Summer House Santa Monica

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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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MA
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and helpful. Never been there before will think of returning in the future.

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We were seated right away.

CT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere! Good drinks! Yummy food.

C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Great ambiance but we had an overall poor experience. We waited 20 minutes after our scheduled reservation to be seated and the hostess seemed very agitated when we inquired how much longer it would be. Our server looked hungover and sounded half asleep. We had to send egg items back to the kitchen because they were so overcooked. The entrees are very expensive and didn't seem to align with the service or quality we experienced.

l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The worst me I’ve ever had the sea bass was terrible it was sliced so thin and had no taste. Had 8pm reservations wasn’t seated until 8:30 manager not very nice or apologetic either . Also watch your purses ladies I was pickpocketed last time we were there. Side note our waiter was awesome! Won’t be back

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Had to wait an extra 35 minutes after our reservation, and the hostess was pretty rude.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring my baby at 5 pm. Good value on kids meal.

H
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Pretty, lively , attractive people, And atmosphere! One dish, bay scallops over cauliflower puree, terrific! Two other dishes, carbonara, and Bolognese, were blah. Carbonara was weak,watery, and tasteless with fatty meat,and small portion! Bolognese was also blah, with weak sauce and bad meat, and small portion! Our server was great!

KR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

They have a bad service! We arrive one hour early of the reservation and still waiting for the time plus 30 min so bad

e
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here is outstanding. Reservations are highly recommended no matter what day or time. This place is a Lincoln Park favorite.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience5

We had a reservation at 12:30pm and weren’t seated until 50 mins after our slot and only after I explained that we had a paid event at 2pm which would only give us 35 mins to eat. The server than got my order wrong. I had to pay for the bill while they fixed my order, I quickly ate and was 20 mins late for my paid activity. This delay caused me to miss my activity and get bumped to the time slot 30 mins later. The delay was real today. We did receive an apology but the experience was not good. We didn’t get to really enjoy our food nor get dessert and I skipped drinks bc of time.

BH
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was for 8pm. We checked in right around 8pm. We asked about our seats around 8:20pm and were told we were next...yet we actually weren't next. NOT GOOD. Then, they said they texted us, however, no text ever came through. We were seated at 8:30 with no apology. On the great side, our server was incredible and the food was fantastic. This was our 2nd time dining here in 2 months. SAME exact experience. They need a new head hostess...she is really not good (or pleasant).

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is amazing. Food was delicious. Restaurant is beautiful!

RE
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great surroundings and the menu selection was fantastic. The Tomato soup was one of the best I've ever had.....
bakery goods. cookies, brownies etc ...Nice touch and great for a on the go desert.

BD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, outstanding service! We will definitely return again soon!

B
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hello,
This was my first time at Summer House. I was looking for a nice restaurant to take my hubby for his birthday and Summer House came highly recommended, especially since we were going to see a play at Greenhouse Theater. My hubby and I absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. We plan to return soon!

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Our brunch at SSM was quite a good time.
The sky light in the dining room was a hit . Our server was pleasant and attentive and the food was good. We will be back!

GR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Their cocktails are so good ! The service and ambiance was great. The food had a lot of flavor 🙂 i had the filet mignon with mash potatoes and my steak was cooked perfectly. I recommend this place!

M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I know its part of the ambiance but the lighting is just too bright for me.

AC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, great food. Would love to see even more vegetarian and vegan options.

g
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Very disappointed with the food, extremely bland

FT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I eat at SH quite often. As usual the butternut squash soup and cobb salad were outstanding. Service was great. This restaurant always comes through. The value is also very good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The only complaint is the dress attire for the women. They intentionally have their shirts unbuttoned way too low. I want to enjoy my food not having to worry about the awkwardness of my server’s low cleavage. Not a place I would want to go with my husband.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The eggs bennedict were extremely sour, there was too much vinegar in the hollandaise sauce. Also, the cinnamon roll was also dry. Although, when we complained the waitress was super kind and canceled the item from our check. Wouldn’t come back for the food.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This place focuses so much on the aesthetic and not enough on the food. It’s hard to screw up eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast but Summer House Santa Monica managed to. Plus there was a bird that got inside somehow and it was flying around inside their dining room which is more than likely a serious health code violation. No one that worked there seemed to mind it.

BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The hostess was very rude, unfriendly, so crabby! I don’t know why she chose this type of profession! Looks bad for the restaurant! My lobster was tough and chewy. My husband got fish tacos that was very small for $30. Overall not sure if we will go back. Bill was almost $350 with our two other family members and we were under whelmed. Love the chips and guacamole, but there should be more than that to love.

CC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

One of those “basic” experiences that came as a surprise. Setup our reservation as a date night and they put us in the bar — weird. Our server was fabulous (thank goodness) however the food portions were tiny with nice big price tags. Overall not a great experience. Insane how people actually pay $$$ for this food.

C
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was good and environment nice, drinks were strong. Service could be better.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience and food!! It was perfect for a girls brunch.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great staff! Would definitely recommend to everyone!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for taking such nice care of our daughter’s birthday celebration!

f
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. The food was lousy, as were the drinks.

R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Wednesday night and the place was full. The hostess offered us a booth facing dinning room and it was the best table. The service was fast and the waitress listened to all our keto needs. The burger came perfectly cooked with nice crisp on the outside. The burger was topped with fried egg that had deep orange color pointing at pasture chickens. Overall great spot for mid week entertainment

CK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The covered courtyard gives an outside feel. Bright even on a couch day. The decor is unpretentious and sorry. Service was very friendly. Good is tasty. Will go back in due course

SB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Greeter was stressed.

Main room is noisy.

I had about 6 cubes of chicken on my cobb salad - pretty stingy.

Our server was very patient.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the dinner and overall atmosphere! Super cute neighborhood. Great service and amazing cookies. Will
100% be back.

M
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a quintessential Lincoln Park experience! Great for a brunch where it’s appropriate to wear sunglasses inside. Food is good, vibe and bakery are great!

BH
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Levi, was exceptional. We always have great food there; he took it up a level!

MK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Handled food allergies really well. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prickly pear margarita was great!

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