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Girl & the Goat

New American Restaurant and Gastropub$$$$
West Town, Chicago
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2011
    Sure it's tough to get in, but Stephanie Izard's hamachi crudo with crisp pork belly; pappardelle with goat, pork and veal sugo; and intricate veggie dishes make it worth the wait. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
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  • Harper W.
    Harper WentzJuly 18, 2015
    The squash blossoms are stuffed with crab and are fried perfectly to a golden brown. The pork belly melts in your mouth, and the ham frites are delicious. The miso butterscotch pudino is a must!
  • Cassy
    CassyFebruary 14, 2016
    Stephanie Izard is phenomenal - this is probably some of the most delicious food I've ever had in my life. Get the pig face, scallops, goat liver mousse and goat cheesecake. You won't be disappointed!
  • J L.
    J LJuly 7, 2013
    Pig face, Sugo, and Pork Belly. One can't go wrong with any of the three. The Kohlrabi Salad is amazing, Octo is awesome, and the Goat loin is delicious. Shishito peppers is just a meh.
  • Christopher V.
    Christopher Van DunkSeptember 5, 2013
    We had the best experience sitting at the kitchen counter. Only 2 seats at each end so you need to ask when u make you reservations. Great recommendations from both Gary & Hadley. Delicious.
  • David K.
    David K.June 27, 2013
    Worth every penny. If you can't get a seat, you can sit with others in the lounge and still access the full menu. The goat dishes are fabulous... But so is everything else.
  • Natta S.
    Natta SuphakanMay 31, 2014
    Here's a break down of what we got: raw oysters were awesome, goat carpaccio & scallops were too salty for me, pork shank was awesome!!!!!! Dessert was miso something interesting but good!!!
  • Jacques A.
    Jacques ArsenaultJune 2, 2013
    If you can get here on the early side (open daily at 4:30) you can get a table sans reservation--we got a great window table arriving at 4:50 on a Friday evening. Also, don't miss the green beans!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 22, 2012
    Try the ham frites: Hot skinny fries tossed with rendered pork fat and seasoned with an appealingly salty dehydrated ham powder. The smoked tomato aioli pairs better than the cheddar beer sauce. Read more
  • Felix B.
    Felix BanuchiAugust 6, 2014
    This place serves a varying array of dishes that are sure to please. When you have great food, wonderful decor and a good looking crowd, you're in for a treat...
  • Leland B.
    Leland BrewsterMay 12, 2015
    Definitely earns its reputation as some of the best food in Chicago! We loved everything but will call out the pork shank, goat belly, and frog legs in particular. You really can't go wrong.
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaNovember 7, 2015
    Reservations are hard, catch a spot at the bar. The snail dumplings and goat liver mousse awesome! Would like more goat on menu! Sweetbreads? roasted Goat face ? Soup dumplings from hoove extract ?
  • Sara A.
    Sara AxelJanuary 15, 2012
    I have a food allergy and I have never been treated so well. They took amazing care of me and the food was some of the best I have tasted. So impressed. Don't miss the pig face. Thank you G&tG!
  • Megan O.
    Megan OgulnickNovember 2, 2012
    Going with a group of 6 or more is the way to go! We had 8 people, tasted nearly every menu item, had cocktails/beer and only spent $50 each including tip. Delicious and so worth it!
  • Colin R.
    Colin ReynoldsDecember 18, 2015
    I love decadent food as much as the next but for all the hype, I was expecting something magical. To be sure, the food was delectable and the experience was excellent. Get the chickpea fritters!
  • Kyle T.
    Kyle TurmanJanuary 20, 2016
    Fantastic vibes and delicious small plates—get a few to share! The meats (like the Chicken and Seafood) are amazing, but don't skimp on the veggies. The Roasted Cauliflower was spectacular.
  • Ally F.
    Ally FuraiJanuary 31, 2014
    This NYC chick has to admit that this was one of the best meals of my life! The roasted pig's face was to die for. Must be open to being adventurous with food when coming here!
  • Myra R.
    Myra RubinAugust 12, 2013
    Pig Face!!! Still as delicious as the 1st time I ordered. If there's ever a shank on the menu, lamb or pork must order! Crispy skin, juicy meat.
