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Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
(312) 222-1525
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Ranked #981 of 8,289 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: 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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North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I am a huge Saturday Night Live fan and remember the sketches from the 70's based on the restaurant. It was a little hard to find as you have to go down steps to locate it but it was definitely worth the trip. The double cheeseburger tasted great. I loved the hamburger bun. It is very filling. The potato chips... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I'd never seen the SNL skit, so I was a little late to the game, but once I watched it - I was dying to go. It's a really neat place to see inside and the staff were extremely friendly. The burgers were pretty good too and the prices were fair.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We had plans to see this place but never expected to go back 4 times in 5 days., LOve the rooms, the pictures on the wall and the attitude. Worth every single minute. This is history.

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Calgary, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Once you get used to how you are supposed to pay for your drinks and food you settle in. It seemed a bit like a cafeteria. The burgers were worth it though and the guys at the grill were really nice to my children, they gave them hats and made sure they were having a good time.

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Pittsburgh
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you like local dive bars and "cheezeborgers", you will love this place. Perfect for a break from all the fancy dining while you are in Chicago!

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Germantown, Tennessee
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We'd heard about this place for years and were anxious to try it. It's very difficult to find, but the employees-- despite their reputation -- were actually lovely. The burgers were a huge disappointment, however. Would not return.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

An authentic Chicago gem right off fancy Michigan Avenue. It took a minute to find it under the bridge but it was worth it. Great breakfast sandwiches. Filled us for breakfast for only $11 including coffee. Where else will you get that off the Magnificent Mile? Enjoyed listening to the the regulars' chatter as we ate breakfast.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Went there for a quick bite and came away very satisfied. Not just with the food, but also the atmosphere and legend. The burger/borger itself is decent but the choices of relish were good too. One might find it tad difficult to find the Hubbard street joint but when you find it, you have to take a pic of the... More

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a great place for Saturday Night Fans who loved the Cheese Burger skit. It has great atmosphere. The location alone is worth a visit as it is under an overpass. The burger is not that great. The draft beer was $3.50 and also not very good. I have been here twice and will probably not go back but... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Sandwiches are nasty and delicious! And cheap! It is an interesting experience, an urban culture experience that I encourage people to do and I like to do.

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