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World Famous Billy Goat's Tavern & Grill



430 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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(312) 222-1525

  • Sun - Sat 7:30am - 11:00am

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Bars

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  • Mastication Monologues on May 29, 2014

    The first bite I took was fantastic. The kaiser roll was thick and fresh, and the beef was succulent with slightly greasy undertones. As for the pickles, they were just the right amount of sour, and the onion slice provided a nice change of texture. Plus, it wasnt very overpowering in terms of taste which made me think that it was probably a Bermuda onion. Each slice of American cheese was perfectly melted to hold the juicy patties together to form one delicious hamburger.

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  • Mastication Monologues on Aug 01, 2013

    Today I will be talking about a Chicago institution that was immortalized in a Saturday Night Live skit with John Belushi...

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  • Eating For Sanity on Jul 30, 2013

    Billy Goat Tavern is one of Chicago's most famous establishments. It has been around since the 1930s and now has several locations throughout the city. When first walking into the restaurant, you get that diner feel...

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  • roncarlson1 reviewThis restaurant is very over-rated. Was highly disappointed. It is in the basement of a smokefilled bar, and the burgers are comparable to any burger in any other bar. Probably worse. And the owners and service is rude! Rather get a burger at McDonalds than put up with rude people and average food.

    11111 by roncarlson1


  • Kathy JБерите сразу дабл - котлеты хоть и вкусные, но тонкие, а булочка толстая. И да, чтобы найти это место, надо спуститься с Michigan по лестнице.

    55555 by Kathy J


  • Kelly GaudreauThey know their hamburgers here.

    55555 by Kelly Gaudreau


  • Laura NÓtimo lugar e ótimo sanduíche.

    55555 by Laura N


  • jim s.This i art of history, you simply must get a double cheeseborger, cheeseborger, cheeseborger here!

    55555 by jim s.


  • Andre M.A must visit when in the Windy City.

    55555 by Andre M.


  • Chris DavisI like how it's historic and in a location not easy to find. Staff wasn't the friendliest when I was there.

    55555 by Chris Davis


  • Nallely SA mysterious, hidden and great underground place.

    55555 by Nallely S


  • Karla TDeliciosa la doble cheezburguer las papas exquisitas y la cerveza se oscura está buenísima

    55555 by Karla T


  • Matthew S.Great historic venue with a lot of Chicago history. Great to visit right after the Cubs Word Series win. Curse broken!!

    55555 by Matthew S.


  • Javier G MLove the cheezburgerssss!

    55555 by Javier G M


  • Martín KThe best hamburguer in town, i hope return, but i dont know becouse i dont have a lot of money😕 remember forever thank youu

    55555 by Martín K


  • Zach R.The Double was actually much better than expected. Lots of history here!

    55555 by Zach R.


  • Michael DorseyThe burgers are their popular item. Lot of Chicago history. Beer selection is poor. Old Style in the bottle.

    55555 by Michael Dorsey


  • Linda M.You get what you pay for.

    33333 by Linda M.


  • John M. P.Cheeseburger cheeseburger

    33333 by John M. P.


  • Anne S.Good green beer on st pattys day.

    55555 by Anne S.


  • Rob MC'mon, you know you want the draft Schlitz...

    33333 by Rob M


  • Martín M"The place is a tourist magnet, but it's a deserving one." Lonely Planet dixit

    33333 by Martín M


  • Kate Y.Double double burger, no fries. cash only

    33333 by Kate Y.


  • Andrew F.Get the egg and bacon on a burger

    33333 by Andrew F.


  • P Chuy DGood taste, good price and good beer (billy goat beer)

    55555 by P Chuy D


  • Alice F.Try the Cheezborger Cheezborger - Another Chicago icon checked off the list. Cheezborger! No Pepsi, Coke! (via @Foodspotting)

    33333 by Alice F.


  • Alfred BDoble cheezborger! Muy buena! Local muy autentico.

    55555 by Alfred B


  • Eddy GCheeseburgers are great, love that you have pickles on the side just wish they had fries

    55555 by Eddy G


  • Jonathan FerreraHad a double cheezborger and I was not disappointed. The place has a lived-in, always-midnight feel to it.

