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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
  • "Thanks for donating to Glenkirk Association for a recent fundraiser. We came with our gift card won on an online auction. We loved our entire experience. Excellent service! Awesome food! We tried so many tasty appetizers and scrumptious desserts."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant, delicious food. Wonder why we always have a wait for our reservation. Happens every time."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "my favorite restaurant during my visit in chicago. felt like a hamptons beach house/ a restaurant straight out of santa monica pier. I want to go back so badly"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Great food and service. I had to wait a few minutes to be seated although I had made reservations over two weeks in advance, but it was not a major problem. The staff is very friendly and my waiter did a great job explaining the menu and providing recommendations."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "this was our 3rd time dining here. the brunch menu seemed too limited. the restaurant didnt seem very busy, but service seemed slower than usual. the food items we picked however were excellent, notably the ahi tuna tostidos(?), the gruyere grilled cheese sandwich and the special wheat pasta. we will certainly be back!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "If you are in the area, and want to experience the people of that area of Chicago, it is very nice. Food is pretty much standard LEYE food. Well done, but nothing special."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The first time we dined there we had great service from our server, but the second time our server wasn't that great. I understand it was a busy Sunday, but she would take forever with small things like cream for the coffee or making sure we all had utensils."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our server Lucas was great, energetic, nice and attentive! : )"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Summer House has great service and food as well as a fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was great, service was excellent, the interior is very fun and welcoming."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great "outdoor" feel, attentive service, good food and drink but somewhat pricey."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It must be.......poor food, worse service, older men ogling large groups of younger women. 20 mins to get your drink order is not a great way to start your evening. I will say the Calamari was very good. Everything else; Palm Fizz cocktail, fish tacos, double decker Turkey Burger (that had only one patty- how does that make it a double decker?) & over spiced cauliflower - was bad, forgettable & bland. Never seeing your server (Britney) until she wants to give you the bill - that's a nice touch! Way too loud! We've been here twice now - once for brunch & now for dinner. Both experiences left all of us with a bad taste in our mouth. It's a nicely decorated space but that's about all I have to say that is positive."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Loved the girls Birthday dinner we had at Summer House. You feel like you are outdoors with the atrium roof and lush ferns overhead. The service was perfect and the vibe was lively and fun, but we could hear each other completely without having to shout! The food was fresh and delicious too."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food was cold. Made a big deal that they had no tables between 5 and 9PM on a Thursday evening. Restaurant was 1/2 full all evening....Won't rush back."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "If your not familiar with this restaurant, they have a bar side which is covered and then an open dining area where the roof can open and close. I made a reservation two weeks in advance and when we arrived, the hostess was going to seat us in the bar side. We asked if we could wait for a table on the dining side of the restaurant and they said they would give us the next available table. A beautiful booth along the wall just cleared and we were only waiting for about 5 minutes in the lobby. We were so excited except the hostess decided to give the booth to another party because she told us that she texted us and we didn't respond. My number on Open Table is a land line! Food is overpriced for what you get and our menus had food on them."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great vibe although a bit confusing with the pizza place next door. Waiter was non plussed when we were considering moving to the other side but he warmed."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious. Thai curry mussels, Maine lobster pasta, and adobe smoked halibut. Great wine list too. Unfortunately, we had to wait an extra 20 minutes after our reservation time but the service beyond that was top notch."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was my second time eating there. The food was fresh and fantastic! Service was great, I took my whole family this time and everyone really seem to like it. I had the special pasta with lobster very good, my daughters had the fish tacos which were excellent. My only complaint would be that the portions are kind of small. Great cookies for dessert. Next time I will try your pizza place next door. It really looks good."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Each dish brought to the table was better than that one before it. It just kept getting better. And considering how good the baked biscuit appetizers were, that's quite the feat!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I'd wanted to go to Summer House for a while and it did not disappoint! I would go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I love summer house. The last time I was there it was an awesome experience so I thought id take my boyfriend for brunch. The server seemed extremely over whelmed which I can understand as I use to serve and bartend but each drink probably took about 10-15 min to receive. He never check on us after we received our food or else he would have known I never relieved my hash browns. I will def be back again. But would hope for much more attentive service"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and food! Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to try something new with a great atmosphere. If you have room, the cookies they sell are amazing."