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Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago, IL

Summer House Santa Monica

4.6
4.6
6487 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House is the place for sunshine all year round. Warm, laid-back West Coast vibes fill the restaurant making it a top Instagrammable destination, complete with beach house décor, a beautiful retractable glass ceiling, and an all-seasons courtyard patio.

The California-inspired menu from Chef Ben Goodnick highlights seasonal specialties made from scratch with locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients, along with market-driven pasta, artisan pizzas, and antipasti.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 219 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 634-4100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick

  • Catering

    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Trishie Schweinfurth: (773) 634-4100

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash

  • Public transit

    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,487 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

    Most Booked

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  1. SC

    SamC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    There were six of us at dinner and five out of six were disappointed with quality of food. Two people had a prime burger and the bun was old. We had soups and they were nothing but lukewarm water and some tortilla strips. No flavors at all. I had rainbow trout and it was over cooked. One person had tacos and one had pizza and they were happy with their choices. Meatballs were great. Over priced drinks and average food. We were really disappointed and all have agreed that we are not coming back.
  2. N

    Nick

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly the food was just amazing, the service was great, and the ambiance is a vibe. I will be back!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We’ve been to Summer House a few times and enjoyed the experience. We had a date night tonight (Sat. night). We had a very pleasant server who was nice and attentive. We ordered the tuna poke nachos and deviled eggs as app’s and enjoyed them very much. Drinks were tasty and came to the table quickly. My wife ordered the salmon and I ordered the pizza. My pizza was bland and overbooked and my wife ordered her salmon medium and it came charred and dry and my wife could eat very little of the fish. The waitress was kind enough to comp the salmon so overall an ok experience.
  4. B

    Brunchie23

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice looking place reservations so needed on weekends ..food is good coconut cake is delish Didn’t like my table placement felt like it was just thrown together there last minute but overall really cute and waiter was nice
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    We had a 12:45pm reservation and were not sat until 30 minutes later at 1:15pm. The hostess was not apologetic and was honestly rude to both me and the woman in front of me. A member of our party also ordered a burger off the menu and was informed 15 minutes later that burger was no longer a menu item. This is one of my favorite restaurants and I was extremely disappointed with our service today.
  6. JM

    JanelleM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came during peak brunch hours by myself and they sat me at a table. They did not push me to sit at the bar which was really nice. The food and drinks were great, I would definitely come back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Food was not hot.
  8. KT

    KTHVisitor

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    We ordered 2 glasses of wine at the bar before being seated and without the tip the bill was $62. That's crazy! The bun on the chicken sandwich was so hard that it was impossible to eat as a sandwich. Overall, not a great experience. I won't be back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Challenging from the start .
  10. AQ

    AdrianQ

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful venue! Nice and consistent like the other LEY restaurants. Love that they take reservations and offered a Restaurant Week menu. Great place for any type of event.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food2service5ambience4
    Our server celebrated our special occasion with champagne and dessert! Was also very accommodating to us since we made a late reservation and the kitchen was closing soon. Our server was great. The food on the other hand was just alright but that might be because we ordered before closing. Thank you for helping me celebrate my best friend’s engagement!
  12. s

    susie

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  13. DJ

    DavidJ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service
  14. s

    sammy

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A very active space, a bit noisy but really great menu. Great date spot.
  15. ML

    MorganL

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server and the ambiance was what took the cake here! They both were amazing. Our server was the right amount of attentive and caring - he didn’t make us feel bad at all for taking a while to decide on drinks and he was so gracious about our questions for gluten free options. The other staff are VERY attentive to empty dishes and sometimes would circle our table if we were finishing a bite, so they could quick snag the plate. They could have been a little less hovering, but honestly, not a big deal and I’d rather have that then a stack of empty/done dishes on our table and no one taking them. The fish tacos were delcious and so was the GF chocolate chip cookie! I also had the house rosé which was crisp and refreshing. Would for sure go back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Food is not great. Just like any american food chain. Nothing special about this. Ambiance is good.
  17. AR

    AnyaR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    I don’t know if Summer House is always making shockingly poor food or if they just have disdain for Restaurant Week diners, but my breakfast tacos that were supposed to be egg, braised bacon, and queso were egg, chunks of burnt ham, and HALF A SQUARE OF KRAFT SINGLES AMERICAN CHEESE. I wish I had taken a photo but I was so shocked that I got my money’s worth and left.
  18. AC

    AndreaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for a birthday celebration. Drinks were a little weak for the price.
  19. K

    Kfood

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food but with smaller protein portion sizes for the price. Kind of pricey for what you get.
  20. JC

    JimC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pleasant place to eat - nice and bright - food is good - lots of light options
  21. LM

    LeeM

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Attentive wait staff, varied menu, lively and attractive ambience taken together made for a much appreciated early lunch during Restaurant Week. My wife’s salad was perfection; our granddaughter finished her burger; I loved my three tacos, especially the fresh condiments. The butterscotch pudding was an especially nostalgic treat.
  22. AW

    AbbyW

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super nice night out that doesn’t break the bank if you order right!
  23. J

    Jollyoak

    Chicago

    265 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    265 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great pizza salad and fries. Adding fondue to the bottom of your terrific truffle fries is overkill. Made the fries not as good. Maybe stick with what works and go back to your original amazing truffle fries.
  24. E

    Excellent

    Chicago

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday & restaurant week
  25. EP

    EPat

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and cocktails
  26. C

    Ck234

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Brunch!
  27. BE

    BigEater

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation and they were already out of two items on the menu before 11:30a. Our server was fantastic and the hostess was very nice, but the restaurant really dropped the ball on that one.
  28. f

    fjordalaura

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I hate to give negative review but this time they really deserved it . They overcharged me good thing i looked at the bill closely. The waiter was rushing me. I saw they charged for the restaurant week me $59 and again for the fish( mahi mahi)Same thing for my friend. He went talked to his boss no apologized but just fix d the bill. Can not believe. Took 1 hour for the waiter to come to get the order.
  29. TP

    TanyaP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super food and fun atmosphere- has it all! We had great service and will look forward to dining there again soon.
  30. LK

    LarryK

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice upbeat atmosphere for a break from the gray winter. Great food and service. The Lettuce brand impresses again.
  31. D

    Denniss

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, excellent service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with family of 5 for Friday dinner.Very good drinks ,as well as food .Mushroom pizza amazing ,salad with brussel sprouts was sooo good we end up having 2 lol Tuna was very good ,only item we didn’t like was steak…not lots of flavor and was little over cooked as well.We took cookies and brownies home ,omg amazing !Service was great !Thank you guys .Over all great experience,we went there many times before and definitely will be back :)
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It took us a while to get seated and it was way too loud. Other than that it was great!! Food was good!
  34. J

    Jojo

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It took a while to get our table even with the reservation, but the food was great! I would get the lemon blueberry muffin again and the breakfast sandwich. The cookie to go was a nice bonus.
  35. DA

    DaniAnso

    London

    98 reviews

    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This time we went for brunch and what a delight it was. I am pretty sure it’s not only the great food and many meal options that make repeat customers out of all of us but the wonderful staff that is always kind, funny and extremely helpful. Until next time! I’m looking forward to it already
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always delicious and the wait staff is amazing! Can’t recommend it high enough 😃
  37. LB

    LBK23

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very nice but too noisy. It was late lunchtime on a Friday, but it was fully reserved. Almost had to shout throughout the whole meal. Also, one in our party had a specific meal request that was not entirely fulfilled due to some lack of communication, but it got resolved quickly. Our server was very good.
  38. m

    moonda

    Indiana

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, delightful food. Wonderful and attentive service
  39. IM

    IremM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    They constantly tweak the food portions. To give an example the shishito pepper dish was layered with arugula and had about 10 shishitos on it. The salmon addition to the salad was burnt. The food quality has gone down significantly. The only great thing about the place is the location which is the only reason we went there in the first place but this will be our last visit...
  40. LS

    LindaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was so beautiful and had a great vibe. The food, our cocktails and the cookie were all delicious. Our waiter was so helpful and friendly. I couldn’t have been happier.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Summer House Santa Monica using the Order Online button. Summer House Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 634-4100.

Summer House Santa Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 6487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 219 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Summer House Santa Monica

1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:00 am–9:00 pm Thu, Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. Valet parking is available for $15 cash

  • Public transit

    Just southeast of the Armitage stop on the Brown Line. Halsted Bus, Route #8 Armitage Bus, Route #73

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Divisional Chef Ben Goodnick

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 634-4100

  • Catering

    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Summer House features a menu that spotlights locally sourced produce & ingredients. Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Trishie Schweinfurth: (773) 634-4100

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