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4.5 (241) $$$$ $$$$ American, Modern, Creative, Molecular


Summary: A small, artsy venue with avant-American dishes.

Schwa stands out with its unique character in the culinary scene of Chicago, offering an intimate dining experience where the chefs double as waiters, serving an avant-garde American tasting menu in a minimalist, no-frills environment. The restaurant's approach might come across as irreverent, with explicit music and a "you're-lucky-to-be-here" service attitude, but the creative dishes, like quail egg ravioli and a playful take on "ants on a log," make it an unforgettable gastronomic adventure. The lack of front-of-house staff adds to the unconventional charm, as diners are immersed in a setting that's as unapologetically bold as the flavors on the plate. Despite some finding the service off-putting, the reward is a meal that's as impressive as it is off-kilter, with surprises that range from a watermelon and Pastis cocktail to a beef loin with raspberry remoulade. Schwa's commitment to a unique dining experience ensures it's hard to forget.


1 Star
2 Toques
2 Toques
Best Molecular Gastronomy Restaurants in the U.S.A.
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James Beard
Best Chefs - Semifinalist 2013
Best Chefs - Nominee 2012
Best Chefs - Nominee 2011
Best Chefs - Nominee 2010


1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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