  • Charlene C.
    Charlene CunninghamSeptember 13, 2014
    Reservations are needed unless luck is on your side! Try items outside your comfort zone- you will be surprised what you enjoy. Bittersweet chocolate - dessert w Thai basil gelato- fantastic :)
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MackeyJuly 6, 2016
    Stephanie Izard and her team are amazing, its great for dates. Lively environment and close seating will have you chatting with your neighbor about their dishes in no time. Stop in today!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    In an industrial space with burnt-cedar walls, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard turns out nose-to-tail specialties, including fried pig face and kidneys stuffed with goat confit.
  • Michelle J.
    Worth the 2 month wait and lived up to every bit of the hype!!! This was a culinary experience I will never forget! Duck tongue, roasted pig face, and goat liver mousse were outstanding.
  • Jenna K.
    Jenna KowalczykJanuary 24, 2015
    Luep de Mer & Pig Face is where it's at. Start with the feta bread & then order 5 more dishes. You'll be pleasantly stuffed and in heaven.
  • Sandy
    SandyAugust 31, 2013
    This place was totally worth the wait! We ordered the string beans, pork shank, the crudo, Thai chili bread, and oysters. Everything was so delicious, and the service is awesome.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimNovember 24, 2012
    Re: getting a seat in the lounge area. It's a delicate Thunderdome of a dance to stalk out your seat and then a Gladiator free-for-all to stake ur table. Our waiter is adorable!
  • Avi S.
    Avi SchwabOctober 15, 2013
    Good Jesus, order the goat leg. It's enough food for 8 people (with a few veg added in) but an amazingly prep'ed piece of meat. Smoked, braised, then crisped in the pizza oven. 👍👍
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongAugust 15, 2012
    diver scallops 4.5/5, pan roasted trout 4.5/5, pig face 4.75/5, beef tongue 4.5/5, raw shigoku oyster 5/5, goat ribs 4.75/5, chocolate magic shell 4.75/5, sweet corn and peaches 5/5 ...
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisMarch 25, 2015
    Would recommend 1-2 dishes per person and sharing. Favorite dishes were the cauliflower, duck breast, and Irish car bomb bread!
  • Sofia C.
    Sofia CortinaJanuary 7, 2013
    Everything is amazing!!!! I recommend Shrimp zucchini pasta for appetizer, Goat belly for main course and pumpkin pie gelato for desert.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KeatingJanuary 31
    Very fun atmosphere. The entire service experience was excellent from the bartenders to the servers at our table. Menu is great for sharing. There's likely something everyone will like.
  • Danielle @.
    Danielle @DanielleDuncanNovember 11, 2011
    Steph Izard is incredible, my friend and I have eaten her winning dishes at "Quickfires". We were blown away we tried shishito peppers, steamed mussels, beef ribs, pear wonton- and more. Amazing!!!
  • Lubor J.
    Lubor JarkovskyAugust 13, 2014
    Fine dining for a reasonable price? This is the place. The food was great, definitely try the duck tongues and goat liver mousse.
  • Moonchild
    MoonchildSeptember 15, 2014
    I love this place, and its definitely somewhere you need to go eat at when in Chicago. I recommend you to speak to your waiter and they can suggest the perfect dishes for you.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 3, 2014
    Four years in and Stephanie Izard's restaurant row flagship continues to be among the busiest - and best - restaurants in town. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterMarch 25, 2015
    Don't underestimate the simple things here. The bread. The veggies. Don't get me wrong try goat, pig face, etc but the basics are delicious as well!
  • Ghaida Y.
    Ghaida YallaSeptember 10, 2016
    Sat at chef table - our server took amazing care of us! Top: bucatini, hamachi crudo, pb and j desert. Didn't love the squash blossom dish. Definitely worth a visit!
  • patricia s.
    patricia seoMay 16, 2013
    The Wood Oven Roasted Pig Face.... Pretty awesome~ most other dishes we tried, a bit too salty for our taste buds... (Pig face = Sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple, potato stix)
  • Reuben H.
