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Summer House
Summer House

Summer House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.summerhousesm.com
  • Phone: (773) 634-4100
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday 11:00am-11:00pm
    Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm
    Sunday 8:00am-10:00pm

    LUNCH: Friday 11:00am-4:00pm

    BRUNCH: Saturdays & Sundays 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Mahin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4100.
  • Special Events & Promotions: To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4100.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Armitage
  • Public Transit: Just South East of the Brown Line on Armitage.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking for $13.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.
A word from Summer House
The California-influenced, American restaurant features a wood-fire grill as its centerpiece and will dish out an ever-changing menu that spotlights locally-sourced produce & ingredients whenever possible. In addition to simply prepared proteins and a large selection of market vegetables, Summer House Santa Monica also boasts Chef Mahin’s signature artisanal bread program, an extensive wine list, fresh-squeezed juices and a wide array of pastry & sweets. Seeking to make diners feel at-home, the restaurant has been designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with whitewashed woods, warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room that brings the outside in no matter what the season. An open kitchen outfitted in earth-toned tiling and a five-foot, wood-fire grill that emulates a home hearth further fosters the comfortable atmosphere.

Now open for Lunch on Fridays from 11am-4pm and Saturdays & Sundays for our weekend Brunch 8am-3pm!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Went here for my birthday and it was amazing. Great food (especially gluten free). Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. The inside is better than the "patio" as it feels like your outside. The patio is on a busy street so nothing special there."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have been to Summer House 4 times. This past Tuesday was one of the worst dining experiences I have had! Our waitress took 20 minutes to get to our table, people kept trying to take our plates before we were done eating, no silverware for over 5 minutes while our food was there, no tortillas for tacos for even longer. It was just a mess and I was pretty disappointed. Overall the good was good- my food was cold by the time I had silverware to eat it. The other times I have been to Summer House there has been pretty good service."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Can't wait to return in the winter time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our salads were delicious. It is a VERY noisy place, but that's the opinion of a woman who is, probably, old enough to be the grandmother of most of the customers!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Summerhouse is the hottest Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant in Lincoln Park. The food, ambiance, and service is outstanding! I went with my parents for dinner on July 4th and because we couldn't decide on just one meal, we decided to go "tapas style" and chose different food items to share and taste. From the fish tacos, Korean pork lettuce cups, ahi tuna tostadas, guacamole, and fresh burrata, we continued to be impressed with each item we tried. This is our new favorite Lettuce Restaurant and we're so happy it is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My friend and I both had the trout on a bed of mashed potatoes. It was great! Also loved the salad. Nice ambiance. Very California. We ate early (5:30) on a beautiful July day and it was nice and bright with the retractible roof. Would go again, and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "... very busy Summer night ... some chocolate crumbs lying around on reception chairs near the take out bakery dirtied my husbands pants as he sat down while waiting. We alerted staff."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I came to summer house for my friend's birthday lunch. We were happy to get a reservation during the day as it was not possible for that night. When we got there 15 minutes early, we saw many open tables. We were told that our table was not ready yet, which was odd. We waited at the bar and got seated at exactly 1pm. The lunch menu was underwhelming but the chips and guac were really good. They delivered a birthday dessert (by request) with a candle. It was a hot cookie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Our waiter was good but the ambiance is better here than the food. I had a cobb salad which was nothing special."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The wine and cocktails are good, we had something with Rosemary in it and it definitely was good. For dinner we had the fish tacos, Korean tacos and the chicken dish- all of which were good. We also tried the guacamole w/chips and the brussell sprouts, both because the server claimed they were the house specialties, and they were both just OK. My problem really was that there were a lot of children in the restaurant. When I looked around a counted, around a quarter of the tables from where I was sitting had children at them. Not my idea of a fun city night out! Overall, I'd come back- probably try brunch next time, and hope the kids are at home."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Really enjoyed dining here. The restaurant makes you feel like you are not in Chicago which is kind of cool. The food was great and so were the drinks!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I would recommend this restaurant to anyone as it was beautiful inside, the food was delish and the entire ambience was a cool, laid back...very California vibe!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Have to confess that I really liked Tillie's that was at this location. At first I was a little put off by the new decor but have to admit that is much, much nicer. It is much brighter and much more open and well, summery. But the food is what really impressed me. Loved the wood grilled items and the amazing salads. Didn't try one but have to come back to try what looked to be cool Bloody Mary's as well. Had an enjoyable experience with the great service I always expect at a Lettuce restaurant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "i had a reservation and got there a few minutes late. i understood maybe i'd have to wait a minute. they told me it would be a few minutes and they'd text me. 30 minutes pass during which i peeked around by the host stand to make sure they knew i was still waiting and no text. i finally asked and was told they texted me twice. i had good service and no texts, and they had my correct number. that's fine, and it wouldn't have been a problem but they were not apologetic and made it seem like it was my fault. meanwhile they were overly apologetic to a lady who they had to tell she could sit at the bar without waiting but not at a hightop. food was good. took too long to get drinks. cute spot so i might be back but the service wasn't great."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great place all around. Had an early dinner on a Saturday (4:30) and the place was packed with kids. If this isn't your thing I'd try going later. The ambience was great, love the "ocean breeze" provided in the center dining area. Do NOT leave without grabbing a chocolate chip cookie topped with Rice Krispie treats. A must."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Summer House is a great new LYE entry- the menu is varied with a good wine and cocktail list. The decor of the restaurant is really unique- you feel like you are actually in Santa Monica! I was here for a very early Saturday brunch and our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable. The brunch menu is varied and everything we had was delicious. The fresh bakery case when you walk in is a nice touch! Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I really want to love this place so I will be back to give it another try. Our reservation was late because that's all that was available on open table. Out food was ok, nothing spectacular but service was problem. I understand as it gets late people want to wrap up at work but it was little obvious our server rushed us and even grabbed the check before I barely closed the book. That was kind of rude, I work in public service and if I ever were to grab money from someone's hand I'm sure they would think that's rude too"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had the best brunch and the atmosphere was light and airy- perfect food and ambiance combination!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The atrium does have a greenhouse effect. If it's a sunny day, it feels like summer, no matter how cold it is outdoors. The decor is very light, white and SoCal. There is a bakery and coffee/tea shop just inside the entrance, which is worth visiting. The cookies, brownies, rice krispie treats are huge and do not disappoint."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My dining experience at Summer House was almost perfect. We started out with the Hamachi Tar Tar which was incredible. My Fiance and I split the Losbter Pasta and the Trout, both where also incredible. They claim that the Trout is not farmed which is nearly impossible to find in the Chicago area, and the fish was cooked perfectly. The Lobster Pasta was a small portion and kinda spicy but we like spicy! We then ordered the chocolate cake and it did not disappoint. The one complaint I have is they were out of their house cab, and it was still on the wine list. We went with the Chardonnay which was fine and probably more fitting with our meal but I am a die hard cab lover and was a little disappointed."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "After hearing abt the somewhat recent addition of a brunch menu, decided to check it out w/ friends. Excellent ambiance, waitress was social & funny, and food was pretty good. Cocktails were great & overall everyone had a good time."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Good menu, with variety of choices. Huge crowds for no apparent reason."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is such a fun new restaurant on the Chicago scene. It really does have a California feel. The décor is bright, open, rustic, beachy chic. The menu offers something for everyone and it's fun to mix and match. You do not have to order a main course, you can order small plates. The wait staff is very friendly, young and will to help. Overall we will go back. It is not a once and "been there" kinda place :)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Have dined at Summer House twice. The first time, we had a lot of apps and vegetable sides and loved everything, especially the cauliflower. The room under the glass canopy has a great, sunny vibe. The bakery out front turns out exceptional cookies. The second time, I tried the fish tacos and was beyond disappointed. Totally lacked flavor, about as boring as fish tacos can be. The tortillas were served uncovered on a plate. Seriously? The accompaniments had no interest, or kick. The fish tasted unseasoned. The $25 price is mystifying, since in Chicago they are competing against some of the best Mexican restaurants in the country that charge half that. In sum: definitely go to Summer House, just don't the fish tacos."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Such a fun atmosphere to socialize and eat! I would highly recommend! I didn't particularly like everything we ordered (ie the Korean pork tacos - I'm Korean and it didn't taste anything like Korean-seasoned pork), but there were some other delish items. Server was nice and helpful."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I wish I knew to ask to eat in the "vitamin d " room"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Best new LEY reataurant. Tasty, clean food with plenty of healthy options. Don't miss the shaved veggie salad and tuna tostadas. Save room for a cookie - even the GF ones are to die for."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was my third time to Summer House and have loved the food each time, but regret to say the service was a bit lacking on this last visit."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have been wanting to check this place out for awhile and I am so mad I waited so long. This place is awesome and it doesn't feel like you are Chicago. Everyone looks fab and the food is great as well. Come check this place out!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Go for brunch but skip for dinner. My husband ordered his steak medium rare and it came well done and the fries were hard as a rock."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything felt rushed once we sat down. Food was good. Atmosphere is great."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The gluten free menu was extensive and included several great options including cheeseburgers and warm chocolate chip cookies! I was in heaven!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I had been to Summer House back in November when they first opened and had always wanted to return. The food was amazing then and that drinks were really fun. I returned on June 15th, but this time it was to celebrate my graduation. The brunch was delicious. We had a reservation for 11, but they sat us about 15 minutes early. Overall, it was wonderful and I will definitely be back. Plus, the place reminds me of being in southern California, which is a huge plus."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Loved the food... The biscuits were amazing the service and the ambience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were seated at a high top in the bar area, which was fine until a large family celebrating graduation came and sat at the bar and two older gentlemen practically sat down with my friend and I. We started with the burrata which was fantastic and then shared the veggie enchiladas and english muffin burger. They make their own english muffins in house and they were delicious. We shared a giant chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Matt, our server, was very good, attentive and offered recommendations when we asked. We both had glasses of wine, but cocktails and mocktails look good. Very open and airy space. Definitely make a reservation if you can."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I really like eating here. The food is good and the service is great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Go - if you can get a reservation. Great atmosphere. Food is very good with lots of variety. And great gluten free cookies to buy ont he way out."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The interior design transports you to a Cali outdoor dining experience. The servers are great and more than happy to find you just the right wine for your meal. The cocktails are not to be missed either. Such a great experience and delicious food and drink. Make it for a special occasion because you won't get away paying less that $40 per person."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "When I made the reservation on OpenTable I noted that it was my gf's birthday. I did this under the assumption that that information would be passed along to the server. Nope...Thankfully I was able to tell my server without her knowing but why bother to write about a special occasion if its not going to get passed along to the server?"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It looks pretty, the people are pretty, but overall a disappointment. Arrived and had to wait 30 mins past reservation time for dinner, and was then sat in crowded/cramped bar area. Servers and hosts were friendly and knowledgeable, but food wasn't all that....especially for the prices they charge! We had several apps of which the biscuits were the stand out dish. All four of our entrees were small and just okay. I will go back to try pizza next door and maybe brunch."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The light, summery decor is very appealing and relaxing. The food choices are interesting, healthy, and delicious. The place is always lively. People are clearly enjoying themselves. It could be the result of the great food, excellent and friendly service, and the interest drink offerings."
    Dined on 6/10/2014