Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
2961 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-10:00pm

BRUNCH: Saturdays & Sundays 8:00am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 634-4100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin
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Catering
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients.

Accommodating parties of 10-250 guests, Summer House exudes an atmosphere 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.
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Cross street
Armitage
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Parking details
Valet parking for $14.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line.
Halsted Bus, Route #8
Armitage Bus, Route #73
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Special events & promotions
To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4100.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

While holiday–goers love a white Christmas, spend your Christmas Eve surrounded by beach decor and summer vibes at Summer House! On Monday, December 24, We'll be open for lunch (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and dinner (4:00 PM – 9:00 PM) and serving up California inspired classics for your holiday feast.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

While holiday–goers love a snowy New Year’s Eve, start the final night of 2018 surrounded by beach decor and summer vibes at Summer House! We will be open for lunch (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and dinner (4:00 PM – 11:00 PM) and serving up California inspired classics for your holiday feast.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 2961 People Are Saying
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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently celebrated my birthday with a few friends and the atmosphere was amazing! I have to eat gluten free and Santa Monica had tons of dishes to choose from which was the most important thing for me! I fell in love with this place because the service and the food was great!

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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our table was right by the host stand and the main aisle so we had a lot of people walking past us the entire time. Experience was ok, but the seating was not great and I had higher expectations seeing as we had made a reservation in advance.

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SS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I would say that while my food was good and the appetizers were amazing, overall it was an ok dining experience. The noise was pretty loud, the food was good not outstanding, and it was hard to know what the right things were to order on the menu.

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CF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

I've been dining at Summer House since the week it opened. I've always had good experiences but this past Friday night was not what I've come to expect. The original reservation was for 6 people. Luckily we only had 5 because 6 definitely would not have fit in the area they seated us. The food was not what I've known Summer house to be. It was fine but in the past the portions were larger and the had more seasonal flavors. Our service was fine but not what I've known Summer House to be in the past. Our waiter did a lot of standing around, talking with the hostesses and trying to help other tables that were not his. I had to ask him to order drinks, flag him down and ask him to order our food and we had to ask for the bill three times. After the experience Friday I don't know if I'll be back.

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D
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Sea Bass was not interesting and boring. Cookies were fantastic. Disappointed with the number of menu options and caliber of taste in entrees.

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F
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with my dad who can be a little bit of a picky eater at times and he really really enjoyed it. The food is fresh and tasty.
I have celiac disease and ordered off the gluten free meal and they were accommodating and aware of it.

I've also been on a date before with my girlfriend and she loved it too......great food, reasonable prices, good atmosphere, definitely recommend and will go again in the future.

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HM
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location in Lincoln Park. Creative menu choices for just about any palate. Huge wine list and some really interesting special cocktails. Friendly staff, great dining environment and the food is never a disappointment .

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JV
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emmet is a great waiter. great recommendations. wonderful space and food

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K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about Summer House especially when it’s winter in Chicago I feel like I get a dose of summer here. Food and service were excellent.

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service from Jenna. Had a great time.

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JP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, a variety of option and good service! An easy go-to spot in my neighborhood.

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RH
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You really feel like you’re in California. The food was awesome, as was our server.

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CR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely birthday dinner. We were seated in a half-circle booth and the server was very attentive at first. As the night went on, she stopped in less. We had indicated that we were celebrating a birthday but weren't asked about it. The entrees were especially well received as were the desserts (save the gingersnap which tasted more caramel than anything). Lovely place, not crazy loud (I think because we were not in the main dining room). My steak frites were fabulous as was the passion fruit sorbet. Really great flavor for both. Those skinny frites were cooked to perfection as was the steak. Overall, 4/5 with just a little ding for late inattentiveness and no one inquiring about the birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food is always excellent..

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Server was average at best. We asked that our son’s kid meal came out first and it was obvious he forgot to put our order in. We watched as tables around us got served, even though they were seated after us. After every order we had to ask a second time to see where it was. Everything from food to drinks. I hate to say it, but it was almost as if we were sub par customers because we had a child with us. We frequent this restaurant and this was by far the worst service we’ve ever received.

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k
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We had gone to the restaurant a few years ago for our anniversary and it was very good. My niece's came from out of town so we took them there. The food was overpriced and mediocre. The service was only fair. Being a Lettuce Entertain you Rewards member for many years I was expecting the same high quality I had experienced at their other restaurants. We were very disappointed and will not go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very friendly and provided us with some great recommendations from menu.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Had to wait 30 minutes for table for 2, even with a reservation.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best veggie burger in the city of chi, the world!
shaved brussel salad to die for!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Disappointed. Salads and entrees came minutes apart and the restaurant was mostly empty. The latkes were not good or crisp--not worth the extra cost.

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IA
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fun ambiance and good food. Love the seasonal menu

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r
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fine evening at a lettuce entertain you restaurant. We have been there many times before and enjoyed every minute of it.

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CA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Love the California vibe and bright atmosphere.

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L
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Kid friendly with a great kids menu pricing. But the adult food is lacking in taste and from the time we ordered our food for a family of five, it was 35 minutes later that we received our food. It's a pretty spot with lots of lighting and space but the service is slow and the adult food isn't very stellar. The kid portions are large and come with a cookie but if you don't have kids I wouldn't go.

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RM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely well managed restaurant. One of my go-to spots.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always good every time we go there. The squash soup was amazing the brussels sprouts salad just a little bland.

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Jenna P as our server and she was awesome! Attentive but not intrusive, split our meals without us having to ask, knew the menu, and was great! Food was delicious as always (:

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S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food came out at all different times. Ice teas never got refilled.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Received entrees before salads done. Waiter hung out by bar 6 feet away. Pretty much ignored us. Very pompous attitude. Scallops “special” featured tiny oysters, like .5” wide, about 10 in a tiny dish. 25.00???
I will never go back.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not the best meal we’ve had at Summerhouse.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been wanting to try Summer House Santa Monica for a long time. I surprised my best friend and the two of us had such a great time. Lauren, our waitress is amazing and was so nice to us! I’ll definitely be going back sometime. I live in the suburbs but maybe next time I can have a date night with my husband. 😊

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GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the warm, uplifting ambiance of Summer House Santa Monica -- especially during the winter time. I had the Palm Fizz cocktail, which is great for all you wine and cocktail lovers. It had a sprig of rosemary in it, which added a lovely fragrance to the drink. I recommend the burrata for an appetizer. . . fresh and not too heavy. For dinner, I had the four cheese tortellini arugula with pesto, pine nuts, and aged parmesan. It melted in my mouth and was visually stunning. Highly recommend this restaurant for food and drinks! Will be coming back :)

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N
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We like the food here - now that it is fall, they offered some comfort food. I had the short rib and my husband had the skirt steak. It is noisy in the restaurant and hard to hear the conversation at the table. Fortunately, it was just my husband and I, so we didn't have to shout.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect! Waitresses were nice, but make sure to make your reservations in advance with at least another 15 mins before you are seated.

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place really makes me feel like I'm in Santa Monica. I love the food and the service too. It's very busy so make a reservation. If you get there and the wait it too long Stella Barra is next door and it's good as well.

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DV
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Multiple dishes were dirty. Food had to be sent back and they just reheated / overbooked our meal.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I usually find the food at Summer House great. It is such a cute spot, and I enjoy going here to meet up with friends. However on friday, the scallop dish, which was a special for the night, was awful. It was extremely fishy and tasted as if the scallops went bad. The texture of the side did not compliment the scallops either. Very disappointed.

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N
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great Ambiance... Food was good, nothing extraordinary.

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d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the fish tacos! And English muffins to take home.

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