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Girl & the Goat
Girl & the Goat

Girl & the Goat Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://girlandthegoat.com
  • Email: info@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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "If I won the lottery, I would eat here every day. My husband and I went here for my birthday. Such amazing dishes; well rounded flavors, interesting combinations that I've never seen anywhere else, great presentation and just so delicious. We had the fried pickles and Gums N' Roses bread to start with some beers; then scallops, beef tongue, goat belly and green beans for the entree'. Everything was just SO good but the scallops for me were the best thing I ever put in my mouth. Bacon jam? Fennel, caramelized onion, crispy wafers and some kind of delicious sauce? Yes! The green beans also had this AMAZING smokey soy/cashew sauce on it...I could have licked the plate. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Our waiter was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and very accommodating. The food at best average, but the presentation was very nice. This place reminded me of a tapas restaurant, but much pricier and not as good. Not for vegans or gluten-free individuals."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Stephanie Izard is a genius! We could only get a 10:15 reservation (made it 2 months ago!) but it was worth the wait! From the Tortone to the Kohlrabi Salda, from the Goat Empanadas to the Shisito Peppers all the way to PORK FACE!!!! and the Butterscotch Pudding (BACON TOFFEE for reals!) every bite was exceptional! Perfect late night Birthday Feast! Shout out to Brennan for making the evening super fun too! Love the Bitter Penguin! Goat You! (*For two people at a small table the noise was manageable, can't imagine trying to visit if our party was much bigger.)"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved the food; loved the "farm house tables"; A bit dark and a bit noisey so it made conversation across the table difficult Highly recommend; great experience; broccoli is a must try"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had a few friends visiting from out of town and I decided to take them here. They like food, but I would not categorize them as foodies. So this was a great new experience for them with the presentation and interesting dishes."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great food. Be sure to step out of your comfort zone. You will not be disappointed!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "After years of walking by this restaurant & never being able to reserve a table, I finally got in on a Friday afternoon. Lets just say that it was okay, not great. Yes to inventive mixtures of ingredients, yes to farm to table… but my overwhelming impression when I left was SUPER SALTY. What is the point of having all of these wonderful ingredients if they are smothered in salt? I am sure that part of this has to do with what we chose but I think that it shouldn't have been the case no matter what the dishes were. BTW the pig face is very very rich, so if you order that ask for it to be served first otherwise you may feel a bit ill if you have it last as we did. The wine list is excellent but over priced. Meh."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My wife and I travel to Chicago two or more time per year. We love visiting Chicago and experiencing all it has to offer. A friend recommended this place to us and we couldn't be more delighted! As soon as we walked in, we KNEW this was going to be an awesome experience. The service was great, the atmosphere was excellent, and the food.....OH the FOOD! It was out of this world good. You have to have the coffee cake for desert too. Unreal."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Three of us dined at Girl and the Goat on 4/9/14. We had read great reviews and were anxious to dine there when we were in Chicago. The food was outstanding; we chose two items each from veggies, fish and meat plus a bread, appetizer and dessert. Every item was delicious. Just when we thought we had eaten the best thing ever, the next item came out and topped it! The wood grilled broccoli was awesome as was the arctic char. The service was great and the meal was paced perfectly, not rushed but we never had to wait long for the next item. Be warned that it is very noisy; probably not a place to have a quiet dinner conversation. Would certainly recommend for a fun dining experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great restaurant in good location. Food very interesting and well prepared and presented. Most notable were the cauliflower, pork shank, octopus and duck tongue. The desserts were outstanding!! Quite noisy but we sat in the window which allowed a bit of a reprieve as people only on one side of us. Service was top notch."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The ability to share wonderful food bites is refreshing. Everyone can share and comment on what they're eating and experiencing."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "A great dining experience, the food was some of the best I have ever had, the flavors where amazing!