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Billy Goat Tavern

American, Bar
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500 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2005
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 am
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Nanuet, New York
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Billy Goat Tavern is a burger joint! A nice place to go for a quick bite to eat when you don't want to spend a fortune. Cafeteria style service. Friendly staff. Full bar available as well. Food is decent, burgers, fries, etc. Also offers inexpensive breakfast menu - eggs, French toast, egg sandwiches, coffee... We were very happy we "found"... More 

Thank Sandy P
santa monica
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113 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not certain what is keeping this place financially solvent. It must be a special place for police and firemen--lots of patches from all over decorate the place. Beer selection is poor. They do serve liquor. Also, open for breakfast but the ambiance is too depressing for me to want to start my day there.

Thank uzengirl
Olney, Illinois
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151 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came to the Billy Goat to meet my cousin to watch a little bit of the Bears game. Had a couple of drinks which there selection is about normal and a cheeseburger and fries. While not spectacular it was fun to come here and watch a little football while in town.

Thank chuckie_css
Carlisle, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't find anything special about the famous cheeseburgers and the place itself was sterile and uncharming.

Thank Paul D
Maplewood, NJ
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122 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

While most reviews are for lunch or drinks, the Billy Goat Tavern has an inexpensive and tasty breakfast. Given that some hotels, like ours, had a really expensive breakfast buffet, this is a reasonable, nicely done alternative with lots of the usual breakfast options. The place is plain with no airs, but just fine fto start the day.

Thank DianaID19
Hickory, NC
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91 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We gathered with some friends here for drinks..nice little joint. The lady bartending made one of the best margaritas I have ever had! We had a few too many but they were awesome! We will visit again next time we are in town!

Thank agoofygrle1
Kingston, New York
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174 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

This is a great spot. Small place that has great breakfast in the $4 f8 range. Friendly people and "HamBorgers" too

Thank DeltaBiker
Freeport, Texas
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Awful. Right across a sensational hotel, near the school of law location is perfect but the food was gross, plastic burger, awful and I was starving took 2 bites could not eat the burger, even the cheese was gross, 😕

Thank Sandi P
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

I attended a meeting in Washington DC, and the tavern was just across the street from our meeting place. It was a good place to step out for a break from the meetings. The restaurant has good burgers and a relaxed atmosphere,and the beer was reasonably priced as well. Great service

Thank Stephanie U
Bon Air, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Alan, behind the bar, makes tasty libations plus he's cordial, fun, and welcoming. The burger bar is a perfect addition to this casual spot.

Thank SusieQRVA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 3:00 am
9:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2005
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: 202-783-2123

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?