Summer House Santa Monica

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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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HC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience out on the patio. Amazing drinks in a great atmosphere. Servers are friendly and helpful. 100% recommend.

CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was not good neither was the food. The ambiance is nice. Just a place that looks good but everything else sucks. Wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone

J
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for my friend’s birthday. We both had the delicious fresh poke bowls. Our server was terrific. We enjoyed a warm chocolate chip cookie for dessert. She surprised us with it at the end. Very thoughtful. Beautiful atmosphere.

LW
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch

DD
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The apps and the cookies were our favorite. The fish dishes had good flavor but the pastas lacked a bit in that department. Service was great. Fun, playful attitude. Attentive but not overbearing.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant - from menu, to service and just overall warmth and hospitality!

DJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! First time there - can't wait to return!

CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite family celebratory VENUE! The staff is always so kind and the food is fantastic!

EF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a little pricey but outside of that it was a wonderful time.

D
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The atmosphere is really like no other! Not to mention the brunch is absolutely amazing!! Highly recommend this restaurant! They have a cute little bakery in the front of the restaurant as well if you're looking for a quick snack.

JH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great place to spend a Sunday morning. The garage style doors were open to the fresh air making it feel like we really were in California. The mimosas were wonderful, made with fresh grapefruit juice I believe, and the food was fresh and tasty. Don't forget to grab a cookie on the way out! The salted chocolate chip are to die for!

F
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply loved it. Lots of great gluten-free options!

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to this restaurant many times and this is the first time the food was not good. Over cooked halibut, dry and tasteless. Cauliflower appetizer tasted raw and bland. The drinks were pretty good but the food was very disappointing. Probably won’t return.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Service was pretty good.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Summer House Santa Monica has been the rave amongst my friend group for MONTHS and I finally got a chance to go! Drinks are good and reasonably priced, food is tasty, their veggie burger was delicious. The only thing I was pretty disappointed about was the fact that even though I had made an open table reservation and showed up on-time we still had to wait 20 min to get seated. Our server was amazing. Overall very good time. GET THE BURRATA.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food is overpriced and not amazing, good vibes though.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - waitress was great!

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

Great waitress and experience, awesome atmosphere

KV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was tasty, there was a decent wine and cocktail selection, and our waitress was friendly. The main disappointment was in the ambiance. There seem to be two sides of the restaurant: one side for adult parties and one much noisier side for parties with young children. I can certainly appreciate a restaurant that caters to all sorts of dining parties; however, I booked a reservation for 3 about 48 hours ahead of time and we arrived on time. We were an obvious party of adults, yet were seated in the center of the noisy side. Understandably some of the onus was on me to request a table on the quieter side upon being seated on the noisy side, but this snafu was an obvious observation missed by the host staff and something I find very frustrating.
I think this restaurant is a great spot for all kinds of dining occasions as long as you request to be seated on the appropriate side. I would dine there again and make a specific request to be seated on the quiet side of the restaurant.

CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good meal and service. Lively atmosphere. However at Friday at 6pm it was the KID hour and some people have children who scream and cry and don't leave their table or do anything about it!

RG
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always thought this restaurant was overrated and was never thrilled with my meal however I thought I’d give it another try and I’m so glad I did. There were several new additions to the menu and everything was excellent.

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

Great food, great service and spectacular atmosphere. I would definitely return.

JB
Chicago
84 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent on all levels. That's why I love this place so much!

KW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Summerhouse numerous times and have always had great experiences. This time was no exception. The food is consistently delicious, the restaurant is beautiful, light and bright with the ceiling atrium windows and the front windows that open, as is the private courtyard where we once had a family event. The waitstaff has always been efficient, friendly and helpful with suggestions which was true again with this experience where Natalia (sp?) was our server and offered great suggestions. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. My only wish was that the guacamole appetizer was larger!

OT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A wonderful place, would go back again.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food, ambiance was great. It is a little on the pricey side and the service we had was not very fast.

SH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great! We really enjoyed sitting in front outside. The fish tacos were good with a lot of flavors, but the trout was terrific. The tuna watermelon app was fantastic, a perfect combination of flavors. Cocktails were tasty but nothing special. A little bit on the pricy side but great for a special occasion.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place to catch up with a friend for a simple/good meal.

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

Beautiful restaurant

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K
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! I went with my boyfriend and it was one of our favorite date places we’ve been so far. Everything we ordered was great, our waiter was wonderful and we never felt rushed even though it was a pretty busy night. Will definitely be going back!

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

Great summer menu, great server. Love the ambiance.

JW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great avocado toast, cinnamon bread pudding, grilled cheese with bacon and coffee. Great service.

T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch, food was good and the service was outstanding. Also enjoyed the bakery to take home a treat for later!

JH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance in this place. So many great menu items. We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Came in for a friend’s birthday. Our server didn’t get to us until 20 minutes after we were seated. The food was great as always, but the service lacked. Not to mention, I had written in the reservation notes that we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, yet nothing special was done. The server didn’t even acknowledge the note. I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for 4 years and I know that communication between servers & hosts (staff in general) is key. Especially when it comes to a reservation with a special request/occasion. This was disappointing.

c
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Acoustics are really poor in this location. Could barely hear my friend over the loud music.

LL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere with a glass roof letting in the light. Feels like being in California!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Love the look of the place and the food was amazing!

a
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful summer day in Chicago. Even inside Summer House feels outside. We were accommodated with a better table after first table proved too noisy (kitchen, etc). Why didn’t they seat us there to start? Service, food, vibe: excellent. Always a pleasure dining here.

RC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are not this restaurant's demographic - doesn't matter, we loved it. The dining room is gorgeous with a huge open, retractable ceiling and white patio style furniture. The wait staff is terrific and the food was really good, I had the fish tacos which are pretty much everywhere now and my husband had the BLT which was on the "specials" menu - if you see it order it, just order it, it can't easily be explained.

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