    55555 by Jonathan Ferrera


  • Chris F.Decent burgers and fun place to visit. Order a double cheese with chips and leave the poor waitstaff alone!

    33333 by Chris F.


  • Priya aDidn't stay - after walking in we were stared at and not made to feel welcome. The cash only made our decision for us and we left! In a very stranger place too.....

    33333 by Priya a


  • William Q.1st time at the Billy Goat Tavern. I know it's an institution in Chicago so I want to give it a try. Maybe it was the time, but is was Ok for me. Nothing really stands out, but maybe that's the charm.

    55555 by William Q.


  • Cole K.Classic dive bar popular with journalists from the Chicago Tribune. Only two types of beer. Feels like you've traveled back in time. Get a double cheeseburger, of course.

    55555 by Cole K.


  • Rachel L.Drink the beer here

    33333 by Rachel L.


  • Madonna MHThis is a Chicago must! Waiting in a long line for a juicy burger was worth the wait. Ask for the Billy Goat story!

    55555 by Madonna MH


  • Lauren D.Their hot dogs are great! And by "hotdogs", I mean "hamburgers", and by "hamburgers", I mean "Double!"

    55555 by Lauren D.


  • Bulut SOrdinary burger,rude staff,no fries!Not again

    11111 by Bulut S


  • Ellen S.Get a double cheesborgie. Schlitz on tap! A classic dive with history on the walls. Surprisingly clean bathroom.

    55555 by Ellen S.


  • Alec PieperHey Billy Goat Tavern, you should join Freebie! It’s pretty rad and the benefits are great for both you and me. Check it out! http://taps.io/freebie

    55555 by Alec Pieper


  • Mark StefkoExcellent burgers. And of course there is the Cubs curse.

    55555 by Mark Stefko


  • Mike BGet the Jen Special (grilled cheese with double burger patties)

    55555 by Mike B


  • Amanda Ogdengreat beer specials and burgers

    55555 by Amanda Ogden


  • Francisco The burger was surprisingly good. Nothing fancy but good enough for a quick bite.

    55555 by Francisco


  • Kaso A.Not an actual tavern. Boo.

    33333 by Kaso A.


  • Yaqoob A.Triple cheese borger is good but not the best , the place is part of American burger history

    55555 by Yaqoob A.


  • John K.No Pepsi, coke! No fries, chips! Get the double, they recommend it.

    33333 by John K.


  • Murat MDouble cheeseburger as usual..

    33333 by Murat M


  • Davin L.CHEEZBORGER CHEEZBORGER

    55555 by Davin L.


  • Alan x el mundoUn clásico y muy barato! Double cheeseburguer es lo que hay que pedir sin discusión!

    55555 by Alan x el mundo


  • Megan HarmerThis is must-do at least once in your time in Chicago, whether you're born and bred or a tourist like me. Remember the cheezeburger SNL classic skit?

    55555 by Megan Harmer


  • TV Food MapsCheck out Billy Goat Tavern as seen on Feed the Beast , Burger Land , The Layover

    55555 by TV Food Maps


  • Mark B.It's under Michigan Avenue

    55555 by Mark B.


  • The Wall Street JournalUnderneath the Chicago Tribune Building, the original hangover cure serves greasy cheeseburgers and many beers. Bright lights and surly reporters. What's not to like?

    55555 by The Wall Street Journal


  • Eric W.Put it on the top of your list !! great people great place great staff

    55555 by Eric W.


  • Brian C.While they have several options listed, they sure do 'encourage' everyone to order the double cheezeborger. To be honest, I wasn't that impressed.

    33333 by Brian C.


  • Time Out ChicagoThe stories are true—this subterranean tavern is still the best spot to get a made-to-order “cheezborger” with a side of shtick.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago


  • Ben EngelbyThey only have Pepsi (no Coke) and chips (no fries).

    22222 by Ben Engelby


  • Valerie UleryDouble cheese. Trust me!

    55555 by Valerie Ulery


  • Taylor JHave to pay with only cash, doesn't accept cards, very rushed but good food

    33333 by Taylor J


  • Anthony HSchlitz on tap!

