Alex's Washington Gardens

4.6
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853 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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4.6
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were on time for our 5:30pm reservation. The restaurant was not very busy, but we know it gets very busy after 6. The hostess walks us past 3 empty booths and wants to seat us in the 4th booth that is directly adjacent to the waitstaff prep/dishes area. This is truly THR WORST table in the place..We asked if we could sit in one of the other empty booths we had just passed (we have been to this restaurant many times and know the waitress has all of the booths in her station). She wanders off, comes back and says NO because there are other reservations. We asked “for those specific tables?”. She said no, but it would cause other parties to have to wait 20 minutes for their reservations. WHAT? Sorry, we don’t buy that load of garbage.

We sat in the terrible booth with the noise and the bustle, but had our wonderful waitress who truly is spectacular. Still leaves a bad taste in our mouths. Not sure we will go back because of this experience. We were heading to the theater (and dressed for it), so no time to rearrange dinner plans or we would have left when she would not move us to ANY of the multiple empty tables.

BL
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent birthday dinner! Everything was just great! The pizza so good! Thank you

JR
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere! Our server was also very sweet

g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Meal.. Jessie, the hostess, was doing an awesome job as it was very very busy!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Anniversary Oct 6

GG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal! Eggplant parmigiana is the best I’ve ever had! Pizza was amazing. Everything is so fresh and homemade. Love the cozy atmosphere. Great drinks too!

O
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

This is perhaps the best neighborhood restaurant in the entire north shore. Their pizza is the best thin crust ever.

AE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Our server was excellent-pleasant, efficient, thorough!

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, nice portions, wonderful, friendly and attentive service. One of our favorite restaurants. The Chicken Pomodoro is our usual choice.

J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great pour, and the best thin-crust pizza around!

MK
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have bee eating there for years & always recommend it to friends.

JL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great pizza!

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f
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The BEST dining option for any occasion!

PF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks for a Fabulous Dinner with Fantastic Friends.... We will be back

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Worst service ever experienced over many visits.
A battle to get server's attention!

Hope it's just an off night!

N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

This is our favorite local restaurant. A go-to. Not anymore. The hostess was unprofessional and frazzled. The tables were on top of each other so it was difficult to get service. Everyone made excuses of being short staffed or too busy to service us (except one server who seemed to understand that working more efficiently and trying harder was required. Not excuses). This is our favorite thin crust pizza but it seems to have changed. Still good but not like the last time we were there and the 100's of times before that. The house salad, which we also loved, wasn't quite the same and did not have the green onion that it normally had as well as the lettuce was not cut well and just slopped in a bowl. The busser wiped tables down allowing everything to fall to the floor and never cleaned the floor. We then noticed how dirty the floor was in many places. The waitress were getting drinks at the bar and leaning over glass touching them with their underarms. From the moment we walked in to the 15 minutes we waited to get our check the experience eliminated years of love for "Wash-Gards" (as we called it). I am giving this bad but honest review in hopes the restaurant will take it to heart and figure it out so we can once again call Wash-Gards our "go-to" restaurant in Highwood.

L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A real find. It’s an regular Italian restaurant. Nothing fancy but great food and a huge menu. Pizza is fantastic and the other dishes are amazing.

BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Recently under new ownership, we'll see how that shakes out. There's some doubt it will be the good old haunt.

JV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, good food. Intimate and cozy setting yet a bit on the loud side due to the small size of the dining area. No cocktail menu which was disappointing, but overall a good first visit. We would visit again.

L
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

consistent good food from one time to the next.
went to celebrate a birthday and so
very nice gave the birthday girl a hefty slice
of chocolate cake to celebrate. wait staff was
just perfect and took care of all your needs.
last but not least food was yummy. 😋

CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

There are so many kinds of pizza available in the Chicago area but sometimes you just want the
best tasting old school kind around. Look no further than Alex's Washington Gardens for your next
outing for a great pizza in a place that oozes charm with wonderful friendly staff. They also serve
Italian entrees, which are very delicious, too. We have never been disappointed by Alex's Washington
Gardens.

GG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best pizza around! Great drinks and awesome atmosphere!

MG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

The food was horrible. Servive fair. Asked for more lemon, never came, told waitress light on garlic? Came loaded, and last but not least, the chicken vesovio I’ve ever had.

JG
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was with two friends who had never been there and they RAVED! It was a fun evening and our server Sandra was terrific.

b
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, the food was great and the service was perfect. They really make you feel at home!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always outstanding... requested a special table and they could not have been nicer.

Food was delicious and a great pour.
We love the restaurant and think the new owner is terrific.
Annette & Jerry Blumberg

t
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

excellent Italian food locally owned family has been in business for more than 50 years

SS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

We have been coming to the Garden for at least 25 years. Unfortunately we were very disappointed in our service this past Thursday evening. I will say the food was delicious as always but the service was horrible. We waited for 15 minutes before we even ordered a drink and that was because I waved the server down. It took another 10 minutes to actually receive the drink. It was very crowded and bottom line there was not enough help and the wait staff was overwhelmed. I certainly hope that is not the new standard at Washington Garden.

p
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Noise was the biggest problem. No room for 6 in the bar where it is quieter.

MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wife and I thought the food was good, the staff was attentive which I appreciate cause never had to ask for my drink to be refilled. Would definitely eat here again.

BA
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, great food, wonderful service. A most enjoyable evening.

TS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Servers are out of this world! they remember you, and everything about you

b
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always good food and fine service. Pizza is best in town.

b
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OK, I just feel at home while being served great food by great staff. I love this place.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Service was unusually slow.

B
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I met up with friends in the Chicago area last weekend at Alex's Washington Gardens, and we all had a terrific meal. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The osso buco was amazing and delicious. It was pull-off the bone tender. The tomato sauce has an authentic Italian flavor. For others, the New York strip was cooked to perfection. A friend who flew in from Washington D.C. had the salmon and said, it was the best he had ever had. Whenever I have had the salmon, I have also thought the same. It is real a treat to get up to Highwood to eat at Alex's when I come to Chicago.

k
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Staff are very
warm and attentive, the food is outstanding,
we enjoyed the shrimp sergio and veal marsala

GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Walleye special was liked by one diner and not the other. Service was fine and drinks were good.

ND
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is clearly a neighborhood hub. The staff greeted many guests by name. The service was excellent and the food was good. The soft shell crabs and eggplant parmesan specials were outstanding.

J
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best salmon I’ve had in a long time. Great bread & salad. Loved every part of it.