Summer House Santa Monica

4.6
3104 reviews
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Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House presents an escape to the warmth and laid-back vibes of the West Coast complete with beach house décor and a beautiful retractable glass ceiling.
The menu is California inspired and focuses on market driven ingredients, local and sustainable farming, and seasonal specialties, all complemented by a carefully curated list of California and Pacific North Coast wines.
The Market counter, shared with Stella Barra Pizzeria, offers a variety of our signature fresh-baked pastries, cookies, sourdough English muffins, along with locally sourced coffee and specialty espresso drinks.
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The Infatuation
7.6

It's summer year round at Summer House Santa Monica. Don your finest Lululemon and chambray in an upscale dining environment.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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JY
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch with my daughter. So much sun coming through the glass ceiling it was a sheer delight for mid February! Food was amazing and service was wonderful! We will be back! Best Guacamole and chips we have ever had! And the fish tacos were amazing!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the location

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h
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

It took over 15 minutes to get 4 cocktails on a Monday evening dinner at 6:30. They were also “out of” the Ricky Bobby drink.

Fries were cold. Very disappointed in the whole evening.

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H
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not as good as it was in the past. Food was not as succulent or well seasoned as in the past. Omelet had less kale/spinach. Hash brown Benedict was overlooked. We will look for other brunch places.

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MI
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service in a unique atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall I was very pleased with my dining experience.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

We had issues with our courses coming out to quickly. Before we were a quarter of the way through our starter, the main dish was already out, So it sat there getting cold and we had to ask for new fries before we started eating. The food was good, just felt Very rushed.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here!!

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h
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The restaurant was bright and sunny and charming. The food was a little disappointed.

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CB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, incredible food and incomparable ambiance. Love coming back here!

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A
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have two words for you. A. Mazing. We were blown away with the food and atmosphere!! Especially on these chilly winter days in Chicago...a breath of fresh air! The GF menu was incredible and we left feeling full and refreshed! We will definitely return!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food is over priced and lacks creative/flavorful touches. An appetizer of chips & guacamole costs $16 which would be justified if it were something beyond standard guacamole and corn chips but alas... This place is always insanely busy which I would typically credit to exceptional food but this neighborhood seems to give birth to rich white people without taste so it’s more likely that you can see and be seen here. Our server was absolutely exceptional (Aimee). She was friendly, energetic, down to earth and struck the perfect balance between being attentive and letting us enjoy our evening.

Overall the place lacks specificity. What about the menu is authentic to Santa Monica? Or the beverages? Or the interior? Or the uniforms?

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MM
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at SH. The atmosphere is fun and casual with families and couples and friends. The food is very good, the Cobb Salad is huge! The service is exceptional. Friendly. Attentive. You never feel rushed. Always buzzing in the dining area.

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The kale salad is a MUST have!! Restaurant week was fabulous and I have been during regular menus - It's a great relaxing scene to "get away" especially when the weather is crummy!

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n
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stepping out of the Chicago rain into the warm, but so light and airy, main dining room for lunch you would be forgiven for thinking you were in California. We caught the last day of Restaurant Week so I had the set menu special (two choices per course and a 3-choice wine pairing) and it was amazing value, full-sized portions, and excellent quality. My partner had the avocado grilled cheese sandwich and a mocktail, and both were so fresh. Our server, Lindsay, was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive and deserves a special mention for her great recommendations, both what is popular and what she actually prefers. It's been a while since I've been so impressed on a first visit that I'm worried we've been spoiled! We'll definitely be back for dinner, and my only regret is that we didn't try this place sooner!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and the food was delicious. Our server Tony gave the best recommendations.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got sat, waited to be served for 20 minutes. Had to speak up, think we were forgotten about but they recovered nicely! The service was great, as was the food!

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r
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful! Will be back again!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer House is my go-to spot. I’ve been to SHSM almost every week since moving here about six months ago and have never had a bad time! I recommend the avocado toast, but most things on the menu are good. The cookies are delicious but sooo big

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and great cookie desserts! The calamari was especially tasty

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A
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The food and service was pretty bad on Monday eve. Not the typical experience at this restaurant. Brussels were soggy and our server never asked how the food was or checked in with us.

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A
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch and each had a beef burger and a turkey burger. They were tasty. Coffe was good too! $14 valet parking is too much but we are able to find street parking.

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DL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brody our server was excellent . We’ve been to Santa Monica house previously and it’s one of our favorites. Unfortunately my turkey burger was cold. My daughters omelette was hot . Not sure what happened there? We were there at busy time . Did they not put it under salamander /heater ? Only reason good got 4 not 5.

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great bachelorette brunch spot, the bakery had great options as well.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and atmosphere! Highly recommend. Excellent food and bakery goods!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The open kitchen noise, the exhaust noise, music level, & regular customer conversation noise level made this dining experience slightly unenjoyable. Tables should be spaced out better to avoid getting your neighbor's body grinded against your food/table, & it'd allow the server to come in a little closer to speak to you instead of shouting to hear one another.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Didnt like the omelette had no tsste

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JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful breakfast. So good, we went again the very next day. Service was great.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Had a reservation and they still made us wait 45+ for a table. Then service was fair and portions are small for their price

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BA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our server Dan was excellent. Please considering adding more hearty salad choices other than kale and brussels sprout based ones...just two more would help!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had 5 girls and 5 babies and everyone was very accommodating, service was excellent and the food was good!

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CE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Summer House has always been one of my favorites. Breakfast and Lunch are amazing. I have never had a bad meal during the day. My family and I have recently just been to Summer House for Dinner and it is not what we expected. It was not a good value because of how tiny the portions were and how much it was for what we got. The bakery is amazing. They have the cookies you could ever believe of seeing. Service is not terrible but it is not the best. Over all, I do really like the Summer House and hope you do as well.

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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We went for lunch and it happened to be restaurant week what is value, I never know what to order this time I had the turkey burger , best I’ve ever had

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MM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot to be on a chilly Chicago winter night! Nice ambiance. While the menu is limited, what they offer is very tasty! I really enjoyed the Brussel sprouts salad.

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K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. Our waitress seemed disinterested and was rude. I noticed she was chummy with other guests. I found it weird. I’d go there again but would avoid being served by her.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was top-notch! Lauren was our server and she did a fantastic job accommodating our every need. Super cool and trendy place to dine or have drinks.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The turkey burger was mushy. Yuck. The rest was good

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JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Went to try for the first time. We did do the restaurant week menu for brunch. It was busy when we got there but slowed down so the service should have been better. Wait staff did not seem interested and was forgetful. She took forever just to take drink orders, then did not check in, took forever for actual order. Between sitting down and taking our meal order it was 40 min. Time between check ins had us searching for her. Food was good but the service won’t bring me back.

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LA
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It doesn't matter that it's 0 degrees and snowy outside, you'll feel transported to California as soon as you step foot inside this chill, comfy, bright and airy room. The menu covers the basis for foodies and traditionalists alike. Inventive cocktails and mocktails for brunch. Family friendly, too.

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