington Gardens and am planning another visit in the near future

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vipGardensGroupie
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as ALWAYS! Consistently great!

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vipInfrommidwest
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food came out cold

Service was nowhere as good as it used to be

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pama
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and wonderful food. Definitely need a reservation.

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vipSBCB
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service! Food was amazing! Decor is old fashioned and a little dated, but has a good neighborhood, cozy feel.

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vipQtip48
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Restaurant. Great Food. Great Service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out with friends, we had a great time!

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vipSlainte
Chicago
140 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service in a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

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Magvu
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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RossF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Washington Gardens, it's one of the best pizzas in Chicago, and our waitress, Symone, was terrific! Highly recommended.

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Alex's Washington Gardens is rated 4.6 stars by 926 OpenTable diners.

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