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About Summer House Santa Monica

Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House Santa Monica 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.

At the heart of the open kitchen lies a wood fire grill that is the workhorse of many of Summer House’s menu items. The menu, created by Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin, 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.

No matter the season, no matter the weather, you will be transported to the warmth of California at Summer House.

1954 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Armitage

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 634-4100

Website:
http://www.summerhousesm.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Valet parking for $14.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.

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

Executive Chef:
Chef/Partner Jeff Mahin

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

Special Events & Promotions:
To inquire about private parties or off-premise catering, please call our Sales & Special Events Department at (773) 634-4100.

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.

Summer House Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (69)
Fun (67)
Casual (62)
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Great for Brunch (62)
Good for a Date (61)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Hot Spot (51)
Good for Groups (47)
Sunday Lunch (46)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Special Occasion (43)
People Watching (39)
Healthy (35)
Kid-friendly (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Cozy (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Seasonal (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Romantic (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Business Meals (9)
Scenic View (9)
Authentic (8)
Organic (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Vegan (7)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Bar service terrible—no one acknowledged us for 15 minutes to even order a drink. Then another 10 minute wait for wine because the bar ran out of wine glasses?!?

Reservation wasn’t ready when we arrived, 30 minutes wait for our table, to be expected on a Saturday night. But the party of 8 in front of us were told, despite their reservation and prompt arrival, their table had been given away and there was “nothing that could be done about it.”

Our app was served quickly, but we were given no plates—I had to walk almost to the kitchen to find someone to ask. Our waiter poured our bottled wine into glasses that were already half full of a different wine without even asking. Our server mixed up our order, and sat someone else’s food on the table right in front of me to get a free hand to figure it out.

Love the decor, food was good, service was really poor. Staying away from this one for a while.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Very cute place, great vibe and great mix of people - families, date nights, parties, etc. Waiter was friendly and helpful, food was good. Calamari was excellent, taco platter so-so. Overall fun place and I would return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for my moms 70th birthday. Everything was great and the service was awesome. We will definitely be back

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waitress was just wonderful. My friend has serious food allergies and the young lady was so thoughtful and helpful . It’s always so disappointing to invite a friend to lunch and get attitude due to a complicated food allergy. Summer House staff - well trained and accommodating . Well done- and the food is always perfect! Thank you

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a wonderful lunch with friends. Lovely wine list. Great salads. We had a poke bowl which was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

The only good thing about this restutant is the decor. Other than that it was a miss from food to service. Went with a date and we both order the french dip. We each got a horsradish sauce and i tried both and both tasted different. My sauce was sweet while his was bitter. The mashed potatoes I order lacked flavor. They were bland and i needed to dip them in something hence why i tried my dates sauce. The soup of the day was drowning in olive oil and was to sweet. Our server, was not the best. He made no eye contact with my date and was cold in convertion to me. This was the second time I try this place and it sucked. My friends rave about this place, but overpriced food makes and lack of good services makes me wonder what so great about this place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Food is ok not great and overpriced. But nice atmosphere

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Summer House is all environment and setting. The only reason I’ve been to this place several times is proximity to my house. The food is extremely mediocre, the service is slow and aloof, and the bill is always large. If you want a bright pretty space to have a glass of wine go for it but the food is sub par. After this last 4th visit I promised myself never again. If you order anything surprisingly the sushi is the best thing on the menu (tuna tostadas are really good)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Ate a wonderful dinner. Great wine. Our server was terrific. We split tacos and had a salad with grilled tuna. We sadly didn’t have dessert but the cookies looked amazing! We will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

This place was fun and had a great energetic atmosphere. It was packed on a Sunday night, but we were able to get a reservation for 6 that week without a problem. The drinks were good and the food was too! I liked the fresh decor and it did remind me of being somewhere beachy on a cold Chicago winter night! I would definitely recommend dining here!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Gluten free options are awesome. My granddaughter really like this restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of the best brunch spots ever

