Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma
Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma

Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wildgoatbistro.com/wildgoatbistro/Home.html
  • Phone: (707) 658-1156
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-5:00pm
    Dinner: M-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: Su 5:00pm-8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: The Wild Goat Bistro offers customized catering for whatever the event might be - business meetings, birthday, graduation or anniversary celebrations, corporate events, private dinner parties. Our objectives are to plan well, deliver quality food in creative presentations, serve it professionally and do what it takes to make your event worry free. Unique menus are created for each event - no two events are alike, so why should the food be?

Getting there

  • Cross Street: B Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma
Nestled in the historic Great Petaluma Mill, the Wild Goat Bistro offers a casual dining experience in a rustic and inviting atmosphere. The charming space reflects a European style bistro with intimate dining tables, a reclaimed copper-top counter which has a birds-eye view of the open kitchen. There is additional seating available at a community farm table for larger gatherings. The Wild Goat Bistro offers up a menu of honest food that uses local fresh organic ingredients in a variety of culinary traditions. From their specialty Neopolitan style 10" pizzas, to innovative salads, to scrumptious main dishes, to sharable small plates - it is a seasonally changing menu that has something for everyone anytime of the day. Special attention is given to making nearly the entire menu gluten-free - even the amazing home-made desserts. Their carefully curated wine list includes wines from hand crafted, small production local vitners as well as wines of interest from around the world.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Wild Goat Bistro - Petaluma reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (34)great for lunch (29)romantic (14)great for outdoor dining (11)special occasion (8)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (5)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Totally comfortable experience
    Evenray
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Excellent food preparation; very good wines at very reasonable prices; service that felt personal
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo all around
    HakeRiosFamily
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The best food is food that's divinely delicious AND responsibly harvested. That's Wild Goat! And the service couldn't be better! Genuine, warm, attentive. It's our favorite local restaurant for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    HungryMama
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    LOVED this place! My in-laws wanted to treat us to dinner before we had our baby so we picked this place off of Yelp. So glad we did! Service was good - my water glass was never empty - and the food was EXCELLENT. I'd also like to mention that I have gestational diabetes, and haven't eaten out anywhere nice because I was concerned that there wouldn't be anything I would be able to eat on the menu. I am happy to report that not only was the food delish, but it was also GD friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    Laurielulu
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We loved the food. We had pork chops, lentil dish and sole. They were all outstanding as was the wine. Service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - poor planning
    Shinshia
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We booked a table for 7:15. Because we arrived early, we were invited to order wine and wait at a dismal bench in the hall. We were told reservations were running on time. At 7:35 we asked when we would be seated! Waited longer.... As were about to leave, they finally seated us. They did try to make up for the very late start. Food good. Table service good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pizza and chicken pesto salad
    Lisa
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Both the pizza (I think called Fog Lifter?) and chicken pesto salad were really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    Alibongo
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Found Wild Goat Café on yelp and thought we would try it out. It was a birthday celebration. The host/manager was most welcoming, she had great recommendations for wine, helped with food suggestions and was very attentive. It was a romantic dinner and we felt like we had enough privacy even though the place is very intimate and brightly lit. All the staff were great, the food was served in a timely manner, explanations were given if needed, food was hot and extremely delicious. I gave it five stars as we could not fault it and will be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and Easy, Great Food
    TerraFirma
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Thanks to the good reviews we found this place while visiting Petaluma for the Artisan Cheese Festival. We didn't want a huge or elaborate meal after sampling cheese all day. It is smaller than I thought it would be, felt almost like a pub. The food choices were good, well prepared and the waitress delightful. The Sole with Lemon sauce was light and buttery. My husband and I split their Spinach Salad which was also light but flavorful (we had been eating cheese all day so light was good). My husband had the Perfect Pair Pizza with pear and gorgonzola and fresh arugula. Nice flavors. The menu has something to please everyone - from Shortribs to Pizzas, Salads and Small Plates. Local wine list with good choices. We will definitely be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a friend
    Andi
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I chose the Wild Goat Bistro because the reviews were good, it is good, and the service is OUTSTANDING. The price was fair and the location is really quaint and cute. As for the food, my friend and I each had a salad an shared a pizza. I had a vinaigrette on lettuce with bacon and egg, the waitress accommodated me with changing from a blue cheese to the vinaigrette, which was great that she did this, but I couldn't taste the salad dressing at all and my friend said she had the same problem. Now, for the pizza, it was good, the crust was thin and the sausage kind of spicy. Over all the restaurant is good and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A small Gem in Petaluma
    hwyhawg
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We tried the Wild Goat Bistro off the Open Table suggestions. It was well worth the visit. The restaurant is small and very cozy. Great for a drop in dinner for two, but don't expect a private quit dinner, this place was hopping. Not a lot of elbow room. The food was very good, great menu. I had the calamari, it was perfectly cooked. Salads were bright and well presented. Service was good for cramped quarters. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner 3/20
    debra
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Food was good overall. The appetizers and salads were great. The service was outstanding. It is a small restaurant so make reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our favorite casual
    ScooterVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    This is our favorite casual restaurant / cafe in Petaluma. Great service, excellent food, quaint atmosphere....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Friendly
    John
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We stumbled into this little gem of a local eatery our first night in Petaluma and have been back often since. The place is clean friendly and unassuming but serves top notch food. In particular the pizzas and salads are ecellent. If your are lucky they might still have a slice of carrot cake left. Grab it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Petaluma
    ChefKarl
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Wild Goat Bistro, a great little restaurant in downtown Petaluna. We had small plates and pizza, all were perfect to share. Got alot of flavors without leaving and feeling stuffed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch in Petaluma!
