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Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago, IL

Summer House Santa Monica

4.6
4.6
5872 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. Although the menu changes often with seasonal items, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are always provided.

At the Bakery counter, enjoy an irresistible selection of house-baked pastries, sourdough English muffins and signature oversized cookies, and more.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

    Helen Tsilora: (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

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What 5,872 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

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  1. DB

    DebraB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Wait staff great Good food Excellent cocktails and atmosphere

  2. e

    eroomdm7

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Not a restaurant worthy of a return visit. My first course came out after my partner finished his first course. Mine was a gazpacho which was served with a tea spoon to eat instead of a soup spoon or just a regular size spoon. The main courses came out before I even finished the first so we had all of plates jammed on the small table. Service was very slow and the food was mediocre at best. A very disappointing night to say the least. They also add a misc. sur charge on your bill but it is not disclosed where it is going.

  3. G

    Gene

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were on the patio with most of the ceiling covered. It was very noisy.

  4. L

    Lisa

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Summer House is always a reliably good and healthy meal. Love the ambiance of this place!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sister n laws Bday

  6. EL

    EileenL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Enjoying our lunch at Summer House...the vibe and energy are always fun!

  7. G

    Giggles4ever

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    I love everything about the place. The only complaint I have is that the service is a little too slow.

  8. RC

    RyanC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    The food was quite good. The service was really lacking. Our server and the manager apologized, which was appreciated. I won't be going back, however

  9. K

    Karolina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an awesome waiter that made our experience so much better! Food was amazing, everything tasted super fresh. When making my reservation it asked me if it was for anything special, so we put down birthday since we were celebrating my moms birthday. I figured since they asked we would get something special but that didn’t happen. We still enjoyed the place so that’s not a deal breaker for us but just figured I would suggest changing that for any future birthday reservations cause people love getting a little something for their birthday. Regardless, 5/5!!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Drinks were meh. 2 of the 4 dishes were excellent. The other 2 blah. Maybe we will try brunch but not dinner next time.

  11. NA

    NidhiA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    We are regulars, but afraid food was not up to par this time, and a lot of mistakes with order.

  12. CF

    CarolynF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Was celebrating a friend’s bday. I did note this in my OpenTable reso but server never acknowledged it. She was rushed, seemed like she wasn’t having a good day… The food and drinks are great but not sure I’d say “a value@ although I did take 1/2 my brussel/kale salad home. Of course I’m coming back….!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Fun place for summer lunch

  14. j

    jenniferw

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent as usual - great guacamole and fish tacos!

  15. MR

    MelissaR

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    What was supposed to be a celebratory evening turned sour when we were sat AN HOUR after our reservation. We arrived early and were told we would be seated at our reservation time and then after checking in twice being told it would just be “a little while longer” we didn’t even get our meals until just after 9pm (reservation was at 7:45). Our server was pretty wonderful and the only redeeming factor of the night (he at least brought a birthday treat at the end and apologized for our wait). Food was good but not really worth the price tag in my opinion.

  16. r

    riley

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Made a reservation last night but when we checked in, we were told they were behind schedule. We waited for 25 minutes and then just left and went to eat elsewhere.

  17. AW

    AmyW

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and food!

  18. EG

    EliseG

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress was fantastic!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food and service!!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My boyfriend and I always enjoy our experience at summer house but the server, Daniel, went above and beyond to make our experience the best ever. He was attentive while also letting us enjoy our meal. He made excellent suggestions for drinks and food as well.

  21. SW

    SarahW3

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Wasn’t very crowded and had to ask to be seated at a better table. Service was good from Alex. Attentive and made good recommendations. Loved the atmosphere, was a tad loud( music) but all I. All good.

  22. KH

    KelliH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I will definitely be back. Our waiter was awesome too

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and amazing food. Did not disappoint!

  24. JS

    JessicaS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Still thinking about the food 🤤

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We had such a great time! The ambiance is my favorite thing about this restaurant. Love the creative dishes on the menu as well.

  26. NW

    NoahW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5

    Extremely poor service, very disappointing. Drinks and food took upwards of 20 minutes to arrive. Our server was inattentive and rarely engaged with our table.

  27. J

    Jen60642

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I liked that you could get a lunch items during Sunday morning brunch. The cocktails were great. And the service was really good despite the place being really busy.

  28. ET

    EricaT

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Bummer that we had a poor experience because the food was so good and restaurant is so cute! First, we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time... once we did get seated, service was very slow, and by the time my food arrived, it was cold. The server did not apologize for this — simply took the dish back and when the kitchen remade it, stood over my side staring at me take a bite and then said “better?” which felt a little rude. Had to ask multiple times for hot sauce, etc. and overall just felt like we weren’t being paid any attention to. Would try again in a less busy time, but weekend brunch is not it.

