Girl & the Goat

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Contemporary American
Girl & the Goat opened in 2010 with the goal of serving a family style menu of tasty, bold flavored foods in a fun and lively setting. To enhance the experience we offer a selection of wines from around the world with a focus on small producers, a rotating list of craft beers, and a list of fun cocktails created by our bartenders.

Located at 809 W Randolph, Girl & the Goat was one of the first establishments in the Randolph Restaurant Corridor. We offer a variety of seating choices, including a comfortable lounge, bar seats, standard table seating, and four seats close enough to the kitchen line that you might be asked to help. Girl & the Goat accepts reservations but always welcomes walk-ins, nomads, adventurers, and those of you who don’t like to plan.

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8.8

One of the most well known restaurants in Chicago, and one that lives up to the hype.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors and definitely worth the price. The green beans and the goat belly confit were top notch, and everything else I tried was delightful. Would highly recommend and will definitely be going back!

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ED
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I think Girl and the Goat is very overrated. The portions are all small and meant to be shared. My main disappointment was the huge Asian influence on all the food. Every item we had tasted like miso and was in some sort of broth. It was just a huge surprise that I wasn't expecting. I had envisioned a totally different cuisine, perhaps this is my fault for not reviewing the menu beforehand. Our bill was $300 for 3 people and we left still hungry. If I went again it would only be as a stop off before an actual meal. I wouldn't say it was bad, for me it was just not my style of dining.

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NA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What I say isn’t going to matter much...but we ordered six items for the two of us and ended up more full than we expected, so believe them.

The cocktails were good but not extraordinary. (But we’re not cocktail snobs.)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every plate was amazing with bold flavors, we will be returning!

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EG
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had tried to get a reservation here for months! So worth the wait! Everything was fabulous! We were seated right on time, great service, great wine and the food was incredible! Fingers crossed we can go again sometime soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal and service as always!! Our fav place to eat in Chicago!

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NS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Girl & the Goat! We tried seven different dishes (plus dessert) for our family of four (myself and my husband plus our 16 y.o. twins) and it was just right. Favorites were the goat empanadas, chick pea fritters, and the spiced shrimp. We also had the seeded sourdough, crispy short ribs, lamb ribs, and broccoli. We had the dessert with the caramel pop corn and ice cream with magic shell. The only thing we might not order again would be the bread - not because it was not good but because we might want to use that room in our bellies for something more exciting. We liked the way they bring out certain dishes together based on the way the flavors will mesh and then bring you new plates for the next group of dishes. Our server had nice attention to detail, asking midway through the meal whether we thought we might want to adjust our number of courses upwards or downwards based on how we were feeling at that point in the meal. This was a nice touch and, although we did not change our order, was nice to know we could have changed something at that point if we had realized we were getting full.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the chefs table which very entertaining and an added plus to the delicious food.

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CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. Music was really fun and the place just had a great vibe. Our server, Elaine, was a sweetheart and did an excellent job of explaining how to order and gave us just the right amount of time. Attentive but not over-bearing. The entire staff was excellent and attentive, from serving water to taking away plates. I appreciate great timing.
The food was good. We chose a lot of different things and it was a lot different than we expected. Love love loved the sour dough bread and chickpea appetizer. Bread was delicious with the pickled raisins and cheese spread. The Chickpea app was very flavorful (wish there was more of it-plate was kind of small). Being the first two wow things served, the other dishes fell a little flat. HOWEVER, everything was good. Scallops were good, pork shank good, goat empanadas were good. Who knows if we had them in a different order how we'd feel because it really was ALL good. Price was fine. I thought the scallops were a little pricey for only two scallops but factor in, the city, the presentation and ingredients and still not awful. The fullness kind of sneaks up on you despite the smaller plates.
We will be back to try other menu items. Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great! The food was ok, the portion size was tiny for the pork belly!

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G
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are two words to describe Girl & the Goat- Special and Inventive. The entire meal and the staff were out of this world. I don’t have enough good things to say about this experience except that it will always be a must for whenever I am in Chicago!!

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RT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat restaurant in Chicago hands down! I have to stop by every time Im in town.

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JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was a fantastic waiter and the restaurant made this an amazing experience (birthday). The food and drinks were unbelievable

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DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Jake and incredible food. Taste is fantastic. Very unique dishes. Loved the pig face, scallops and green beans especially. Very busy so reservations are needed. It was pretty loud when we were there but I am sensitive to that so it may not bother others. Tasting plates but always enough for two to share so nice for romance too. Overall great experience so would highly recommend!

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Chicago, quality and value unmatched

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TJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for our anniversary based on numerous recommendations. I will say it lived up to the hype. Our waiter was immensely knowledgable and we never had an empty water glass. The food is creative and unique, so be brave! That said, order the greenbeans: you won’t regret it!

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RT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago, I always try to come in when Im in town.

Always exceptional food and service! Loved the goat shoulder and everything else on the menu!!

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KK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! I would definitely recommend this place for girls night and date nights!!!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Def recommend this restaurant who is a foodie. Must reserve 3 months in advance or go to the open bar for first come first serve with wait time. Easier to get seatings during weekdays. Pig face is a must get.

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DH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Request the chefs table, it was awesome

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DP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated so well; food was excellent and service was exceptional. We are definitely going back. FYI...get the scallops and short ribs. DIVINE.

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KP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing...I would highly recommend this with friends or someone special. Shared small plates make it nice to share various dishes. YUMMO!

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BM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing birthday celebration. The food was amazing. I highly recommend it. Make sure to try the beans, lamb ribs, whole fish, and walleye.

