Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
4422 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We’re still open! Summer House and Stella Barra in Lincoln Park offers limited patio dine-in services on our heated and covered patios, available for reservations while our indoor dining rooms are temporarily closed during this time. 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.
-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.
-Please note reservations are limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes as a further precaution.

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
  • Diner temperature check required
What 4422 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this place!!!!!

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LaurenGL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I’m always pleased when I go to Summer House, however we were sat inside during a time when indoor dining is not supposed to be available. The “patio” table we reserved was full. I was pleased with the staff and the safety precautions they had in place though. And of course, the food is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matthew the server was fantastic!!!

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viphUUHU
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting on a winter afternoon!

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vipLauren
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my friends birthday and made note of it on the reservation. They brought out a cookie and ice cream for her!

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vipErinnut
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. We were seated in of the booths and ate our dinner with coats and jackets on. Not sure if the cold breeze was coming from the revolving door or vents. We needed to eat our food because we did not want to get our food cold. We ordered pizza and a fish dish. Food was great it was winter weather inside the restaurant

Please note you need hot water on the bathroom sinks. 😊 thank you

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JenniferC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to this place during the pandamic. The table were all spread out nicely. The staffs were waering mask. Sevice was excellent. The service didn't feel rush to get us out. It was a nice pace. Staffs were pleaseant . The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was just ok.

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vipCheriseL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was safe but also held its fun and relaxed feel. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was trying to find an “outdoor” dining experience that wouldn’t leave me freezing and Summer House was perfect! We were sat in their all season back patio and it was warm enough to eat without a jacket on. There are a few spots in the restaurant that seemed colder than others (some high tops next to an open window inside Stella Barra and the tables next to the tent in the front of Summer House), but for the most part the dining experience seemed very similar to pre-covid times. The food was amazing as always!

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Phil
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

great ambiance, food was just okay

got a carbonara dish and pumpkin pancakes

nothing to write home about, not the best for the price

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OpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our lunch experience. The food, ambiance, and service made an excellent start to our anniversary celebrations!! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Sat outside on stella barra patio- horrible ambience and freezing!! Not enough heaters! Ordered warm drinks that arrived cold. Food was very mediocre and very overpriced.

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

They were wonderful with my daughters food allergies to tree nuts, sesame and shellfish! Food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was either under cooked or burnt, no in between. Way over priced

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JordanL
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved dining here! Felt super safe and the staff was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food is trash. Place is nice though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 2nd visit within 24hrs. The night before we ordered some cocktails, beer, Parmesan truffle fries, burrata salad, mushroom pizza and a salami pizza. we scanned the menu so I’m unable to know the exact name of what we ordered. Everything was great and service was as well. Therefore, we came back the following day for an early dinner w/our daughter because she’s a vegetarian and we were able to eat indoors. We ordered the mushroom pizza and burrata salad because we loved it the first time. Second time was just as great! We also ordered the pumpkin & Italian wedding soup. Italian wedding soup was excellent...healthy & comforting on a cold winter day. My daughter liked her pumpkin soup, but thought it was a little too sweet. Our server was professional, courteous, inviting & engaging. He was a DePaul alumni and welcomed my incoming freshman daughter with encouraging words about the University and the Chicago area in general. I mentioned I saw the fresh baked cookies the night before, but didn’t get to experience them. He gave each of us a cookie as a thank you for coming back and a welcome gift to my daughter. I will definitely revisit this restaurant again!

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vipkmb1
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started off with Shishito Peppers and a Costa Mesa Salad. For entrees Laura had the Trout which was cooked to perfection, and I had the Pasta Carbonara. Everything was served in a timely manner.


P.S. We arrived early, and although there were plenty of seats available, we were told we needed to wait till closer to our reservation time. The lobby was crowded, and my wife was uncomfortable waiting inside. With the outside temperature at below 30 degrees we waited out in the cold. I am a loyal LETTUCE ENTERTAIN YOU REWARDS CUSTOMER (3265888).
Also I am 74 years old, and do not understand why we could not be seated when we arrived.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went out of the way to accommodate us and my daughter had a great Birthday. Thank you SM. The manager Andy was spectacular

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean and covid friendly staff was great and food was delicious

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Ashwin
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outdoor pandemic dining. Great service. Good food. The outdoor space is ine with a retractable roof, don't know if it's truly circulating air.
The Shishito peppers were juicy and hot. Had the half chicken which was very evenly cooked and full of flavor.
Overall good dining experience.

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Customer
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Heated patio was not heated as promised. Overall the food was as expected. Restaurant and bathrooms were clean. Staff was friendly.

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BonnieF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe dining inside with the restaurant's modified seating/ventilation arrangements. They are taking covid precautions seriously. Our server was excellent and attentive. We were seated towards the front where there was adequate ventilation and just enough heat that we were comfortable. The pumpkin soup is excellent, highly recommend for a cold day.

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ExtraChed
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience! Best $ to value of any restaurant in Chocago. Meatballs are Michelin quality. Highly recommend to anyone!

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vipmeawatson
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can we please sit in the main area, if possible? Thank you for considering!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great , Beautiful place great friendly staff great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe and appreciated the slice of normalcy even with all the great protocols in place. Thank you to the staff!

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AshAnd23
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food and ambiance. Able to take great pics for social media. And the best part of it all was the cookies at the end!

M
Mich
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

For a Christmas Eve dinner this was a disappointing experience. First we were called “these people” and then sat outside with “heaters and a cozy fireplace”. It was freezing. Two Of the three heaters weren’t working and the cozy fireplace was across the room. We asked to move inside and we were told there was no seating inside due to Covid yet there were plenty of people enjoying their Christmas Eve meal inside in the warmth. Our server seemed put out and annoyed to be there. The food was not bad but not exceptional or worth the money. There was a table of four close by yelling and laughing with vulgar language to top it off. I very disappointing for what was supposed to be a special evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Anthony was so nice. We had a great time, thank you!!

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BNez
Chicago
8 reviews