Girl & the Goat
809 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Girl & the Goat
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://girlandthegoat.com/
- Phone: 3124926262
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
- 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: 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.
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
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Girl & the Goat reviews from OpenTable diners
773 reviews since June 28, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (656)hot spot (553)special occasion (421)good for groups (316)neighborhood gem (248)vibrant bar scene (210)romantic (137)notable wine list (112)late-night find (106)great for outdoor dining (68)great for lunch (23)kid-friendly (18)great for brunch (16)scenic view (4)Show More
- epic nightOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/23/2014Loved everything the chef gave us. Extremely friendly staff and great food. Love the pig faceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best meal in ChicagoOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/23/2014I've lived here for over 2 years now and I don't know how I've deprived myself. This is the best meal, and I've had some exceptional meals, that I've had in Chicago thus far. ONE out of ELEVEN dishes was meh. It wasn't bad, just not my cup of tea and that was the pig face. Rarely do you come across a restaurant where you're more impressed by the next dish. The service was superb and I can't wait for my next dining experience at girl and the goat!Special Features:
- Awesome staff w/ great food!InSearchOfGenuineGoodVIPDined on 10/23/2014The hosts, and waiter (David), and the other table staff, all were exceptionally helpful! I was so happy to finally have made it to the restaurant, and they did not disappoint - the host went out of his way to make us comfortable (by moving us to a bigger table) and i was very happy how he accommodated my late request. The food was GREAT also - noticed their abundant use of fennel which was all lovely, except I realized that the food tended to be quite rich, and sometimes salty - i now know which dishes i might avoid next time (or ask for a little less salt/sauce.) Other than that, i would definitely return, loved the place!Special Features:
- Too greasyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/22/2014Given that you need to book far ahead of time to get a table, I was expecting outstanding food. The ambiance was nice, but the food didn't even rank in my top 10 favorite places in Chicago and the server recommended more food than we could contend with. We were forced to pack up the entire goat neck because we were stuffed by the time it came out. I was excited about the roasted cauliflower but it was drenched in vegetable oil that made it heavy and bland. The much raved about pig face was tasty but overly fatty. The friend I went with commented that everything was much fattier/heavier than the previous time he went. Aside from that, their old-fashioned lacked the appropriate bite to temper the fatty flavors.Special Features:
- Amazing foodOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 10/22/2014The food was phenom. This was my second time at G&G and it was just as good. We enjoyed the green beans (duh), the trout & the goat confit before dessert- the apple buckle. I'm already trying to get a reservation to go back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- not as good as reviewsOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/21/2014My friend and I went here Tuesday evening. I'm not sure if it's just the day that we went, but most of the food was more on the salty end. We had a couple of friends tell us the flavors here were perfect when they went. The night I went, I was a bit disappointed. I wouldn't mind going again to see if it was just that day or if the food here is normally salty. The waiter & ambience were really nice, I enjoyed those. For the amount that we paid I thought it could've been better. The pig head & oysters were good but salty. We also ordered the escargot ravioli, green beans, broccoli, goat belly, Johnny apple cheese, octopus, & one more dish I believe. My favorite had to be either the goat and green beans, which were the other things not salty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great. Can service be too fast?LocalDined on 10/20/2014we are Top Chef fans and couldn't leave this place off the list during a recent visit to Chacago. The food and menu were creative and as good as one expects from the still rising star (Stephanie Izard). The place was very busy, even on a Monday night. We were seated at the "chefs table"- far left. It was fun and interesting to watch each dish as it was prepared. Bar scene behind us was very busy. The negative was too much kohlrabi in the salad(a little goes a long way) and the dressing made the few bits of romaine wilty. Other thing, was the food was prepared so quickly, that the dishes kept coming before we were finished with the one before. In retrospect, I would have enjoyed a little bit slower pace to enjoy the food and scene.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- UniqueOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/19/2014The restaurant was one of the best gourmand experiences I've ever had. It's one of theses "for share" restaurants. The food is unique. Different flavours and combinations of ingredients. Worth a try. I would definetly go back again next time in Chicago.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great but a bit overratedMarriedFoodieDined on 10/19/2014The food was overall outstanding. The prices are reasonable. However, the somewhat rushed experience made me feel like I was at a Chinese restaurant. The entrees literally came out within 5-10 minutes of ordering, which doesn't really give the table time to drink their cocktails and beers. The food is definitely the attraction, but this isn't a place I would want to take my wife for an anniversary or special occasion.Special Features:
