Summer House
Summer House

Summer House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.summerhousesm.com/
  • Phone: 7736344100x
  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Summer House reviews from OpenTable diners
502 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (286)neighborhood gem (265)great for brunch (212)fit for foodies (209)good for groups (206)great for outdoor dining (201)special occasion (148)great for lunch (133)vibrant bar scene (77)kid-friendly (70)romantic (59)notable wine list (48)scenic view (37)late-night find (21)Show More
  • Ambiance great, food so-so
    ChicagoRNVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Celebrated birthday dinner at Summer House. Ordered the 1/2 roast chicken. Other guests ordered the steak frites and salmon. Prices are high for what you get; food is ordinary. I liked the ambiance though. Very bright inside, felt like I was in the west coast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good and bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been here multiple times and have never had such poor service. My family came down for dinner and we sat at the table for 15 minutes without someone coming to fill our waters or take our drink order. I actually had to wave someone over. Mind you it was also 4:15 and empty. So someone comes over apologizes for the transition between brunch/din. And takes our drink and app order. Finally a server brings out our apps. Then a new waiter comes and doesn't even introduce himself or say if he is our waiter, and takes our order after we were done w/ apps. They're lucky the food was good, and they also knocked the apps off of our bill. Still somewhat dissappinited- I raved to my family how great this place was.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service and mediocre food
    Better
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The service was terrible and the food was way overpriced! $24 for fish tacos???!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    ET312
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Berry Waffles and Hash Brown Eggs Benedict were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LrapsVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great service. Stopped for lunch. My husband said it's the be burger he had in years. Lettuce hits the mark on all counts again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    love the place. love the vitamin d room. love the food and ambiance. and the service was really great. when we finished with one appetizer, they bruoght out the next. they timed it well. enough time between courses to digest. didnt feel overwhelmed with all the dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey but a Great Atmosphere
    Danielle
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Overall a nice dinner out. Food was good. Service was pleasant and the ambiance was great. Only complaint is the pricing; definitely too high for what you're getting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved It!! Great food and service
    brecitaVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our waiter CHRIS was amazing Food was great and menu was fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot-on Ambience
    BucciBergeron
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Need a Santa Monica fix? Head to SHSM for a soothing laid-back scene. You'll miss the beach but the eclectic menu, soothing white hues and the cocktails will make up for it. Loved the Fluke Ceviche served on lettuce leaves and the cauliflower was outstanding, as was everything we ordered. Great during the day and as the sun goes down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California in Chicago
    Debis03VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful I felt like we were eating at Shutters in Santa Monica. Comfy bench seating and light airy decor added to the beach feel decor. The food was good, but the appetizer portions were tiny and pricey for their size. The entrees were good size at average Lettuce prices. Attentive service.Unbelievable desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for when family visits
    natcat
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I'm in college at DePaul and we go to Summer House every time my family comes to town. Great food, Great dining outside, and a very fresh menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not wowed.
