New American, Molecular Gastronomy
$ $ $ $
1466 N Ashland Ave (at W Le Moyne St)
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1466
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm



  • The only place where you can have a high end, fine dining experience while listening to hardcore rap. Schwa is an absolute must, do whatever you have to in order to go.
  • The most unlikely BYO in town. The kitchen team double as waiters and serve some stunners: ravioli with liquid quail egg yolk and buffalo, and sous vide antelope loin with antelope rag.
  • Schwa is a strange one, that's for sure. A nondescript restaurant with odd hours, service run entirely by kitchen staff, and BYOBbut some of the most amazing and inventive food you'll ever eat.
  • Hidden gem, owner/chef does what he wants with reservations. Food was like out of a show...amazing! No menu, we had 7 tastings. BYOB. If you can get in it will be the best place you eat in town!
  • Best. Restaurant. Experience. Ever. I love this place
  • Why the hype for this restaurant, you may wonder? Because it is fucking awesome. And relatively affordable. If you get a reservation, they'll suggest wines for you to bring. Eat here... if you can.
  • This place is the shit. Period! Eat here Now!
  • I love this place the food is unreal. The experience is surreal
  • When the folks bringing your food are the same ones preparing it in the kitchen, you know there's some serious pride and accountability on the line when that plate is set down.
  • Amazing is the only word to describe this place.
  • 4) expect loud music to be playing5) make a reservation at a 2nd restaurant as your backup in case Schwa cancels on you6) bring good wine to go with your dinner
  • One of the best meals Ive ever had in Chicago was here.
  • BYOB spot with an ever-changing 9-course menu. Now on Tock for easier reservations (they don't really do front of house around here), this joint might have the best tasting menu in Chicago.
  • BYOB, quail egg pasta, irreverent tasting menu
  • BYOB, quail egg ravioli, cocktail course
  • Crazy. So good. Top 5 Meals of my life
  • Well worth the wait to get a reservation, reasonable prices for what you get. And BYOB!
  • Amazing byob pre fixe place that plays rap music
  • Way more fun in groups of four/six vs. two. Bring a lot to imbibe while you have one of the best dining experiences of your life. And don't forget a gift for the awesome staff!
  • The most amazing, delicious, beautiful, interesting & mind-blowing dining experience I've had yet!

Nearby places

1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave)
1401 N Ashland Ave (Blackhawk)