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Billy Goat Tavern

Magnificent Mile
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430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
+1 312-222-1525
06:00 - 01:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 02:00
Mon - Wed 06:00 - 01:00
Thu 18:00 - 01:00
Fri 06:00 - 02:00
Sat 06:00 - 03:00
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Hyvinkaa, Finland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly service and a place to see. It's nice to visit restaurant that's original and not "designed" . Loved burgers and service made impression, it's straight forward.

Thank mheikki
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome place, little hard to find at first, but old school feel, good price, and the employees were fun.

Thank V8210YCkenl
Green Cove Springs, Florida
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for the history and atmosphere and was not disappointed. Had a burger it was alright. The pickles are awesome. Had several Billy Goat Lagers and the bartender John was attentive

Thank Jimmy J
So. Haven MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Chicago with my son and saw the sign "Billy Goat Tavern" I said I have seen reviews of that---lets go! I obviously had not read the reviews. We opened the door and I thought oh no this can't be the one I read about. It seems we all have our ideas of what is good and not. I am... More 

Thank iluv2travl
Glen Rock, New Jersey
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119 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The establishment was "rustic" with a lot of memorabilia hanging on the walls. It wasn't very clean and I would have rather gone to any other burger place, who knows what's crawling around. The burgers were paper thin and the bun was for an actual sandwich and not a hamburger. We were starving and I guess that was the only... More 

Thank Michael Z
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You get a cheeseburger when you come here. The buns are delicious and the burger meat is excellent. Watch the people around you many celebrities come here.

Thank Coleen O
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was here with friends for a casual business meeting. The bar offered a variety of beverages including a housebrew. The burgers were solid, nothing special but a good solid burger. If you want to socialize and maybe grab a quick bite while Doing so, a cool joint.

Thank Olson55
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is bad. The service is bad. You would be better off going to McDonalds. Poor service, poor food. I ordered to Chezzboorger and fries. NOT GOOD! Don't waste your time or money. Even the atmosphere is poor.

Thank ArtieQL
Sarnia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm convinced that part of the Billy Goat Tavern's fun is finding it. The other part is its atmosphere and history. Ask for the single if you want a friendly ribbing from the cooks, but definitely listen and get the double (if not the triple) Cheezborger. The burgers don't have much to them and honestly my favourite part was the... More 

Thank DiscoSpider
Wolverine, Michigan
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere. Quick affordable delicious bite to eat on the magnificent mile. Grab your food sit down and take your time. Definitely would go back again. See you next October billy goat.

Thank Zieglerkt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
18:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-4011
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: +1 312-222-1525
This historic greasy spoon is famous for its role in the legendary Curse of the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs and its "Saturday Night Live" cheezborger skit. Remember, no fries, chips!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Magnificent Mile
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