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Alex's Washington Gardens

256 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL 60040-1720
+1 847-432-0309
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“pizza” (16 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
256 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL 60040-1720
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family style old school Italian restaurant serving everyone's favorites. Spaghetti with meatballs, lasagna, chicken parmigiana, etc. All done classic style with generous portions that you can take home. Endless bread and bread sticks. Focaccia (pizza bread). Our favorites are the chicken vesuvio and the flat...More

Thank highwoodkevin
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Do not miss this jewel Soft shell crab-- the best i ever had!!! Pizza excellent Pasta fresh Do not miss Service was great Worth the stop!!!

Thank pho2
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It had been several years since we had eaten at Washington Gardens. Happily the food was just as good as we remembered. Delicious Italian food at reasonable prices; friendly service; valet parking. Will continue to be on our "to go" list when returning to town.

Thank George-Patsy E
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The food is delicious and the service is over the top. If you like meat the steak al forno is the way to go, tender strip sirloin topped with cheese and garlic, my girlfriend had the hay and straw for the pasta lover in you.

Thank John M
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Sad to say that we were disappointed in Washington Gardens. I had the sausage patty with peppers and it was swimming in a pool of oil/grease. In retrospect, I should have asked for a couple of paper towels to soak up the unwanted oil. The...More

Thank debra334
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Two of us for dinner. The veal marsala is a favorite dish of mine. Though a knife is provided to cut the meat, I put it aside and cut the meat with my fork. Now that is tender veal. The veal marsala is served with...More

Thank Slumdog2015
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Very friendly and warm staff. They treat you like family. Wonderful food. Service was great. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner.

Thank Gemini5930
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Very satisfying meals with great, friendly service. Good for kids. Make sure you get reservations for weekends.

Thank DSandJK
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This is by far the best thin crust pizza in Chicago but last night, granted a bust night but always busy ordered non pizza since too long of a wait for pizza but server took down wrong salad and dinner entree. I've seen mistakes before...More

Thank Berzon2016
Reviewed 30 August 2016

A popular local Eatery. The menu selections include most typical Italian dishes as well as pizza. They often have a few special selections as well.

Thank MRO
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29 April 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
My favorite is the steak el forno and the haystack
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 256 Green Bay Rd, Highwood, IL 60040-1720
  • Public Transportation: Metra North Line is two blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Highwood
  • Phone Number: +1 847-432-0309
  • E-mail
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 our very popular Prince Edward Island Steamed Mussels. 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. All the classics are here, homemade pastas, hand carved and pounded out chicken and veal parmigiana, limone, piccata, and of course lasagnas, meatballs, and of course homemade desserts.
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