Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
5387 Reviews
$30 and under
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 retractable glass ceiling and 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 pastas, artisan pizzas, and antipasti. Although the menu changes often with seasonal items, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are always provided.

At the Market counter, enjoy an irresistible selection of house-baked pastries, sourdough English muffins and signature oversized cookies, made fresh daily by Pastry Chef Erin Mooney.

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and patronage!

Please be advised, in accordance with the Chicago City mandate, all guests age 5 and older are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
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  • Roses & Rosé

    $65.95 per personPrepaid

    Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2022

    Celebrate Valentines Day the right way by adding on a floral arrangement from our friends at Flowers for Dreams perfectly paired with our brand new Summer House Rosé. By adding on this experience, you will have these items waiting for you at the table upon arrival. The perfect surprise for that someone special! Price not inclusive of food and beverage. Package priced per person but includes 1 bouquet and 1 bottle of Rosé per couple.

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 5387 people are saying
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vipExcellent
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday! Everything from the food to our waiter and everything in between was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice service and good food

BR
vipBillyR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lindsey was amazing server. Great personality, high energy, very attentive. Thank you

VP
vipVedvatiP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience2

Ambiance is great. Food is below average, I had turkey sandwich, which was very bland, just bread and deli meat. Nothing special. Honestly Waste!!!!! Over priced.
Truffle fries were excellent.
Plate was dirty, overall the place seems to need a bit of a rehab. Chairs have worn out leather !

Service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great place for Sunday brunch. Love the sunny, inviting space. Service is excellent. Food is okay. We had avocado toast (quite good), the breakfast tostado (very good) and the crispy chicken sandwich (kind of dry and ordinary.). We will always return because it just feels good to be there.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch for my best friends birthday. They brought her a cookie with ice cream without us having to ask. Service was great and so was the food

KM
KatharineM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, somewhat unique food options, large menu and a great ambience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be back! We loved our server, they had great recommendations and the atmosphere was amazing.

CS
vipCarolinaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food & drinks were great! Service was slow, but would definitely go back.

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RebeccaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the vibe in here. Cookies at the front are amazing- have to grab one to take home.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks! Came for a girls brunch and it did not disappoint! It’s pretty crowded so reservations will be needed. Kind of took a while to get our table even with a reservation.

MH
MariH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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whitneyd
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing in every way! Service, food, all of it was above and beyond. Thank you so much Dan and team!

IU
IfyU
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is great. The pasta is
amazing.I just had a really great time and the vibe was amazing. I definitely will bring my friends around

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very cutely decorated restaurant with a wide variety selection of food and drink on the menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level is loud but still great ambiance and food!

DS
DonnaS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great. Bad service.

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vipMeaghan
Chicago
199 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating to children — thank you!!

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Momo
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Cold and drafty. Food came to table room temperature.

HM
vipHerbM
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is as good as ever..the service is a little slow now I assume because there weren’t enough servers on. I’m surprised that they are still adding a 3% surcharge on to the bill for Covid when most other dining establishments have stopped. Especially when they are a little expensive to begin with.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Usually love the food at SH but my burger was very undercooked today.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We had to wait 35 minutes after our reservation time, which obviously was a bummer. We were about to leave but then were finally able to sit down. The food was delicious once we sat down.

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timeflies
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and it felt like we were sitting on a patio in January!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had Sunday brunch with my sister and the place was packed. We were sat in a nice big booth in the vitamin d room which was so great! Our waitress was attentive, she had a busy day but she still managed to get us what we needed quickly. The food was super yummy, I got the fall harvest special which I really enjoyed :)
Overall great experience!

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vipFoodie
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 3rd time visiting Summer House and it NEVER disappoints. Great food, consistent flavors (always have to get the infamous English muffin) and outstanding service (Thank you, Danny). And the baker graciously shared a cookie with us as we admired them when she passed….super kind.

Great atmosphere and wonderful brunch. Will have to try their dinner menu sometime, but will certainly be back.

SG
vipSGronek
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars every time we go. Food and service are always great - get the vegan snickerdoodle and thank me later!

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KatieF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That avocado toast was the best ever. The service was also great.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review