- swisswissDined on 10/17/2014Amazing food and flavors! Decently priced. The staff was very attentive but not intrusive, friendly but not overbearing. Best meal I've had, will definately be going back! Telling everyone I know to try Girl and the Goat next time they are in Chicago. Can't wait to little goat as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Spectacular!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/17/2014What a rare treat this dining experience was and the price was more than reasonable for seven (7) dishes, two 13 dollar cocktails, two six dollar beers and a glass of wine for a mere 167 bucks and some change. The food, the seasonings, the combinations of both, simply sublime. How cauliflower is brought together with so many ingredients to taste like one one the most delectable dishes you'll ever consume is an enigma to me. The goat liver mousse is better than any foie gras I've ever had. Ever. A must if you're in Chicago but be sure to plan ahead.Special Features:
- Amazing Experience!JgyoDined on 10/16/2014I've been dreaming of coming here for a while, so we came on my birthday. The food was amazing! Though I wish everything wasn't small family-style plates, but that's just because I was suddenly not ok with sharing all of the delicious food- I wanted it all to myself. This place was a treat! Great service. Excellent ambiance, amazing food! Stephanie Izard, you're my hero.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing PlaceFood4MeDined on 10/16/2014We went to The Girl & The Goat this past Thursday night with long time friends. We were all coming in from out of state and it was the perfect place to meet up, eat some amazing food in an environment that was energetic, yet conversation was easily had. Our server provided great recommendations and timed the food to come out perfectly so there was never too many plates on the table. Everything about the meal was perfect! We will definitely be back next time we are in Chicago!Special Features:
- DisappointedJPMBDined on 10/15/2014The menus is so hard to choose, goat carpaccio? Goat heart? Goat liver? I ended up ordering the ham fries which were not bad but they're French fries. The broccoli with cheese, it was average, didn't feel. Broccoli and that kind of cheese matches well. The pappardelle that comes with beef pork and goat meat, too heavy and the hamachi with pork belly, didn't didn't find it spectacular or anything like that. I rather have dinner at rpm or Chicago chop house or joes or somewhere with better food.Special Features:
- Excellent hip restaurantSilverWk2VIPDined on 10/15/2014Excellent service coursed out. Pig face is a must! Goat carpaccio super tasty. Dessert apple buckle delishSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Girl, Good GoatFOODIEDined on 10/15/2014We had waited several months to eat here. There was great anticipation!!! We had 900pm reservations. We were seated at 900pm. The service was outstanding. Very, very attentive. Our server genuinely seemed interested in our dining experience. The food was outstanding. Duck tongues, Quail, Pig Face. All outstanding..top notch. Do not be afraid of the Pig Face. The dish is perfectly prepared. Pork is awesome. The egg is nice and runny. We also had Goat empanadas and Crispy pork shank. The goat in the empanadas is great. I could eat a plate of that alone. The pork shank was ok, however to be fair, we were pretty full by then. WARNING: This place is very, very, very noisy. The tables are very close to each other. Conversation can be difficult.Special Features:
- Leaving on a Jet PlanesweetsueDined on 10/15/2014It is a fantastic restaurant with a can't miss menu, but the noise level would be quieter inside the whirling engine of a jumbo jet.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Everything and moreOldschoolfoodieDined on 10/15/2014I had heard all of the hype surrounding Girl and the Goat and finally had to check it out for myself. This place is packed but despite the full house we were promptly seated on time and quickly welcomed by our server. There is a friendly team approach to service which - someone was always stopping by to check on us and to bring our next course out fresh from the kitchen. These are small shareable plates with distinctive flavor profiles. Stephanie Izard is a genius for re-inventing the way we can and should eat. Simple easily sourced fresh vegetables, meats fish put together in unique and mind blowing combinations. I would have liked to get a glass of Chardonnay for less than $15 but other than that I will definitely return.Special Features:
- The Girl and the Goat is great!mamatubsVIPDined on 10/15/2014This restaurant has a cool, fun vibe and is in a great location. It's cozy, but there is plenty of room between diners. The portion sizes are larger than most small plate restaurants. You only need about 4 or maybe 5 dishes for 2 people and our waiter was very helpful and advised us of this. On his recommendation we tried the confit goat belly with lobster and crab. It was scrumptious! The roasted cauliflower is amazing, definitely try that! And the pig face is quite good as well. The goat empanadas are very nice also. They have an AMAZING petit verdot wine, made and sold specifically and only for the Girl and the Goat. Tried to get them to sell us a bottle to go, but alas they could not. Great find, will definitely revisit.Special Features:
- excellent. ..LiloDined on 10/14/2014Loved the place, food was incredible, service can be improved.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too crowdedEricDined on 10/14/2014seating becomes even uncomfortably crowded. Waitress said there would be avocado inside the salad, but actually no. a little disappointed. Raining day's valet parking service is not existing.Special Features:
- A different taste with every biteOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/14/2014Each small plate we tried had sweet, salty,and savory flavors. It was a unique dining experience for us. I would love to learn to cook like this.Special Features:
- Amazing!!!!TwixDined on 10/13/2014I've always wanted to try Chef Stephanie Izzard's restaurant, so when my boyfriend said he's going to Chicago for a business trip, I just had to tag along and make the reservation. I was drooling the whole time leading up to the time we walked into the restaurant. And it did not disappoint! Everything was pretty spectacular. We had a couple of appetizers while waiting for our table, and we were seated pretty soon after. We had 4 more dishes, and although we were pretty stuffed, we ate everything! I even wanted to lick a couple of plates at one point. LOL. If we lived in Chicago, I think we will be there every week. The prices were reasonable. Will definitely go back when we're in Chicago again!Special Features:
- OverratedMarathonDinerDined on 10/13/2014I dined at the Girl and the Goat recently on a trip to Chicago for the marathon. We read so much about it online and thought we had to try it. We were very disappointed starting with our experience at the bar. The bartender got an attitude with us right away when we went to order our normal drinks. They are one of these places that don't carry the standard drinks, but pick out their own that are less known. There was only one dish out of the 7 that we ordered that we enjoyed. The pig face with an egg on top was very delicious. However, no other dish had us talking about how good it was. Very disappointing restaurant.Special Features:
- Plan ahead...gunnerVIPDined on 10/13/2014...and make sure this place is on your itinerary. We travel to Chicago annually for my wife to run the Chicago Marathon and this is our 3rd consecutive annual visit to Girl & the Goat and every year it exceeds all of our expectaions. The food is amazing and the service is too. We simply couldn't help ourselves and ordered 9 small plate items from the menu; all fantastic. Calvin provided the most wonderful & effortless service we've ever experienced. Everything was simply perfect. Thank you for another spectacular evening at one of our favorite places on the planet!Special Features:
- SpartyBoilerVIPDined on 10/13/2014you need to like goat meat. But it was all very good. Vegies were outstanding. Also had scallops and pork, papperdelle. Everything was well prepared and warm. Great serviceSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 10/12/2014The baked bread was fantastic. The trout was a surprise highlight. the goat empanadas were a little over fried but still quite good. The pig face has a good crunchiness to it. I loved the kohlrabi salad; I have not had something like that before. Some of the dishes were a tad salty but I didn't mind that. The shiitake ice cream was interesting and I am glad I got to try that, but the pb&j dessert was really more to my personal taste. Overall, it doesn't seem you can go wrongSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wowza!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/12/2014So, I was in town for the Chicago Marathon. Someone told me to make a reservation at this restaurant when I booked my hotel (like four months early). Very glad I listened because this place was phenomenal. I was solo and this place is more for groups. With a group, you are advised to order several plates to share. But, after 26.2, I could eat enough for two. The Sugo was divine, the broccoli cooked to perfection, and the apple buckle mouth watering. This place is a MUST visit for your Chicago experience!Special Features:
- great food great serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/11/2014all around great restaurant. food was great and server was very attentiveSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very goodRenatoDined on 10/11/2014Very good ambience. Waiters are very friendly and helpful. Food is not usual and very good. I recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious Food and Best ServerGastroPubLVrVIPDined on 10/11/2014The food was AMAZING!! Great flavor combinations...My taste buds were in pure ecstasy! Our server Kelly was fabulous!! We went here for our Anniversary dinner and will definitely be back!!! Scrumptious dishes!!Special Features:
- Well worth the wait to get thereLS19VIPDined on 10/11/2014It took a while but we were finally able to get a reservation that fit our schedule for being in the city. This is another restaurant that is likely to push you out of your food comfort zone but will be well worth it. We arrived right at our reservation time and were promptly seated. All the dishes are small plates intended for sharing and in the end, we ordered four different dishes for the two of us. Serving of the dishes was not what we expected: first two of them came (delivered separately a couple of minutes apart) but then we had time to finish them before the other two came. We hadn't expected that and given a choice, might have wanted them in a different order. But very good and made for a very nice dinner in our long city day.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enchanting to eat you.cornbredVIPDined on 10/9/2014The food was amazing and the service was excellent. I'm a vegetarian, and I was worried that the vegetable dishes would not be substantial enough for a meal. However, the broccoli made me want to sing Taylor Swift love songs, and I was stuffed when we left. My boyfriend was blown away by the goat and meat dishes. The one downside to this place is the ambience, which is not uncommon. We sat at a banquette, that was oddly low, about 4 inches from our neighbors on either side. We couldn't hear each other without leaning on the table and yelling so we just stopped talking. Luckily, the food is good enough that conversation wasn't a high priority anyway.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Consistant excellenceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/8/2014One of my favorite Chicago restaurants. I would be proud to bring any out-of-town foodie to experience this amazing restaurant. Make sure to get the roasted cauliflower at least once.Special Features:
- Excellent!!Lish0686Dined on 10/7/2014This place is amazing!! Food is outstanding and the service was wonderful! I had a reservation but still had to wait 20-25 mins and they were very accommodating. They brought us complimentary drinks and a complementary dish for the longer than normal wait. I will be going back as soon as I can get another reservation!! I have raved about this place to all my friends and family and think it's a must for all Chicagoans!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday Treatluv2eetDined on 10/7/2014This was the fourth time my husband and I have come here to dine. Once again, it did not disappoint. We ordered so many delicious items and enjoyed them all, even took some leftovers home so we could enjoy again. Pig face, green beans, and cauliflower courses are something I could order over and over again! Dessert came around and we both were too full for another course, but the server insisted to 'hypothetically' choose a desert. I completely forgot that the open table reservation said that this was a birthday dinner, and thought it was great that they accommodated that detail. All around, this place is a keeper as it does not ever disappoint!Special Features:
- G&G Can Do No WrongkwomanDined on 10/7/2014Stephanie Izard, seriously thank you for sharing this amazing food with the city of Chicago. The "menu standards" are subtly tweaked so it's never exactly the same as it was before, and sometimes it's even more fabulous. I think you have to try very hard to find something that you won't like here. Sure it's a little pricey to eat here but it's totally worth it to indulge. Things to try: green beans, roasted beets, any of their fresh breads, the pork shank, goat empanadas, specialty oysters. Also the beer and wine menu is on point.Special Features:
- Awesome experience!MarieDined on 10/7/2014My friend and I came for dinner here for our first time and absolutely loved everything about this place. We've always heard great things, but wanted to check it out for ourselves. The food was amazing. We tried a small hummus plate (perfect for a mini appetizer). Afterwards, we bravely tried the goat empanadas, diver scallops and the chickpea fritters. So much flavor in all of them I couldn't chose which was best. However, our absolute favorite was the Pigs Head. I can't even explain how delicious it was. Aside from the food being wonderful, our server, Lindsey, was great! She provided us with awesome recommendations and we enjoyed her company as our server. We will be going back with friends to try other items on the menu.Special Features:
- Frantic dining/ great food/ noisyGatorDined on 10/7/2014Food was interesting/well done, service very good but you need to be in the mood to be in a very noisy, hustle environment. It borders on frantic which may appeal to a younger crowd...I found the noise and the crowded feel to be a bit oppressive.Special Features:
- Another great meal and Girl & GoatOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/7/2014This was my fourth visit and my colleagues first. It was another great experience. I love that each time I visit there is something new and different on the menu. My new favorite though is the pork shank and Mt. Lassen Trout - yum!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.