    55555 by Anthony H


  • Bere JMuy bueno, principal platillo cheeseburger!

    55555 by Bere J


  • Andrew JGreat history. Terrible burgers

    33333 by Andrew J


  • Stephen P.Cheep, cheep! Double cheese!

    33333 by Stephen P.


  • TylerNew development on the site of the building where the Billy Goat Tavern exists may displace the iconic restaurant. Get there while you still can!

    55555 by Tyler


  • Rachel Q.Only $6.99 and it tastes way better than the burger from the diner downstairs at my work! Awwwww Chicago I love you~

    55555 by Rachel Q.


  • Marcelo L.Fria. Não vá . Atendimento ruim e cerveja quente.

    33333 by Marcelo L.


  • Federico B.Sit in the left side, beside the wall, theres a lot to read and you'll get a view of the whole place.

    33333 by Federico B.


  • Robert S.The burgers at Billy Goat are expensive, thin, and gross. The only thing this place has going for it is ambience.

    33333 by Robert S.


  • Quentin R.A shot of Malort makes the place looks good ;-) Be prepared if you go to the bar...

    55555 by Quentin R.


  • Ben K.Get a double cheezborger and remember "chips no fries." Don't miss the pickle and onion bar to the right of the counter.

    33333 by Ben K.


  • Collin V.It's a must for fans of SNL. Other than that, skip. Get the double or triple cheezeborger. Slices of burger are paper thin and over-cooked.

    33333 by Collin V.


  • Kyle C.What a delicious little dive. Cannot comment on the food, but the atmosphere is great.

    55555 by Kyle C.


  • Nathalie B.Burgers were blah. Nothing special about this joint! In n' out in California makes better burgers!

    33333 by Nathalie B.


  • Social N.An underground gem in the heart of Chicago. Double double is the way to go. Be ready to order quickly, but don't be turned off by the staff's rough facade--they just really like the double double.

    55555 by Social N.


  • Laura B.Get the double cheese! Double cheese is the best!

    55555 by Laura B.


  • Jordan B.Bad food, terrible service.

    11111 by Jordan B.


  • Jack H.Double Cheese is the best and remember you need to wait at the counter for your food.

    55555 by Jack H.


  • WillMcDA must when attending any Chicago sporting event.

    55555 by WillMcD


  • Garrick B.Dig it, fans!

    55555 by Garrick B.


  • k4zuuuInstead of the usual double cheez, it is better a triple cheez with extra cheese.

    33333 by k4zuuu


  • Serious EatsThe skinny burgers get a nice sear on the hot griddle, and you can top them with as many of the wonderful pickles as you want. You can't order fries, but the chips help bulk this out to a fine meal.

    55555 by Serious Eats


  • Marco O.Me encanta. La cerveza muy rica y ahora a probar la comida

    55555 by Marco O.


  • UrvakshDamn shame Billy Goat is know for some silky SNL skit, rather than for Chicago columnist Mike Royko who haunted it and wrote about it for decades

    55555 by Urvaksh


  • Natalie W.Late night double Cheeseburgers!

    33333 by Natalie W.


  • Caitlin F.Cheap drinks, good service... Kind of a staple! If you're down town, check it out!

    55555 by Caitlin F.


  • Analise B.Loved it! Great prices and good food! And it's a ton of fun if you know the history!

    55555 by Analise B.


  • Hendrik R.Decide quickly. Go for double cheeseburger

    33333 by Hendrik R.


  • Julie B.Coke, no Pepsi

    11111 by Julie B.


  • Raine F.The double is delish, but if you wanna be a man get the ribeye!

    55555 by Raine F.


  • AdrianaLas mejores hamburguesas. Doble cheese bacon rules!!

    55555 by Adriana


  • Jenny$6.00 rum & coat wtf

    22222 by Jenny


  • Michelin Travel & LifestyleSubterranean 'cheezborger' joint made famous by a 1978 SNL skit, it's an only-in-Chicago place to eat. Request a souvenir paper hat. – Green Guide Editor

    55555 by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle


  • Chito P.good/ridiculous comforting burger spot

    55555 by Chito P.


  • joachim l.If you want to know what a bar was like in the 1960 or 1970's this I your place actually pretty fun but bring cash no credit or checks.