    Reuben HoodJune 16, 2013
    Omg the goat cheese bavarios is the best desert I've ever had. The duck tongues are to die for. Best meal I've ever had!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DohertyMay 28, 2011
    Sit down, give yourself a good two hours because you're in for a ride. Get some breads and oysters to start. Then the green beans. My god the green beans are like crack! Then plow trough the menu
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SchoenJanuary 27
    Crazy awesome fabulous! One of the best meals I've ever had any where in the world (I'm well travel, fine dined, and a former chef). Don't be scared try the pig face!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonMarch 25, 2015
    Don't be afraid of the Pig Face. It's delicious. On another note, all dishes are intended for sharing. Get one or two dishes per person.
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Exclusive ResortsNovember 9, 2011
    Stephanie Izard's (only woman to have won Top Chef) Girl & the Goat is a dining experience not to be missed when visiting Chicago. Menu changes often but you can't go wrong w/ whatever you choose!
  • Djordje G.
    Djordje GrkovicNovember 21, 2014
    The hamachi crudo and sugo are must haves. Oh, and maybe the best green beens I have ever eaten; don't miss out...
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperFebruary 8, 2012
    Girl & the Goat is one of my top restaurants in Chicago! Prezel bread, cod cheeks, sugo, pork ribs and of course dessert = amazing! Wine selection is reasonable and not too pricey.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 22, 2012
    There are a few here for a Top Chef sighting, but most seek the chef’s flavors. Don’t leave without taking risks: roast goat neck? Foie gras for dessert? Izard is evolving how ingredients are seen. Read more
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29, 2016
    Perfect balances of flavors & textures. How does she think of this stuff? Highly creative. Bread selection, salads, duck tongues, cauliflower, desserts. Great knowledgable staff. 🐐👍🏼
  • TOWN&COUNTRY
    TOWN&COUNTRYNovember 2, 2011
    Stephanie Izard's succulent, meaty entrees are worth the months-long wait for a reservation. Don't miss the wood-fired Walter's chicken, for which the daily bread is a perfect complement.
  • Chicago Tribune
    [Stephanie Izard's] deftly balanced flavors are wonderful to behold, but her true genius is the way she can get customers to try unusual foods, and love them. Read more
  • Ellis S.
    Ellis Srubas-GiammancoAugust 12, 2014
    Get the green beans and pig face your first time. Reservations are impossible but a walk is only a 45 min wait on a busy night and you can order while you wait
  • Diana
    DianaAugust 14, 2014
    Pig face + sautéed green beans = match made in heaven. And save room for dessert! Peaches n buttermilk cream honey-graham cake with almonds hit the spot.
  • Jake C.
    Jake CohenJuly 18, 2016
    Even better then I remember. Get the goat belly, octopus, duck tongue, and pig face.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweFebruary 10
    It'ss truly impossible for a dining establishment to impress when the proverbial bar has been set so high. Yes the bread is very tasty but was it the top 5 meals of my month,not even. #Sadday
  • Valerie
    ValerieJune 25, 2014
    The beet salad was fabulous! We also enjoyed the pork shank and the green beans. The plantain cake was kind of weird, I'd pass on that dessert next time.
  • Subhro M.
    Subhro MFebruary 21, 2015
    Hard to find a open table, interesting food options. Try the breads, goat options and beans. Dont forget the desserts. Slightly overhyped overall
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJuly 22, 2014
    I made a reservation may 1st for their first available date, today, July 22nd. 100% worth the wait. Green beans, halibut and pig face were unbelievable.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    There are lots of child-friendly options on the menu: ham frites and chickpea fritters with romesco and hazelnut hummus are hits. And all the bustle means no one has to be super quiet. Read more
  • Tom L.
    Tom LeeApril 1, 2013
    It's impossible to step inside Stephanie Izard's West Loop restaurant, popular with chefs and locals alike, and not feel the joy. The sense of community and comfort are widely apparent, from the so...
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergMay 4, 2013
    You know how there are only reservations at like 4:30 and 11? Well, that's because the experience is so freakin' awesome that there's nothing else left. Try the green beans, and never skip the bread.
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BerginJuly 24, 2013
    Don't miss the roasted cauliflower with peppers and pine nuts. Less is definitely more in this gem of a dish.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 16, 2012
    Highlights include a creamy pork liver mousseline, perfectly cooked black olive mezzaluna stuffed with puréed summer squash, and grilled baby octopus with serrano and pistachio. Read more
  • Albert L.
