Cochon Volant Brasserie

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Cochon Volant Brasserie is a french bakery, brasserie, & bar in the loop led by James Beard winning chef Roland Liccioni of Les Nomades and acclaimed chef Matt Ayala of Gilt Bar, Schwa & Moto. The menu features French specialties such as classic steak frites, escargot, mussels, roasted chicken, and French dip sandwiches.
The coffee bar allows guests to grab and go with a cappuccino and delicious pain au chocolat. Specialty cocktails are crafted by the beverage team, featuring classic favorites and seasonal creations. Cochon Volant Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

Private event menus available for groups of up to 250.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I asked for an onions- it turn out they dont have any.

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PW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Stopped in for brunch and while food was really good and portions were huge the service was just going through the motions. Server seemed a bit irritated that we were there and kept disappearing. In fact he never came back except to deliver the check. 1 cup of coffee and never and offer of a refill. I asked the busboy for a take out container and when the server appeared he acknowledged the want to take out he wisked away the dishes and never returned. In all honestly the takeout was planned to be left for homeless. I only wish I had makes away the tip and made it a donation.

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F
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I was looking forwars to our Sunday brunch here. The decor and vibe was nice. It wasn’t full yet we waited at least 10 min for someone to approach our table. Once we ordered it tool close too 30 min for our food to arrive. At least the bus boys were refilling water and coffee. I ordered the bread/pastry basket which for $15 was just okay but I wasn’tbblown away, the kicker was I literally had to chase down our waiter to see if we could get it while waiting for our meals. The avacado toast was good my eggs were cooked perfectly. My son enjoyed his salmon eggs benedict, and the mushroom & kale omelet was good. But Ive had better wait staff when dining in Paris. Just sayin’.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Intimate atmosphere. Delicious food and cocktails with great suggestions from our server. We had French onion soup, charbroiled oysters, roasted crab legs, and ribeye steak. Really enjoyed the tasty Aloe cocktail!

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The hostess was off-putting in the initial greeting. I offered a "good morning", and only my first name was shot back at me, with zero eye contact the entire exchange, and only "are you ready".
I didn't let it set the tone and enjoy my friends and my meal.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This was perhaps the worst table service I've experienced in decades. It was about half an hour before our waiter took our order, and another half hour or more to get food on the table.

The ambience is a little dank, dark, and noisy. The food was not great--mussels lacked flavor, the cheese on the onion soup was burned, but the tartare was good, the French dip just so-so.

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F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I was pleasantly surprised. Let me get the bad out first: it was loud, similar to Petterino's or the Marq, and the food was salty. Of the three of them, though, I thought that the food was better at Cochon Volant than the others (though I haven't been to Petterino's in a few years, I did eat at the Marq two weeks ago). My smoked pastrami had excellent mustard on it, and was much more robust than the sandwich I had at the Marq. My wife, who is gluten free, enjoyed the whitefish salad.

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l
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service were good. It was very loud. Probably better for groups rather than romantic dinners.

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s
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I took my boyfriend for a special lunch but the food was disappointing and the $16-18 a glass for wine was not worth it! The French onion soup was okay, we’ve had better, and the escargots were dry with melted cheese and bread crumbs. There was absolutely no juice or broth whatsoever...
We shared the French dip which again was okay but we’ve had better.
I would probably not go back because for the inflated prices the food wasn’t worth it.

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NW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. All four of us loved our respective meal.

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

The food was meh. I expected more french ambience and flare but it really was just a hotel restaurant.

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my second time at Cochon Volant Brasserie. The first time was for a business lunch and both the service and the food were good. Based on that experience we thought that the restaurant would be a good option for Mother's Day brunch, but that day we ended up having a poor experience. Our primary waiter was very friendly, but was missing from when we placed orders until it was almost time for the check and the other wait staff weren't attentive. We were happy with the menu options, but not with our actual food. Two of the meals were ordered weren't as hot as we would typically expect, and one was actually cold:
- Le Duex Deux Deux (traditional breakfast): An OK dish overall. The pancakes were really small, but the chicken sausage was very good
- Crab Cake Benedict (Sunday's special): Also a dish that was OK overall
- The corn beef hash: This was the dish that was actually cold. The corned beef was overcooked and the eggs were fried even though my companion asked for them to be scrambled

Overall, this trip to Cochon Volant was a disappointment. I might consider them again for a weekday meal, but would not recommend the restaurant for holiday meals or weekend brunch.

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m
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Cochon Volant. We shared the Kale Lyonnaise salad, which is really incorrectly named. It’s more like a mixed greens Lyonnaise salad. It was great. The house cured bacon was heavenly and the soft boiled egg just oozed all over the salad. Wonderful! My husband and I both had the cheeseburger which was amazing. Two juicy patties, onion marmalade, aioli and dijonnais, cheese and again, that house cured bacon, this was heaven on earth. The frites were perfectly prepared. No dessert this visit. Our server was charming.

We dine here whenever we attend theatre, and there is a good reason. We have never been disappointed.

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d
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice evening before a show at the Lyric. Drinks were prompt and appetizers were excellent and dinner and dessert were just right. No rush and server always there when we needed him. We look forward to going back!

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BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my go-to place for a nice lunch. They are also accommodating to make sure you have the best experience and the tastiest food.

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b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

it was ok but nothing at all special or unique enough as a french restaurant. Prices were out of line with the other restaurants for the quality, quantity and flavors. It felt more as a tourist stop for me than a local restaurant. But then they do appeal to the business crowd. Not bad, not great.

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LT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I chose Cochon Volant based on an episode of Check Please. I was going to Hamilton with a friend from Montana, and knew this would be perfectly convenient to the CIBC theater. We ordered the Croque Monsieur egg rolls, which were excellent. French onion soup was extremely salty. Roasted beet salad was good. Roasted broccoli with Parmesan had a lot of horseradish, which we left untouched. I was disappointed overall, with 50% of our choices being poor.

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W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food French flare foi gra morsels to die for!

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M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Not really a review, but disappointed we had to order from very limited menu. We did arrive earlier than planned since the play we attended ended earlier than predicted.

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CJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the perfect place to dine before a play or opera. It is close to the venues, food is well prepared and service is responsive. This restaurant has a variety of vegetarian options and a nicely crafted drink menu.

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a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

In spite of the great service and ambiance, the food left a lot to be desired. The ham and cheese egg rolls were lukewarm, the half chicken was completely tasteless, unseasoned... and the market fish (sea bass) was uneventful... The French onion soup was delicious.. I am happy we gave Cochon Volant a try, but we are not in a hurry to go back.

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K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to catch up with a friend. Food was excellent and we were not rushed through our meal. Was perfect

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PT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would to a friend but still felt the noise level was too loud - no opportunity to state this about the noise level. I was trying to have a business meeting and it was difficult to have a conversation.

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservation for 4 for lunch and were seated promptly. Steak frites was yummy and done perfectly; my colleague had a large whitefish salad that she could not finish and our friends had burger and chicken french dip. Everything seemed tasty, may be chicken french dip was not the best and it was huge. Also shared sweet peas burrata appetizer and croquet- both were delicious. Side note that bread is sourdough so if you aren’t a big fan of it do not order french dip sandwiches or burrata appetizer. Only thing that was not good is the place is very noisy and we had a hard time hearing each other.

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DK
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was good enough, it was not not amazing.

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is good, prices high, noise level very loud, service is very good and friendly.

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JW
Detroit
29 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Really disappointed in our meal. Waiter didn’t check back after food delivered to see if ok. NOT. Lukewarm soup, dried up chicken - really the pretty empty restaurant says it all. Had an ok meal 2-3 years ago. ? New chef? Other much better restaurants to choose from.

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C
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot in the loop. We can always count on an amazing meal and great service. This time we had a group of eight and everyone had a great time. Started with the brie, crab and shrimp, then the table ordered everything from burgers to seafood for entrees. Really something for everyone on this menu. Everyone left very happy!

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OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We arrived on time for our 5:00 reservation. In the middle of the open Resturant is the bar... it was full of people and so extremely loud that we asked to be seated as far away as possible. The two actual Resturant areas on either side of the bar were nearly empty. Even at our table the bar noise was so loud my husband and I truly could not converse! We had to repeat our meal order to the server as he could not hear us...
As for the food... my Mussels and fries were OK, but my husband did not care for his Bass dish at all.
The noise level spoiled the mediocre meal for us.
We will never go back.

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CA
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very noisy. Couldn’t hear my friends at lunch. Salads were fine but expensive. GREAT BREAD. Very nice waiter who wanted to please. Pretty place. Nice outdoor area on the street (planters shield you from loop traffic).

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c
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter could not have been more helpful. I thought the food was excellent and would recommend this as a good French restaurant. I used to live in Paris.

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d
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific burgers and wagyu beef sandwiches, good service sat outside as it was gorgeous

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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE Cochon Volant Brasserie! I have been going since 2015 (year they opened) and I like to go for a weeknight early dinner, or weekend brunch. Can't beat all their offerings from food to drink, to ambiance. It's truly a gem here in Chicago! The general manager Ryan Gartner is always so kind as well, and remembers our names.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, but our waiter never really checked in on us. We asked other staff to give us more water and coffee, etc.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

At a restaurant like Cochon Volant, the food should be impeccable. (And in fairness, in past visits, it has been very good.) But lunch the other day was extremely disappointing. I ordered broiled oysters, which arrived at the table almost cold, instead of sizzling, as they should have been. Then, a shrimp and avocado salad. The shrimp were not as fresh as they should have been, and were coated in an odd Indian-style spice that obscured their flavor. And the avocado was served on the side for some reason and tasted sour, presumably because it had been doused with lemon juice to keep it from turning brown. My friend’s whitefish salad was equally disappointing. And I ordered a beer, which arrived flat, bitter and warm. Draught beer in a glass should arrive with a head and should be cold, crisp and refreshing. This was none of the above! The service was very good, but the food was quite disappointing.

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SO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We went to Cochon Valant after seeing the review on Check Please! for a special dinner with another couple. It was a Tuesday night and I made our reservation a couple weeks in advance so I was a bit surprised when we were told our table wasn't ready yet and ushered into the bar for a round of expensive cocktails. Before we even were served the cocktails, we were told our table was ready! Was this a tactic to get us to spend more money, I wondered? Our table was okay, nothing special. Our waiter was in a big hurry for some reason (the place was not that busy) and after taking away our cocktail glasses before we were done savoring the expensive drinks, tried to rush us into ordering our entrees. I had to tell him to slow down, that we were here for a special evening. He backed off a bit. We ordered 3 apps. They were all good. For dinner three of us had beef (boeuf) and my wife had the Osso Buco. The steaks were very good. The wine list was pretty extensive (many French reds) with more expensive wines than I have ever seen on a wine list before, and I am not a novice. It was almost impossible to find a reasonably priced bottle because most were priced between $100-250 and several north of $300 up to $825 for the most expensive. In my opinion, not a user friendly list of options unless money doesn't matter. We finally selected one of the French reds for $140. It was a nice wine, but not that nice. We ordered 4 side dishes and they were good-not great. We also ordered desserts (creme brule & chocolate moose), which were very good. When it came time for our check, our waiter brought us a check from a different table, which had already been signed by the other party. I don't know where his head was at. He obviously didn't take a look at it before bringing it to us. Our tab (without the cocktails & tip) was north of $500. I don't think we received great value for that price, and our service was poor. There are better places for boeuf in Chicago!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Generally fine as the staff and ambiance was very nice, but the food wasn’t great. Very cold/ hard prawns.

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was really quite good. But the space felt noisy and we felt "lost" among the hustle of the busy dinner service

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GE
Chicago
192 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Still one of the best places to host a business breakfast in the city!

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A
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been there to lunch twice. It's a fun place with a lot of energy. It's very loud so don't plan on having a quiet or private conversation because the tables are set pretty close together. But that's part of the fun. The food is exceptional. I've had the Cuban sandwich and the Croque Monsieur. Both were absolutely delicious. Real taste treats and hearty. The Cuban sandwich may not be quite what you'd get in Havana, but I didn't really care--it's a French place after all. The Croque Monsieur is also Americanized. It is served open face and it is huge. Delicious. The frites (fries) are outstanding. I don't know what dinner is like, but this place is bustling at lunch and for good reason.

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