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GG
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Book at least a month ahead to get a table. The food was excellent - very artfully presented, tasty. The scallops in mushroom sauce, roasted cauliflower and beet salad were our favorites (no skimping on the beets). I would definitely go again and would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend, understanding that the noise level was quite loud.

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MO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, intense flavors and delightful combinations. We found some good values on the wine list that paired nicely with our selection of small plates. Our foursome was delighted with the evening!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed our dinner again at Girl and the Goat. My one knock is that the tables in one section are very close together so if you happen to be sitting next to a loud drunk girl it kind of ruins the experience. Food wise, we enjoyed everything but were underwhelmed by the goat liver mouse. We will be back though!

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

G&G is our anniversary destination every year and every year it's fantastic. The menu has items we can't wait to order again (like the broccoli or green beans), but for the most part, we anticipate ordering new items from an updated menu that never disappoints!

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BE
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over all service was great not to mention the great food. Waitress was so Helpful and attentive.

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A
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the US of all time. I try to come here every time I'm in Chicago, if I can get a reservation! AMAZING!

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AS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will most certainly be back in the future! 5 stars all-around. Vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, courteous staff, and dishes are all well-suited for sharing. Excluding drinks, but including tax and tip, you're probably looking at a per capita price of about $75 in order to feel well-fed. But guests can order as many or as few dishes as desired. The Open Table "price" summary is more geared toward the price per item ordered, not the average total per-person. But definitely well-worth the expense if you are looking to treat yourself - you won't regret it!

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrate my daughter birthday, family of 5. food portion is meant for sharing. A little expensive but the
flavor and the taste of the food is wonderful to the palate.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family celebration. We really enjoyed dining at Girl & The Goat. We enjoyed our meal family style, trying many new delicious taste sensations. Our favorites included the pork shank, chicken hearts, and the lamb ribs.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The cuisine continues to be exceptional.
I appreciate this restaurant and all the hard work that went into it from its ownership. With that said, it’s time to invest in either fixing or replacing many if not all the barstools that are wobbly from the loose or stripped hardware/screws etc.
Host/hostess and bartender were very attentive.

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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another fabulous experience at Girl and the Goat. Service was amazing. Food was phenomenal. Such a special night for us thanks to Girl and the Goat!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Awesome food, good vibes all around

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C
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 6 and our server Devon expertly guided us through the menu and helped us with our choices. I want to say we ordered 14 dishes from bread, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans to a whole fish, shrimp, octopus, pork shank and pig face and topped it off with ooey gooey desert. Everything was an amazing flavor bomb and we already reserved our next visit. Thank you G&G for such great food and service! Thank you to our server Devon, you know your stuff and made our meal amazing!

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FO
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to start by saying this is our 3rd time here. Once again, "The Goat" did not disappoint. Food is off the charts. Service is ridiculous. Take a drink of water and 3 people rush to fill your glass. There was 3 of us. We had the duck tongues. Really good. Had the pig face. For the third time. How can you not order a dish called pig face. It has probably the finest sunny side up egg I have ever seen. Goat liver mousse. We ordered this and then ordered it again. For dessert!!! Had the goat empanadas. Should have gotten 2 orders of those. The walleye was terrific, came out smoking hot!!! Our only complaint, if you can call it one, is that it would b nice to see Stephanie Izard in the restaurant. Been here 3 times and Duck Duck Goat twice, and no sign of her. Oh well, everything cannot be perfect.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined at Girl and the Goat during my Chicago visit last week, the place is pretty cozy and the ambience is excellent for date nights. The place offers tapas style dishes meant to be shared, little pricey but the dishes were on point, me and the wifey specially liked the goat belly and goat empanadas. One tip, make sure to order the bread :)

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JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

To our surprise, we were seated at the end of the kitchen counter. (a 2-spot is at each end) we had a fabulous show, chatted with the very busy cooks when they had a moment. Great food and great time.

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MS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First of all, getting a reservation here is not for the faint of heart, so plan ahead. My entire trip was last minute, and I was lucky enough to snag a cancellation on OpenTable, but it seemed like this place is booked a good two weeks out. This only made me more excited to try it, though!

Our first impression of the restaurant was wonderful. A dark lighting scheme, graffiti-inspired art, and a barred liquor cabinet gave this place a very trendy and cool atmosphere. It was packed, of course given the reservation situation, and the sound level was perfect. The ambiance really adds to the excitement of eating here.

Next, we were greeted by a server, who really took the experience up another notch. He was FANTASTIC! Friendly, outgoing, efficient, and helpful, he could honestly have been the poster boy for phenomenal service. This makes a huge difference, as a good server can make or break an experience, and here the service was so excellent it really made it.

We started with the Walleye based on our server's recommendation. Lightly fried, the fish comes top with a sauce and selection of various veggies and herbs. Whatever was in this totally worked. I detected mint, which sounds odd, but the flavor mix was really exceptional, and this started the culinary side of our dinner off with a bang. Would recommend!

Next, we enjoyed the lamb ribs. I loved these! the glaze was amazing, and the meat fell off the bone. Literally, at one point I barely touched the meat with my fork and it was detached. Get this if you know what's good for you.

We ended with the pork shank. This, to be honest, was not so much to my taste as it was a bit of a more masculine dish. The chef's take on buffalo sauce and either ranch or blue cheese, the prosecco made me forget which, accompanied it. It was a more sophisticated take on a bar favorite, but to be completely honest it wasn't totally to my taste. That doesn't mean it wouldn't be to yours, though! It would have been my husband's favorite.

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