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“Greasy,tasty cheeseburgers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Billy Goat Tavern

Billy Goat Tavern
430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (Magnificent Mile)
(312) 222-1525
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Ranked #1,008 of 7,738 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
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!
Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Greasy,tasty cheeseburgers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

John Belushi made this place famous world wide ("Cheeborger, cheeborger, no Pepsi, Coke!)", even though it was already famous in Chicago. Have the double cheeseburger with a bag of chips and a soda - that's it. There's a few other things on the menu but no one comes here for them. Lots of memorabilia on the walls (including a letter from Bill Veeck telling Billy he wasn't going to sell him the Chicago White Sox).
The place is under the streets and classic. I asked the woman behind the counter for coffee and she told me not to order it because it was sitting around since the morning. Loved the place. Good greasy cheeseburgers - and a Chicago favorite - don't miss it.

Visited October 2013
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Chandler, Arizona
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fun Time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Great food and a good time! There was a younger gentleman who worked there that was awesome and made our experience there a great one! He made my 4 year old daughter feel like a princess while we were there!

Visited September 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Just had to...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

visit! How could I visit Chicago and not visit the icon that is the Billy Goat Tavern? After all, this was made famous on SNL during the time I used to watch. It is just as it was portraited... cheeseborger, chips no fries, coke no pepsi! The cheeseburger was very good - just meat and cheese on a great bun that did not fall apart. You choose your toppings - mustard, catsup, pickles, chopped onions, sliced onions - nothing fancy. I usually like my cheeseburger with "everything" on it but this was an amazing burger. To be honest, the double cheeseburger was too much for me. These are not small burgers. Don't forget that this place is UNDER Michigan Avenue at number 430. Take the stairs down and there it is at the bottom.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“So so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Basic burger roll is not what im used to but the ambiance of a dive bar is there. They try to play it up but its foreigners trying to play the part behind the counter

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Sperry, Oklahoma
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60 reviews 60 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Fun experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I visited here in April of '13 during a trip east to visit my sister. I was met at Union Station by an old friend and we went by taxi to the downtown location.

The burger, with wafer-thin patties of meat and slices of preprocessed cheese, was surprisingly good. I'd eat it again in a heartbeat. The atmosphere, though, with a very noisy bar on one side, and photos of many great Chicago journalists hanging on the wall in the back room was classic.

Yes, I'd go back again. In a heartbeat.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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