Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in charge of finding the restaurant for me and a friend, to have a leisurely lunch before the matinee at Steppenwolf. Well I picked Summer House Santa Monica and boy was I pleased as was my friend. The dining area was filled by sunlight and shadows of plants on the white walls, the ambiance was wonderful. Our server was a delight and the food? The food was wonderful. A good spicy Bloody Mary to start the meal,and a great cup of coffee to send us on our way.
We will go back to this lovely space.

JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alana is our favorite server! Big smile! She is fantastic! Thoughtful, helpful, attentive. I have always loved Lettuce but now that we have to grandchildren under 1 year we appreciate how welcoming you are to families with little ones! Thank you!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, service and ambience.

J
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environs with a very good feeling and staff. I had the tuna poke which was quite spicy and my guest had the veggie burger and felt that it was just okay at best

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Cool looking interior and we had a nice server. The food however was pretty much tasteless and unseasoned which was a surprise since two of my party ordered Mexican inspired dishes and a cinnamon roll. This might have been due to a tired staff as we were told they were in a bad mood due to over demanding customers the day before and our request to have a huge cinnamon roll cut into thirds was denied (honestly not a problem). It was also loud in there and hard to hear due to music. Overall a weird experience and I wouldn't bother trying this place again.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my engagement party here because the food and ambiance are amazing. Our server Emett was great and attentive, going to the kitchen several times to insure that the food didn’t have ingredients for my friends allergy. The food was quick to come out once we had ordered and my guests loved it and asked when we would be coming back!

BL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only disappointment was that they didn't mark off that I kept my reservation and I got an email asking what happened. I reponded and you must have been able to see that I did receive my points so I had to have been there.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

A Friday night and there were kids everywhere. Young kids, toddlers, babies. I love kids, but c’mon, an entire restaurant of them on a Friday evening? It has now clearly become a family-style restaurant, rather than a nice dinner out. The ambience has changed, which is too bad because we used to really like it here. Things change.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

U
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dropped in for lunch with my mom. She had Prosecco and I had the tequila cocktail on the menu. Spinach dip is always a winner along with the chopped salad (add avocado). Clean bathrooms and lots of light in the place.

M
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service to go along with a really great menu. Everything was delicious. Lively but not excessively loud. Very enjoyable all the way around!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and the restaurant decor is fun and inviting. Great place to eat and drink.

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance! Refreshing to be there during winter! Excellent service and food quality!

E
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late lunch on a Saturday -got reservations and enjoyed our meal

AR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed by Summer House brunch. Staff is so so friendly (I love their cute outfits) and the food is outstanding. Drinks are always changing and ALWAYS fun, refreshing & delicious. We try to make it in to Summer House every 6 weeks or so, and usually bring our “out-of-Towner” friends because we like the vibes so much! Thanks for the awesome round corner booth yesterday, we felt so special & super well taken-care-of 💜

LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I have dined at Summer House Santa Monica Chicago many times. This past Saturday missed the mark for breakfast. The homemade English muffins tasted dry and stale. I brought it to our servers attention and she said --- Well, they are made fresh each morning. I asked if I could have toast instead and two very small pieces were delivered to my table. The hash browns that are usually delicious were cold and tasted like they had been sitting in a pan for a few hours before our breakfast at 9am. Our server was not interested in hearing constructive criticism.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We requested crispy bacon and it came out floppy and barely cooked. Also ordered 2 side salads and never received. Service was sub par.

KJ
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Lively atmosphere. Amazing bakery.

MM
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Always a happening place to be! Great service. Friendly. Helpful. Prompt. Genuinely happy to have you there, even with a huge waiting line and full house. Great people. Menu is good. Lots of brunch choices. Eggs are good. Not great. Wish for more customization of eggs at breakfast. But it was a very enjoyable brunch with fantastic and attentive and friendly service.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Our food came out quickly but it was room temperature. I sent it back to be warmed up but it still wasn’t hot. The flavor was good, but disappointing to eat cold food.

A
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summer House Santa Monica is a particularly wonderful place to go during gray and damp Chicago Fall and Winter. It's bright and cheery and the food is excellent. I've been here 3 times now and the food has always been superb and the service first-rate and friendly. This time we had a starter of the tostadas with avocado (delicious, freshest taste!), I had the daily special which was bay scallops on a bed of cauliflower puree, and my friend had the Cobb Salad. All were very nice. The scallops were like butter. I always top my meal off with their Ice Cream Sandwich dessert. What a treat! And this is a place to comfortably finish off that bottle of wine while enjoying an unhurried conversation, the scenery and West Coast ambiance.

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was outstanding; server was very attentive. Meatloaf was inedible; had to buy bread from bakery to eat at table. Brussels sprouts just so-so.
Server took meatloaf off bill without being asked. Have eaten here before; maybe tonight was just a fluke.

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was very good but the bathroom was filthy. Garbage cans overflowing, toilet paper out, water (hopefully water that is) all over floor in stalls. Not a pleasant way to end the meal. Everyone in the bathroom was remarking. Yuck.

c
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good - nothing spectacular except for the roasted cauliflower! But, unfortunately, the service was just blah. The waiter was nice, but didn't really do much outside of the bare minimum. Took drink orders (never asked if we wanted another one), didn't offer bread choices to accompany an omelet, and never asked us if we were interested in dessert. We did ask for accompaniments for the toast )

JW
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Cool air was blowing down on me - the hanging plants were swinging! So I ate in my coat.
Potato soup was very good. Drinks were very good. Cauliflower wasn’t fully roasted. Trout was delicious. Pasta was al dente, but those hunks of pork should’ve been cooked longer. They were gross so I didn’t eat them.

J
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made our day super special and the cookies after the meal were delicious!

KO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was pretty disappointing, especially after we had to wait approximately 40 minutes after our reservation time.

KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time at Summer House Santa Monica. The quality of food was exceptionally good, especially for the price point. My friend and I will be back regularly for brunch!

MA
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We were seated right away.

CT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
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