    Albert LFebruary 6, 2014
    Roasted cauliflowers are amazing! Note that fish, seafood, and meat items are smaller and more tasteful, while the veggies are larger and more filling.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BrooksDecember 20, 2013
    Lived up to the hype. Miso bread, green beans, pig face, and the beef tongue were great. Even the dessert was delicious. Can't wait to go back.
  • Meaghan F.
    Meaghan FordDecember 2, 2010
    definitely try a bread to start things off. the chickpea fritters and squash ravioli were to die. green beans very good. ham fries with beer cheese and tomato aioli a good pairing with meat, but bewar
  • Janice L.
    Janice LiJuly 16, 2011
    For entertainment during your meal, ask to sit in the back by the kitchen (only seats 2) and watch the bustling preparation. Green beans, scallops and pig face were delicious!!
  • Bojan R.
    Bojan RajkovicAugust 24, 2013
    Great goat with lobster dish asking with the beans with cashews and to seal it done duck tongues... all washed down with some good ol Munster Gumballhead
  • Anna d.
    Anna de JesusSeptember 13, 2014
    Squash blossom excellent. kohlrabi salad a bit overdressed but also excellent. Goat belly with crab yummy. A must place to eat in Chicago
  • Nana
    NanaSeptember 22, 2015
    A lot of meat! Goat empanadas were alright, pork shank was amazing, pork face was mm alright wouldn't try again. The best of all was octopus salad. Really good.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GruberJune 28, 2011
    We didn't know how many plates to get, so we asked the waitress who said 4/person. You really only need 3/person - everything is so rich! Our favs were the green beans & the cauliflower
  • deb s.
    Wow wow wow! I'm blown away by the deliciousness. The sugo is phenomenal and eat your veggies too! Seems you can't make a wrong choice.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RusnakJanuary 13, 2012
    Pretty amazing, especially when you come with the person who is dating the executive producer of Top Chef. A very memorable experience, not to mention exceptional food!
  • Kyle T.
    Kyle TurmanJanuary 20, 2016
    It's also a tad hard to get into unless you book reservations far in advance, but the lounge area as you enter to the left is full-service if you can snag a spot there.
  • Weilyn
    WeilynMarch 29, 2016
    Amazing!!!! Grilled baby octopus, duck tongue, roasted pig face, green curry stripped bass, and roasted cauliflower with pine nuts.. ALL SO GOOD!
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayMarch 25, 2015
    Honey bread and shishito peppers are scrumptious. Pass on the ham frites but I hear the goat is quite delicious.
  • Open Air P.
    Open Air PublishingApril 16, 2012
    "Chef Stephanie Izard's Bacon Creme Brulee is a must order. Tip: the recipe is featured in "The Better Bacon Book" for iPads. http://bit.ly/foursq_bacon"
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 14, 2015
    I was worried that this Chicago mainstay would be tired after so many years, but it's still so, so good. It was easy for me to get a seat at the bar as a party of 1.
  • Damon S.
    Beef rib and escargot ravioli were amazing to start. The goat belly with lump crab was decadent
  • Yaquizzle
    YaquizzleOctober 10, 2013
    Everything was A-MAZ-ING!!! I've been in Chicago almost a year and this is the first restaurant that I can honestly say I'll be back to! Loved it!
  • Penny R.
    Penny RossNovember 21, 2010
    Who would have thought pig face tasted Sooooo good? One of the many surprisingly delicious ingredients dished up. Amazing ribs too- earn your free wet wipes by eating them with your fingers!
  • Matt N.
    Matt NFebruary 5, 2015
    Get half order veggie dishes to a)not overeat and b)not break the bank. Half orders are still more than enough and you can try more!
  • Jane L.
    Jane LeDecember 16, 2015
    Interesting goat dishes, like goat carpaccio. The pork shank was incredibly crispy yet tender, and goat cheesecake with pretzel crust were worth ordering again!
  • Jason N.
    Jason NewbergJuly 15, 2015
    Everything on this menu is amazing. Do yourself a favor and get as many dishes as you can...and every dessert, no questions.
  • Sundar A.
