Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
4691 Reviews
$30 and under
American
YES, we’re open! Summer House and Stella Barra in Lincoln Park offers indoor dining at reduced capacity with our new AIRPHX Filtration System, and limited patio dine-in service on our all-season courtyard and patio areas are also available. Join us, or get your meal to-go! Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options.

To help ensure the safety of our guests and employees, we have set new dining standards.
-Guests are required to wear masks while in the restaurant AND during interactions with staff, only to be removed while eating/drinking at your table.
-Please note reservations are limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes as a further precaution.

To learn more about what we are doing to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff, visit leye.com/coronavirus.

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and patronage!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 4691 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, the ahi was perfectly prepared

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vipJFC3
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined in the back patio. It was a great place to be outside without noise from the traffic. The food was delicious and there is a lively happy atmosphere to the restaurant.

CM
CynthiaM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere—great food and amazing staff!

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Phoenix
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and helpful, however I was disappointed on our main dish. But if you are looking for picture perfect appetizers that look and taste Fantastic come here!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Chicago for brunch. Hands down best guacamole and homemade chips around!

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jmotes
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Drinks were amazing, great service. Food was alright, would go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I’ve been to Summer House multiple times - always enjoyed the food and ambiance. That was also true last night except our service was way below what I’ve experienced in the past. Our waiter was short with us, inattentive, sometimes seemed to be actively avoiding eye contact with us.

We would have ordered a third bottle of wine and likely dessert - however our waiter never even stopped by and left our plates on our table with empty wine glasses for at least 20 minutes after we were done eating.

Just not nearly the experience I’ve had in the past and a little surprised as it wasn’t busy and the restaurant seemed well staffed.

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vipKimpm
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Summer House! Consistently fresh, delicious food and fabulous service. Beautiful atmosphere!

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vipGoodiefoodie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Okay. Not amazing. Overpriced food/wine. Not amazing portion sizes. Definitely made to be instagram-y with little substance.

Except for the cookies. Those are AMAZING.

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vipBen13
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great, as always! I was not overly wowed by our meal.

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DiannaF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Would definitely go back. The ambiance was lovely and we got to enjoy the back patio. The food was delicious and great service.

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Pauletteh
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the patio and the food was great. Lots of gluten free options

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Lina
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, we really enjoy our lunch and definitely will be back.

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PattiZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is excellent. The wait staff is just exceptional - friendly, timely and efficient. Beautiful place.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service- in a very safe environment!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good service, good food, good vibes!

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vipSophie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our only complaint was

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JakeB
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a easy wonderful meal

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Brooke
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

SMSH is a local favorite of mine. I highly recommend the tuna avocado tartare, brussels sprouts salad, vodka penne, and ahi wood fire tuna sandwich (except I'd take the ginger out)!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My overall experience at Summer House was good! However it definitely didn’t start as I had hoped. I came the Monday after Mother’s Day and made note in the reservation that I would like a booth for my mom since we are celebrating Mother’s Day. Upon arrival, on time for our reservation, I was told a table was not yet ready. I asked for main dining room but they said they didn’t have any seats so we opted for the patio. After waiting 15 mins and seeing a couple being taken back to the patio before us, I approached the host stand and was told I had already been texted which was a flat out lie because the last text I had from them was to confirm the reso. Then the manager proceeds to seat me and my mother at a high top table in a dark corner directly between a service station and the bar service well. As a Maitre D I don’t normally get picky about seating, but I wasn’t going to let them put my mother at a high top between two service stations. I asked her if there was somewhere else we could sit, she rolled her eyes, sighed and took us to the most beautiful booth in the main dining room. Knowing that we were celebrating Mother’s Day I don’t understand why there was such a hassle for the booth. The manager that was dressed so casually I couldn’t tell if she was a patron or not was so rude. It says a lot when your host can act with more composure than management. I believe our servers name was Daniel and he was great! Promptly took our order and didn’t linger at the table. I felt pressured to leave him a 30% tip after the ordeal with the manager but he deserved it so it was fine. The food was great! We split the pesto soup which was thick and creamy with plenty of flavor, caesar salad which was good but a little too salty for my liking and blt that had delicious thick cut bacon and shredded lettuce with a little mayo and waffle cut sweet potato fries!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bright and airy - perfect for any kind of occasion! Mother Daughter dinner, or a wonderful date night, Summerhouse Santa Monica is absolutely to die for! ♥️

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LauraB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and we loved it. First, my son called to change our reservation from 4 to 5, for Mother's Day nonetheless. He was going to fly in from out of town to surprise me. He was told that all the reservations for parties/tables of 5-6 were taken, but, they'd make it work! Excellent customer service! Food was great and our server was awesome, too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Such a bummer that we had to sit by the pizza oven on Mother’s Day and not in the beautiful dining room, especially since that was the whole reason we came. Definitely not for the overpriced food or slow service ( had to ask for ketchup 3 times only to eat a cold burger once the ketchup arrived).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day

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AvaD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Our waitress was great. Love the whole atmosphere, was great for brunch! Will definitely be coming back again

ME
vipMikeE
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very disappointed. The overall experience left a bad taste in my mouth and my wife's. Our last trip was for mothers day, and my wife ordered strawberry pancakes, and it literally had 1 strawberry. She asked for me, and they sent her a bowl of whole strawberries that she had to cut herself. Further, my kids ordered kids pancakes, and they were supposed to come with whipped cream, which again we had to order separately. Lastly, my wife ordered a mimosa and it was like 1/3 full, verses the 1/2 full wine glass I would have expected. I felt they were simply cutting down and cutting corners to save a buck. I don't think mothers day is the right time to do that. Overall disappointing, and I won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Mother’s Day Brunch! Great options for little ones and excellent food and service. Always happy to dine here.

J
vipJess
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Server was awesome. Bartender took up to 20 minutes per drink. Food is very low quality for price.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The wait staff was amazing, Connor was great but we waited 35 minutes for our table past our reservation time and no one at the front desk seemed to care or was sorry. The manager did send out free apps which were greatly appreciated but the two people manning the front could not have cared less

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Zacuira
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the vibe in there. It was one lady who was very charming. I would assume she is a manager. She have black & brown maybe honey blonde hair. She was wearing a black shirt w/ blue jeans and flats. Super sweet. She was walking around checking on everyone. I loved her energy. The waiters were very kind. Food was great. Drinks were great. My kid had a great time. I will definitely come back 20 more times. I love the open area in the middle of the restaurant with the sunlight beaming in. It looks like a scene from the movies. 10/10 recommend.

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ZoeS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went for a quick brunch. Servers all work together, some are better than others. Ordered the “special” honey butter chicken biscuit and KFC could’ve made something more presentable (burnt, over fried, no butter). Toast with the breakfast came with no jam or butter. Ordered a juice and was handed it from other other side of the bar, had to reach over. Server couldn’t even bring it around to set it in the table. Unacceptable service by one of the few servers, and mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

They are usually very good but the food this time fell flat. Fish was over cooked, got one of our orders wrong and there was a long period of time without any water, after we asked for more. I think it would be just a one time thing because they were extremely busy, we sat about 25 min after our reservation time so I think the kitchen was just overwhelmed.

JP
vipJennyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4