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Summer House Santa Monica

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$30 and under
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American
Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park is now open for indoor and outdoor dining, with new responsible standards of service and distancing are in effect. The health and safety of our guests and employees always comes first. Steps we are taking include: dine-in services at reduced capacity, masks and gloves on all employees, disposable and digital menus, thorough sanitation procedures and continuous hand washing.

A few notes to help make your meal with us an enjoyable experience:

-Reservations are strongly encouraged for the main dining room as distanced dine-in seating is limited.

-Guests are required to wear a mask at all times when inside the restaurant, of course except while dining at your table.

-Please take care to arrive on time and limit your dining experience to 90 min as we would like to welcome back as many guests possible.

We appreciate your understanding, and thank you for your patronage of Summer House!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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JenniferS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet 16 Birthday Celebration!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and had a high level of energy which made the dinner pleasant. Food quality and selection was great and would highly recommend going. The interior decor is also an added plus!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Atmosphere Was great, and the service was fantastic. The food however was very average. 2 of us got pasta dishes and the other 2 got pizzas. The drinks were good. Not sure if I’d come back

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vipDavidK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to get out. The food and service was superb. So happy that Summer House and Stella Barra are open again😀

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vipJNCC
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - fun, vibrant brunch.

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vipSusieq
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Summer House did not let us down! They took great care to make sure everybody was safe with the Covid going around! We had the salmon and a thin pizza and both were delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Music was annoying and a little loud and doesn’t match the theme.
menu is uninspiring, nice environment but it was cold.
Service was very good. Pricey food and drink for what it is.

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vipJulieB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They were out of lite beer & sparkling water. The server was not attentive & rather clueless. Very disappointing experience as normally I love it there.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time, I loved it!

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vipRalt
St. Louis
70 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. They had the same menu for both Stella Barra and Summer House Santa Monica due to COVID 19. The atmosphere was nice, tables were spaced apart appropriately and we felt very comfortable dining here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I understand the limited time frame all guest have however food should be fresh. I ordered half chicken and it came out in 5 minutes with zero flavor

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PriankaM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, thanks to great recommendations on the part of our server! The ambiance was not too loud but lively and engaging, with excellent drinks and a very noteworthy prosciutto and egg pizza that is a must have! Will definitely be coming here again

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Heidi
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the bright atmosphere, staff was very friendly, food and drinks were delicious and desserts to die for.

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vippegasus
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Took a family friend out to dinner for his high school graduation. The patio was really nice, the food was pretty good, though nothing special. The service was really friendly. But there was one thing worth noting: We had made a reservation for 4, because there were 4 of us... But they seated us at as larger table. Then, halfway through our meal (literally still had food on our plates on the table), they came over and asked us to move to a smaller table so they could seat a larger group at our table. They were very nice about it, and covered our drinks and sent us home with cookies to thank us. But it was still kind of weird and worth mentioning. I will say that this was during the beginning of stage 4 opening during Covid times. So maybe it was a capacity issue. And everything was well spaced out and sanitized. They even had QR codes for the online menu, so people didn't have to handle menus. Overall, I'd come back for the atmosphere.

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CNiko
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are simply delightful, the food is excellent, and even in a pandemic the ambiance will transport you. I appreciated the measure to ensure our safety in Phase 4. This was my first time eating out since March 13th and I felt very comfortable and was able to enjoy delicious food and wine and relax!

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TD606
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good safety protocols, table was clean, server wore mask, diners were separated.

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Skip
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing a great job with keeping people at a safe distance - the number of tables is down. Food was good, service people and friendly. Definitely worth the stop on the way through Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Levi is the best waiter there!

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vipqjamal17
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The social distancing guidelines were easy to follow, the menu was digital and able to pull up via a QBR code, and the staff was great.

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BriLovesFood
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this is such a cute space ! I loved everything about my experience, my waitress was a doll and my food was amazing! Thank you all for making my first experience a great one!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool place, love the vibes awesome food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Been here dozens of times as it’s a favorite. So disappointed in their covid precautions. They failed. Walked in to a line from the hostess desk all way past the bakery. 6-7 6 parties all squeezed in the lobby. A staffer should have been pushing ppl outside to wait. Even with a reservation we were made to wait in the line nearly 10 mins and then had to wait 5 more mins for a table - what’s the point of reservations? We felt like this just isn’t right. Looked out door for a diff option but didn’t see anything close so stayed in line. No one was monitoring masks hand wash etc. Service was worst ever but I give credit as it just reopened, it takes time to get back into the groove. But we waited 10 mins for a server. Asked for ketchup, it never came. This was also at 130 - anticipating a light late lunch crowd. I think they are pushing the envelope on capacity. The only thing we felt good about was the garage door wide open. I get it’s a tough situation, but I don’t think they are doing it as good as they could be

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foodlover
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic venue, great atmosphere, and solid service. We never felt hurried to finish or move onto the next thing.

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Mmmm
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great menu, lots of outdoor space and a welcoming ambiance.

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Jess
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very welcoming & they relocated tables for us to avoid the direct sunlight. Overall a great team works here.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We really liked the hygiene measures they have in place:
* All waiters wear masks and gloves
* Some tables have been removed to allow physical distancing
* They give you hand sanitizer at the entrance
* You scan a QR code (which is a sticker on the table) to get the menu on your phone
* They disinfect when someone leaves a table

Only problem is that they have no WIFI, that means you need to have Mobile data in order to view the menu. I didn’t have mobile data...

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AWYeah
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot. Unfortunately we couldn't eat in the atrium, but our server was wonderful.

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ArianaI
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved having brunch here with friends and I will definitely be back

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vipMichaelF
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an AMAZING experience. I proposed to my girlfriend earlier in the evening and her sister and her sister's fiancee flew in to join the celebration. I made the reservation at Summer House and they made the day so special. They placed us at the table under the "Yes" on the wall. We took our photos and the server brought over champagne my parents had called ahead and ordered for us.

They made us feel special from the beginning, the server was amazing she was patient with us (as you can imagine the texts and facetime happening as the news spread), our glasses were never empty, and she surprised us with desserts she had set aside before they sold out.

The food was amazing, we had brussels sprouts and the burrata to start and pastas (sorry I can't remember which ones) for the rest of us. Lastly, the cookies and Rice Krispy treats for dessert. Overall a great experience, I can't express how happy I am with the service and how they made us feel as special as the day was to us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had great service and great food, but we were seated at the pizza section of the restaurant instead of the summer house part.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Me and my friend are from a minority background, we’re Latino. when we were greeted by the hostess it was the perhaps the most coldest and unfriendly greet I’ve ever got from any restaurant. “Yes? 😒”; not an “hi how can I help?!” Or even “how can I help?”.
When we went to he sat down the waiter took about 20 minutes before we even got his attention. The place didn’t look like it was busy either, maybe like 4 other tables besides us. When the waiter finally came, he gave us the question right away with “what can i get you today?!”. Not even telling us his name, or even greeting us the same kind of way 5 minutes before when another couple came after us; friendly, introduction, or even asking if we’re familiar with the place. Me and my friend came to the conclusion, that either because of maybe the staff was extremely busy, or because of our ethnicity. And the restaurant was not busy. It’s a place which we will remember as the place where judged by our skin.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun, super great waitstaff!

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vipKristenS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Our waiter was fabulous and we want to adopt him.

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GretaD
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fun music and beautiful decor. The staff is so nice and the ambiance is great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect!

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Helen
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was good quality and the price was justified but wasn’t to die for, Bakery was amazing tho

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LeticiaB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice time, we made reservations and not wait

JK
vipJackK
Chicago
1 review