    Sundar ArganOctober 1, 2013
    All I have to say is if you are in Chicago this place is a must on you itinerary for an amazing dining experience.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the chocolate bouchon from our 100 Best list: Stephanie Izard successfully incorporates foie gras as a decadent marshmallow “fluff” alongside a moist chocolate cake.
  • Mercedes
    MercedesMarch 1, 2014
    Never thought I'd say this but pig's face is a must from the menu. Hamachi crudo is amazing as well, same with the grilled beets. Desserts are ok but nothing to cheer about; stick to the main courses
  • Tom F.
    Tom FortierSeptember 19, 2011
    Sit at the bar and chat with the bartenders for their recommendations. But expect both a wait and an aggressive crowd also waiting for bar seats. It's worth the wait though! Read more
  • Anna B.
    Anna BokunJuly 12, 2014
    "The Earhart," main ingredient: Yellow Chartreuse, an aromatic liquor aged with 130 herbs, plants, & flowers perfected by the French Carthusian monks in 1764 🇫🇷
  • Staci S.
    Staci StarksJanuary 12, 2012
    One of the best and most interesting meals I've had. The Ham Frites & Green Beans were amazing! If you're feeling adventurous, try the Pig Face.
  • K C.
    K CMarch 12, 2015
    Ask waiter about happy juice ( it's a Mocktail that is not on the menu) it will make you happy!
  • Kylie B.
    Kylie Benton LangSeptember 15, 2015
    Best meal of my life thus far- hamachi crudo, roasted cauliflower, crispy pork shank. Gluten free bread was amazing. Service excellent.
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BrownJune 21, 2012
    Go with a small group and order almost everything on the menu. Great dishes to sustain the concept. Worth the reservation, wait, & money.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WFebruary 3, 2016
    Food was good, definitely worth the wait and struggle to get a reservation, but not your typical restaurant… More complex flavors and ingredients, the simple taste buds will not understand
  • Shanon H.
    Shanon HounshellMarch 13, 2011
    Delicious, fall off the bone tender pork shank. Green beans unique in a superior way with some sort of nutty/citrus brown sauce. Pistachio cake/three sisters cornmeal crust for dessert="party
  • Jesse
    JesseOctober 13, 2013
    Toss up between the green beans and the broccoli. Bolder smoke flavors for broccoli and subtle (onion) crack addicting flavors of the Green beans.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Parmesan-laced shishito peppers are a delight, and the thin-sliced, still-crunchy cauliflower bits with pickled peppers are a revelation.
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Think you'll never get a reservation at Girl and the Goat before, say, the state balances its budget? Take the after-work bar and lounge route instead for a chance to try “Top Chef” winner Stephanie I Read more
  • Alison
    AlisonAugust 16, 2010
    Try the bread to start. The Cauliflower was a great savory veggie option! The crisp with pork belly, and the scallops, were great seafood selections. And the goat pizza was good too..
  • Korie E.
    Korie EhemannSeptember 17, 2012
    If you don't get the pig face, you're doing it wrong. Absolutely amazing food. And they make lemon cello in house and it's great.
  • Topshop
    TopshopJune 19, 2012
    Not only is this a great place for people watching but their goat's milk cheesecake has to be one of the best cheesecakes ever! Trust us...
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerAugust 21, 2015
    Best restaurant in Chicago! Reservations are tough to get but walk ins before 6 aren't bad and the bar serves the full menu.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle McNallyJune 7, 2012
    Skip wine and go for the hand-crafted cocktails - I loved the Double Standard and Agave Fleur. The menu is like a taste-bud playground.
  • Thaís C.
    Thaís CassianoAugust 26, 2015
    Ótimo restaurante, adoramos! Ingredientes frescos feitos na hora direto para a mesa. Eles têm um forno a lenha fantástico. Drinques ótimos e ambiente agitado. Peça de 4 a 5 pratos por casal e ENJOY!!
  • Dmitry R.
    Dmitry RimanSeptember 30, 2014
    Вас ждет прекрасная трапеза! Гребешки с яблоками, язычки утки с тунцом, шея козы... Берите все блюда to share, чтобы попробовать многое по чуть-чуть. Прекрасная кухня!
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