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We enjoyed wonderful service, which can be hard to come by in Chicago, and we truly relished the bright, summery vibes -- which weave through the decor, menu, drinks, and even the servers' uniforms. I was surprised to find that it is a more family-oriented restaurant, and most tables had 1-3 small children. The food was good but not great. My date had chicken and waffles with jalapeño gravy, but the gravy arrived cold and gelatenous in a minuscule creamer-style container. I ordered the Mexican hash browns and it was spectacular with the addition of gobs of Cholula -- the jalapeños had no spice for some reason. I highly recommend the kale lemonade.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Enjoyed our meal, loved that there were other families! Early is great for children.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is my fourth time to Summer House! I enjoy the ambience and our server was excellent! Even on a dreary day, Summer House seems bright!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

always good food, reliable service in a warm, sunny atmosphere.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Seasonal, Healthy
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server Allison was the BEST I’ve ever had here. Made the visit so much more enjoyable. Great food and beautiful atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Summer House is a neighborhood staple for me. While I enjoy the atmosphere and the food— my favorite part of this establishment is the service. Everyone that works there provides wonderful customer service from the moment you walk through the revolving door!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We go for the atmosphere/ambiance. Overall the food is good but $15 for chips and guac is a tad ridiculous. Service could be better

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The ambiance of the place reminded me of Summer especially since we went during the Winter. The food was also well made as well. Good date night for us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Loved the atmosphere and menu, but our food AND coffee was lukewarm at best. An easy fix, hopefully.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As always, we were very happy with our meals. Our group of six was seated in a corner booth with plenty of room for our elbows. Good service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Unfortunately we were sat next to the kitchen and toilets. This area means you’re seated where you hear and watch the many staff standing and chatting, waiting for food to serve or to observe tables needing something. Much better tables in the restaurant so would like to not be sat there again.

Food was good, service excellent with many lovely staff, and general ambience is so lovely, I really like the space!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants! Love the Brussels sprout salad, the tuna app and real Cali roll.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food, service, and ambiance was great! Get the homemade hummus if it's available!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

love the natural light when it's so grey in Chicago. good delicious, service good but very busy so not as attentive. noise level very high -hard to talk at table for 6 but energy great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Didn't realize there was a bar type portion and sunlight heavy type portion .... we were seated in the bar portion. Everything was yummy!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Ambiance, food, and service were great during the brunch rush.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was a little slow, but still a great overall experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food , fun atmosphere !! Excellent restaurant!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Have been here many times and it never disappoints. The food is always wonderful and the staff are very personable and attentive. It has been a little while so this may not be news, but I am soooooo glad they brought back the trout in brown butter. It is a reason to dine there. They had replaced it with a different preparation. The baked goods are always a must, too. Will certainly be back. Great place to go before a show at Steppenwolf. Location is very convenient.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Came here for lunch with my sister for a special occasion and it was SO wonderful. The glass ceiling allows the dining area to be completely lit and even though it was -3 degrees out, the inside felt like summer. The decor is so cute and very hip. Food: DELICIOUS. My sister got the Japanese katsu chicken sandwich on their "what are we cooking today" menu and I got the butternut squash soup recommended by our waitress. Both dishes were fantastic. A group next to us had poke and that looked amazing as well. You MUST hit up their bakery section in the front. We got 6 different cookies to taste and my favorite was their classic chocolate chip cookie. I will definitely be back to dine here again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great server. Helped me sign up for LettuceEats rewards app. I think her name is Mcdonoug.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

First time here and it definitely will not be my last. The entire staff was really nice and gracious. Absolutely no attitude. Our waitress was just awesome. She have great recommendations and service. The food was so delicious! I can’t say enough positive things about my experience. Can’t wait to come back. Definitely make a reservation. This place is very popular ❤️

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall very good service and food; on the pricier side for what the dishes are. The server this time tried to up sell starting out breakfast with a cinnamon roll. What we got was bread pudding. I asked him when he presented the bill why the check said bread pudding and he said it was the same thing. I suggested that he say he is selling bread pudding NOT a cinnamon roll and NO they were NOT the same thing. Had it been bread pudding we would not have ordered it. He suggested a CINNAMON ROLL. Sometimes the bloody mary can be watery; not a fan of the santa omelette with turkey, seems liked rolled lunch meat in the middle of the omelette; breakfast tostadas, avocado toast, french toast, acapulco omelette, short rib hash all very good; noticed a price increase in a lot of these items...english muffins are great and zero proof cocktails again pricey for what they are.
(If they try to seat you in the front by the bar when the other main room is empty it is because they are trying to spread out the tables for the servers.)
Have had the poke bowl and soups for lunch.
Good neighborhood spot if you aren't on a budget.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was great

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The waiter spilled all over my food. My food was then soggy

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

NYE Brunch with a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A bit confused with their reservation on Open Table

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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