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Summer House - Chicago

4.5
4.5
7331 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House is the place for sunshine all year round. Warm, laid-back West Coast vibes fill the restaurant making it a top Instagrammable destination, complete with beach house décor, a beautiful retractable glass ceiling, and an all-seasons courtyard patio.

The California-inspired menu from Chef Ben Goodnick highlights seasonal specialties made from scratch with locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients, along with market-driven pasta, artisan pizzas, and antipasti.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 238 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 634-4100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick
  • Catering
    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options perfect for weddings / receptions, bridal & baby showers, family gatherings, birthdays, daytime lunches, corporate events & more! Summer House also offers large cookie/bakery orders, perfect for when you want to host events at home & offer a special treat for your guests! To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, call our Catering Department at (773) 634-4100.
  • Private party facilities
    Host your next event at Summer House Santa Monica! The restaurant is designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room creating the perfect ambiance for socializing & celebrating.
  • Private party contact
    Trishie Schweinfurth: (773) 634-4100
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Park
  • Cross street
    Armitage
  • Parking details
    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash
  • Public transit
    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Kid's Pizza Making

    Multiple dates available
    Bring your little chefs to Summer House for Kids Pizza Making! Every Monday to Thursday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, kids 12 and under can craft their own pizzas at the official pizza counter with our chefs for $7.95 plus tax (gratuity not included). Or opt for our tableside option, and have all the ingredients delivered to your table for the whole family to get in on the fun! Kids will wash their hands, use the flour to form the dough, spread their choice of red or white sauce, and build their zae with cheese and toppings of their choice. Once our team pops it in the oven, the pizza will be delivered back to your family’s table for an a-dough-able dinner. Please note, Kids Pizza Making is not offered during the weekend (Friday to Sunday).
    Kid's Pizza Making Photo
  • Passover Dinner

    Apr 22 - Apr 23, 2024
    On Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23, celebrate Passover with a family-style spread at Summer House in Lincoln Park! Chef Ben Goodnick presents a multi-course meal complete with traditional dishes like Matzo Ball Soup, Braised Beef Short Rib, Wood-Grilled Loch Duart Salmon, Potato Pancakes, Flourless Chocolate Cake, and more. Dine-in and purchase the set menu for $55.95 per person and $19.95 for children aged 12 and under (plus tax, gratuity not included). A la carte pricing will also be available. The full Passover menu is available on our website. Book your reservation for your Passover celebration today. For more information, call Summer House at 773-634-4100.

What 7,331 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

    Most Booked

7,331 Reviews
  1. SadieW

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Honestly disappointed based on the wonderful experiences previously the food wasn’t good and the service was very slow. All tables around us, that got there after us, got food first. Things were forgotten and then not comped. Expensive for what it is

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  2. JENNIFER

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious beautiful food- great lively chic atmosphere

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  3. Anya

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our time there. Excellent service

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  4. FrancoM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jimmy the server was really nice and gave a great service

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  5. JaniceR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent. I always ask for a quiet table, as the noise level otherwise can be an issue.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. Prosciutto and egg pizza was very disappointing nothing special.

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  7. Norm

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was very good. They were out of the only wine I wanted.

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  8. ChristineB

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super cute vibe and delicious food and drink. I will be back!

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  9. MichelleW

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice experience in Sunday afternoon. Great service - the server let us take our time and no rushing. Good looking and tasting bloody Mary. The guacamole with chips and Cruté was great as always. Breakfast burrito and avocado toast were good. Only issue was the chicken sandwich which looked (and tasted) like a thin chicken tender on a bun. Nothing special at all. A bit disappointing.

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  10. SuzanneH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVE this restaurant! The food and service are top-notch! It's such a bright atmosphere, which immediately puts me in a good mood when walking in. If you can leave without getting a cookie, you have amazing willpower. I have yet to be able to do that. I highly recommend the rice crispy chocolate chip cookie. It's on a whole level by itself. Best brunch in the city of Chicago!

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  11. MarcoChavez

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Huevos rancheros are a great post late night treat.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited over 30 minutes for our table to become available with a reservation

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  13. DENNISP

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Still a very enjoyable venue with light fare, but overloaded service staff detracts from overall experience. We arrived on time for reservation but still had to wait 30 minutes for our table. My adult daughter ordered an Old Fashioned cocktail that turned out to be $32 (our fault for not paying more attention but why is that even on the menu here?). Finally, 3% service charge at LEYE restaurants is obnoxious - raise prices on the menu if you must, don’t hide behind “optional” surcharge.

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  14. VictoriaL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is awesome. Even though it was very busy we were able to sit at the bar and talk. Service was excellent and the hostesses were bravo under pressure. Not to mention till the food was outstanding. Those Brussel sprouts were amazing

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  15. Sophie

    Chicago

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Summerhouse! Nice variety of things on menu, great service, love the main dining room!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, worth the price. Excellent service and great food

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waiter and food and mimosas were fire. Would definitely go again.

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  18. Julio

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was solid, service was amazing. They were running really behind on reservations though which was frustrating (almost 30 minutes late). But overall a solid dinner spot. I normally come here for brunch, so will definitely check it out again for dinner.