    Deena
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Cold food, burnt coffee, why so much hype? I feel like it's pretty ridiculous that people will wait in line for such awful food. Dining room has a lot of sun light...walls are bare with tasteless sayings. Overall will not be going back. Big disappointment since I really love most Lettuce restaurants.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Gluten Free Brunch
    eantonucci
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We came here with my parents after my sister and I ran the Chicago Half Marathon. It was such a great choice. The gluten free pastries were delicious. I love that there were so many options available to me as a gluten free diner. The eggs benedict looked so good, my dad had the pancakes and said they were the best he's ever eaten. If you love bacon you will love theirs. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Brunch
    locals
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I had only been to Summer House for dinner but I'd say I enjoyed my brunch meal there better. First off, it was a gorgeous morning and it was awesome eating in there with the roof open and wearing sunglasses, it felt like you were on a sun patio. Two of us got the tostadas and they were unbelievable. The cocktails were great, we got a mix of mimosas and bloody Mary's. Another person got the breakfast sandwich with sausage and spicy mayo, which was great as well. Overall, one of the best brunch spots in Lincoln Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sand between your toes
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Like you were in Santa Barbara less the beach. Light fresh ingredients, great atmosphere. Some items a little pricey. Worth a visit. Great cookies for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT for Brunch on the weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a fun and vibrant brunch spot! We had a reservation but it was so busy we had to wait a bit which is not a problem at all bc you can grab a coffee or pastry from the little front bar and people watch. The noises and smells add to the ambiance. It's just lovely. We had a GREAT table in the bar- a big round booth and the coffee was great and food too! The egg breakfast was a fave by two in my party!! I will for sure b back- it's a beautiful restaurant and I want to try more food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hot spot
    Lindsay
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    You need reservations in advance but excellent rainbow trout dish - best I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great service but big mistakes
    CityGirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ate at the bar on a late Friday afternoon when it wasn't busy. We enjoyed excellent service from TJ. He went above and beyond with us. Great drinks and great service! He sincerely cared about us as customers. I'd go back just to have him as a bartender. But food wasn't great. My chicken sandwich came out ice cold as if no one was looking to serve it. I asked for crispy bacon and it came out chewy. They were kind enough to take it off my bill. I asked for the English muffin burger instead which was a vast improvement but it didn't have avocado on it. The menu says it has avocado. didn't want to complain anymore. On a positive note, the fries that came out with the burger were super hot and crispy. Delicious!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer House
    debv
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Overall it was a good experience and I would go back and try it again. I loved the bar area and the glass ceiling. I did not like feeling rushed. A woman walked around with a small clipboard making notes (I suspect on where we were in our meal). This is uncomfortable and unnecessary and our whole party made comments.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Room more spectacular than food
    Kara
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was very excited to try Summer House as it appears to be the hot new spot. Wanted to see if the food stood up to the bright and pretty decor. Went early on a Thursday night with a friend. We each enjoyed a burger and split a shaved veggie salad. The burgers were excellent, salad not exciting or very flavorful. Server was friendly and helpful, allowed me to taste two wines before choosing one. The room is indeed beautiful and bright, a welcome standout among rustic/dark decor which seems to be overplayed. Suggestion for chef: Try harder. More organic/sustainable menu (Atlantic salmon? Come on! This is a terrible seafood product all around and NOT Californian. Front of the house: Loose the TVs and blaring mainstream music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vm1220
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The Service and Food was OUTSTANDING. Very nice wait staff and wonderful surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer House was a major fail
    Rotten
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I was really excited to dine at Summer House due to the wonderful photos on their website. I trusted the fact that it was a LEYE restaurant so I was confident it would be a delightful experience. What a disappointment! Service was absolutely NON-EXISTENT. Took over 15 minutes to be acknowledged and then we had to ask two additional times just for water. Orders were incorrect and server was just plain rude. Food was mediocre and I certainly wasn't wow'd by anything that was presented at our table like I have been at all the other LEYE restaurants I have dined at. Major major disappoinment. The only positive is it's incredibly cute with wonderful interior. Oh and nice bathrooms.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I had high expectations and was willing to like it but experience was just ok. Service was poor not because they were rude but because they just looked very poorly trained. They were more lost than anything else...and everything took forever, although the restaurant was not full, at all. The food was also just ok. Eggs Benedict was mediocre, with poached egg overcooked twice and literally a drop of sauce (that was pretty good, actually). I had to ask twice for a little more. Coffee tasted good but was cold and cup was coffee-dirty. Hash browns were crispy on the outside but undercooked inside and the menu, overall, was pretty normal, nothing really interesting.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Really anticipated going here. We went on Sunday for brunch and honestly everything was just OK. Nothing special about any of the food and actually had to send something back to the kitchen because it was cold.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual Classy with Good Food
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The specialty cocktails are fantastic. It is a casual place where you feel like you are sitting in an outdoor patio due to the glass ceiling. You have an option to order small plates (which we did) or individual meals. Each small plate we tried was delicious especially the calamari. If you don't have room for dessert, you can pick out a cookie from the treat case to take with you. The coffee from Dark Matter was delicious. Service was attentive & they have valet parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fun place w/ great food!