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I am glad that I did not trust my friend’s opinion on the food being not as good as the hype. Most American taste buds are very comfortable with familiar tastes. Few may find the food at Girl & the Goat a little too outside-the-box with taste and texture. I found that the food was a great way to train my palette to appreciate the well-complimented and precise flavors within each dish. Goat shank with a cinnamon-y crust and a side of smoky kimchi? Soft hamachi crudo with crunchy pork belly? Well-steamed mussels with crunchy minced garlic in a heavy butternut squash sauce? Stephanie knows how to play with her food and does so with class. I believe Girl & the Goat is an adventure to be sought after by everyone."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I lOVE this place. The food is really adventurous and delicious. They were accommodating to my husbands nut allergy and made it a really special evening. We were given the table at the kitchen counter which was great as we got to watch our food being prepared and chat to the chefs doing it. I've not yet had one dish I didn't like, but particularly notable is the Wood-Grilled Broccoli which we ordered as we felt we should have at least one vegetable and it was sooooo good. Obviously the other dishes are great but this one just surprised us. It is tough to get a table here but trust me, it is worth the wait."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Everything we tried was great and because of the family style serving you get to try it all. The more people you get at your table the more dishes to try so bring friends."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The Girl and the Goat is an outstanding resturant if you are looking for a gourmet menu without a formal setting. The menu has something for everyone but not for the bland or simple preparation crowd. The fried pickles and pig Face were outstanding. The service was very good and the Resturant services the neighborhood as a great place to meet for a drink after work. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "After a disastrous experience on The Little Goat a few weeks ago, I was afraid of trying Girl & The Goat. But what a turnover! That was for sure the best experience I've had in Chicago. What a place! The food was great, the service was friendly, we got all our questions answered by the waitress and her suggestions were right on the spot. Did I already say the food was great? Oh, my god, what was that??? Best dinner I've had in the last months! Highly recommended, but make a reservation in advance because the place is super crowded."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I can’t recall the last time I was so bowled over by a restaurant’s food and service. Actually, on second thought, I can, and it was in the three-star Michelin institutions of Eleven Madison Park in New York and The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena. Girl & the Goat is a restaurant worth crossing borders for, and I’m only too happy to report that I’ve found my go-to restaurant whenever my travels take me to Chicago."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I cannot give enough stars or say anything other than excellent! After experiencing other trendy hotspots in Chicago, this place takes the cake! The food was mouthwatering good (i.e.: I hate oysters...I tried and even loved their oysters!!). The service exceeded that of any other place I have been--they went above and beyond to make our night enjoyable there. It may be a bit noisy, but it's worth it! A must try...again and again."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "All the food was very good but for us the halibut was the star of the show... would also highly recommend the scallops, octopus and pork shank. Pinot noir by the glass was a bit disappointing however, as was the Manhattan cocktail we ordered."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Th food is to die for! The idea of this restaurant is based around sharing: instead of each person ordering one thing, a group should order multiple entrees and share it with the table. Therefore, we got 6 plates for the 3 people in our party. I would recommend getting 5 since 6 different things turned out to be too much. Skip the Pig Face: it's fairly dry and flavorless. We started with the Halibut, and it was one of the best choices we made. Besides the amazing halibut, the roasted cauliflower is also delicious and there's more than enough to share among 3-4 people. Too bad the restaurant atmosphere was SO LOUD I could hardly hear the people I was having dinner with. The loud music encourages everyone to scream, which ruins the experience"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food was good, but portions were smaller than appetizer plates at other restaurants. They specifically told us before dinner that plates are made to be shared. those plates were not big enough for one person, granted not for 4. Shrimp "entree" had 3 shrimps in it and it was 4 of us. Again, very small portions even for one person, plus you have to share. Overpriced. You don't get what you pay for. We left the place still hungry (after a $260 bill before tip) and went for sushi."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It has been a hotspot for a while and is finally a little easier to get in, but it has not lost its coolness. The restaurant has a great design, rustic and organic, and the food continues to surprise. I love that the plates are all meant to be shared, making it a very social and fun experience. The only downside is maybe the wine list, with very limited choices for wine by the glass, but obviously the focus is in the food. The pork shank is amazing, and all the seasonal salads are great!