Girl & the Goat

4.8
10222 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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.
What 10222 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best servers in Chicago! So friendly and helpful. All recommendations were perfect!!

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

Amazing food and atmosphere. My only complaint is how far in advance you have to make reservations, but that just shows how great the food is

HA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Went with very high expectations. Ordered 9 dishes half were good and half were decent. Many of the dishes were incredibly salty. Green beans were superb. The portions are very small for most of the dishes. The pork belly had five small thin pieces of pork belly and some vegetables and wasn't worth the price. The shrimp dish was very good but you get for small pieces of shrimp for $17. For my tastes, my time, and my money I think it's a little bit overhyped.

SZ
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's great to see that this restaurant is still the outstanding venue I remember from several years ago when I spent time in Chicago on a more regular basis. I always recommend Girl & the Goat to friends, family, and acquaintances. You will not be disappointed.

MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had! I highly recommend the shrimp.

BB
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waiter ruined much of our experience... very condescending and curt on most replies to questions. He asked if we were celebrating any occasion which we were... a birthday. Food was hit and miss... wheat baguette not good... too sour and over the top wheat taste. Best dish was the crab stuffed zucchini blossoms... worse dish the pork shank. Pork was over cooked and extremely dry. Ordered two desserts... cheesecake and malted ice cream. Delivered to table with a birthday candle in one of the desserts, but then was charged for the birthday dessert. Asked waiter politely whether the charge for the birthday dessert was correct and his snotty reply, “I can take that off your bill.” Why even ask when we sat down if we were celebrating anything???? I have waited years to eat at this restaurant being from California ... could never get a reservation until this visit. Will not return again sorry to say.

CO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely FANTASTIC meal and service! Best place to eat in Chicago.

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

Wow! Awesome experience

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

Ate at Girl & the Goat 10 years ago, the first time. On my visit back to Chicago, had to be sure to make it back here and it did not disappoint. Their signature cocktails are insane and the food is also superb.

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on a Tuesday night and the place was hopping! Very knowledgeable waiter answered all our questions and made solid recommendations. Ordered 6 dishes for 3 people per waiter’s recommendation. The 2 favorites were the pork shank and the pig face, but everything was delicious. Also had the goat confit, the sugo and the shrimp. All were very well prepared and very tasty.

LH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to its reputation. Glad to have dined at one of Chicago’s best

y
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!! Love the choice of lots of little plates!! The goat sayings on the back of waiters shirts are the best entertainment!!

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

The service was near perfect and the quality of the food was a credit to the restaurant. The small dish approach allowed for a lot of variety. Great fun.

CO
Omaha
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Food was amazing! Drinks were tasty! Loved the sharing plates. Our waiter was very welcoming, friendly, gave us suggestion for food.

U
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice and interesting food. They are good at lamb! Our server is super patient and super nice.

JZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This 3rd visit has been a long time coming and once again, it did not disappoint. Loved every dish, but standouts were the pig face & chocolate malt ball and caramel corn! Couldn't have celebrated my birthday at a better place!

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

This was a very special dinner, and the staff clearly tried to make it so. They even brought us a mini dessert on the house since we were there to celebrate. My only wish is that the noise was dampened a little, everything else was great.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! My favorite were the goat empanadas

JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good and inventive. Service is fabulous!

l
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time at Girl & the Goat. All visits have been fantastic, but this one topped the rest. The cocktails were creative, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere is perfect. This is a must visit for anybody in Chicago, whether a local or a visitor.

JP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the dishes we tried were delicious and unique. The service was wonderful. The restaurant is fun, vibrant, and not at all pretentious. You'd be comfortable dressed up or in jeans. Absolutely recommend.

OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was incredible, portions are very small so you have to order a decent amount to be satisfied. There was some miscommunication from our server which caused a little confusion but she was very good. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

TR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago. When I book flights to chicago I try to book dinner at girl and the goat at the same time. Everything is great here including the service.

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was incredible! Service wasn’t great. Will still come here again.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at girl and the goat! Gluten free selection was fantastic!

DM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience from start to finish. Amazing food and service

IM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on the patio and it was amazing. Chris was an excellent server and helped us navigate the menu. Great experience.

RF
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Too loud!!! Too small table that were too close. Food not as interesting or tasty as I was expecting.

AC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was really looking forward to eating here...noise level was so loud was impossible to have any sort of conversation without screaming. Most of our dishes were so oily and greasy. Goat Empanadas lacked taste and were so over soaked with oil. Prices were modest but food was lacking

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was amazing. As usual. My favorite spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is very nice for special occasions and date. Food including dessert was so tasty and outstanding. Also each food was served on time and they recommended the number of dishes. The quality of service was very good too.

VM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The ambiance of the restaurant is very high-energy and we probably should have mentioned it was an anniversary in the reservation - our table was less than a foot from our neighbours on either side and there was a much more private 2-person table behind us which I don't think ended up being used. The server was attentive and friendly but seemed slightly put out when there was any uneaten food (we over-ordered to try more things). We had several delicious small dishes. Each of the dishes was amazing on its own - nothing could be called boring, each dish had an interesting blend of flavors, textures, and visuals - I only wished I had asked more questions to create a bit more balance in the textures and acidity levels across the dishes as a whole.

AN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small plates but very satisfying. It’s food you know with a twist and the twists are refreshing and tasty.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience at one of Chicago’s finest restaurant. Great service.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We ordered a lot of shared plates, and left feeling stuffed. It was my birthday and the perfect way to celebrate with my friends and family. And for the amount of food we got (and drinks/wine), the bill was not outrageous. Will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Very good food, waitress was a little rude and impatient

c
Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg what a fantastic experience. Enjoyed a great time with colleagues, food was outstanding, and service was top notch!!

A
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Chef Stephanie always delivering in her restaurants - great experience & awesome food!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a private chef from san antonio and in town for a some restaurant tours and my experience was amazing from the service with mike and how knowledgeable he was with the menu, the busser was on top of his game with keeping the table spotless and the 5 courses plus chef courses on the house. We started out with the house made focaccia with this amazing spread and tomatillos pico, shishito peppers with a parmesan cheese, short ribs with salted caramel and picked cucumbers, empanadas with goat and this amazing blueberry, pineapple pico, chick pea fritters, carrot hummus and , squash blossoms with crab rangoon filling, bourbon and blueberry butter cake and bourbon ice cream and malted ice cream with magic shell and caramel popcorn ! very affordable for what we had and i will come back next time i’m town for sure and i want to try chef izard’s other restaurants as well!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great! But loud and tables are too close together—not a great combo

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