    33333 by joachim l.


  • Andrew H.Best late night burger spot on the Mile. Double or triple never a single

    55555 by Andrew H.


  • Mandy C.If you want a real dive experience & a fun place to eat you gotta try the legendary Billy Goat. You won't be sorry.

    55555 by Mandy C.


  • TomCome in for a great, affordable haircut.

    55555 by Tom


  • BlackBook MagazineThicker and more addictive than the patties you're used to, plus all the personality you can swallow. No fries, only chips. No Pepsi, only Coke.

    33333 by BlackBook Magazine


  • Casey M.Gotta get the double if you want a burger with substance. Classic Chicago joint that shouldn't be missed.

    55555 by Casey M.


  • Home Sweet BeerThe 312 Urban Wheat from Goose Island brewery will make your double cheez better and better!

    55555 by Home Sweet Beer


  • Lina G.Order a Pepsi, hamburger, and chips!

    33333 by Lina G.


  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.The ‘cheezborger’ gets incessant airplay to this day; but it has evolved to good craftbeers on offer, & its house drafts are a superb value for the money. And it will turn on the soccer game.

    55555 by Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.


  • Lee G.Best crab rangoons in town.

    55555 by Lee G.


  • Mark H.The billy goat dark beer is $3.50 a mug.. well worth it. Try it. Also, get a double if you want any meat. Thin patties and lots of bread. A triple is more balanced.

    55555 by Mark H.


  • joshua k.3 triples in one sitting... I dare you...

    55555 by joshua k.


  • Dallas W.Double cheese is best!

    55555 by Dallas W.


  • StreetWise_CHIWe have many vendors in the Loop area! Help them out!

    33333 by StreetWise_CHI


  • Dan S.Don't ask for water

    22222 by Dan S.


  • Gage G.Chips not fries!

    33333 by Gage G.


  • Manuel Z.Gr8 2chese boerger

    55555 by Manuel Z.


  • Sean M.They will give you grief if they don't recognize you, but the ribeye steak sandwich is a nice break from double cheezborgerz

    55555 by Sean M.


  • Josh.ODaytime bartenderJeff Magill is one of the best you'll find in the city. Pleasant, efficient, and always smiling. He's been there since the early 1980s.

    55555 by Josh.O


  • brad d.If you try to eat 5 triple cheeseburgers in an hour, don't buy them all at the same time. Order the next one as you finish the last or the fifth one will be ice cold when you bite into it.

    33333 by brad d.


  • Josh W.Get an Old Style at the Bar. The bartender is awesome.

    55555 by Josh W.


  • Joey L.Vegetarians your out of luck unless you get the egg and cheese. I suggest toast instead of a bun.

    33333 by Joey L.


  • Shaun Z.Coke...no Pepsi.

    22222 by Shaun Z.


  • Brad S.If you're a vegggie go for the egg and cheese.

    33333 by Brad S.


  • Adam C.Watch out for shoe shine scam operators lurking outside this place. Do not let them touch your shoes or you're screwed.

    22222 by Adam C.


  • Todor K.If they run out if the double cheeseburger, just get the triple cheeseburger!

    33333 by Todor K.


  • Matt D.For the love of god don't ask for fries.

    33333 by Matt D.


  • Time Out Chicago KidsRegale the kids with tales of the classic SNL sketch so they'll know a "cheezborger" is what to order in the dim, storied landmark.

    55555 by Time Out Chicago Kids


  • Gina R.Make sure to Bushaib ask about Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Jon Konstantaras, who should be on the wall!

    55555 by Gina R.


  • Joel R.Try their Billy Goat beers too! You can't go wrong. Very tasty.

    55555 by Joel R.


  • Amy G.Duh: cheezborger.

    55555 by Amy G.


  • Matt A.What a dump.

    11111 by Matt A.


  • Myra R.Mediocre double cheeseburger. Don't care for having to put stuff on myself, wrap and bag it. Off the list.

    22222 by Myra R.


  • Patrick M.Get the Double Cheese!!!

    33333 by Patrick M.