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Each dish came together beautifully. The flavor combinations were perfect. The spring onion potstickers and the halibut were both melt in your mouth."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The drinks and food were amazing we had 8 plates and all of then were unique and delicious.i definitely recommend the pig face."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I heard good things and the food was very good. I can't say there is anything I will crave so much I have to return frequently, but the atmosphere and service were great."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had an amazing meal!! Food, service, drinks were all outstanding! One of the best meals ever!! Our waiter, Gary, was terrific - helpful and accommodating! Not to mention, cute!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Good food and service but be prepared to shout a bit as tables are close together and the place is loud."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Our experience at Girl and the Goat was great. Everything from the food, ambience, and wait staff was exceptional. I highly recommend dining here. Enjoy :)"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The place had a good vibe with a subtle but energetic feel.Service was attentive and timely. Food was excellent! Everything tasted great. Our group fell in love with the chick pea fritter, roasted broccoli, goat empanada and the pork face. The miso-butterscotch budino is out of this world."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Its a hot spot but I think its to loud and Food its Ok."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Went here with my husband to celebrate my birthday. It was great for a nice, after-work dinner that felt more special than the usual restaurant. We ordered 5 dishes for the two of us, which was waaay too much (even though this was the waitress's recommendation). I would say 2 of the larger meat dishes and one vegetable side is PLENTY, or one of the smaller meat dishes, a large meat dish like the pork shank and one vegetable side (I say side, but the veggie dishes are humongous). One note: lingering at your table is not an option. We were brought our coats without having asked for them.... not the most hospitable way to end a dinner you've spent a fortune on...."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I absolutely love this restaurant. The food and service is great provided that you have an open mind, are willing to try anything and are with a group that has the same attitude. The ham frites are the absolute best thing I have ever had. I also recommend the scallops and lamb ribs. The pig face is interesting and worth saying you tried it but more for the novelty as there are tastier and more satisfying menu options."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The restaurant definitely lived up to hype and was well worth the 3 month wait for a reservation. The food and service were exceptional. Wait staff were constantly refilling beverages and clearing plates from the table. I liked that the menu was tapas-like as it enabled you to try a lot of dishes. All the dishes came out hot and very close together so you weren't waiting long between them. My husband and I ordered 6 dishes and each were excellent. I highly recommend the wood fired walter's chicken and the pan roasted halibut. Superb! And for the goat dishes, we ordered the goat empandas and the confit goat belly. Each of these were succulent. My husband and I can't wait to go back and try more things."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "They took service with a smile to the next level. The good was great too! My favorite bring the pork belly."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The Pig Face dish is phenomenal and isn't as scary as it sounds. :) Every dish was amazing from the Escarole Ravioli to the Pork Shank. The bread was even impeccable with it's mushroom sauce. (Tho I feel we shouldn't be charged for bread?) I have to say that the only reservation available was at 10:30pm and the server could've been a little less pushy about the kitchen closing soon. They shouldn't seat that late if that's an issue. My biggest pet peeve is to feel rushed. Otherwise, he was very nice. Love the rustic atmosphere!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our meal this past Sunday at Girl and the Goat was one of the best meals I've ever had!! Loved the halibut and the goat empanada, but honestly everything I ate was incredibly delicious."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "A bit disappointing after repeated attempts to get a table. Finally got one and we were very excited to be treating an out of town friend. We found the food a little overwhelming (too many ingredients in most of the dishes we ordered) and very salty. And I’m a salt lover. Service was great. Drinks were OK. Too much $$ for what we got. Maybe we caught the kitchen on a bad night, but we won’t be back to test that theory."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "unique twists on clever dishes. food is proportioned to share so be adventurous."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Sitting at the Chef's Table was the experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend everything on the menu. Thank you for a fantastic evening!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014