goosefoot

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Contemporary American
Chris and Nina Nugent are chef/owners of this 30-seat Fine Dining BYOB* restaurant located in Lincoln Square. goosefoot® features a subtle palette of grays with touches of gold and black. The cuisine is an artful blend of French technique with modern vision created from small artisan farm products. Chef Nugent’s talent for precision, refinement and visual artistry in the form of an elaborate multi-course tasting menu.

The menu price is $145 no corkage fee, tax and tip not included. Please allow 3 hours for your dining experience.

*goosefoot® food & wine just next door offers a wonderful selection of wine at an excellent price point for your dining experience. Nina conveniently emails you the wine list; simply reply and she will have it chilled and ready for you at the restaurant. No need to run around town! Our wine selection is chosen to pair well with the current menu and the wines are priced appropriately!


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RJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a wonderful place where Chris and Nina Nugent take great care of each person. Chris’ food is consistently amazing. A great value and you can bring your own wine. A hinder neighborhood gem that should get much more publicity than it does.

l
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Goosefoot staff provided us with an extraordinary evening. The tastes were unique and memorable while providing us with a visual experience that went beyond our wildest expectations. My husband and I have not stopped revisiting each course..we have continued to savor each and every course. Thank you for making our birthday celebration one we will never forget.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Wonderful, welcoming ambiance, attentive service. We were delighted by every dish, both through visuals and taste. We will definitely return!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal experience from the food, to the service, to the explanations and BYOB. highly recommend.

MB
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Have been trying to get here for years. Finally worked out and overall we had a nice time. We arrived a bit early, no traffic and were seated right away. We had brought a lot of wine. Was a bit odd that we had to wait over 20 minutes before a bottle was opened. Then the courses started. We loved the soup. Loved the tortellini. They were nice sized portions. The beef was delicious yet very small. Was surprised there wasn’t another course. There were a couple of desserts. One which looked like an ice cream cone was disliked by the entire group.
It was a bit disappointing. Overall we had a lovely evening but for the price I’m not sure we would return. They’re are other options in the city for this kind of meal where we have left blown away by the quality and quantity of the food.

DW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to fine dining restaurant in Chicago! We've been going to Goosefoot (not frequently enough) since it first opened, and the husband and wife team of Chris and Nina Nugent are always welcoming, presenting innovative delights, and continually upping their game. We love we can always depend on Goosefoot for an excellent experience, new cuisine each time we come, and a relaxed, entertaining and intimate evening. The more recent upgrades to decor, themed dinners, and access to reasonably priced wines paired to match the menus are a huge plus... can't wait to go back!

G
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to almost every great restaurant in Chicago and many in the US and abroad. The food and experience was tremendous. It far exceeded our expectations. It should be at least 2 Michelin stars.

We had a tremendous experience, excellent service, great food. Get the best bottle of wine you can afford, go and enjoy a great experience.

W
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very much enjoyed the Woodstock ‘69 theme and food! Some of the course flavors were strong or rich, but it was absolutely an enjoyable evening. Hope to see what the next seasonal inspiration brings!

OT
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We had a pretty high expectation for Goosefoot, but we ended up really disappointed by the food. The first dish, the scallop, was amazing. Scallop was perfectly done with a creamy sauce full of lobster flavor.

However, the second dish was still heavily creamy, and we did not get why the chef would include rice in the soup since the rice does not really go well with sausage, crab, or the soup itself.

The third course was really a nightmare to us. It was so heavy that I only finished 1/4 of it. Even the burgundy truffle could not save this dish.

We love the angus beef, which was probably our favorite dish in this whole set, but happiness did not last long, especially when we had our final dessert, the ‘macaron’. I know I might be too straightforward but to be honest I could not understand the aesthetics. The chocolate was also pretty heavy, not to mention the weird combination of chocolate and boysenberry sauce.

Overall I wished I just had the scallop, the beef, and the vanilla ice cream-like dessert. The name and the story of this restaurant does sound cute, the space itself does look cozy, but the food did not worth out trip and the money.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and creative food. Service was both friendly and highly professional. Loved being part of what I have to call an art installation (multimedia representation of Woodstock). BYO is a huge bonus.

D
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner here. Nina is a wonderful host and Chris leads a creative and tasteful team in the kitchen. BYOB helps keep the cost down and the menu is well-priced. Worth it!

JR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I went to Goosefoot to celebrate our anniversary and from start to finish the experience was outstanding. The decor is adorable. Currently there is a "Woodstock" theme, and dioramas (including Herbie the Love Bug!), video, and music set the perfect mood. The music is at an appropriate volume for conversation. The small, 30 seat dining room feels intimate, but the tables don't feel crowded. And the food. Oh my God the food! From the first bite of scallop to the last bite of chocolate, every dish was beautifully cooked, creatively presented,and explained with passion. It's clear this restaurant is a labor of love from Chris and Nina. They even wrote Happy Anniversary on our dessert plate (in the most delicate chocolate writing I have ever seen). The courses were delicious and appropriately sized to leave us full but not stuffed. You can arrange to purchase very reasonably priced wine in either full or half bottles from the shop next door. We loved the half bottle option so that we could have bubbles, white and red, and they made great recommendations to complement the food. It was a really special experience and I highly recommend it!