  • Drunken HistoryThe source for the idea of the SNL skit Olympia Cafe and the curse that haunts the Cubs to this day, stop in here to get away from the shopping on upper Michigan Ave and enjoy a real piece of Chicago

    55555 by Drunken History


  • ANDY W.If you love cheesebuegers like I do, the double cheezborger isn't enough. Make it a triple!

    55555 by ANDY W.


  • Lauren K.Try the Horny Goat...lol funny and tasty.

    55555 by Lauren K.


  • Aaron W.Double Cheezborger. No Fries Cips. No Pepsi Coke.

    33333 by Aaron W.


  • Anthony V.U better know what u want by the time it's ur turn to order. Get the double cheezborger! Not the greatest, but hey, it's the Billy Goat!

    55555 by Anthony V.


  • ManbqueFun to watch the tourists try to order anything other than a double cheese.

    55555 by Manbque


  • Matt D.Bring cash and don't act like this is your first time here. It's ok to drink at lunch here too.

    33333 by Matt D.


  • Tim MunroeSaturday Night Live association aside, it's a great slice of Chicago newspaper history with all the old columns on the walls.

    55555 by Tim Munroe


  • Paul T.Don't take the mustard and ketchup bottles to your table. You'll get in trouble.

    33333 by Paul T.


  • Ryan V.Just do like they say and get a double cheese. It's a an ok burger, more hype than anything though.

    33333 by Ryan V.


  • ZaarlyChicagoNeed to go downstairs just to see it!

    55555 by ZaarlyChicago


  • Mark G.Double cheese only way to go!

    33333 by Mark G.


  • Bobby D.Tourist trap. Food is nothing special. Check it out once to say you've been there.

    33333 by Bobby D.


  • Jason P.Protip:Make sure to bend Jeff's (bartender) ear about how great the democrats are.

    55555 by Jason P.


  • Steve B.Classic journalists' pub underneath the road in front of the Chicago Tribune building. Burger, lager, and Wise Guys Corner.

    33333 by Steve B.


  • Jessica G.Here's a tip... Don't eat here! Yikes! Fun for the history, not the atrocious food. The beer is admittedly cheap and decent.

    33333 by Jessica G.


  • Layla K.Double cheezborger

    55555 by Layla K.


  • Jeremy D.Skip the Billy Goat lager...tastes like Billy goat spit.

    33333 by Jeremy D.


  • LauraOrder the double cheeseburger...hands down the best item on the menu! Take a look at all the newspaper articles on the wall!

    55555 by Laura


  • Shawn K.I admire the history but not the dry double burger.

    33333 by Shawn K.


  • Ira S.Great neon signs for the bathrooms

    33333 by Ira S.


  • AnyClipMichigan Avenue is the departure point for Gary's tour bus in The Break-Up, watch it now!

    55555 by AnyClip


  • Raquel H.Cheezeburger and chips...no fries! Great place to eat for lunch or for happy hours.

    55555 by Raquel H.


  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.Having the goat take the ceremonial kickoff in a STING playoff soccer match at Wrigley Field was a key factor in the 1981 Championship. (Spot the photograph.)

    55555 by Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.


  • Chris RDon't forget they have breakfast. And the best .50 cent cup of coffee in the city

    55555 by Chris R


  • jvchezborger chezborger no Pepsi coke.

    22222 by jv


  • Steve L.Double Cheese Double and Lager for breakfast.

    55555 by Steve L.


  • Melissa S.order a double! don't ask for fries or coke.

    22222 by Melissa S.


  • Christopher R.The ribeye steak sandwich is soooo much better than the burger. Get it with cheese and tell them not to cut off the fat.

    33333 by Christopher R.


  • Christopher R.The ribeye is soo much better than the burger. Get it with cheese and keep the fat!

    55555 by Christopher R.


  • Ken H.Try the Pepsi!

    33333 by Ken H.


  • Stacy Williams ShukerHaving the double cheese and Billy Goat Dark.

    55555 by Stacy Williams Shuker


  • Mike MGet a double cheese and don't question them

    22222 by Mike M


  • James J.Look for the bylines of famous Chicago newspaper reporters, past and present.

    55555 by James J.


  • Marc MGo to Billy Goat Tavern and order fries if you dare

    55555 by Marc M


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