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Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
4321 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Thank you for choosing to dine with us. To help ensure the safety of our guests and employees during this time, we have set new dining standards.
To help ensure the safety of our guests and employees during this time, we have set in place 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.
-Guests will have temperatures taken prior to entering the restaurant. Any guest with temperature over 100°F will not be allowed to dine with us.
-Guests must confirm they have not traveled to any restricted state within the last 14 days.
We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and patronage!
Please note reservations are limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes as a further precaution.
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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
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
What 4321 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMary
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have loved the food at Summer House over the years. At this time I found the food and service to be below average. The trout dish was olily and the pizza was burned with hardly any ingredients on it. The bakery items which were one of the unique things about the restaurant were almost completely gone. There was a cookie and rice krispie treat to choose from. The server was rude.

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MyronT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good menu for families as there are a number of options for kids/teens.

Food was good, not great. The space is nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt very safe while dining and tables were spaced at least 6feet apart if not more. The food was great and the employees were great as well.

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Erica
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summer house is one of my favorite dining rooms in the city. It is so bright and warm, and the food never disappoints. Comfort all around! Don’t skip on the cookie counter on your way out. Best chocolate chip cookies!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly one of my favorite restaurants of all time!

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trish
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food- a little too noisy and lighting a little too high. Otherwise excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, good distancing procedures.

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vipAl868686
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here!

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Lizzy
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Its a lovely space to eat. The airy and light atrium gives this place a lovely feel, and the food is fresh and tasty. The menu does change slightly, as I discovered when I ordered a salad which was an unexpected spicy variation on one I'd had previously. It was still very tasty and was enjoyed.
The kids meals are nicely presented and substantial enough for bigger kids, which is nice. Cocktails were tasty, if mixed differently to how they were presented on the menu - nothing major, but again didn't quite get what I expected.
They seem to be doing a good job with Covid precautions too, and my only disappointment was the lack of proper dessert options. If you like cookies then this won't be a problem.

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ElizabethM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service delightful, lovely ambiance. Our meals were very tasty. Restaurant safety practices left us feeling secure in our decision to dine out. Great evening out with a girlfriend.

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vipkarenl
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The waiter was wonderful, but the hostess was a bit rude. I made the reservation, party of two, through open table. The restaurant was not full as it was rather early, but she seemed irritated that I had a sleeping infant in a stroller (who mostly slept and was quiet throughout the meal). I will know in the future to add stroller to a reservation so ample space is set aside for my party, but such an option is not specified on the open table app, and the hostess could be more welcoming and treat supportive patrons more warmly. The service was exceptional- friendly and fast- and the brunch was fresh tasting and quite good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Almost all our food was bland

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julier
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Summer House food has beautiful presentation and we had great service. I thought the prices were a bit steep for the amount and quality but we were out for a nice night. I wish the ambiance had been a bit nicer, again, for the price, but it was not noisy or bad by any means. Overall we enjoyed our time and food, but may wait for another nicer night out to return.

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vipCarterRizzo
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love to visit Summer House for a late lunch. Brought the in laws this week for a bday celebration. We had a fantastic time, our server was so sweet & genuine. Happy to see the restaurant is taking all the expected covid mandate protocols. We loved the sprinkle birthday cookie with vanilla ice cream & my bloody maria was a life saver! Restaurant is always so pretty on the afternoon with the huge roof sky light. Thank you for a great lunch my mother in law is still raving about!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

As always Summer House is great. However, I was sure to make a reservation through Open Table because we were celebrating my Mom’s birthday. I asked to sit on the front patio or in the front area. We were sitting in the furthest back table in the restaurant. Pretty disappointed. I also mentioned to our first server to reiterate we were celebrating my Mom’s bday. About mid way through our meal the bartender took over as our server. I was a little surprised nothing was offered. I realize it is not Chucky Cheese but maybe a dessert? Again will totally go back, but not for a special occasion.

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Debs16
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is always great at Summer House! And they seem to be doing a good job at keeping tables somewhat of a good distance apart which is good for the times. Unfortunately, our server rushed us thru our meal with one thing coming out on top of another even though we were there later in the evening and no one was waiting for tables. Our server also failed to tell us that last call was coming and we could have stayed for another drink but instead had to leave - lost $$ for restaurant and waitstaff. We ended up across the street at J9 Wine Bar which was great! I would still recommend Summer House but might be inclined to start off asking that we not be rushed unless they need to turn the table.

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Harsh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal ! Staff was great and handled covid precautions extremely well.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated in the Pizza Restaurant dude next to a large party
Was looking for more light
Good was still good and the server was attentive

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WendyW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Hostess was rude!!
Our server was wonderful and did such a great job!

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NicoleC
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and waiter was even better. I will be returning!

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JacobR
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The only stars I really give are for the atmosphere. The cocktails looked like a good option but the wine was terrible overpriced. 50$ for a bottle that costs 13$ in store. The margherita pizza was covered in salt and dripping in olive oil, not worth the price and barely edible. The music was loud but in a good way, the atmosphere was modern and fresh. The service was rushed and not friendly but tolerable. I would only return for drinks.

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JohnA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Convenient and cute but, like always, the food is average and the service is below mediocre.

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vipBurnsy28
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is a pretty standard hip Chicago restaurant, and their menu is pretty decent. It has a lovely patio out back behind Stella Barra, which is very adorable. When it is sunny outside, this place is gorgeous because of all the windows. I have eaten here a handful of times since moving to Chicago in 2011, and I would recommend it to someone and plan to come again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and great company! Really loved th vibe on the back patio!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food: burrito has strange texture and bland flavor. BBQ rib hash was very bland. The potatoes in the hash were very small, soggy cubes. Pancake was good.

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Guest1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a reservation for our anniversary. Had to wait a little bit, were sat at a high top table by the bar. Server was nice and attentive, Champagne that was ordered seemed to have been open for awhile. Never a word about the anniversary, the server didn’t actually know about it. Food was excellent, gluten free pizza was really good. Host took our picture which was nice. Went to Stella Barra afterwards for a dessert wine. Asked bartender for one but he said he had to walk to the other side to get it, didn’t seem like he wanted to do it so we left and went to the wine bar across the street which was super cute. I would recommend it just need to polish up.

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vipScout
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a fun Saturday night family dinner. It has such a good vibes with all the natural light.

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HellenL
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday and we were happily seated in the outdoor area! Everything was amazing. The pizzas were the best part. The service was pretty great and on time. The only thing I will note is that I did select 'Birthday' as the occasion and also wrote a special note in my reservation to bring out anything or note anything that would be good to help celebrate but it didn't seem like the server knew. We kind of just took it as a fancy and nice dinner so I guess that was alright. I do wish something could have been done to celebrate my friend's birthday. A bit disappointed in that there was no communication.

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MCLS
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere inside bright and airy. Cinnamon roll was warm and gooey...perfect! Portion sizes are large and staff pointed me in the right direction.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent.

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StephanieL
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I’m giving it a low rating because I brought my cousin here for dinner for her birthday and they gave us probably the worst table. It was in the covered patio area but they put us in the corner next to the electrical stuff and it was cold. We had already ordered drinks but I wish we asked to move tables. I feel like it was a bad birthday dinner for my cousin so I’m mad lol.

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JimC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a wonderful birthday dinner!

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Phil
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was mediocre at best, and the staff rushed us through our meal. Would not recommend.

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vipTrishW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio! Good food and drinks. Excellent service!

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Coco
Chicago
3 reviews