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About Alex's Washington Gardens

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.

256 Green Bay Road
Highwood, IL 60040
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00 pm

Closed Only Six Evenings a Year: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Super Bowl Sunday, 4th of July, Labor Day

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 432-0309

Catering:
Our entire restaurant and bar are available for private lunch or afternoon gatherings as we open at 5 PM for regular business. For off-site catering, we can provide food only, or servers and bartenders as you wish. Call Jim, the owner, at 847-980-1954 to discuss party and catering options.

Parking Details:
Street parking with valet parking Tuesday through Saturday. Complimentary Valet Parking Tuesday through Thursday.

Public Transit:
Metra North Line is two blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Jose Briseno

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Alex's Washington Gardens Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Comfort Food (23)
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Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (15)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Fun (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
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Local Ingredients (2)
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Seasonal (2)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Food was good, as always, and the chef and waitress were wonderful about making accommodations.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Always exceptional service and superior food!
Thank you!

Robin Mosca

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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food ,friendly people, great restaurant,
Thank you

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Love this place, we never had a bad meal and I always feel appreciated!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a fantastic homemade dinner with my girl on Valentine’s Day. Nice table was ready when we got there, food and wait staff were fantastic , and even though it was busy being Valentine’s Day, we were not rushed by the staff and had a wonderful, relaxing meal at a truly reasonable price. Will be heading back very soon. G. Weiner

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Washington Gardens never disappoints! The host/hostess always remember a familiar face and the food continues to be fabulous.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Linguini with clams was excellent. Salmon special was also delicious. Salad was crisp and fresh. Very crowded and noisy. Service a little slow but it was a packed Sat night. They honored the reservation.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious food, great and friendly service, cozy atmosphere, and complimentary chocolate cake because it was our anniversary. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I love this little neighborhood place seemingly treats everyone like family. Even though we arrived 15 minutes late for our reservation the host still accommodated us with a cozy table and the service was on par as usual. Best place for pizza in the area for sure!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food is always great at Washington Garden's. The scotch glass gets filled up, the steak comes prepared as asked, and the staff is so friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great food. Awesome waitress. Love this place!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great, Food and Service were outstanding!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Love Washington Gardens! Always great food and friendly atmosphere--thank you to Victor and Judy!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great restaurant. Exceptional food, we had Pizza and Veal Parmigiana, both were great and the portions were good for another meal!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The place was packed and we had to wait about 15-20 mins for our table although we had a reservation. The food was excellent. Our waitress was not the best. Not very chatty. Didn’t really check up on us. But the rest of the staff was great. Highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Excellent Food & Service

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our first time there and will for certain return. Pizza is fantastic!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

For consistently great food, drinks, and service, AWG can not be beat. We always enjoy dining here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

really enjoyed the good pizza, not a fan of the pasta.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

As always Washington Gardens is a cozy, welcoming, place to go. The food is good Italian food , great house salad, eggplant parmigiana delicious not heavy, the pizza the best in the area!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

dinner was delicious and service was friendly and attentive. Would come back!

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Alex's has been around for quite awhile and they continually provide great service and food!
One is never disappointed with their dinner.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We love our little home away from home at AWG. Always treated well and makes us feel like coming back soon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Alex’s never disappoints! Delicious food. Consistently tasty, We come here often, bring friends and family and always enjoy our meals at this family run neighborhood gem!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Excellent portions with each dish. Great service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was absolutely fantastic. Homemade soups, delicious salads and main courses big enough to share. First time visitor but will be back again soon. One of the best Italian restaraunts on the North Shore.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Consistently great Italian fare. I had pizza, which is thin crust (almost cracker like ) & the caprese salad, delicious !!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always superlative. Good food, wine, service. You can never go wrong here.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is our go to for great food & service. A great neighborhood gem, always fun.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I am a regular customer. Always great food, service and very pleasant. Our favorite Italian place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Although they have traditional Italian fare, they also have wonderful fish/ seafood options. Wines are carefully selected by the bartender and represent quality and value.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful Italian menu of old family receipts. Service was very good and ambiance very nice. Be sure to make a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We consider ourselves regulars at Washington Gardens.

Outstanding food (try a pizza) and superb entrees.

Staff is just wonderful. Attentive and cordial.

Be certain to make a reservation, because Washington Gardens is a busy place.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Dinner was delish, as always! Noise level was a little high for a Thursday night, but we managed to contribute to that 'noise'

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Absolutely delicious veal. One entrée was veal marsala. Another entrée was veal fontina. Try it. You will love it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Here's the dilemma when dining at AWG. What to order? Is it pizza, pasta, seafood, chicken, or steak? You really can't go wrong with any of these options, but it's still a tough choice. The solution, sharing! The three of us each choose a different chicken, pasta, and seafood entree. Delicious! And great cocktails and service as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Washington Gardens is a Highwood, IL landmark restaurant. I have eaten here since my late teens and always enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Offering a warm environment, not pretentious (which is hard to find these days), reliably good to excellent food and warm service. Plus, adding to this, it is often filled with people that seem equally happy to break bread with each other and eat here. Pizza delicious, chicken parmesan yummy, lasagna, classic Italian fare. Give it a try with a warm heart and good cheer. Guarantee you will enjoy yourself.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food and friendly waitress. Whole family enjoyed

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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