    mveatingout
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Wanted to check out the open house scene in Petaluma yesterday so we planned to have lunch locally. Love the Wild Goat Bistro and as always it did NOT disappoint. Between us we had two salads a pizza (GF) and one slider (I got the slider and it was by far the best ever!) My friend working on GF said the pizza was good, but he wished he'd tried the regular crust versus the GF -- just loses something when you go GF. Had a wonderful Pinot Grigio recommended by staff. Highly recommend this place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We're picky and we loved it!
    HakeRiosFamily
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My husband is a chef and is super picky about restaurants. This hit "yes" for us on all fronts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy Wild Goat. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Always enjoy Wild Goat. The food is great, the pizzas and salads, for small meals or to share and the dinner entrees are great as well. The food is always fresh. The wait staff is knowledgeable of the menu and they always come back to the table to see if everything is ok or anything is needed. Being in the "business", we appreciate all these things. We love the location,in town. It will continue to be one of our first choices when going out to eat! It's a small place, so it's good to make a reservation! Thank You Wild Goat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always! Constant
    Design2dine
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Great as always! Constant go to in Petaluma. Gluten free carrot cake a must have regardless of reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another memorable meal
    Gforce
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Love the wealth of delicious gluten-free offerings. Tuna rustica sandwich is so healthy and satisfying (very little mayo, if any), nutty goat appetizer tasty, french onion soup mmm good. But the best was their GF fig and ginger cake. Wow! Definitely one of the top 5 cakes I've had in my life. Charming gem of a restaurant, absolutely adore it there. Nothinh pretentious, just casually comforting with incredible food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great for dinner, was
    Design2dine
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Always great for dinner, was first time for business lunch small plates were a great choice for time and taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Spot in Petaluma
    HaleyW
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    My husband and I moved to Petaluma about 6 months ago. While home hunting, we stopped into the Wild Goat Bistro and it has been our favorite spot in town ever since. We bring all our visitors there. We love the ambience of the tiny space, as well as the thoughtful and delicious food. I love getting a glass of wine, either the meatball appetizer or sandwich (their meatballs are awesome!), and the carrot cake for dessert. Their carrot cake is the best I've had. Their pizzas are yummy too. In fact, everything I've tried has been good. The combo of great ambience and food really keeps us coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cramped Quarters
    SundayDiner
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Tasty meal. Needs more room or fewer tables. A challenge for motorized wheel-chair maneuvering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VERY TASTY
    Holly
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My mother and I had a very tasty meal. Relatively small serving. I had the pan-seared small chicken breast with green beans and a very small scoop of quinoa. It was called "brick chicken," but it definitely wasn't a brick chicken. It was not flattened in the least. However, it was perfectly cooked and was very simple and tasty. The beans were excellent. My mother had the sole, which she said was very good. It's very cramped and not for the romantic dinner, but it is a neighboorhood find and the ingredients were fresh and perfectly cooked. The lemon cream slice of cake was delicious.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, cozy spot
    Cmonster
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I have Celiac so eating out can be challenging. Each time we eat here I have either the GF pasta or pizza. The food is always amazing and the staff is always attentive to my dietary needs. The last time we brought my parents and they also loved the food. It is just loud enough to seem busy but you can have a lovely conversation at normal volume.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petrale sole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants but this last experience was very disappointing. I took some friends from Orange County who were very excited about having a great dinner. All three of us ordered the Petrale sole and it was dry and tasteless. I was embarrassed. I've eaten there several times before and always had a good meal. I guess it was an off night. The pork shank on garbanzo beans is my favorite .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Petaluma Eatery
    PrincessJewels
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Great salads and gourmet pizza. Enjoyed my calamari steak as well. Small place, but nice atmosphere. Service was a bit slow, but overall experience was good. Would recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful taste combinations!
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Three of us went on Sunday and had some great items. It is a rustic setting with wooden tables in a small cozy space. The perfect pair pizza was a hit, as was the special arugula spinach salad with brie. Even the tomato basil soup was just perfect. Enjoyed every bite. Service was a little off timing and when we dropped a fork (loudly) and needed plates removed from our table no one to be found. Still would return again without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little spot in Petaluma
    pinkhockey75VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We hit this restaurant late on a Sunday night. It was quiet! I've seen it packed during the lunch rush. It is a small, cozy restaurant... nice to share with only a few other diners. The food was great. The farmer's market salad was fresh, containing delicious sweet roasted beets. Loved the pizza too. We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rustic cuisine in a cozy corner...
