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Girl & the Goat
Girl & the Goat

Girl & the Goat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://girlandthegoat.com
  • Phone: (312) 492-6262
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Stephanie Izard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Underground Goat, our 18 person private dining room, is not your typical private dining space and the name encapsulates exactly what you're looking forward to. Located under the main dining room, you and your guests will be lead downstairs, through the restaurant and into the "staff only" halls of the Goat. The room itself echoes the casual, rustic atmosphere of the main dining room and is host to the restaurant's wine and liquor stock - don't be surprised if you see the hardworking bar staff sneak in a few times to keep things rolling upstairs. Chef Stephanie Izard will design a family-style menu for you (dietary restrictions will not be ignored) and our beverage director will recommend wine, beer and/or a signature cocktail to match what Stephanie comes up with.
    For more information visit http://www.bokagrp.com/eventsandcatering.php
    or call 312.492.6262.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted
  • Public Transit: #8 Halsted Bus at Randolph
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and street parking available. Valet parking on Randolph for $11 per vehicle.
A word from Girl & the Goat
"Top Chef" Season 4 winner, Stephanie Izard is chef / owner of this new restaurant in the west loop. The menu will consist of 30 items, separated in the categories of vegetable, fish, and meat, with all items meant to be shared.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "A lot of things had goat cheese and corn this time around. I'm not complaining...the bread with goat cheese butter and corn relish-delicious! The wood-fired broccoli was so smokey-yum-but had too much blue cheese sauce-heavy. The chickpea fritters were surprising-little cubes with chickpeas pureed so smooth, and cardamom. The grilled baby octopus was fine but the lemon vinaigrette was unusually bitter. The halibut with marcona almond butter, white asparagus, and blueberry nuoc cham was outstanding-favorite dish. For dessert: corn kulfi with zucchini cake, lemony eggplant, tomato caramel, and corn crunch was so interesting. It was a spice cake and the eggplant was like pineapple. Peach & blueberry buckle-delicious. Very sweet peaches."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Really Amazing Place Everyone must go when in Chicago"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Despite the long drive from where we live and the challenge in securing a reservation there is not a better food orientated dining experience out there, every dish we have tried has been consistently outstanding and we really like the one plate at a time sharing experience where the chef determines the sequence and each dish is piping hot when served. We do make a point of asking for the dishes to be staged so that there is some gap between each which ensures a leisurely dining experience. This place is the best, I cannot recommend it enough."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "I went here for an anniversary dinner. Both of us are gluten intolerant, but our waitress was very accommodating for this. Their "gluten free menu" is essentially the regular menu with asterisks to designate which items contain fish sauce, etc. Our waitress was fairly knowledgeable about the materials used in cooking. We ordered the roasted cauliflower (larger portion than expected and I wasn't a huge fan of the seasoning), scallops (hands down the best of what we ordered), pig face (imo fattier than I prefer, but that might be expected with it being face and all), duck breast (a little too salty at the ends, but good and tender otherwise), and goat empanadas. All in all a delicious meal!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We cannot say enough good things about the food and our server. We tried seven different dishes and loved them all!! Especially good were the pig face, goat empanadas, green beans with fish sauce and the hamachi crudo. Bread service with goat butter was an amazing start to the meal and the miso butterscotch budino to finish was lovely. The place is LOUD, though. I adored the soundtrack playing (90's and early 200's hip hop) but don't come here expecting a quiet, intimate dinner. It's a scene, so be prepared to yell at your server and dining mates. (The hostess wasn't great. We waited 30 minutes for our table, even though we had a reservation and she never once acknowledged us or apologized for the wait which would have saved it for us)"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Came into Chicago for a long weekend with my wife. The food, energy, and service at Girl & the Goat were amazing. We sat at the kitchen side table overlooking the kitchen and watched them cook up tasty dishes all night. Hard to pick a favorite dish- all were tremendous."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Been to many of the top rated restaurants in chicago and around. Girl and the Goat tops the list with ease."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "This is the second time, I've been to Girl & the Goat. I'm a huge Top Chef fan so when I was able to make a second reservation at Stephanie's restaurant I looked forward to it for the three weeks I had to wait. Definitely not a last minute decision, although there are seats at the bar where you can order food. You may just have to sip wine until you can get two chairs together. The atmosphere is really cool - definitely a modern take on a rustic barn. It was just so noisy. This is partly because the place is packed but the loud music playing didn't help. That's probably my only complaint. The best part about this restaurant is being able to share the food with friends! There will be hits and misses, but definitely worth the experience!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Exceptionally great food and service. I know why we could get only an early evening reservation 8 weeks prior to our visit. Nice casual place but, it's all about the food - all was absolutely AMAZING."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Unbelievably good as always. Likely still the best all around dining experience in Chicago. All of the dishes, quite a few of which have been on the menu for a while, were prepared beautifully. Pork shank is on another level!!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Everything was good. A little too rich as a whole."