Grumpy Goat Tavern

4.5
152 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We are located within the clubhouse at The Highlands Golf Course in Elgin and are open for lunch and dinner. We have beautiful views of the golf course from inside the restaurant, on our wraparound patio, and in our 3-Seasons room. At Grumpy Goat Tavern, we focus on high quality food & drink coupled with superior service. Whether it is our Certified Angus Beef Patties or one of our many housemade sides, we take a lot of time to ensure you have an extraordinary meal. We also have a Whiskey list with over 50 choices along with 12 craft beers on tap, cold and ready for you to enjoy! If you are in the mood for something else, try one of our 20+ wine selections or browse our exclusive cocktail menu which has everything from our signature Old Fashioned to craft made martinis. We look forward to enjoying some time with you.
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KB
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

From Mpls but in down for a concert. Saw this place and thought it looked pretty unique. The food was tasty, lots of outdoor sitting as well.

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had great food and friendly service...as always! Thanks so much!

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wait staff friendly and personable, however not fully attentive with a dinner that wasn’t delivered until halfway through the entire meal. Food was a bit above mediocre with good portion size. View was very nice, although the bar/restaurant reminds me of a mom and pop, city tavern with a banquet room in the back. For the price...eh.

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We happened to be there on a Sat. when there were several young baseball players there having lunch as well. Thus they were very busy and the noise was louder than normal I would assume. (only reasons to not give 5-star overall) Food was certainly 5-STAR!!!!

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zac was our server, nice guy. Very friendly! It was our second time there and the food was excellent. Very fresh and rather inventive for a golf course restaurant !

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have Cajun inspired food in Elgin. I wouldn’t expect that the menu would be so good at a restaurant on a golf course but this is a hidden gem. Very friendly staff, good cocktails, great food. I definitely recommend the Grumpy Goat.

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P
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Outstanding service. We’ll keep returning

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d
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place, interesting menu and really close to home

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Five of us gathered to celebrate a birthday. Three had never been there before but have spent s lot of time in LA and know and like Cajun food. Three had the crawfish etouffee. I had a grouper sandwich minus the bun and thought the fish was just okay(a little dry)and the portion small for the price. One diner had a burger which she enjoyed. The sweet potato fries were the hit of the night. The birthday person got the beignets and thought they were very good.

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No matter what you order, it will be fabulous! My fave is the Creole Chicken sandwich on a brioche bun. Amazing!!

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S
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I put this restaurant as 'good to very good', and worth a try. The interior is a little stark, and you never know how noisy it will be in the place. It's on the golf course, but not the prettiest one I've ever seen.
Three at my table had a burger, which they all put at about a 7 out of 10. I had the muffaletta, which was a 9; should have been a little 'drippier'.
So, even though it sounds bleak, I'd try it again...so many patrons in the place on Friday at 6PM can't be wrong!

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N
Chicago
643 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious Turkey Burger w/all the trimmings. Happy Hour Oysters along with $3.00 draft beer made for an enjoyable evening. Beautiful outside dining with a golf course view. Thank you for the Birthday gift.

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GC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice place with a great server. Food selection was good for someone who likes goat cheese.

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C
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have visited several times prior to attending events at ECC. Always great service, food quality and value. Recommend you give it a try if you've not visited before.

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JM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy my meals and service at this restaurant which is why I continue to go back.

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TA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so friendly. Our server helped to facilitate getting our meal and check in a very timely matter so we could get back on the road to the concert we had tickets for. Very great experience and took forward to returning. Thanks.

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

I bought two Groupons for GG and planned to go there for my birthday dinner with my girlfriends. I am a vegan, so I checked the website ahead of time to ensure they had a veggie burger option for me. First of all, I was told I could only use one Groupon per table. Next, I asked to sample a wine that sounded interesting and was told that I could only if they already had a bottle opened. 15 minutes later the server came back and said they didn't have it at all so I would have to choose something else. Next, I asked about the veggie burger because I didn't see it on the website and was told they no longer offered it, but that I could order their cold veggie wrap as an alternative. I don't know about you, but a cold veggie wrap is not what I had hoped for on a cold evening when celebrating my birthday. Our server was apologetic but very slow despite the fact that only 3 other tables in the entire dining room was occupied. I've been coming here for a couple of years but will not be coming back again after this visit.

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exceptional. We plan on returning.

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LO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Grumpy Goat many times and love the food. This last time I had their Saturday night prime rib special and was very disappointed. Was hard to cut, tough and not very flavorful especially for the price we paid. Won't discourage me from returning though. Love the food, service and atmosphere.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on April 2, 2019

We are very sorry you were disappointed in your meal last Saturday night. We as managers try to walk around the restaurant, stop at tables to make sure our customers are satisfied but unfortunately, you were missed. Thank you for taking time to let us know that the Prime Rib was not up to par, and I hope to hear from you so we can try to make it up to you. Thank You.

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DG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting meals and we'll done

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Happy you enjoyed your meal. Hope to see you again soon!

