Summer House Santa Monica
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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.
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!!
Consistently great food, service and ambience.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Everything was amazing
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.
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!
Good food and the restaurant decor is fun and inviting. Great place to eat and drink.
Very nice ambiance! Refreshing to be there during winter! Excellent service and food quality!
Late lunch on a Saturday -got reservations and enjoyed our meal
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 💜
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.
We requested crispy bacon and it came out floppy and barely cooked. Also ordered 2 side salads and never received. Service was sub par.
Great food, great service. Lively atmosphere. Amazing bakery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 )
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.
Made our day super special and the cookies after the meal were delicious!
The food was pretty disappointing, especially after we had to wait approximately 40 minutes after our reservation time.
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!
Our server was very attentive and helpful. Never been there before will think of returning in the future.
Outstanding food and service. We were seated right away.