Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
2692 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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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Neighborhood
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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 2692 People Are Saying
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CB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service at Summer House with a delicious brunch selection. Our group of 5 enjoyed a beautiful fruit plate as an appetizer. Omelets were super. The Commuter with sausage was incredible. We all had great hash browns. Tien was our server who took good care of us.

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure! A great go to for lunch or dinner. Great for out of town guests.

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

Wasn’t expecting a 30+ min wait after we arrived for our reservation time. And definitely wasn’t expecting the attitude we received from the hostess and employee that showed us to our table and sat us.

Things turned around when our waitress showed up however

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MT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best waitresses I’ve ever had. Very helpful and nice.

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I would not recommend this place. It’s noisy. Kitchen is in the dining room so no where to avoid being close to it. The food is underwhelming. The service was good. That’s the best I can say. Over priced wine for bad wine.

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E
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and her friends dined there for her 17th birthday. They had a great dinner and a great time!! Thank you!

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J
Naples
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the ambiance & the fact the the Menu always has some surprises!

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r
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the service was good our server was very attentive to our needs the food is excellent and the atmosphere was out of this world.

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Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

They messed up my order twice and didn’t offer to comp the meal. I could visibly see them complaining about having to remake the order they messed up twice.

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D
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food fun place very lively place
Celebration place interesting people to see

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TS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food!! And great customer service!! Would highly recommend the steak!!

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BW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice menu , great service, and the space is very light and open.

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great day for the Patio! Loved the atmosphere!

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DB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Didn’t realize the menu was so limited during the week. The brunch is fantastic but only served on weekends.

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KA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, wonderful food with nice ambiance. Love the skylight which feels like your outside

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great meal and the decor is very cool

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Stupidly overpriced for quality of food. Our soft shell crab was cold. Gross.

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

Delicious salads and wonderful service! Free pour wine 🙌🏼

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MK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Maybe we ordered the wrong things - chicken sandwich dry/over cooked. My kale salad was lovely but the burrata appetizer would have been better with a larger proportion of tomatoes - the bread was spot on . Service was terrific.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer house Santa Monica was everything I expected, from the scenery, the ambience, the food, and the super amazing waitress Lanie! Had the egg white sandwich with a side salad and truffle toys, all very tasty. The chips and guacamole was amazing, it's a must. Had the weekender as a brunch cocktail and it was delicious. The table shared the big cinnamon which was SO good! And since it was my birthday. Lanie brought out a birthday cake cookie with vanilla ice cream and a birthday candle, also so good. The entire experience was great and I enjoyed all the food and the beauty of the restaurant. Will definitely come again, especially for the cookies at the front bakery, I took home a chocolate Krispy cookie and apple oatmeal cookie, both delicious!

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere! Loved the cinnamon roll as a starter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. The only thing that great was that they didn’t acknowledge the open table reservation so I had to fill out a form proving I was there.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was just ok. Service was average at best.

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MA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a wonderful dinner-- friendly host staff -- follow up with restaurants and servers and Holly the Manager coming by and checking up on us -- A++++

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Summer House is the perfect summer brunch spot! My friends and I had a mini-reunion and ended up staying 3 hours! Our server was fantastic and didn't hover or over check on us. His drink recommendations were spot on, and we really enjoyed his warm personality! I can't wait to go back, and it's definitely my top 3 brunch spots in Chicago!

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Service is as good but slow, which surprised me because it was less crowded than I’ve seen before. I was underwhelmed by the food, perhaps because there was a misunderstanding about how I preferred my bacon and the dish had to be sent back. Summer House is gorgeous but won’t go out of my way to return.

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KH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a downtown girls night, had a wonderful time! The ambiance was lovely and warm, the service was fantastic, and we were so impressed with the food. Energetic vibe, friendly wait staff, dim lighting on the bar side, and it was nice to enjoy the weather with the front garage door type window/wall open. Honestly everything we ate was absolutely delicious and I wish I could’ve ordered more. We also loved the rosé cart and fresh, vibrant feel of the restaurant. Would recommend to anyone for a night with friends, a romantic date or anniversary, or to anyone who wants super fresh delicious food.

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AS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great ambiance. Service is sub par. Food is ok with a limited menu

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pricey but good food and atmosphere

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E
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner. We did get there half a hour before our reservations and they were able to seat us early. They sat on a table that there was drip and they notice it when we sat and down and they moved us to. Another table. Great job! 😊We came back to enjoy the steak dinner. Had great dessert and service was great. Will always come back to Summer House for food and service.

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EL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Beautiful space. Excellent service. Would go back!

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DT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This place is great. Fun, outdoor vibe (even when you sit inside), very nice looking place, very summer-housey feel, nice service and very good food. My wife and I love going here for breakfast / lunch on days off and taking visitors there for brunch on the weekends.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Chicken taco platter was dry. They forgot my husbands side (it never came) and the service was generally slow.

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SI
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here when we first met. Great dinner so had to repeat.

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EG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great, but it was really overpriced and expensive.

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy Summer House. Food is delicious and great decor.

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s
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about how great our lunch was. The food was fantastic and the services was the best I have had in ages and I dine out a lot. Such a great laid back atmosphere. We will return many times.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, my date and I both got upset stomach and possible food poising from the Tuna and watermelon tostadas. Very disappointed in summer house!

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CL
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday which is also 4th of July :) My reservation was under booked (I had more people coming than I thought) , and the staff accommodated me on the busy day as well as provided me with a birthday dessert! The service was great, a good place for brunch, group dinning, or date spot. We be back for sure :)

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LH
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique, hip place with healthy fare! We are from out of town & 2 friends recommended it. I see why! Great for adults but our teens loved it too.

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