Swift & Sons
What Insiders Are Saying
Swift & Sons might have a separate seafood restaurant inside of it, but this steakhouse is the star of the show.
The steaks were good but two of us had pork chops and they were dry and bland. Manager didn't seem to bothered so I won't go again. Our waiter was friendly.
Great place! Amazing service, and food! Recommend the Beef Wellington
We booked a reservation to celebrate at birthday. We a ordered bottles of wine, steak tartar -fabulous, short rib and potato pierogie - forgettable, 14oz dry aged ribeyes however we were brought and we paid for 22oz ribeyes. Sides were mashed potatoes - run of the mill and Brussel sprouts au graten - the overpowering salt flavor almost ruined our meal. I thought we would be brought the dessert we ordered with a candle, because it was a birthday, and that is what other tables received. We received a stress relief squeeze toy and a truffle. We felt a little rushed but did not let that ruin our time. Just disappointed that for the price we paid that every detail wasn't considered
My 200$ steak dinner tasted like it came off a campfire. Way too smokey.
I won't be back
Excellent food. Fantastic service. Go complaints about food or staff. Some patrons were poorly dressed and making crass conversation.
Food and service were amazing
My boyfriend and I went for oysters and champagne on Valentine's Day. Everything was delicious and our server was kind and quick. Highly recommend for an upscale date night spot!
we waited 1 hour past our reservation. We got there at 10 pm and didn’t get seated till 11 pm. My steak luke warm and there was this awful group of people behind us who were extremely loud.
Reserved a table at 9pm, we got the table at 10:20pm. This is unacceptable for this kind of restaurant.
Everything was great except the reservation ran ~40 min. late.
When the best part about a visit to a much-ballyhooed steakhouse is the crispy fingerling potatoes, there's a problem. To start with, our first experience was on Valentine's Day. Clearly a busy day for dining out, but an experienced restaurant should be over-the-top prepared. We arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation (made weeks in advance) and were told they were running a minimum of 30 minutes behind. The host told us to take a seat at the bar and she'd come find us when our table was ready. (Note to management: the FIRST thing you do for a guest when you've planned poorly and are running so far behind is to offer to buy them a drink.) We found a spot at one of the many bars. The other highlight of the visit was the Aviation cocktail that the bartender crafted to perfection. After waiting for 50 minutes, we returned to the host stand. We were told our table was in fact ready and that we'd been texted 5 minutes earlier. Now, if we'd been told we should expect a text when our table was ready, we'd have left the phone on the bar to anxiously await said text. Seeing we'd been told the host would "come find us," we tucked our silenced phones in our pockets. We were led to our "table" - a 24" round temporary, pop-up table amongst a sea of others that had been wedged in between the server station and the kitchen entrance. We were told the wait would be another 30 minutes for a different table, even though we'd just passed 3-4 open tables. At any rate, our glasses of wine were delivered relatively quickly, and the crispy rock shrimp appetizer within 15 minutes of being seated. The breading on the shrimp was mushy, and the flavor very one note...just spice, no other layers of flavor. After being bumped about a dozen times by passing servers, our steaks and sides arrived about 9:15, approaching two hours after our original reservation time. Given Swift & Son's rating amongst all the incredible steakhouses in Chicago, we expected (review cut off due to character limit)
Felt very rushed at dinner. Ordered a custom menu and did not get it
Adam was an amazing server
Our server was wonderful and the food was incredible. Roasted chicken dish I can’t recommend more. We loved the steak tartare and rib eye too
We came here specifically for the beef Wellington. We both concluded that we wouldn't go out of our way to get it again, but enjoyed the experience
Phenomenal. Steaks were exceptional, service was great. And we loved the vibe of the place. My only complaints- I felt a little rushed towards the end of our meal (and they forgot my husband's coffee with our dessert), and it would be nice to see some additional green vegetable sides that aren't super heavy/slathered in cream or cheese.
Steaks were flavorless and tough in spots, especially the dry aged Ribeye...very strange; also, 4x the server to the table next to us kept bumping into our table or me while serving them. On the way to our table we almost had a tray of food spilled on us b/c tight quarters and servers moving too fast...yet half the restaurant was empty!?!? Was a very odd experience for what is supposedly a higher-end Chicago steakhouse. The seafood tower starter was good and the wine selection was diverse, but overpriced in many areas (4x retail for many wines). I’m very disappointed overall, and won’t be back anytime soon.
By far one of the best dining experiences I've had in a long time.
Swift exceeded at every level. We came for our anniversary for which they acknowledged us at the host stand and table (it's in my OT profile) and they welcomed us with a half-glass complimentary champagne. The server Adam, was super and on point at every step. We went all out with cocktails following the complimentary champagne. We did two starters of Burrata Salad and Oysters -- both excellent. We did West Coast oysters from the Tacoma area (they also offered east coast / New Brunswick). The tomatoes in the salad, considering it's winter, were very flavorful. We both ordered the NY Strip, he Medium and me Mid-Rare -- both were nice and thick and perfectly cooked and seasoned. The complimentary sauces were nice, but not required. We also did sides of the mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts gratin which bombed our mouths in the best way. For wine we chose the Buehler Zinfandel with the steaks with delighted the palate -- which I'm currently hunting down it was so good. To complete we did a single scoop of ice cream and a Frangelico on rocks each. Delightful. The price will cause some to hesitate, but if you're going out for high-end steak in Chicago and understand that comes at a price Swift fired on all cylinders. Again, kudos to Adam and the Swift team. We did another digestif at Aviary conveniently located across the street. Enjoy.
The restaurant was fine. Their whiskey selection was good and prices were fair they just didn’t have a list of all their whiskey and the list that is on the website is not accurate. The food was good and if you are on a budget it is a great spot.
We were there for our one month wedding anniversary/Valentine's Day date, and I felt like my husband and I were put into the table in the corner of the bar. We weren't in the main area and next to the service station. So while we are trying to have a romantic date, servers were coming over to get wet wipes and silverware all evening.
Dining at Swift &Sons is a must in my book. The only thing that rise above the food was their service. I particularly enjoyed the old fashioned cart were your drink is made table side. I celebrated my 50th birthday with my brothers and two friends. We all want to go back soon.
Consistently delicious food with impressive service.
The atmosphere is lively but you can engage in conversation without yelling. There are a lot of steak places in Chicago, and this is one of the best if not the best.
This was our first time at Swift & Sons. The complete experience was extremely satisfying. Food was great. The only negative is that the individuals that delivered the food to the table were a little abrupt. Other than that we had a great experience and would definitely go back when we visit Chicago.
My new favorite steakhouse! Great food and great service, was initially hesitant to go to another steakhouse in the city as they’re already quite a few and a couple of them are very hyped up, but super glad I went! Also great and generous restaurant week menu! I’ll be back again!
Went for Restaurant week and it was incredible. Will for sure go back.
We went for restaurant week, because of the review in the Tribune which said it was one not to miss. They did not cut any corners due to it being restaurant week. It was the most on point service we’ve had, and we eat out a lot at places with exceptional service. We had a show to catch after dinner, so they timed the meal precisely. I was waffling between two wine choices, so they brought me both to taste (the winner was Obisdion Ridge Napa Cab). Our server saw me looking for the rest room, so he immediately came over to show me the exact door. The food was also quite good, but I’ll go back for the service.
The room we sat in was so cold, one woman left her coat on until the appetizers arrived. When we ordered our drinks, only 3 out of the 4 were served. We had to track down the waiter to ask for the 4th drink. We were then told all 4 of us had to order the Chicago restaurant week menu, or none — just one person could not order off that menu. This was the first restaurant where we came across this request. We all ordered off the regular menu. When our food came, one steak was undercooked so we sent it back. When it came back to the table, it was charred on the outside, and too well done on the inside, but at this point we didn’t want to wait any longer to eat. There were no grilled veggies offered as a side, only carbs, cream sauces, etc. By the end of the meal, no one wanted dessert and just wanted to go. There was a mistake on our bill, the waiter charged us for a bottle of wine and a glass rather than just the glass — and it was the 4th drink that arrived last.
My hosts from London were called out for only leaving a 10% gratuity, which is customary in England, but not here, very rude on the part of Swift & Sons.
Excellent food & service, great environment
Food and presentation was impeccable!!
One of my fav’s. Best beet salad ever tasted. Steak is wonderful. Enough for another whole meal the next day.
Went for restaurant week 2019. Ordered from the prix fixe menu. We ordered different plates so that we could taste as many dishes as possible. Thoroughly enjoyed all dishes, including the pâté. Will definitely return to try since of the other items not included in the prix fixe.
Dry age ribeye texture terrible. Even at medium rare
Adam was the best! Made our evening. Super attentive and engaging. Food is always great. Adam made it great
We came for restaurant week and it felt like a steal!
An amazing experience all around!!
EXCELENT experience with even better food. Don’t miss it!
While we have visited Swift a handful of times, we decided to go for restaurant week. The food, drinks, and ambience was great, but our server definitely treated us less because we ordered off the RW menu. The two tables around us ordered ala cart and were given a completely level of service. For example, my wife was told that house Pinot was 86ed and was suggested a more expensive wine (trying to upsell), but the young lady next to us was able to get the exact same wine about 45 minutes later. Additionally, we were never checked on or asked how everything tasted. The only service we received from our server was to see if he could get more money out of us. The runners, bus boys, Old-fashion cart girl, and everyone else was great, but our server was aloof at best. He should see the bigger picture that restaurant week is an advertisement and will cause people to come back if treated well. Because of him, I will not be conducting business dinners at Swift anymore. One final note, as a person who has worked in the service industry for years I. The past, I never tip below 25%. He got 15%. Exactly what he expected out of us and how he treated us.
Would suggest this place for people that are in a hurry. Great server but not at all relaxing. Felt rushed through dinner as one is in a Mexican restaurant. Loud and not in line with the price point.