Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
3504 reviews
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$30 and under
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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, 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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The Infatuation
7.6

It's summer year round at Summer House Santa Monica. Don your finest Lululemon and chambray in an upscale dining environment.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was with my boyfriend and my ex was serving us! It was great! My boyfriend said “thanks Dad!”

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SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Highly overrated. Too expensive for what you get. Salmon/tuna appetizer barely had any of that. Mostly all cucumbers. $35 for halibut with salty mashed potatoes. Way over priced. Brussels sprouts tasty. Cookies were average. Definitely choose another restaurant.

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There were 8 of us, Sat 20 minutes after reservation time. Entrees brought out separately over the course of 15 minutes. Some food was cold. Kitchen needs to get their act together.

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PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

food very slow to arrive. Server was good, but service poor for reasons beyond his control.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Waiter was very slow

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C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Great atmosphere and customer energy even though we were seated at the high tables which are removed and away from the ambiance. I would not recommend this section to anyone. Food is good, but nothing extra ordinary. Service is a complete turn off. Servers are condescending and focus on turning a table. This is my seventh visit. I keep returning because it is the hip place to go and thinking my negative experience is just a one time occurrence. But it is not. Every single time I order something, request it twice and they never bring it. This time it was coffee. It feels like a sub conscious ploy to move us out quicker. We were in and out in 30 minutes. I love going to brunch. I have never been to a brunch where the entire experience only lasted 30 minutes. This time I was with my two cousins from England. It was a quite embarrassing.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Normally this place is great, but I got cheese on my burger when I had asked for no cheese. They missed the onion. They put a tomato on when I had asked for no tomato & they didn’t bring me the catchup and mustard until I asked another time. They also didn’t bring me my sweet potato tots until I asked for a second time as well. And I had to wait for my table despite having a reservation. The waiter was very nice and polite and they comped the burger, but they just didn’t have their act together this day.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was super sweet. The ambiance was beautiful. I felt like I had been transported to the west coast. And the fudge brownie warmed up with a scoop of ice cream was to die for!

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KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I was really disappointed in Summer House. Food quality and amounts were way below average. Our waiter was slow and had the personality of a stick. We asked for bread and they charged us for a couple of small pieces of burnt sourdough on a plate. Come on Lettuce Entertain You--have you given up?

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E
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Their valet parking only accepts cash and it is $14. Thankfully, CITI bank is located across the street diagonally, I withdrew $20 from the bank and give all of them to the Valet assistant because it was 98 degree outside and they seemed working so hard. But I wish they can accept credit cards like most of valet parking services in downtown. Other than that, the food was great and the restaurant had really good vibes! You guys should try the restaurant! Their food is not too salty and they used very fresh natural ingredients- I can tell!

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HE
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh food. Great ambiance -- bright and cheerful!

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HR
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful environment, energetic people and fabulous food !!!!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fave ever!!!

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the vitamin d room

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JW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch, as always, with a perfect breeze on a sunny day at the edge of the patio.

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d
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved my gnocchi and chocolate cake! Great fun atmosphere. Would definitely recommend - particularly during good weather months!

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MW
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Restaurant was beautiful. Waitress was nice but a little overworked. Food was not very good. Go for a drink but go elsewhere for the food.

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LR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner!

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

great brunch spot

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!

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SR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darling place! Great food! Amazing service. We have a very picky kid and he loved almost everything on the huge kid menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been. Great discovery and will definitely be returning. Beautiful space, good food, really nice service and reasonable $

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was an absolute Delight. I would most certainly come back again. Everything I ate was delicious and very flavorful. I would strongly recommend you try the brussel sprouts.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere! Nice service! Very tasty! Highly recommend this place!!!

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NS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. The veggie burger is awesome (flavorful and healthy) and so is the avocado toast!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was so poor they gave us the meal for free. This is the second time in a row I have had my food comped for extraordinarily poor service. It took 15 minutes to bring bread to the table after asking the server, the manager and a bus boy. I just wanted some bread for my kids so they would calm down while we waited for the food. The server had no concept of what “hangry” children are like, even after I explained it to her twice. The appetizer also came out after the main course was served. In general, we were neglected and overlooked.

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CP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great date night location for me and my husband. The restaurant is clean, bright, and trendy. The service was phenomenal! The food was perfectly portioned and flavorful. Just an awesome experience.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time in this beautiful place. The services and food were both good, but we most enjoyed the overall look of the dinning area.

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GS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a very good experience. The appetizers looked great but were surprisingly spicy. The halibut was slightly over cooked, and not terribly flavorful, but still fine to eat. The scallops were great as was the pasta and tomato dish. The desserts were very good, once we got them...the cookie topped with ice cream sat on the counter for ten minutes while our server disappeared, so it had to be redone, but was great as was the strawberry shortcake. We will be back soon as we really enjoyed the meal overall.

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v
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great! A little on the $$$ side

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience when I come here. I dine here 2-4 times a month and it’s always a solid go-to. Never had a bad meal or a bad experience here!

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RB
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! We go every summer when in Chicago. Excellent quality food and great service!

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FT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was outstanding. Great salads, burger and chicken sandwich. Excellent service. SH never disappoints. One of our favorite places to eat.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

My chicken was so salty it was inedible. Waitress did not check on us and my daughter finished her meal before anyone came over. Restaurant was half empty so. ... eh.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good drinks, delicious cookies, the coffee was great too! It was great to see that there are more than a couple of options for kids...

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great food, great service!

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OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was delicious- lots of healthy options, and the restaurant is adorable- light and breezy, perfect for brunch.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Drinks are good, food not so much.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Summer House is such a cute and trendy restaurant, and the food was pretty good too; however, the immediate service from the hostesses was not great at all. They first tried to seat our 6-top with my grandparents at a high-top, even though I had called and requested a lower table. They offered us a new table after 30 minutes, but they gave us probably the worst table in the restaurant even though there was a 6-top in the main dining room open. Very disappointed with the host stand, but everything else was good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great except for we got sat inside when I put in my notes that we wanted to be outside 😢

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