    JCBT
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very fun place to take any friends or meet up with friends. I had two out of town guests and they loved it. Our wait staff was awesome - she did a great job at making things perfect including a picture taking and a special tasting between two bottles so we it would help us with our wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE summerhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great ambiance, friendly wait staff - esp Brittany our gem of a waitress:). Love to that they keep the wine right near the tables vs having to have the server wait in line@ the bar...smart -!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful space, average food
    lakeviewdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The space is beautiful. My friends and I thought it was over priced for the menu selections. I think you can get more for your money and more interesting dishes at many other places in the city. I've heard brunch here is good but I only experienced dinner here. Not sure that I would come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer all yearlong @ Summer House
    Yogamom88VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great LEY restaurant, bright and airy. My entire Family loves Summer House my teenage daughter loves the menu as I do and my husband like the fun cocktail list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One Flaw
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our server was very attentive. The only blips in service I believe would be attributed to a busy kitchen. A few of the side items were delivered quite a bit later than our main courses. Otherwise was very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer House Delight
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is a wonderful place for people watching. We had a difficult time deciding what to order; the menu was inviting and extensive. Definitely want to go back. The hash brown eggs Benedict was delicious and so were the Mexican eggs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere
    mdiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is the 2nd time I've been to this restaurant. I came the 1st time for dinner and enjoyed that experience more than the recent brunch experience. I felt the food was just mediocre, not great for brunch.However, it's definitely a hot spot, judging by how many people were there both times I've been there for food. I've also been to the bar and restaurant attached to the space, and it was a good experience overall as well. I am definitely a foodie, and regularly try new restaurants in Chicago. I just don't feel like any of the food here stands out, compared to other places I've been to. I find the dishes lacking in flavor, which I'm sure is great for the average palate, I just prefer more complexity.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    So delicious and great summery vibe! Must order the biscuits! And must have a cookie for dessert or on the way out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pass for Brunch
    CaraVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Love the restaurant - it has beautiful decor and a nice open-air feel. Much better option for dinner than brunch though. The lemon ricotta pancakes were by far the highlight of brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DiningirlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We will definitely return due to excellent food and pretty , open dining area . The front desk /service needs a lot of help. They seem unable to manage the check in a typical fashion .We arrived early for a 6pm reservation and were told I would receive a text of when our table would be ready . That time came and went while I saw comparable sized tables being seated upon arrival . I finally went back up to the front desk and the lady said our table was ready - there was never a text . Our waitress also was not attentive on any level , this was a birthday dinner and this was pointed out at check in . But our order was wonderful - the artichoke dip , roasted cauliflower and veggie salad to start with various entrees that were perfect!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California Feel
    DoBu
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Such a great departure from dark and stuffy. Food was great. Loved the Lobster pasta and the warm biscuits are worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place :)
    NORNVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Atmosphere is fantastic...love Vitamin D room. Great menu, tasty food, perfect portion sizes. Service was a bit slow, but it was very busy. The chocolate chip cookies with rice crispy treats on top...oh my goodness - SO delicious. Thank you for a wonderful Saturday afternoon lunch experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer House
    Agnes04VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great ambiance...OK service...just OK food. Try the tuna tostada or any salad. Skip the fish tacos (you have to make them yourself). Skip the lobster orecchiette (the pasta is not orecchiette...no truffle flavor). I'd go back to try the Stella Barra pizza.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad choice
    tiny
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have been to Sunnerhouse 4 times recently - both with friends for lunch and a business dinner.Loved the trout, lobster pasta, salmon over shaved salad, chicken sandwitch. This time with friends ordered the Cobb salad. It came in a huge bowl filled to about 1/4 full - way too small for an entre salad, mostly a few Boston lettuce leaves and a few avocado pieces. Very disappointed in the Cobb salad - should have sent it back! My entre of a Chicken sandwitch was giant compared to the wimpy Cobb
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic