Neighborhoods: Wicker Park
Cuisine: American, Lunch, Mediterranean

Schwa is a American, Lunch, and Mediterranean restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid more than $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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 Evanston, IL

Great food... but know what you're getting

The food at schwa is fantastic. We had the nine course meal, and every course was good – a couple (the quail egg ravioli and the lamb with green curry couscous) were absolutely phenomenal.

Remember – it’s BYO (we polished off eight bottles of delicious wine)… and if you want actual wine glasses, you have to bring those too. The restaurant has tumblers they’ll let you use if you don’t want to or forget to pbring your own.

If you like nice restaurants because of the environment, the service, etc, etc… then think schwa might not live up to your expectations. If you want creative, well-executed and delicious food, then I think you’ll love schwa.

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 Chicago, IL

The experience at Schwa is unlike any other. You get gre...

The experience at Schwa is unlike any other. You get great food without the pomp and circumstance. The atmosphere is laid back and comfy. The food, especially the quail egg ravioli is amazing.

Pricing is good for the amount of food that you receive and less expensive than most places that prepare this kind of food.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys food that is above the norm and is tired of having to wear a tie to eat it.

March 29, 2011

Schwa cancelled at the last minute TWICE

Schwa is a unique place, but their customer service is HORRIBLE. 1) It is impossible to leave a voicemail message to reserve a table. The vm mailbox is full all the time. 2) When you DO get someone on the phone, don't be surprised if…
May 10, 2010

It's Theater, and if You Don't Get it Shame on You

To eat at Schwa is to suspend reality. This little jewel of a restaurant is not about stuffing ritzy dishes and haute cuisine down your gullet, Schwa is more culinary theater than a substantive meal. One does not read poetry to get the…
May 8, 2010

Surpassed my expectations

The food is prepared with such care and precision, you'll have to see for yourself. While I was initially intimidated, the entire staff was nothing but warm and inviting. From beginning to end my palate was teased, tempted and ultimately…

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BYOB American Outdoor seating
  • Foodies will want the table next to the large open window overlooking the tidy kitchen
  • The restaurant is B.Y.O.B., so diners on a budget can splurge on the food and not the beverages.
  • The $85 per person tasting menu consists of an eight- to 12-course sampling of the entire menu.
Mon-Sat 05:30PM - 10:30PM
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