Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
3609 reviews
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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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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 3609 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place to go,I love the feeling of this restaurant. The food is always very good and the service great! all of servers are so attentive, last night Elena was her usual up beat and the night manager Holly is the Best, I Love her!!!!

R
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server forgot everything. Manager/chef was great about food allergies.

C
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Requested booth but got a small 2 top. The Avocado toast had no flavor unfortunately. This restaurant is usually one of my favorites but didn’t wow me this time.

J
London
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience for friends super child friendly as well

NL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing - server, food, ambiance! There were children at tables near us who were having fun, but I swear I could barely hear/notice!

a
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, and our server was charming. We'll be back.

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

Always the best!

BR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The design of the restaurant was very nice. Our service was fantastic. The breakfast food on the other hand was not great. Both of our dishes were cold and there is nothing worse than cold eggs, sausages, etc. Frankly, even my coffee was lukewarm. The food came to our table quickly as though much of it was premade.

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times.
Always great service and food.
Great ambiance and stop by front for cookies on way out.

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

Ok experience for my daughter’s birthday with her friends. Guacamole wasn’t fresh, that was disappointing for the $15 price. Tortillas should have been plated right before serving or tacos should have been assembled. They were hard and cold.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Great ambiance, service and food was outstanding! Definitely will be back.

U
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pre-theatre dinner

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot for lunch!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 40th anniversary

PR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an AWESOME dinner for our 5th wedding anniversary..!

a
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Uncooked chicken wings! And even after the dish was returned the charged it to the bill. Cobb salad also with uncooked chicken and rock hard bacon. Tuna poke on the ungenerous portion. Clearly a trendy and fun place. However food experience was terrible.

f
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was really great, very patient explaining items. The food was all fresh and healthy and done to perfection. Salmon and eggs on different salads cooked perfectly - medium rare. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was awesome. Even though after 2:00, our food delivery was slow. All good, just glad we were not limited on time.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great food too!vLove the setting and it is very popular...make a reservation!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was good, but our food came out warm. It wasn’t hot, it was warm. We got the spinach artichoke dip and it was hot on the edges but warm in the center. I got the gnocchi and it was good, but again it was warm. I didn’t bother saying anything to mgmt because all they would do is give away free cookies. I’ll probably be back but this wasn’t the best visit.

f
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, beach atmosphere with excellent service. Food was delicious and portions were generous. Our waitress even split all the dishes we were sharing for us. Would definitely recommend.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our friends engagement. Our server was fantastic and the food was great. Light and airy ambience

l
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So perfect to celebrate a summer birthday on a beautiful Chicago night! Service was excellent, with a friendly attentive server and food was too delish! Very caring to bring a special birthday treat for the birthday girl... A meal we won't forget!

BR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and it will definitely NOT be the last!
Enjoyed our lunch and Tony was exceptional.

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Will definitely return!!

RA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was great and the restaurant itself has such a cool atmosphere. Highly recommend!

a
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive to the dietary needs of our party (Celiac disease). We were celebrating my husband's birthday and they even brought out a complimentary gluten-free dessert for us to split, which was a lovely touch. We will continue to come back for the friendly ambiance, the open-air seating, the great gluten-free menu, and the delicious food.

CF
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I enjoyed the decor and ambiance of Summerhouse. Granted, I was here on a Saturday afternoon and it was busy but I felt that the food was average. We ordered an avocado toast with eggs and added salmon on to it. The egss and toast arrived almost 10 minutes before the salmon.
The staff did not seem very concerned when I let them know. I think the kitchen needs tweaking!

M
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party had a great time. The chirping birds added to the ambiance, it was wonderful!

LK
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We LOVED the service and vibe, and I would be willing to try it again. The summery, outdoor feel of the space was wonderful and fun. We had the weekend brunch (eggs, hash browns and bacon) and it was meh. Nothing special for sure, and we've had better at a couple high end breakfast spots in the city and burbs. We're both grain-free, and in lieu of toast our waiter offered us a bowl of beautiful in-season fruit that was delicious. The service is outstanding, but might like to go back for something during the week.

CS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant! Perfect for our girls weekend brunch. Amazing food. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for bachelorette party!

H
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

It is a beautiful restaurant but way too pricey for the quality and quantity of the food. Poor consistency.
One of my table mates and I ordered the same cavatelli lobster pasta. Portion was small and mine contained one small piece of lobster for $23.95. My friend at least had 3 or 4 pieces of lobster. Otherwise it was small pasta with sauce...nothing special and way overpriced.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was incredible, what a great service!!! The burrata was delicious, however my poke didn’t taste good. It had A LOT of cilantro and it was overpowering the rest of the dish. So I felt I was eating raw cilantro only! It was hard for me to find the overall taste of the poke. But the drinks were delicious and the cookies too.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great but not fast
Make sure you have time when you go

OT
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great local spot. Went with a girlfriend while visiting Chicago for a few days.
Loved the restaurant set up and the decor was on point. Only complaint was the gnocchi was over cooked and cold. Other than that it was great dinner.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were three women who enjoyed lunch before seeing a play at Steppenwolf. The restaurant is lovely with excellent food and service!

R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Apps were great, order fish tacos and my girlfriend had the salmon. Both were saturated in salt and butter like Fridays. Was disappointed considering that I used to live in Santa Monica and have been to the original many times...which was always great.

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great, service great atmosphere great as always!!

V
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Energetic atmosphere, beautiful space. Food is solid but not "special." They served our appetizers at the same time as our entrees but the staff was helpful and very nice,

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