  29. MC

    MichaelC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Service generally poor (no water refills, clearing plates and bringing bill while one of us still eating…..). Food ok. Michelin star prices with Denny’s service.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    Asked for a table to accommodate our stroller and other young child 2 different times and then had to wait 20 minutes after our reservation time when there were many available tables. When we were finally seated the table we were assigned was right in the middle of the walkway so had to move, and blatantly did not accommodate our request.

  31. MO

    MuhsinO

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service... we always enjoy dining here

  32. k

    kayaniz

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience1

    the restaurant had a very nice aesthetic and the food was delicious. our server on the other hand, anthony, provided us with the worst service i have ever received. he would constantly ignore us and had us waiting 1 hr to even get an appetizer (which he gave to us in one swift motion of sliding it onto the corner of our table as he walked by, almost knocking my friends plate off the table along with the appetizer dish) while he sat in the corner of the dining room with a frown on his face and his arms crossed. i chose this place to celebrate my birthday which i noted in my reservation but that was never acknowledged by him not to mention he never even bothered to introduce himself (we found out his name by our receipt). he would walk away and swat his hand in the middle of us ordering/responding to him and never came to check on us/ask if we liked the food (which would’ve been appreciated since he served me an undercooked burger compared to what i ordered) until we were already ready for the check. the negligence and arrogance displayed by your employee derailed our entire meal and i can confidently say my friends nor myself will ever come back and i will not be recommending no matter how good the food was since the service your server provided was far below acceptable. for the price range of your menu and the image you share on social media, your servers should act accordingly.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great!!

  34. LK

    LoriK

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very pleasant brunch. It was crowded but service was good and food didn't take long.

  35. EK

    EricK

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    I made a reservation for 12:30pm and let them know in the reservation it was for my Mom's 80th Birthday, I also called the Day before to make sure we had the reservation and they knew the situation, they said they would bring her out some hot cookie as a treat. We arrived at 12:30 but we were not seated until 12:53 which was really unacceptable. Our waiter came over and told us to scan the menu. about 1:09 I had to flag down a waiter for another table and ask him to get our waiter because we hadn't even ordered drinks. Again unacceptable. We quickly ordered drinks and appetizers. Our appetizers came and I asked them "Where are our drinks?" again unacceptable. Then the drinks came. We enjoyed our appetizers so didn't notice how long it took the waiter to come back for our main courses. The main courses came and we enjoyed them. Great feedback on that. We weren't even asked if we wanted desserts or coffee but we got the check. Then the server handed my Mom a couple cookies for her B-day. It was really odd. (Compare this to a few weeks ago at JOE'S Seafood where they brought her a pice of Key Lime Pie just because she said she hadn't been there before. Joe's rocks) I paid the bill and my stepfather left a 25 percent tip. The Server was lucky I was not tipping him. Overall - great space, good food (no complaints there) but poor service. Not a great first impression AT ALL. Not up to Lettuce's standards I'd say. My family is so nice they just said "they must be understaffed" I think they might be under supervised. I definitely would not reco

  36. LC

    LoveChicago

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Such nice staff, helpful, quick and pleasant. But weekend brunch, even early is a zoo. Noisy, a bit frantic atmosphere. Knives and spoons were not clean, perhaps because so busy. Better on a weekday if you want a more relaxed experience.

  37. RG

    RachelG

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! Service was fantastic. Food delicious!

  38. N

    Nicolina

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great Service by Grant!! Fresh food! Kind of pricey for portions and type of food. Unfortunately, we got one of the worst tables in the restaurant so I would request the middle area.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    I was here for my birthday and it did not get recognized during our dinner. Also- we asked for Parmesan truffle fries with the “FRESH ITALIAN TRUFFLES, SHAVED TABLESIDE”. This did not happen when the fries arrived and when I asked the waiter about this he said the truffles were already added. It seemed like the waiter was not aware of what was on the menu. I did also feel that our waiter was not super attentive and it took way too long for our food to arrive. I wanted to give this a good rating but I can’t this time.

  40. AL

    AlanL

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Special Summer Time Rose wine, Leek pasta and Mushroom Pizza were all fabulous!

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 Santa Monica using the Order Online button. Summer House Santa Monica also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Summer House Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 634-4100.

Summer House Santa Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 5872 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for Summer House Santa Monica

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

  • 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

    Helen Tsilora: (773) 634-4100

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