F
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just SPECIAL. Outstanding. Unique. This is the only dinner we have found to rival 11 Madison Park in New York. From an unassuming front door entrance in still transitioning Lincoln Park--which makes one wonder whether you have found the right location--one enters into a beautiful, ultra modern and understated small dining room. You soon wonder if you have walked through a portal into either Manhattan or onto The Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. It is a set menu. Four offerings. Each course is visually stunning and delicious beyond comparison. Tastes we have never before savored any where in the world. Sauces are a specialty. So subtle and refined, yet so voluptuous to the taste. One wonders how impolite it could possibly be to lick the plates given the extraordinary one-of-a-kind taste sensations!

It is family-run: husband and wife (and I think daughter). Lovely people. Bring your own wines. They expect it and hope for it. No corkage fee. They have a small serviceable wine list at EXTREMELY reasonable prices, but the selection is small. The wines are high 80 point selections. Nina, the wife, knew just what to do, though, with our Cristal 2008 champagne. They are no strangers to fine wines.
Flowers on the plates are edible, and delectable. every food offering is a work of art, as are the plates. Looks like likely one table-turn per night. This is slow and gracious dining. Plan two hours. The food comes out of the kitchen on a regular basis, but you are left with time to savor each dish and talk with your table mate or maybe even the adjacent table. There was a sense of excitement in the main dining room among the diners who were there. (There is also a private dining room seating probably 8?) One instantly realizes upon entering that this is something different and VERY special. When dessert comes, you will better understand the name of the restaurant.

I was expecting a bill 50% higher than what came ($145/diner). We cannot wait to go again!

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was incredible. The courses were larger and IMO, the perfect size. The service was perfect and the servers were extremely knowledgable and proud of what they were serving. I highly recommend Goosefoot to anyone who loves to eat unique, creative cuisine.

S
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A place we rely on for special occasions. In this case our anniversary. Husband is the chef and his wife front of the house. Always superlative service. Pre fix menu is always stunning in terms of presentation and wonderfully flavorful. Portions are generous. BYOB but can get wine at Goosefoot’s store. Goose foot got 1 Michelin’e star but deserves 2. Maybe next year

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food. Beautiful presentation.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Food was great. The decor was well thought out. The service was very friendly too. My only comment is that the service is a bit slow. We were not aware that the service was in sittings. We arrived 15 mins early, but didn’t have any food until an hour our arrival.

AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent diners and love the flavorful and creative art on a place meals , cozy atmosphere resembling a party in someone’s living room. The food as usual was excellent! Plus very conversation friendly. Nina and Chris are lovely.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BYOB is an added bonus

MH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining as theater: a choreographed food performance with twists, surprises, and sensory delights. The food and experience was well conceived and executed from beginning to end. We loved it!

B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite for a special meal or when you just want to treat yourself to a special experience.

PC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated as if we were family, Nina and Chris does an outstanding job they should have a Michelin three star rating. We will return.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

For the price food was just average

BR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolutely wonderful experience! Phenomenal food!!

JO
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I spent our 20 year wedding Anniversary at Goosefoot! The food and service was amazing! Nina and Chris have a fabulous restaurant! We look forward to returning!!

k
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and presentation, tasteful but not stuffy, imaginative combination of flavors. Highly recommend

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was a work of art. Everything was delicious. Had a great meal for our 25th anniversary.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this dining experience with my family and celebrating two special occasions for two of our sons. Spectacular dinner option, too, because one can bring her own special wines (it’s a BYOB with additional stress-free options!). The extremely reasonably priced option of pre ordering delicious wines from Goosefoot to pair with the multi-course menu is not to be missed! We did both! Nina perfected our evening with the warm and thoughtful conversation as she attentively cared after our visit. The artistic display and culinary delight created by Chris left us talking about our outstanding dinner for these four days following our special dinner. What a dynamic duo and terrific waitstaff. We cannot wait to return!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris and Nina do a fantastic job. We'll definitely be coming back.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had!

A
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to spend an anniversary dinner. From the minute we entered the restaurant and were greeted with a warm smile, to the last bite of desert, everything was not only delicious, but also presented beautifully. Service was impeccable. The fact that this is a BYOB restaurant is also a big plus as we were able to enjoy the wines we like at our pace. They do not pour the wine for you, I liked that a lot. Will absolutely be back.

d
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an extraordinary experience with amazing food in a menu designed and executed by Chris and Nina, Natalie completed the team and made my mom's birthday a memorable day.

B
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times and always a special evening. Presentation always exceptional. Very reasonable wine list and also BYO so best of all worlds. We try o go every few months as the menu seasonally rotates.

c
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to goosefoot for our anniversary. Wonderful service, explained each of the 7 course prix-fixe menu succinctly but didn't hover over us. Not pretentious, as many other restaurants of similar quality. Presentation very creative, food spectacular. It is expensive but you get excellent, inventive food. As it is BYOB, that helps keep the cost reasonable. My only suggestion is to include sparkling water and espresso in the cost of the dinner, seemed a little silly to have to pay extra. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

W
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!

Our group of 5 loved everything about our dining experience! It is not a meal but a dining experience! From the moment we booked our reservation until we walked out the door everyone was amazing. We will be back!

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Favorite restaurant ever! Will always go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. So personal and exquisite

t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly personable service. A special place without any airs about it.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb, the ambiance was perfect. The chef owner was very personable. Will be a faithful diner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service.

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