Summer House Santa Monica

4.7
3259 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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 3259 People Are Saying
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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service and atmosphere were great, unfortunately the food was lackluster compared to other Lettuce Entertain you concepts!

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VC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Over-priced (guacamole @ about $17) and way over-salted Better suited for the suburbanite set.

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BP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, and drinks!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing

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Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was good but expensive for what you get- not outstanding.

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D
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. From out of town and get 20-40 pieces of baked goo to tKe home and love it!!!

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J
Chicago
143 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an afternoon glass of wine. Such a pretty restaurant. Our server was great. We both liked our kale salad. The tuna on top was fresh. Will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! My daughter loved her birthday dinner. Delicious fish tacos!

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Way too loud! The aloof waiter couldn't stop with the attempts to upcharge. When he asks if you want a fruit salad as a side dish to a sandwich, why can't he tell you there is an extra charge of $3. Same with the tater tots.

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New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The mushroom soup was amazing. The artichoke was phenomenal. The portion of scallops seemed small for the price.

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Always a great atmosphere but the food is not as great as it used to be. I got the steak and was pretty disappointed especially for the price. They dont give a lot for the price you pay.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Way overpriced for the quality of food
The place is beautiful and the service is good

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was great. The appetizers were great. Main course of Halibut was a little over cooked but eatable. Didn't like the non diverse crowd. Looked like it could have been a party for Hitler. Might be just me. Chicago is a melting pot of people. It just seems strange that a popular restaurant would be entirely composed of middle aged and younger white folks. I'm white myself but when i come across something like this in a big city i find it offensive. I would recommend restaurant for their food and service but that would be it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server (Charlie) was great and food and drinks were so good as usual

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GP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good, relaxed ambience, fun place to celebrate life with friends!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The space at Summer House Santa Monica is very inviting and well put together. The vibe is fun and the space shines on nice days. The food is underwhelming especially in a city with many high quality options. The presentation is nice, but the flavor is flat. Each person in our party of four commented on the blah quality of the food. I would recommend Summer House for drinks with friends, but skip the food.

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N
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They have changed their menu and eliminate many of the good selections
Food was fair. Not as good as it was
As pretty as the restaurant is we will not return
Who is managing the restaurant is ruining it
To bad—it use to be bone of our favorites
The couple with us said the same thing

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N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The experience, food and service, was very good. Would like to see more options without meat and shellfish, such as fish.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is amazing especially brunch, drinks are great and desserts are fantastic! Love coming here.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience that we had was beyond incredible. From the beginning to the very end. The service was great completely and utterly were attended to. The three ladies at the host station, our server, the food runner and the manager everyone was incredible and I am so thankful for the experience that we had. The food was great definitely recommend the chicken tostadas, super good! Our server Tess, was Attentive, sweet, and incredibly understanding. I will continue to go back again and again. Thank you

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s extremely loud even at brunch. Hard to have a conversation
When nearby tables are literally screaming. Need noise reduction.

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R
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is delicious, and they have an amazing gluten free menu. The tables are a little close together and thus it's a bit noisey

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s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I hosted a small bridal shower brunch. Summer House was very accommodating to let me come in early and set up a few surprises. The food was great, and the service was attentive but not overbearing.

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RECOMMEND! We chose the Summer House Santa Monica, specifically, for their gluten free pancakes. The ability to order gf pancakes in a restaurant is rare and these exceeded all expectations. Frequently, making a traditional flour product gluten free results in an item with a density most resembling wet cardboard and not the fluffy pile of deliciousness that ended up in front of me. With such impressive breakfast results I made sure to grab a gf cookie on my way out.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food was good.

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b
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Service was great and venue is charming but noise level is distracting for conversation and floor space ( table arrangements ) so congested .
Food was good but a bit on the pricey side . Good wine and cocktail selection .
Recommend visiting on a weeknight .

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Tess was the best!!!

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JF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. We've eaten there three times and each time the food & service have been consistently excellent. Can't wait to return when the roof is open!

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D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I loved the ambience! I felt like I was on a get-away for a couple hours! The tomato bisque was fantastic and our Cobb salad was also great! The roasted cauliflower was cold and it wasn’t take off the bill until we asked why. The cocktail and mocktail were amazing! Our server just seemed like he wasn’t into to working that day. I get it, it happens, but it was our first time there. Lastly, I wish they had better options for gluten-free fish tacos. I really love sea food and the options just didn’t work out. Maybe next time!

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KH
Jackson Hole
22 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal, as always. Special Lobster Risotto was superb - so much lobster for the price. Will be back again soon, I am sure.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and enjoyed everything we ordered. Our waitress was great and checked in on us throughout our meal. Will definitely be returning.

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KF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Beautiful setting and delicious meal. Great for kids too.

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GE
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was quite slow

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Getting seated was a nightmare and very inconsistent on who got seated, when and where.

Male bartender barely acknowledged our presence and the Bloody Mary was a very light pour.

Food was tasty (omelets), but came with no garnishes, potatoes, etc. Asked for plain unbuttered toasted English muffin, but it came pre-buttered. When the bill arrived noticed an extra $1 charge for the muffins which was a surprise.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly can not recommend Summerhouse enough! I was in with my mom just having a girls day brunch and everything was just SO good! I had never been to brunch before but I will one hundred percent be back-especially in warmer weather. Our server, Brody I believe was his name, was fantastic. It was an overall great experience.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. We had reservations and we were sat at the worst table in the place. In the bar right next to host stand. I was with my daughter. Not cool.

Food was really good but service was slow. Ugh

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice seating area. The service is quick and nice even though they were very busy. I had the veggie burger which was delicious! We got a cookie and cake for dessert which was thankfully not too sweet. Just right!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was pleasant. The window paneled roof makes it feel like you're outside even when its 40deg outside. Our only complaint was that mimosas were not listed on the menu and were $16 a piece, otherwise good value.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a cool place with a fun summer vibe. Food was fantastic. We got Mac and cheese and a burger.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great spot! The food and ambience are great but the service was stand out. Can’t wait to go back again!

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