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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BM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 15 hours 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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A
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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FO
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Underwhelming. The courses came out in no particular order, so we were treated to a last course of . . . mashed cauliflower.

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C
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. It was quiet enough to be able to talk. The service was impeccable

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed the Girl and the Goat. Food was wonderful, service was great, moderately loud atmosphere but still seemed cozy. While it wasn't inexpensive, it was very reasonable!

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply Awesome.
Surreal Experience.
One of the Best in Chicago, enough said..

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MD
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We arrived for a reservation. At our table, which was half chair, half booth, there was so little room between adjacent tables that they had to move the table to the side for my dining partner to get to her seat. So it was very loud as we were within 2 feet of fellow diners on both side. Not intimate at all.

The food was good, but portions were oddly sized. A tempura walleye entree was the size of two chicken nuggets but the goat ribs could’ve fed someone entirely. Drinks were okay, but they were certainly overpriced.

The ambiance was poor. It was way too dark, which was weird given the proximity to other diners. I either want it to be bright and close to others or dark and away for intimacy. I will not be returning here.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food and service I had received. The food was fresh and they had such a beautiful use of both unique and everyday ingredients. The staff was engaging and so pleasant. I could not get a reservation until 9:15pm on a Wednesday, but it was absolutely worth the wait. Will forever recommend!

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant

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VD
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing!!! Can’t say enough about the quality.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and experience. Seafood cooked to perfection and the big face is a must!

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R
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails and food were amazing. The service was great with small plates being delivered strategically. If I lived in Chicago I’d come here all the time.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, creative and delicious food and cocktails, beautiful restaurant in a vibrant neighborhood.

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V
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was worth the wait! It was everything I expected and more. The food was on a whole new level full of flavor. The only complaint I would have is it is super loud in there but it would not stop me from returning.

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When have I NOT had a good experience at the Girl and the Goat?! Amazing service, with a waiter that really took care of our group and made sure we ordered enough from all the different areas of the menu and that were happy throughout the course of the meal. 10/10 recommend, and 100/10 you'll find me there again.

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BL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun lively atmosphere. Very good food.

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

It was ok at best. Me and my fiance got the everything bread with smoked salmon cream cheese, the goat loin, the beef tongue and the pig face. Honestly the best dish was the bread. Everything felt like it was missing something. For example the pork face tasted really good but it was so fatty and rich without anything sweet or acidic to cut through all the fat it made it kind of tedious to eat. The service was very good and the wait staff was very timely. They also were playing very good music the entire time so that was nice. Unless they drop the prices I do not think it is worth it.

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BB
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best restaurant for the money In Chicago!

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MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday experience! It’s truly a food journey of amazing tastes.

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t
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Proteins were prepared perfectly and all the flavors were wonderful!

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JS
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and drinks! Try a little bit of everything!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the meal and the restaurant. I recommend this place favorably.

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H
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very unique flavor combinations. Amazing. I wouldn’t recommend this place if you’re looking for comfort foods.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was outstanding, particularly the scallops! Service was great, friendly staff with just the right amount of attention.

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing- there were two of us and we did seven total dishes- two from veggie, two from fish, and two from the meat part of the menu, as well as one of the Goat dishes as well. This was definitely more than enough food, as the waitress recommended 4-6 dishes for two people, we just wanted to try it all. The service was excellent, with a very attentive waitress and bus boys who seamlessly swapped out our plates and brought dishes perfectly timed to our courses. Cocktails were great too! Not the best wine list (and they were out of the one I wanted) but definitely sufficient and paired well with the menu.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service

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

Entire experience was extremely memorable (get a reservation for sure). Service was exceptional and attentive.

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

This was a bit pricy but worth the full experience. If your a foodie come check it out, your tastebuds will not regret it!

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

I can be a very picky eater, but I LOVED everything on the menu. We were in Chicago for the weekend and ate here every night. The best food I EVER ATE!!!!

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

The food and overall experience was great. Highly recommended.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

When we arrived the unprofessional girl at the counter did have our reservation wrong. I did have a confirmation on my phone and after waiting for 20 minutes we were seated. Just at the table by the entrance - it was a cold night and the seats were really cold, also everyone waiting for tables were kind of "in on everything happening at our table" I had heard the noise level was high, but had not expected this. It was definitely too high. The waiters did there job, they were busy, you were full, and they seemed very professional. Food wise the place is really good. I just wish I could have enjoyed it while being able to have had a normal conversation. I am sure you will do well - Kind Regards - Frederik Walther, Exec Chef, British Embassy Tokyo

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