Grumpy Goat Tavern

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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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CK
London
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great build your own burgers!? jalapeño bacon slaw is amazing.
Decent bourbon selection. Perfect place for a few guys to hang out.

AD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant located in a country club in Elgin. My wife and I had the Prime Rib special which was just the right size and cooked perfectly. They have a large selection of beers, whiskeys, wine, martinis, and other cocktails.

S
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Sarah! Very good food, with inventive ingredients and sides. Very good drinks. Good value for the price.

WL
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food at the grumpy goat is always very good. The service is fast and the staff is always friendly. They have a great assortment of whiskey drinks and the chef always has a delicious deviled egg of the day. Highly recommend The Grumpy Goat!

d
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have eaten here several times before and the menu has great variety and some very tasty options. I also like the house made pickles they bring you if you order a sandwich. However, we were underwhelmed on our most recent visit. They were crowded due to a group of Homecoming diners but our food was lackluster and some of it was served cold. Our server disappeared for long stretches of time and we had to get up and find her when we were ready to pay our bill after waiting for her for close to 15 minutes.

EI
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. The service was excellent. We'll go back.

P
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside is a must. The view over the 18th green is fantastic! Food was good.
Our server, Shea (sp) was tremendous and put our experience over the top!

M
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal!! We love Grumpy Goat, best place around for an excellent meal and excellent service.

t
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was friendly and appropriately attentive. We sat in the dining room which just felt like a large banquet room, carpeted and with banquet-style chairs. Next time I would sit in the bar area or outside. Food was good but cocktail just average, and the whole meal felt a tad overpriced. Nice variety of burgers and sandwiches, plus a few salads and larger entrees, large drink list too.

SS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Three of the six of us really enjoyed our food. The other three order burgers to be cooked medium rare and they were cooked much more than that. One of our members sent it back to be remade which our waitress took care of. Our waitress was great!

j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience, from the wait staff, food and drink options.

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great gem of a casual restaurant/ bar. Staff super friendly and professional.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on September 8, 2019

So happy you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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M
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal! Thanks Chris for excellent service at the bar!

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on September 8, 2019

Chris is a fan favorite! So happy you enjoyed your meal!

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RS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant overlooking the golf course...also bar and outdoor seating areas.
Interesting menu...Cajun/New Orleans.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for taking time for your review. We appreciate it!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always sit outside on the balcony, weather permitting, or in the bar as we don’t care for the actual dining room.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for taking time for your review.

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w
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Sarah was energetic and engaging. She enhanced our dining experience!
The cocktails at Grumpy Goat are excellent!

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on September 8, 2019

So happy Sarah helped in making your visit enjoyable. We are fortunate to have Sarah on our team. Hope to see you again soon!

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RD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and service is prompt and friendly!

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on August 24, 2019

So happy you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always a solid meal and GREAT cocktails with an extensive bar choices.

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on August 24, 2019

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

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r
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our perfect evening outside looking out over the beautiful golf course.
AND Sarah, our server helped to make it the BEST.

KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grumpy Goat has a varied and interesting menu with a number of house specialties that are excellent. In addition, the view is amazing, no matter what the season! The beer, wine, and drinks menu is extensive and the service is always excellent.

P
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Review and ratings are based on sitting outside. It helped that it was a gorgeous evening with beautiful views overlooking the golf course.
Service was considerate, but slow. Food was good, Lousiana fried chicken, and grouper sandwich.
Hostesses were very young and inexperienced, once past that, the evening was very enjoyable.

n
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit. The food was good, however expensive. The sandwich menu had many offerings but it is individually priced. Entree selections were limited. Our service was outstanding and the venue very pleasant.

M
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place!

Grumpy Goat Tavern
Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for your continued business!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place, good food but I did like smell inside

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall our luncheon was very good. We didn’t feel rushed with appetizers, talking, then entrées. I definitely feel this restaurant is a touch above!! I recommend coming in relaxing and enjoying the view of the golf course as well as the atmosphere of the restaurant.

JS
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it and the service was great - recommend for a nice lunch or brunch.

GU
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and our waiter was great! It was our first time here and we loved it.

j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience from the large variety of beverages and food to the awesome service and atmosphere.

f
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

GG is a consistently good, above average gastro-pub. There are two large rooms in an attractive building on a local golf course. Creole-slanted menu (upscale, casual) is always interesting and the beer and bourbon selection is extensive. The attentive, friendly staff makes for an enjoyable evening. Highly recommended.

WP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall enjoyable evening. View overlooking course very nice. Beer flights fun. Food was O.K. Nothing great, but fine. Service was mostly fine.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The french toast is enough of a reason to come back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cajun Shrimp & Crab Boil was amazing. The kids especially got a kick out of the Cajun Mud Pie.

DW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The views of golf course made it more positive. Not as good as I hoped for, however I will try sgsin

a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Christine was OUTSTANDING! She even created one of the signature drinks on the menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I really love grumpy goat but this night the patio was super windy and cold and louder in the section we were in. I asked for a table at the other end (west end) and was told no, even though I had a reservation. First time this has happened to me there. Food was really good and service was decent.

EB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome birthday celebration!!!

TM
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Clever entree’s. Service was fabulous- Kate is an asset to the Grumpy Goat family. Cocktails are yummy!

AS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic food! The mac and cheese was fantastic. I would come back for sure

KB
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
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.

M
Chicago
3 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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