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "When moving from a reservation for 3 to 2, we ended up with a high top table beside the bar. My chair was metal and therefore cold under my dress. The bar was very loud at 7pm. We ordered a watermelon non alcoholic drink, which didn't taste like watermelon and was bitter. The waitress asked how we liked it and exchanged mine for a lake lemonade which was slightly better; I drank about a quarter if it. It was frothy and tasted very strange, not flavorful at all. The buratta she suggested was nice, as was the curried quinoa, prepared well and not something I would typically order, so I was impressed."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The atmosphere was light and airy. Loved the biscuits."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Summer House greets you with a bakery display that gets your mouth watering. It's a welcome mat unlike any other Chicago restaurant, and evokes the vibe of a California, seaside eatery. Wonderful ambiance, sitting in a glass enclosed dining room, with sunshine streaming in. A menu filled with an array of well prepared, well presented dishes, which allow you to eat light, dine or really indulge your culinary senses. Attentive staff, eager to guide you through the menu. Good place for a special occasion. It's also a great people watching place, which attracts a wide variety of diners, from every age group, primarily a young-ish crowd, but welcoming to every age. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "No compensation offered for spilling olive oil off the table and into my open bag that was sat on the floor. Spent 10 mins trying to clean it. Wasn't happy."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, brought cookie and ice cream to make for perfect bday celebration."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything seems to taste better because of the great atmosphere and setting. Drinks, appetizers and entrees just feel fresher and tastier. The porterhouse could be a bit tender but, everything was great. Prepare for a slightly pricy nightout (nothing outrageous) but, it is worth it."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The room was pretty, the food was good, but we had to wait 45 minutes to get it. Several tables nearby were seated after us and got their food and were finished eating before we got our food. Our waitress Kayla W was awful. She talked and didn't listen, never checked with us about the long wait for food and dropped our bill on the table before we were even finished eating. the dining room manager pretended to care but never checked back with us. No matter how good the food is with such lousy service I definitely wouldn't recommend."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Lettuce Entertain You knows how to develop a menu and offer a pleasant experience. Summer House is a very pretty room, large central skylight,afew outdoor spots, large roll-up door brings the outside in, plants, house made pastries....no complaints except for the noise. The high skylight and all hard surfaces create a loud roar when crowded. Food was delicious, lots of choice and options for special diets. Waitstaff...young, friendly, attentive. Priced for the neighborhood."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Service and atmosphere was excellent. Appetizers lacked some flavor yet dinners were excellent! Loved the quinoa dish and the halibut! Sat out on patio which was amazing!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had great service, good food in a beautiful room. My only complaint was that they only seat 20 something's outside. Anyone over fourty or wih a family was inside. Though the room is beautiful, I don't like when restaurants do that. Seems like ageism!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This place is so great! It makes you happy since it feels like summer year round. I love the food and service here. Its wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We ended up being 5 instead of 4. They said they had to keep tables saved for reservations so they couldn't accommodate another person. There were ten tables open at that time and we already had received out food. Finally out 5th guest got a table outside and we let the server know we would move. We moved everything. No help. And to top it off the two hostess girls were talking about our table and didn't know we could hear. It was incredibly rude and in professional. We got that they couldn't add a chair to a table. But they could have at least tried to make our experience as nice as possible. It's a restaurant and you want people to go back. The food was great for brunch but maybe it would best be served by the people in the kitchen."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went here for a business breakfast and it was a great experience, very bright and airy...great service too!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had a reservation at 4:30 on a Saturday. We walked up to the hostess stand and the hostess's greeting was hello and she didn't even look at us. I stated our reservation and she barked an order to her coworker to seat us at a certain table. We wanted to sit on the patio (where there were plenty of open tables) but she didn't even ask us our preference. She was so unfriendly. It immediately put a bad taste in our mouth. Then, our server was ok but just a little unfriendly. The food was good, not great. I'd go back for the ambiance of the place, not the food or service."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Fabulous brunch spot. Food was delicious. Our server was energentic and very accomodating."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Neat restaurant,kind of cramped, very close tables. Limited menu, very scattered choices on menu as well. Fish tacos not what I would expect from California, have had fish tacos in California and they were not like this. The kale side with chicken was not edible because of so much salt. Salmon not notable. I think the best was the cookies."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "There was something about my dinner experience that makes me want to go back right away. The food is awesome, but the environment is what has me wanting to go back. When we left I felt like I had just been on vacation. Relaxed and full."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Beautiful inside and great food at a great price! Great zero proof cocktails and had something for everyone"
    Dined on 7/20/2014