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "This restaurant was fabulous. The wait staff is extremely well trained! They know the menu inside and out. They are sensitive to allergies and know what to recommend or alter to give you an amazing opportunity. The food was just outstanding. One of the most enjoyable eating experiences ever!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Very, very busy even though a 9:15 reservation on a Monday night! Food was excellent . Wait service a little off, although worked in our favor as we received a dish we didn't order and was delicious. Was grateful to sit outside as was so loud inside conversation very difficult."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "What can I say but w0w! We finally made it to this "too good to be true" foodie mecca in Chicago and we were not disappointed. Each dish played with all of our senses. We started with a loaf of tomato and rosemary bread served with tomato oil and salted cream cheese served with a bottle of Failla 2012 pinot noir, followed by goat empanadas, pig face (its important to mush up the egg, pig and sauces together to get the full experience), glazed pork shank (a stunning dish) and a side order of cauliflower (sliced and then grilled and served with pine nuts). We tried the "house favorite" short cake served with pineapple and caramel followed by goat cheese and dessert wine. Service was attentive and helpful. We are coming back on our next trip."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Four of us went to celebrate my birthday. Our reservation was earlier than we would have liked but the restaurant was almost full before 6 p.m. We each ordered 2 plates to share and the waitress was very attentive and the timing of the food coming to the table was great. We did not feel rushed nor did we have to wait to long between dishes. I loved everything. Not sure I can choose favorite: the haddock was delish and the pig face to die for...steak tartar...all just really complex and so good!! We will return!!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Fantastic meal was had!!! We tried several dishes I'd never have thought to try and even my kids, ages 13, tasted and enjoyed it. I'd never have guessed they would eat duck tongue or berg tongue but they did and thought they were the best ones. The ham frites are to die for and the pigs face was luxury on a plate. It was our first visit to Chicago from DC and we choose Chicago because we wanted to try Stephanie's place. Well done!!!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Excellent food, very good service, moderately priced. Makes you realize that cooking is an art too!! We had the Corn Fed Bread, Roasted Beetroots, Goat Shoulder, Wild Salmon and Bittersweet Chocolate for dessert. We topped it with an Espresso (the best I have had in this country). Every dish was well made and flavorful. The goat dish may not be to everyone' pallette but I grew up in India where meat means goat meat. I will go back to the place everytime I have to visit Chicago. Would recommedn this palce to anyone visiting Chicago."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My friends and I were visiting from DC, and this place had come highly recommended by friends. It didn't disappoint; in fact, it surpassed expectations. The only reservation we could get was at 11:30pm on Friday. We arrived a little bit early and when three seats at the bar opened up, we opted to eat there and cancel our table reservations. The bartender was incredibly helpful and personable, providing strong recommendations with helpful commentary and details about each dish. The food came out at a good pace, and everything we had was deeply satisfying on some level. We decided afterwards that it was probably some of the best food we've tasted, anywhere."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant ever. Great place to try some delicious foods you are unlikely to find other places. I recommend getting bread, the cauliflower, the broccoli, the pig's face, the goat empanadas, and scallops. The Budino is one of my favorite desserts anywhere and the Best of Three is the best cocktail I've ever had. The menu can be overwhelming, but we found that servers were eager to explain the dishes. This place is very unpretentious and fun, but it was very loud and not always easy to talk to my spouse. We were disappointed with the goat loin, which was very chewy."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The cauliflower was amazing! The zucchini bread dessert, a true delight! The pinot grigio was a refreshing, crisp addition to our meal. The server was personable and professional without over doing any of it. But the rest..... well... we could have done without. The oysters were bland, the hamachi was poorly paired with 'crisp pork belly' (we get the craze, but this was an unflattering combination), and the goat (The Goat!) was not remotely memorable. Overall, a lovely evening due to the company and service staff, but the food itself did not warrent the expense or a need to return."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We really wanted to write a good review on the food but we can't...Great building, great service, but we felt like we should be buying a T-Shirt that says "I ate at the Girl & The Goat." We are sure this is a popular place because of the Chef being a minor celebrity, but we can name 30 restaurants in the Midwest that top the food served here. Come here if you want to say you went, but don't go if you want to have a meal that moves you. Sorry."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I think this may have been the best meal I've ever had in my life! The flavors were exquisite. Though many dishes had cilantro, and I can't eat that at all, there were plenty of dishes that didn't and they were all amazing. Can't describe because they don't sound interesting, but they were amazing! Halibut, ribs and broccoli were some of our favorites!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I don't live in Chicago but am in town often on business and had heard great things about this restaurant. It lived up to the hype! Our server was wonderful, the food was inventive but not too crazy, and all of it was delicious. Now it's on my "must go" list when I'm in the Windy City!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Excellent food, energetic staff, outstanding ambience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The only reservation we could get was 10:15 and considering the hype surrounding his place, we were prepared for a high level of pretentiousness and for the staff to rush us through our meal, but that was not the case at all! Our server was laid back, but energetic and made wonderful recommendations and timed our plates perfectly. Two of us shared the sepia, goat liver mousse, scallops, and the halibut. Each plate lived up to the hype, but be warned, the goat liver mousse is VERY filling dish and might be best for a larger group. The music is loud and makes for a fun night out, but might not be the best place if one is seeking an intimate meal. Overall, I would recommend."