Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
4502 Reviews
$30 and under
American
YES, we’re open! Summer House and Stella Barra in Lincoln Park offers indoor dining at reduced capacity with our new AIRPHX Filtration System, and limited patio dine-in service on our all-season courtyard and covered and heated patios is also available. Join us, or get your meal to-go! Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options.

To help ensure the safety of our guests and employees, we have set new dining standards.
-Guests are required to wear masks while in the restaurant AND during interactions with staff, only to be removed while eating/drinking at your table.
-Guests will have temperatures taken prior to entering the restaurant. Any guest with temperature over 100°F will not be allowed to dine with us.
-Guests must confirm they have not traveled to any restricted state within the last 10 days.
-Please note reservations are limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes as a further precaution.

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and patronage!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 4502 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipricala
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Levi was excellent. Very helpful with his service.
5 stars for this fine server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I’ve dined inside in a very long time. Summer House has been on my list to try for a while and it did not disappoint! From the sunny decor to the great cocktails and food, I will definitely return!

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vipAshleyH
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious brunch/meals. We took the family here because SHSM is consistently amazing and they delivered, yet again. Great burrito, love the brussels salad... can't go wrong with any item!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

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vipLeolovesfood
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaqueline did a great job taking care of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Felt super safe!

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LyleH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food here--it's dependably delicious. Friendly staff, and not long waiting times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and beautiful place to go, specially in the winter, you can feel the warm in the ambience! Wonderful staff!

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vipBas123
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great local place

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love going to Summer House! The food and drinks are delicious and the desserts are even better!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,service, and venue.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was slightly cold but great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Made a reservation for Summer House yet I was sat in a completely different restaurant (Stella Barra) which was practically empty except for ToGo orders waiting to be picked up. Through the course of our brunch I was able to watch, for my viewing pleasure, the staff attempt - unsuccessfully to seat others guests in the completely empty/completely different restaurant as some of the guests confused & refused to be sat there (good for them, I should’ve done the same) and I understand trying to maximize seating capacity during covid restrictions but I rarely go out and if I make a reservation for a restaurant I’m a firm believer in being sat in that actual restaurant and not the failed concept next door that clearly no one wants to be in as it’s used for overflow for the mildly successful restaurant next door. & to make matters worst I forgot the Bloody Mary at Summer House / Stella Barra is trash and ordered it in my confused state.

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None
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great time celebrating daughters 16th birthday!

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Connor
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

A friend and I made a reservation on Saturday 2/20 morning for a 9:30 breakfast. We arrived at 9:25 and when we arrived, it was bright and colorful and looked really nice (just like the pictures online). However, with a plethora of available tables open, we are sat in the back of the back room. We walked by multiple kitchens and were sat in the corner by an exit door under a fake roof where it clearly can transition to outdoor. There was a single other table in there and the vibe was dead and dark. The service was okay and the food was okay as well. Nothing to complain about. I asked someone where the restroom was and an employee told me “go into Summer House and make a big U-turn.” Was I not in Summer House? I made a reservation for Summer House and got sat in the slums of the building. When I was leaving, the music overhead changed and the actual Summer House was bustling and bright and looked like so much fun. Why would the music be different if it was all the same place? Overall, food was okay, but the atmosphere killed the whole thing.

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JimmyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

COVID distancing and the high ceilings make Summer House a safe pick. The food is fine. Nothing spectacular, but you will leave satisfied.

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DeniseM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in the enclosed back patio of Stella Barra. The ambiance was great, warm, inviting. The food was great.

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vipCourtney12
Chicago
74 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! The atmosphere is so nice to be in when it’s cold outside..the sun shining through in the Vitamin D room is always uplifting.

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding. Everything was socially distanced and felt super safe.

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vipchanlemarie
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made me feel like it was summer in Chicago! The dining ris so bright and airy that you almost feel like you’re sitting outside. The tables used are well spaced so social distancing is well done. Service was efficient and pleasant and the food tasty. I had my “usual “ Summer House Cobb Salad. I requested a few items be left off and a few added. The server was obliging and my salad arrived exactly as requested. Washed it down with a delightful Rose from the Loire Valley. Can’t wait until I can actually sit outside here!

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CarolineJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and great cocktails! Food came out really fast.

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CarolineC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome!!!

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MichaelK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Great food, great service, nice open area for seating.

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Lauren2076
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, love the scenery and the natural light coming through the ceiling. The staff was friendly and the food delicious. Felt safe with the covid precautions as well.

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McKenzieS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Food was amazing and great portion sizes! Our waitress was very hospitable and accommodating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good food

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vippats
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, good setting, good staff, would definitly return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Levi was personable and efficient. With the mask mandate, he let us know up front he would limit approaching the table and made us feel comfortable addressing him when we needed something. He had great drink recommendations, as well. All of us were craving pasta, and each got a different dish and we were all very satisfied. will definitely be back!

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vipWhyanickname
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Understanding covid restrictions but we made a reservation at Summer House. We were seated in the back of Stella Barra (the next door Italian pizza). Not happy to be stuck in a totally different area. Part of the reason for going there was the ambiance. There was none in the back room of the pizza spot. The waitress wasn’t very nice either. Guess she didn’t like walking from one restaurant to another.

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vipGeoffreyG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Barra has always been a favorite restaurant for me and now that the menu is the same as Summer House on the other side, I have far more choices while sitting at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Don’t come here for pizza. All else good

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WendyB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Atmosphere! Great location! Great service! we went there to celebrate 2 peoples birthday, they gave us a big cookie and ice cream to share. I will definitely go back there again.

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DShak
1 review