Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
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$30 and under
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American
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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual great food and great service. Skirt steak and crab cakes were both outstanding.

GG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Who knew a place would be PACKED for a weekday lunch at 1:00! Glad we made a reservation. We were in the sunlit "greenhouse" space which was visually lovely but very loud. Need some sound absorption in there!

C
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great! Never rushed, which is appreciated.

DA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellente place. Love the food and the decoration!

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

Everything was fine, good drinks, very good food and service! Very good dining experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time visiting, ambiance was great (though our neighbors found the noise level to be on the higher end) and service was spot on. Liked the simple menu and wine list was ample. Food was pretty good, but not cheap (but expected for the location). Overall I’d recommend it to a friend.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and awesome he food was amazing!

MP
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been trying to get here for brunch for a while and it didn’t disappoint. Great food, service an ambiance. Will definitely not take so long to get back.

J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place, the food and the people, Lettuce Entertain you strikes again!

JM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Beautiful space but the food was mediocre and over priced. We have no problem spending money at nice places but the food here just wasn’t good. The service was great and the dessert was good. Cocktails were just ok. Too many o her great restaurants in the cuty,we Won’t be back.

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and atmosphere!
Wood grilled food amazing!!

D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Chicago to visit our daughter. This was a suggestion from a friend! What a great gathering place! The food was phenomenal!

OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Love this place

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good but service is super slow.

KM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Husband had a sangria and I had the Rico Suave cocktail and neither of us enjoyed our drinks unfortunately.

AT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate outside it was terrific.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super kid friendly. Awesome service and staff.

AA
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite place in Chicago! The decor and vibe is wonderful, and the food is consistently delicious! The waitstaff is always attentive and friendly. Favorite dishes include the Cobb salad, salmon entree, salmon burger (lunch only), and pasta and the fries are outstanding! Save room for the delicious cookies and brownies...they are phenomenal!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, love the atmosphere, our favorite go to spot when in Chicago!

d
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had to send eggs Benedict back could not cut the muffin not even with a steak knife. Service very good.

Salad appetizer and dessert very good

E
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there to try the spicy avocado grilled cheese and it was great. Always have the ahi tuna tostadas..yum

TC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our son (9) and we all had a great time. Great service and the meal was fantastic. Our son LOVED the giant cookie at the end.

CB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Summer House. The cocktails, food, and desserts are always great and I love the light and bright atmosphere. It also has a great kids' menu and there are always other kids around so I don't feel awkward bringing mine. Although it's a bit pricey, overall I think it's a great dining experience and worth the prices.

J
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner on Saturday evening before catching a movie. Made reservation earlier in the day and were immediately seated despite the restaurant being pretty busy. We had a delicious meal and our server Connor was the best. She had a cheerful and welcoming personality - very nice. We’ll be back soon.

R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We have breakfast there all the time. We went there for dinner and it was excellent! We love that place!

R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place for a weekend brunch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Awful! Had reservations waited 40 minutes to be seated and then another 10 at the table ! Trout was gross and we saw the sever twice! Don’t go!

MM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my visit to Summer House. For starters, the ambiance is amazing. We ordered the tofu tacos (special) and kale salad and both were pretty good. I also grabbed a cookie from the bakery on my way out and enjoyed that as well. Will definitely be back to try more of their dinner items.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe! Yummy food. Awesome kids menu :)

MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot easy for everyone. Food is outstanding

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is a lovely place for a dinner. Date night for us. A little pricey, so would not say it’s the kind of local place to stop in at. We ordered the crab cakes, Loch Duart Salmon and bacon carbonara along with chocolate cake for dessert. All was delicious except chocolate cake (good but nothing special). Service was good though we were a little worried to sit right by the outdoor patio. We thought we would be chilled, but after 10 min it was no issue. Vibe of place is light and airy. Just what we needed after all the rainy days!

d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The server was fair she was to fast with the food and drinks and forgetting our little table things. The food was great. The wine servings also was great .

ML
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food, as always, was great. The atmosphere for lunch is light, bright and pleasurable. Unfortunately, there was a large bug on our table, chocolate on my chair which I luckily showed before sitting on it. And, we had to wave down our server multiple times to get our food order taken. As for dessert, we had to order from someone else cause we couldn't find our waitress.

S
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. It is bright, cheerful, and relaxing, with nice patio seating. Great food and service, and the staff were very accommodating. There is also a nice bakery at the front.

MS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food took a while to come out.

MW
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to SHSM before and have always enjoyed it, but this night was exceptional. We went for their special Rosh Hashanah dinner and top to bottom it was absolutely superb. The staff were very warm and welcoming, the plates were well thought out, the courses were timed well, and the food was even better than I had expected. It was a memorable experience.

d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Summer House Santa Monica for Rosh Hashanah dinner. We have never before gone out for a holiday meal and didn’t know what to expect.
All of the traditional menu items were served and they were all perfectly prepared. Dinner was great!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Summer House a number of times before going to the Steppenwolf Theater and it is always extremely reliable, in terms of food and service. I would say that as an older couple, we find the noise level to be sometimes a bit more than moderate, but the larger room still allows for the sound to disperse up a bit and permit normal conversation. The food is always fresh and well prepared and they did a beautiful job with boning out and presentation of the Mediterranean sea bass, which was delicious. I'm sure we will be returning (have also been there for brunch and it is equally good).

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visited twice this week. First time was outstanding - food, service, experience. So good that we went back. Fairly simple menu but fit what my family/friends like - also very good with food allergies - as are all the lettuce entertain you spots I’ve been too. Ambiance light and bright. Second meal was cold, both the service and the food, so very disappointing. Food was also not as fresh, surprising for a Saturday. Not sure we will go back based on inconsistency - it was great vs. poor so not acceptable - 5 stars vs 1 star experience.

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