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  19. LincolnPKResident

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, the restaurant is fantastic. So very different in terms of decor than any other place in Chicago. The menu is kind of small which is OK. My wife liked her salad much more than I liked her salad much more than I liked my bucatini and meatball. I could truly do without the 3% surcharge. If you need to raise your prices and just raise your prices, but please stop with the surcharge that you’ll remove if I ask you nicely.

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  20. LindaP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought my grandchildren for lunch yesterday and we had a great time. The food was fantastic and our server Taylor was awesome.

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  21. AlanW

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jimmy, our server, was outstanding. The drinks were also excellent.

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  22. ChadF

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We love Summer House and in addition to regular visits it has been a Valentine's Day tradition since our 10 year old was a baby. Unfortunately, the last 3 visits the service has been awful. The servers are pleasant and capable but there seems to always be a problem: Lost food tickets, confusion about which server has our table, etc. Simple visits are taking 3 hours.

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  23. JeffreyD

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely place but the wine is way overpriced and the food selection if very limited. No need to return to this place.

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  24. Alison

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best ambiance! Food was delicious. Service was great.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I was disappointed by the service last night. Perhaps it was an off night. We were seated at 7:10, server didn’t come to our table to pour water or take drink orders for at least 10 minutes. We all ordered salads and it took over 40 minutes for food to come out. No explanation was given by our server who may not have even noticed how long everything was taking. Once the food did arrive, it was up to the standard I’ve always enjoyed at Summer House. Disappointed with the experience since it was clearly not the norm. I am not an over the top internet troll so will be back and hope for a stronger showing from an excellent restaurant.

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  26. jebolker

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was wonderful! Our server was lovely and it was great for date night! Some of the vegetables were still a bit raw but overall, it was wonderful!

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  27. JamesM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family loves Summer House, and is our favorite Lettuce restaurant. Service, food, ambiance are all great. Only negative would be that it's very expensive.

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  28. RugbyMom

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can always count on Summer House for a great vibe and great food. And they sweetly brought a small dessert with a candle for my friend's birthday. It was perfect.

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  29. Luvthehood

    Chicago

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Besides being seated 30 minutes after our reservation, it was a fabulous brunch.

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  30. JRSTAM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and the service. Our waiter was super nice.

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  31. KtrnR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an awesome server who was very attentive to allergy needs and very kind!

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  32. scottk

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a 7:45 reservation and arrived a little early. Wasn't seated until about 8:15 with no apology. Ordered dinner, appetizer came quickly, then food took about 35 minutes (and it wasn't a complicated order - tacos and salmon). The waiter, on his own, acknowledged that and gave us a free drink. Usually a good experience with Lettuce but the timing last night was pretty off.

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  33. DebbieS

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Light airy atmosphere. Great menu. Everything we had was delicious and fresh. Servers were all pleasant and friendly.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great, love coming here. The food and drinks were great. Definitely will come back.

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  35. Uriel

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Every single time(3 times) I have made a reservation at this place I’ve had to wait at least a half hour to get my table. What is the point of a reservation if I’m going to have to wait anyway. This time as I made line to even speak to the hostess, they informed me it was going to be an hour wait as they were still trying to seat everyone that had made reservations at 7pm. I had made mine at 7:30pm and it was 7:30pn when I got there.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited over 30 minutes to be seated for a 7:15 reservation. Fries seemed like they were sitting out for a while and special pasta was overcooked. Server was nice and helped with wine choices

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The last three times I have come to this restaurant with a reservation I have had to wait 30 minutes before our table was ready. This is really frustrating when I am intentionally making a reservation for a specific time just for it to consistently be pushed back. On top of that, the servers seem to be scrambling and not able to provide full values to their tables as they always seem to be in a rush. 

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  38. SamanthaF

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Deviled eggs and Brussels sprout salad were phenomenal!! Mushroom truffle pizza was yummy but a little too oily. Chicken and Baja fish tacos were way below expectations. Chicken tacos were dry and Baja fish pieces so small they barely were half the length of the taco itself. Ambiance was great and the wait staff was funny and kind! Service could’ve been a little more prompt. Overall it was a good experience but the food could’ve been better.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience overall- hotspot in Lincoln park

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  40. DF312

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch! Excellent service. Always a nice vibe there

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Summer House - Chicago using the Order Online button. Summer House - Chicago also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 634-4100.

Summer House - Chicago is rated 4.5 stars by 7331 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 238 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Summer House - Chicago

1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Armitage
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Park
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash
  • Public transit
    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (773) 634-4100
  • Catering
    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options perfect for weddings / receptions, bridal & baby showers, family gatherings, birthdays, daytime lunches, corporate events & more! Summer House also offers large cookie/bakery orders, perfect for when you want to host events at home & offer a special treat for your guests! To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, call our Catering Department at (773) 634-4100.
  • Private party facilities
    Host your next event at Summer House Santa Monica! The restaurant is designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room creating the perfect ambiance for socializing & celebrating.
  • Private party contact
    Trishie Schweinfurth: (773) 634-4100
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