Schwa Restaurant

(773) 252-1466 | View Website

1466 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions   60622

41.908943 -87.667825

Open Hours

Tuesday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 10:30 PM

Restaurants, New American, Traditional American  more

More Cuisine: Eclectic & International

Price: $$

Tags: B.Y.O.B., Brunch, Hidden Find, Local Favorite, Notable Chef, People Watching, Quiet, Romantic Dining

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Wicker Park, West Side

Schwa Restaurant
Amuse, Crab, Apple Pie Soup, Tagliatelle, Botarga, Tiger Fish, Biscuits and Gravy, Beef, Cheese, Dessert... more

Reviews for Schwa Restaurant


Schwa is a fascinating restaurant, a kind of workshop for a brilliant, manic young chef who, I think, is primarily cooking for other chefs. It's hard to get in and not everything is always good, let along great: but if you want to see modernist food in process, up-close, and with no frills, this is the place you need to come to.

Schwa Restaurant

You probably can't get in, and if you can, you might not get served. But if food makes it to your mouth, it will probably be the best you've ever tasted.

over a year ago

Cutting edge dining tucked away in an unassuming Ashland Avenue storefront. – The Scene
The restaurant's gritty surroundings and drawn shades read "Out of Business," but an intimate interior awaits. White linens top 10 cozy tables, crystal chandeliers hang in the two window niches, and the walls and tin ceiling glow a warm light green. Hip-hop beats coming from a semi-open kitchen rock the chefs and keep diners on low-key groove.

The Food
Chefs Michael Carlson and Nathan Klingbail emphasize organic ingredients and local growers on their seasonal menu of contemporary American dishes. Table conversation ultimately focuses on the presentation and ambitious flavors, beginning with the plump quail egg-filled ravioli in brown butter and sage sauce. For taste, there's the crunchy and subtly sweet pistachio crust of the monkfish, thanks to a butternut squash ragout and handy swoop of cranberry. For art, there's the vertical band of braised pork belly and sliced tenderloin climbing whimsically onto the shelf of a Villeroy and Boch plate.

over a year ago

ok – menu sounds better than it tastes. you will go home hungry. it's too bad that Lovitt didn't stay. the food was the same price but tastier. the only redeeming factor is the byob.

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