    Marie
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    What a find! The food was delicious: fresh ingredients expertly prepared and presented. The servers were attentive without being intrusive, and even though it was the lunch hour and the place is very small, we were not made to feel rushed. I would absolutely make a reservation, and allow enough time to park due to its downtown location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely little spot!
    jmath
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Stopped by this place with my boyfriend on our way up to Sonoma for the weekend. We loved it so much, we went again on our way home! They have great gluten free options (including bread, meatballs, and breadcrumbs) which opened up many of the food options for me. They have great 1/2 bottles of champagne, perfect for mimosas for two. Amazing service. Overall, wonderful experience. Can't wait to drive thru Petaluma again so I can go here again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Bistro near Petaluma River
    TRHburg
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Sweet, French-styled bistro- inside and outside seating- though the tables are a wee bit close together. Turkey sandwich and Cobb salad delicious- good wine list. Staff friendly and informal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    On the waiting list sor another popular Petaluma restaurant we ran into the Wild Goat Bistro. What a great find. Now it is a regular to meet a friend or grown kids for really tasty food. Try the lemon cake for desert lovely people also. Feels like a trip out of fast lane.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but super awesome!
    Bontador
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Don't let the unassuming size fool you, this place rocks! Fantastic local ingredients nicely prepared. You'll instantly feel at home... Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for lunch
    catlab
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    very good sandwiches..nice selections of small pizzettas although you might want to opt for them at dinner vs. lunch. The one we had tasted ok but was a bit limp. Either the oven was not hot enough or it still needed to cook a bit more. For lunch I had the soup of the day( butternut squash..it was excellent) and the turkey sandwich, which came on a toasted baguette with a bit of pesto, brie, and some fig spread...It too was very good. They also have a small but interesting wine. Coffee was strong and fresh and was welcome after the meal. menu..Overall a good place to eat at but it is also a bit pricey. Friendly and efficient service.too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Save room for desert!
    Lynda
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    We had the seafood appetizer and pesto chicken salad which was awesome. We were trying to stay healthy when my partner suggested splitting a dessert. We were torn between the fig ginger cake and the lemon crime so we got them both! It was worth the calories and the exrTra trips around the track to work them off! I will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tiny place, big ambience and menu
    chirp
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We love Wild Goat and hesitate to mention that as it is so tiny we would hate to wait at this favorite place. We decided to do an early dinner for NY Eve. I made the reservation that morning and we got in. When we arrived all the tables were filled…at 5:30 no less! Food was terrific, wine list wonderful and ambience is very European cafe-ish…love it! I have a myriad of food allergies and they always have several choices I can eat and enjoy. All their cakes are homemade Their GF ginger fig cake is to die for. I usually eat salads there but had the burger for the first time and it was easily the best burger I have ever eaten. Unless you are claustrophobic Wild Goat is the place!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lunch spot in Petaluma?
    fairfax
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I haven't tried hoards of places in Petaluma, so I can't really make that claim, but if it were only to get better than Wild Goat, then Petaluma might be a food Mecca. I was very pleasantly surprised at how darned good this place is. Didn't see it on Yelp, but found it on Google Maps. Great menu. Very creative and very tasty. Tried the gluten-free bread on a sandwich and it was probably the best gluten-free sandwich bread I've had. It wasn't too dense or doughy, and it wasn't too heavy or thick. Lightly toasted it was quite perfect. Everything else was great and there were quite a few things on the menu I'd be excited to go back and try. Recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Place for My Wife and Me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Each holiday season, before the family descends on our home, my wife and I set aside an evening for dinner at the Wild Goat Bistro. We don't delve deeply into the menu. This year, we each had a pizza. The evening is more about congratulating ourselves for having cards sent,. gifts wrapped, food prepared, etc. and to reconnect before the storm. Wild Goat is perfect for our purposes. We hope to have many more year holiday dinners there. Good food., good service, and a growing tradition. A fine holiday combination.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Wild Goat Bistro is great!
    Bretta
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We highly recommend the Wild Goat Bistro to anyone on a gluten-free diet. They have excellent gluten-free pizza and cakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious crowd pleaser 4 the picky
    Bonnie
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    4 of us celebrated the holidays with a fabulous lunch here! All of us are picky! The food was really excellent and managed to please two major foodies that eat mostly organic, one fickle pregnant lady and a "show me the burger" guy. Everyone was thrilled with their eats. The butternut squash soup was excellent. Thumbs up for the hamburger. Salad and pizza unique and delicious. German chocolate cake was yummy! Loved the selection. Wait staff was super friendly and very efficient! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate