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New American Restaurant and Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant$$$$
Noble Square, Chicago
  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Has a stamp of approval from Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and The Wall Street Journal
    • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    • The Wall Street Journal
  • AFAR Media
    "Michelin Star food."(4 Tips)
    Eric M.
    "Amazing byob pre fixe place that plays rap music"(6 Tips)
    Adam B.
    "Loved the quail egg ravioli and the pizza cotton candy!"(5 Tips)
    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "just surprises like pizza cotton candy w"(2 Tips)
34 Tips and reviews
  • quail eggs
  • BYOB
  • Michelin stars
  • pizza cotton candy
  • tasting menu
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  • Kris K.
    Kris KelleyApril 19
    BYOB, quail egg pasta, irreverent tasting menu
  • Ty S.
    Ty SomkulMarch 5
    BYOB, quail egg ravioli, cocktail course
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • Sean M.
    Sean McEnteeFebruary 19, 2015
    Crazy. So good. Top 5 Meals of my life
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler McPheetersNovember 30, 2014
    Well worth the wait to get a reservation, reasonable prices for what you get. And BYOB!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MunnOctober 24, 2014
    Amazing byob pre fixe place that plays rap music
  • Jawwad A.
    Jawwad AkhtarOctober 17, 2014
    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!
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WypasekAugust 22, 2014
    The most amazing, delicious, beautiful, interesting & mind-blowing dining experience I've had yet!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Andrew Zimmerman, chef of Sepia, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tasting menu. Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Once you indulge in all that is unique and wonderful about the place, then you can settle in and indulge in the Michelin Star food. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    This Wicker Park foodie gem is all about Michael Carlson. Nine-course meals served over the world kitchen's rap-metal soundtrack—the best "tasting menu" in the city. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Dinner at Schwa is always a unique evening, but among the caviar truffles and uni ice cream, there are a few old school gems that really hit the spot. Read more
  • FacePaulm R.
    FacePaulm RevereJuly 23, 2014
    expect the unexpected
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 16, 2013
    One Michelin star
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    BYOB. No menus, just surprises like pizza cotton candy w/ buttered popcorn soda, or tagliatelle and rabbit liver sauce. – Green Guide Editor
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GilmoreSeptember 26, 2013
    A totally fun experience! Inventive cuisine served by a fun waitstaff. It might be the only fine dining experience you have where you'll hear hardcore rap and heavy metal.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BearJune 7, 2013
    Loved the quail egg ravioli and the pizza cotton candy! Witty commentary was appreciated too!
  • Rui L.
    Rui LiApril 27, 2013
    One of the top three meals I've had in the past two years!! This isn't your typical Michelin star restaurant! Awesome food and chefs :)
  • Kristi T.
    Kristi TwitoFebruary 15, 2013
    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!
  • Adrienne P.
    Adrienne PetrinoNovember 29, 2012
    Treat this as someone's home and not a restaurant and just sit back and enjoy what you are about to experience.....and if your lucky one if your courses will be the lobster with smoke dish..
  • Jeff
    JeffNovember 15, 2012
    2013 - 1 Michelin Star
  • Alex R.
    Alex RenshawSeptember 20, 2012
    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.
  • Sharon
    SharonJune 6, 2012
    Quail Egg Raviolo
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 8, 2012
    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 ragù. Read more
  • Emily W.
    Emily WeinrebJanuary 25, 2012
    I love this place the food is unreal. The experience is surreal
  • Aneta A.
    Aneta AllenOctober 18, 2011
    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.
  • Dee 4.
    Dee 4nelliAugust 12, 2011
    Amazing. Fun atmosphere. Rabbit top 5 dishes of my life.
  • Tanner R.
    Tanner RubinAugust 4, 2011
    Amazing is the only word to describe this place.
  • Todd S.
    Todd ShisslerJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Schwa is a strange one, that's for sure. A nondescript restaurant with odd hours, service run entirely by kitchen staff, and BYOB—but some of the most amazing and inventive food you'll ever eat.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MinutoloAugust 20, 2010
    Best. Restaurant. Experience. Ever. I love this place
  • Jonas M.
    Jonas MoskowitzMarch 17, 2010
    One of the best meals Ive ever had in Chicago was here.
  • Leah R.
    Leah RayJanuary 30, 2010
    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.
  • Sara F.
    Sara FasolinoJanuary 27, 2010
    It's my'll just have to call and hope for the best....
  • Cy H.
    Cy HodgsonJanuary 16, 2010
    This place is the shit. Period! Eat here Now!
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