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a Sunday dinner with a bit of March Madness with my hubby. I ordered the cajun chicken sandwich, and it was hot, fresh and delicious! My husband ordered a build your own burger- he throughly enjoyed his meal as well.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you for taking time for your review. So happy you enjoyed your dinner! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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GG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crowded but great food

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Responded on April 2, 2019

So pleased you enjoyed your visit to Grumpy Goat Tavern! Hope to see you again soon!

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow. Food took long time to come out, but was worth it. Seems like kitchen couldn’t keep up with crowd. We also requested certain table and was told someone had it already. So they placed us in something compatible which was fine but we could of waited for original table as people left 10 minutes after we got there. Our total time there was 1hr 45min. Great food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent server!

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OT
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't let this golf course restaurant fool you, its fantastic! I had the grouper and it was prepared perfectly. Very fresh and tasty dish. If you haven't tried their bloody marys you're missing out. Super delish!!!!!! We will be back!

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f
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliable, comfortable restaurant. Well-prepared food with a New Orleans flair, friendly service, extensive bar.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on March 16, 2019

Thank you for your review. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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KH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall great experience. Wide and varied menu. Nice setting in country club. Service was friendly and responsive. Stuffed jalapenos and deviled eggs were excellent. Stuffed pork was tender and the sauce was quite good, although they could have been a little more liberal with it. Louisiana fried chicken was moist and delicious. Crawfish etouffee was good. Not as spicy or as salty as some that I've had, but there were ways to make it spicier to your taste, and I really appreciated not having to drown myself in water because the meal had so much salt. Beignets were small, but divine. Pine nut cake was good, but the chocolate was bittersweet, so when my husband ran out of the whipped cream, he said it was a little dry. Serving it with ice cream might have been a better choice. Prices were very reasonable.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on March 16, 2019

Thank you for taking time for your review. Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good solid menu. Great burger and wonderful staff.

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Responded on March 16, 2019

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Grumpy Goat Tavern. Thank You!

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MR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chef here always has creative surprises for the diners. The Mardi Gras dinner was no exception. A major plus is the bartender is the real deal.
The only reason they didn’t get 5 stars tonight was I feel they were a bit under staffed for the number of people.
Creative food paired with delicious cocktails equals a wonderful experience.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on March 16, 2019

Yes, we agree, Chef Mike has plenty of unique dishes to offer. Thank you for your review!

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JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Seated right away since we had a reservation. Our waitress was extremely nice and attentive. I enjoyed my food (cajun chicken sandwich & pub fries) and drink (hurricane). My boyfriend built his own burger and said it was cooked well (he ordered medium rare). He got mac n cheese as a side. Not his favorite and I did try it and it wasn't terrible just bland. Missing something. Overall great dining experience. We will definitely be back!!

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SM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Found this place on OpenTable and thought we would give it a try. Very pleased with service and food was outstanding. Plan on returning to enjoy the patio and golf course.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on March 5, 2019

We are so happy you were pleased with your visit to Grumpy Goat Tavern. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The environment is very nice. The service is ok, no real wow factor. The food was a little disappointing, the basket with corn muffins which came with one of our meals, was colder than the butter that came with it. Pasta dish had no flavor nor seasoning to it. The water was given at room temperature and taste very funny not refreshing, not sure if it well or unfiltered water.

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VB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere and friendly people - love it!

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Responded on February 26, 2019

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your meal at Grumpy goat Tavern. Thank you for your review and hope to see you again soon!

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner!

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Responded on February 21, 2019

Thank you! Have a great day!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deviled eggs, chicken po boy and cannolis.

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Responded on February 17, 2019

Thank You!

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LB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating January and February family birthdays. Service was great. Food was great. The most wonderful thing was we had purchased a GroupOn and forgot about it until after our bill was paid. They were gracious enough to void our first bill and let us use the GroupOn. Thank you

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on February 19, 2019

Thank you for taking time for your review and spending your birthdays with us! Hope to see you again soon!

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent dinner at Grumpy Goat! Food is excellent, Kait is awesome, so is Chris!
Our go to - just a great experience every time!

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on February 17, 2019

We are so happy to be your go to! Thank you for your continues business!

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VB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always and wonderful staff! Love the Goat!

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on February 8, 2019

Thank you for your continued business! We appreciate it!

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

First time there. Cajun food was tasty and portions were good. The service was a bit shaky. Got the impression our waiter was new. He was pleasant , but seemed to forget basics like refilling water and plates for sharing appetizers. I will be back , overall a positive experience.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on January 29, 2019

Thank you for your review. I apologize to you that your service was not up to par. We strive to not only have our customers enjoy their food but receive service that will make them want to return time and time again. Thank you for taking time to let us know so we can continue to work on providing our customers with the service they deserve.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! One of our favorite restaurants. Food is always good & service is always great!

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on January 29, 2019

Thank you for your continued business. We appreciate it!

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