Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
2811 reviews
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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, 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday 11:00am-11:00pm
Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-10:00pm

BRUNCH: Saturdays & Sundays 8:00am-3:00pm

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Phone number
(773) 634-4100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin
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Catering
Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients.

Accommodating parties of 10-250 guests, Summer House exudes an atmosphere perfect for weddings / receptions, bridal & baby showers, family gatherings, birthdays, daytime lunches, corporate events & more! Summer House also offers large cookie/bakery orders, perfect for when you want to host events at home & offer a special treat for your guests!

To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, call our Catering Department at (773) 634-4100.
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Cross street
Armitage
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Parking details
Valet parking for $14.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line.
Halsted Bus, Route #8
Armitage Bus, Route #73
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Special events & promotions
To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4100.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Host your next event at Summer House Santa Monica! The restaurant is designed to evoke the atmosphere of a summer beach house with warm tones and a large glass ceiling positioned directly over the dining room creating the perfect ambiance for socializing & celebrating.

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What Insiders Are Saying

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.
What 2811 People Are Saying
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Chicago
32 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is constantly good. This time I had the burger and it was delicious. Also their fries are the best!!! Thin and crispy

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MA
Houston
3 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible and Sincere Service from our waiter and the hostess stand always accommodating - they were able to get us in 15 minutes early --

A+ Brunch Food!

Thank you Summer house-- also GREATEST COOKIES- Take some home!

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k
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service! Tuna Tostada App was amazing! Summer Water in tap is a must

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G
Chicago
13 reviews
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant! Great service! Food average— not too many options. Pricey food - beach salad ; a huge bowl of romaine lett, has to dig for corn, chicken avocado blue cheese: all for $19. That was a joke!

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S
Columbus
2 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a birthday and enjoyed brunch! Everything was delicious!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really noisy. Ouch.

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KB
Washington DC
7 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails to deliver. It brings the great parts of the outdoors in while keeping the bad elements out.
The food is always on point and fresh. The variety of the menu has something for everyone.

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MC
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My mother loves this place. I have several food allergies and was still able to find options, so that’s a bonus! I just thought my veggie burger was bland. And the avocados on my sandwich were a tad brown but I know that fruit can be tricky. Our server was warm and attentive despite having several tables. I will be back to try a salad or something new on the menu. Enjoyed the avocado toast before and the fruit was perfectly bright green when I ordered that meal. Can’t beat the ambiance if you like California.

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f
Chicago
31 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a leisurely lunch with friends. The salads are excellent, and my friend had a salmon burger that she loved. This was her birthday, and our waiter brought her a gigantic cookie with a scoop of ice-cream topped by a candle. She loved it.

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MM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding, quality, service, and atmosphere, all were exceptional ! Love this place ... definitely a favorite to visit again!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
3.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good, but came out cold. Ordered an egg sandwich, so the cold eggs really took away from the solid flavor.

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
3.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Light and airy with ample energy and high spirits, Summer House is a truly fun spot with an appealing menu and very good service. But but but... brunch dishes all emerged lukewarm at best and soon turned cold (inedibly so) from the powerful draft that swept across the table at frequent intervals. Understood the high ceilings present a real challenge to climate control but this was just a fail. (We did send some of the dishes back for reheating but that barely made a dent and disrupted the rhythm of the meal.) Our server was entirely sympathetic and did what she could to salvage things. Considering we were there with out of town guests it became something of an embarrassment. Oh - and the sound level is really, really high (aided by the incessant disco-like soundtrack). So beware if you don't feel like screaming!

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S
Dallas
41 reviews
4.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Third time at Summer house and the food was a delicious as the 1st two times. We ordered the mussels to start. Came in a small pot. At 1st you think there's not much but after eating only half you realize how much is actually provided. The main course was the gnocchi and tacos. Can never go wrong with either. The only disappointment is the lack of a true finisher/dessert. nothing is really worthy of following a great meal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

They gave us free champagne for our anniversary based on our open table booking!

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SG
Chicago
8 reviews
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. We just love this place. The food is always fresh and service spectacular

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DM
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll feel like you're in California instead of on Halsted St. Delicious, fresh ingredients, generous portions, and a menu that accommodated everyone from kids to vegan to gluten-free diners made everyone happy. Our server was attentive without hovering. Seating in the bar area is quieter and a more comfortable temperature; seating in the "Vitamin D room" is sunny and bright, but a bit louder, and cooler due to blowing from air vents. Make reservations to assure that you don't have a long wait.

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JG
Chicago
4 reviews
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Summerhouse was so good! The food was delicious and the ambiance was beautiful, the natural light really DOES it! But the service could have been better, we had to flag down our waiter a number of times. It just depends on who you get! But otherwise, I would definitely go back!

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EF
1 review
3.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

All four people at our table ordered the $16+ avocado toast. Very, very bland. My matcha cocktail was nice, but that avocado toast... it needed salt, to say the least.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend’s birthday.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The roasted brussel sprouts and the sashimi plate we're both extremely salty. The decor of the place was super nice though!

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SG
Chicago
3 reviews
3.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is a typical Lettuce Entertain You spot. The food is good but not great The services are excellent and the prices over the top. They are able to get away with it because the millennial's flock to the spot and think that it is hip.

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l
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice bright place but a bit pricey for lunch. I had a $14 Emerald kale salad . The kale was tough and 90 percent of the salad. Scant amount of brussels, apples and cashews failed to give the salad balance or flavor. Not what I expect based on how good the food has been there over the years. Burgers, ahi tuna watermelon toaradas, pasta pomodoro highly recommmended.

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H
Chicago
32 reviews
3.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This rating is actually for dinner at Summer House. We have been to brunch there several times and enjoy it very much. Food at brunch is savory and very good. We have also been to dinner there three times, and each time the food was just not savory. Unimaginatively seasoned, somewhat overcooked, and overall just blah. Deserts are great, though. We will not go back for dinner.

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HM
Chicago
25 reviews
5.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Summer House was nothing short of perfect. Really good food, wine, dessert and fantastic service.

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OT
Chicago
25 reviews
5.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing plate presentation. service always excellent

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NJ
Chicago
8 reviews
5.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place makes you feel as if you are on vacation. The food was very fresh and really good. Our waiter was awesome. He was very knowledgeable of the menu items with great descriptions. The staff even divided our dishes up amongst my friends and I, so that we would get to taste all three options we had ordered. I will definitely be returning.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
1.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Flies buzzing around everywhere — disgusting!! Tabletop broken and they didn’t offer to move us. Noise level unbearable. Food was nothing special and it took forever to come out. Extremely disappointing experience. Will not be back.

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JC
Chicago
16 reviews
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a group of friends, both local and visitors from out of town, here for brunch and everything was terrific as always!

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h
Chicago
4 reviews
4.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Location and ambiance are fantastic! It literally transports you seaside. Great feel. Food was ok. Not spectacular, but good. What we were most disappointed by was they service. We were seated at a high top near the hostess station. Got very little attention from our server and witnessed some somewhat snobby behaviors from the two young women who were hosting and seating guests. It was off-putting by us "middle-agers" to witness given the surroundings and menu offered. Hostesses should be welcoming, energized, make you feel like they were waiting for you to arrive. We felt a bit out of place unfortunately. And we have a bit more scratch to throw around on the Rose Cart and Sexy AF offerings. Just didn't hit our top 10 of repeats. Sadly. Would give it another go just for comparison. Not because we're dying to go again.

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V
1 review
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I don’t have a single bad thing to say. It was awesome! And also kid friendly which is extra bonus points in my book

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TH
1 review
3.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Went for brunch. Ambiance was great but the food was just average.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the food and place. A very nice breakfast in the city. We were early so we had time to find parking and it’s not yet busy on a Sunday. Ambience is great.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, with amazing service!

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s
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Trendy atmosphere, waitstaff very friendly, but not attentive. Bar service not best. For the price , should be better quality.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service is always slow

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M
1 review
5.0Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to enjoy good food and good atmosphere!!!
Highly recommended!!!

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely fantastic. Great selection of options with fish and lighter dishes. Our server was friendly and attentive. Absolutely recommend and we will be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there a bit before our reservation and we got seated right away. The server came in less than a minute and wished my mom happy bday (I put in the notes hat we are celebrating her bday...it’s so good to know they read the notes) and explained all the menu and our options. We only wanted to have some appetizers and some wine, as my mom just arrived from Europe and didn’t have much appetite. Everything was on point and at the end the server was so nice and brought us a bday cookie and ice cream. Definitely great service. We will go there again

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KB
Chicago
10 reviews
5.0Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch for a group of us that have been friends for many years. Everything was lovely from start to finish. Great service, food, and atmosphere. It is loud so you have to be prepared to talk over the noise.

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