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Alex's Washington Gardens

4.7
633 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(847) 432-0309
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jose Briseno
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street parking with valet parking Tuesday through Saturday. Complimentary Valet Parking Tuesday through Thursday.
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Public transit
Metra North Line is two blocks away.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 633 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.6
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had an excellent experience. It has the feel of a traditional neighborhood Italian restaurant with a broad menu and exceptional service. Friendly, warm, cozy. One of the jewels of Highwood.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Throw back in a good way. Food was good although on the basic side—just the way the clientele want it. Pizza is the best thin crust we’ve had since moving here 15 years ago. We went on a Saturday night and it was packed with regulars. Our table of 50 something’s was on the younger side but everyone in the restaurant seemed lively and the bar was full. Veal dishes were good.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Beth is the best waitress ever and Victor always greets us like old friends! Outstanding meal every time!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We are regulars. Great menu. Outstanding service

Our choices never disappoint

We’ll be back

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Chicken Pomodoro and Pollo Basilico both tasted great! Never a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Wonderful food & service as always. Our Favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food and Service has to be good to keep going back...three weeks in a row. The special family recipe for red sauce perfectly seasoned. Oftentimes, tomato sauce is acidic...AWG recipe is full flavored, well balanced and goes with any protein selection. I've had it with their meatballs, salmon, chicken...whatever selection ...it is delicious. Ample portions. Maria has luckily been our server for the last three weeks...she is pleasant, accommodating, sweet personality offering menu suggestions .

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful authentic Italian food. Lively place, with friendly people and helpful wait staff.
large menu of very tasty Italian food with wonderful flavors. Looking forward to going back to visit again and trying other dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was our first time to Alex's after driving past it hundreds of times, but seeing the great reviews it gets on Open Table made us decide to finally try it out. And are we ever glad we did.

Every entree was delicious, and each included either soup or a salad. In our group there was two Eggplant Parms and one Chicken...and they were both perfectly done. The portions are decent sized, but certainly not like so many local Italian places that overwhelm you with portion size and lack quality. This is very much a quality over quantity place, and I would highly recommend anyone come for dinner, you won't be disappointed.

The only negative to Alex's was that it was a Friday night and the place was packed, and given that it is relatively small, my chair was actually in a very busy walkway and the people directly next to us were very loud, but it was a small price to pay for an excellent dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Consistently great food and service. The salmon Oreganato and
salmon Lorenzano are excellent, the pizza is the Best anywhere.
We are regular diners here.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We have never had a bad meal nor bad service. The current owner is celebrating his 11th anniversary of buying the restaurant from the prior owners and has kept the consistently good, freshly made pasta and rest of menu the restaurant had 35 years ago when it first opened.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Washington Gardens never disappoints! The eggplant parmigiana is the BEST!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Very good. Nice servic

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always wonderful food, fantastic servers, superb bartenders!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

as always, we found everything to our liking at Washington Gardens. Go there often and we are always satisfied. Nice place on Saturday night. They honor reservations

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We all enjoyed our meals, whitefish was quite tasty as well as the gnocchi!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Comfortable, cozy place. Great service and fantastic food. Reasonably priced. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I love Washington Gardens and their pizza is to die for. As a teenager I frequently went to scornavaccos and had pizza, and it is still delicious. Love love love it!!
Our server was great, she knew the wines and was very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Always a wonderful spot!
It was hopping by 6 pm and I highly encourage people to make reservations! The place is so popular, even "early" and it was busy with carry out and dining in.

The wait staff and bus staff are consistently good and we definitely love seeing our favorite servers. The staff does an outstanding job of supporting each other when it gets busy and it was wonderful that our busy server had backup when needed.

We ordered the Jim's favorite salad and pizza, both were quite good. We usually order the Chicken Pomodoro "to go" for a second meal for the next night but forgot to... Thanks again for another great night!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Wash-Gard, as we call it, delivers a great neighborhood feel, wonderful servers, tasty italian food and a "heavy pour". We love it and it always comes through.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food gets better each time we dine there.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Took our Uncle (and Aunt) for his 92nd birthay to Alex's Washington Gardens for a nice, quiet dinner. There was a great selection on the menu, with baked ravioli and other pasta dishes being the generally selected fare at our table. Got a nice bottle of Chianti, Caesar salads, fresh bread. They kept our water glasses full and helped us move our meal right along. It never felt like we were waiting forever for food or a waitstaff person to come by. It is a popular place on a Saturday night. We got there at 6 pm and it filled up to capacity right after we sat down. it emptied out and then filled up again. They are doing something right! Would definitely go there again......

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great place

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

This restaurant has been around for many years. It is consistant in its's service and good food. The pizza is one of he best around; and all ldinners come with generous house salads. If around the North Shore - Highwood area, it is a go to place for a really good meal.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food is great. Pizza is the best thin-crust we've every had. We keep coming back because we can't find anything like this closer to home.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always exceptional service and superior food!
Thank you!

Robin Mosca

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food ,friendly people, great restaurant,
Thank you

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Great food. Awesome waitress. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Great, Food and Service were outstanding!!!!

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