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 & Wine Bar, 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.7
ambience
4.2
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the look of the restaurant, and the food was really great.

KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The quality of food has definitely decreased in the last year or so. We had a crab pasta dish that tasted very fishy (not in a good way) and couldn't eat it. A few weeks prior we were here and found both the brussel sprouts to be overcooked and not very warm by the time they arrived. For a neighborhood restaurant with a great atmosphere, it's unfortunate to see the food quality going down.

B
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

(Lunch review). We’ve been for brunch numerous times and it is my favorite brunch spot in the city. Lunch did not live up our experiences with lunch though. I’m afraid we left a little disappointed with the menu options, when comparing them to their incredible brunch.

K
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was our first time dining here. We decided to have brunch before we caught our flight back home to Atlanta. Everything was great from the service to the cocktails to the ambiance. Will def return for brunch the next time we are in town!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Introducing boyfriend to family for the first time!

NM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Was a bit upset that my food came out lukewarm. It was good though. Didn’t like the fact that everything was extra charge and wasn’t informed of it while ordering. The drinks were good but not strong enough for the almost $20 price. I did the PB & J with the up charge.

d
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It is definitely a hard place to get into. We waited 40 minutes from our reservation time to be seated - this needs to improve. Other than that, our service was okay and the food was exceptionally good. I had the turkey meatloaf, one person had spicy pasta and the other had the trout. We all enjoyed our meals. I wish Dessert menu was more traditional as it lacks anything I care for.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding experience for a party of 8 V-Day Weekend.
The food and drinks is fairly expensive but the quality is excellent.

H
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the brunch here. Our server Levi was outstanding.
With a reservation we still had to wait 20 minutes.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our server was very slow & didn’t take care of us .

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jenna was our server she was great

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dinner with steak and lobster tail was BOMB

J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Been many times. Thought we would celebrate Valentine’s Day. We were immediately seated only to be ignored for 30 mins. Ordered our meal , appetizers,salad, 2 entrees with some sides. Asked to waiter to space it out!! Or dinner arrived with the appetizers (forgot about the second entree). The sides were cold and tasteless. We told our waiter that we were missing an entree. He apologized and it arrived after dinner was over. No mention of dessert. Very surprised since we ate on the earlier side(6:00).
Taking this off our list.

SW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Loved the turkey meatloaf. Server was a little distracted.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summer House is outstanding! I have celiac disease and can rarely eat somewhere that I feel has a big selection for me. They had an entire menu for me to choose from. The staff was very kind and accommodating. Not to mention the vibe is just “vacation-like.” Definitely will be going back!

g
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The soup was so good.

S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summer House was just the remedy I needed for a cold, snowy afternoon. Our server Natalia was attentive and helpful throughout our visit.

KF
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The ambience is fantastic! On a gray winter Chicago day, it honestly felt like you were somewhere else because the sunlight shines in the entire venue. Food is always good

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Even though we had a reservation made way in advance, we got the worst table in the whole restaurant right by the entrance with a very cold air draft. Beer was served with no head at all!

l
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I don’t eat at Summer House as much as I’d like to, I am never disappointed. The food and service are always exceptional.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here on an early Valentines date during restaurant week and the brunch menu is awesome. I had the fruit and granola parfait, blueberry pancakes, and cookie. My date had the arugula salad, pancakes, and lemon dessert. We’ll be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No acknowledgement of birthday celebration

h
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Really a step up from fast food, but not very much of a step. Even with a reservation you wait for your table. Service is neglectful. Appetizers came before drinks. Drinks came one at a time for the table. Food is very formulaic.

G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was just fair especially for price. I ended up returning my dish because there was no flavor. Service was good and nice ambiance but just not worth the price.

SS
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We had a reservation at 3 pm and were not seated until 3:20 pm. Two glasses of rose arrived warm, not even a bit chilled. The brunch tostada arrived stale and cold as though someone didn’t want it and it was given to us. The grilled cheese had cheese only on one half of the sandwich and we asked for sliced tomatoes and they put diced tomatoes which made it mushy. Terrible. What happened to this place? Complacency is all I can think of. Our waiter was good and took the grilled cheese off the bill.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall great! Server wasn’t as knowledgeable and pleasant as those of the past but overall always a good place for brunch!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5