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I could reserve only at my 3rd visit to Chicago. It increased my expectations maybe too much. It is one of the restaurants taking advantage of today fashion for Masterchef and similar. The place is not crowded because of their food (here it is EXTREMELY GOOD) but because you must go there and then you feel right. At my age and with decades of interest in food and wines I do not buy into these places. The noise level doesn't allow you to talk to your companion, 3 dishes brought immediately at the table and the 4th came in after 40 minutes, the bread also came after 30 minutes, the wine (as I told the waiter) had no defects hence I did not feel like rejecting it but it was a shame for the list of such a restaurant to have it. I won't go back"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We continue to return to Girl and the Goat because it is an inviting and inventive experience. The décor and service is always warm. While pig and goat seem to be the go-to menu items here, I found the fish--halibut and sepia--to be the best dishes. Creative and packed with flavor."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here during our anniversary trip to Chicago. I made the reservation about 3 months in advance and I'm glad that I did because it was packed (on a Tuesday!) and we were able to sit at the coveted chef's table. First time in my life that my favorite dish of the evening was green beans! Our waitress told us when we ordered "these are not your mother's green beans". She couldn't have been more correct! The duck breast was also perfect. Great local beers on tap. I would recommend everyone try this fabulous restaurant when in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Never had goat before but am so glad that I tried it, the goat empanadas were awesome! Our server recommended it and she was spot on. Also try to get seated at the counter to watch them cook, I live those seats."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Very delicious food, vegetable dishes have huge portions compared to the others. Flavors in each dish are great, but I would recommend having a server help plan your meal. While my dishes were individually tasty, they did not pair that well with each other. (My party chose without the aid of our waitress). I would recommend this as a special occasion, as it can get expensive. Loved the music and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "an excellent spot for my wife's birthday. food, service and ambiance were perfect"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We went with 9 people and it was amazing! They serve their food family style, so we were able to try almost everything on their menu. I would definitely recommend going with more people than less as it will allow you to try more options! Definitely a place to go if you are adventurous with your food selections, don't come here if you are a picky eater. The only reason the service go 3/5 stars was because our waitress seemed annoyed with our suggestion of getting 2 of every plate. Like I mentioned above, we got 1 of almost every plate and we were STUFFED. It would have been silly for us to get 2 of everything and only try half the amount of dishes!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I make multiple trips to Chicago each year and had heard great things about this place, so decided to take my colleagues for a late dinner after our flights in town. We picked a few dishes (crispy broccoli, octopus, short ribs, and the dumplings) to share for a main course and I think we were surprised at how much we like the veggie dishes. We had the bittersweet chocolate and some cake dish for dessert- all with no complaints. Overall, it was a great experience. The staff was friendly, chic, and well kempt (which can be an issue in trendy spots). Will go back, but after I go to Little Goat first."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This was one of the best meals we have ever had. Everything we tasted was absolutely delicious. The staff were friendly and helpful. Wonderful wine/beer list. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone who enjoys good food!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The green beans will change your life. So will anything else you order."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • " We ordered 7 dishes to share. Some were fantastic (cauliflower a must) but some too salty and overly smoked. It is worth a visit but I would try other places before returning to this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "As I first stepped in, I was immediately put off by the very loud 90's hits playing on the speakers. It immediately sets an expectation for mood and made conversation, or understanding the waitress very difficult. The space was huge and felt unfriendly. The rustic look was nice but clearly out of place and inconsistent. An enormous, and somewhat creepy painting done in swirling neon sticks out in your peripheral and becomes incredibly distracting. Otherwise the food was fantastic, service was quick and responsive also. I would go back if the ambience wasn't so jarring."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Sometimes when you go to a new restaurant with such high expectations, it's easy to be disappointed. This was most certainly not the case for us. Everything was fantastic: creative, deliciously flavorful food and a lively atmosphere. Even the background music wax good!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I had really high expectations for this restaurant given how hard it is to make reservations. However out of the 6 dishes we had, we were only blown away by 2 and the rest were just okay. However, the decor and ambiance of the restaurant is very nice. Suitable for family, work related or meals with friends. Drinks were good and service was awesome."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I am now an oyster convert! Wood smoked with bacon, you can understand how that makes anything good, even my nemesis the oyster! We shared 10 plates amongst 4, and each one was delicious. A good mix between fresh light food and the odd indulgence. We didn't have the goat leg, but will be back for it!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014