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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Authentic (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Cozy (9)
People Watching (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Romantic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
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Vegan (2)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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 2, 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 December 1, 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 28, 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 18, 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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·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Ambience, service and food are consistently great. This visit we only had drinks, a large cheese pizza and the garden salad - - both were terrific. Never disappointed at Washington Gardens!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Best pizza anywhere. Seafood dishes are exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

As always the service and food were great! We have been coming here for dinner for over 25 years and have never had a bad meal or bad experience. Great thin crust pizza.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Washington Gardens. We came here on our first date and this is where he proposed. We have celebrated every anniversary here since. The food and people are both phenomenal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food. Cushions in booths are old and need to replaced. Great service.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Victor the manager from the moment we stepped inside the restaurant greeted us brought us a glass of very good wine. He made speedy preparations to ready our table. Service was incredible food amazing. We are coming back they made our 28 year anniversary memorable.

Linda & Daniel Suliafu.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This place has been in Highwood for years and we discovered at our dinner that it was under new ownership. We haven't a clue what the food was like prior to the change, but we enjoyed our meals.
Our server, Beth, apparently has been there for years and was outstanding!
You go girl!
My only comment was that the veggies with my whitefish were overdone... but I like my steamed veggies crisp and this is often not in keeping with "comfort food".
We will go back and were instructed to have the Pizza or the Alfredo sauce!
Worth going to and good value for your money.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Still one of my favorite restaurants. Best eggplant! Great carrot cake.
Outstanding service, always.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Don’t let them seat you in front booth. They will forget about you!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Consistently great menu choices and service. We enjoyed salmon Oragenato and lasagna
tonight. Best garlic bread and pizza anywhere

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Healthy, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was an amazing dinner! Fantastic atmosphere, fantastic Service and fantastic food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Washington Gardens is always good and a great "go-to" place. Great drinks!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Amazing food! The ambience is rustic and a bit dated, but comfortable. The service very good. We took their recommendation for the Alfredo sauce and in my 30 years of enjoying Italian cooking, theirs was the absolute best Alfredo sauce I have ever had in my life. The appetizer, salad and lamb shank were also well-above-average. Limited wine list, but includes all the varietals you'd expect and all reasonably priced. Great value. Great service. ...and truly impressive food. A surprising find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wonderful food well priced. Service excellant loved it

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We know we can always get a good meal here. We took friends who had never been and they loved it.
See you soon.
Thanks

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We haven't been here in a long time. We were definitely pleased and will return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great gluten free pizza. We also enjoyed chicken Marsala.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great soft shell crab dinner. Great chicken parmigiana

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

I had white fish De Jonge, my wife had veal piccata and my father had a beautiful strip steak that was bigger than advertised. Drinks and service or all great. Highly recommend this place

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We used to occasion there 20 years ago....l don't remember why we stopped, but we shouldn't have.
Food was great.
It will be a regular again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Consistently great food and service. Very friendly atmosphere.
The seafood dishes are excellent, the pizza is the best anywhere

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We LOVE this friendly neighborhood restaurant. The ambiance is a cross between a super club and a neighborhood bar. The waitstaff is excellent and so nice. The food is excellent. You get a full meal with veggies and pasta, plus a salad so you are not staring at a plate with a lonely entree. Carrot cake for dessert is a winner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Very close quarters that may be hard for people with handicaps or claustrophobia to navigate. Very friendly and attentive staff. Food is attractively presented, hot, and tasty!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Hostess Michelle was very rude not only to us ( regular customer) but we witnessed her being very rude to other regular customers .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great as it always is.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Our favorite restaurant , consistently great !
Best pizza anywhere

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We hadn't been here in a long time and were pleased with the thin pizza and baked eggplant! Very friendly environmnent on all levels; we'll be back.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I have been eating at this place for years. I love Washington Gardens

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants...truly a neighborhood gem and definitely some of the best food anywhere. Waitstaff is outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

A very good Italian restaurant. The family has been in the restaurant business for years and it shows.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

First time at Washington Gardens....and was very pleased! My brother and brother in law joined me and all of us were very happy with the staff, the food and drinks. We were able to sit and catch up with each other without feeling we had to rush out after eating. I'll be coming back soon - I live in Highwood - and can't wait to try other dishes there.
Thanks, WG for a great experience!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Caught them on a busy night....no problem. But our waitress, a nice woman, just couldn't remember everything. had to ask several times for things. and she wanted to talk about her aches and pains and life a lot. Sad.....but not what you go there for. very very old people and they are all deaf and very loud! be prepared

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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